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07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]

07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]

07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

07.04 On reflection: how the 'albedo effect' is melting the Antarctic

07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn

07.03 Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into ‘new industrial frontier’

07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]

07.02 American Medical Association sues North Dakota over abortion laws

07.02 'Committed' CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, study finds

07.01 New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

07.01 Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara [0:50 video]

07.01 Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages [13:48 video]

06.30 American farmers can't afford this administration's climate apathy

06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]

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07.16 Describing 'Future We Want to Live In' Scores of Groups Unveil New Blueprint for Reproductive Rights

07.16 'Do not take the bait': congresswomen denounce racist Trump attack [3:50 video]

07.16 Money Laundering Scandal Forces Puerto Rico’s Governor to Cut His Vacation Short — Just in Time for Another Scandal

07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]

07.15 Finding the Future in Radical Rural America

07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]

07.15 If there is an 'immigrant' who has failed to integrate in America, it's Donald Trump

07.15 Trump tells Ocasio-Cortez and other female progressives to 'go back' to 'original' countries

07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]

07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]

07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]

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07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]

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07.16 Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe [1:09 video]

07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]

07.14 Kasich: The chilling effect of British ambassador's leaked memos

07.14 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]

07.13 New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]

07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning

07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]

07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]

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  Print view: A ''Vote'' for the Sanity Rally

A “Vote” for the Sanity Rally

by Lynda Lambert
Monday, 1 November 2010
I missed everything I’d come to see and hear at the rally, but what I got, unexpectedly, was a renewed belief that America is still here, that we haven't been wiped away by all the negativism.

Like tens of thousands of others, I attended the Rally to Restore Sanity on Saturday, October 30. Unlike those who were sane enough to get there at a time that seemed way too early, I attempted to arrive at the mall between 10 and 11 a.m.

My plan was simple. I would drive to Silver Spring, take the Red Line in, and meet my sister at the American Indian Museum, which is on the Mall. She volunteers there once a week and has wanted me to see it for years now, so we thought we’d see the museum, eat lunch at their coffee shop and then go out on the mall for the rally.

This is how it actually went.

There were a minimum of a thousand people trying to get on the Red Line at the Silver Spring Station at any one time. It took me 25 minutes just to get my farecard; then another 25 minutes to get stuffed into a train.

Though my sister had told me to get off at Metro Center, which is closest to the mall, a local on the train told me to get of at Judiciary Square, which is right on 4th Street, where both the Museum and the Rally were being held. This sounded sensible. All I would have to do to get to my sister is walk to the other side of the Mall.

But those who did the physical layout of the mall for this Sanity rally were, obviously, certifiable. In all the rallies, marches, and presentations I’ve gone to on the Washington Mall since my first in 1967, I have never had the problems I had at this one.

First, the Mall was “fenced off." There were barriers all the way down the Mall, preventing access except near the spot-o-pots around near the Justice Department and at 7th Street. These 10-foot-wide access points were jammed with people trying to get through, to the point that, eventually, you couldn’t.

In all other such gatherings I'd attended, the Mall had been open. This meant that even when cheek-to-jowl, people could slide into temporarily open spaces and make it across. With the “across” spaces limited at this Sanity rally, eventually there were simply too many people and it became jammed, like hair clogging a drainpipe.

My simple stroll to the other side of the Mall to get to my waiting sister failed. I tried for over an hour at different points to get past the clog, and, in the end, just gave up.

Earlier, when waiting for the train in, I had called my sister on her cell and left her a message—I think she must have been coming in on the train from VA at that time—and so I thought is would be a simple to call her and say, “Hey, I can’t get through, meet me at 10th,” or get through somewhere else that was not constricted.

However, cell networks were down—well, at least, mine was. I tried four times to get through to her from the Mall, even borrowing someone else’s cell and network. I was able to call her at home—where she wasn’t—and left a message, hoping she would call home to ask her husband if I’d called. She didn’t, and ended up waiting for me for over two hours.

Hoping that at some point she might be able to get through to me, I decided to try and actually see and hear some of what I’d come to experience. Good luck with that.

Whoever placed the screens and speakers put them in the middle of the Mall, creating a narrow line of both vision and hearing. Where we were, on the side, no one could see a screen, nor was any sound tilted our way. When the bands were playing, you could hear. But when someone was speaking, you could not.

In every other Mall event I’ve been to, screens and speakers have been placed at angles on the sides, offering a wedge-shaped hearing/viewing area, instead of a thin straight line. At one point at the Sanity rally, people began chanting “Louder! Louder! Louder!” and they turned up the speakers to the point where you could almost, sort-of hear. But it was difficult.

Even so, oddly enough, it was a wonderful day—partly because, in the midst of that insane set-up, the interminable delays of trains, and everything else that went wrong, everyone was smiling. There was no hate, no whining, no self-aggrandizing behavior. People from all over the U.S., of all ages, races and sexual persuasions, were kind and helpful, and ready to talk to and laugh with anyone.

I missed everything I’d come to see and hear; I even missed lunch with my sister. But what I got, which I had not expected, was a renewed belief that America is still here. That we haven’t been wiped away by all the negativism and the fear-mongering and the downright stupidity that we've endured over the last 30 years, particularly the last 10.

This simple rally with its simple point—the need for sanity (though totally insane logistically)—renewed my faith in my country and its people.

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Lynda Lambert, a college English instructor, writes from the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore.

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This story was published on November 4, 2010.

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