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Unfortunately, my schedule won’t allow me to watch much of the World Cup this time around, but I’m trying to catch the highlights and pay attention to the results.

I was particularly fascinated by the rock, paper, scissors dynamic of the division of Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. For those who missed it – Germany, the reigning championship team – did not make it to the next round. First, Mexico pulled a huge upset. But then managed to defeat Sweden. Both Mexico and Sweden defeated South Korea, and it was looking like a three-way tie as Sweden was handily defeating Mexico. I was curious about how the tie-break would work. But then the biggest upset of the tournament – South Korea defeated Germany in overtime! So Sweden and Mexico move on and Germany is out!

I think that was the most competitive of the divisions. I’m remembering when South Korea advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cup – the farthest any Asian team had made it in men’s competition up to that point – and the processing of Asher’s adoption was delayed because the government offices were closed for the game. I’m so proud of his soccer gamesmanship – both in terms of skill and sportsmanship. I wonder if he absorbed some of the spirit in Korea as an infant.

Lastly, commenting on the failure of the US men’s team to qualify for the tournament – I actually attribute it to something for which Americans should take national pride. My theory as to why the women are almost always seeded to win and make it to the finals while the men struggle to qualify and rarely make it out of the first round – Title IX. And while most of our best male athletes are drawn to the “big four” sports, soccer presents a rarer opportunity for women to make a living as an athlete. If we could only export one of our institutions to other countries, my choice would be Title IX, which as of about 20 years ago had resulted in an increase of female involvement in organized sports by 900 percent. Probably higher now.

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The Families Belong Together March is at 10:00 at the foot of C Street in Eureka.  Listening to Thank Jah this morning I learned of one in Ukiah, same time, at the Pear Tree Center (somewhere on Perkins Street).

And please come to the following event later in the afternoon at the Jefferson Street Center.

Addendum:  There are also demonstrations in Fort Bragg and Pt. Arena!  Not sure where, but heard it on KMUD.

JUNE 30 STOP

Huge progressive primary win in Queens! 28 year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat Party boss Joe Crowley who was being groomed for Speaker. But it won’t happen unless he moves to another district and runs again. Ocasio-Cortez was a Bernie supporter and is a member of Democratic Socialists of America. This was Geraldine Ferraro’s district – and also the fictitious Archie Bunker’s district. It’s changed over the years. Much more diverse, but still very working class. She won by walking precincts – knocking on thousands of doors. She could easily be the most left wing member of Congress – assuming she wins in November and there’s every indication she will.

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I’m assuming in a conservative district in Texas so I don’t know what her chances are, but this has to be one of the best political ads I’ve ever seen.

Through the link is an awesome video of the alteration  right near the Maze at Emeryville.  It’s a wonder they didn’t get busted, but probably the CHP driving by would have assumed they were just legit workers.

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Really close though.  Just over a hundred votes.  Probably a recount is in the works.

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