so bloody tone deaf

Fog Bank Rolls In… Grand Marais MN

how fast weather can move… Fog bank movin’ in at Grand Marais harbor 7/13/15 from FB… by Mary Tonneslan ā€ˇGrand Marais MN via Dockside Fish Market

Drought Map for July 21st 2015


“Thoroughly Modern Killers”


“There is an article in the current issue of Scientific American which posits that the success of humanity as a species began about 71,000 years ago when humans developed projectile weapons and then likely tipped them with poison. The evidence is the discovery of manufactured stone points that were too small for hand-held spears.

“The atlatl was the first stand-off weapon. It did not require the user to get within bad-breath range of the target. More significantly for combat, it was the first weapon for which skill was more important than strength. A small man, a woman or a child could kill a large animal or a strong man.

“Which became significant when human and Neantherthal tribes began bumping into each other. The Neanderthals were bigger, stronger and they had spears. Humans were smaller, weaker, and they had poison-tipped atlatls.

“And, for the Neanderthals, that was all she wrote.”
@ Just An Earth-Bound Misfit, I

Theo Bikel May 2, 1924-July 21, 2015

Here he is in his prime…

And here he is, singing farewell June 21st 2015


how democracy dies, a little cut here,

a drop of blood there… one almost doesn’t notice…

Walker Says He Wants To Replace Government Accountability Board

GAB Approved John Doe Probe Into Walker Recall Election

Monday, July 20, 2015, 11:15am

By Patty Murray and The Associated Press

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is calling for the dismantling of an independent state agency that oversees elections and that authorized an investigation into his 2012 recall campaign.

Walker said the Government Accountability Board should be replaced with something that’s more accountable, though he didn’t go into specifics as to how the new agency should look or work. He said he has “had problems” with the GAB for “some time.”

“I think it’s appropriate to just get rid of it and replace it with something is ultimately accountable, transparent, and fair to the people of Wisconsin,” he said.

In a written statement, GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said the board is not only accountable, but is a model for the rest of the country.

The independent board authorized an investigation into Walker’s 2012 recall campaign to see if it had illegally worked with conservative groups. The state Supreme Court recently said the investigation must not continue.