My news: I’ll be returning to New York, after a two-year run in London, for a new role within The New York Times. I’m thrilled about the chance to help our global journalism reach even more readers and viewers in our 24/7 news age. But I’m sad, too, to leave behind one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
I’ll miss my London colleagues, who have made my time here so rewarding and fun. But I can’t wait to reconnect with friends and colleagues back home.
As long as I can remember, I’ve had a propensity towards being resentful, self-pitying, and easily offended…
… and when I think about the alt-right …
… it’s very easy for me to see that these are people who share my character flaw, and who like me have a great creative talent for weaving an invented narrative of feeling put-upon wronged / victimized / offended by ___________
(fill in the blank with anyone: ex-lovers / parents / taxes / people of color / women / LGBQT folks / immigrants / etc.)….
…. even though that feeling of victimization may not be supported by reality –
… the feeling *seems* real, and so it’s real to the person having it. Real enough to inspire murder at times, real enough to inspire the election of a walking orange ego-popsicle.
There’s a huge urge in this character flaw (as I well know, because I have had it with me every day for years) to blame *someone* for pain, preferably someone who is not-us, someone who seems “other.”
Interestingly, I’ve also met plenty of folks in leftist, politically correct circles who likewise share my taste for playing the self-pitying resentment game of “I am more hurt and more oppressed and more righteously angry than thou.”
My conclusion is: the habit of feeling resentful and therefore righteously annointed with the right to viciously strike back at the people who we believe to have hurt us (those “other” “bad” “wrong” people)….
…. is equally distributed across the spectrum of right and left, across the spectrum of neo-fascist to social justice activist …..
…. because that tendency towards destructive resentment is a facet of humanness which is happy to take up residence anywhere it can.
Self-pitying, offended resentment doesn’t discriminate in the least. It’s an equal-opportunity killer of joy and connection.
When I was a teenager I entered 12 step recovery for addiction to opiates, and the first things the kind folks in those programs drove into my head was “feelings aren’t facts” and “resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
The 12 step wisdom recognizes that resentment drives self-destruction, harm to others, and addiction in general…
… so there’s a large focus in 12 step spirituality on letting go of even “legitimate” resentments, due to the recognition that the energy of resentment, self-pitying, and getting offended itself is poisonous and never fosters healing or genuine change.
I don’t think it’s any coincidence at all that opiate overdose is the leading cause of death right now for people under 50 in the U.S. …
…. and that we have all of this political strife wherein seemingly everyone feels massively resentful of someone else, whether that resentment is justified or not.
So I have no idea whatsoever what the solution may be to any of the turmoil or tragedy that’s going on…
… but I would humbly offer to anyone out there who shares my character flaw: it is indeed possible not to let the tendency towards resentment, self-pity, and offendedness *completely* run your life, and the struggle to let go of feeling wronged – yields beautiful returns, whether or not the wrong was real or imagined.
And here’s Lynn Baker singing the protest song “Rainbow Made of Children” in the movie Billy Jack.
It’s a song that’s been on my mind a lot lately – I learned it in Girl Scouts as a kid…
… and to me it expresses a deeply felt solidarity of the will-to-freedom in everyone, of every identity on the spectrum — and the way that we gain freedom and honor ourselves as we grant it to others.
Parc de la Tete d’Or (France): It is an international rose garden located in Lyon, France, with 16,000 roses of 450 different varieties.
Rose Garden David Austin (United Kingdom): This flowery garden was named after the British florist David Austin, who developed the British rose for 50 years and sold it all over Europe. Its vast rose garden in the border region of Shropshire cultivates up to 700 different varieties of roses.
Kenrokuen Park (Japan) is famous for its romantic cherry garden on deck and creek. Besides Japan, if you want to discover more gardens in Asia, a vietnam cambodia thailand package tour
will be a perfect choice for you.
Monet Garden (France): The famous French painter Claude Monet bought a house in the village of Giverny (France) in 1890 and created the Monet Garden to inspire his artistic creation. Every year, the garden welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors.
The Abbey Gardens (UK): The Abbey Gardens in the UK has some exceptional plant species of tropical flora found in the northern hemisphere, including the large thorny Mexican desert thorn plant and King Proteas – the national flower Of South Africa.
Roseto Comunale Garden (Rome): This garden is also known as the "fantastic dream of Rome". Here, the flower contest is held in May of each year.
Butchart Gardens (British Columbia): Butchart Gardens has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada, with more than a million visitors each year.
The flower garden Kingdom Dessau-Woerlitz (Germany) was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2009. It is the residence of Prince Franz of Anhalt-Dessau.
“All we want is to be free, all we want is to be independent, all we want is to be a sovereign country. We just want to be a happy, united nation with its own national spirit. If that’s a threat to the United States, then we will be a threat.” Minister of Defense, General Padrino López
“During Obama’s presidency, the U.S. government named Venezuela a top threat to U.S. national security. In fact, Venezuela has been referred to as the top threat to the U.S. in all of the Western hemisphere. The Trump administration is continuing the battle cries and has gone so far as to slap Maduro with sanctions on July 31st after a successful Constituent Assembly, referring to the process as a “sham.” How can a country like Venezuela possibly be a threat to a military and economic superpower to like the United States?” Link in comments due to censorship:(
Some of my posts have been disappeared.
Here’s one of them
“The National Guard of Venezuela respects the right to peacefully protest. They are obligated, however, to become involved when the opposition engages in violence. There is a state duty to protect protesters and third parties. Unlike in the United States, where it has become commonplace for police and those in uniform to emerge unscathed from the controversy involving death and violence against U.S. citizens, National Guard members in Venezuela engaging in violence or working outside of their given orders are held accountable.
“All we want is to be free, all we want is to be independent, all we want is to be a sovereign country. We just want to be a happy, united nation with its own national spirit. If that’s a threat to the United States, then we will be a threat.”
During Obama’s presidency, the U.S. government named Venezuela a top threat to U.S. national security. In fact, Venezuela has been referred to as the top threat to the U.S. in all of the Western hemisphere. The Trump administration is continuing the battle cries and has gone so far as to slap Maduro with sanctions on July 31st after a successful Constituent Assembly, referring to the process as a “sham.” How can a country like Venezuela possibly be a threat to a military and economic superpower to like the United States?”
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Empty Homes Across The World
Parisian Solution: tax empty homes @ 60%
“Paris’ 107,000 empty homes might seem like a lot, but it’s becoming strangely normal around the world. New York City had a whopping 318,831 vacant units in 2015. It’s a hot topic in Sydney, where 118,499 vacant units were counted in 2013. Heck, London considers it a critical issue, and they “only” have 22,000 empty homes. There’s a massive numbers of vacant homes across the globe, but only Paris has decided to take aggressive action to tackle it.
Growing populations have barely put a dent in the vacant homes in global real estate capitals. The amount of speculation has been scaling with demand, which is a curious paradox. This signifies an issue that’s more complex than just a basic supply and demand problem.”
Los Angeles: 213,649 empty
Now factor this in:
In 2014 , 1.49 million people used homeless shelters and 578,424 were recorded as being without shelter: sleeping on the streets, in tents, in cars, and other exposed places. Cities completed the 2016 point-in-time count in January.
Venezuela is the object of US economic warfare. The US has been deliberately manipulating the currency, the Bolivar and heads of corporations like Polar’s Lorenzo Mendoza, an open member of the opposition, have been accused of hoarding essential goods.
***A leaked audio revealed that Mendoza was secretly plotting with the IMF for intervention.***
American Abby Martin spoke to Venezuelans on the streets of Caracas and investigated the main claim that there’s no free press, and that there is no food in the supermarkets.
Using hidden cameras, she takes you through local grocery stores and the underground black market currency exchange, the main source of inflation in the country.
A giant step toward facism implemented by Democrats, not Republicans.
***The central and sinister role of Google in this process demonstrates that freedom of speech and thought is incompatible with corporate control of the Internet.”***
“data from SEMrush estimating the decline of traffic generated by Google searches for 13 sites with substantial readerships. The results are as follows:
* wsws.org fell by 67 percent
* alternet.org fell by 63 percent
* globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
* consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
* socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
* mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
*the greenvillepost.com fell by39#
* commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
* internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent
* wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent
* truth-out.org fell by 25 percent
* counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent
* theintercept.com fell by 19 percent
Black Agenda Report unpacks further https://www.blackagendareport.com/node/5980
Earlier this morning: greeting my garden with a tired body, trying to muster up the strength to dig a trench around the whole thing in 90 degree heat for the rabbit fence, since they’re chewing rabbit-sized holes in my deer fence. Moments later, a rabbit hurled itself against the netting around my peanuts and scurried into my pumpkins. I feel like a tired old cartoon man scuffling around muttering “damn rabbits” and “I’m gonna get that rascally rabbit”. #rascallyrabbit