Let’s go together

Shall I go off and away to bright Andromeda?
Shall I sail my wooden ships to the sea?
Or stay in a cage of those in Amerika??
Or shall I be on the knee?
Wave goodbye to Amerika
Say hello to the garden

So I see – I see the way you feel
And I know that your life is real
Pioneer searcher refugee
I follow you and you follow me
Let’s go together
Let’s go together
Let’s go together right now

—Paul Kantner, Let’s Go Together

It amuses me to recall listening to this song forty-some years ago, imagining being part of a group of technically proficient political dissidents in some future dystopia. We’ve certainly got the dystopia. Where are my revolutionaries? Where is my starship?

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Green Transformation

Ich habe gekämpft Joschka Fischer SPIEGEL_2001_02_18204046

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Strelitzer Straße 55


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Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz







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Altenburger Allee 19


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9/11

We flew out of SFO on 9/15/2001, the first day it was reopened. It was a Saturday. Wolfie bounced around London in his backpack. There were candlelight vigils, statements of solidarity in London and Hamburg. After some discussion the white-haired docent at a concentration camp in southern Denmark chose his words carefully: Given US actions in the world we could understand al-Qaeda’s bringing down the towers. Many Americans couldn’t.

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Everyday People

“America and the world commemorate you and your loved ones. The pieces of your soul.”

The pieces of my soul point Joe Biden to the Cambridge Dictionary:

Is Biden perhaps no longer accustomed to addressing the living? The guy looks and sounds like one of the friggin’ walking dead. When this US President says “everyday people” I feel patronized, insulted.

Damn! I went for Everyday People and was reminded how inspired we used to feel when we heard a number of these tracks:

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Sitness® X

Guardian:

So far, so good: woman who doesn’t believe there’s evidence for effectiveness of vaccination gets a court order to force use of animal worm medication on hospitalized husband. Cool. It can’t get any better. And yet, and yet, there’s this ad. It’s kind of amazing. A professional sportsman who finds movement fun encourages fitness by sitting. Sitting in the right chair, that is. So check it out: you can read about horse dewormer as court-ordered medical treatment while training your muscles and keeping fit and healthy by sitting in your chair. Life is good.

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Staggering US wealth inequality heaps long-term harm on to minority children

Guardian:

The US stands out as an outlier compared with other industrialized nations in terms of both the approach to childhood taken by policymakers and governments, and the extent of inequality that flows from that. The new research looked at 14 industrialized countries, including Australia, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom, and found that the US was exceptional in the extent of wealth inequality between children and older age groups.

Gibson-David, who edited the volume alongside Heather Hill of the University of Washington, said that the unique position of the US reflected the country’s political climate, which was notably less inclined to help children than other nations. “We’ve chosen to let the market determine wealth levels.”

Who is meant by the “we” here?

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