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Giselle Minoli

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I write literary nonfiction, design fine jewelry, and fly small planes.

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Yifat Cohen87,842If you follow me and hear me talk, you know I'm all about engagement and I'm convinced that Hangouts will change the world and make it more personalized. (In a -good- great way). But it's almost impossible to do with over 35K followers (can't even imagine what people with over 100k or a million do..) *SO LET'S GET PERSONAL. I DARE YOU.* Let's just Hangout and get to know each other, shall we? *THE HANGOUT WILL BE INITIATED FROM THE @106909313027624222688 PAGE* You'll have to follow that page in order to be able to join us. So do it now, it takes 2 sec. RSVP and when this goes live you'll see a link to join the Hangout. *First come first serve*.  If the hangout is full, stick around and a spot might open for you.  *I'll Hangout for an hour with as many people who show up - just for fun* *THIS IS NOT AN ON-AIR HANGOUT* So no one will see you but the people in the Hangout. Meaning, if this is your first time, feel free to jump in and give it a try. *You can ask me anything you want if I can ask you anything I want* ;) We can talk G+tips, Hangouts questions, or just about us and stuff we like (Have you watched the last James Bond movie? I got a few things I have to say about that one...lol) *So RSVP now, and let's get to know each other - up close and personal* ---------- #gplusgotogal   #hangouts   #engagement   #howto   #googleplustips  Want to Hangout and not sure how? Give this a try.2012-11-29 18:00:0040  
Billy Wilson1,541,894It's now the 29th episode of my weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 thank you guys for being so supportive! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining Caricature Artist @105046530334806680420; @103333429938529668020 who's quite known around G+ and is the host of @103052407716987048126; Geek, Writer, and Host @100035762233109552669; Tea Enthusiast and the person behind the Google+ Book Club @117665613028757061169 who's going to be talking to us about her new show called "Family By the Fireside"; Country Music Chat Host @105901258272269401150; and Special Musical Guest @101758878457837294885 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! Thank you so much for a lively thread last episode! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #29: Caricatures, M Monica's New Show, Live Music and More! (On Air Hangout)2012-10-20 04:00:00143  

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2017-03-08 01:22:48 (153 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I practice, you see, taking others’ anger, suspicion and distrust, and give them patience, tolerance and compassion. I practice that. - The Dalai Lama

John Oliver, who had traveled to Dharamsala, India to interview the Dalai Lama, responded by saying, "But it seems the Chinese Government are particularly good at taking your positivity and turning it back into negativity and oppression of the Tibetan people."

And all of this was in response to John Oliver telling the Dalai Lama, at the outset of the interview, "The Chinese Government absolutely hates you. They say you are a wolf wrapped in monks' clothes, and photographs of you are forbidden in many places. You don't to me look like an evil wolf." (11:02)

At which, the Dalai Lama laughed, and gleefully responded that the Chinese see him as a 'demon,' holding his hands over his headt... more »

Most reshares: 30

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2017-05-09 11:09:28 (76 comments; 30 reshares; 302 +1s; )Open 

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” - Jimmy Kimmel

#LoveJimmyKimmel

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2017-05-09 11:09:28 (76 comments; 30 reshares; 302 +1s; )Open 

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” - Jimmy Kimmel

#LoveJimmyKimmel

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2017-05-28 13:02:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Life on McMurdo Station, Antarctica

"When the ships leave most McMurdo residents will start to pack up. The sun last set in October and will set again in February and will finally disappear for the long Antarctic Winter. Some people will work a Summer here and never return...the one and doners. Some will return home to rejoin family and mainland jobs and return in October. But for a few, this remote outpost of ice and ash is home. They will travel, wonder and explore through the Northern Summer, and plan to return with the Antarctic sun..." Keith Collier, McMurdo Station

"One of the things that we love about Antarctica is the fact that there are no cell phones. So when you sit around and eat breakfast, or you're eating dinner, nobody is sitting there scrolling through Facebook. You're having a face-to-face conversation, and the lack of interruption by... more »

Life on McMurdo Station, Antarctica

"When the ships leave most McMurdo residents will start to pack up. The sun last set in October and will set again in February and will finally disappear for the long Antarctic Winter. Some people will work a Summer here and never return...the one and doners. Some will return home to rejoin family and mainland jobs and return in October. But for a few, this remote outpost of ice and ash is home. They will travel, wonder and explore through the Northern Summer, and plan to return with the Antarctic sun..." Keith Collier, McMurdo Station

"One of the things that we love about Antarctica is the fact that there are no cell phones. So when you sit around and eat breakfast, or you're eating dinner, nobody is sitting there scrolling through Facebook. You're having a face-to-face conversation, and the lack of interruption by technology...most of us like it." Elaine Hood, McMurdo Station

"Everybody needs their little moment of solitude sometimes. And that's hard to find at McMurdo. I love being up close and personal with these seals. And if it's really quiet, you can hear a seal breathe. You can hear the sounds the seals make under the ice when you find those quiet, peaceful moments in McMurdo." -Laura Gerwin, McMurdo Station

"Every single dive, I sit at the hole…I cannot believe I get to do this. It’s just spectacular. On the surface, you pretty much seen brown, white and blue. That’s about it. And down there it’s always changing color [under the sea ice].” - Rob Robbins

“We don’t want anyone to know this. You’re not going to tell anyone but um it’s probably the easiest diving I’ll ever do. People think it’s super macho to dive down here. In fact we drive out across nice smooth ice to a nice fish head. We sit around the fish head, drink cocoa, whatever, plop into the hole, go do our sciencey stuff, come back up into our nice warm hut. No rocking boat. It’s actually pretty easy. But that’s our secret.” Steven Rupp

Four fabulous NY Times virtual reality videos about life on McMurdo Station.

Watch.___

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2017-05-26 17:11:52 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Mitch McConnell May Have Been Right: It May Be Too Hard to Replace Obamacare

Those of us who are vehemently opposed to TROTUS's pledge to deconstruct ObamaCare, never wanted TROTUS supporters to be hurt. None of us get the slightest pleasure from saying/writing/declaring "I told you so" as the hardcore reality hits the GOP desperate to rid the White House's legacy of Barack Obama's healthcare plan.

No one wants to see TROTUS supporters faced with having to admit to themselves that he lied to them - about everything - in order to get elected, only so that he could scramble to put in place plans that would effectively gut their job security, their healthcare security, their retirement plans...the very support structure of their lives. But that is exactly what is happening under this 'administration,' and I use the word in its most fluid... more »

Mitch McConnell May Have Been Right: It May Be Too Hard to Replace Obamacare

Those of us who are vehemently opposed to TROTUS's pledge to deconstruct ObamaCare, never wanted TROTUS supporters to be hurt. None of us get the slightest pleasure from saying/writing/declaring "I told you so" as the hardcore reality hits the GOP desperate to rid the White House's legacy of Barack Obama's healthcare plan.

No one wants to see TROTUS supporters faced with having to admit to themselves that he lied to them - about everything - in order to get elected, only so that he could scramble to put in place plans that would effectively gut their job security, their healthcare security, their retirement plans...the very support structure of their lives. But that is exactly what is happening under this 'administration,' and I use the word in its most fluid connotation.

I have attached links to recent important articles from the New York Times about the non-progress of TROTUSCare, and have included a few pithy quotes from each. But you really ought to read them all, because reality is staggering, takes time to absorb, and can't be bleeped out into the stratosphere on the soon-to-be-defunct FoxNews.

I was and remain adamantly resistant to TROTUS's destructive path. But the worst thing that could happen to this country is to have 41 million people uninsured. To have elderly, poor and sick people unable to purchase coverage. And to watch us descend into an unfixable and unrecoverable state of affairs that would effectively Make America Too Ill To Heal.

Join me. Call your Congressmen/women/Representatives, your Senators, your Governors. Pledge your support for your fellow Americans, whether they made the mistake of voting for TROTUS or not.

"A Congressional Budget Office report on the House bill, forecasting an increase of 23 million Americans without insurance in a decade and significantly higher premiums for older and sick people." NY Times, May 26, 2017

“The opioid issue definitely plays a role. A lot of the young population that is being insured under Medicaid has problems with substance abuse or mental illness.” Senator Susan Collins, Republican, Maine

“Over time, less healthy individuals (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) would be unable to purchase comprehensive coverage with premiums close to those under current law and might not be able to purchase coverage at all.” Congressional Budget Office Assessment of House Health Bill, NY Times, May 24, 2017

"The budget office projected that in 2018, the number of uninsured would increase to 41 million and would continue to grow. In 10 years, it would become closer to what it was before the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health law, took effect." NY Times, May 24, 2017

"That’s because in the United States, women tend to benefit from social safety net spending more than men, according to census data. The budget calls for cutting Medicaid, where women receive 69 percent of total spending, by more than $800 billion over 10 years." NY Times, May 24, 2017

New C.B.O. Scare: New House Bill Would Save Government Billions But Leave Millions Uninsured:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/24/us/cbo-score-ahca-amendments.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_up_20170526&nl=upshot&nl_art=2&nlid=45676009&ref=headline&te=1

C.B.O. Has Clear Message About Losers in House Bill:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/upshot/cbo-has-clear-message-about-losers-in-house-health-bill.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_up_20170526&nl=upshot&nl_art=0&nlid=45676009&ref=headline&te=1

How Trump's Budget Affects Women:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/24/upshot/how-trumps-budget-affects-women.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_up_20170526&nl=upshot&nl_art=5&nlid=45676009&ref=headline&te=1___

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2017-05-25 15:14:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

When my father died, I was not there to say goodbye. I was quite young and close to him, but had been sent away by those trying to protect me from the inevitable. Because of this, I have always thought that no matter how painful it is to witness someone that you love die slowly of an illness, the ability to say goodbye is a blessing and one that should be cherished and taken full advantage of.

Moved by the story of John Shields, whose death was medically assisted and who chose to celebrate his life with his friends and family before the scheduled end.

Having the ability to end one's life in this way is to me the essence of what it means to be human and to respect life, and love, and what it means to have the courage to face and acknowledge one's mortality.

Reminds me of Tuesdays With Morrie (Schwartz), which chronicles the friendship between journalist,... more »

When my father died, I was not there to say goodbye. I was quite young and close to him, but had been sent away by those trying to protect me from the inevitable. Because of this, I have always thought that no matter how painful it is to witness someone that you love die slowly of an illness, the ability to say goodbye is a blessing and one that should be cherished and taken full advantage of.

Moved by the story of John Shields, whose death was medically assisted and who chose to celebrate his life with his friends and family before the scheduled end.

Having the ability to end one's life in this way is to me the essence of what it means to be human and to respect life, and love, and what it means to have the courage to face and acknowledge one's mortality.

Reminds me of Tuesdays With Morrie (Schwartz), which chronicles the friendship between journalist, author, screenwriter, playwright, broadcaster and musician, Mitch Albom, and Schwartz, who had been his college professor. Tuesdays with Morrie was eventually turned into a movie...line below to the film.

About Mitch Albom:
http://www.mitchalbom.com/

Tuesdays With Morrie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGCYD_7taKA___

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2017-05-21 22:45:18 (30 comments; 4 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

“Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.” - Maddi Runkles

So, in one perfect instance, this brave young woman, Maddi Runkles, exemplifies the difficulty Christian women face. Have an abortion and be vilified. Choose to have the baby out of wedlock...and be vilified.

And the father? Safely outside of the conversation, the publicity, the punishment, the judgment, his identity hidden, safe from complicity, participation, shame, embarrassment. Maddi goes it alone, with the help of her family.

Doesn't this country have anything better to do than to threaten, judge, punish and shame women?
App... more »

“Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.” - Maddi Runkles

So, in one perfect instance, this brave young woman, Maddi Runkles, exemplifies the difficulty Christian women face. Have an abortion and be vilified. Choose to have the baby out of wedlock...and be vilified.

And the father? Safely outside of the conversation, the publicity, the punishment, the judgment, his identity hidden, safe from complicity, participation, shame, embarrassment. Maddi goes it alone, with the help of her family.

Doesn't this country have anything better to do than to threaten, judge, punish and shame women?

Apparently not.

Is Maddi Runkles being 'punished' for having sex outside of marriage? For getting pregnant as a result? Or for being born of the gender for whom unprotected sex = baby...and therefore the choice of either an abortion or a full term pregnancy?

Perhaps all.

But I don't think either of them should be shamed, vilified or judged. This young woman should be allowed to graduate with her classmates...because she is a student...and perhaps she broke the code of that particular school, but the suggestion that if they were to let her graduate it would invite untold numbers of other female students to get pregnant...it's an absurd fear.

And unkind. This young woman's life will be difficult enough. She should be celebrated as the student she has been, an exemplary one.___

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2017-05-20 14:34:55 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

At the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado

Besotted and in awe...of the man and his body of work. The stillness of Clyfford Still.

"My paintings have the rising forms of the vertical necessity of life dominating the horizon. For in such a land a man must stand upright, if he would live. And so born and became intrinsic this elemental characteristic of my life and work." - Clyfford Still

At the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado

Besotted and in awe...of the man and his body of work. The stillness of Clyfford Still.

"My paintings have the rising forms of the vertical necessity of life dominating the horizon. For in such a land a man must stand upright, if he would live. And so born and became intrinsic this elemental characteristic of my life and work." - Clyfford Still___

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2017-05-18 18:26:31 (53 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

I believe TROTUS means Warlock Hunt. But then, not surprised he doesn't know the difference between a Witch and a Warlock. Someone on his staff should have told him to stick with 'Sorcerer.' Seriously...

I believe TROTUS means Warlock Hunt. But then, not surprised he doesn't know the difference between a Witch and a Warlock. Someone on his staff should have told him to stick with 'Sorcerer.' Seriously...___

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2017-05-17 22:32:45 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

"Mr. Mueller is viewed by members of both parties as one of the most credible law enforcement officials in the country. He served both Democratic and Republican presidents, from 2001 to 2013..."

DOJ Appoints Special Prosecutor To Investigate Trump Campaign’s Russia Ties:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doj-special-counsel-russia-trump_us_591cbfa2e4b03b485cae5465?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

"Mr. Mueller is viewed by members of both parties as one of the most credible law enforcement officials in the country. He served both Democratic and Republican presidents, from 2001 to 2013..."

DOJ Appoints Special Prosecutor To Investigate Trump Campaign’s Russia Ties:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doj-special-counsel-russia-trump_us_591cbfa2e4b03b485cae5465?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009___

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2017-05-16 22:28:26 (11 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

I hope the entire Administration comes crashing down...all of the disreputable people who have propped it up, all of the Republicans who have been in denial about how deranged, demented and deplorable DT is, all of the misogynists who had a different standard for HRC than they have for TROTUS or any of the people in his administration...the whole lot of them. They are all guilty of Obstruction of Justice. They have destroyed our country's reputation around the world, endangered our Justice system, our Constitution, our educational system, our infrastructure, our healthcare system...everything. Basically, they have raped our country. Lock them all up and throw away the keys forever.

I also hope that all of the cynics who didn't vote, who didn't want to vote because none of the candidates represented them or suited them to a T, have learned the valuable lesson that voting is not always... more »

I hope the entire Administration comes crashing down...all of the disreputable people who have propped it up, all of the Republicans who have been in denial about how deranged, demented and deplorable DT is, all of the misogynists who had a different standard for HRC than they have for TROTUS or any of the people in his administration...the whole lot of them. They are all guilty of Obstruction of Justice. They have destroyed our country's reputation around the world, endangered our Justice system, our Constitution, our educational system, our infrastructure, our healthcare system...everything. Basically, they have raped our country. Lock them all up and throw away the keys forever.

I also hope that all of the cynics who didn't vote, who didn't want to vote because none of the candidates represented them or suited them to a T, have learned the valuable lesson that voting is not always about voting for the perfect candidate of one's dreams...but about having to make difficult choices under difficult circumstances...and voting anyway because sitting on the sidelines is no way to preserve a Democracy.

Ross Douthat's: The 25th Amendment Solution to Remove Trump:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/opinion/25

Thomas Friedman: It's Chicken or Fish:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/opinion/trump-republicans-2018-elections.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

Trump gives classified information to the Russians:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/world/middleeast/israel-trump-classified-intelligence-russia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

McConnell pleas for less drama from the White House:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/republican-senate-mcconnell-white-house.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

A Besieged White House:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/white-house-staff.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Trump Pressured Comey:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/notes-made-by-former-fbi-director-comey-say-trump-pressured-him-to-end-flynn-probe/2017/05/16/52351a38-3a80-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-high_comey-615pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.e8bfdaedb8b0

Lawmakers to Trump:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/lawmakers-to-trump-turn-over-transcript-of-meeting-with-russians/2017/05/16/e9b6deb6-3a3d-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_intelhill-1110am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.8e8579199b8f

Comey Memo on Trump:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/trump-james-comey-memo/index.html

All the President's Friends are Worried:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/opinions/only-one-person-can-save-this-president-borger/index.html___

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2017-05-09 22:53:24 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

TROTUS rather thought he had stuffed the Comey Elephant under the rug...but the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover looms large and luxurious over the State of America.

TROTUS rather thought he had stuffed the Comey Elephant under the rug...but the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover looms large and luxurious over the State of America.___

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2017-05-09 11:09:28 (76 comments; 30 reshares; 302 +1s; )Open 

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” - Jimmy Kimmel

#LoveJimmyKimmel

“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.” - Jimmy Kimmel

#LoveJimmyKimmel___

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2017-05-06 14:14:49 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

For +Jodi Kaplan, who posted a picture a while back of a mystery stone she asked everyone to identify.

This meteorite will be sold in Christie's annual online auction (from May 3-May10) of extraterrestrial specimens called "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites." Given the estimates, ranging from $1,000 to $120,000, how many new amateur meteorite hunters are out there combing the landscape?

Very beautiful I think.

For +Jodi Kaplan, who posted a picture a while back of a mystery stone she asked everyone to identify.

This meteorite will be sold in Christie's annual online auction (from May 3-May10) of extraterrestrial specimens called "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites." Given the estimates, ranging from $1,000 to $120,000, how many new amateur meteorite hunters are out there combing the landscape?

Very beautiful I think.___

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2017-05-04 16:52:33 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

All hail California...and let's all move there. Well...I used to live in San Francisco...but that was a long, long time ago. But I digress. What Thomas Friedman is REALLY writing about in this Op-Ed is California's pro-active approach to crafting legislation that overrides (and embarrasses) TROTUS's efforts to kowtow to his supporters by lowering standards for car manufacturers and erasing progress recently made in using renewable energy instead of...coal. Cough Cough Cough. For instance:

"More than one-third of the vehicles sold in America are subject to the rules California sets. Trump can deregulate U.S. automakers to make more gas guzzlers all he wants, but they can’t if they want to sell cars in California. Trump can sue, but that will take years."

Ditto California companies:

"Apple is now powering 96 percent of its operations around thew... more »

All hail California...and let's all move there. Well...I used to live in San Francisco...but that was a long, long time ago. But I digress. What Thomas Friedman is REALLY writing about in this Op-Ed is California's pro-active approach to crafting legislation that overrides (and embarrasses) TROTUS's efforts to kowtow to his supporters by lowering standards for car manufacturers and erasing progress recently made in using renewable energy instead of...coal. Cough Cough Cough. For instance:

"More than one-third of the vehicles sold in America are subject to the rules California sets. Trump can deregulate U.S. automakers to make more gas guzzlers all he wants, but they can’t if they want to sell cars in California. Trump can sue, but that will take years."

Ditto California companies:

"Apple is now powering 96 percent of its operations around the world with renewable energy — 100 percent in 24 countries — including the U.S. and China. Trump’s pro-coal — make-America-cough-again — campaign will never get Apple back on coal."

Also, notes Energy Innovation founder Hal Harvey:

“California has a renewable portfolio standard requiring that 50 percent of all electricity come from wind, solar and other renewables by 2030. Another 15 percent already comes from existing nuclear and hydro — so our grid will be 65 percent decarbonized in 13 years.”

All hail California.

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2017-05-03 19:57:06 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Well of course our former Mayor Rudolf Giuliani had something to do with it. Years ago Giuliani bowed out of a Senate race against Hillary, which he never could have won, claiming his personal illness was the reason he quit the race. But he has had a vendetta against her ever since (and even before that).

Few may remember that on October 26th, just two days before Comey's letter went to Congress, and mere days before the election, when Fan Boy Giuliani was still in the good graces (whatever that means) of DT, he boasted to Martha MacCallum,

“I think he’s (James Comey) got a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days,” Giuliani said. “I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”

“I heard you say that this morning. What do you mean?”, said MacCallum

“You’ll see,”_ Giuliani replied. We’ve got a couple things upour sleeve that should tu... more »

Well of course our former Mayor Rudolf Giuliani had something to do with it. Years ago Giuliani bowed out of a Senate race against Hillary, which he never could have won, claiming his personal illness was the reason he quit the race. But he has had a vendetta against her ever since (and even before that).

Few may remember that on October 26th, just two days before Comey's letter went to Congress, and mere days before the election, when Fan Boy Giuliani was still in the good graces (whatever that means) of DT, he boasted to Martha MacCallum,

“I think he’s (James Comey) got a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days,” Giuliani said. “I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”

“I heard you say that this morning. What do you mean?”, said MacCallum

“You’ll see,”_ Giuliani replied. We’ve got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around. We’re not going to go down and we’re certainly not going to stop fighting." Giuliani responded

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/giuliani-claims-inside-knowledge-fbi-investigations-clinton

#RudolphGiuliani Worst NY City Mayor ever

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2017-05-02 12:58:48 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

"No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. It just shouldn't happen. Not here." Jimmy Kimmel

Get a box of tissues. Watch. Grab some tissues. Watch some more. Then...
http://CHLA.org/Donate

#CedarsSinaiLosAngeles
#ChildrensHospitalLosAngeles
#JimmyKimmel

"No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. It just shouldn't happen. Not here." Jimmy Kimmel

Get a box of tissues. Watch. Grab some tissues. Watch some more. Then...
http://CHLA.org/Donate

#CedarsSinaiLosAngeles
#ChildrensHospitalLosAngeles
#JimmyKimmel___

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2017-04-14 16:30:05 (34 comments; 5 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

What a vile misguided person...this man boy...a son of TROTUS, who has never suffered a day in his life yet has the arrogance to speak badly of the LGBTQ community because they have ethical principals about the businesses and corporations they choose to support. Only a homophobe would tweet something so repulsive.

What a vile misguided person...this man boy...a son of TROTUS, who has never suffered a day in his life yet has the arrogance to speak badly of the LGBTQ community because they have ethical principals about the businesses and corporations they choose to support. Only a homophobe would tweet something so repulsive.___

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2017-04-13 18:08:14 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

So...which news anchor actor is going to be the first one to refer to this as 'beautiful,' 'awesome,' incredible?

WWIII here we come...

#MakingTrumpAManAgain


So...which news anchor actor is going to be the first one to refer to this as 'beautiful,' 'awesome,' incredible?

WWIII here we come...

#MakingTrumpAManAgain
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2017-04-13 16:20:31 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

One of my favorite singers/songwriters/performers ever, the stunning Tracy Chapman, sings about apologies, forgiveness, love. Lessons for human beings. Baby Can I Hold You Tonight Listen.

Baby Can I Hold You, by Tracy Chapman

Sorry
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like sorry like sorry

Forgive me
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like forgive me forgive me

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Maybe if I told you the right words
At the right time you'd be mine

I love you
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like I love you I love you

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Maybe... more »

One of my favorite singers/songwriters/performers ever, the stunning Tracy Chapman, sings about apologies, forgiveness, love. Lessons for human beings. Baby Can I Hold You Tonight Listen.

Baby Can I Hold You, by Tracy Chapman

Sorry
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like sorry like sorry

Forgive me
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like forgive me forgive me

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Maybe if I told you the right words
At the right time you'd be mine

I love you
Is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
Like I love you I love you

But you can say baby
Baby can I hold you tonight?
Maybe if I told you the right words
Ooh, at the right time you'd be mine

Baby can I hold you tonight?
Maybe if I told you the right words
At the right time you'd be mine

You'd be mine

You'd be mine___

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2017-04-10 14:43:35 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Finally. Gerrymandering explained by the hilarious John Oliver....

Finally. Gerrymandering explained by the hilarious John Oliver....___

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2017-04-07 05:06:28 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"No child of God should ever suffer such horror." -DT

No. They shouldn't. Nor should they or their families be turned away when fleeing political oppression and violence.

"No child of God should ever suffer such horror." -DT

No. They shouldn't. Nor should they or their families be turned away when fleeing political oppression and violence.___

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2017-04-06 19:58:55 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Syrian Father Lays His Twin Babies To Rest After Chemical Weapons Attack...trying to imagine his grief...

Syrian Father Lays His Twin Babies To Rest After Chemical Weapons Attack...trying to imagine his grief...___

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2017-04-05 16:51:11 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Ciao Bello...

Ciao Bello...___

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2017-04-02 23:38:44 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Samuel, a child born a 'boy' slowly teaches his mother Isabel what it means to feel like a 'girl' on the inside, giving her the opportunity to examine her long held beliefs about gender identity, and what it means to feel, to love, to accept, to be...human. Isabel Rose, an heiress to a real estate fortune, writes about what it is like to be blessed with wealth and privilege, and the ability to buy, essentially, whatever it is that she has always needed...

...until she comes face-to-face with TROTUS's lack of support for transgender children, and what that lack of support will mean not only for her transgender daughter, Sadie, but for all transgender children...and all transgender citizens.

While there are many families all over the country experiencing this same situation, Isabel Rose has the wherewithal to get public traction for transgender rights, by writing to... more »

Samuel, a child born a 'boy' slowly teaches his mother Isabel what it means to feel like a 'girl' on the inside, giving her the opportunity to examine her long held beliefs about gender identity, and what it means to feel, to love, to accept, to be...human. Isabel Rose, an heiress to a real estate fortune, writes about what it is like to be blessed with wealth and privilege, and the ability to buy, essentially, whatever it is that she has always needed...

...until she comes face-to-face with TROTUS's lack of support for transgender children, and what that lack of support will mean not only for her transgender daughter, Sadie, but for all transgender children...and all transgender citizens.

While there are many families all over the country experiencing this same situation, Isabel Rose has the wherewithal to get public traction for transgender rights, by writing to Ivanka Trump, an heiress to another real estate fortune, who could, just as easy, discover one day that one of her children is transgender.

What then?

An essential read...___

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2017-03-31 12:12:08 (128 comments; 18 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

And paid Russian Trolls were everywhere on G+ prior to the election. In the last few weeks they have all but completely disappeared. Thousands upon thousands of empty profiles generated thousands upon thousands of little blue heads dropping by the posts of those of us who take elections in this country seriously, calling posters vulgar names, filling comment threads with garbage, fake news, false information, vitriol, invective and vituperation.

All cheer the Internet and social media platforms, where fake news and trolls have the power to chase away and run underground those who are trying to defend our Democracy...from trolls and fake news.

It was the most agonizing experience I have had in my nearly 6 years on G+. Watching really smart women leave this medium in droves to join FB's Pantsuit Nation, an underground group of millions of women, hiding underground there in order to... more »

And paid Russian Trolls were everywhere on G+ prior to the election. In the last few weeks they have all but completely disappeared. Thousands upon thousands of empty profiles generated thousands upon thousands of little blue heads dropping by the posts of those of us who take elections in this country seriously, calling posters vulgar names, filling comment threads with garbage, fake news, false information, vitriol, invective and vituperation.

All cheer the Internet and social media platforms, where fake news and trolls have the power to chase away and run underground those who are trying to defend our Democracy...from trolls and fake news.

It was the most agonizing experience I have had in my nearly 6 years on G+. Watching really smart women leave this medium in droves to join FB's Pantsuit Nation, an underground group of millions of women, hiding underground there in order to avoid being called names. Watching really smart women and men leave comment threads the instant one of these nightmare trolls would show up...because they knew the direction the thread would go once that happened.

It only strengthened my own resolve. I refused to be chased away, silenced, and called names. After trying and failing to manage it I had to resort to checking out every single profile and whenever I discovered a profile page with no background photograph and no history, only a blue head and no followers, I blocked the profile and deleted their comments.

I honestly don't know what is worse - the impact trolls had on putting a tyrant in office, or that good people didn't really see the impact that leaving this medium would have and that these trolls just might win.

People have forgotten that Democracies have to constantly be re-defended against people who don't want Democracies to exist. Putin. TROTUS. Et al...

There are no words to describe the long lasting effect this has had on our country. And, I fear, there are no words to describe the long lasting impact this will have on those who gave up and believed the lies.

No words.

It is going to take decades to rid ourselves of this disease.

This virus. ___

2017-03-28 19:50:07 (48 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

In order to appreciate Mother Nature, and connect with the importance of preserving, protecting and respecting her...it's helpful to actually go outside...

...and smell the air after a rainstorm
...and listening to the birds chirp when the sun emerges from the clouds
...and find, perhaps, if you take a walk in a park, a robin's or a cardinal's nest

...or watch the clouds roar by high above at 65kts when a front is moving in
...or watch a tornado tear across a schoolyard, and down main street
...or watch a bear emerge in the middle of winter to dig up corn husks in the field

...perhaps pick up a baby frog about to get squished on the roadway
...or a baby turtle lost on the lane
...or let the little hairs on a caterpillar's back tickle your dog's nose

...and wonder through the Farmer's Market at Union Square on a... more »

In order to appreciate Mother Nature, and connect with the importance of preserving, protecting and respecting her...it's helpful to actually go outside...

...and smell the air after a rainstorm
...and listening to the birds chirp when the sun emerges from the clouds
...and find, perhaps, if you take a walk in a park, a robin's or a cardinal's nest

...or watch the clouds roar by high above at 65kts when a front is moving in
...or watch a tornado tear across a schoolyard, and down main street
...or watch a bear emerge in the middle of winter to dig up corn husks in the field

...perhaps pick up a baby frog about to get squished on the roadway
...or a baby turtle lost on the lane
...or let the little hairs on a caterpillar's back tickle your dog's nose

...and wonder through the Farmer's Market at Union Square on a Saturday morning, some with diary bounty, some with fruits and flowers, others with vegetables, still others with meats and fowl

...and think about the work they do, often in the middle of the night plowing and planting the fields

...and pick a strawberry or a blueberry, or fetch a freshly laid egg from a chicken coop, or plant herbs in terra cotta pots on a little sliver of fire escape

To appreciate Mother Nature, you actually have to spend some time in it.

The cruelty of convincing needy Americans that their jobs and our country's productivity depends on killing Mother Nature is indescribable.

The mean-spiritedness of championing our citizens toiling away under the ground mining coal, which pollutes their lungs, poisons our air and destroys our landscape knows no bounds.

TROTUS. Locked indoors all of the time. Unless he's going to and from his car, on and off the golf course. Up and down the stairway to his plane.

Convincing out of work coal miners that the only hope for them is to be found under ground in a coal mine is a hateful.

Destroying Mother Nature should be classified as a Hate Crime.

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2017-03-26 17:24:25 (40 comments; 12 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a handwritten check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd... more »

What is the psychological drama of Diffusion of Responsibility?

Memories stir of growing up with a single working mother after my father died. She was sometimes late with our mortgage payment, and we didn't have an answering machine on which the banker could leave threatening and scary messages. Nor was there email, or a cell phone through which to send her relentless reminder texts when she was driving to and from her job with the American Red Cross, or getting milk at Thatcher's Dairy.

Instead we'd get a knock on the door from the banker in person. My mother knew who the business-suited visitor was without even asking (sometimes he'd even be wearing a hat) and she'd politely listen to his report that she was late on her payment, which was drawn on a handwritten check, instead of drafted from her account like mortgage payments are these days, and I'd watch her look downward when asked when it could be expected - Mrs. Minoli do you think you could drop that check by the bank in person rather than sending it through the mail? You know, to save time. We don't want to have to penalize you, but if too much time goes by...well, this has happened several times this year and, well, I'm just trying to prevent you from being penalized.

And my mother would explain that our expenses were a little more than expected that month - there'd been a leak in the roof after the Spring rains and it needed to be repaired, or the furnace wasn't working, or the wall heater in the breakfast room had blown a motor, or the car needed a new alternator or a new tire and I'm sorry, I know I'm late, but I'm doing the best I can, and could you please just bear with me a few more days, please?

And the banker would look at the ground, as though trying to figure out how to ignore the reality of her life, of our lives, of what she'd just told him, and he'd resort to repeating the facts about the mortgage agreement she'd signed and the due date and the penalty and what could happen if she was late again, all of which served not to change the reality of our lives a mote, but only to make it worse, underscoring the difference between the life of the man knocking on the door dressed in his nice suit and hat and his freshly shined shoes.

And I'd stare at the shine on his shoes and think they must've been brand new, right out of the box, laced up onto his feet for just this sort of house call to a single mother struggling to pay her bills and raising three children by herself. The crispness of a banker's suit and the shine of his shoes a kind of armor against the oozing emotional reality of our lives, against financial circumstances he was sure would never happen to him.

These men never offered any sort of comfort or encouragement or help to my mother. They'd see me sitting at the dining room table, or on the living room rug (where I often sat in the sun as it poured through the window) and I could feel the energy they had to burn up to avoid looking at me, to avoid looking into a little girl's eyes to see the fear she'd go to sleep with at night, to avoid having to contemplate the fragility of life without a financial safety net...without a home to sleep in.

And I knew poor people weren't bankers. A banker's life was the life of a person who had money, who knew money, who moved piles of it from one place to another, who spoke to a person who had it differently than they spoke to a person without it, like my mother.

And after a few days when my mother got paid and could finesse her late payment she'd ask me to go with her to the bank. We'd get in the car shod with a set of tires one of which was almost always bald (I never saw the shine of a new tire, my mother always bought retreads) and drive up to the corner of Osuna and 4th Street where the bank was and she'd ask me to go inside, where the tellers were all women and the bankers who sat at their clean desks looking like they had nothing to do were all men and she'd hand one of them her mortgage check.

Years later I came to understand that the only reason my mother would ask me to go with her to the bank when she had to pay a bill in person was that my presence provided her a little armor of her own. With a child in tow she hoped to find a sliver of a fissure of a crack into the hearts of people who thought she'd done something to deserve losing her husband, she'd done something to deserve not being born with money to shelter her fall.

Paul Ryan, who suffered his own childhood sorrows, grew up hating people like himself, and dreamed of a grown-up life making other people feel as horrible as he no doubt felt. Sadly, instead of building a career helping other people like his mother, like my mother, he has spent his life pretending he's not like those families.

"By his own account, in college he used to hang out with his friends and drink beer while sharing his dreams of cutting Medicaid. When Ryan was 15 years old, his father died from an alcoholism related heart attack. Ryan and his family then received his father’s Social Security survivor’s benefits. Ryan used that money to attend college.This was not the only money that Paul Ryan received from the federal government. His family built its wealth from receiving government contracts." - Chauncey Devega, Salon, March 23, 2017

I'm sure Paul Ryan has never read Plato's Apology and therefore isn't familiar with the phrase from that text, "An unexamined life is not worth living."

For had Paul Ryan taken the time to examine his own life, and the sorrow it caused him as a kid, and to understand that he was helped by the government of the United States of America, which helps many families like his, and like my mother's when I was growing up, perhaps he might have devoted his career to helping people rather than hurting them.

Paul Ryan got his comeuppance this week. I hope he takes a moment, not to figure out how to come out swinging all over again against people who are in need, but perhaps to examine what his true purpose in life ought to be.

Because he can change it...if he wants to.___

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2017-03-24 14:24:09 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Oh what do you say...how about everyone goes to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend, you know, just to Thumbs Up Disney finally giving a thumbs up to the LGBT community and, you know, letting the GOP, know that, No, they ain't got no say in fairy tales...

Ahem...no pun intended...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/movies/beauty-and-the-beast-review.html

Oh what do you say...how about everyone goes to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend, you know, just to Thumbs Up Disney finally giving a thumbs up to the LGBT community and, you know, letting the GOP, know that, No, they ain't got no say in fairy tales...

Ahem...no pun intended...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/movies/beauty-and-the-beast-review.html___

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2017-03-22 11:44:50 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

TROTUS supporters are finally realizing that he never cared about them. What matters to him is GOP party power only. He cares about winning elections and he will say whatever he has to say to do that, supporter loyalty be damned. He doesn't care whether his supporters lose their healthcare, whether the air they, their children and their grandchildren breathe and the water they drink is safe and clean, whether their families have access to after school programs, or whether getting an education is even a possibility for them. He cares about only one thing. When it comes to obliterating ObamaCare, which will affect the lives of approximately 40,000,000 Americans, TROTUS warned Republicans that they have to pass RyanCare or lose the mid-term elections. That's like a parent telling their child they have to bring home an 'A' on their report card or they won't get a new car. There's only... more »

TROTUS supporters are finally realizing that he never cared about them. What matters to him is GOP party power only. He cares about winning elections and he will say whatever he has to say to do that, supporter loyalty be damned. He doesn't care whether his supporters lose their healthcare, whether the air they, their children and their grandchildren breathe and the water they drink is safe and clean, whether their families have access to after school programs, or whether getting an education is even a possibility for them. He cares about only one thing. When it comes to obliterating ObamaCare, which will affect the lives of approximately 40,000,000 Americans, TROTUS warned Republicans that they have to pass RyanCare or lose the mid-term elections. That's like a parent telling their child they have to bring home an 'A' on their report card or they won't get a new car. There's only one problem with that - in order to get an 'A,' you actually have to go to class, study...and not have someone else take your test for you.___

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2017-03-20 15:49:18 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

WATCH LIVE as JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR, address the House Intelligence Committee's First Public Hearing on the possibility that Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential election.

Absolutely key, to this testimony is that both FBI Director Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers both believe and underscore their previous statements that Putin set out to take revenge on Hillary Clinton for statements she had made about him in the past. (See link below to CNN's Fareed Zakaria's documentary on Vladimir Putin, The Most Powerful Man in the World.)

Comey, perhaps in a long overdue crisis of conscience (any many sleepless nights) testified that the TROTUS Administration is investigating attempts by Russia to interfere with the United States general election last November.

-"I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to... more »

WATCH LIVE as JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR, address the House Intelligence Committee's First Public Hearing on the possibility that Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential election.

Absolutely key, to this testimony is that both FBI Director Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers both believe and underscore their previous statements that Putin set out to take revenge on Hillary Clinton for statements she had made about him in the past. (See link below to CNN's Fareed Zakaria's documentary on Vladimir Putin, The Most Powerful Man in the World.)

Comey, perhaps in a long overdue crisis of conscience (any many sleepless nights) testified that the TROTUS Administration is investigating attempts by Russia to interfere with the United States general election last November.

-"I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals association with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. As with any intelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed."_ - James Comey, Director, the Federal Bureau of Investigation___

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2017-03-16 23:24:36 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Too bad for you if you hoped your grandkids would breath clean air.
Tough luck if you need job training to remain in the game.
Sorry, maybe in four years, if you are the victim of a crime and need help.
Screw you if you had any help of being treated like a human being.
Suck it up all you work-study students, life will get even harder.
Move somewhere else if you are disadvantaged, elderly or unemployed.

But there's hope.

Join the military. Work on a warship. Fly a fighter jet. Be a border patrol agent. Work for the Department of Defense.

If you have no dreams, don't want an education, don't care about the air you breathe, the water you drink or the food you eat...

...then who needs a budget anyway?



Too bad for you if you hoped your grandkids would breath clean air.
Tough luck if you need job training to remain in the game.
Sorry, maybe in four years, if you are the victim of a crime and need help.
Screw you if you had any help of being treated like a human being.
Suck it up all you work-study students, life will get even harder.
Move somewhere else if you are disadvantaged, elderly or unemployed.

But there's hope.

Join the military. Work on a warship. Fly a fighter jet. Be a border patrol agent. Work for the Department of Defense.

If you have no dreams, don't want an education, don't care about the air you breathe, the water you drink or the food you eat...

...then who needs a budget anyway?

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2017-03-08 01:22:48 (153 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I practice, you see, taking others’ anger, suspicion and distrust, and give them patience, tolerance and compassion. I practice that. - The Dalai Lama

John Oliver, who had traveled to Dharamsala, India to interview the Dalai Lama, responded by saying, "But it seems the Chinese Government are particularly good at taking your positivity and turning it back into negativity and oppression of the Tibetan people."

And all of this was in response to John Oliver telling the Dalai Lama, at the outset of the interview, "The Chinese Government absolutely hates you. They say you are a wolf wrapped in monks' clothes, and photographs of you are forbidden in many places. You don't to me look like an evil wolf." (11:02)

At which, the Dalai Lama laughed, and gleefully responded that the Chinese see him as a 'demon,' holding his hands over his headt... more »

I practice, you see, taking others’ anger, suspicion and distrust, and give them patience, tolerance and compassion. I practice that. - The Dalai Lama

John Oliver, who had traveled to Dharamsala, India to interview the Dalai Lama, responded by saying, "But it seems the Chinese Government are particularly good at taking your positivity and turning it back into negativity and oppression of the Tibetan people."

And all of this was in response to John Oliver telling the Dalai Lama, at the outset of the interview, "The Chinese Government absolutely hates you. They say you are a wolf wrapped in monks' clothes, and photographs of you are forbidden in many places. You don't to me look like an evil wolf." (11:02)

At which, the Dalai Lama laughed, and gleefully responded that the Chinese see him as a 'demon,' holding his hands over his head to indicate horns growing from his skull.

But as entertaining and interested as it was, I watched (and listened to) Oliver's conversation with the Dalai Lama's with considerable dismay, because I wonder, in these extremely troublous times, if it is really possible, and I mean really possible, except in an intellectual, theoretical, philosophical and Ivory Tower sense to really be patient, tolerant and compassionate, when contemplating, for instance, the right course of action regarding the destructive cabal known as Messrs: TROTUS, McConnell, Bannon, Ryan, Sessions,et. al.

The Dalai Lama - like the Pope, who has spoken out numerous times against the current administration's proposed actions against needy, beleaguered and disenfranchised people - is a protected man, a man against whom there have been untold numbers of threats on his life to be sure, and who, Yes, is Enemy Number One of the Chinese Government, which could care less about Spirituality 101, the Tibetan people and however many Buddhist monks decide this year to self-immolate in protest against Chinese brutality. But still, he is a protected, cared for, and very loved man.

So, too, is the Pope, an equally protected, cared for and loved man. Neither he nor the Dalai Lama will starve, lose their jobs or their pensions, suffer from a lack of healthcare, lose their 401(k)s or houses in a financial crisis, or be held at the border because they are illegal. Neither of them will suffer the agonies of those on whose behalf they speak out.

So I was relieved to hear that the Dalai Lama also finds grappling with what to do in challenging situations 'very difficult." Oliver pressed him about the horror of Tibetan monks self-immolating in protest of the Chinese Government's oppression of Buddhists:

This is a hard question. The self-immolation that has happened. 140 Tibetans have burned themselves. It is very, very sad. Why is it hard for you to definitively tell them to stop doing it? To which, the Dalai Lama responded:

“This is…I find…a very difficult sort of situation. Right from the beginning, when I first heard that, firstly I expressed my sadness. Then, meantime if I say, their action is wrong, then their family will feel very sad that their family member did something against the Dalai Lama’s wishes. I don’t want to create that."

Yet, again, every day we witness Executive Orders that threaten to tear apart the lives of untold millions of people. And I am wondering, out loud, whether the effort to look upon people who are so callously destructive and so coldly uncaring about the lives and futures of so many people with patience, tolerance and compassion...is this wise? Or is it a form of enabling behavior?

What is the boundary between feeling and expressing anger and hatred and taking action, real action, to prevent them from destroying our Democracy?

Good people feel tremendous guilt at harboring even a smidgen of anger, a soupcon of rage. Good people think they are somehow supposed to solve problems such as those confronting us now with smiles on their faces.

But it seems to me the only ones smiling are TROTUS, Bannon, Ryan and McConnell.

What are we creating by being patient with these people?
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2017-03-04 17:20:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

No wires worth tapping. One gigantic short circuit, going nowhere, signifying nothing.

MACBETH, by William Shakespeare

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

No wires worth tapping. One gigantic short circuit, going nowhere, signifying nothing.

MACBETH, by William Shakespeare

She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.___

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2017-03-02 21:19:17 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Everybody has to serve somebody. Even you Jeff Sessions. Yes, even you.


"Gotta Serve Somebody," lyrics (and music) by Bob Dylan

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonnahave to serve... more »

Everybody has to serve somebody. Even you Jeff Sessions. Yes, even you.


"Gotta Serve Somebody," lyrics (and music) by Bob Dylan

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music

#JeffSessions #ServeSomebody #BobDylan #Russians&Trump___

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2017-03-01 22:03:36 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

The time is nigh for a fully multi-racial Supreme Court

In the North, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 27, 2017, the Harvard Law Review elected the first woman Black President in the History of the esteemed Journal.

Of ImeIme Umana, Michael L. Zuckerman, the review’s president, said, "I think our team saw in her what so many people have seen in her for so long — that she’s a brilliant person, an unbelievably dedicated worker and an exceptionally caring leader.”

Meanwhile, in the South, in Douglasville, Georgia, this week in March 2017, Judge William McClain of Douglas County Superior Court, sentenced a White couple, Jose I. Torres, 26, and Kayla Rae Norton, 25, to lengthy prison sentences (20 total prison and probation for him; 15 total prison and probation for her) for showing up at a Black child's birthday party, at which most ofthe par... more »

The time is nigh for a fully multi-racial Supreme Court

In the North, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 27, 2017, the Harvard Law Review elected the first woman Black President in the History of the esteemed Journal.

Of ImeIme Umana, Michael L. Zuckerman, the review’s president, said, "I think our team saw in her what so many people have seen in her for so long — that she’s a brilliant person, an unbelievably dedicated worker and an exceptionally caring leader.”

Meanwhile, in the South, in Douglasville, Georgia, this week in March 2017, Judge William McClain of Douglas County Superior Court, sentenced a White couple, Jose I. Torres, 26, and Kayla Rae Norton, 25, to lengthy prison sentences (20 total prison and probation for him; 15 total prison and probation for her) for showing up at a Black child's birthday party, at which most of the party-goers were Black, accompanied by a veritable gang of trucks dragging Confederate Flags behind them, and threatening the children and party-goers with shotguns and racial slurs. They threatened to kill the children.

In contrast to the caring leader that Imelme Umana is, Kayla Rae Norton tried to “cover up her actions of retrieving the shotgun from Torres’ truck, loading it and giving it to him to take up to the confrontation.”

Because I can't post the two articles side-by-side, the article about the heinous behavior of the utterly misguided and unforgivable Georgia couple appears as a comment. Apparently, the couple wept at their sentencing.

'Twas a little late for their hearts to break...

Georgia Couple Get Prison for Racial Threats at Black Child’s Party:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/georgia-racist-couple-sentenced.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=2&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F03%2F01%2Fus%2Fgeorgia-racist-couple-sentenced.html&eventName=Watching-article-click
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2017-02-21 18:00:47 (14 comments; 10 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

BECOME THE MEDIA: Make Trump Toast Again

In 2005 at a New York City Film Festival, I accidentally bumped into Michael Moore after a showing on 42nd Street of Sabina Guzzanti's Viva Zapatero, a film about her 'conflict' with Silvio Berlusconi who, like TROTUS, was determined to control everything the media (including comedy) in Italy had to say about him.

I had bought tickets to the festival and at the top of my list was Viva Zapatero, something I now think of as prescient (though unconsciously) because when TROTUS decided to run for POTUS (an acronym I will never use for TROTUS) I started to refer to him as the United State's version of Silvio Berlusconi (replete with dyed hair and tanning-bed skin). Because he is. Plain and simple. Just as corrupt. Just as slimy. Just as much of a bully.

Cut to the festival and Viva Zapatero,... more »

BECOME THE MEDIA: Make Trump Toast Again

In 2005 at a New York City Film Festival, I accidentally bumped into Michael Moore after a showing on 42nd Street of Sabina Guzzanti's Viva Zapatero, a film about her 'conflict' with Silvio Berlusconi who, like TROTUS, was determined to control everything the media (including comedy) in Italy had to say about him.

I had bought tickets to the festival and at the top of my list was Viva Zapatero, something I now think of as prescient (though unconsciously) because when TROTUS decided to run for POTUS (an acronym I will never use for TROTUS) I started to refer to him as the United State's version of Silvio Berlusconi (replete with dyed hair and tanning-bed skin). Because he is. Plain and simple. Just as corrupt. Just as slimy. Just as much of a bully.

Cut to the festival and Viva Zapatero, which is worth trying to get your hands on, Sabina's appearance on stage to talk about the film (in Italian), leaving the theatre with the friend who accompanied me, and walking East on 42nd Street late at night talking about it.

There was a man shuffling down the street ahead of us, moving more slowly than we were, and as we got closer, I recognized him, grabbed my friend's arm and practically screamed, "That's Michael Moore!" We walked faster and basically stalked him, she on his right, me on his left, and we walked several blocks on 42nd Street talking to him about the movie, politics in the United States (the slow road to Fascism) and what he was currently working on. He was as approachable, warm, friendly and engaged as a (famous) filmmaker could possibly be.

In answer to what he was working on, he said, "I'm going to the gym a lot, trying to stay healthy..." and disappeared down the subway and into the night all by himself. Michael Moore. The most important political/social documentarian in America. Hands down.

Behold, Michael Moore's Ten Point Action Plan to Thump Trump

1. Make a Daily Call to your Congressmen/Women and Senators
2. Make a Monthly Visit to the local office of your State Representative/Assemblyperson, and State Senator.
3. Create a Rapid Response Team in your own life
4. JOIN Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, and ERA Action
5. Remember that Women's Rights are Human Rights
...and The Women's March Will Never End
6. Take Over the Democratic Party
7. Help Form Blue Zones/Regions of Resistance
8. Run for Office
9. Become the Media
10. Join the Army of Comedy and never stop mocking TROTUS

Michael Moore in TrumpLand
http://michaelmoore.com/

Viva Zapatero:
http://variety.com/2005/film/markets-festivals/viva-zapatero-1200521579/

#MichaelMoore #ThumpTrump___

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2017-02-15 15:55:01 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

On the road again...just can't wait to get on the road again...
Inspirational words and music by Willie Nelson. DNC break-ins, espionage and treason by the GOP and Vladimir Putin. Directed by Donald Trump. Produced by The Apprentice, an American Game Show. Theme Song: For the Love of Money. All Rights Reserved. 

On the road again...just can't wait to get on the road again...
Inspirational words and music by Willie Nelson. DNC break-ins, espionage and treason by the GOP and Vladimir Putin. Directed by Donald Trump. Produced by The Apprentice, an American Game Show. Theme Song: For the Love of Money. All Rights Reserved. ___

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2017-02-13 19:21:50 (27 comments; 6 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

John Oliver's Genius Plan to Teach TROTUS the Difference Between Facts and Fiction

Would that John Oliver were either a) the White House Press Secretary, b) TROTUS's Chief of Staff, c) TROTUS's Senior Advisor, d) Secretary of State, or e) President of the United States. 

John Oliver's Genius Plan to Teach TROTUS the Difference Between Facts and Fiction

Would that John Oliver were either a) the White House Press Secretary, b) TROTUS's Chief of Staff, c) TROTUS's Senior Advisor, d) Secretary of State, or e) President of the United States. ___

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2017-02-10 14:46:31 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

"Have we come to this?"

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the town where I grew up, Jewish blogger Marc Yellin receives threatening anti-Semitic messages on the contact page of his website. "Have we come to this?" he asks. Anti-Semitism seems to be everywhere, in some places quite overtly out in the open, while in other locations, like New Mexico, the sting of hatred is rare, camouflaged perhaps, and therefore easily ignored, by the blinding beauty of the state's stunning Southwestern landscape.

As a child I was accustomed to my mother's diverse coterie of friends - an Arab couple who comforted her after my father died, the city's first African American doctor, a Santo Domingo Pueblo Indian couple, men and women of various faiths, Bahá'í among them, a female shop owner who dressed like a man, and two women who lived together, I thought,m... more »

"Have we come to this?"

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the town where I grew up, Jewish blogger Marc Yellin receives threatening anti-Semitic messages on the contact page of his website. "Have we come to this?" he asks. Anti-Semitism seems to be everywhere, in some places quite overtly out in the open, while in other locations, like New Mexico, the sting of hatred is rare, camouflaged perhaps, and therefore easily ignored, by the blinding beauty of the state's stunning Southwestern landscape.

As a child I was accustomed to my mother's diverse coterie of friends - an Arab couple who comforted her after my father died, the city's first African American doctor, a Santo Domingo Pueblo Indian couple, men and women of various faiths, Bahá'í among them, a female shop owner who dressed like a man, and two women who lived together, I thought, merely as 'friends.'

But slowly I began to discover the differences between the Hispanic and Pueblo Indian people we knew - whose histories, traditions, food, languages and cultures were as etched into daily life as the outline of the Sandia Mountains against the blue sky - and men and women who had migrated to New Mexico, like my parents, from places far away.

Certain people had irrefutable and unmistakable physical identities - the broomstick skirts, squash blossom necklaces, velvet shirts, and hair wrapped in chongas of Pueblo Indians. So, too, the skin color of our African American doctor. I proudly thought I was like them. I was a girl, an obvious fact, and therefore I assumed it was perfectly evident to everyone who and what I was.

Until slowly I discovered my mother had Muslim friends. 'What's a Muslim?' I asked.

And that her female friends who lived together were lesbians. 'Mom! They're lesbians?!'

And that another friend was Jewish. 'Mom...what does it mean to be Jewish? How come you didn't tell me?' Which was met with the inevitable, 'Tell you what, exactly? Some people simply want...to be left alone.'

Thus my slow awakening to the difference between that which is obvious and that which is hidden. To the difference between that which is unprotected and that which needs to be protected. To the difference between assimilation and non-assimilation. To the difference between someone who cannot hide who and what they are and someone who wants to hide who and what they are. To the safety of groups and the aloneness of individuals.

To the mysterious complexity of a gorgeous landscape that seemed to welcome everyone...some of whom I discovered were less 'knowable' than the native peoples who historically and culturally defined the Southwest.

What is the difference between the Albuquerque in which I grew up and this Albuquerque, in which a Jewish blogger receives hate messages on his website? Or is there, really, any difference at all? Except for the obvious fact that back then there were no bloggers, no websites and no online life that could attract lurkers dropping hate bombs into someone's life in the middle of the night.

The bald truth is that there is no difference between this present day Albuquerque and the Albuquerque in which I grew up, suffering as it did from a post-War fear of Communism and reeling from a world torn apart by...anti-Semitism.

I think back on all of the incredible people my mother knew when I was growing up, men and women who were simply looking for a place to live, in peace, and to be themselves, and I understand looking for a beautiful landscape in which to hide.

Yes, Marc Yellin, we have come to this.

#MarcYellin #AntiSemitism___

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2017-02-09 23:58:47 (35 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

And the legal reining in of TROTUS begins. I envision a country in which repressed and discriminated against groups of people come together in unity ...to protect one another from this madman. Wouldn't that be a welcome Silver Lining?

And the legal reining in of TROTUS begins. I envision a country in which repressed and discriminated against groups of people come together in unity ...to protect one another from this madman. Wouldn't that be a welcome Silver Lining?___

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2017-02-08 18:42:26 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

"Everyone should be able to take time off with their families." - says Sheryl Sandberg, COO of FaceBook. Why then did it take Sandberg, inarguably one of the two most high profile business women in the United States (the other is Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO), NINE YEARS after joining FB to implement a family leave policy at a social media platform that was effectively BUILT on the support of the very people who make up families - Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers...Grandkids?

In addition to writing LeanIn, Sandberg has penned several essays (co-written with Adam Grant) for the New York Times about women's issues - equal work for equal pay, gender discrimination in the workplace, the difficulties of balancing the demands of marriage and children with those of the workplace, to name just a few of the issues they have written about together (all links below).
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"Everyone should be able to take time off with their families." - says Sheryl Sandberg, COO of FaceBook. Why then did it take Sandberg, inarguably one of the two most high profile business women in the United States (the other is Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO), NINE YEARS after joining FB to implement a family leave policy at a social media platform that was effectively BUILT on the support of the very people who make up families - Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers...Grandkids?

In addition to writing LeanIn, Sandberg has penned several essays (co-written with Adam Grant) for the New York Times about women's issues - equal work for equal pay, gender discrimination in the workplace, the difficulties of balancing the demands of marriage and children with those of the workplace, to name just a few of the issues they have written about together (all links below).

Yet Sandberg has also admittedly teetered on the edge of discriminating against women herself, which she openly discussed in her well-known TEDTalk, Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders (link below).

Still, given her appearance of solidarity with the Women's Movement since the very public publication of LeanIn, cut to the Presidential Election 2016 and Sandberg once again teetered on the edge of full bore support by being notably Missing in Action and Voice when Trump rolled out his anti-women policies during his campaign, and she fell equally silent and invisible during the entire two and a half month run-up to the Women's March on Washington on January 21st, an absence which she has since admitted was a mistake.

Then last week Sandberg spoke out against Trump's NGO Gag rule, pointing out how the welfare of women and children all over the world will be hurt by TROTUS's anti-abortion, anti Planned Parenthood siege (link below).

And finally, yesterday Sandberg announced that FB will give 6 weeks of paid family leave to all employees, as well as three days of additional time off for employees caring for a family member with a short-term illness and 20 days of bereavement time off.

"Sandberg, who is widely known for leading the conversation about feminism and women in Corporate America, also seemed to be indirectly responding to critics who noted her absence from the women’s marches that took place immediately after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. She’s been asked repeatedly to take a stronger stance against Trump, even as she’s publicly opposed several of his policies."

Why didn't Sandberg formulate FB's new policy when TROTUS was battling HRC over these issues in their debates? Why didn't she speak out about the important work Planned Parenthood does for women and children before the election? Why didn't she join Gloria Steinem on January 21st, Pussy Hat perched atop that beautiful head of hair, and let it be known that, billionaire though she is, she is on the side of American women, children and families?

Answer: because Sandberg doesn't want to be called a Feminist or, Heaven forbid, a FemiNazi.

She doesn't want to be perceived by the powerful men with whom she works in Silicon Valley as putting forth policies that might interrupt the flow of work and money through the hallowed halls of, well, work and money.

She doesn't want to be perceived as for women but against men.

She doesn't want to be perceived as someone who can't handle the demands of the workplace and needs special consideration for pregnancy, birth, tending to ailing parents, or young children.

But the primary reason it took her 9 years to speak out is because the reality of life - about work/life balance, about being a woman without a partner - after her husband died has left her with the decidedly feminist label of Single Working Mother (billionaire though she is) and there's ultimately no way out of admitting and dealing with what that means: it's hard and TROTUS's policies are intent on making it harder still for women.

It is easy to hide behind money. It is easy if you are a powerful woman to shield yourself from the issues that women without power face. It is easy if you have a supportive partner, as Sandberg had in husband Dave Goldberg, to figure out how to juggle it all, have it all, and own it all.

But once one single element of that tidy package falls through the cracks - a catastrophic illness befalls a child, one partner loses their job, or one of the parents ides - then balance becomes imbalance and it isn't so easy to smile for the camera anymore.

Unfortunately, reading about other people's problems doesn't seem to be enough to shift empathy in their direction. It seems to be human nature that we have to go through something ourselves in order to fully understand what it means.

As for Sheryl Sandberg, I would never want for any woman or man to lose their spouse. Nor would I ever want any child to lose a parent. Nor any family their source of financial support.

Yet if there is any silver lining in Sheryl Sandberg's particular story, I hope it will be her willingness to speak so openly and honestly about her own mistakes - discriminating against women, not having the courage to stand in front of the podium no matter how uncomfortable it might make the men around whom she works - and her own very personal sorrow in losing her husband.

Nine years is better than never. Late is always better than never.

Sheryl Sandberg Comes Out Swinging Against Trump's Gag Rule:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sheryl-sandberg-global-gag-rule_us_588b4ffbe4b0303c07530d5d

Sheryl Sandberg Blasts Donald Trump: We know what this will do:
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/sheryl-sandberg-blasts-donald-trump-we-know-what-this-will-do

Sheryl Sandberg's Women's March Regret:
http://fortune.com/2017/02/03/broad-strokes-for-february-3-2017-sheryl-sandbergs-womens-march-regret/

How Men Can Succeed in the Bedroom and the Boardroom, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-adam-grant-how-men-can-succeed-in-the-boardroom-and-the-bedroom.html

Speaking While Female: On Women Doing Office 'Housework,' Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant:
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/opinion/sunday/sheryl-sandberg-and-adam-grant-on-women-doing-office-housework.html

Madame C.E.O.: Get Me a Coffee: On Why Women Stay Quiet at Work, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant:
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/opinion/sunday/speaking-while-female.html

When Talking About Bias Backfires: On Discrimination at Work, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant:
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/opinion/sunday/adam-grant-and-sheryl-sandberg-on-discrimination-at-work.html

Why we have too few women leaders, Sheryl Sandberg:
http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders___

2017-02-07 23:27:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Listen to the LIVE oral arguments on TROTUS's Immigration Order.

Listen to the LIVE oral arguments on TROTUS's Immigration Order.___

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2017-02-06 14:37:22 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Melissa McCarthy's skewering of White House Press Secretary is a Work of Impersonation Art.

Melissa McCarthy's skewering of White House Press Secretary is a Work of Impersonation Art.___

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2017-01-31 13:53:29 (50 comments; 7 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

IT'S ALL ABOUT STEVE...

Stephen Bannon, Chief Strategist and Senior Counsel to TROTUS, is in control of the White House, aided and abetted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spinless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, former United States Republican Senator Rick Santorum, and, channeling J. Edgar Hoover, Republican FBI Director James Comey, along with disgraced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie...and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Strap yourselves in...

Bannon Is Given Security Role Usually Held for Generals:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/us/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-national-security-council.html

How Jared Kushner Won Trump the White House:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#79e5f3752f50
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IT'S ALL ABOUT STEVE...

Stephen Bannon, Chief Strategist and Senior Counsel to TROTUS, is in control of the White House, aided and abetted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spinless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, former United States Republican Senator Rick Santorum, and, channeling J. Edgar Hoover, Republican FBI Director James Comey, along with disgraced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie...and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Strap yourselves in...

Bannon Is Given Security Role Usually Held for Generals:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/us/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-national-security-council.html

How Jared Kushner Won Trump the White House:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#79e5f3752f50

#PresidentBannon ___

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2017-01-30 15:57:38 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Sean Spicer is...how shall I say it? Stupid. Stupid people with power are the most dangerous. Which is the reason this isn't funny. I wonder if there is a farm somewhere, deep on unsurveyed land somewhere the United States, where the GOP is actually growing these people, and then when they are ripe for the picking they are harvested especially for TROTUS - a little extra KFC...you know...breakfast of champions - and Voila, we are given the likes of Spicer and Kellyanne Conway and Steven Bannon, to name just a few.

Sean Spicer is...how shall I say it? Stupid. Stupid people with power are the most dangerous. Which is the reason this isn't funny. I wonder if there is a farm somewhere, deep on unsurveyed land somewhere the United States, where the GOP is actually growing these people, and then when they are ripe for the picking they are harvested especially for TROTUS - a little extra KFC...you know...breakfast of champions - and Voila, we are given the likes of Spicer and Kellyanne Conway and Steven Bannon, to name just a few.___

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2017-01-29 20:19:19 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Life itself is political. Participate in your Democracy.

To every cynical American who believed prior to the election, or continues to believe, post-election, that their voices do not matter, that the American people do not have a say in their Democracy, that nothing can ever change or will ever change: YOU ARE WRONG. We are witnessing an unprecedented response to TROTUS's anti-Democratic/anti-American/Islamophobic, Immigrant and Refugee-hating stance - in the form of the signing of petitions that are reaching the White House (the petition demanding the release of his tax returns is a record-breaking petition), in the form of physical taking to the streets (the hundreds of thousands of men and women who participated in the Women's March on Washington, in D.C. itself, as well as the 370+ companion marches around the world), in the form of shared social media posts that provide... more »

Life itself is political. Participate in your Democracy.

To every cynical American who believed prior to the election, or continues to believe, post-election, that their voices do not matter, that the American people do not have a say in their Democracy, that nothing can ever change or will ever change: YOU ARE WRONG. We are witnessing an unprecedented response to TROTUS's anti-Democratic/anti-American/Islamophobic, Immigrant and Refugee-hating stance - in the form of the signing of petitions that are reaching the White House (the petition demanding the release of his tax returns is a record-breaking petition), in the form of physical taking to the streets (the hundreds of thousands of men and women who participated in the Women's March on Washington, in D.C. itself, as well as the 370+ companion marches around the world), in the form of shared social media posts that provide contact information for local Congressmen and women, Senators and Governors, and now, this weekend, in the physical participation by thousands upon thousands more Americans protesting at airports all over the country against TROTUS constitutionally illegal ban of Muslims and refugees entering the United States.

The White House is being forced to walk back its blatant attack on our Democracy and the way our country has always treated people seeking political asylum among us. And it is because Americans are standing up to this out and out tyranny. Some of those Americans are Judges, such as United States Eastern Court District Judge Ann M. Donnelly, who granted the stay argued in court by the American Civil Liberties Union, co-signed by United States District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs, and further backed up by United States Magistrate Judge Gail Dein and acting Attorney General Sally Yates:

Acting Attorney General Says Justice Department Won’t Defend Trump’s Ban On Refugees, Travelers:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-ban-legal-challenges_us_588fcedbe4b0522c7d3c9a99?

Remember: only 24 out of 3.3 American Muslims have been implicated in any kind of terrorist plot, as compared with 11,000 Americans who were killed by guns in 2016.

Remember also: the biggest terrorist on American soil thus far was American (and non Muslim) born and raised Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, in which 168 people died.

Free yourselves from fear. Arm yourselves with facts instead...and refuse to act, behave or believe anything based on fear, anger and hatred. Participate, in whatever way you can...contributing to the American Civil Liberties Union is a good way to help.

Interesting that the Judges mentioned above are all female Judges. For Lady Liberty, as she stands tall and proud, arm and torch raised to welcome those who need our help, remains a beacon in New York harbor. I have posted Emma Lazarus's poem, The New Colossus, before, and I repost it here today...to remind us all what the true spirit of the United States of America is supposed to be.

The New Colossus Related Poem, by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Relentless Resistance:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Who isn't banned? People from where Trump Has Done Business:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/opinion/who-hasnt-trump-banned-people-from-places-where-hes-made-money.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

IN PHONE CALL WITH DONALD TRUMP, THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR HAD TO EXPLAIN WHAT THE GENEVA CONVENTION WAS:
https://theintellectualist.co/embarrassing-in-phone-call-with-donald-trump-the-german-chancellor-had-to-explain-what-the-geneva-convention-was/

American Civil Liberties Union:
https://www.aclu.org/how-you-can-help

Judges temporarily block part of Trump's immigration order, WH stands by it:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/2-iraqis-file-lawsuit-after-being-detained-in-ny-due-to-travel-ban/

Homeland Security to comply with orders not to deport travelers:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/politics/ny-immigration-order-stay/index.html

Read the full text of the ruling blocking Trump's Immigration Ban:
http://fortune.com/2017/01/28/read-the-full-text-of-the-judges-order-blocking-trumps-immigration-ban/

Terrorism by Muslims makes up one-third of 1 percent of all murders in the US:
http://www.vox.com/world/2017/1/27/14412420/terrorism-muslims-america-islam-trump

We the People Demand Trump Release His Tax Returns:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/opinion/we-the-people-demand-mr-trump-release-his-tax-returns.html

Petition demanding that Trump release his Tax Returns Breaks White House Record:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tax-returns-petition-breaks-record_us_588a5a51e4b0c5656a62d5eb___

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2017-01-27 19:38:21 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Perhaps if you live with Mom and Dad, or are still supported by Mom and Dad, or if you are fortunate enough to have parents who can pay the freight of your upscale education, so that if you aren't actually at home living with Mom and Dad, but still doing so in spirit in a college dormitory somewhere, then maybe you don't need, well, not just Planned Parenthood, but any other organization that helps people who are not as well off, not as financially secure, or not as buffeted by the cold and frequently cruel realities of life as those who DO in fact need Planned Parenthood.

Or, if perhaps you are no longer in College, but are perhaps married and living on your own, but still so young that the reality of life is basically a theoretical thing, something philosophical, something intellectual that is discussed around the conference table at law school, that happens to people you... more »

Perhaps if you live with Mom and Dad, or are still supported by Mom and Dad, or if you are fortunate enough to have parents who can pay the freight of your upscale education, so that if you aren't actually at home living with Mom and Dad, but still doing so in spirit in a college dormitory somewhere, then maybe you don't need, well, not just Planned Parenthood, but any other organization that helps people who are not as well off, not as financially secure, or not as buffeted by the cold and frequently cruel realities of life as those who DO in fact need Planned Parenthood.

Or, if perhaps you are no longer in College, but are perhaps married and living on your own, but still so young that the reality of life is basically a theoretical thing, something philosophical, something intellectual that is discussed around the conference table at law school, that happens to people you can't see, don't know, have no experience of, then perhaps if you are one of those people, you feel freedom-bound to decide for other women what they should or should not be allowed to do with their own bodies...because knowing life experientially is not convenient.

I am disturbed by the mantel of presumed/assumed power being grabbed by a young generation of religious Pro-Lifers who have decided that this movement somehow represents their new Feminist cri, something that gives their own exceedingly young lives meaning, something that gives them some sort of legitimate skin in the game of life, some legitimate and visceral understanding of what it means to be a woman.

This subject is not a joking matter, nor one that is competitive with those who are Pro-Choice. It is, however, a matter of unfortunate political significance to those, the realities of whose 'whole' lives, are not considered for one moment by this new young generation of fervent Pro-Lifers.

Their care marching down the Avenue, whatever avenue, holding signs above their heads, is for life In Utero, but not for the whole of the life of the mother, of the child, once it is born.

It is impossible for any young person (I am sorry, but it is impossible) to fully comprehend the impact, the significance, the reality of what it means to be poor, disadvantaged, uneducated, or without access to a meaningful social or family support system, or to have access to healthcare that is kind, non-judgmental and healing, other than that which is provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood, if you have not walked in the shoes of such a woman.

It is equally impossible for any young person to fully comprehend every scenario that every woman who is not perhaps economically or socially disadvantaged, but still might face having to make a decision to have an abortion. Every young person understands every single issue - economic, physical, circumstantial, medical, spiritual - that each and every woman faced with this choice must weigh, turn over, grapple with and decide, to the best of her ability? No. It is not possible. And claiming that it is, is flat-out arrogant.

It is, quite frankly, nothing short of appalling that any young person should be so certain that they think they know, resolutely, what is good for every woman who faces this issue, what the course of every woman's life should be, what the meaning of Feminism is for every woman.

And if that woman isn't young, if in fact she has had years of life experience behind her, it is equally appalling that, should she bother to bring to bear any empathy on the way she views the world, she would pretend that all women should do as she would do, as she thinks she would do, as she believes she would do.

When I read articles about Pro-Lifers who are certain that no woman anywhere in the world should have access to healthcare at an organization like Planned Parenthood, or have the freedom of choice granted to them by the United States Supreme Court in 1973 and protected under the Constitution of our country, I do not read anything within those articles that proposes how to safeguard the health of the mother upon whom they would force carrying a child to term, or how to safeguard, nurture, protect, educate, mentor and bring to a long and productive life, those children brought into a world that has robbed their mothers of the fundamental right to choose what is right for them. I never read any articles about life outside of the uterus.

No. They don't care about that reality. There is merely the sanctimonious impression given that they are better women for choosing not to have an abortion, or that women who choose not to have abortions are somehow better human beings, rather than to dive into the complexity of issues women all over the world are in reality facing such that they would choose an abortion in the first place.

This Pro-Life/Pro-Choice debate is NOT a competition. It is the very real matter of women's rights, of the freedom to make choices that are right for each woman, and not to have her life controlled by any group's religious beliefs.

We cannot say, women in these United States are free sort of, but with the exception of the choices they make over their bodies. We cannot say we believe women are equal in rights to men, but then give men the right to tell them what to do with their bodies.

But then again this is happening precisely for the same reason that the Equal Rights Amendment has never been ratified...because we don't, in fact, believe that women are capable of deciding what is best for their lives.

I have compiled here just a few of the plethora of articles that have been written within the last few days/weeks about the in-real-life-impact that Trump's anti-women policies are going to have, not just here in the United States, but all over the world. It is important and meaningful to read them...because the reality of life is, for better and for worse, far more complex than holding a sign in the air that declares "One National Under God Vote Pro-Life."

Health Clinics Already Hit by 'Catastrophic' Global Gag Rule:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-clinics-global-gag-rule_us_589cc021e4b04061313c3c6e?dq7hkh8wmp2oqolxr&

Sheryl Sandberg Comes Out Swinging on Trump's Global Gag Rule:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sheryl-sandberg-global-gag-rule_us_588b4ffbe4b0303c07530d5d?meyd5cdi&

How Trump's Revival of an Abortion Ban Will Affect Women in Kenya:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/world/africa/trump-abortion-ban.html

How the US Global Gag Rule Threatens Health Clinics Across Kenya and Uganda:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/24/how-the-us-trump-global-gag-rule-threatens-health-clinics-across-kenya-and-uganda

What's at stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag Rule:
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2017/01/23/297060/whats-at-stake-for-women-threat-of-the-global-gag-rule/

Trump's Presidency Could be Life Threatening to Women All Over the World:
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a8527977/trump-abortion-global-gag-rule/

Trump's Revival of an Abortion Ban Will Affect Women in Kenya:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/world/africa/trump-abortion-ban.html

Mr. Trump's 'Gag Rule' Will Harm Global Health:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/opinion/mr-trumps-gag-rule-will-harm-global-health.html

Abortion Foes Aim to Compete with Turnout at Women's March:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/abortion-foes-compete-womens-march-turnout.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Democrats vs. Republicans: Planned Parenthood:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/politics/democrats-republicans-planned-parenthood.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=image&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news___

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2017-01-23 21:58:49 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Donald Trump Signs Anti-Abortion Executive Order Surrounded by Men.

People's religious 'beliefs' have no place in deciding laws that affect the health, well-being and livelihood of millions upon millions of women. I do not have a vested interest in weighing in, one way or another on, at what moment in time life begins and whether or when a fetus becomes viable. I don't weigh in on that issue because the observable reality about what happens to women, to children, to families...to their financial, social and educational circumstances when they are deprived of the freedom to make choices unencumbered by other people's religious beliefs...is devastating and wrong no matter one's religious beliefs.

An individual might not personally believe that a same sex couple should have the right to marry, but it is still just a personal belief, which, had the Supreme... more »

Donald Trump Signs Anti-Abortion Executive Order Surrounded by Men.

People's religious 'beliefs' have no place in deciding laws that affect the health, well-being and livelihood of millions upon millions of women. I do not have a vested interest in weighing in, one way or another on, at what moment in time life begins and whether or when a fetus becomes viable. I don't weigh in on that issue because the observable reality about what happens to women, to children, to families...to their financial, social and educational circumstances when they are deprived of the freedom to make choices unencumbered by other people's religious beliefs...is devastating and wrong no matter one's religious beliefs.

An individual might not personally believe that a same sex couple should have the right to marry, but it is still just a personal belief, which, had the Supreme Court not ruled in favor of same sex marriage, would deprive untold millions of same-sex partners the right to lovingly adopt/parent/raise children, and to bequeath to those they love the efforts of their labors in terms of healthcare, end-of-life decisions and inheritance. Our country is more productive, healthy and happier with these legally supported relationships than without them.

So, too, an individual might not personally believe that a woman has the right to terminate a pregnancy, for reasons of absolutely no one's business and knowledge but her own and her physician's, but it is still just a personal belief, which, had the Supreme Court not ruled for Roe v. Wade in 1973, untold numbers of women across all socio-economic strata and of every conceivable ethnicity would have been at the mercy of backroom coat hanger abortions, and endured an immeasurable amount of suffering as a result of unimaginable crimes against women, such as rape, incest and spousal abuse, not to mention the frequently attendant, and in fact causal, lack of education, financial resources, inherited poverty, or any reasonable social support system.

And even if any woman's personal circumstances are fortunate enough not to have been burdened with such devastating realities, she too, has a right to make choices for herself unencumbered by the imposed and overreaching rules and regulations of people who believe something different than what she believes.

There was a time in this country when certain people believed it was OK to shackle a man in chains. There are still places in this world where some people believe it is okay to stone women to death in honor killings. There are places in this world where women are still thought of as 'property.'

There are times when people simply have to put aside what they personally believe and act instead with kindness, compassion and an intellectual and social desire to understand the circumstances in which these women make the decisions they make in reality - not within one's beliefs - to come to a deep and empathetic understanding of the circumstances in which multitudes of women live around the world, not just in these Divided Although United States.

It is untenable, unsupportable and reprehensible that some people's religious beliefs would endanger the lives and physical and emotional well-being of our nation's women, whether they ever find themselves in a circumstance and situation such that they should have to make this difficult decision or not. ___

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2017-01-21 13:43:53 (60 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

"I have to get something off my chest about this phenomenon of white conservatives on drugs…and the numbers are phenomenal. West Virginia was Trump’s best state, and in the past six years folks there have downed 780,000,00 Hydro and Oxycodone pills. That's 433 pain pills for every person in the state. And the thing that sticks in my craw about this, is that for decades it was us liberals who were accused of destroying the fabric of society with our drug use. Remember the country anthem from the hippie era, that put the counterculture in its place…Merle Haggard…Okie from Muskogee? 'We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee. We don't take our trips on LSD.' Yeah, today, Muskogee, population 38,000, has nine drug treatment centers. They could change the lyrics to We don’t share our needles in Muskogee, We don’t mix our smack with PCP." - Bill Maher

Okiefrom Muskog... more »

"I have to get something off my chest about this phenomenon of white conservatives on drugs…and the numbers are phenomenal. West Virginia was Trump’s best state, and in the past six years folks there have downed 780,000,00 Hydro and Oxycodone pills. That's 433 pain pills for every person in the state. And the thing that sticks in my craw about this, is that for decades it was us liberals who were accused of destroying the fabric of society with our drug use. Remember the country anthem from the hippie era, that put the counterculture in its place…Merle Haggard…Okie from Muskogee? 'We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee. We don't take our trips on LSD.' Yeah, today, Muskogee, population 38,000, has nine drug treatment centers. They could change the lyrics to We don’t share our needles in Muskogee, We don’t mix our smack with PCP." - Bill Maher

Okie from Muskogee, by Merle Haggard

We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street
We like livin' right, and bein' free
We don't make a party out of lovin'
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo

We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do
I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all
Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen

Football's still the roughest thing on campus
And the kids here still respect the college dean
And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee
A place where even squares can have a ball.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.___

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2017-01-19 14:10:28 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Don't be fooled by this young man's claim that a large dose of hucksterism was like a grand sociological experiment...that he had no idea readers would fall for BS. Really? This is The Age of BS. His intent from the Get-Go was to profit off of, OK, not misleading news, or stretched news, but out-and-out Fake News, sussing out the vibe of the country and its insatiable appetite for outrageously fabricated 'news.'

Don't be fooled either by his not-so-thinly-veiled plea that you understand it was because he needed the money to pay is bills (don't we all?). No. He was just too lazy to make money in an honorable way.

So he swung down into the Swamp for some bottom-feeding, pulling up muck and green goo by the bucket loads, and he flung it in the direction of the masses hungry to eat it, to read it, to lap it up, starving as they are for the real news, which they... more »

Don't be fooled by this young man's claim that a large dose of hucksterism was like a grand sociological experiment...that he had no idea readers would fall for BS. Really? This is The Age of BS. His intent from the Get-Go was to profit off of, OK, not misleading news, or stretched news, but out-and-out Fake News, sussing out the vibe of the country and its insatiable appetite for outrageously fabricated 'news.'

Don't be fooled either by his not-so-thinly-veiled plea that you understand it was because he needed the money to pay is bills (don't we all?). No. He was just too lazy to make money in an honorable way.

So he swung down into the Swamp for some bottom-feeding, pulling up muck and green goo by the bucket loads, and he flung it in the direction of the masses hungry to eat it, to read it, to lap it up, starving as they are for the real news, which they wouldn't recognize were it right in front of them.

Google participated too, planting ads on his pages because he was getting so many hits. Ah the blessed algorithm. Always able to tell fake from real, the beating human heart, from the beating of the drum.

Well, one thing is clear. This charming person, Cameron Harris, won't have to fish around in the swamp any longer figuring out what he's going to do for a living. His soul has already made that choice and going back ain't gonna be easy.

Besides, the Swamp is now filled with people like him. He will be in good company. They can have some yucks, a few laughs and knock back their self-loathing at the end of the day with a few shots of swamp water.

A Masterpiece? Or a fake masterpiece?

A master forger, I would say.

#CameronHarris #FakeMasterpieces___

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2017-01-18 19:33:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The last live news conference from President Obama...a President who actually thinks about the words that come out of his mouth. Some of the long list of issues that will continue to matter to him post-Presidency will be:

Striking a balance between freedom and national security...
Vladimir Putin...the culprit...
The policies and agendas of cabinet members like James Mattis, Rex Tillerson et. al., will really matter...
If the new president tries to deport so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children...doing that, he said, “would merit me speaking out.”..
“Systematic discrimination being ratified” and “institutional efforts to silence dissent or the free press.”...
"I continue to be significantly worried about the Israeli/Palestinian issue...it is bad for Palestinians, bad for the region, and bad for America'snational se... more »

The last live news conference from President Obama...a President who actually thinks about the words that come out of his mouth. Some of the long list of issues that will continue to matter to him post-Presidency will be:

Striking a balance between freedom and national security...
Vladimir Putin...the culprit...
The policies and agendas of cabinet members like James Mattis, Rex Tillerson et. al., will really matter...
If the new president tries to deport so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children...doing that, he said, “would merit me speaking out.”..
“Systematic discrimination being ratified” and “institutional efforts to silence dissent or the free press.”...
"I continue to be significantly worried about the Israeli/Palestinian issue...it is bad for Palestinians, bad for the region, and bad for America's national security..."
"I could not be prouder of the transformation that has taken place in our society, just in the last decade...regarding LGBT rights."...
Title Nine, which gave women opportunities in sports...
"I worry about inequality. If we are not investing in making sure everybody plays a roll in this economy, the economy will not grow as fast and it will lead to further and further separation between us..."
And finally, "I believe in America."___

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2017-01-17 18:50:23 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Women's March on Washington Official Policy Platform

For anyone who might be mislead by the title The Women's March on Washington, it's important to realize that the March is in fact very much about Every American's Human Rights. Every man and woman born on this Earth, was born with the grace and creativity of a woman's womb...so it isn't about women. It's about all of us.

Support of the Equal Rights Amendment is essential because it underscores the impossibility of a morally, ethically, financially and legally healthy society for men and women without such an amendment.

Support of the Right of the LGBTQ Community is essential because all Americans, regardless of their sexual or gender orientation, should be protected by, and not targeted by our laws, institutions, companies, organizations and citizens.
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Women's March on Washington Official Policy Platform

For anyone who might be mislead by the title The Women's March on Washington, it's important to realize that the March is in fact very much about Every American's Human Rights. Every man and woman born on this Earth, was born with the grace and creativity of a woman's womb...so it isn't about women. It's about all of us.

Support of the Equal Rights Amendment is essential because it underscores the impossibility of a morally, ethically, financially and legally healthy society for men and women without such an amendment.

Support of the Right of the LGBTQ Community is essential because all Americans, regardless of their sexual or gender orientation, should be protected by, and not targeted by our laws, institutions, companies, organizations and citizens.

Support of the Civil Rights Movement is essential because every generation needs to be educated about the overt and covert, and continual existence, of racism in this country.

Support of ObamaCare, which has helped 20,000,000 people, is essential, because we have a President who would yank that program simply because he despises the man who courageously crafted it, with nothing in the works to replace it. TROTUS needs to be held to his promise to be the President of all Americans, including the 20,000,000 who are currently benefitting from ObamaCare.

Support of Planned Parenthood is essential because a country that does not support the health and care of its women and children cannot be considered a Democracy by any stretch.

Support of the Anti-Violence Against Women Act and other organizations such as Amnesty International are essential because the human rights of American men and women are inextricably linked to the human rights of men and women and children around the world. If we call ourselves a Democracy, we must be concerned not only about our own human rights, but those of our international brothers and sisters.

Support of a human immigration system and concern for Refugees fleeing from political crises in their countries of birth is essential...because America at its core is a country of immigrants.

Yes, the Women's March on Washington is being organized by Women...but that is because, historically, groups of people who are not oppressed seem not to have ample reason to organize such Marches for the greater good.

So, join one of the hundreds of Marches occurring around the world - 370 cities to be exact (link below) - in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, D.C. this Saturday, January 21s.

March locally.
March in your heart.
March in spirit.
March in your words.
March in your actions.
March in your deeds.
Donate.
Read.
Share.
Care.

It matters.
It IS making a difference.

370 Cities Across the World Just Announced Trump Inauguration Protests:
http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/01/17/370-cities-across-world-just-announced-trump-inauguration-protests/

#WomensMarchonWashington___

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