Hey guys, I am alone in the office today, which means I am the only one on disc jockey duty. It is raining and the mist is rising off the lake. Very romantic and I’m feeling pretty nostalgic. So, today from the www.calamitypolitics.com jukebox comes a mysterious song by Al Stewart from 1976. If you are old enough, you might remember who Peter Lorre was. Enjoy-Darlene
Al Stewart “Year of the Cat” www.calamitypolitics.com jukebox choice of the day.
I sat down with computer in my lap and began writing my 445th post to www.calamitypolitics.com. Before I started this blog, I worried that I wouldn’t have enough to write about. I mean, it even occurred to me that I might exhaust all my grievances against the Mango Menace within a couple of weeks. I was so innocent. So naive.
Who would have thought that a TV reality show has-been, would be elected to run the White House like a New York slumlord. How could any of us; with our limited historical perspective, ever imagined the extent of perversion, fraud and corruption that this grifter president could bring to Washington. My God, reporters have an average of a scandal, or two, a day, to choose from. In fact the scandals and corruption news is coming so fast and furious that we have to literally bob and weave to stay clear of flying falsehoods and denials.
Breaking News Feed
In fact, on a really good Friday afternoon two or three of the juiciest scandals in American history will explode on the CNN Breaking News feed. Yes, every Friday. Like clockwork. I just said American history. It is the most mind-spinning administration of graft and compromise in U.S. history. What other administrations in memory could, in one week, produce more scandals than the Obama, Bush, and Reagan administrations combined.
I recommend you hold on to that safety strap. I expect the tempo of the legal battles are about to pick up speed. Subpoenas will be flying out of the House. My “trouble coming” antennae are quivering. We are on a perilous ride, created by the megalomania of Donald Trump.
Choice of Vices
Now it’s time to open a bottle of wine, roll a doobie, or grab a box of chocolates, whichever be your particular vice. Then find a comfortable chair sit back and just breathe. While savoring your wine I am going to share with you some positive and uplifting energy.
Here are 21 Reasons to Smile: In Spite of Donald Trump
Jukebox choice of the day @ www.calamitypolitcs.com is Ed Sheeran’s “I’m in love With Your Body”. The soft sensuality of it makes you want to find a dance partner. Relax, enjoy the rhythms of attraction-Enjoy, Darlene
The last jukebox choice of the day from www.calamitypolitics.com. This is one of my all time favorite Metallica songs. There was a time in the not too distant past when I was a Metallica junkie. But, actually it was a long time ago. Oh, the ravages of time on the mind and body. Despite all that, please enjoy one of the most powerful anti-war songs ever written, “One” by Metallica-Enjoy Darlene
We at www.calamitypolitics.com love picking out songs for the site. Generally speaking, there is a thread that ties the songs we pick to something we have been writing and screaming about recently. We chose “Fallen Soldier” by singer guitarist, Nathan Fair as today’s #1 selection. We thought it fitting to remember “Bibi” Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan with this very special song–Darlene
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10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Artic
The Wilderness Society Gives Us 10 Reasons to Protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Arctic
(1). The Arctic is America's last and largest remaining wild frontier. While development has pushed deeper into our wild places, the refuge has remained untouched.
(2). It's home to our country's polar bears. The Arctic Refuge is the only U.S. wildlife refuge where polar bears live, and it provides the most important on shore denning area in all of America's Arctic.
(3). It's a world destination for birds. More than 200 bird species from all 50 states and six continents rely on the Arctic as their summer home.
(4). Did we mention bears? The Arctic Refuge isn't just home to polar bears. It's one of the only places in the entire U.S. where you can find all three species of North American bears:polar, black and grizzly.
(5). Its an epic outdoor adventure destination. The land provides once-in-a-lifetime backpacking, rafting, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
(6). A reindeer magnet. Nearly 200,000 caribou march to their calving range on the refuge's coastal plain each year.
(7). The Arctic supports much scientific research, and is unparalleled for watching birds, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
(8). A major oil spill would cause permanent harm. Spilled oil would do more than stain the snow. It would kill wildlife, poison the water, and throw a pristine ecosystem out of balance.
(9). Before you drill, you have to build infrastructure. The land will be carved up by roads, pipelines and well pads. What was once wild will become a vast industrial complex.
(10). The Arctic Refuge is worth fighting for. Drilling would scar this pristine landscape forever. President Trump needs to hear from you!
Don't let this American paradise be destroyed. Join the Wildlife Society today! DONATE TODAY! Send your donation to:
The Wilderness Society
Attn: Jamie Williams
PO Box 97231
Washington, DC 20077-7762
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20 Small Changes For You, Make BIG WINS for the Earth
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO TO HELP PROTECT OUR EARTH
1.) Put on a sweater. If you turn up the heat during winter months you are most likely using fossil fuels to fire your furnace. A sweater will actually keep you warmer while conserving resources.
2.) Choose to walk. Using fuel efficient cars is great, but getting out of your car walking or using mass transit could when multiplied by millions of commuters be a highly effective means of conserving energy and get you healthier and happier.
3.) Reuse: Those rubber bands off the delivered newspaper, save them and return them to your carrier along with the plastic bags. Those items cost money and can be used multiple times. If you get a padded envelope in the mail, save it and reuse it.
4.) Switch off: In urban areas the stars are now mostly invisible. Keep lights on in the room you are in, but keep the rest of the house dark.
5.) Get off mailing lists: If you are getting catalogues from companies you do not buy from, call them and get your name off their mailing list.
6.) Plant a tree: It is good for the soil, good for the air we breath, helps reduce climate change and provides housing for our feathered friends.
7.) BYOB: Use refillable water bottles. There are some very stylish ones available for the fashion conscious and if we all went to the refillable bottles we could prevent 50 billion plastic bottles from weighing on the environment.
8.) At the grocery store: bring your own reusable bags. The average American uses 350 plastic bags annually. Stop the threat to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in rivers, streams and oceans.
9.) Special disposal procedures for many items are required such as ink cartridges, used oil and batteries. Proper disposal is critical, check with the retailer where you purchase such items for their recommendations.
10.) Clean naturally. You can go online and find recipes for non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap as ingredients.
11.) Turn it off. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses as much energy as a 60 watt light bulb in 14 hours, so shut it down when you brush your teeth.
12.) Get efficient. Refrigerators and freezer units account for 1/6 of a homes energy use. Select energy efficient models when buying replacements.
13.) Switch to ebills. In the U.S. paper bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2.
14.) Shower up. A full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water, but a 5 minute shower takes only 10-25 gallons.
15.) Buy local and fresh. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel and average of 1500 miles before reaching your plate.
16.) Pull the plug. Many idle electronics use energy even when switched off, so unplug devices when you are not using them.
17.) Change a bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light can eliminate 150 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
18.) Power down. Screensavers don't use less energy, so use "sleep mode" and turn off your computer at the end of the day.
19.) Go solar. It's easier than you think! Powering your home with solar panels not only shrinks your carbon footprint but it helps lower electric bills and increase a home's value.
20.) Finally. Donate to an environmental charity. It is good for the planet and good for your sense of participation in a monumental movement to save our mother.
***Thank you World Wildlife Fund for these great suggestions: In fact send donations to: WWF, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
HEROISM ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOUR CAPE FLOATING IN THE WIND
Sometimes being a hero is as simple as:
Showing up for your son's game when you
thought you couldn't.
Speaking up when you see a person being bullied.
Recycling AND reusing.
Visiting a sick friend.
Put flowers on a soldier's grave.
Adopt a homeless pet.
Send a pre-paid phone card to a deployed soldier.
Remember to say thank you.
Being a hero doesn't require mammoth effort but it does require consistent and persistent effort. I don't remember who said that, but I think it is true. Consistency and persistence overcomes most obstacles. If you want to be a political hero I suggest you believe in your ability and power to effect change. I challenge you to effect your corner of the world.
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.