A book that is a good and perhaps must read…

…at least the first Chapter seemed so. It is: America, The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges.
By it at:
https://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/9781501152672
or, preview it at:
https://books.google.com/books?id=2mBEDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Empire+of+Illusion:+The+End+of+Literacy+and+the+Triumph+of+Spectacle&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj__vnnntTeAhXOtVkKHRJaC2sQuwUIYjAJ#v=onepage&q=Empire%20of%20Illusion%3A%20The%20End%20of%20Literacy%20and%20the%20Triumph%20of%20Spectacle&f=false

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The subsidization of the global fossil fuel conglomerates… Climate change, War and Peace, and a New Camelot model… Lead by a New USA paradigm…

…it is estimated, according to IMF analysis, that $5.3 trillion in hidden costs is spent to keep this the "extractive fossil fuel era" which, the IMF also notes is in addition to $492 billion in direct subsidies to those same fossil fuel MNC’s… all of this, in a sane political world would be resources that would in part be allocated to the transition to the "Brand New Green New Deal" economy of clean and sustainable energy, jobs for all who can work, and a decent civilized development model to proceed from here with in all areas of the world…

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A book to keep in the “For Sale” libury…

Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America

buy it at
https://www.allbookstores.com/Hollowing-Out-Middle-The-Rural/9780807006146

or preview at:
https://books.google.com/books?id=s6CmlA7PDzMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Hollowing+Out+the+Middle:+The+Rural+Brain+Drain+and+What+It+Means+for+America&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj1jJib7cfeAhXD1FkKHd-vAUgQuwUIMzAB#v=onepage&q=Hollowing%20Out%20the%20Middle%3A%20The%20Rural%20Brain%20Drain%20and%20What%20It%20Means%20for%20America&f=false

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An old Krug Kolumn on In Eeh Kwality…

…with a link to a really good blog post:

The thing is, it wasn’t always this way. Go back for a moment to 1936, when Alf Landon received the Republican nomination for president. In many ways, Landon’s acceptance speech previewed themes taken up by modern conservatives. He lamented the incompleteness of economic recovery and the persistence of high unemployment, and he attributed the economy’s lingering weakness to excessive government intervention and the uncertainty he claimed it created.
But he also said this: “Out of this Depression has come, not only the problem of recovery but also the equally grave problem of caring for the unemployed until recovery is attained. Their relief at all times is a matter of plain duty. We of our Party pledge that this obligation will never be neglected.”
Can you imagine a modern Republican nominee saying such a thing? Not in a party committed to the view that unemployed workers have it too easy, that they’re so coddled by unemployment insurance and food stamps that they have no incentive to go out there and get a job.
So what’s this all about? One reason, the sociologist Daniel Little suggested in a recent essay, is market ideology: If the market is always right, then people who end up poor must deserve to be poor. I’d add that some leading Republicans are, in their minds, acting out adolescent libertarian fantasies. “It’s as if we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel right now,”declared Paul Ryan in 2009. -Paul Krugman-

http://understandingsociety.blogspot.com/2013/10/why-war-on-poor-people.html Daniel Little’s blog

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From some old emails and some new thoughts…

I thought googling reclaiming our american democracy would allow me to bring up my blog with that in its name on wordpress- but alas it didn’t. But it did bring up much good stuff, among it:
file:///C:/Users/USER/Downloads/186-291-1-PB.pdf which I might have somewhere already… it’s by Gar Alperovitz
A most compelling quote that could be at the beginning of my efforts to write about this subject in my Fat Masterpiece

…if equality , liberty, and meaningful democracy can truly no longer be sustained by the political and economic arrangements of the curr ent system, this defines the beginning phases of what can

only be called a systemic crisis—an era of history in which the political —economic system must slowly lose legitimacy because the realities it produces contradict the values it proclaims. Moreover, if the system itself is at fault, then selfevidently—indeed, by definition—a solution would ultimately require the development of a new system

http://nationbuilder.com/writer

http://nationbuilder.com/

For the environment and climate science chapters and sections:
From:
Can Civilization Survive Capitalism?
Noam Chomsky
Alternet, March 5, 2013
http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20130305.htm

http://www.chomsky.info/articles.htm

The fact that the public is influenced by science is deeply troubling to those who dominate the economy and state policy.

One current illustration of their concern is the "Environmental Literacy Improvement Act" proposed to state legislatures by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded lobby that designs legislation to serve the needs of the corporate sector and extreme wealth.

The ALEC Act mandates "balanced teaching" of climate science in K-12 classrooms. "Balanced teaching" is a code phrase that refers to teaching climate-change denial, to "balance" mainstream climate science. It is analogous to the "balanced teaching" advocated by creationists to enable the teaching of "creation science" in public schools. Legislation based on ALEC models has already been introduced in several states.

Of course, all of this is dressed up in rhetoric about teaching critical thinking — a fine idea, no doubt, but it’s easy to think up far better examples than an issue that threatens our survival and has been selected because of its importance in terms of corporate profits.

Media reports commonly present a controversy between two sides on climate change.

One side consists of the overwhelming majority of scientists, the world’s major national academies of science, the professional science journals and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

They agree that global warming is taking place, that there is a substantial human component, that the situation is serious and perhaps dire, and that very soon, maybe within decades, the world might reach a tipping point where the process will escalate sharply and will be irreversible, with severe social and economic effects. It is rare to find such consensus on complex scientific issues.

The other side consists of skeptics, including a few respected scientists who caution that much is unknown — which means that things might not be as bad as thought, or they might be worse.

Omitted from the contrived debate is a much larger group of skeptics: highly regarded climate scientists who see the IPCC’s regular reports as much too conservative. And these scientists have repeatedly been proven correct, unfortunately.

The propaganda campaign has apparently had some effect on U.S. public opinion, which is more skeptical than the global norm. But the effect is not significant enough to satisfy the masters. That is presumably why sectors of the corporate world are launching their attack on the educational system, in an effort to counter the public’s dangerous tendency to pay attention to the conclusions of scientific research.

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O.C. and notes now better organized in hopes of bringing on…

…a new and better writing regimen. The organizing and prep involved, and or suggestions to even get to a platform of do such of that that is needed as it evolves. Say what. Random "Thought Flashes" to bring up long ago roommate and friend RK, aka Ricky… oh for the love of it all: everything, everybody, every breath.

The projected blue wave will take some time to crest. It has to be, like, in surfing terminology, dude: a good strong and building set over the next several ongoing election cycles. It is hard to be overly optimistic about "Real Change" in a progressive direction given the gridlocked tribal realities of our defacto one party duopoly of by and for the wealthy oligarchic globalist funding elites that dominate the parameters of what’s "politically feasible" in our "bipartisan" plutocracy…

Donald Trump is nothing but a braggart, pathological liar, narcissistic sociopath: a doucher; he is also a spoiled little lord Fauntleroy grown sickeningly and hideously and grotesquely into a late middle aged nearly geriatric man-child. Could there be a more ugly American. He is the Beta prototype of the worst this culture, this economy, and this faux city on the hill might ever produce.
But he is, alas, still less. He is merely a symptom, a shadow, a vapid ghost of the root problem

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Articles on Bernie’s ongoing efforts to counter Trumpist Re-Pubes…

…and the C- list Reality TV/ doucher womanizer self designated playboy celeb himself…https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/07/bernie-sanders-campaign-isnt-over

Hillary Clinton’s loss gave his efforts a new urgency. The electoral map, with its imposing swaths of red, pointed to a crisis confronting American liberalism. Donald Trump may have lost the popular vote, but, as he likes to point out, he won 2,626 counties to Clinton’s four hundred and eighty-seven. Many of these counties are in states that Sanders won last year, campaigning on a platform of economic populism—Medicare for all, tuition-free college, and a fifteen-dollar minimum wage. Sanders told me that Trump was smart enough to understand that the Democratic Party had turned its back on millions of people: “He said, ‘Hey, I hear you. I’m going to do something for you.’ And he lied.” Sanders, who is seventy-five, may be too old to run again in 2020, but his barnstorming has a purpose—to deepen the connection to progressive ideas in rural America, to develop an attachment that might outlast him. At recent events, one of his biggest applause lines was that the “Republicans did not win the election so much as Democrats lost it.” Progressives do not have much of a foothold in this country. What they have is Bernie Sanders.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/11/democrat-primary-elections-need-reform

As a member of Sanders’ campaign, I’ll never forget watching the primary votes being counted for Michigan, one of the key states that decided the 2016 election. Sanders’ “pledged delegate count” – which reflected the number of votes he received from rank-and-file Democrats – exceeded Clinton’s by four. But after the superdelegates cast their ballots, the roll call registered “Clinton 76, Sanders 67”.
This repeated itself in other states. In Indiana, Sanders won the vote 44 to 39, but, after the super delegates had their say, Clinton was granted 46 delegates, versus Sanders’ 44. In New Hampshire, where Sanders won the vote by a gaping margin (60% to 38%) and set a record for the largest number of votes ever, the screen read “16 Sanders, 16 Clinton”.

https://news.fordham.edu/politics-and-society/sociology-professor-offers-lessons-from-sanders-presidential-run/

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An article written just prior to the midterms… pretty good coverage and insight…

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/05/democratic-party-donald-trump-election/?clear

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Useful stuff…

…for the writin’- or other aspects of "the life"…

So here might be the best of the stuff I found for getting going…
https://marionroach.com/twenty-top-tips-for-writing-memoir/

the above link probably has all the content I need write there, in one effing link, to get started back up, so I am going to start there, after moving this to the top of this post…

"Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington" is a book laying around the patent office today that I will look over… below are the links to buy and preview: (and first a pdf maybe)
https://www.allbookstores.com/book/compare/9780933377509
and:
https://books.google.com/books?id=KYBoZEcMq1YC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Writing+the+Memoir&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGjNSRq7PeAhWFjlkKHU1zBz8QuwUILTAA#v=onepage&q=Writing%20the%20Memoir&f=false

As I am getting ready to hopefully re-start the real boss daddy effort to finally "show up and produce" in the writing realm I am thinking that i should get back to some basics of the writing craft itself. I have gotten so sidetracked by thinking about the socio-economic and political issues and everyday realpolitik of our age and days (most angstedly since the rise of Mein Trumpf- at least since the early coming of age days of my precocious youth and early perpetual adolescence. I think that some of the way to really get it together is to look over books like William Zinsser’s On Writing Well and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.

And there are more that I already have and a couple two tree purchases would be awe-ight now that me and DrCM are better financially at least for the time being. More on that whole deal as the writing starts in fits and what not. Colloquially me. That’s the way I will have to and should roll. Stream of consciousness T-Bone. You can’t beat that, right right. So assembling my writing start-up book shelf and basement writing area is paramount. And in doing that I should read, write, and react to some old standard and new stuff. From Abbey, Berry, Bly and so on (Kesey, Vonnegut, Heller- add to this list and get the books in place, Brew…) to books on writing like I said and new ones especially on memoir and "being an essayist" in the time of th huckster lying overprivileged Trumping the truths to be learned and acted upon by learning from the souls and vision of the underprivileged.

I remember something right now that Wendell Berry said about drug abuse and appropriate "drug use". that one implies the possibility and reality of the other. Same holds for this whole overprivileged and underprivileged. Overprivileged comes up as "incorrect usage" of misspelled. As if it doesn’t even or can’t even exist. But underprivileged is O.K.- eh? Strange…
So here are some memoir suggestions from a variety of sources:
https://www.signature-reads.com/2018/01/best-books-on-writing-memoir/

Googling Books on writing memoirs gets all the stuff needed to check out plenty

Moron Writing (books to preview and then find if deemed worthy)
The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life
and, by Ursula K. LeGuin’s Steering the Craft

https://books.google.com/books?id=nrpbCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Steering+the+Craft&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwim5uORwLPeAhWjt1kKHS5EBV0QuwUILTAA#v=onepage&q=Steering%20the%20Craft&f=falseand:

https://marionroach.com/twenty-top-tips-for-writing-memoir/

the above link probably has all the content I need write there, in one effing link, to get started back up, so I am going to start there, after moving this to the top of this post…

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For the Education chapters…

https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/betsy-devos-trumps-secretary-of-anti-education/

https://inequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Billionaire-Bonanza-2018-Report-October-2018.pdf

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