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Then this happened — January 2022

Media Island’s low-power radio station KOWA is no more. No turning the dial to 106.5 and getting an earful of great Pacifica Radio programs. Years ago, when the operators at Media Island had problems with their transmitter, they moved it from Black Hills into town. They never found a suitable new location and now the opportunity is gone.

France brought the woman we stereotype as a banana dancer, to rest among its heroes in the Pantheon. Josephine Baker served as a French intelligence agent in WWII, a civil rights activist who appeared with MLK at the 1963 March on Washington, and the adoptive mother of 12 children from all over the world. (Reminding us of how we limit our knowledge of Black people.)

Venezuela and Chile didn’t vote for right-wing candidates. The US-backed right-wing opposition participated in Venezuela’s regional election…and were crushed. The socialist alliance won 20 of 23 states and the capital Caracas. Chileans chose as president Gabriel Boric, who promised a new treaty for indigenous peoples and a state that guarantees universal social rights. (He was immediately branded as “far left” by the western press.)

Scotland attendees at climate talks heard Joe Biden vow that the US will “lead by example” to tackle global warming. Four days later his administration okayed the largest ever auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. He didn’t say which direction he would lead.

Everybody freaked out about $4.00/gal gas prices. In the year 1980, the average retail price of gas was $1.19. $1.19 is equivalent to $4.04 in 2021 dollars. Real dollar calculation from DollarTimes.

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