Your article a few years back when the oil spill happened in San Francisco Bay ("Mycroremedia What?" Jan. 9, 2008), turned me on to mycology. It held me captive in a Mexican restaurant on Yulupa for the length of the article. After I finished I went home and Googled mushroom expert Paul Stamets and bought his book. Reading your story ("Natural Remedy," Nov. 29) is very inspiring and a reminder of why I got into mycology and love fungi. Thank you.
The contemptible greedheads in power, by which I am referring to the Republican Party and the Groper-in-Chief himself, have achieved something previously unimaginable in U.S. politics: a willingness to openly lie to the American people in the pursuit of personal gain. They no longer feel compelled to appear fair or balanced, or mindful of the needs of other human beings.
When the Senate approved a bill that would eliminate healthcare for 13 million Americans, raise taxes on the elderly, set the stage for a further erosion of Medicare and Medicaid, call for the elimination of Roe v. Wade and dismantle the Affordable Care Act while providing an enormous tax benefit to the people who need it least, they showed once again their contemptuous disregard for the citizens of America, the values expressed in the Constitution and an understanding of what constitutes the best of humanity.
The Republican Party has become a bastion of spineless, gutless, soulless, woman-hating, pedophile-supporting, Nazi-loving, white supremacist creeps hell bent on devouring every human and natural resource they can get their hands on while hording every dollar they can squeeze, extort or steal from the middle and lower classes.
Fascist in Training
When Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933, no doubt concerned Germans were told that the seeming buffoon was a passing fad. And yet Hitler was able to flourish as dictator for over a decade, transform the press into propaganda outlets and murder German dissidents, 6 million Jews, many Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled and others. Finally, on April 30, 1945, cornered in Berlin, Hitler swallowed cyanide and shot himself dead.
Statements Trump has made insulting minorities, his mild-mannered response to the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, coupled with his pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona this past August reinforce the fact that the president is especially dangerous to minorities.
In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend William Smith, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Although he was referring to 18th-century political events, I think his words are applicable right now!
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