Orange Coup

[I decided to break the earlier post in two, one for France and the other for the U.S., with significant revisions to the latter, here.]

On November 1, 2020, United States President Donald Trump gave an unscheduled speech at 9 PM (Eastern) via all major media outlets. He reported that Vice President Pence and his seventh National Security Advisor, Barry Goldwater, had received secret evidence that a coalition of Chinese and Irani spies had hacked into the voting machine systems in several major U.S. cities.Trump said, “I have decided, I said to myself, I have to do this, I have declared a national emergency, and called out national police troops and coastal guards in these cities to surround and protect our sacred poles and federal buildings, where I will put all voting machines for inspection and retraining of spyware, malware, and virushuses.  I know a pole invasion when I see one, and I will build a wall around this one, a wall as only I can, and you know I will.  I’m not kidding.”

Later in the speech he said, “Due to the critical nature of this assault on our national shecuritry, my emergency will postpone the election until congressional, military and intelligence authorities and me of course develop a plan or establish a commission to find solutions. We’ll see what happens.”

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Leaf Melt Rumination and True Americans

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“Small things amuse small minds.”

Five inch long American beech tree leaf resting at the bottom of a beech-leaf-shaped hole in ice, Balsamea, March 21, 2019

It’s amusing how much a leaf laying under water in an ice pocket can conjure rumination.  It’s not the kind of rumination that comes with an unquiet mind, that sort of out-of-control thinking that spirals endlessly into itself.  These icy leaf ruminations are just notions that sift through the synapses for no reason except that’s what we’re made to do with observations of Nature.  We’re made to be inspired by Nature to see things that small minds miss because they don’t see small things, or don’t pay attention to them.

Too bad more small minds are not amused by more small things.

Small things in Nature, that is.

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Historic Public Lands Legislation

This is a follow-up to my earlier post, Renew the EXPIRED Land and Water Conservation Fund #SaveLWCF of .

Congress passed a Public Lands Package (S.47) in nearly unanimous bipartisan fashion.

Source: Historic Public Lands Legislation About to Become Law – American Hiking Society

Every so often Congress overcomes its partisan battles and joins together to enact critical legislation. Today is one of those days! Congress just passed a Public Lands Package (S.47) in nearly unanimous bipartisan fashion (92-8 in the Senate and 363-62 in the House of Representatives). The legislation is far-reaching in scope (read it all here). Among the many provisions it creates new National Monuments honoring civil rights icons and Civil War heroes, provides over 1.3 million acres of new wilderness designations, and prohibits mining near two National Parks. Highlighted below are some of the key provisions for hikers and public land lovers.

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Non-essential people

REALLY, who needs federal employees, anyway?

I offer this post to connect personally with one kind of public servant we discard when we cut off their agency funding.  I hope this helps readers feel … well, just feel.

Meet Jim Hudgins, who was the Michigan Private Lands Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 25 years.

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