How can you run when you know?

I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, when this happened. 50 years ago today.

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio.
Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down.
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?

Jerry Casale, founding member of the band Devo, was a student at Kent State during the protests. He has written an essay on the events of that day for Rolling Stone.

Hat tip to Amanda Marcotte for the link.


Elizabeth Warren endorses Joe Biden

The Los Angeles Times thinks her endorsement will matter.

…One of the central messages of her Biden endorsement is that this election is about governing. Unlike President Trump, who was uniquely unprepared among American presidents for the crisis he now confronts, Biden has a lifetime of experience in public service and specific experience helping to steer the United States out of a deep recession: the 2008-09 meltdown triggered by the subprime mortgage collapse.

“I saw him up close, doing the work, getting in the weeds,” says Warren, who helped the Obama administration design and set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during that period, and can you imagine anyone describing the current, white-paper-averse occupant of the White House as “getting in the weeds”? Or depicting Trump, as Warren said of Biden, as someone “never forgetting who we were all there to serve”?….

Here is the endorsement:


My mood today

Just listening to this over and over…

They’d say I hustled
Put in the work
They wouldn’t shake their heads
And question how much of this I deserve
What I was wearing, if I was rude
Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves.

I’m so sick of running
as fast as I can.
Wondering if I’d get there quicker
if I was a man.


What they are doing to my Heart Land

The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux has an excellent and horrifying overview of the damage being done at Organ Pipe.

Trump Is Blowing Up a National Monument in Arizona to Make Way for the Border Wall

Contractors working for the Trump administration are blowing apart a mountain on protected lands in southern Arizona to make way for the president’s border wall. The blasting is happening on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a tract of Sonoran Desert wilderness long celebrated as one of the nation’s great ecological treasures, that holds profound spiritual significance to multiple Native American groups….

Celebrated as “a pristine example of an intact Sonoran Desert ecosystem,” Organ Pipe was designated as a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve in 1976. Even before the explosions began, the construction there was already one of Trump’s most controversial border wall projects, unfolding on the homelands of the Tohono O’odham and in areas that are ostensibly safeguarded by the strictest public-land designations on the books….

And this was a bit I hadn’t realized:

The expansion of the border wall under Trump has been made possible, in part, by a post-9/11 piece of legislation known as the Real ID Act, which grants DHS sweeping authority to waive existing laws in order to construct border barriers. The Trump administration has used the act to waive dozens of laws — from the Environmental Protection Act to the Endangered Species Act — in order to push through new border wall construction projects….

But it’s been clear from the start that Trump does not care about the law, much less about the ecological systems we all rely on.