nixon-watergate-h Watergate Hotel office building in Washington, DC

Watergate (1972-1974) was a “third-rate burglary attempt” at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters that brought down US President Richard Nixon.

It was hardly the worst thing Nixon did – just ask Cambodia, Chile, Bangladesh, the Black Panthers or the Socialist Workers Party. But his victim in this case, the Democratic Party, had the power to strike back: they controlled Congress (56% of the Senate and 56% of the House).


The break-in: In the middle of the night on June 17th 1972 a security guard called police about a break-in at the Watergate Hotel office building. Police found five well-dressed middle-age men wearing gloves and holding cameras, walkie-talkies, electronic equipment and burglary tools.


Woodward and Bernstein, two metro desk reporters at the Washington Post, were assigned to cover the story.



The burglars would not give their real names, but one had…

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Russiagate (2016- ) is the scandal where US President Donald Trump and his top people are suspected of secret ties to the Russian government.

As of March 2nd 2017 there is no proof, just curious facts that point to something strange going on. It is like living in a spy novel:

  • Trump only says nice things about President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
  • Trump publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the 2016 US election.
  • Trump will not make his tax returns public.
  • Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, lied under oath about not talking to the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump’s first National Security Adviser, lied about talking to the Russian ambassador. Trump kept Flynn on for weeks even after he knew Russia could be blackmailing him.
  • Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, was awarded the Order of Friendship by Russia. As…

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Trump’s false statements: month one


Statements made by US President Trump during his first month in office that PolitiFact has rated as False, Mostly False or Pants on Fire:

January 20th 2017:

“We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth … of our country has dissipated over the horizon.”


Mostly False: Not by the typical measures.

January 22nd:

“The media … sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”


False: Unprecedented tough words.

January 23rd:

“In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent.”


Mostly False: Most recent data shows a decline.

January 26th:

“Here in Philadelphia murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing.”


False: They were the third-lowest last year since 1990.

January 26th:

Says ICE and border patrol officers “unanimously endorsed me for president.”


Mostly False: Support from unions, but not from all members.

January 29th:

“If you were a Muslim, you…

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The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors (Book Review)

Relevant today as ever.

Mixed American Life

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Book Review: The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors (ISBN: 0679964355)

Publication Year: 1994

Pages: 32

Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books

Review Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

When I was a child, the Berenstain Bears was definitely on my list of favorite characters to read about, so when I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance. That jump was a bit premature, though. This book has good intentions, but its focus gets completely lost in its intentions to share the message.

To be fair, The Berenstain Bears: New Neighbors deals with a tough topic within the confines of a children’s book, prejudice. Adults can’t even seem to get it right in “grown-up” books, so I give Stan and Jan Berenstain credit for the attempt. We need books that teach children early on that differences are meant to be…

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The cosmopolitan model of US society



The cosmopolitan model of US society is my name for the idea that the US brings together people from all over the world to create something new, hopefully the best the world has to offer, from pizza to jazz to the Magna Carta. What makes the US great is not a particular culture or race or religion, but its political ideas of freedom, equality and democracy.

Sappy catchphrase: Diversity is our strength.

sessions_trump_bannon-620x412 Now in charge of the US: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

Its evil twin is what I call the diseased-host model: the US as a White Christian nation. What Trump and many Whites seem to believe. To them Mexicans and Muslims and so on are a threat to America As We Know It. For Steve “Clash of Civilizations” Bannon and the alt-right it is not just the US that is under threat but all of Western civilization!

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Guide to Trump


the-trumps-on-inauguration-day The new US president and first lady: Donald and Melania Trump, January 20th 2017.

Posts written, and yet to be written, to help me understand Donald Trump, the new US president:

Donald Trump – my main election post on him, written over a year ago, December 2015.

narcissistic personality disorder – Trump seems to suffer from this to an extreme degree. See also the closely related psychopathic racial personality.

political arguments – are all about framing and, as it turns out, one’s upbringing. Facts and reasons confirm one’s beliefs or frame, but do not change minds. Trump appeals to those whose parents were more authoritarian than loving.

Trumpspeak – words and phrases Trump and his hangers-on use and what they mean. Some are:

racist dog whistles – words, phrases and messages which do not sound racist on their face, but which are taken in a racist way by racists – like “law…

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Coretta Scott King on Jeff Sessions



Donald Trump wants to make Jeff Sessions the head of the Department of Justice (DOJ). In 1986 when President Reagan wanted to make him a top judge in Alabama, Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr, opposed it, writing a nine-page letter to the Senate:

“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”

Here is some of what she said in the letter:

“The Voting Rights Act was, and still is, vitally important to the future of democracy in the United States. I was privileged to join Martin and many…

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Maize (Zea mays), also known as corn in North America or mealie in South Africa, is the most planted food in the world. It covers more land than even humans, than any plant or animal. And yet if humans died out, it would die out a few years later – it does not grow wild.

Thanks to Meso-Americans, it grows well in the tropics. Thanks to the Mound Builders, it grows well in the temperate zone too, allowing it to spread to Europe and northern China.


Colours: yellow, red, blue, orange, black, pink, purple, creamy white, multicoloured.



  • -6000: gathered in Mexico (looks like baby corn).
  • -5000: planted in Mexico.
  • -2000: spreads to South America.
  • -1500: yields are high enough to support the rise of Meso-American civilization.
  • +800: spreads to eastern North America. Rise of the Mound Builders –…

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Lenapehoking Munsee was spoken in the light green and maybe the yellow part of the map.

TheLord’s Prayer in Munsee:

Nooxwhna eepiian awasahkameew
weexwulundasuwuch ktushiinzuwaakan
kihkayuwaakan peeyeeweekuch
leekuch eeliteehiian yoon tali ahkiing eelkihkwi leek tali awasahkameew
Miiliineen kway kiishkwihk wetapwaanumayeeng
waak miiweelundamuwiineen njanuwsoowaakaninanal
eelkih niiloona miiweelundamaweeng niik chechaniilaweemkweemgwiik
Waak chiil apawuneen li ahkwchihtoowaakanung
shukwund ktuniineen wunji meetihkung

Munsee, also called Munsee Delaware or Lunaape, was the main language of what is now metropolitan New York back in 1600. It is one of the two native languages spoken by the Delaware (Lenape) people, the other being Unami, which was spoken to the south.

In 2009:

  • Speakers: 6 native speakers (all of them over 70).
  • Countries: Canada (Moraviantown Reserve, Ontario).
  • Script: Roman. Scholars use the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • Language family: Eastern Algonquian, whose languages were spoken all along the east coast of North America from Nova Scotia…

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