Tuesday Open Thread

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

–Albert Einstein

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  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Biden weighs Ken Salazar for ambassador to Mexico

    The Biden administration is vetting Ken Salazar, a former senator and Interior secretary, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Axios has learned.

  2. davebarnes says:

    today is National Peach Cobbler Day 

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Same pig, new lipstick? 

    Mike Pence launches new conservative organization to advance Trump-era policies

    Former Vice President Mike Pence has created a conservative advocacy group to advance policies that were championed during the Trump administration. 

    Known as Advancing American Freedom, the launch of the conservative policy group was announced last week, with Pence explaining in a statement that its goal is to “build on the success of the last four years by promoting traditional Conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump Administration.” 

    “Conservatives will not stand idly by as the radical Left and the new administration attempt to threaten America’s standing as the greatest Nation in the world with their destructive policies,” stated Pence in the announcement.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Can a press release from the SICF be far behind?  (transparency = accountability, GOP-ers)

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Wealthy conservative Catholics are the new US magisterium

    At the same time, it would be naive to ignore the fact, given the ample evidence in our sacred texts and in human history since, that money is also quite effective as a corrupting influence. It tips the scales, opens doors that otherwise would remain closed, grants levels of authority and influence to those who, without wealth, would have no standing. It paves the way to membership in elite Catholic organizations, papal knighthoods, and it places in the donor's debt religious leaders who otherwise might be issuing critiques instead of plaudits.

    While a great deal of energy is spent, understandably, trying to figure out where this divided church is headed, the real power brokers and the deals that harden the image of U.S. Catholicism as an ultraconservative, libertarian behemoth aren't a product of the bishops' conference or any of its agencies. Collectively, the U.S. episcopacy, by virtue of scandal and other forces, has largely been drained of authority and credibility.

    The real deals are done out of sight, among hedge fund executives, credit card barons, luxury resort developers, those who've made fortunes protecting and strategizing to enhance the fortunes of some of the wealthiest humans inhabiting the wealthiest country in the history of the planet.

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Painful, but important, viewing.

    Raul Peck's 4-part documentary on the history (and effects) of racism, superiority, colonialism and genocide, and how we got to where we're at today — Exterminate All The Brutes

    Now airing/available on HBO and affiliates.



    • Duke Cox says:

      The story of the genocide that took place on the island that is now called St.Kitts is tragic. While there on vacation once upon a time, a local told me the story.

      To be brief. The French moved onto ( invaded) the north end of the island while the British landed and established a colony on the south end. Neither wanted the other there owing to whatever current war was going on.

      The situation was complicated by the presence of more than 2,000 indigenous inhabitants, caught between the two belligerent armies…having invited neither.

      The French met with the British, and decided they could not carry on a proper battle in the presence of all those people, who conceivably might get in the way somehow and screw up someones’ battle plan…

      So they made an agreement, and working together, killed every man, woman, and child on the island.

      Then, with the island cleared, they engaged in proper battle for the island, with the British prevailing. It became St.Christopher…now St. Kitts.

      This story was related by a tour guide.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Makes perfect colonial sense,

        they could (and did) always ship in enslaved races (who would have no hope, resources, or skills for any independent life isolated in a strange foreign land) from elsewhere afterwords to work and die in the victor’s plantations.

      • Voyageur says:

        As recounted by Wikipedia, the story is a bit more complex:

        Kalinago leader Tegremond became uneasy with the increasing number of English and French settlers occupying St. Kitts. This led to more confrontations, which compelled him to plot the settlers' elimination with other indigenous peoples. His scheme was betrayed by a woman called Barbe to Thomas Warner and Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc. Taking action, the English and French settlers invited the Kalinago to a party where they became intoxicated. When the Kalinago returned to their village, 120 were killed in their sleep, including Tegremond. The following day, thousands more Kalinago were forced into the area of Bloody Point and Bloody River, where historian Vincent K. Hubbard estimates 2000 were massacred after they attempted to surrender.[1] An early account of the slaughter by Jean-Baptiste Du Tertre describes "piles of bodies".[2] 100 settlers were also killed. One Frenchman went mad after being struck by a manchineelpoisoned arrow. The remaining Kalinago fled, but by 1640, those not already enslaved were removed to Dominica.[2][1]

  7. JohnInDenver says:

    Announcement today: 

    Steve Fox, who helped legalize marijuana in Colorado, has died at 53

    “We are truly heartbroken to share news of the passing of our partner and dear friend Steve Fox,” wrote the cannabis law group Vicente Sederberg LLP, where Fox was a leader since 2010. Fox also served as a managing partner of VS Strategies since co-founding the group in 2013.

    Fox conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), as well as coauthored the 2009 book “Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People To Drink?,” according to the Vicente Sederberg release.

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