Columbia County Mobilizes to Protect Its Wealthy Residents from Poor People’s Cooties

I live in Columbia County, Georgia, a white flight suburb of Augusta, Georgia. We’ve taken a very low-key, calm approach to preserving public health from the coronavirus pandemic. We are by far more energized to prevent an outbreak of poor people’s cooties which an affordable housing project may engender.

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Dear Serena: Skip the 2020 U.S. Open

I listened to the press conference where the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced plans to hold the 2020 U.S. Open. While many questions can be posed about the public health measures the USTA has put in place, I’m going to assume that the workers in the players’ hotels and the custodial crews & security personnel & transportation & delivery workers at the grounds and the security will be protected.

Still, Serena, if you skip this event, you will rise from Sports & Culture Icon to Hero of the People status.

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BTVS “A New Man,” S4E12 Anticipated GITMO

Ethan Rayne, played by Robin Sachs (d. 2013), was a recurring human villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Seasons 2-4. In his final appearance in A New Man (S4E12, January 2000), when Buffy captures him after his latest round of malevolence, he taunts her by reminding her that the Slayer is not allowed to kill humans. He doesn’t realize that the Slayer has become ensnared in the national security state, personified by Riley (played by Marc Blucas), her new significant other and a high ranking officer in the Initiative, a secret project which, we learn later in the season, is developing a part-demon, part-machine, part-human super soldier.

Riley orders soldiers of the Initiative to take custody of Rayne and informs those present that his status is to be determined and he’ll be detained in a secret detention facility in a desert in Nevada. (Note: Riley is awful at keeping secrets.)

Watching this in 2019, eighteen years into the Global War on Terror and all its variants, we know that the United States and its allies operate secret torture detention facilities and one well-known indefinite detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. A throwaway line at the end of an otherwise unmemorable Young Adult drama series episode appears in an entirely new light.

As You Enjoy the Bounty of #USA Food Production, Think About #WeFeedYou & United Farm Workers

I created a Twitter Moment from some of the United Farm Workers‘s status updates with the hashtag #WeFeedYou. As I went through these tweets, I thought about all the products that end up on my table which are mentioned: cilantro, sugar cane, apples, mushrooms, celery, lettuce, chicken, grapes, pomegranates, artichokes and bell peppers. Of course, since I don’t grow any food, everything I eat has been harvested, processed, transported and sold to me by workers. These workers, just like I do, have families. They have health issues. They have hopes for themselves and their children. They smile. And, whatever some know-nothing politicians says, they have skills! Don’t let bosses make all the money off of these workers. Support agricultural labor.

 

You can find all Twitter status updates from United Farm Workers with the hashtag #WeFeedYou here.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Anne” S3E01 Shows How Workers Should Deal with Bosses

gettyimages-906538I recently subscribed to Hulu. Am I using it to watch original programming? No! I’m rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Season 3, Episode 1, “Anne,” opens with Buffy working as a waitress in Los Angeles under the alias Anne. She had run away from Sunnydale, where she had been compelled to kill her lover Angel & send him into a hell dimension, kicked out of school by the tyrannical Principal Snyder and thrown from the house by her mother, who couldn’t deal with the news that her daughter was The Chosen One. Continue reading

Letter I Sent to Members of Congress in Support of Refugee Resettlement

I modified text of a letter promoted by Lutheran Services Carolinas & sent it to my 2 Georgia Senators & my GA-12 representative.

As your constituent, I urge you to protect and rebuild the refugee admissions program. It is critical that Congress holds the Administration accountable to meeting this year’s refugee admissions goal of 30,000 – already a historic low – and to setting a goal of at least 95,000 refugees in FY 2020. I also call on you to do everything in your power to protect asylum seekers and prevent the Administration from returning people seeking protection back into harm’s way. Continue reading

Ask Washington Post to Condemn USA Covert Operations Which Jeopardized Public Health in Pakistan

This is a letter I’ve written to the editor of the Washington Post.

USA Covert Operations Pakistan Immunizations (1)

You can learn more about this issue by reading the FAIR Media Watch Action Alert.

The real solution is to ban war and covert operations.

So-Called “Travel Ban” isn’t Based on Security Considerations, Plus #AbolishICE

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People carrying signs protesting the deportation of Iraqi-American immigrants. Max Ortiz, The Detroit News

Chris Gelardi wrote a fantastic article in The Nation of March 8, 2019 entitled ICE Is Terrorizing Iraqi-American Communities. The excerpts below demonstrate that #45Regime used the threat of inclusion in the Muslim Ban to pressure nations into cooperating with deportations of their nationals from the United States, thus belying the claim that the Muslim Ban had anything to do with protecting the USA from terrorism. Continue reading