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FDR also had an interest in the cultural treasures of foreign lands."The Monuments Men were a group of American and Brit...
01/06/2020
Trump's threat to destroy Iranian heritage would be a war crime | Sergio Beltrán-García

FDR also had an interest in the cultural treasures of foreign lands.

"The Monuments Men were a group of American and British men and women---museum curators, art historians, librarians, architects, even artists---responsible for preserving the artistic and cultural achievements of western civilization from the destruction of war and theft by the Nazis." (https://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/)

The US president’s Twitter warning to hit Iranian cultural sites ‘very fast and very hard’ must not be taken lightly – the world could lose these architectural treasures for ever

"The last time the United States killed a major military leader in a foreign country was during World War II, when the A...
01/05/2020
As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure

"The last time the United States killed a major military leader in a foreign country was during World War II, when the American military shot down the plane carrying the Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto."

The difference between then and now is that FDR, with Congress' full ascent, had openly and publicly declared war.

One wonders if Iran might view Trump's action as their own Pearl Harbor...

While senior officials argue the drone strike was warranted to prevent future attacks, some in the administration remain skeptical about the rationale for the attack.

Having crossed a line past presidents never dared to tread, this Administration has now taken up openly assassinating si...
01/04/2020
For Trump, a Risky Decision Other Presidents Had Avoided

Having crossed a line past presidents never dared to tread, this Administration has now taken up openly assassinating sitting foreign leaders without consulting congress and without asking for a declaration of war. This might be made even slightly more palatable if anyone in the White House had the slightest idea of the ramifications of what just happened, or what comes next. A fatal circus by flawed clowns destined to cost American lives.

In ordering the drone strike that killed Iran’s top security commander, Mr. Trump challenged predictions it could lead to a wider war in the Middle East.

This is coming to a suburb near you in the lifetime of an average college student unless we radically change our ways.
01/03/2020
Australia Fires Intensify: ‘It’s Going to Be a Blast Furnace’

This is coming to a suburb near you in the lifetime of an average college student unless we radically change our ways.

Calling for evacuations along the southeastern coast, officials said the next few days would be among the worst yet in an already catastrophic fire season.

US Embassy Baghdad, built by Bush II for 750 million dollars (and 12K employees) on 124 acres now has fewer than 400 sta...
12/31/2019
Protesters Attack U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Chanting ‘Death to America’

US Embassy Baghdad, built by Bush II for 750 million dollars (and 12K employees) on 124 acres now has fewer than 400 staff and can't defend itself from a simple protest. We could have simply burned the money and had more for it—at least it would have generated some heat.

President Trump blamed Iran after demonstrators breached the compound’s outer wall. Tensions are high after American airstrikes killed members of an Iran-backed militia.

Eleanor brought Santa to Finland? Who knew?"Museum exhibits opened our eyes to the story behind Santa, and how he settle...
12/31/2019
A visit with Santa in Finland

Eleanor brought Santa to Finland? Who knew?

"Museum exhibits opened our eyes to the story behind Santa, and how he settled in the capital of Lapland. During World War II, Germans demolished Rovaniemi, and out of the rubble came restoration and a postwar visit by Eleanor Roosevelt.

"Nearly two decades earlier, Finnish radio host Markus Rautio claimed that Santa’s home was at the Arctic Circle. As part of the first lady’s visit, she requested to see Santa’s abode. A cabin was quickly constructed, which today is dwarfed by an entire village attracting 500,000 visitors annually."

Vacationers marveled at the people’s nature-loving lifestyle

The treaty governing this dates to 1918, and is now being disassembled by the current administration. We are already 3 b...
12/28/2019
A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths

The treaty governing this dates to 1918, and is now being disassembled by the current administration. We are already 3 billion birds down in the last 20 years. How low do we have to go.

In one of its first environmental acts, the Trump administration absolved businesses from responsibility for "incidental" bird deaths. Avian carnage has followed.

We're not quite sure what is more shocking here, the despicable plight of these poor dogs, or the fact that US taxpayers...
12/24/2019
U.S. Stops Sending Bomb-Sniffing Dogs To Jordan, Egypt After Deaths

We're not quite sure what is more shocking here, the despicable plight of these poor dogs, or the fact that US taxpayers are paying $540,000 a year to keep a veterinary in Jordan who obviously doesn't know a paw from a tail, or care. Perhaps Trump would like this whistle-blower exposed as well.

U.S.-trained dogs died of mistreatment and neglect, prompting a whistleblower’s complaint and an investigation.

Senator Warren: As you well know, it's not pronounced "cave," like "man cave" but "calve." Or something close. Rhymes wi...
12/21/2019
Democrats Sparred Over a Wine Cave Fund-Raiser. Its Billionaire Owner Isn’t Pleased.

Senator Warren: As you well know, it's not pronounced "cave," like "man cave" but "calve." Or something close. Rhymes with "salve." It's French, and means "wine cellar." If you MUST go there, please get it right. All this goes to say: we think you have better things to talk about—perhaps, for example, the climate crisis?

“It’s just not fair,” said the owner of the wine cave, who with his wife has donated millions to Democrats since the 1980s.

How nice to see Republicans quoting FDR on the House floor, today!"Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., drew a direct comparison betw...
12/18/2019
GOP Rep. Kelly compares Trump impeachment day to bombing of Pearl Harbor

How nice to see Republicans quoting FDR on the House floor, today!

"Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., drew a direct comparison between Wednesday’s impeachment vote and the bombing of Pearl Harbor — saying that they are both dates that 'will live in infamy.'

“'On Dec. 7, 1941, a horrific act happened in the United States, and it’s one that President Roosevelt said, this is a date that will live in infamy,' Kelly said, referring to the famous speech given by then-President Franklin Roosevelt after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

“'Today, Dec. 18, 2019, is another day that will live in infamy,' Kelly said."

GOP Rep. Kelly compares Trump impeachment day to bombing of Pearl Harbor

Jim McCarthy headlined the Foundation's very first conference, "2035: A Guide to Living on a Changed Planet," and was a ...
12/18/2019
In Memoriam: James McCarthy, Trailblazing Climate Scientist and Communicator

Jim McCarthy headlined the Foundation's very first conference, "2035: A Guide to Living on a Changed Planet," and was a beloved friend to some of us. We miss him dearly.

McCarthy served as president of AAAS and was a beloved leader in the scientific community’s efforts to communicate the urgency of climate change.

In FDR's time, these were called Hoovervilles, reflecting on the heartless domestic policies of Herbert Hoover. Today, w...
12/17/2019
Among the World’s Most Dire Places: This California Homeless Camp

In FDR's time, these were called Hoovervilles, reflecting on the heartless domestic policies of Herbert Hoover. Today, we're coining the term Trumpvilles, to showcase the relentless poverty caused by his callous cuts to social services that support the poor, while giving the top 1% the biggest tax cut in history. This article takes you on a video tour through a camp in CA, and then another in Mexico to compare.

We spent three months documenting the conditions of one homeless camp in the wealthiest state. Then we traveled to a slum in Mexico City for comparison.

80 years ago today, Captain Hans Langsdorff ordered the Graf Spee scuttled outside of Montevideo. WWII in the Southern H...
12/17/2019
WWII: Germany grapples with honoring Graf Spee captain | DW | 01.10.2019

80 years ago today, Captain Hans Langsdorff ordered the Graf Spee scuttled outside of Montevideo. WWII in the Southern Hemisphere.

"After the outbreak of WW II, the Graf Spee was ordered to disrupt British commerce and sank nine merchant ships in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Langsdorff won respect from British crews for his humane treatment of prisoners."

https://www.dw.com/en/wwii-germany-grapples-with-honoring-graf-spee-captain/a-50655056

12/16/2019
Harvard University

This a nice, soothing video of FDR's fireplace. Harvard students, if you haven't come to visit, yet, be sure to do so at least once during winter.

Harvard's very own Yule Log!

(Fireside at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Suite at Adams House)

12/16/2019
USA Rugby and U.S. Diplomats Team Up to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

In happier diplomatic news: deploying the American rugby team to counter gender-based violence in South Africa is actually fairly clever.

Did you know that while FDR was a student at Harvard, the game of American football was very nearly turned into a rugby-equivalent? Only the personal intervention of President Teddy Roosevelt held the line - and led to the invention of the forward pass.

A woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa. Worldwide, one in three women will be affected by violence. Gender-Based Violence is a global pandemic...

By one estimate, 25,000 people attended this failure, most coming by plane. This is a complete and utter failure by the ...
12/16/2019
U.N. Climate Talks End With Few Commitments and a ‘Lost’ Opportunity

By one estimate, 25,000 people attended this failure, most coming by plane. This is a complete and utter failure by the US, Australia and China. The countdown to year zero has begun.

A key United Nations meeting ended early Sunday with the United States and other big polluters blocking even a nonbinding effort to enhance their climate targets next year.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation extends our thoughts and prayers to all our friends and allies in Great Britain...
12/12/2019
Voters to head to polls for UK general election

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation extends our thoughts and prayers to all our friends and allies in Great Britain this evening on the eve of what has been billed as the most important election since WWII. Our only advice: don't get trumped by not voting, and god bless.

Voting in the third UK-wide contest in less than five years will get under way at 07:00 GMT.

Just think what this money could have done here at home. The moral? One known well to FDR—Don't start wars you can't fin...
12/09/2019
What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan?

Just think what this money could have done here at home. The moral? One known well to FDR—Don't start wars you can't finish.

An assessment of spending on the war in Afghanistan finds there is little to show for it.

Join us as we celebrate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who lead us successfully through WWII
12/07/2019
The Battle of the Bulge Was Hitler’s Last Gamble

Join us as we celebrate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the man who lead us successfully through WWII

Seventy-five years ago this month, Germany’s last-ditch offensive gave the U.S. Army its biggest test of World War II

To our valiant friends in Australia: you CAN do something. Turn out the fossil fuel lobby in your government and seize b...
12/07/2019
Australia Burns Again, and Now Its Biggest City Is Choking

To our valiant friends in Australia: you CAN do something. Turn out the fossil fuel lobby in your government and seize back our right to breathe, just as we will next November.

In Sydney, fresh air and ocean breezes have long been treated as a daily birthright. Not anymore.

Finally! The Emperor has no clothes!
12/04/2019
For Trump and Europe, a Surprising Role Reversal

Finally! The Emperor has no clothes!

Where the president once kept European leaders off balance, Europe’s shifting landscape now has the Great Disrupter scrambling to recalibrate his approach.

11/30/2019

Right now, 80 years ago, the USSR began bombing Helsinki, capitol of democratic Finland. The civilian casualties would inspire the Finnish resistance to the invasion throughout the Winter War.

Today, 80 years ago, "Franklin Roosevelt carved the turkey at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Warm Springs, Georgia, a...
11/23/2019
Thanksgiving

Today, 80 years ago, "Franklin Roosevelt carved the turkey at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Warm Springs, Georgia, and wished all Americans across the country a Happy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, his greeting went unanswered in some states; many Americans were not observing Thanksgiving on the same day as the President. Instead, they were waiting to carve their turkeys on the following Thursday because November 30th in many states was the official Thanksgiving Day. Two Thanksgivings? Why were Americans celebrating a national holiday on two different days?"

http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum

Sent proudly from our 2011 11" Macbook Air which was so advanced for its day that it is still going strong.
11/21/2019
Want the Greenest Device? You May Already Own It

Sent proudly from our 2011 11" Macbook Air which was so advanced for its day that it is still going strong.

One way to help the planet is not to buy new tech, especially stuff the planet never needed, says Kendra Pierre-Louis, who reports on the environment.

This is the type of journalistic nonsense that needs to stop. FACT: Flying is bad for the globe. We all need to reduce t...
11/20/2019
Opinion | What if All That Flying Is Good for the Planet?

This is the type of journalistic nonsense that needs to stop. FACT: Flying is bad for the globe. We all need to reduce trips to the essential in an era when any global meeting can be arranged at the click of a button, and any foreign locale can be seen in high-def.

Without tourism, it’s easy to imagine the Serengeti turned into cattle ranches.

Today, 80 years ago, the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial was laid in DC. FDR spoke at the event:"[Jefferson] lived...
11/14/2019
Address at the Cornerstone Laying of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. | The American Presidency Project

Today, 80 years ago, the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial was laid in DC. FDR spoke at the event:

"[Jefferson] lived, as we live, in the midst of a struggle between rule by the self-chosen individual or the self-appointed few and rule by the franchise and approval of the many. He believed, as we do, that the average opinion of mankind is in the long run superior to the dictates of the self-chosen."

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/address-the-cornerstone-laying-the-jefferson-memorial-washington-dc

This is the second occasion on which I have had the privilege of coming in an official capacity to this site; and I hope that by January in 1941, I shall be able to come to the final dedication of the Memorial itself. In the earliest days of the Republic under the Constitution, the representatives o...

FDR would be amused. To actively influence events, you've got to do more than fire internet shots from your dorm room. W...
11/02/2019
Opinion | Obama’s Very Boomer View of ‘Cancel Culture’

FDR would be amused. To actively influence events, you've got to do more than fire internet shots from your dorm room. What President Obama has come to realize, and what FDR learned the hard way, is that talk is cheap. You want to influence environmental policy? Stop crying Boomer foul, and start voting with your purchases, and that includes 20 somethings and their infinite consumption of one-use plastics. You want to change government policy? Get out and vote. Less than half of youth voters eligible to vote in the last election did so. Social media doesn't change society, it warps it. Stop critiquing, get off your keyboard, and get active with people and organizations that actually make a difference, rather than just more noise.

Old, powerful people often seem to be more upset by online criticism than they are by injustice.

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