A dual citizen of the United States and the Nation named Mark Charles running as an Independent candidate for the office of President of the United States. (1/n)

"In the midst of this ongoing chaotic drama (which according to psychologists is where narcissists thrive), President Trump cannot decide which starring role he wants to play. If you observe Donald Trump’s behavior ... He is either the savior of the world OR the greatest victim of it. There appears to be no middle ground. And for this current episode, he cannot decide which role will serve him best, hero or victim.

And beneath all of this, we have our nation’s white supremacist, racist and sexist foundations. A Declaration of Independence that refers to Natives as savages. A Constitution that never mentions women, excludes Natives and counts Africans as three-fifths human. And Supreme Court Opinions, as recent as 2005, which imply natives are (still) savages and reference the dehumanizing Doctrine of Discovery as the legal precedent for land titles. All of these foundations were literally written for the purpose of protecting white land-owning men.

The precedent these foundations have established is this: at the highest levels of both politics and finance, there is an understanding that there will be minimal legal, ethical or moral accountability for white land-owning men and even less consequences for white land-owning men who engage in immoral, unethical or illegal behavior. This system has worked for nearly 200 years, as long as it was only white land-owning men responsible for (not) holding white land-owning men accountable within this system that was designed to protect and benefit white land-owning men."


Fascinating interactive charts from the confirming what we already know: the intent of the laws as they were originally written was for the richest, highest income earners to pay the majority of tax; this is, essentially, the bedrock of democratic socialism.

Did you know the US had a 70 percent income tax bracket in 1950? That fact alone is almost certainly what created the fleeting window of opportunity for the "middle class" to be formed. The generation that grew up in this fleeting window peeking into a middle class life is AKA what we call the "baby boomer" generation in the US.

"The overall tax rate on the richest 400 households last year was only 23 percent, meaning that their combined tax payments equaled less than one quarter of their total income. This overall rate was 70 percent in 1950 and 47 percent in 1980.

For middle-class and poor families, the picture is different. Federal income taxes have also declined modestly for these families, but they haven’t benefited much if at all from the decline in the corporate tax or estate tax. "

Indeed, the original "blind" system of taxation, based strictly on income numbers, has been replaced with a "dark" system that instead lets earners hide income and "buy" personal favor of politicians.

Short of a revolution, things are not likely to change.

“Many people have the view that nothing can be done. Our case is, ‘No, that’s wrong. Look at history.’” As they write in the book: “Societies can choose whatever level of tax progressivity they want.” When the United States has raised tax rates on the wealthy and made rigorous efforts to collect those taxes, it has succeeded in doing so."

Source: nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1


Small follow-on from yesterday, found this lovely infographic including a smattering of purple natives. 🌞 🌟

Took what will probably end up being my last coast-bound trip of the calendar year today. No pics from the trip, but I did learn a few new things...

Speyeria zerene hippolyta, the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly's caterpillar likes to feast on Viola adunca aka "early blue violet". It also likes Yarrow and Goldenrods.

But for early-stage growth, it needs violets. I was super excited to realize I've seen those tiny heart-shaped violets (maybe not the exact species?) in my yard; it was so prolific, I thought for sure it was invasive. Nope.

"With pressures from human activities and invasions of non-native plant species, there are few remaining native coastal grasslands with early-blue violets. Last seen on the Long Beach Peninsula in 1990, this butterfly is now found only at four sites in Oregon. It was listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1980 ".

has details too.






Happy Friday! Sometimes you're looking for something new to do with an old vegetable... Now, due to my long history as a feline caretaker, I'm not ; however, most of my favorite dishes would be classified as that.

In my younger years, I basically took every penny I had to go central India, because of an inexplicable need to see the Elephants in one of the last places on Earth they live in their natural habitat (inaturalist.org/observations/3).

This dish is inspired from that trip. Recipe doesn't really have a name; it's adapted. Works great with potatoes or cauliflower: warm and spicy and mildly sweet and fragrant.

* 1/2 cup split black lentils AKA urad dāl उरद दाल (Hindi) ಉದ್ದು (Kannad)
* 1 cup cauliflower (गोभी gobi) or potatoes
* 12 oz. coconut milk

* 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
* 1 Tbsp. black mustard seeds
* 1 tsp. black cumin seeds (काला ज़ीरा)
* 1-2 tsp. turmeric powder
* hot chili powder (to taste)
* salt (to taste)

Rinse the lentils in at least 2 changes of water and boil in for 10 minutes, skimming off any foam that accumulates on the top. Add cauliflower or diced potatoes and boil 8-10 more minutes, until veg is softened but not soft.

If any water is left when the lentils drain that water off and set lentil-veg mix aside.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in mustard seeds and cover until they stop popping (like popcorn). Sprinkle in cumin seeds. Add lentils and cauliflower and stir until coated. Sprinkle hot chili powder and turmeric; stir fry everything ~3 minutes until slightly browned.

Add coconut milk and reduce heat, cooking until warmed through. Add curry leaves and serve.

No, you're not going to put or pump fracked gas through any pipelines in Oregon.

The CORRUPTION of Trump's guys (and they are all corrupt) is overwhelming sometimes:

"Bernhardt is already under fire for possible ethics violations during his prior stint as assistant interior secretary under Ryan Zinke."

"During his interior department tenure, Bernhardt has been an architect of some of the agency’s most controversial and consequential decisions, including stripping wildlife protections and leasing large swaths of public lands to oil and gas companies.

Jordan Cove is a major priority of western oil and gas interests, since it would probably lead to expanded drilling ... It has faced strident opposition from indigenous people, environmentalists, and landowners concerned about climate change, impacts on waterways, and the use of eminent domain to seize land."


Fact: tax frauds can't be President ... why wait until 2020?


Many fairly large frequency earthquakes in/around the PRoF, eh?

Some on the other side of the globe, too ...

(PRoF === Pacific Ring of Fire)

It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for "Big Ag irrigation" which threatens water and livelihoods all up and down coasts.

Independent journalists, writers, people being peaceful in their expressions have organized a few days of gatherings to celebrate the simple gifts that only healthy fish extend.

Peaceful people don't carry guns. Peaceful people

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Start your Monday morning off with a laugh about how bad the NWC forecasters predicted Imelda last week:

Even though it doesn't seem to have updated for 3+ years, this reveals some of the weakened spots where happened. There is nothing pristine here.

(Gee, I wonder why Trumpublicans refuse to acknowledge facts of today),

Read up on some of the incidents; let's see if we can find any recently-updated scientific news.


North Dakota flooding "severe weather" so soon after the catastrophic tropical storm Imelda in SE Texas, inundation in flood plains already saturated ...

I wonder how bad the fracking damage is? Some degree of sinking, likely. Geophysics teaches us that when a natural resource is depleted, structural problems in Earth systems can happen.

Every day the "American" people let Trump get away with his crimes seems to be creating more and more problems for those people; in this capture of radar imagery, obviously more rain on the way for many parts of the midwest.

Sources: Weathernationtv & maps

Photos from today's events: first 3 at Pacific University International Day of Peace and Climate Justice. Last photo scraped from other social media, showing downtown PDX protests.

While it was interesting to learn that the University's $700K+ salaried administrators continue to ignore the requests of students to bring back the compost program, use more sustainable products in foodservice and cafeterias, etc., it was more interesting to hear that none of those administrators showed up to the biggest climate strike in Earth's history! Just one lone 20 year Environmental Science teacher got behind the microphone.

That being said, while more than 3/4 of the protesters I marched with today were half my age, it was still great to hear the words "indigenous people" and "first nations." ... And the acknowledgement that the land the campus sits on today was originally stewarded by the Tualatin Kalapuyas, people "forcibly relocated southward to the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde."

"The survival of Native societies depended on the acquisition of resources and the means of subsistence. They needed mobility, cooperation, seasonal adaptation, and spirituality based on a reverence for natural resources and social traditions. Conversely, the value systems and teaching tools of Euro-Americans focused on individualism, competition, established communities, private landownership, and the acquisition of natural resources for power and profit. Consequently, formal Indian education policies and curriculums often exacerbated existing cultural conflicts."

Sources of quotations: oregonencyclopedia.org/article

Source: pacificu.edu/about/media/tragi

Hey , Climate Strike Oregon has a great site with tons of supplemental info for activism all week starting today.

Remember that climate activism starts LOCALLY: we can congregate anywhere to have our message heard. Small crowds in small towns can carry the message to those who need to hear it most!


bargaining is a powerful tool.

A story on MSNBC the other day featured this interesting chart: "All work stoppages of 1000 workers or more" between 1947 and 2017. It was the Nixon administration that did the most damage in stopping momentum of unions.

Today, however, the momentum has nowhere to go but up! Apparently the UAW is on as of yesterday, too.

Few things today scare the oligarchs and whiny wannabe tax-exempt "kings" reliant upon a constant influx of cheap labor more than a workforce. With knowledge of the existence of collective bargaining laws, the power returns to the laborers.

Full ~10 minute interview on the story of the unfolding in Lordstown:

Way back in March, river breaks over 19 feet. We can compare this with the "forecast" and recent record-breaking data points too ...

Don't even try to build an oil pipeline in the middle of a flood plain.

The best thing about all this flooding is that it's keeping away the monsters' infringing machinery on Mother Earth's territory. While people bicker there are, obviously, greater forces at work.

Article on "The Great Flood of 2019" by the NY Times.

insert obvious correlations...

The gist of it is that:

Obama (a good guy) rejected the pipeline permit requests due to lack of environmental impact studies. Smart.

Election happens and then (as we all know)

The EVIL MONSTER DONALD TRUMP "invited TC Energy to resubmit its application. Once resubmitted, the U.S. State Department did not bother to seek any new information or public comment, but instead quickly granted TC Energy a permit. Now, after the courts have told the United States it must follow the law, President Trump has attempted to circumvent the courts by issuing a new permit. But, the President must comply with the Treaties, and TC Energy must comply with Rosebud law."

Commentary on strength of Tribal courts superior system of clan motherhood, inherent knowledge of Earth's vulnerable systems.

"The United States must answer to the Tribes for violations of the treaties and be instructed to honor them. NARF will not allow the US government to ignore or forget the agreements made with tribal nations. Neither the president nor wealthy foreign corporations are above the laws of our country."


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