Saturday, July 02, 2022

A little on Iraq

I got the second shingles Friday morning at my first doctor's visit of the day.  I was fine and fine when I went on to my endocrinologist appointment.  Kat and I then went looking for vinyl (a friend was selling his collection and I knew Kat would find some stuff she wanted). Still fine.  By nine p.m., I was a little dizzy.  After I got on the bed to rest, it really hit.  I woke up to throw up.  I had a fever, I had chills.  My head felt like it was exploding.  I was dehydrated.  That's how I spent the day.  Sleeping when I could.  If it weren't for music, I'm not sure I'd have made it through.

In my AMAZON history, this is what it says I listened to (I honestly don't remember hearing all of this -- these are albums I love and would listen to and am sure I did but I was in and out of it all day).  

1) The Pointer Sisters' BREAK OUT

2) Pj Morton's WATCH the SUN, 

3) Harry Styles' HARRY'S HOUSE


5) Diana Ross' THANK YOU

6) Harry Styles' HARRY STYLES

7) Pretenders' PIRATE RADIO


9) Pretenders' THE ISLE OF VIEW


I am still in so much pain.  And when I cough, the pain in the base of my skull is tremendous and I'm coughing constantly.  Found out at the PCP yesterday this was COVID longual symptoms and that I have scarring in my lungs from COVID.

Despite holding elections October 10th, Iraq still has no president, still has no prime miniter.  And ISIS is getting restless.  REPUBLIC WORLD reports:

Two people were killed while four others were wounded on Saturday after Daesh militants attacked northern and central Iraq. According to security sources, the first attack took place in Nineveh Governate, which borders Syria, where one soldier was killed and two civilians were wounded after a roadside bomb exploded. The blast, which Iraqi security officials believe was planted by the IS, exploded near an Iranian security unit outside a village on the outskirts of Tal Afar. 

Speaking to Xinhua on condition of anonymity, a source said that the attack took place when the country’s law enforcers were hunting down IS terrorists in the area. Meanwhile, a similar explosion occurred in the Salah al-Din governorate, where at least one civilian was killed and two others were wounded. The roadside bomb was planted by IS terrorists and exploded near the village of Tarmiyah, some 30 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad. 

No government, all this time later.  KURDISTAN 24 notes:

The president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani discussed the latest developments in the political process in Iraq with the KDP bloc members at the Iraqi parliament on Saturday.

President Barzani reiterated that “we are the owners of rightful issue, regardless of the political variables and equations”. He added, “solving problems must be through adherence to the constitution and the three principles of partnership, consensus, and balance.”

“These principles must be reflected in the work of the next government and on all political blocs,” Barzani added. “The KDP is not with the conflict and the deepening of the worsening crisis, but rather what is important is to protect constitutional rights and the dignity of citizens.”

As the country drifts along without leadership, hot spots keep developing.  Now it's Basra.  RUDAW reports:

Tensions between two tribes in the southern Iraqi province of Basra on Friday led security forces to use drones to stop the fighting, with the quarrels first surfacing three years ago.

Tensions between the tribes of Albu Hamdan and al-Batut sparked clashes that lasted for more than five hours in the town of Garma, as the two tribes fought over concerns of debt.

"We have closed our shops since 4 pm yesterday because of the bullets of the Hamdan and Batut tribes coming at us," witness Uday Shareef told Rudaw's Halkawt Aziz, describing the situation as "hell."

"We live in hell, not in a country or Iraq," Shareef said.

And that's what I can offer today.  Sorry.  My head's again killing me and I'm going back to sleep.




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Welcome to EARTHFLOWER, the official newsletter of the Green Party of Michigan! Look for this informative newsletter on the first day of each month!

Volume Three

July 1, 2022


As the midterms approach, attacks on the Green Party by the Democrats have increased considerably, per usual. Any attempt by the Greens to extend political choices to voters is met with organized resistance or in many cases, downright hostility.

Democrats told us; the 2020 election was the most important election in our nation's history. They told us, "Wasting our vote by voting Green" was not an option. They told us, the ONLY way to restore democracy and fix our country was to vote Trump out.

So here we are. Trump is gone. What have we gained? Single-Payer healthcare? No. A Green New Deal? No. An end to corporate subsidies? No. An end to corporate tax cuts? No. A cut in pentagon spending? No. A de-militarization of police? No.

Campaign finance reform? No. More affordable housing? No. A ban on fracking? No. Student loan forgiveness? No. An end to homelessness? No. Codification of Roe vs. Wade? No. An end to the filibuster? No.

Now, they are trying to get voters to remove their names from Green Party ballot petitions in North Carolina and, even funding GOP ads, they say, to create more favorable match-ups against the Republicans? Is this what saving democracy looks like?

So, what is the incentive to "vote Blue in 2022?" There isn't one. Although the Democrats have a majority, they resign to playing victim, while Republicans continue to shove their capitalist, authoritarian agenda down our throats. Now they are using fear of a republican majority bringing what's already happening under their watch.

So, what can we do? Organize! Register now if you haven't already and let's get started!


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Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting!


Just a friendly reminder!

Registration STILL OPEN
The 2022 Green Party Annual National Meeting (ANM) will be held virtually. We hope you will join us from July 22-24.

All ANM Participants MUST REGISTER to receive instructions on how to convene with us online. Please register by Friday, July 15th.

If you have any registration questions, email


Candidate Spotlight!


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Green Party of Michigan Candidate for Governor, Kevin Hogan!

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Kevin Hogan (Green Party) is running for election for Governor of Michigan. He declared candidacy for the general election scheduled on November 8, 2022. The primary will occur on August 2, 2022.

His running mate is Army veteran and Macomb Greens Local Contact Person Destiny Clayton.

Kevin is a retired published research biochemist and retired substitute teacher. Along with running mate, Destiny Clayton, leading their platform is protecting water as a basic human right, equality for women and protecting reproductive rights; and protecting the rights of our LGBTQIA community.

"I'm looking to get people back to (unionized) work with a much better standard of living $18 per hour."

Follow him on Twitter! And don't miss this opportunity to be the change by volunteering for this campaign! Contact Green Party of Michigan Elections Coordinator Sherry Wells to sign up today!

**Are you registered to vote? Find out HERE!


News from the Locals:


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(Baraga/Iron/Marquette/Dickinson counties)
Monthly meeting: of each month
Co-Chair Contact Person(s): Wade Roberts
Website: None
Social media: Pending

The U.P. North Country Greens are back in action! Co-Chair/Contact Person Wade Roberts who is also running for election to the Michigan State Senate to represent District 38, joins a group which has grown to 15 members. The UPNC Greens have a lot of work to do as the midterms approach.

We are a grassroots organization! Your voice matters!I So, if you are a Michigan resident, frustrated with the status quo, living in Baraga/Iron/Marquette or Dickinson Counties, be sure to give Wade a shout and let him know you're ready to get involved!


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(Manistee/Mason/Wexford counties)
Monthly meeting: Fourth Sunday of each month
Contact person: Tabbi Krause
Website: None
Social media: [Facebook]

It's official! The CLaM Greens are up and running! Co-Chair/Contact Person, Tabbi Krause announced a couple of weeks ago. If you happen to live in Manistee, Mason or Wexford counties, contact Tabbi and join the group at their next meeting/event!

The fight to protect and preserve Michigan's natural resources will be a central focal point in CLaM Green activities. But they need your help. This fight requires YOUR involvement as this issue is vital to our survival. Contact Tabbi to join the movement!


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(Muskegon,/Newaygo,/Oceana/ Ottawa counties)
Monthly meeting: Fourth Tuesday of each month
Contact person(s): Darryl Gibson
Social media: Facebook/Instagram/Tik Tok/Twitter/Youtube

The Muskegon Greens are reorganizing! With the midterm elections quickly approaching, they are focused on growing and getting stronger as an organization to fight the duopoly and bring a better political choice to the west central lakeshore communities!

Already having gained three new members since the last edition of this newsletter, the Muskegon Greens will begin their yearly membership drive this month! It's time to become the change you are looking for!

Be on the lookout for an all out social media blitz culminating in a "Meet the Greens" town hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 starting at 5:30 pm eastern @ the Salty Pecker Brewing Company! "Come on out and have some eats with us while we talk organizing and direct action!" says Co-Chair/Contact Person, Darryl Gibson.

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(Calhoun/Hillsdale/Jackson counties)
Monthly meeting: Fourth Saturday of each month
Co-Chair/Contact Person(s): Monika Schwab
Website: Pending
Social media: [Facebook]

Co-Chair/Contact Monika Schwab has reported, the South Central Michigan Greens tabling event at the Jackson County Fair, will be from August 7-13, 2022 @ booth 13!
HOURS: Sunday Noon to 10 pm; Mon to Sat -- 10 AM to 10 PM in the Gumper Bldg. Thurs & Fri. free admission for veterans with "proper ID." All Green Party candidates for office are welcome and encouraged to drop in.

Contact Monika for access to the booth and the fair to share the use of the tickets. Contact Monika to keep up with projects with the Jackson County animal shelter, a webinar and much more! Come join the South Central folks at their next meeting or event!


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(Benzie/Grand Travers/Leelanau Counties)
Monthly meeting: Fourth Tuesday of each month
Contact person(s): Tom Mair

Website: Pending
Social media: Pending

The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court has become a focal point since their last meeting, per local Co-Chair/Contact Person Tom Mair. The Democrats had at least two months to come up with a plan for this eventuality. They also had the chance to codify it and never did.

Now they are using this important issue to fundraise for the upcoming midterm elections. That is unacceptable. The Greens in Traverse Bay are in talks with the local Planned Parenthood to build a coalition to create a strong response to the ruling and fight for women's reproductive rights which the Democrats failed to do.
Wanna help? Here's your chance! Contact Tom and volunteer!

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CAUCUS NEWS: The building blocks of the Green Party!



*The Juneteenth celebration in Lansing last month was quite a treat! A warm celebration of freedom! Great speakers, great food, great fellowship and a softball game to boot! "It's one of the best turnouts I've seen." says Claretta Duckett-Freeman, a longtime housing activist/advocate and Lansing resident.

*The caucus is turning its focus to the midterms, planning a candidate forum. Follow them on Facebook for the details!


*The Latinx Caucus relaunch has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2022 from noon-2pm! That's just two weeks away! RSVP here!


*With the recent ruling to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States, it is obvious that democracy and the reproductive rights of women are under assault and cannot stand.

*The Women's Caucus will be reconvening to organize and fight, starting with a membership drive on Sunday, July 17, 2022 @ noon-1pm via Zoom. Want to join? Sign up now!


*Calling all 18-28 year olds! The Young EcoSocialists of the Green Party of Michigan (YESGPMI) relaunched on May 28, 2022! Expect results from officer elections by the end of the month. Follow us on Facebook for our next meeting and agenda! And don't forget to register


*We are looking for volunteers to help launch a Green Party of Michigan Lavender Caucus! [What is the Lavender Caucus?]


Green Party Question of the Day:


The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the landmark case of Roe v. Wade. What is Roe v. Wade and why is it so important?


And before you go:


Voices from within...

Quotes from our members:

Carlos Valdes (Genesee Valley Greens): "I will participate when you start protesting Bidens war on Russia. A lot of people think risking nuclear war with Russia is stupid especially when Ukrainian government is full of Nazis."

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