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In the months since losing to Rep. Mike Honda in California’s 17th Congressional district, Ro Khanna has been busy reinventing himself as the climate-friendly populist candidate.

Ro Khanna (D)


“I’ve really spent time on issues of the community and it’s made me a better public servant.”

~ after six months, the new and improved Ro Khanna

The patent lawyer label has been replaced with a greener title after taking a job at an energy management company. Climate change is not the only issue Khanna has suddenly deemed important, since November he has spoken out against the expansion of a landfill, joined a successful effort to save a youth soccer field from becoming a parking lot for the 49er’s, and supported local hire/prevailing wage rules in Sunnyvale. All noble causes, but nothing we wouldn’t expect from any Democrat or even a moderate Republican.

But is there really anything new about Khanna’s campaign or will this just be an expensive rerun of 2014?

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Sat May 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM PDT

Welcome New Users: Groups

by Glen The Plumber

In your "Welcome Back" box you will find
many helpful links including your "stream"
and "groups"
Groucho Marx, or some other dead guy once said, “I would never be a member of a club that would have somebody like me as a member.”  Always seemed like sound reasoning to me. But then I joined Daily Kos, and with almost 1000 groups created by community members, it seemed possible to find a place in which even I might fit in.

There are many flavors of groups covering a wide range of topics, so many I can’t cover them all here, but I can give you a taste.  The biggest group is actually a network of local action groups, “Connect! Unite! Act!” Founded by navajo, C!U!A!, has established groups in all but a few states. Besides working together online, these groups actually meet up offline for activism or just to socialize. You can find your local group at this interactive map. Other groups are formed around topics political; Climate Hawks, Support the Dream Defenders, In Support of Labor and Unions - or not; Genealogy, Quilts, Top Comments and Beer. Still others are open threads, a place for people to gather and share the day’s events.

Whether starting your own group or joining an established group, collaborating with other like-minded members can be reassuring, encouraging, and productive. Below we will get into the what, why, and how.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT

Kitchen Table Kibitzing

by Glen The Plumber

End-times broadcaster Rick Wiles
Surely you’ve heard the incessant whining of Californians about the drought, “Oh noes! We only have one year of water left!” Even here in KTK, some kibitzers are assigning blame as we glare at the almond farmers and those who desire a clean sidewalk. Others are arming up for the coming water wars. But, will it be North vs. South or farmer vs. urbanite? The battle lines are still being debated. Luckily for us Theological Climatologist, Rick Wiles, has found the cause of the drought - it's the gays and abortion. Although I don’t really understand all the science behind his theory, since gays don’t really have many abortions. I’m guessing it’s sorta like snowballs in Washington DC.

But worry not, our problem was easily solved by Mr. Wiles. We just need to repent, and quit making movies about witches having sex. Like I said, it’s complicated stuff.



RightWingWatch.org

So, we should thank Mr. Wiles for his studious studies, and might I suggest we send him to resolve other climate crises. First, let’s buy him a ticket to Antarctica; because hell ain’t freezing over, it’s defrosting!
The warmest temperature ever recorded on the continent of Antarctica may have occurred on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, when the mercury shot up to 63.5°F (17.5°C) at Argentina's Esperanza Base on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, the previous hottest temperature recorded in Antarctica was 63.3°F (17.4°C) set just one day previously at Argentina's Marambio Base, on a small islet just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 05:50 PM PDT

Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 3-18

by Glen The Plumber

Table with yellow teapot and cloth embroidered with blue flowers

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share part of the evening around a virtual kitchen table with kossacks who are caring and supportive of one another. So bring your stories, jokes, photos, funny pics, music, and interesting videos, as well as links—including quotations—to diaries, news stories, and books that you think this community would appreciate. Readers may notice that most who post diaries and comments in this series already know one another to some degree, but newcomers should not feel excluded. We welcome guests at our kitchen table, and hope to make some new friends as well.
Discuss
Much ado has been made about the 47 Senators and their open letter to the leaders of Iran. Headlines proclaim "traitors", while petitions at WhiteHouse.gov with over 100,000 signatures are asking for the signers of letter to be prosecuted for sedition or treason.  Others wonder if this is just another one of the many attacks disrespecting the authority of our first black president.

No doubt this jab at Obama satisfies the bloodlust of the racists, but maybe this is about free speech. Not the free speech that is free-of-charge, I’m talking about the Citizens United brand of free speech, a very expensive speech indeed. It appears a group called the Emergency Committee for Israel was willing to pay just under a million dollars to get the malicious meddler Mr. Cotton elected.


Bill Kristol
"this [Iraq] is going to be a two month war..."
Some may wonder who controls this Emergency Committee for Israel that was so eager to spend $960,000 to elect a mouthpiece willing to torpedo Obama’s efforts at brokering a peaceful agreement with Iran? Well look at that, it’s none other than our old friend from Project for a New American Century, the Iraq war peddling putz, Bill Kristol. So in just a couple months and with the help of Kristol, Senator Cotton has secured a dependable line of campaign funding from defense contractors.

With Obama and the other countries seemingly making progress on a peaceful deal, the Military Industrial Complex needs to get busy if they want to move some merchandise. They couldn’t even wait 48 hours to welcome their newest neo-con provocateur to a closed-door meeting. Is that drumming I hear in the distance?

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Little Rock, AR (1957)
Young students had to be escorted by the U.S. Army as crowds of angry white racists jeered and spat on the children.
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Our Water, Our Health, Our California

Climate activists from across California are heading to Gov. Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to encourage him to be a Climate Leader. With the state heading into its fourth year of drought over 100 groups are joining forces to remind Gov. Brown, who has a mixed record on Climate Change, he must stand up to the fossil-fuel industries if the CO2 induced global warming is to be stopped. Although fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and other oil retrieval methods have slowed in the state due to the recent drop in oil prices, refineries across the state are expanding and increasing the import of cheaper crude oil from other states and Canada.

As traffic in the oil fields of California slows, traffic on the rails is picking up to meet an ever-increasing demand with mile-long oil trains traveling through towns up and down the state. Not only was 2014 the warmest year ever recorded on the planet, it was the year with the most oil train spills. To counter this race to extinction we need to increase public awareness, we need a public educated on the causes, effects and solutions. A new energy infrastructure will need to be developed and built. Transportation reimagined.  And we need our elected leaders to lead, the termed-out Gov. Brown can afford to be a bit bold and has begun to take steps in the right direction with proposals announced during his inaugural address.  Gov. Brown vowed to reduce fuel usage and increase renewable energy sources, but he needs to be pushed to be bolder and reject the water-intensive and risky hydraulic fracturing.  

Event and Transportation Information


~ Saturday February 7th ~

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March for Real Climate Leadership ~ Main event
11:30 at Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, California
Please RSVP

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Bike the Math / Sven Eberlein
Bikers will meet at 11am under the big Oak tree on 14th st at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza and will stay along 14th St closest to the street.
More info HERE

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Rock the Bike
2:00 at the Lake Merritt amphitheater.
Oakland’s Rock the Bike will provide pedal-power with 16 bikes, so the speakers, DJ’s and bands will be heard without pollution. This will be the group’s largest pedal-powered event.
More info HERE

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Climate Flotilla / David Solnit
Imagine dozens of kayaks, flags flapping with messages of clean water, climate and energy, moving across Lake Merritt as the March for Real Climate Leadership walks along the shore and rallies.
More info HERE

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Transportation
350.org has scheduled buses from over 20 locations and Amtrak has reduced fares to Oakland.
More info HERE

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350 Bay Area’s Climate March After-Party
La Pena Cultural Center ~ 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley (near Ashby BART)
4:00 – 9:30 Food and drinks available for purchase.  
7:00 – 8:30 Live Reggae music by Bobby Tenna and the Skench Band.
Please RSVP

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Californians Against Fracking Convergence
Immediately after the March,  Californians Against Fracking Convergence hosts a statewide event at Laney College Downtown Oakland to strengthen the coalition of activists engaged in stopping fracking.
Please RSVP

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San Francisco Kos / Silicon Valley Kos  
Readers and bloggers of Daily Kos will gather at 11am under the big Oak tree on 14th st at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza.

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The Saturday Morning Home Repair Blog (SMHRB) is where we gather to discuss the many and varied aspects of home repair.  Some here are trained professionals.  Some, talented DIYers. All are welcome.  Please feel encouraged to ask questions, share successes, lament sags, drips and cracks and, as always, share any advice that you have for the rest of us.
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The Saturday Morning Home Repair Blog (SMHRB) is where we gather to discuss the many and varied aspects of home repair.  Some here are trained professionals.  Some, talented DIYers. All are welcome.  Please feel encouraged to ask questions, share successes, lament sags, drips and cracks and, as always, share any advice that you have for the rest of us.
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oil train
If Phillips 66 gets approval to expand its railway spur and refinery, the tracks in San Jose and other California cities will get a lot busier. Five days a week mile-long trains carrying crude oil to the Santa Maria refinery in San Luis Obispo county will roll through downtowns, residential areas, and across valuable farmlands. Although the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) claims the risks of derailment, fire, or explosion are “less than significant,” residents along the route are concerned.
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Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share part of the evening around a virtual kitchen table with kossacks who are caring and supportive of one another. So bring your stories, jokes, photos, funny pics, music, and interesting videos, as well as links—including quotations—to diaries, news stories, and books that you think this community would appreciate. Readers may notice that most who post diaries and comments in this series already know one another to some degree, but newcomers should not feel excluded. We welcome guests at our kitchen table, and hope to make some new friends as well.

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Durell, Robert –– – 119286.ME.0109.youth.02.RED––SACRAMENTO, California. State Senator Alex Padilla (D–Pacoima), center, listens to a staffer during a Rules Committee hearing in the state Capitol, Wednesday, January 10, 2007. Padilla is one of the younges
After California’s record low turnout during the recent election, California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla (D) is reaching out to the public for advice on boosting turnout. Padilla has created a website where the public may leave their suggestions, or if you use the hashtag #BoostTheVote, he will mine social media like Facebook and Twitter to find your ideas. It’s not only a California problem, only 36% of eligible Americans actually voted, but California lags behind at 32%. Of the 800,000 Santa Clara County citizens that bothered to register, only half off them voted. It’s not like we didn’t have contested races and important propositions on the ballot, but still most did not take the time to voice their preferences.

With campaign spending at all-time highs and turnout at all-time lows, have we turned off citizens to the entire election game, or is it a matter of time? Seems people could find the time if they really wanted to vote, but most didn’t even return their mail-in ballots. Maybe with a postage-paid mail-in system like Oregon, we could match their measly 50% turnout of eligible voters.

So tweet Padilla your idea or spit in the wind, probably just as effective. I will say, until we increase turnout, Democrats will continue to lose, and politicians of both parties will continue to ignore us.

Table with yellow teapot and cloth embroidered with blue flowers

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share part of the evening around a virtual kitchen table with kossacks who are caring and supportive of one another. So bring your stories, jokes, photos, funny pics, music, and interesting videos, as well as links—including quotations—to diaries, news stories, and books that you think this community would appreciate. Readers may notice that most who post diaries and comments in this series already know one another to some degree, but newcomers should not feel excluded. We welcome guests at our kitchen table, and hope to make some new friends as well.

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