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Don’t Let Your Exceptionalism Slap You in the Face

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Just when you think you’re doing your best,

It seems that the Universe will send a reality check when you are at last feeling confident about how you make your way across this big beautiful blue planet. There’s always room for growth! Part 1: Did you march? Part 2: Did you turn off your lights when you left?


Part 1: Fashion of the day ~  MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Click on the link for many more photos worldwide!


An 11-year old leads the way!
 Click on the link for Naomi’s outstanding speech!

Naomi Wadler

Naomi Wadler


Part 2: Fashion of the Day ~ OhmConnect

San Diego Gas & Electric has established an online service to incentivize us to use less energy during peak hours, OhmConnect. I was feeling pretty good about myself until I walked through the house and took a photo of every “always on” light; 21 in all: Telephone, 4 independent telephone handsets, Roomba, microwave, stove top, power strip for freezer, refrigerator, modem, router, 2 computers, printer, 2 automatic sprinklers, jacuzzi timer, DVR, dark activated night light, radio. Yes, some of these can be unplugged, but they will need to be reprogrammed every time.

OhmConnect launched about a year ago. The service helps you save electricity by monitoring it, and will also pay you or your favorite charity when you use less power during high use times. This can cut down on emissions because the power plants that operate during peak times tend to have bigger carbon footprints. It also helps stabilize the electrical grid by reducing activity spikes, making it easier to transition to cleaner energy sources such as solar and wind power.

There’s always something you can do to improve your world! 

Secondhand clothing diminishes a plethora of Environmental and Human Rights issues associated with haute couture.
Look like a million bucks for Goodwill prices!




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Do Something! Participate!

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This strong sister is showing us in one photo that you can be a Force of Nature. As a young, brave woman, she is a shining star in the worldwide Women’s Renaissance fighting alongside Malala and every scared but determined sister who has joined the cause! Let her be an inspiration to us all.

Meet Zimbabwe’s All-Female Anti-Poaching Squad

Elephants and rhinos have brave new defenders armed with AR-15s and special forces training.



Secondhand IVORY JEWELRY diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.


She is using an AR-15, just like Nicholas Cruz of the recent Florida school shootings. Those who insist “it’s not the gun’s fault,” can please keep in mind that if it were nunchucks, there would only be broken bones.



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Women’s Renaissance Worldwide ~ or Taking Back the C Word

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Women worldwide seem to be standing up for each other. Inspired by young women, the rest of the female population courageously and in the face of all odds is standing up to male aggression and domination. It’s a beautiful thing on the planet today and I so very much appreciate and admire the gentle men who stand with us. American gender battles pale in comparison to far more suppressed regimes and religions. Nonetheless, our battle are real.

To read specifics about the growing Young Women’s Renaissance worldwide, visit our posts: April 2016, Prom 2016 and the Renaissance; June 10, 2017, Feministas in the 21st Century; August 2017, Did You Know?; December 2017, PC or HC? Historically Correct.

But first we have to change the vernacular!

Homosexuals took back Gay, Fag, Queer. Now they wear the labels with pride.

Blacks took back the N word and in the enlightened voice of Ice Cube to Bill Maher, “We took it back. We own it and you can’t use it.” Yesss! 

Thanks to Donald Trump’s vulgar, low resonating perspective on life and his infamous grab ’em by the pussy remark, women have reclaimed Pussy. In fact, we proudly don our Pussy Hats en masse. 

Pussy Hats, Chicago 2017

So now it’s time (past time?) to take back the C word ~ cunt.

When Chaucer (1343-1400) wrote The Canterbury Tales (published 1475), he used the term five times! I researched it. Granted, some of the cunts were spelled cuny and queynte, but few literary historians dispute that this is exactly what he was referring to. Apparently the word has only recently devolved into the derogatory. I read a portion of a poem written by an unknown author during the Renaissance, “I thrust my hands down her skirt and fondled her warm cunt.” Sorry folks, that does not sound so bad to me. We’re manipulated by contemporary norms, despite historic accuracy (see last month’s post PC or HC? Historically Correct). Thus, we take the insult and claim it as part of our whole self and now we own it. Cunt can no longer degrade and demeans us.

I say let’s take back Cunt! And while we’re at it, let’s rescue PMS from the insult bin. Maybe we’re not crabby and pissy because we’re about to have our period, but because our body is physically producing the most important function of our wombed species: procreating. Every woman is pumping out her best egg at PMS time, so perhaps we are focusing on staying away from fools and energy thieves. When we are at the peak of our fertilization selection process, we will not put up with annoying, mindless distractions!

Let’s take our renewed energy and get to the streets on Saturday, January 20 to reaffirm our commitment to our historic code of honor and dignity. Ladies, wear your pussy hats to embolden each other and to let the world know that we still strive for the perfect American blend of Compassion and Common Sense!



March in style! 

Every secondhand purchase diminishes several Environmental and
Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.
And, you can look like a million bucks for Goodwill prices!



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PC or HC? Historically Correct

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I actually saw a Wall Street Journal article that blustered The PC Police Can’t Ruin Thanksgiving, by Melanie Kirkpatrick. Her ignorance was fully exposed when she featured the 1st Thanksgiving in Opposite World that I posted last month. She used the painting to prove her PC-is-stupid point, but she was Historically Incorrect.

1st Thanksgiving in Opposite World

1st Thanksgiving in Opposite World

This foolish, ignorant painting portrays the Pilgrims offering an abundance of food to Indians who are sitting on the ground, with a Spaniard and his sword in attendance. However…

  1. It was the Pilgrims who were starving, not the Indians.
  2. The abundance of food was sourced from Indian land, not imported.
  3. Indians were NOT (yet) in a subservient position to the new immigrants, and therefore would not be seated on the ground.
  4. There were no Spaniards on the scene because they were busy conquering Indian land in southern ports of the Americas.
  5. And, this just in, the first thanksgiving was not about graciously sharing abundance, it was actually about the 1637 successful murder of 700 local Indians. Needless to say, the ensuing feast included zero Indian guests. I recommend The Real Story of Thanksgivingby American Indian scholars.

…which bring me to the question, “PC or HC?” The above painting is definitely not HC, historically correct. Instead of Kirkpatrick (Wall Street Journal) championing “the real” Thanksgiving, she is literally defending a PC narrative of a horrible event, which makes her the PC Police.

What is politically correct?
adjective: demonstrating progressive ideas, esp by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, esp concerning race and gender. PC
: politically correct; politically incorrect
Example: “it is not politically correct to laugh at speech impediments”
Synonyms: unoffensive, nondiscriminatory, unbiased, neutral, appropriate, nonpartisan
Antonym: offensive

In short

It sounds like “political correctness” is simply being polite and civilized. Is that too much to ask? We too often seem to go overboard and cannot see anything but white and black, no gray. Not everyone can differentiate PEDOPHILE v ASSHOLE in the scandal du jour. Yes, both Moore and Franken exhibit culturally unacceptable sexual behavior, but that throws all sexually inappropriate behavior into one category without benefit of understanding the bigger picture, the degrees of difference within each action. Predatory behavior is not equivalent to obnoxious behavior. Political Correctness (or Incorrectness) crosses all political and social philosophies. 

Moore Franken

Moore and Franken


Let’s ground ourselves in common sense and compassion.

How to Celebrate Common Sense and Compassion
Secondhand diminishes several environmental and human rights
issues that are associated with haute couture.

Christmas is upon us and those of us who enjoy gift giving and setting a beautiful table can live haute couture at Goodwill prices, AND maintain a near zero carbon footprint. With a little polish and ironing, your holiday table can be fit for the most judgemental guest when set with secondhand silver, china, crystal, and linen napkins.

Happy High Holidays!


If you have a Facebook account,

you must visit the link below from #NowThisHer. This 17 year old comedienne, Ruby Karp, is part of my ever touted Young Women’s Renaissance worldwide. Ruby confronts her sex ed teacher about teaching consent rather than anti-rape. Right on, little sister!

For more on the current Young Women’s Renaissance worldwide, please see posts Prom 2016 and the Renaissance (April 2016), Feministas in the 21st Century (June 10, 2017), and Did You Know? (August 2017).

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Thanksgiving, or Overstaying Your Welcome

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The First Thanksgiving: We just invited them for one meal and look what they’ve done to the place.

Gotta love this painting, depicting the starving Pilgrims showing their superiority by actually offering food to their Wampanoag hosts. Whaaat? And, what’s a Spaniard doing in the scene? Not…

1st Thanksgiving in Opposite World


R. Cobb got it right!

R Cobb Thanksgiving

R. Cobb Thanksgiving, 1968


R. Cobb in 1965, and it looks that we are still crazy after all these years! Nonetheless…

Cartoons by Ron Cobb

R. Cobb 1965

Nonetheless, Harvey J Kaye of Progressive Breakfast reminds us that

…we are descended from revolutionaries, radicals, socialists, progressives, populists, labor unionists, feminists, and civil rights and environmental activists

who made America truly great by refusing to bow to the powerful and wealthy and instead fighting to extend and deepen freedom, equality, and democracy.”

That includes the corporate fashion industry.

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

Start here! Cool People doing Cool Things: Urban University Oakland This is a small group of women helping women in Oakland CA at their secondhand store. All proceeds go to employing single moms and changing the world, one little mommy at a time! If everyone just gave a little. Donate to the noble cause here.


Shop secondhand in every aspect of American life! Secondhand building supplies are 60-80% off when you buy at Habitat For Humanity‘s Re-store. Here is some beautiful Brazilian cherry wood flooring, never opened, $30-60 per box.

Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be grateful for.


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Who’s Crying Now?

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[Disclaimer: Things are moving so fast in Trump World that each post is almost passé. If you haven’t donated to help Puerto Rico, do it! It’s not just for our island state, but also to show the world that, although our prez is a jackass, Americans are NOT.

Who’s the crybaby?
After months of calling the progressive voters snowflakes and crybabies, we just witnessed the ultra right wing not only crying, but having full on hissy fits and temper tantrums ~ Yes, they’re mad because their leaders and role models are being taken down all over Dixie. Well, for chrissake, we’re taking them down because they represent the worst of us. They lost the war against kidnapping and enslaving human beings for personal profit. We’re not erasing history, we’re simply putting a stop to celebrating the losers. They lost and as progressives are wont to do, we “put up” with their sniveling and sputtering. Finally we’ve had enough! Not even Tiki, Inc. wanted to be associated with these miscreants.

Tiki torch racists

Tiki torches Twitter

And “they” have the audacity to call us “snowflakes” and “crybabies” because Hillary lost, even though she won the popular vote by 2.87 million. [more on that later] Yes, we cried, but it wasn’t because we hate losing; we cried because we could smell the foreboding decay worldwide, from every little bug to entire civilizations and everyone and everything in between. So far, we were right.

Nonetheless, we’ve only been crying since we woke up on November 9, not even one year ago. Yet, “they” are still crying “not fair!” since 1865; you do the math.

Let’s be really clear on Lying, Cheating, and Stealing:
1. Hillary won by 2.87 million votes but was blindsided by the electoral system. Please keep in mind that the last time we lost the popular vote to the electoral system, we ended up with 8 years of Bush war mongering instead of 8 years of Gore environmental advancement. Gore won by 500,000 popular votes. Bush Gore
2. Citizens United allows for unregulated money to be poured secretly into buying any and all media for their candidate or issue to win. (Secretly, because even they are ashamed of it!) The Cheney Bush administration extended the First Amendment of the Constitution to protect lies in political campaigns ~ yes, political lying is now protected free speech.
3. Voter suppression, the 2017 voter turnout excluded an estimated 6 million voters who have been summarily and without notice wiped off the voter registration.
4. Gerrymandering is out of control. Across the board, more Democratic votes were cast than Republican votes, yet the Dems lost 1000 seats nationwide in Senators, Governors, local officials. Most all of these seats are attributed to gerrymandering.How to Steal an Election
5. FBI Director James Comey‘s inexplicable defiance of Justice Department protocol by injecting doubt regarding emails.

FBI Comey
6. And, we now have absolute confirmation that the Russians interfered and influenced the 2017 election.


So, what to wear to the battle for Truth, Justice and The American Way[I’m taking a leap to say that Superman sees The American Way the way I do.]
You might be the type who wants to go incognito, perhaps wearing a costume to the battle. Keep in mind that secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

If you do wear a costume, be your coolest self. If you’ve never shopped secondhand, this is a great way to break in! Here is Costco San Diego plastic fantastic 2014, 2015, 2017 like every other year. See a trend? Mass produced Halloween costumes encompass many environmental and human rights issues, compared to secondhand which has as close to a zero carbon footprint as you can get.

Why do this? 

When you can do this instead? Buffalo Exchange, Berkeley CA

Buffalo Exchg

or from Courtney’s wonderful shop of vintage treasures in Eureka CA
Little Shop of Hers.  Meet Courtney

We do not have the luxury of quitting the Good Fight. We might be beaten down, but we can definitely look our best on our way down!

Shop responsibly, shop secondhand and still look like a million bucks!

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Fire! Fire! Fire!

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Wildfires and climate change, I have good news and bad:

I had the good fortune to be in the Northern California fire area this August/September. I was sinking into depression when I learned from my Indian elder peers that fire brings many good things and can be used as an ally. In fact, control burns (aka controlled burns, prescribed burns) have been engaged by indigenous Americans for centuries, if not millennia. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar San Diego) conducts control burns in their enlightened wildfire preparedness program.

Control Burn 1sm

Knowing where to ignite

Control Burn

Knowing which direction the winds blow

Control Burn 3sm

Distant view of control burn

Good 1. Wildfires create smoke that rids the forest of bore beetles and other invasive insects.
Good 2. Wildfires burn off the underbrush and allow for new shoots of preferred flora to grow taller, stronger, and straighter for basketweaving, as well as edible and medicinal plants.
Good 3. Wildfires create a smoke cover from the sun, thus cooling the earth and the rivers, making it easier for salmon to swim upstream.
Good 4. (good for non-hunters) Wildfire smoke runs off the deer just before deer hunting season.

Bad 1. 95% of all wildfires are started by human error; big, clumsy, stupid human error. Only 5% of wildfires are started by lightning strikes; extremely difficult to reach even in the ever shrinking expansive west.
Bad 2. There is not enough forest to have it all go up in flames at once. We need the oxygen!
Bad 3. Every winged and 4-legged creature is rousted violently from their home and sent as refugees into unwelcome territory.  Put out extra water for thirsty critters and, if you feed migratory birds, throw out extra seed. 


On the other end of the spectrum

Based purely on my personal subjective empirical observations and conclusions, I am convinced that, like wildfires, flooding is caused 95% by big, clumsy, stupid human error, i.e. global warming.

I’m appalled every time I hear “we’ve learned so much from Andrew/Katrina/Sandy.” Yeah? everything except how to quit creating all the ingredients to make these horrific storms. As of this writing, we have over 1.5 million acres burning in the west, and Hurricane Irma has caused the largest mass migration in US history, over 2 million driven from their homes and 6.5 million without power.

While I was researching my statistics, I found this disclaimer for the state of Florida homeless shelters: “Due to the current foreclosure rate and US recession, many shelters have waiting lists. Please call before going to the shelter.” Good god, what have we done to ourselves?


What will we do with all this water?

Are we going to put out the fires with water? Did you know that it takes three times as much water to make your bottle than it holds. So, it takes three bottles of water to make the water bottle before we fill it with water = 3x the amount of water in the bottle, plus the water you’re going to drink from it.

Salmon & water bottle

Metal sculpture by Ralph Starritt, Starritt Studios Yreka CA 530-905-2521

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture. This is NOT a secret.

If we really want to end these horrific catastrophes, we’d best do what we should have been doing for 40 years: DIMINISH OUR GLUTTONY FOR OIL and BEEF.

What to wear to the Apocalypse

I highly recommend wearing your best stuff! However, if you want to hide the goods until it “all blows over”

and wear someone else’s best stuff, you must go secondhand shopping now! The shoes are from Eureka’s Little Shop of Hers, $16 by Eclisse of Italy, ordinarily $200+/-. This bracelet is from Oakland’s Buffalo Exchange, $20, definitely handmade. It is silver plated and very refined.


If every Westerner (in the socio-economic definition) eliminates just one bad environmental habit (not recycling, using plastic water bottles, taking more napkins than you need, blasting the water while you shave or brush your teeth, drive for frivolous reasons, run the air conditioner unnecessarily), then we can truly make a dent in what we’ve created. Do your part, and maybe the part of the person next to you. When 1 billion Westerners do something little, it all adds up. 


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Statement from Leonard Peltier regarding Murdered Native Women


In loving Honor of one of our own Savannah LaFountaine-Greywind and all of our murdered and missing Native Women.

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Did You Know?

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Did you know that a personal check is no longer “legal tender” in the same way it was in early banking, i.e. 1960s and ’70s? I helped an elderly woman who had nothing. I had no cash, so I wrote her a check to cash at my bank where I keep a good deal of my $. The check was in her name. She had i.d. but no credit card, no debit card, no bank account because she is poor. And, the result of being poor is that the banks charge $8 for the terrible inconvenience of trading my check for cash money out of my account. WTF? In essence, she was fined for being poor. NOT GOOD!! [Trust me, I let the bank know what I thought and then I sent her $8.]
We love money!


Did you know that there is a growing Women’s Renaissance worldwide? Every day I learn of more young women who are standing in the face of power and saying, No! Here are two more who have boldly taken a coming-of-age festivity as an opportunity to make a real statement!


For more on the Women’s Renaissance worldwide, see our posts April 2016 Prom 2016 and the Renaissanceand June 2017 Feministas in the 21st Century.


Did you know that a Mexican is a Native American? A brown Mexican (white Mexicans are typically of Euro origin and typically far wealthier than brown Mexicans) is a Native American who speaks Spanish, not Indian, because of forced colonialism. Likewise, American Indians speak English because of forced British colonialism.
While the US is busy deporting those “pesky” Mexican Indians in order to make America Great Again, we are deporting indigenous locals who should have every right to be here.
Mexican Indians

The southern US border was created by non-natives. When the US bought/took/won/got California from Mexico, the US signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which made indigenous border crossing a right. Guess which was the very first treaty to be broken with California Indians; yes, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. (100% of California Indian treaties have been broken, including gaming.) Here are a few maps showing some of the extensive indigenous ancestral lands that cross our southern US border.

Yaqui territory

Yaqui territory

Kumeyaay territory

Kumeyaay territory

Apache territory

Apache territory








President Polk (1845-49) put into motion the mindset of Manifest Destiny, that it is this nation’s god given right and duty to conquer “from sea to shining sea.” Manifest Destiny was one of the great devastations that still haunts American Indians.


Did you know that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wields great power (albeit sociopathic, in its own way) as Majority Leader, but comes from a state of only 4.4M. (Los Angeles has 4M.) With 2M of the 3.3M eligible voters turning out in Kentucky’s 2016 election, and 45% of them supporting Mitch McConnell, that means McConnell gained his near total power over the Senate with only 850,000 votes. Yet, McConnell fights for all things corporate and in the face of everyone he pretends to represent.


Did you know that secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture?

So what will you wear when you boldly speak Truth to Power?

Red dress St. James

St. James Thrift, Solana Beach CA $14

Gentlemen, do not snub Grampa’s closet!

Grampy shirts

Depending on family dynamics, you will have a great selection if Gramma dressed Grampa in style! 


Did you know that all is not lost?! Simple solutions come from every direction. Check out Vertical Forests
For worldwide examples, I suggest you google “youtube vertical forest”.



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To Be, or Not To Be: that really is the question

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Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? ...

Colloquially speaking, it means Get Real! It asks if it’s better to be a stoic martyr, or to die trying!?! Shakespeare goes on:

... To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, 
Must give us pause: ...

Yes, you can wimp out. You can curl up and sleep your life away, but your dreams will follow you. The option, of course, is to just lie down and die.

... there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
[Reading classical literature reawakens all the vocabulary that was drilled into us as young students. contumely:  insulting display of contempt in words or actions; humiliating insult. bodkin: dagger. fardel: a bundle or burden]

Life is full of insults and humiliations; physically, mentally, spiritually, familially, financially, academically. You fight it, you live with it.

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

As much as we’d like to escape this burdensome life, we will not commit suicide because we know that there is no return. If you’re going to curl up in bed and try to sleep your troubles away, at the very least you should be looking good!

Secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

I found this night gown (deserving of two words) at a Goodwill in Colorado Springs, CO. The hem was ripped so the price was lowered from $6.98 to $3.49 ~ OMG! The hand work is exquisite. Please look at the hand rolled hem; a work of perfection.

To be 2

This bed jacket is a hand-me-down from one of the many wizened old crones who raised me. It is most likely from the 1920’s.

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