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For a while it seemed that ordinary people could no longer transfer YouTubes from the site to share them on other places on the Internet or simply save them. Either I didn't know that my Explorer Browser would transfer them or Google changed the setting back (google I'm told bought the YouTube site). Tonight I have the first Sylvia blog I've done in a while. I like to think my outraged bitter complaint in a letter to PBS on its coverage of Trump's stigmatizing of black football players helped prompt Woodruff to have Riley Temple on her show: I shall now write a letter thanking her even if my letter had nothing to do with it. Amy Goodman didn't need me to interview Moore on his Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender, all about why none of us need to surrender, especially to any war.

We are as usual watching the full horror of this president this week, carrying on stigmatizing black football players, allowing 100 % of Puerto Ricans to die rather than lift a colonialist law forbidding all but US shipping to bring goods into Puerto Rico. I know that the media has therefore not been paying attention to how his administration has been busy poisoning our environment, starving ACA of funds, trying to start a war (well the media did pay attention to this because the man is willing to drop nuclear bombs on millions of people), but I want to help focus on the reason the NFL players refused to go through the usual rituals at the beginning of football games. I can't do better than transfer this video of Riley Temple from PBS news reports tonight:

Judy Woodruff introduced the video with this statement:

Sometimes overlooked in this week’s debate over whether athletes should take a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games is the original focus of Colin Kaepernick’s protest, the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with law enforcement.  Riley Temple is a lawyer and author.  And, tonight, he shares his Humble Opinion on how those confrontations with police are a direct legacy of slavery and the racism that fueled it.




I also want to share Amy Goodman's interview with Michael Moore on why we do not have to surrender to this president:



Instead of sharing the words prefacing the video I'll end on Moore's comments on moving from the football players where this man is trying to get these black fired and replaced with whites and is telling lies about what he's not doing to help Puerto Ricans; first Moore quoting Trump:

"It’s an island. You know it’s an island, don’t you?" And he went on to say, too, "There’s a big ocean. There’s a big ocean there between us." It’s like—I’m convinced he has no idea where Puerto Rico is. All he knows is that the people there are not white. And that’s why it’s not a priority.

Last, Moore's worry over what will happen if this man takes us to war:

You know, 'til he's gone, we have to at least discombobulate him, to the point where he’s so obsessed about all the things that are going to keep him from focusing on the really bad things that he’s going to do. He will take us to war. We will be in a war with this man. And when we—you know, when that happens, I need everybody watching this show, listening to us on the radio—I need everybody to commit that we have to stand up immediately.

Liberals—"liberals"—and Democrats often are afraid of being accused of being wimps or weak, weak-willed, not strong, not pro-America. And so—and so they’re so eager to just hop on, so nobody questions their patriotism. This is what has to be avoided this next time here with Trump, because I’m afraid that they will—they’re the same people, so they’re going to be—I could write the New York Times editorial right now endorsing Trump’s war. The first 11 paragraphs will criticize him for being an awful president, in perfect Times speak, and then the last paragraph will tell us why this is a—this, though, is a just war."

The best news you could have watched tonight on TV or the Internet was offered by two women journalists.

Miss Drake

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misssylviadrake
Sep. 30th, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Anderson's Private Government
Mike Powe: You may be interested in this new book. I heard the author interviewed on local NPR station. It relates to much of the criticism of the NFL players, and the critics seem unaware of the significance of their own concepts.

Me: Does the book include how violent the sport is, how brutal, how the NFL players suffer early on brain damage, and (I regret having to criticize them while they are being successfully stigmatized by Trump as black men but one must tell the whole truth) and the violence they as a group and as individuals find it acceptable to inflict on women. The sport is a form of war and encourages these violent instincts.

Mike: "No, it's about how companies are permitted to control employee speech and behavior in ways that are illegal for governments."

Me: "Ah. It's a good initial point, even commonplace. But it is one thing to feel some kind of pressure, it's another to be ruled and often people somehow don't realize they are ruled so used to this do they become. Indeed the Hatch Act was passed precisely to stop gov't employees from exercising their constitutional right to protest. So the idea these people should be fired for their political voicing of a view is tyrannical."

Edited at 2017-09-30 05:32 pm (UTC)
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