Greta Thunberg — Simply Amazing

I have written before about the young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, and in fact she was one of my ‘good people’ one Wednesday last December.  Sometimes an activist will start like gangbusters, and then after a few months you hear nothing more about them, but not so Ms. Thunberg.  I see her name in the news at least once a week, and she has been inspirational to many young climate-conscious groups around the world.

Today, she is back in the news, and in a big way! A couple of big ways, actually.

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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and The 1975’s Matty Healy pose for a photo. (Photo: Jordan Hughes)

The first is that she is featured on the first track of the forthcoming album of British pop-rock band The 1975.  In the track, Greta delivers a speech about the global climate emergency, against an instrumental background by the band.  Now, I have never heard of The 1975, but I give them two thumbs up for this effort, as well as the fact that all proceeds from the track will be going to the climate action group Extinction Rebellion.

The full text of Greta’s speech on the track is at the end of this post.

In an interview with The Guardian, Greta said …

“I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way. I think it’s great that The 1975 is so strongly engaged in the climate crisis. We quickly need to get people in all branches of society to get involved. And this collaboration I think is something new.”


The second thing is that Greta has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year.  She was nominated by Freddy Andre Oevstegaard, a parliamentary representative in Norway …

“We have nominated Greta because the climate threat may be one of the most important causes of war and conflict.”

greta-2.pngThe Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce its latest laureates in October, and those selected will receive their prizes in December.  I do so want to see her win it!


And the third thing that has put Greta in the news this week is that she will be coming to the U.S. next month to attend a United Nations summit meeting on global warming in New York!  Now, you may remember from my previous post about Greta that she does not fly on airplanes because of the CO2 emissions, so you may be wondering how she plans to get here.

“Good news! I’ll be joining the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York. I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II.”

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Malizia II

Malizia II, is outfitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity. That should make the entire trip possible without burning any fossil fuels.

Boris Herrmann, who will skipper the boat, said the voyage would not be the luxury cruise that a high-tech yacht might conjure in the popular imagination. The Malizia II is built for speed, not comfort. It has no kitchen, refrigeration system, air-conditioning or showers.

Think about this one for a minute, folks.  This young woman is so committed to saving our planet that she is willing to spend two weeks on a small boat, eating mostly freeze-dried and vacuum-packed meals, in order to do her part to save the environment.  Greta is sixteen years old … most kids her age are attached at the hip to their cell phones, ipods, laptops, and wouldn’t dream of missing a shower or a hot meal, let alone spend two weeks in a small boat on choppy seas!

Greta will be accompanied on the trip by a filmmaker; her father, Svante; and Pierre Casiraghi, the head of the Malizia II racing team who is also the grandson of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and the American actress Grace Kelly.

Greta is, with her parents’ approval, taking the year off from school to campaign against climate change, also plans to attend the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in December in Santiago, Chile.

I was impressed by this young woman when I first wrote about her eight months ago, but today … the only word I have is “WOW!!!”  She puts us all to shame, and particularly those who would “deny” climate science in order to justify their own greed.


I would like to end with a quote that was sent to me tonight by a very special friend:

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

Ms. Thunberg is doing something that she can do … let’s all try to do just one thing more that we can do to help heal and protect our home, planet Earth.


Full text of Greta’s speech on The 1975 track:

We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis.

And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.

We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things.

We admit that we are losing this battle.

We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed.

But homo sapiens have not yet failed.

Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands.

But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.

We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.

Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.

And either we do that, or we don’t.

You say that nothing in life is black or white.

But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie.

Either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming, or we don’t.

Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, or we don’t.

Either we choose to go on as a civilization or we don’t.

That is as black or white as it gets.

Because there are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

Now we all have a choice.

We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations.

Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.

That is up to you and me.

And yes, we need a system change rather than individual change. But you cannot have one without the other.

If you look through history, all the big changes in society have been started by people at the grassroots level. People like you and me.

So, I ask you to please wake up and make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible.

Today, we use about 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground.

So, we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.

Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.

So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.

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Filosofa Ponders Thanksgiving 2020

Today, in the United States, it is a holiday called Thanksgiving.  I won’t go into the history of the holiday, for frankly the history we all learned in our early school years was a white-washed lie.  But, for most of us the holiday lives on anyway, as we try to spend it with family and friends, remembering that no matter what is happening outside our front door, we still have much reason to be thankful … we live, we breathe, we have family and friends who love us, a roof over our head and food on our table … so much more than some people have.

That said … this year is a different kind of Thanksgiving.  The pandemic has had us in its grip for ten long months now, many of us have lost loved ones, our lives have been turned topsy-turvy, some have lost jobs and even their homes.  It feels … almost surreal, almost like a dream (nightmare) from which we keep hoping to waken.

For four years now, we in the U.S. have lived under a regime whose modus operandi was ‘divide and conquer’ and we have all paid a hefty price.  We are exhausted from it all, from trying to stay atop the latest ways in which our government was undermining our very foundations, blatantly disregarding our democratic processes, and indeed, our very lives.  We’ve lived with the most corrupt regime ever to occupy the highest echelons of the federal government in this country – if we thought that Richard Nixon was a crook … well, he looks like a cute puppy compared to the band of criminals whose salaries we’ve paid for four years now.

Today it was announced that new unemployment claims jumped to 78,000 from 18,000 the week before.  In the week of the election, nearly 26 million adults – 12% of all the adults in the nation – reported that their household didn’t have enough to eat.  As many as 40,000 people are behind on their rent or mortgage payments and at risk of losing their home.  When you look at this, you have to wonder – is there really anything to be thankful for?

My answer to that is that yes, despite it all, there is a lot to be thankful for.  We have just elected a good man, a decent and kind man to be our next president.  He is an intelligent man, has decades of experience in our government, first in the Senate and then for eight years as Vice President.  He is carefully choosing the best of the best for his cabinet and administration advisors.  He cares about the environment, he cares about the average person, he has a plan … he has a plan.  Joe Biden said something yesterday that was exactly what my favourite former boss once said to me … he said he wants his experts to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear.   That … that in itself is a breath of fresh air.

Yes, problems will still remain and I have no illusions that they can be resolved in a single four-year term, but … Biden and his team will do their level best to repair as much of the damage that has been done to this nation as possible.  Biden will be a president for the people, not just the wealthy CEOs of big corporations.  I listened to a clip from Joe Biden’s pre-Thanksgiving speech earlier tonight and I suddenly felt more confident, safer, and more hopeful than I have in the past four years.

The one thing, though, that We the People must do in order to help restore some semblance of order in our world is find a way to start resolving our differences.  This nation is more divided today than at any other time since 1865.  Hatred and violence are constant and exhausting.  We must begin finding ways to listen to one another, to forge a middle ground where we can meet halfway, for if we don’t, our nation will fail.  The ‘United’ States will become a conglomerate of separate countries, constantly at war with one another.

I will admit that my heart is not into the holidays this year, and were it not for the girls, I would be quite content to skip Thanksgiving and Christmas altogether.  I’m sure some of you feel the same.  But friends, when we stop and think about it, we do have much to be thankful for.  So, you can’t travel to Aunt Sadie’s for Thanksgiving dinner, or host Grammie ‘n Grampie.  It’s not the end of the world.  It’s sad, but it’s not the end of the world.  Take a deep breath, remember that tomorrow the sun will come up, it will be a new day, and 24 hours closer to January 20th.  And now, I ask you to listen to this short clip, just 2 minutes 45 seconds, of parts of Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving speech yesterday.  And then, off you go to cook that turkey or emu, as it were!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving, keep safe, don’t over-stuff your bellies,  and remember … you have much to be thankful for … we all do.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa.

It’s Morning in America

Our friend Jeff is almost as good at being snarky as I am! But today he celebrates some of the good things that have come about this week, and he does it so well that I just had to share. Thanks, Jeff!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

On The Fence Voters

After a more than two week nationally televised hissy fit from the Mad King, it’s finally over. The sore loser, in a tweet, of course, released his stooge lapdog at the General Services Administration (GSA) from her blind devotion to him – allowing the official transition of the incoming Biden/Harris administration to commence.

It’s morning in America, my friends. Yes, we have another two months of the current loser president to put up with, and there’s no doubt the lunatic can do a lot of damage in the interim. But it’s over for him, whether he accepts it or not.

Already this week, President-elect Biden announced some major nominations to his upcoming cabinet, initially in the area of national security. The wealth of experience, competence, and diversity is on full display – including Avril Haines, who would be the first woman named as Director of National Intelligence, and Alejandro Mayorkas…

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Rainy Day Snarky Snippets

It seems that there is a correlation between gloomy, rainy days and my level of snark.  Today, it is pouring, grey and dreary, and my snark-o-meter is at about 80%.  Now you might think that with the good news that Trump’s attempt to overturn the will of the people in this month’s election has failed … an epic failure … would lower my snark, that I would be sitting here grinning and typing about happy things like … um …

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings

But I am not Julie Andrews and my singing is nearly a criminal offense, so instead, as I watch the pouring rain create a river in my backyard, I shall share my snarkiness with you, my friends!


Living in a bubble …

The pandemic continues to rage, and yesterday we broke yet another record with 2,194 deaths, bringing our recorded death toll to 266,311.  Mike Pence, who is allegedly the head of the coronavirus task force but has not spoken of it since July, finally broke his vow of silence last Thursday.  Despite record high new cases, hospitalizations, and more than a quarter of a million deaths, he had this to say …

“America has never been more prepared to combat this virus than we are today.”

From what I can discern, ol’ Mikey has been living in a bubble somewhere underground for the past ten months!  That death toll … those are people, not just numbers.  Those are our grandparents, our siblings, our children, and our friends!  Just what the Sam Hell has this ‘task force’ even done besides waste time and money?


Two new records

More Americans voted in the 2020 election than in any other in more than 100 years.

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This is encouraging, but I’m still disappointed … yeah, I know … give a mouse a cookie.  But seriously, 65%?  Where were the other 35% of eligible voters?  This year, most every state made mail-in voting available due to the pandemic, some states even allowed voters to register online.  Yes, some states throw up roadblocks, especially in areas where there is a significant percentage of minorities – it’s called disenfranchisement, and is a republican ploy to keep Blacks, Asians and Hispanics away from the polls.  But even with that in mind … why isn’t the number 85%?  Yeah, yeah … I know all the excuses, have heard them a million times before.  I just wonder what we have to do to convince people … all people … that voting is a responsibility, as well as a right.  You owe it to every person in this country to make your voice heard, and most of all you owe it to yourself to feel that you aren’t just a bystander, but an actual participant.  Turnout in Minnesota reached nearly 80% … if they can do it, why can’t the rest of the nation?

But there’s even more good news … President-elect Joe Biden is now the first ever to win more than 80 million votes!  Ever.  Think about that one … that sends quite a message, doesn’t it?


Good for a laugh …

I had to laugh when I read that Trump thinks his legal team (led by none other than Rudy Giuliani) is made up of “fools that are making him look bad.”

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As if he ever needed help in looking bad???  No president in the history of the nation has ever looked worse than Donald Trump on a good day!  Whatever will we do for humour once this bunch of clowns has packed up their circus show and left?


And speaking of humour … let’s see what Jimmy Kimmel has to say about the latest developments.

♫ Stevie & Tom ♫ (Redux)

Tonight I need me some Stevie!  Digging around to see what I have or haven’t played recently, I came across this one by two of my favourite artists, Stevie Wonder and Tom Jones from Tom Jones’ television show in 1969 — way back when.  I listened … I found a strange sensation on my face … like something tugging at the corners of my mouth … pulling them upward.  Could it be … could this actually be … the beginnings of a smile?  And then, I played it a second time … and yeah, there’s a smile alright … damn but these two guys are goooooood … doesn’t matter what they sing … they’re solid gold all the way.  Okay, so I just played it in February, but … February was a looonnnnngggg time ago, right?  And I do so need the smiles this one brings, so for tonight … just listen, relax, and … SMILE!  Humour an old woman.

Good People Doing Good Things — Liem & Aubrey

Some days we look around and we wonder what has happened to our world … where are the good people???  But, if we just shut out the noise for a while and go looking for them, those good people are not all that hard to find.  The thing is, you won’t see them on the nightly news tooting their own horn, for they are too busy going about their lives, helping others … and most of all … caring.  I never have trouble finding the good people for these Wednesday posts … it’s almost as if they drop into my lap once I clear my mind of the daily detritus.  I apologize that this morning’s ‘good people’ post is somewhat shorter than usual, but I am a bit under the weather tonight and need to get to bed.  Still, I think you’ll find these two good people to be heartwarming …


Liem Kaplan is on a mission to help the homeless people in and around his community in the area of Seattle, Washington.  Thus far, Liem has collected some 12,000 masks and donated the masks along with hand sanitizer, clothing, hygiene products, and food to the homeless.  What’s so remarkable about this is that Liem is only 13 years old!

liem-3Born in Vietnam with physical challenges, Liem, one of seven siblings, was adopted when he was 11 months old.  According to his mother, Nancy, he began worrying about the homeless back in April and came to her one day saying he wanted to collect masks for people.  With mom’s help, he began acquiring product-and-cash donations from individuals, businesses, the city and community groups to distribute to shelter programs and organizations that serve vulnerable populations.

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To date, Liem has distributed more than 12,000 masks, 2,000 lunches, 6,000 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, 4,000 pairs of socks and 2,500 bottles of hand sanitizer to help keep people safe.

Liem is modest about what he does …

“If you see a problem, find a solution and do it. What I do isn’t that hard. You ask someone what they need and if you don’t have it, ask someone else to help you. Everyone can do that. You just have to care enough to stop and ask.”

You just have to care enough.  Exactly!  That is the thing that all the good people I have ever written about have in common … they care.  This isn’t Liem’s first foray into philanthropy, nor will it be his last.  At the age of six, he started coat drives and other campaigns for kids.

Liem-coat-driveWhen asked how long he could keep up his good works, Liem replied …

“Probably the rest of my life… because that’s what I like to do.”


And two thumbs up to Aubrey, the Ohio FedEx driver.  For some time, as Aubrey made her rounds, she noticed that at one house, the two sons were always outside shooting hoops on a broken basketball hoop.  Elijah and Zachary Wheeler enjoy basketball so much it didn’t bother them that their hoop was broken — they played despite it, due to their love of the game.

The brothers had no idea that Aubrey saw them playing all the time and decided to surprise the family with a brand-new hoop, leaving the gift, along with a basketball, on their front porch.  The boys’ mother, Coledo Wheeler, said when she got back from work one day, she noticed a new basketball sitting on her porch with a note attached.

“I realized it was instructions to a basketball hoop. That’s when I looked up and I saw the new one in the yard.  This was just such a blessing for her to do this, and I never ever expected it. It really was a total shock.”

hoopA small act of kindness, but really … that’s what the world is made up of … small things.  And I can almost hear those boys telling their own sons about the generosity and kindness of the FedEx driver one day in the future.

♫ Peace Train ♫ (Redux)

A few days ago I played Wild World by Cat Stevens, and ever since, I have had this song hopping through the cobwebs of my mind.  I played this in March 2019, but that was 20 months ago, and somehow this song seems fitting for our times … not only here in the U.S. where our very foundation is being threatened, but in many nations on this planet.  One portion of the song …

‘Cause I’m on the edge of darkness
There ride the Peace Train
Oh, Peace Train take this country
Come take me home again

… strikes a chord, don’t you think? 

Note to readers:  The past two weeks, it seems that many of the videos I play are not available to readers outside the U.S.  I sincerely apologize … I have no way of knowing until one of you lets me know.  I’m not sure if YouTube has made changes, or if it’s just been a coincidence.  Please do let me know if you are outside the U.S. and cannot view a video I post … I’m trying to figure out the problem and resolve it.


A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, was held this morning.  Yusuf Islam, better known to the world as Cat Stevens, performed his 1971 song, Peace Train, and I cannot think of a more appropriate song for the solemn occasion.

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Yusuf Islam – 29 March 2019

One of my readers, Anne, suggested it might be a good song for my music post, and I fully agree.  Thank you, Anne, for this perfect suggestion.

Prior to performing, he delivered a short speech, dedicating his appearance “to the families who lives were snatched away in that evil carnage while they were worshipping in the mosque two weeks ago,  To those shining souls whose lives were snatched away in that moment of madness may peace be upon them. Peace in this world may take a bit longer.”

Peace Train
Cat Stevens

Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it’s going to come

‘Cause I’m on the edge of darkness
There ride the Peace Train
Oh, Peace Train take this country
Come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately,
Thinkin’ about the good things to come
And I believe it could be,
Something good has begun

Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train

Get your bags together,
Go bring your good friends, too
‘Cause it’s getting nearer,
It soon will be with you

Now come and join the living,
It’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer,
Soon it will all be true

Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now Peace Train
Peace Train

Now I’ve been crying lately,
Thinkin’ about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating,
Why can’t we live in bliss

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness,
There rides a Peace Train
Oh Peace Train take this country,
Come take me home again

Oh Peace Train sounding louder
Glide on the Peace Train
Come on now, Peace Train
Yes, Peace Train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the Peace Train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on, peace train
Yes, it’s the peace train

Come on now, peace train
Oh, peace train

Songwriters: Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam
Peace Train lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

FINALLY — Some Good News!

I lost count of how many “Breaking News” updates hit my phone yesterday, but most contained good news, so I’m not complaining.  Four things among the maelstrom of pings, dings and knocks from my phone stand out, all of them positive, at least from where I stand, though I’m sure there are those who would disagree with me.

  • The first was that Joe Biden announced several of his choices for key cabinet positions. I’ll have more about this in future posts, for I will need time to research these people, some of whom I’m not familiar with.  But the one that caught my eye first was Biden’s appointment of John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate.  This sends a message, loud and clear, that no longer will we shirk our duty toward climate change and the environment.  As Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry played a key role in negotiating the landmark Paris Climate Accord, which was adopted by nearly 200 nations in 2015 and was aimed at addressing the negative impacts of climate change. Trump withdrew the US from agreement, and Biden has pledged to rejoin it on his first day in office.

  • Next came the news that the election officials in Michigan certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. I let out a few YAHOOOOOOs over this one and found myself, inexplicably, with tears in my eyes.  Too much stress lately, I guess.  Pennsylvania and Arizona are close to certifying Biden’s victory, but despite having a BA and an MA in Political Science, I simply do not understand what the holdup is.  Yes, I know Donnie Darkness is protesting, continuing to claim that he actually won, and suing everybody and their brother, but his cases are consistently being thrown out of the courts because there is zero evidence of any widescale aberrations anywhere.  Trump’s legal eagles have failed to provide a shred of evidence.  It’s time for every state to certify the vote, to follow the law and the will of the people.  Trump lost by more than 6 million votes – he’d have to find a hell of a lot of “voter fraud” to overturn that!

  • Then there was this headline in the New York Times: G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden.  Trump is suing the state of California (isn’t that rather like suing one’s own family member?  Perhaps he forgot that California is one of the 50 ‘United’ States?) in an effort to strip California of its ability to set its own, strict fuel economy standards.  Initially, three U.S. automakers joined in the lawsuit:  General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler.  With G.M. dropping their support, it is likely only a matter of days before Toyota and Fiat Chrysler join their competitor in dropping out.  In fact, G.M.’s CEO, Mary Barra, urged the other two to follow G.M.’s lead.  Score one for the environment!

  • And last, but certainly not least, came the news just around supper time, that Emily Murphy at the General Services Administration (GSA) acknowledged Joe Biden as the ‘apparent’ winner of the election. This move will give the Biden transition team access to federal transition funds, and will also allow the team to establish contact and working relations with federal agencies.  A day late and a dollar short, as they say, but … better late than never.  Trump attempted to take credit for the decision, but made a point of saying that he is not conceding the election, and that … “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good … fight, and I believe we will prevail!”  I laughed at this … I really no longer care what he says, for he is quickly becoming irrelevant.  The sooner he, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Kayleigh McEnany figure that out, the sooner our lives will become more peaceful!

I still have concerns, still do not trust Donald Trump, nor the congressional republicans, nor the Supreme Court, nor the white supremacist gun freaks who say they are planning violence when Joe Biden is inaugurated, but overall I think yesterday was a red-letter day for positive news … something we were sorely in need of.  We still have many problems, and yesterday was not quite a ‘jump for joy’ moment, but more a ‘sigh of relief’ one.  Perhaps soon we’ll even be able to sleep for more than an hour at a time.

Open Letter To Republican Members Of Congress

Dear Senator/Representative,

I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when I was but 13 years of age, and an independent voter who has voted since 1972 for both parties at various times.  I believe I have earned the right to speak my piece, and I shall do so now.

Since the U.S. Constitution was adapted in 1787, this nation has abided by certain standards, one of those being a fair and honest election whereby everyone has an equal voice, and once the results are tallied, they are accepted by all.  In the 2016 election, it was later proven that Russia aided and abetted the election campaign of Donald Trump, who actually lost the election by nearly 3 million votes, and yet due to the electoral system, was placed in office on January 20th, 2017.  His opponent, Hillary Clinton, graciously congratulated him on his ‘win’ the day after the election, as did then-President Barack Obama.

Fast forward to November 3rd, 2020, not quite three weeks ago.  The election was held, but results were not immediately available because of the surging pandemic that led many of us to vote by absentee ballot.  Within a couple of days, it became obvious that Joe Biden had won the election, had earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and had scored over 6 million votes more than Donald Trump.  And yet … without one shred of proof or evidence, that result is being hotly contested by Trump and his lawyers.  Not only that, but Trump continually claims, falsely, that he won the election, that there was massive voter fraud, and that “the democrats stole” the election from him.

You know, and I know that not a single shred of evidence exists to support Trump’s claims.  Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security, Christopher Krebs, said that the 2020 election was the most secure in the history of the nation.  He was fired for telling the truth and for doing his job.  Still, Donald Trump continues to create chaos by making false claims.

In the past week, four members of Congress have followed their conscience and condemned Trump’s attempt to cast doubt on the validity of the election:  Senator Mitt Romney, Senator Ben Sasse, outgoing Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Pat Toomey.  Each of the four have said it is time for Trump to face the fact that he lost and be gracious in conceding the election.  YOU, however, remain silent.  I ask you now … WHY?  You know that Joe Biden won the election honestly and fairly.  You know that Donald Trump is a temperamental, dishonest ‘man’, lacking in integrity, who has done more damage to this country than the last ten presidents combined.  So … why are you silent?  Your silence speaks volumes about your character.

Surely you must realize that Trump is casting doubt, not only on the integrity of the 2020 election, but on our democratic processes as he continues to rant and rave about things that simply do not exist.  You have achieved one of the highest-ranking positions in the nation, so surely you must be an intelligent and well-educated individual, and yet at this moment, it appears that you are without conscience.

I, and my fellow citizens, call on you today … yes, TODAY … to condemn Mr. Trump’s rhetoric and actions, to demand that he concede the election so that President-elect Biden’s transition team can get to work, planning for a smooth transition and the ongoing safety of the nation.  IF you do not, if you continue to enable Trump and his minions to undermine the democratic processes of this nation without so much as a whimper on your part, then you do not deserve the position you hold.  Know that, if you continue to allow this to go on without adding your voice to those of Senators Romney, Sasse, Toomey, and Alexander, then I and others will work tirelessly the next time you are facing a re-election bid, to ensure that the American public knows just how disinterested in the future of this nation and its people you are, and I will work to support your opponent, whoever he or she may be.

Sincerely,

Jill Dennison – citizen, taxpayer, voter


Note to readers:  I have sent this letter to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Representative Warren Davidson, and am planning to send it to the local newspaper, as well.  The silence in the GOP on this matter is deafening and we cannot wait forever for these members of Congress to find their consciences.  Feel free to adapt and use the letter if you wish.

♫ This Guy’s In Love With You ♫

I have long … and I do mean long, like since I was about 12 or 13, some 50+ years ago … been a fan of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

This Guy’s in Love with You is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and recorded by Herb Alpert. Although known primarily for his trumpet playing as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, Alpert sang lead vocals on this solo recording, arranged by Bacharach.

As documented in an A&E Biography episode featuring Bacharach, the recording originated when Alpert, while visiting at Bacharach’s office, asked, “Say, Burt, do you happen to have any old compositions lying around that you and Hal never recorded; maybe one I might be able to use?” Alpert said he made it his practice to ask songwriters that particular question: often a “lost pearl” was revealed. As it happened, Bacharach recalled one, found the lyrics and score sheet in his office filing cabinet, and offered it to Alpert: “Here, Herb … you might like this one.”

Alpert’s previous material consisted of instrumental songs recorded with The Tijuana Brass Band. This, released in 1968, was his first released on A&M Records that contained vocals.

Alpert sang this to his first wife in a 1968 TV special called The Beat of the Brass; the sequence was taped on the beach in Malibu. The song was not intended to be released, but after it was used in the TV special, thousands of telephone calls to CBS asking about it convinced label owner Alpert to release it as a single two days after the show aired.

The song hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada, and #3 in the UK.  In 1969, Dionne Warwick’s version, This Girl’s in Love With You, peaked at #7 in the US.

This Guy’s In Love With You
Herb Alpert

You see this guy, this guy’s in love with you
Yes I’m in love who looks at you the way I do
When you smile I can tell it know each other very well

How can I show you I’m glad I got to know you ’cause
I’ve heard some talk they say you think I’m fine
Yes I’m in love and what I’d do to make you mine
Tell me now is it so don’t let me be the last to know

My hands are shakin’ don’t let my heart keep breaking ’cause
I need your love, I want your love
Say you’re in love and you’ll be my girl, if not I’ll just die

Tell me now is it so don’t let me be the last to know
My hands are shakin’ don’t let my heart keep breaking ’cause
I need your love, I want your love
Say you’re in love and you’ll be my girl, if not I’ll just die

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Burt F. Bacharach / Hal David
This Guy’s in Love With You lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Jolly Monday — And Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

thanksgivingGood Monday morn, my friends!  Come in out of the c-c-cold … just toss your jackets on that chair over there … Jolly will hang them up for you in a minute.  So … how was your weekend?  Did any of you do anything special?  No?  We didn’t either.  I sent daughter Chris out on errands Saturday evening and she picked up some fish ‘n chips from Red Robin, but that was about the height of the excitement around here.  Yesterday was cold, rainy, dark and gloomy, so I’m glad to see the sun out this morning … perhaps it will warm things up a bit.  Since Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., Joyful and I thought Thanksgiving-themed treats were in order for this morning.  Sorry, guys, I tried but simply could not form a piece of bacon into the shape of either a turkey or a pumpkin!  So, the bacon will be back on the menu next week.  Help yourself to some treats and a warm drink, and then let’s get this week of to a start with a bit of humour, shall we?

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You know how you go to the park and a few dozen pigeons come around to see if perhaps you’ve brought them a treat?  We had a pigeon this summer that was a veritable pig … he would come around back where Ali had put out seed for the other birdies, and he would run them off, then proceed to devour half the food!  Eventually he discovered the sunflowers out front, and stopped eating the other bird’s food, but he sure was a pig.  Anyway, who knew that one single pigeon could be worth nearly $2 million???

pigeon-1New Kim is her name, and she is a two-year-old Belgian-bred racing pigeon.  Who knew pigeons raced?  New Kim broke a world record and became the world’s most expensive pigeon when she was sold at auction for nearly $1.9 million … $1,894,672, to be exact.  Now who in their right mind pays that kind of money for a pigeon???

pigeon-2Turns out the buyer was a Chinese man using the pseudonym Super Duper.  And this isn’t Super Duper’s first foray into idiocy!  He previously set the world record in March 2019, when he paid $1.4 million for a champion racing pigeon named Armando.  I wonder if he plans to breed Armando and New Kim and sell their offspring for some unmentionable sum?

I did some research, and the average lifespan of a pigeon is six years.  Now, New Kim is already two years old, so that means Super Duper is likely to have her for another four years, making his purchase equate to $473,668 per year!  And that doesn’t include food and upkeep!  Damn, what couldn’t I do with that kind of money?


Now, how ‘bout a few ‘toons to bring a chuckle?  I figured that since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I ought to go in search of some Thanksgiving humour …

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And last, but not least, a fun critter video of animals playing in … and enjoying … the snow (it’s coming, folks … winter is upon us)


thanksgiving-2And that’s a wrap for this Jolly Monday before Thanksgiving.  Joyful, Jolly and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  It’s a tough time for people everywhere but remember … there is always something to be thankful for … friends, family, a place to live and food to eat.  When we think about it, despite our troubles, despite the pandemic, despite governments overrun by corruption, we are still pretty lucky compared to so many.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!