Category Archives: SHELF

Mankind Is An Oxymoron

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare


Methods Of Dance is 7

So what, eh?

Hopefully, this blog has provided you with a modicum of meaningless distraction from the endless stream of angering and depressing news.

Now, please—let’s all unplug and try to save the world.

Here’s hoping for a better year in 2018.

Thank you.



Global warming isn’t a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government.

Climate change isn’t a conspiracy theory hatched by the mainstream liberal media.

It’s real. And it has consequences.

Climate Change Reality Project

The Liberty Of A Democracy Is Not Safe

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies
29 April 1938

To the Congress:

Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

Both lessons hit home.

Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.

Read FDR’s full speech on The American Presidency Project.

Roosevelt’s remarks from nearly 80 years ago are even more relevant today, given the shameless collusion between Congress and corporations, and the sinister swamp controlling The White House.

And the newly minted US tax bill serves as a perfect illustration of FDR’s fears: the unpopular legislation further consolidates the monopolies on wealth and power held by a small number of rich, white men—the privileged capitalist elite.

Something To Eat Crow About

Garry Trudeau nails voter suppression with today’s Doonesbury:

Justice League of Dachshunds: Injustice

Justice League of Dachshunds: Arrow

Justice League of Dachshunds: The Flash

Pupstice League



To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.

It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi