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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

IT IS TIME FOR ME TO WRITE A BOOK

Misinformation and propaganda about matters of economics continue to be spread by the fascist Republican propaganda machine. Trolls on Facebook repeat their drivel and Report anyone who 'harasses' them by telling the truth (censoring the truth teller with 30 days in Facebook Jail). Being tired of this meaningless battle is natural, but it will stop only when I and others *DO SOMETHING*.

Well, the next Working Minds essay that I write needs to be on the topic "Fascism For Dummkopfs", since so many fascist Republicans have no clue and are brainwashed into calling anybody who disagrees with them 'fascist', including folks in the anti-fa (anti-fascist) movement.

The plan for the book is to use already-existing Working Minds essays, possibly updating each one a little.

Essay #54 [September 2005] "F*** The Fed"

Essay #18 [December 2001] "The Stock Market Casino"

Essay #78 [July 2008] "The Robber Barons"

Essay #40 [February 2004] "Paleo-Capitalism"

"Fascism For Dummkopfs" will be essay #119

Essay #76 [June 2008] "How To Survive The Coming Depression"

Essay #92 [August 2010] "Reason-Based Taxation - The Solution To The Economic Crisis"

I am including these as links for readers/followers who want to begin self-education on these topics.

The completed book will have the title "Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment: On Economics"
G.E. Nordell, 22 June 2022

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, June 09, 2022

NEW MEXICO PRIMARY ELECTIONS - PLURALITIES

NEW MEXICO PRIMARY ELECTIONS - PLURALITIES
So, okay, So-and-So got x number of votes versus The Other Guy, the really important statistic for primary elections is a look at the plurality in each contest: the total number of Democratic voters who showed up versus the count of Republican ballots cast.

New Mexico official statewide voter turnout was 261,912 ballots cast out of 1,032,015 registered voters for 25.4% participation (up from 2018).

CONGRESS DISTRICT 1
Democrat MELANIE ANN STANSBURY 43,657
GOP 43,686
        this race is suddenly neck-and-neck!

CONGRESS DISTRICT 2
Dem Las Cruces City Councilor Gabriel 'Gabe' Vasquez
        Dems total 31,395 = good chance to flip district?
GOP 28,583

CONGRESS DISTRICT 3
Democrat TERESA LEGER FERNANDEZ 46,804
GOP 28,686

New Mexico Governor
Democrat MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM 124,366
GOP 117,115
third party 1,041

Secretary of State
Democrat MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER 119,631
GOP 92,844
third party 1,126

Attorney General
Democrat RAÚL TORREZ 72,773
Democrat BRIAN S. COLÓN 63,308
        Democrat total 136,081
GOP 92,360

State Treasurer
Democrat LAURA M MONTOYA 75,046
Democrat HEATHER R BENAVIDEZ 52,753
        Democrat total 127,799
GOP 91,438

State Representative DISTRICT 7
Democrat DANNY M BERNAL JR 1,042 = uphill battle
GOP 1,205

State Representative DISTRICT 8
GOP Brian Baca 2122

State Representative DISTRICT 22
Democrat AUGUSTINE N MONTOYA 1,937 = uphill battle
GOP 2,974

State Representative DISTRICT 49
Republican GAIL 'MISSY' ARMSTRONG 2,796

State Representative DISTRICT 50
Democrat MATTHEW MCQUEEN unopposed 3,575

State Representative DISTRICT 69
Democrat Harry Garcia 1155

VALENCIA COUNTY COMMISSION
District 1 GOP Gerard Saiz 994
District 3 Dem Sabrina Marie Sweeney 621
District 3 GOP Morris Sparkmen 619
        vote total 1512

VALENCIA COUNTY SHERIFF
GOP fascist Denise Vigil 4317
Dem Rodney Jones 3012

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Thursday, June 02, 2022

News Factoids for Second Quarter 2022

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

The U.S. has only 4¼ per cent of the world’s population, yet it accounts for twenty per cent of all covid-19 deaths. Be sure to thank a Republican.

77,124 people in the US died of coronavirus in December 2020, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic.

May 19th, 2022: The C.D.C. announced 1,001,606 confirmed U.S. deaths, among 83,060,981 confirmed US cases.

ECONOMICS

Effective 1 January 2021, the minimum wage in New Mexico rose from $9.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour for most workers and up to $2.55 per hour for tipped workers not working in cities with higher local wage standards.

"There is now research showing that in advanced economies two-thirds of the population are now on the track to be poorer than their parents." ~~~ Rana Foroohar - Associate Editor, Financial Times in 2020

"If you told me you own all of the bitcoin in the world and you offered it to me for $25, I wouldn't take it. Because what would I do with it? I'd have to sell it back to you one way or another. It isn't going to do anything." -- American capitalist Warren Buffett - in May 2022

U.S. gross domestic product grew 5.7 percent in 2021, the fastest pace since 1984.

The national average price for diesel fuel stood at $5.56 a gallon as-of May 22, just shy of the record of $5.58 set the prior week, according to A.A.A.

OTHER MATTERS

Only about 11.5 million Americans actually hunt in a given year - fewer than go to ballet performances. -- per The Atlantic Magazine

Tasmania declared itself 100 percent powered by renewable electricity in November 2020

“Putin has now affirmed that he refuses to accept the outcome of the Cold War.” -- Tom Nichols, referring to the Russian president’s 'simply unhinged' speech on 21 February 2022

“It’s often said that genealogical research is the second most popular hobby in the United States, after gardening, and the second most popular search category online, after porn.” -- Maya Jasanoff

June 2022 : 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are illiterate and 54 percent have a prose literacy below sixth-grade level. -- per several news sites

May 25, the 145th day of the year: There have now been at least 198 mass shootings this year alone. Let that sink in for a moment: There have been more mass killings due to gun violence than there have been days in 2022.

In July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number 800-273-8255 will change nationwide to a three-digit number - 988 - to make it easier for people in a crisis to get the help that they need. At least that's the hope.

Copyright 2022 by G.E. Nordell, all rights reserved

Monday, May 23, 2022

May 2022 Quotations (52)

NOTE: This is page #500 posted since 'Dateline Chamesa: A Revolutionary Weblog' began in October 2005.

"It is important to be comfortable with uncertainty."
~~ Chinese-British novelist Xiaolu Guo

"Without facts, you can't have truth. Without truth, you can't have trust. Without trust, we have no shared reality, no democracy, and it becomes impossible to deal with the existential problems of our times: climate, coronavirus, now, the battle for truth."
~~ Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech delivered in December 2021

"Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise."
~~ cinema master Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007]

"Kindness is a folding chair / We carry with us everywhere."
~~ Ian Frazier, in The New Yorker Magazine, January 2022

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntary, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul."
~~ Joyce Carol Oates

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~~ painter Edgar Degas [1834-1917]

for back of t-shirt: WYSIWYG ~~ (which nerd types will understand is the acronym for 'what you see is what you get')

"The dumbest thing in the universe is a Republican making excuses for being a racist and a fascist and a traitor."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"We must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work’. It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of every-one . . . Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped."
~~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands."
~~ Roy T. Bennett

"Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise."
~~ Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]

"Always do what you are afraid to do."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human."
~~ Adolf Hitler [1889-1945]

"Any book worth banning is a book worth reading."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"Reservation-based casinos are the red man's revenge on the white man."
~~ G.E. Nordell

somebody should write a book about "Cooking In Space"

for back of t-shirt: "pre-order now!"

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."
~~ visionary R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"So please, oh please,
we beg, we pray,
go throw your TV set away,
and in its place you can install,
a lovely bookcase on the wall."
~~ author Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows. This – the supremacy of reason – was, is, and will be the primary concern of my work, and the essence of Objectivism."
~~ philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82], in "The Objectivist" newsletter of September 1971

"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."
~~ author John Steinbeck [1902-68]

"So what does it all mean? . . . If a song moves you, that's all that's important. I don't have to know what a song means."
~~ Bob Dylan, in his Nobel Prize response speech, June 2017

"Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story."
~~ ancient Greek author/epic poet Homer [VIIIth Century BCE]

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door [that] you did not know was open."
~~ actor John Barrymore [1882-1942]

"Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."
~~ independent filmmaker John Waters

"When we remember [that] we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"April. Month of dust and lies."
~~ Nobel-laureate Naguib Mahfouz [1911-2006]

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~~ author Margaret Atwood

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
~~ George Orwell [1903-50], in his 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

"I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen."
~~ author Anne Lamott

"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously."
~~ gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"There must be no tolerance of intolerance. There must be no freedom to destroy freedom."
~~ German-Swiss existential philosopher Karl Jaspers [1883-1969]

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance."
~~ James A. Madison [1751-1836]

"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."
~~ salesman & speaker Zig Ziglar [1926-2012]

"No longer satisfied with simply twisting the truth to convince you of their point of view, O.A.N. has become a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda determined to convince everyone [that] there is no truth."
~~ Rick Weiland, founder of TakeItBack.org

"My mother and all the women who fought alongside her gave my generation Roe v. Wade. They gave us the bodily autonomy we should have already had . . . It was an essential gift, and an irreversible one. Or so we thought."
~~ Molly Jong-Fast, contributing writer at The Atlantic Monthly

"Of this I am certain, that we are not here in order to have a good time."
~~ philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein [1889-1951]

"All men with power must be distrusted to a degree."
~~ James A. Madison [1751-1836]

"I believe in doing something every day to pay for the day."
~~ musician Willie Nelson

"A demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men [that] he knows to be idiots."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it."
~~ Medieval philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol [1021-70 C.E.], possibly a shortened version of "Wisdom of Solomon" 6:17.

"In a society that has you counting money, pounds, calories, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead."
~~ Lisa Heckman

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"There are more old drunks than there are old doctors."
~~ musician Willie Nelson

"Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story."
~~ author Ashleigh Brilliant

"Every man is guilty of all the good [that] he didn't do."
~~ French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>      theme for the month: BEER      <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

"He was a wise man who invented beer."
~~ Greek philosopher Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Beer, if drank {sic} with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
~~ Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer."
~~ Henry Lawson [1867-1922]

"On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it."
~~ Napoleon Bonaparte [1769-1821]

"Without beer, life would be a mistake."
~~ philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Never trust a person who doesn't drink beer."
~~ Andrew Jackson [1767-1845]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

A THOUGHT FOR MOTHER'S DAY

“My mother and all the women who fought alongside her gave my generation Roe v. Wade. They gave us the bodily autonomy we should have already had . . . It was an essential gift, and an irreversible one. Or so we thought.”
~~~ Molly Jong-Fast, contributing writer at The Atlantic Monthly

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

TWO EXCELLENT INTERVIEWS ON THE UKRAINE SITUATION

Former MI6 Chief On the Ukraine & Russia Conflict - interview with Q&A at Oxford Union 3/1/2022
watch full interview [34:03] online at YouTube
Sir Robert John Sawers is a British intelligence officer, diplomat and civil servant; he was Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6, a position he held from November 2009 until November 2014

Former MI6 Officer, Christopher Steele - interview with Q&A at Oxford Union 3/11/2022
watch full interview [45:45] online at YouTube

Friday, January 07, 2022

January 2022 Quotations (53)

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."
~~ Frida Kahlo [1907-54]

"Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."
~~ George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!"
~~ George Washington [1732-99], in 1779

"Consciousness is an intellectual illusion."
~~ philosopher Daniel Dennett

"No amount of trouble outside the home can crush you if things are right at home; and no amount of success outside the home can satisfy you if things aren’t right at home."
~~ John Fogg of North Garden, VA

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

He warned his fiancée, Amélie Parayre, whom he married in 1898, when he was twenty-eight, “I love you dearly, mademoiselle; but I shall always love painting more."
~~ Henri Matisse [1869-1954]

"Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"Why not sieze the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
~~ Jane Austen [1775-1817]

"There is an idiocy in current discourse, which calls things about which people can be angry or mistaken ‘controversial’."
~~ author & film critic Renata Adler, in 1972

"[America is] really just a nation of [340] million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."
~~ gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson [1937-2005]

"I think we should throw those [29] books in a fire."
~~ Rabih Abuismail, Spotsylvania County, Virginia school board member, after the board unanimously passed a resolution to remove certain books (including fiction about teens struggling to overcome sexual abuse) from a high school library in November 2021; board member Kirk Twigg seconded the idea

"When good Americans die, they go to heaven; if they've been very good, they go to Paris."
~~ paraphrase of Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]
"Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris."
~~ American artist Thomas Gold Appleton [1812-84]

"Anti-racist work - ridding our schools of anti-Blackness, for example - will require that all children are taught historical truths to understand how racism impacts our society, while being empowered with the tools to eradicate it. Liberation for our society means liberating all peoples."
~~ education writer Rann Miller in 11-2021

"All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by."
~~ from the poem "Sea-Fever" [1916] by John Masefield [1878-1967]

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
~~ from the poem "Endymion: A Poetic Romance" [1817] by John Keats [1795-1821]

"Round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!"
~~ from the poem "Homeward Bound" [1866] by William Allingham [1824-89]

"Listen, you little wiseacre: I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it."
~~ character Harry Wormwood, as written by Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"The real immigration crisis in New Mexico is all the fools imported from Texas to the southern part of the state."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The job of the artist is to always deepen the mystery."
~~ Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Procrastination is a great labor-saving device."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"There will be no recovery from this crisis until the Republican Party recommits itself to democracy."
~~ David Frum, in The Atlantic Magazine

"The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment."
~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti [1895-1986]

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man [that] I know."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
~~ Jack E. Leonard [1910-73]

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."
~~ Cong. Thomas Brackett Reed [1839-1902]

"[Richard Nixon] inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."
~~ author James Reston

"Don't let criticism destroy your dreams. The only person who never makes a mistake is someone who does nothing."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Procrastinate wisely."
~~ The Atlantic Magazine

"[The year] 2020 was singularly awful, with the devastation caused by COVID-19 and the birth of the Big Lie Movement, led by the disgraced and deranged Donald Trump."
~~ Bill Leuders, editor at The Progressive Magazine

"Coca-Cola is the only business in the world where no matter which country or town or village you are in, if someone asks what do you do,
and you say you work for Coca-Cola, you never have to answer the question, What is that?"
~~ Muhtar Kent, chairman & CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, 2008-2017

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"If without stories we live not, stories live not without us."
~~ Phyllis Trible, Old Testament scholar

"The best films are effectively real life wrapped in metaphor."
~~ film director Travis Knight

"You have two lives, the second one begins when you realize you only have one."
~~ Chinese philosopher Confucius [551-479 BCE]

"I'm not into that one night thing. I think a person should get to know someone and even be in love with them before you use and degrade them."
~~ entertainer Steve Martin

"One way or another every human being is unique, for better or for worse."
~~ Roald Dahl [1916-90]

"Republicans are using every dirty trick in the books to stem the tide of democracy and cling to power."
~~ Congresswoman Veronica Escobar [Dem TX-16]

"Over the next three to four weeks, we are going to see the number of [COVID-19] cases in this country rise so dramatically that we're gonna have a hard time keeping everyday life operating."
~~ Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy - in late 2021

"A watched clock never boils."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"That's part of your problem: you haven't seen enough movies. All of life's riddles are answered in the movies."
~~ entertainer Steve Martin {as Davis} in the movie "Grand Canyon" [1991]

"There is no elevator to cool . . . you have to take the stairs!"
~~ Baldo comic strip [est. 2000] by Cantú & Castellanos

"And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."
~~ Meister Eckhart [1260?-1328?]

"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Are any of you still doubting the Climate Crisis? As predicted - by Science - the problem goes beyond hot spells, drought, dying species, and melted glaciers to weather phenomena being bigger and stronger and of longer duration. Funny that folks are 'surprised', you should expect MORE and WORSE, just like Greta has been saying for years now (while our 'leaders' continue doing nothing but talk)."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
~~ Socrates [470?-399 BCE]

"With Chris Wallace leaving, Homer Simpson is now the smartest person on Fox."
~~ Tracey Edwards

"[Marjorie Taylor Greene] is bat-shit crazy. But she’s going to Congress."
~~ evangelical conservative commentator Erick Erickson, during her first campaign

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-65]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}