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A few days ago climate activist Greta Thunberg told the world she would be boycotting the COP26 in November, saying it was all, “Blah, blah, blah,” and, as usual, would accomplish nothing.

She was right, of course. Here, today, the most effective part of our climate promises are being left on the butcher block. It’s being blamed on Joe Manchin, as usual. He is the villain. But should he be? He deserves a great deal of blame.

But his partner from West Virginia, Sen. Capito, says she is “vehemently opposed” to the legislation.

And what’s the difficultly twisting two or three arms across the aisle to get this vital bill passed? Are there not any Republicans concerned with the health and welfare of the nation and the future of our children? Are they all so deeply in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry?

Manchin doesn’t deserve all the blame.

Texas is in the news again and why are we not surprised not for anything good?

Now, due to a law their benighted Good White Christian governor Greg Abbott signed into law last June, the woman in charge of telling teachers what to do with their classroom textbooks each year felt it was incumbent upon her to advise them to make certain, “if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should give students access to a book from an ‘opposing’ perspective.”

And all this comes about, honestly, not because Texans are a bunch of cross-burning anti-Semites (although, to tell you the truth? I’ve been there and one heck of a lot of them are…) but because that House Bill 3979 was rushed into law to push back on the Devil’s Work of “critical race theory” that Good White Christian Texans knew was corrupting children.

If you’re thinking about writing a book, you’re in luck because November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Writing a 50,000-word novel is extremely difficult, I guess; I’ve never done it. But I do have a dream, and this is the year I will make that dream a reality. …

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