Sallie Mae once called me 5 times in one day because I made an automatic debit to pay off my school interest while in school, and didn realize I didn have enough to pay that month. I can wait to pay them off as soon as possible because they are so annoying. I get a letter every two weeks: “We are ready to help you again”! Fuck off, I don want your help after scamming an 18 year old kid to get a variable rate loan.
The perfect album for this moment. In an interview I did with him prior to the 2000 presidential election, Haden remarked that each of his Liberation Music Orchestra albums, which then numbered three, had been recorded during Republican administrations, and “if Bush wins, I’ll have to record another one.” Sure enough, Not in Our Name appeared a few years later, subsequent to our invasion of Iraq and Bush’s reelection. And when Time/Life started arriving in reviewers’ mailboxes days after Trump’s election, it was as if Haden was protesting from beyond the grave.
He told me he’d never played a team sport but was thinking of trying rugby. We hit it off immediately. He was cool, funny, and restless. HUD’s and SSA’s actions come amid Republican and Democratic criticism of the executive orders and as unions have moved to block implementation of the directives in court. District Court preliminary injunction against the executive order cited by HUD. AFGE said “the order plainly conflicts with the Congressionally enacted framework that governs labor management relations for executive agencies, federal employees, and their labor organizations.” AFGE’s brief included the letter from Social Security..
We are saved, in the end, by faith faith that life is not meaningless and random, that there is a purpose to human existence, and that in the midst of this morally neutral universe the tiny, seemingly insignificant acts of compassion and blind human kindness, especially to those labeled our enemies and strangers, sustain the divine spark, which is love. We are not fully human if we live alone. These small acts of compassion for they can never be organized and institutionalized as can hate have a power that lives after us.
Typically, mint green highlights designate publicly owned wild spaces on Google’s maps. But as of this writing, some of those public lands have gone gray. The locations are still searchable, but if you don’t already know the park or forest exists, and where exactly, you might not be able to find it..
In 1969, after serving 46 years as a coal miner, Elias Bailey stood in the state Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, to testify before a hearing on the ravages of strip mining. Stricken by black lung disease, Bailey declared: “I’m just a broke down miner now,” whose tiny cattle farm and streams had been destroyed by strippers. Here’s a clip of Bailey’s lobbying efforts in the 1969 film, Before the Mountain Was Moved:.