Dreamer’s World November 24, 2019 – My Mimosa

The “holiday season“ is officially here. The proof came last when Hal and I went to our neighborhood supermarket to get some groceries. The first clue that things were out of control was the overcrowded parking lot. Thankfully, we found a spot in the underground parking garage so we avoided the rain and drizzle that seemed absolutely essential to complete this task. 

     Of course, the store was extremely crowded, even for a dreary Saturday night. I decided that our trip for just a few items was changing into a trip to get everything I could think of to prepare some special meals for Thanksgiving week. I was not going to fight crowds which would only get worse for things later when I could get them while already at the store. 

     The first item on my new list was some chicken breasts. I got a set of 8 , individually sealed, and my plan is from r half of them to go into the Instant Pot and the other half I will cook in the oven. I have never had any really good luck with cooking a turkey, so I stopped trying years ago. In addition to the chicken breasts I also got some chicken flavored stuffing to make and some corn and beans to prepare as well.

    The next stop was the produce section, where I got 3 onions to divide between the Instant Pot and the other half of the chicken, where raw onion is a side item according to personal taste (hint – I love them). I also got 2 bunches of asparagus to steam on the stove for either chicken dish, some mushrooms for the Instant Pot chicken, as well as a large Green Pepper also for the Instant Pot chicken.

    Of course, I stopped at the spice section and got salt and pepper, because I always run out at the most inconvenient times. Some instant potatoes, because with all the other cooking I will be doing I don’t need another task with preparing whole potatoes. Two bottles of barbecue sauce for the chicken I will make in the oven in order to properly marinate the chicken before cooking, and I felt like I was doing with shopping.

    As I began to make my way towards the checkout, I realized that I had forgotten something that I decided would be a great addition at home. I needed orange juice because orange juice is very healthy. Then I decided that I needed something to go with the orange juice. Champagne, of course!

M-m-m-my Mimosa

Dreamer’s World November 19, 2019 -Clarity


There are days when the world and everything in it seem so fuzzy. Nothing appears clearly. This morning was one of those times. I took Hal (person) to the Metro since he was leaving for two days in order to visit some of his relatives out of town. It was still dark when I got home, but soon after sunrise, this is the view that greeted me outside.

Google Keep For Blogging?

Google Keep For Blogging?

I often find myself wondering about the weirdest things when I am going through a sleepless night. Thoughts of updating my tech toys have been on my mind for a while, so I find myself looking at alternatives to the writing tools I currently use to see if I can just change those writing tools rather than buying new tech gear altogether.

On the agenda for this blog entry is Google Keep, an often overlooked little app that does allow direct sharing to WordPress without having to resort to all sorts of creative shortcuts. Thus, Google Keep meets my first requirement for ease of use and simplicity.

Formatting in Google Keep is very basic. There really isn’t a way to personalize using fonts, for example, so this means I can’t use my beloved Comic Sans font 😤 but life is all about adapting to change.

Dreamer’s World November 8, 2019 – Straight Lines

I was messing around with the camera on my phone today when I inadvertently snapped this picture

At first glance, there is nothing unusual about this picture. The thing that caught my eye as I was glancing at it and preparing to delete it was the prevalence of straight lines throughout the image. The lighting sets this off rather well as I take the time to really look at the picture again. Only the top of the chair back shows a clear variation from the theme of the straight line.

Of course, all of this reminds me of a song by Silverchair

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Governments Beware: People Are Rising Up All Over the World

Free-market capitalism has proved time and again to be a failure. The promised riches are distributed far too unequally, and for most they never transpire.bySonali Kolhatkar


The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images)

The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images)

Lately there seem to be an unusually large number of mass resistance movements unfolding in countries all over the world. Here in the U.S., Puerto Rico’s recent political turmoil upended the entire local government structure. In Latin America, there have been upheavals over the past few weeks in PeruBoliviaEcuador and Chile. In the Caribbean, Haiti is experiencing its worst political turmoil since the 2004 ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. On the other side of the planet, Arab nations like Iraq and Lebanon have erupted into mass upheavals. Sudan just a few months ago toppled dictator Omar al-Bashir and now wants his party disbanded. And in Hong Kong, months of mass sustained protests have brought the nation to a standstill. What is happening?

There are common themes running throughout this widespread global uprising. The unrest is marked by a deep dissatisfaction with an economic order that benefits elites over others, combined with outrage against authoritarianism and the use of force to quell dissent. Often these are intertwined, as regimes use force to maintain the unequal economic order and demand public subservience and obedience. Then, a new proposed rule or law— seemingly innocuous at first—lights the spark of protest over long-simmering issues. In the internet age, activists organize with greater ease than before and are highly educated about their plight, giving them a greater ability to document and share abuses far and wide.

I spoke with three people to try to understand the common threads of protest in Chile, Lebanon and Hong Kong, and to explore why and how people have been rising up and organizing in the face of inequality and repression. Mia Dragnic is a sociologist from Chile and a doctoral candidate in Latin American studies at the University of Chile. Dragnic considers herself a “feminist militant” and, in the midst of her current tenure as a visiting scholar at University of California at San Diego, she explained to me in an interview that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera “has not attempted to dialogue with social movements nor changed any of the type of structural factors that have given rise to the current crisis.” Chileans rose up after the announcement of a hike in subway fares, but as is often the case, their response to the fare hike was symptomatic of a broader economic resentment. In fact, although Chile has been lauded for being an economic miracle, it experiences the highest level of inequality among OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations.

According to Dragnic, the protesters “are demanding social rights because the Chilean state has privatized those rights and converted itself into a guarantor of the rights of the private sector.” Those “social rights,” she says, include “education, health and housing.” Dragnic recently authored a statement titled “International Community Against the Militarization of Chile,” which was signed by thousands of academics, activists and others. The statement demands Piñera’s resignation and denounces his militarized response to the protests. So far, Piñera’s response has been to oust eight ministers, but he has resolutely refused to resign from his own position. Dragnic pointed out Piñera has “handed power to a military general to handle the protests.” Many fear that such a move is reminiscent of Chile’s violent past, when the U.S. backed a brutal 1973 coup against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and helped install the notorious dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Across the world in Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri was more responsive to dissent than Chile’s Piñera, resigning after just 13 days of sustained mass protests in cities all over the country that included the formation of a human chain. As with the subway fare incident in Chile, outrage among the Lebanese public was initially triggered by the announcement of a tax on the popular texting software WhatsApp, but it reflected a deeper economic discontent.

I recently spoke with Jackson Allers. In our interview, Allers explained to me that Lebanese people are fed up with their government because “the infrastructure has crumbled, [and] the currency, which is artificially pegged to the U.S. dollar, is in absolute disarray right now, and it mirrors what’s happened around the Arab world since 2012.” Allers was referring to the Arab Spring movements in many Middle Eastern nations that comprised a wave of pro-democracy movements demanding democratic reforms. “The final straw was on Oct. 17,” said Allers, “[which] was when the government imposed a tax on WhatsApp phone calls.”

Allers pointed out Lebanon’s crisis was centered on the failures of capitalism, calling the country “a perfect example of a free-market state,” and “crony capitalism gone rampant.” One of the positive hallmarks of this mass movement — unlike previous eras of dissent in Lebanon — is the cross-sectarian nature of protesters. People from nearly every socioeconomic, political and religious sector are joining together. They say Hariri’s resignation is not enough and want to see an overturning of the entire corrupt system.

Elsewhere on the globe, in Hong Kong, which has occupied international headlines for many months now, protesters are also sustaining their activism for the long haul. Although the protests were initially triggered by a controversial extradition plan with China, they are now a response to broader issues of control, authoritarianism and—just as is the case in many other sites of dissent—the economy. Economic inequality in Hong Kong has increased dramatically and is now the greatest it has been in 45 years.

brutal police response overseen by Chief Executive Carrie Lam has only hardened the resolve of the largely youth-led and seemingly leaderless movement. Joy Ming King is activist born and raised in Hong Kong and an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University. In an interview, he explained to me that activists marked an ongoing ban on face masks in the public realm by donning masks en masse on Halloween while defying authorities. King, who has been participating in the ongoing protests through organizing and direct action both outside and inside Hong Kong through his work in the Lausan Collective, explained that the creative action was an example of “collective enjoyment and rejuvenation, a way to sustain the movement, and that Hong Kongers are organizing largely through the use of digital technology in online forums and without leaders directing most of the actions. The anger that residents feel toward the government is aimed both at the local authorities and at China, which through its special relationship with Hong Kong has attempted to exert greater control over the semi-autonomous city.

The commonalities of why there are so many movements in disparate parts of the world are quite striking. Free-market capitalism has proved time and again to be a failure. The promised riches are distributed far too unequally, and for most they never transpire. The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. These are lessons not just for ordinary people suffering economic injustices, but for the governments that oversee them.

Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates. She is the former founder, host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive-time program “Uprising.” She is also the co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of RAWA. She is the author, with James Ingalls, of “Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence” (2006).
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