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  •  the full hour on Dem-Now this morning (39+ / 0-)

    is dedicated to Pete.

    Im sitting here, off and on as able, camped on the sofa watching it with my teen-aged daughter on her laptop. I wanted to make sure she knows who and what and why he was. (Great way to spend her homebound snow-day!)

    Tears.

    Well, I didn’t realize I liked the words [ref: Turn, Turn, Turn], but I realize now. Those are maybe some of the most fundamentally important words that anybody could learn. You see, you and I, we’re all descended from killers, good killers. The ones who were not good killers didn’t have descendants. But we’re descended from good killers. For millions of years our ancestors were good killers. They say if they hadn’t been, we wouldn’t be here today. Now is a new period. In other words, it’s a time, you might say, the human race needed to have good killers. Now, if we don’t change our way of thinking, there will be no human race here, because science acts very irresponsibly—oh, any information is good. Ha, ha, ha. They don’t realize that some information is very important, some, frankly, forget about until we solve some other problems. Einstein was the first person who said it: Everything has changed now, except our way of thinking. And we’ve got to find ways to change our way of thinking.

    Sports can do it. Arts can do it. Cooking can do it. All sorts of good works can do it. Smiles can do it. And I’m of the opinion now that if the human race makes it—I say we’ve got a 50-50 chance—if the human race makes it, it’ll be women working with children, these two very large oppressed classes in the human race. Children, doing what the grown-ups say they’re supposed to do, and yet they’re going to have to pay for our mistakes. They’re going to have to clean up the environment, which had been filled with chemicals, the air being filled with chemicals, the water being filled with chemicals, the ocean being filled with chemicals. And they’re going to have to clean it up.

    And I think it will be women working with kids that’ll do this job. In millions of little ways, maybe done in your hometown. In my hometown, we’re starting a project to put in a floating swimming pool in the Hudson, because now the Hudson is clean enough to swim in. Let’s swim in it. And if it works in our little town, maybe other towns will do it. In fact, if this swimming pool idea—it’s like a big netting in the water.

    So, I confess I’m more optimistic now than I was 58 years ago, 59 years ago, when the atom bomb was dropped.

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 08:23:36 AM PST

    •  I'll do my best, man. (3+ / 0-)
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      Lady Libertine, BOHICA, Tonedevil

      Haven't done so well so far.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 11:33:46 AM PST

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