Elsewhere for September 3, 2017

You should read this for 9/3/2017: Grapes, Medieval and Modern, the importance of protest, speaking truth to power and compensating for evil people. 

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda

The labor of September from the Très Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry. September marks the the time of grape harvest in those European countries that grow grapes, and in the state of Washngton.
Waffle House, a popular 24-hour fast food chain in the Southeast, has a unique ability to operate solely on gas if necessary, so a closed Waffle House is often tantamount to disaster.
“Your father pardoned a man who made a woman give birth in shackles.” “The inappropriateness of Ivanka Trump maintaining her business while serving a position in the White House was made all too clear last night when her company, oblivious to the firestorm of fury directed at the Trump family for the President’s abrupt pardon of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio,tweeted out an ad for some overpriced shoes made in Chinese sweatshops. Actress Sarah Thyre of the popular television show Strangers With Candy fired back with a devastating response that quickly went viral.”
What The Arpaio Pardon Means To An Historian Of Nazi Germany æUpon gaining power, Hitler immediately pardoned allies who’d perpetrated ghastly crimes against those deemed enemies of the nation.
What do we make of Trump’s pardon of a political ally, a man duly convicted of systemic deprivations of people’s constitutional rights—people Trump never considered part of his America?”
I’m a black daughter of the Confederacy, and this is how we should deal with all those General Lees “The monuments debate isn’t about the past. It’s about present-day white supremacy and whether our nation is going to stop making excuses and stare it down.”
Leaked Chats Show Charlottesville Marchers Were Planning for Violence“While much of the discussion centered on flags, chants, and other forms of speech, the leaked exchanges also included advice on weapon construction. “You want something designed for longitudinal stress,” wrote one poster. “[Three] whacks and that thing is breaking.” Other topics included body armor and shield design. . . . Users also shared memes alluding to using vehicles against opponents.”
Thoughts on Confederate Statues from a Southern White Male “If this was about history and not white supremacy, we’d see a statue of an innocent black man hanging from a tree and a group of happy white people posing for a picture with his lifeless body. This isn’t about history. This is about whitewashing history.”
Four bakers who became trapped in their bakery for two days in the wake of Hurricane Harvey made hundreds of loaves of bread to give to flood victims.  When they realized that the water was so high in the streets outside the bakery, four bakers baked bread all day and night in a Mexican bakery, then gave the bread to those in need.
Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like “In all of U.S. history, there’s never been a storm like Hurricane Harvey. That fact is increasingly clear, even though the rains are still falling and the water levels in Houston are still rising.

But there’s an uncomfortable point that, so far, everyone is skating around: We knew this would happen, decades ago. We knew this would happen, and we didn’t care. Now is the time to say it as loudly as possible: Harvey is what climate change looks like.”

John Smelcer’s Nomination for a PEN Award Gets Pulled, and More Details About His Past Emerge I hate when writers do this stuff. There’s no excuse for it, ever.
The Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas Is Not an Accident. It’s the Result of Specific Choices. The perils of deregulation.
Via The New York Times Waiting for a Perfect Protest? “Media outlets and commentators representing a range of political persuasions have called attention to recent outbreaks of violence in Berkeley, Calif., Boston and other locations where anti-racist and anti-fascist demonstrators have gathered. Intentionally or not, they have often promoted a false equivalency between groups that advocate white supremacy and those that seek to eliminate it.”
There isn’t a “both sides” here; bigotry, Neo-Nazis, and hate mongers are evil. We don’t need pogroms, another kristallnacht. Speak up. Be present. Say no.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Via The Los Angeles Times: Republicans are asking a horrific question: Is our president insane? “Last week, the wild swings in mood and rhetoric displayed by Trump in a series of public appearances seems to have tilted public assessment of the president even more substantially toward this highly alarming view. Last Monday night, he read stiffly from a script as he outlined a rather undramatic but reasonably coherent shift in American engagement in Afghanistan, but, the next night, Trump ranted for well over an hour at a campaign rally in Phoenix, attacking the free press and members of his own political party, baying and barking like a wounded hound as he defended his contradictory comments about neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Va.”
💩🔥💰 Trump: I pardoned Arpaio during hurricane because I thought TV ratings would be higher Good to know where the priorities are, dude.

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