This week's Fool-on-the-Hill Tommy Tuberville, the incoming Repugnican senator from Alabama, didn’t seem to learn much about World War II while in school or from his father who actually was there. Intelligencer reports: Tuberville's father was "an American G.I. who landed on Normandy Beach in D-Day and drove
a tank across western Europe, earning five bronze stars and a Purple
Heart at the Battle of the Bulge during his deployment." Maybe Tommy was estranged from his dad and they seldom spoke?
Tuberville did not seem familiar with the politics of the European theater: In his speech, the new senator described how his father took part in “liberating Paris from socialism and communism.” [insert hysterical laughter here]
Speaking of fascists, His Malignancy The Mad King has appointed two white nationalists to government since losing the election. HuffPo reports: "Darren J. Beattie, a former White House speechwriter fired in 2018 after it was revealed he’d spoken at a white nationalist conference, announced Wednesday that Trump had appointed him to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. [!] On Nov. 13, [His Malignancy] also appointed Jason Richwine — a policy analyst pushed out of a conservative think tank for writing that Mexican and other Latino immigrants have lower IQs than white people — to a senior position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology." Not to be outdone by small time racist nazis, The Mad King's U.S. Forest Service "in its waning days, has embarked on a rushed effort to transfer ownership of Arizona’s Oak Flat to a mining company with ties to the destruction of an Aboriginal site in Australia, the Guardian has learned." And, of course, this: "The Arctic is the latest victim of the outgoing president’s post-defeat tantrum, as the Trump administration takes steps to advance oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [Last] Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska office [was] set to publish request for nominations on the refuge’s coastal plain, letting fossil fuel companies suggest which pieces of the protected land should be auctioned off for extraction." Presumably the winner of our recent election will reverse all this in spite of his friendliness with the fossil fools? Why not ask! Let's close with this obvious observation in the New York Times: "A succession of Trump policies reflected the administration’s spite and heartlessness." In others words: Classic Fascism.
Just in case you've been off planet for the last five or six decades it's time to point out "It's the Climate crisis, Stupid!" With that in mind, it looks like our old arch nemesis, Will Nukem is out there pimping for fake "climate action" in this locally produced video . We know about his tricks and so does Deb Katz one of our favorite nukebusters and sometime guest on this show. And this in case you missed it, this from Inside Climate News: "President-elect Joe Biden affirmed climate change as a top priority on Monday, selecting former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as a special envoy for climate, and giving him a seat on the National Security Council. Kerry, who served 28 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming secretary of state under President Barack Obama, was in France five years ago helping negotiate the landmark Paris climate accord. Now his task will be not only to bring the United States back into that deal but to lead a push for more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions worldwide, as Biden has said he hopes to do."
After our conversation with Matt it's off to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 to 8:30pm. Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration, Beyond Stopping Emissions: How Healthy Soil and Plants Can Help Restore Climate Balance. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for joining the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/
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Thursday December 3, 12 to 1pm. "Small Dam Removal: Lessons Learned from 20 Years Worth of Dam Removal in Massachusetts". Speaker: Nick Wildman (CERP), Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration. Regulations and funding sources for river restoration vary considerably across each of the 50 United States of America. In Massachusetts, a state with over 3,000 dams, dam removal has been employed as a means to restore riverine ecological processes and eliminate public safety liabilities since around 1999. Over the last 20 years, more than 60 dams have been removed in the state with approximately 50 of those involving the state’s Division of Ecological Restoration. This presentation will describe the evolution of the practice of dam removal in Massachusetts including lessons learned, ecological and community benefits realized, and the goals and challenges for expanding the practice in the future. MORE & REGISTER
Wednesday December 9 10:00am–12:30pm. AG Healey's Virtual Teach-in on Energy Markets. Meant to . To learn more, check out our new informational video, which includes a link to register for the event. Registration is free and open to all.
Wednesday, December 9, 7-8:45 pm. Pioneer Valley Citizen's Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting
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Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. “Protecting the Mystic River Watershed from Climate Change”. Mystic River Watershed Association (MyWRA), facilitates outstanding research, citizen science, and regional collaboration to protect and restore the Mystic, mitigate climate change, and protect people and places in the watershed by Boston from the negative consequences of climate change. Register here!
That is all.......for now. Please remember to listen to your Mother.