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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 Cohen87,899If 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 Wilson1,544,744It'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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2017-01-21 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 »

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2016-11-13 17:48:03 (22 comments; 56 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

New York City
The High Line
November 13, 2016

I Want A Dyke For President (1992)
By Zoe Leonard, artist, activist, member of Fierce Pussy

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployedand... more »

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2016-11-13 17:48:03 (22 comments; 56 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

New York City
The High Line
November 13, 2016

I Want A Dyke For President (1992)
By Zoe Leonard, artist, activist, member of Fierce Pussy

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployedand... more »

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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; 56 +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 (39 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +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; 12 +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; 5 reshares; 17 +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 Court... 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; 7 reshares; 25 +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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2017-01-05 17:47:42 (9 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The GOP Healthcare Hoax or Ad Hoc TrumpCare...

Educate yourself about the potential repeal of ObamaCare. It matters. Under the non-existent TrumpCare, 20,000,000+ people will lose their current healthcare coverage...and it will hurt the exact people who voted for Trump, who promised to make their lives great again. Sign up for the NPR Politics newsletter. This public broadcasting information is available to everyone.

Then read The Republicans Are Courting Disaster on Healthcare and The GOP Healthcare Hoax, (links at the bottom).

CLAIM: ACA repeal would "rip health care away from millions."
FACT CHECK: True, if Republicans don't protect them or replace ACA with something that provides coverage.

CLAIM: Obamacare suffers from "massive premium increases"
FACT CHECK: True in... more »

The GOP Healthcare Hoax or Ad Hoc TrumpCare...

Educate yourself about the potential repeal of ObamaCare. It matters. Under the non-existent TrumpCare, 20,000,000+ people will lose their current healthcare coverage...and it will hurt the exact people who voted for Trump, who promised to make their lives great again. Sign up for the NPR Politics newsletter. This public broadcasting information is available to everyone.

Then read The Republicans Are Courting Disaster on Healthcare and The GOP Healthcare Hoax, (links at the bottom).

CLAIM: ACA repeal would "rip health care away from millions."
FACT CHECK: True, if Republicans don't protect them or replace ACA with something that provides coverage.

CLAIM: Obamacare suffers from "massive premium increases"
FACT CHECK: True in some cases, but it's also relative. Obamacare is also actually cheaper on average than the typical employer-provided plan.

CLAIM: "You're stuck with one option" under Obamacare."
FACT CHECK: Not true for the majority, but it has increasingly become the case.

CLAIM: "The health care system has been ruined, dismantled under Obamacare."
FACT CHECK: Prices were going up at faster rates before Obamacare.

CLAIM: Rural hospitals are going to suffer
FACT CHECK: True, if repealed outright, but it's also because of the way the ACA was structured in the first place.

The Republicans Are Courting Disaster on Healthcare:
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/opinion/republicans-are-courting-disaster-on-health-care.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

The GOP Healthcare Hoax, by Nicholas Kristof
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/04/opinion/republicans-are-courting-disaster-on-health-care.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

ASPE Issue Brief:
https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/187551/ACA2010-2016.pdf

#ObamaCare #ACA #TrumpCare #NPR___

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2017-01-04 21:29:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Well, Yes, exactly what I've been thinking. More, is, well....MORE!

Well, Yes, exactly what I've been thinking. More, is, well....MORE!___

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2017-01-01 14:59:55 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year, to everyone around the world. May each of us take our cue from the Sun...and rise, and rise, and rise...

And from birds, and soar
And from tides, and ebb and flow
And from flowers, and bloom and open wide
And from fields, and sprout and grow toward the sun
And from animals, and scamper and play
And from flags, and blow in the wind
And from buildings, and stand proud and strong
And from neon in Times Square…and sparkle day and night.

Happy New Year, to everyone around the world. May each of us take our cue from the Sun...and rise, and rise, and rise...

And from birds, and soar
And from tides, and ebb and flow
And from flowers, and bloom and open wide
And from fields, and sprout and grow toward the sun
And from animals, and scamper and play
And from flags, and blow in the wind
And from buildings, and stand proud and strong
And from neon in Times Square…and sparkle day and night.___

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2016-12-31 17:31:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

On my way to see the Alvin Ailey Troupe perform Revelations at City Center. And Cry. But I can't post two videos...so one at a time. Ailey's Revelations is one of those pieces of choreography that, once, seen, once, experienced, rises up from your experience memory in unexpected ways, at unexpected times...walking down the street, riding the subway, sitting at the dinner table, brushing your hair. It calls forth every emotion every feelingful person has ever experienced. Thankful to YouTube. A few words about it from the Ailey website.

Watch. Listen. Get up and move...wherever you are...

Revelations

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

More than just a popular dance work, it has becomea... more »

On my way to see the Alvin Ailey Troupe perform Revelations at City Center. And Cry. But I can't post two videos...so one at a time. Ailey's Revelations is one of those pieces of choreography that, once, seen, once, experienced, rises up from your experience memory in unexpected ways, at unexpected times...walking down the street, riding the subway, sitting at the dinner table, brushing your hair. It calls forth every emotion every feelingful person has ever experienced. Thankful to YouTube. A few words about it from the Ailey website.

Watch. Listen. Get up and move...wherever you are...

Revelations

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive “I Been ’Buked” to the rousing “Wade in the Water” and the triumphant finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”

Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the African-American cultural heritage —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. But since its premiere in 1960, the ballet has been performed continuously around the globe, transcending barriers of faith and nationality, and appealing to universal emotions, making it the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre:
https://www.alvinailey.org/performances/repertory/revelations

#Revelations #Dance #AlvinAiley___

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2016-12-31 14:44:55 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Went to see The Lion King last night. We are closing out 2016 with an infusion of culture and creativity in this fabulous city of diversity. The last day in December, 2016...the perfect time to be reminded of the conversation between Mufasa, The Lion King, and his young son, Simba, who eventually fill's his father's shoes.

But there are many lessons before that day comes...and much sorrow and much pain from which to learn along the way.

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.
Young Simba: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?
Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the... more »

Went to see The Lion King last night. We are closing out 2016 with an infusion of culture and creativity in this fabulous city of diversity. The last day in December, 2016...the perfect time to be reminded of the conversation between Mufasa, The Lion King, and his young son, Simba, who eventually fill's his father's shoes.

But there are many lessons before that day comes...and much sorrow and much pain from which to learn along the way.

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.
Young Simba: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?
Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
Young Simba: Everything the light touches... But what about that shadowy place?
Mufasa: That's beyond our borders. You must never go there, Simba.
Young Simba: But I thought a king can do whatever he wants.
Mufasa: There's more to being a king than getting your way all the time.
Young Simba: There's more?
Mufasa: [laughing] Simba. ___

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2016-12-29 02:37:38 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Oh My God. She died of a broken heart....

Oh My God. She died of a broken heart....___

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2016-12-27 18:41:08 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

LOVED Carrie Fisher. She was a real Dame. Yeah, one of those! (A Dame is the female equivalent of a Knight...but that's not what I mean). Carrie was smart. Said what was on her mind. Her life was not about relentlessly remaining relentlessly young and relentlessly beautiful.

She was...a Dame. A broad. A Judy Holiday and Carole Lombard kinda Broad. A Bette Davis and Katharin Hepburn kinda Broad.

A goddess...a woman!

Her life was about her use of her brain (she referred to her body as her 'brain bag,' something that carries her brain around...), her wit, her observations about life, about being human...her open and honest observations about herself, her travails, her highs...her lows...are second nature to us now...

...gosh I could write a song. She was one of a kind.

Carrie Fisher, you are immortalized on screen, on stage, in books, on... more »

LOVED Carrie Fisher. She was a real Dame. Yeah, one of those! (A Dame is the female equivalent of a Knight...but that's not what I mean). Carrie was smart. Said what was on her mind. Her life was not about relentlessly remaining relentlessly young and relentlessly beautiful.

She was...a Dame. A broad. A Judy Holiday and Carole Lombard kinda Broad. A Bette Davis and Katharin Hepburn kinda Broad.

A goddess...a woman!

Her life was about her use of her brain (she referred to her body as her 'brain bag,' something that carries her brain around...), her wit, her observations about life, about being human...her open and honest observations about herself, her travails, her highs...her lows...are second nature to us now...

...gosh I could write a song. She was one of a kind.

Carrie Fisher, you are immortalized on screen, on stage, in books, on paper. Does Twitter count?

In this world that is brutal for women, this is the sad loss of a great one.

Preserve your Brains Ladies. It's the Sexiest Sex organ we've got.

RIP CF...
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2016-12-25 18:35:28 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Grumpy the Christmas Gargoyle sends gentle, warm and heartfelt greetings (don't let his grimace fool you...) to all of you. He hopes that you are warm (alas, his Mistress Lady makes him sit outside, in the cold, guarding the front door), safe (gargoyles are very good protection), and in the company of people you love and who love you.

Grumpy also hopes there are delicious things to eat. He ponders the human wonders of garlic masheds, and fresh baked breads, cakes and pies, and wouldn't at all mind if something, just a little something, might be set outside for him on the good china, not in a plastic bowl as is usually the case. After all, Christmas is a festive occasion, and he did put on his best bow tie for the occasion. Might he be rewarded with a little taste?

Then, after dinner, when everyone is inside watching the Ravens and the Steelers or the Chiefs and the Broncos go... more »

Grumpy the Christmas Gargoyle sends gentle, warm and heartfelt greetings (don't let his grimace fool you...) to all of you. He hopes that you are warm (alas, his Mistress Lady makes him sit outside, in the cold, guarding the front door), safe (gargoyles are very good protection), and in the company of people you love and who love you.

Grumpy also hopes there are delicious things to eat. He ponders the human wonders of garlic masheds, and fresh baked breads, cakes and pies, and wouldn't at all mind if something, just a little something, might be set outside for him on the good china, not in a plastic bowl as is usually the case. After all, Christmas is a festive occasion, and he did put on his best bow tie for the occasion. Might he be rewarded with a little taste?

Then, after dinner, when everyone is inside watching the Ravens and the Steelers or the Chiefs and the Broncos go at it, or Golden State and Cleveland if you're an indoor sort of person...when the sun has gone down, and it's hard to see, even though it promises to be a clear star-lit night, he does like a little bit of a nip, not that sour mash Jack Daniels stuff, but, you know, a shot of the Balvenie would do nicely, to get him through a night of warding off bears looking for corncobs and such.

But not to worry, Grump is happy to be part of a family, and to have the honored job of Greeter.

So...Greetings to all and to all a Good Day and a Good and Blessed Night!___

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2016-12-24 20:42:51 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

An empty nest awaits
next year's promise
outside my window

Not far from where the Bumblebee perished,
too soon had it come to sniff
the Lilac buds peaking through last Winter's snow

Close to the birdbath
Should its fledglings be too afraid
to make for the fence post covered with Honeysuckle

Or to venture onto a Spring shoot
of Winter wheat,
strong enough to withstand a young bird's grip

Aware of the Mantis ootheca
hiding in the rose bushes,
for the aphids to feed

Nature knows nothing of Christmas
only the seasons and the years
blending into another

Wondering when we might open our eyes
to the promise
everywhere around us

An empty nest awaits
next year's promise
outside my window

Not far from where the Bumblebee perished,
too soon had it come to sniff
the Lilac buds peaking through last Winter's snow

Close to the birdbath
Should its fledglings be too afraid
to make for the fence post covered with Honeysuckle

Or to venture onto a Spring shoot
of Winter wheat,
strong enough to withstand a young bird's grip

Aware of the Mantis ootheca
hiding in the rose bushes,
for the aphids to feed

Nature knows nothing of Christmas
only the seasons and the years
blending into another

Wondering when we might open our eyes
to the promise
everywhere around us___

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2016-12-23 15:37:53 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

From the lovely Valerie June, comes Astral Plane, the message of which is that we must...give it our all.

Yes. Spending some time on/in the Astral Plane in 2017.

Astral Plane, by Valerie June

Is there a light
You have inside you
Can’t touch

A looking glass
Can only show you
So much

Follow the signs
Slowly but steady
Don’t rush

The day will come
When you are ready
Just trust

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Is there a way
For you to shine
Without fear

From other worlds
But you can’t say what
Keeps you here

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphereBlind, ... more »

From the lovely Valerie June, comes Astral Plane, the message of which is that we must...give it our all.

Yes. Spending some time on/in the Astral Plane in 2017.

Astral Plane, by Valerie June

Is there a light
You have inside you
Can’t touch

A looking glass
Can only show you
So much

Follow the signs
Slowly but steady
Don’t rush

The day will come
When you are ready
Just trust

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Is there a way
For you to shine
Without fear

From other worlds
But you can’t say what
Keeps you here

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Is there a way
For you to give it
Your all

Dreaming a dream
Of sweeter things
Great or small

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Dancing’ on the Astral Plane
In holy water cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see
Blind, but yet you see so clear

#ValerieJune #Astral Plane #WorkingWomansBlues___

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2016-12-20 16:59:01 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I got the last copy of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad at B's & N's yesterday. So looking forward to reading it over the holidays.

“We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland. Be kind to everybody, make art and fight the power,” said Mr. Whitehead at his acceptance speech.

Below are a few links on which to read about The Underground Railroad, which provided a network of secret underground passages for slaves to escape to free states (and Canada).

Yes. Make Art, not War.

The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/the-perilous-lure-of-the-underground-railroad

The Secret History of the Underground Railroad:htt... more »

I got the last copy of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad at B's & N's yesterday. So looking forward to reading it over the holidays.

“We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland. Be kind to everybody, make art and fight the power,” said Mr. Whitehead at his acceptance speech.

Below are a few links on which to read about The Underground Railroad, which provided a network of secret underground passages for slaves to escape to free states (and Canada).

Yes. Make Art, not War.

The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/the-perilous-lure-of-the-underground-railroad

The Secret History of the Underground Railroad:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/the-secret-history-of-the-underground-railroad/384966/

PBS: The Underground Railroad:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2944.html

HistoryNet: The Underground Railroad:
http://www.historynet.com/underground-railroad

#ColsonWhitehead #TheUndergroundRailroad ___

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2016-12-19 12:39:29 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The divine and very funny Patty Smith showed up at MoMA yesterday for a lucky few. She read her poem, Sleep of the Dodo, to underscore the importance of preserving our Planets, and its creatures, for future generations (the Sunday Times featured a photo essay on the plight of polar bears, whose ice-hunting floes are melting...).

I listened to a video of Patty reading the poem several years ago, from which I took the below words. I don't have a printed version, so if I have gotten anything gotten, I am happy to be corrected and will fix it.

Sleep of the Dodo, by Patty Smith

The Dodo is sleeping
Dreaming of himself
Lost in his daily doings
His life mounted in a menagerie of mobile extremes
His children born, and slain for sport
With nary a nod, save the wind
Echoing an old dance tune
Funny squawk - courcoo courcoo
Swept by... more »

The divine and very funny Patty Smith showed up at MoMA yesterday for a lucky few. She read her poem, Sleep of the Dodo, to underscore the importance of preserving our Planets, and its creatures, for future generations (the Sunday Times featured a photo essay on the plight of polar bears, whose ice-hunting floes are melting...).

I listened to a video of Patty reading the poem several years ago, from which I took the below words. I don't have a printed version, so if I have gotten anything gotten, I am happy to be corrected and will fix it.

Sleep of the Dodo, by Patty Smith

The Dodo is sleeping
Dreaming of himself
Lost in his daily doings
His life mounted in a menagerie of mobile extremes
His children born, and slain for sport
With nary a nod, save the wind
Echoing an old dance tune
Funny squawk - courcoo courcoo
Swept by mists into the grotto
The sugar plantation
Funny beaks bobbing the swamps
Dreaming pond
Comic bodies washed up on the craggy shore
Funny bones
Then, no more.

The sun hung,
Beckoned to the clouds
God's bloodshot eyes
Such sad surprise
The Dodo awoke, and seeing them
Slowly closed his own again
Out of this world
Into the indistinct memory of a line
That had forgotten itself.

Patty Smith, in Surprise Appearance at MoMA, Says What's on Her Mind:
http://nyti.ms/2hX8ucA___

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2016-12-18 16:20:01 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Electors: Tomorrow Just Vote for Literally Anyone Else

Made me laugh.
Made me...
Well...

Exhaling...

Electors: Tomorrow Just Vote for Literally Anyone Else

Made me laugh.
Made me...
Well...

Exhaling...___

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2016-12-16 18:01:19 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Flash Back Friday

Backstage eons ago in New York City after a performance of The M104, with my fellow actor Tom Yewell.

The kind of journey I take down memory road when I find a printed photograph I haven't seen in a long, long, long time, is a decidedly different journey than one I might go on simply looking through photos on my iPhone, iPad or computer, where each photo inevitably blends and blurs one into another, all fitting into a technological grid, competing for attention, begging to be seen, tarried upon for just a minute more before the inevitable swipe right discards the last image and replaces it with a new one.

Why did it suddenly appear today? What's the message in that. And how I wish I could bring back the days of film and getting it developed and waiting, and opening up the packages and going through the images and deciding which ones to... more »

Flash Back Friday

Backstage eons ago in New York City after a performance of The M104, with my fellow actor Tom Yewell.

The kind of journey I take down memory road when I find a printed photograph I haven't seen in a long, long, long time, is a decidedly different journey than one I might go on simply looking through photos on my iPhone, iPad or computer, where each photo inevitably blends and blurs one into another, all fitting into a technological grid, competing for attention, begging to be seen, tarried upon for just a minute more before the inevitable swipe right discards the last image and replaces it with a new one.

Why did it suddenly appear today? What's the message in that. And how I wish I could bring back the days of film and getting it developed and waiting, and opening up the packages and going through the images and deciding which ones to frame.

And then there is the whole Black & White aroma of a real photo - Yes, I prefer B&W - the kind you can hold in your hand, forcing me to imagine the colors in my costume. I played, what? a hooker...of course, and the dog is stuffed, otherwise why would I dare hold a cigarette so close to its face, its fur?

Oh, and the conversation about the cigarette - herbal it was - because the NYC Fire Department doesn't allow theatre productions to use real cigarettes so we had to pick an herbal scent that was palatable for the run of the play.

And that real rabbit fur jacket, which I found in a thrift shop...I remember the internal conversation I had trying it on, No, I would never own a rabbit fur jacket, but, Yes, a hooker...this hooker...would, doncha know?

And the leopard skin-patterned leggings, shiny and so tight I could barely get them on (or off) and the spandex black bandeau bra. I have everything somewhere, all but the coat, the earrings and necklace, I remember tucking them into a straw box...where is that box?...and I remember most everything else except how short my hair was, and white nails? Did I really paint my nails white? Clearly I did, but musta been the last time, 'cause I ain't bought no bottle of white nail polish any time since.

I didn't remember painting my nails, but I do remember wearing a pair of stiletto heals, black suede with little colored satin cutouts and a hole for my toes...those were painted red...and worrying that one or both of my heels would get caught in the floor boards, which were never great in those old off-off Broadway theaters, and I imagine tumbling off the stage...just like a hooker toppling into the street...

...in the middle of the night, looking for a trick, a chance to make another buck, hoping her luck will change soon enough, trying to keep her spirits up, never in her wildest dreams did she wake up one day and say to herself, "I want to be a street walker," No, she didn't, and even though it's her reality she still pretends she's a regular girl...

...then one night she gets lucky and a real fella, with manners and charm takes notice..

...and kisses her on the cheek back stage after the show...

...because, thankfully, it was just a play, not a work, not real life...

...at least not that night.

#TheM104 #AllTheWorldsAStage
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2016-12-12 23:11:09 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

But we knew the election was meddled with. James ComeyGate was just one cog in the wheel...

The CIA vs. The FBI?

Interesting...

And Mitch McConnell finally smells a rotten fish:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/us/politics/mcconnell-supports-inquiry-of-russian-hacking-during-election.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

#TROTUSGATE

But we knew the election was meddled with. James ComeyGate was just one cog in the wheel...

The CIA vs. The FBI?

Interesting...

And Mitch McConnell finally smells a rotten fish:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/us/politics/mcconnell-supports-inquiry-of-russian-hacking-during-election.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

#TROTUSGATE___

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2016-12-11 21:27:10 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

TRUMP: “I don’t have to be told ― you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day. I don’t need to be told ... the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.” - Donald Trump, Fox News

Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s ‘Smart:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-intelligence-briefing_us_584d65a5e4b04c8e2bb04195

FREDO CORLEONE: "It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!" The Godfather 

TRUMP: “I don’t have to be told ― you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day. I don’t need to be told ... the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.” - Donald Trump, Fox News

Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s ‘Smart:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-intelligence-briefing_us_584d65a5e4b04c8e2bb04195

FREDO CORLEONE: "It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!" The Godfather ___

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2016-12-07 00:01:10 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

“If you’re an elector, you have to give a moral justification for deviating from a pledge you made. There has to be an overwhelmingly strong reason." -Larry Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, head of Electors Trust, an organization providing "free and strictly confidential legal support to any Elector who wishes to vote their conscience."

If it were possible to crawl inside the brains, minds, hearts and souls of Electors who had pledged to vote for TROTUS, I would bet my last cent that every single one of them has a moral justification to not cast their Electoral Vote for TROTUS.

Whether they have the courage to do that, however, is another matter entirely.

The Electors Trust:
http://www.electorstrust.org/ 

“If you’re an elector, you have to give a moral justification for deviating from a pledge you made. There has to be an overwhelmingly strong reason." -Larry Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, head of Electors Trust, an organization providing "free and strictly confidential legal support to any Elector who wishes to vote their conscience."

If it were possible to crawl inside the brains, minds, hearts and souls of Electors who had pledged to vote for TROTUS, I would bet my last cent that every single one of them has a moral justification to not cast their Electoral Vote for TROTUS.

Whether they have the courage to do that, however, is another matter entirely.

The Electors Trust:
http://www.electorstrust.org/ ___

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2016-12-06 21:13:45 (31 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

What will it take to create Peace? Because, Yes, it does indeed need to be created. Or rather rediscovered. It exists in pockets, in certain places, within certain mindsets, communities, households and friendships. But in other communities, it has so long been covered up, some people don't believe Peace is even remotely possible. They say (about war and religious disagreement), "But 'twas always thus."

So? What if it (is/might be) true that it has always been thus? Why should that stop us from changing it? There was a time when humans couldn't fly...but we did not say, "It has always been thus...so let's not even try." And now we fly sitting in chairs in the sky (thank you, Louis C.K.).

In March of this year I posted about the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., writing that the most moving session I attended was one at which two men,... more »

What will it take to create Peace? Because, Yes, it does indeed need to be created. Or rather rediscovered. It exists in pockets, in certain places, within certain mindsets, communities, households and friendships. But in other communities, it has so long been covered up, some people don't believe Peace is even remotely possible. They say (about war and religious disagreement), "But 'twas always thus."

So? What if it (is/might be) true that it has always been thus? Why should that stop us from changing it? There was a time when humans couldn't fly...but we did not say, "It has always been thus...so let's not even try." And now we fly sitting in chairs in the sky (thank you, Louis C.K.).

In March of this year I posted about the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., writing that the most moving session I attended was one at which two men, Bassam Aramin, a former Palestinian 'terrorist,' and Ali Abu Awwad, a Palestinian man who lost a loved one to the conflict, gave a talk on Advancing Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence.

At the time, I did not imagine that 9 months later the 'election' of DT would inspire so many more Jews and Muslims to join together against hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the United States.

"Vaseem Firdaus, a Muslim who has lived in the United States for 42 years, spent Friday night at a Shabbat dinner for members of a women’s group called the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, in a home here filled with Jewish art and ritual objects."

And:

"The most prominent new initiative is a Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council whose co-chairmen are two Fortune 500 chief executives: Farooq Kathwari, of the furniture company Ethan Allen, who is Muslim, and Stanley Bergman, of the medical products distributor Henry Schein, who is Jewish."

Muslim men and women, and Jewish men and women coming together to create...understanding, and perhaps even eventually Peace.

Who would have thought that such an initiative would be the result of TROTUS-elect?

Silver linings...

Give Peace a Chance:
https://plus.google.com/+GiselleMinoli/posts/7mn8T8Zwdmd?sfc=false

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2016-12-04 22:34:29 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

In case anyone thinks that protesting doesn't do any good...
In case people don't think their voices matter...
In case anyone thought this particular protest was a lost cause...

At Winter's edge, the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux finally win the battle to protect their drinking water. They win against Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, the Army Corp of Engineers, and everyone else who has sought to shut them up, hoping they would just give up, go home, and cede the right to protest to threats against them.

The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was established in 1868. How we treat native American Indian tribes, their lands and their cultures...matters. It matters.

In the end, the name Energy Transfer Partners would signal that there was a transfer of energy of the Standing Rock Sioux kind.

The world works in... more »

In case anyone thinks that protesting doesn't do any good...
In case people don't think their voices matter...
In case anyone thought this particular protest was a lost cause...

At Winter's edge, the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux finally win the battle to protect their drinking water. They win against Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, the Army Corp of Engineers, and everyone else who has sought to shut them up, hoping they would just give up, go home, and cede the right to protest to threats against them.

The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was established in 1868. How we treat native American Indian tribes, their lands and their cultures...matters. It matters.

In the end, the name Energy Transfer Partners would signal that there was a transfer of energy of the Standing Rock Sioux kind.

The world works in mysterious ways.

Halt: Army hits breaks on Dakota Access Pipeline:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Standing Rock Sioux History:
http://standingrock.org/history/

#StandingRockSioux #EnergyTransferPartners

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2016-11-30 19:28:37 (56 comments; 6 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

"He’s going right to the establishment for picking his Cabinet, and this could annoy his base, what does he do? He throws something out for the base. He says, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m going to take away your Citizenship if you burn the American Flag,’ and that’s going to help keep the base loyal to him, even as he – he doesn’t drain the swamp, he’s just bringing in new alligators. Not even new ones…BIGGER alligators.” - Paul Edward Begala, at Minutes 3:00-4:13

The President-Elect of the United States of America, knows nothing about its Constitution...yet he will have the power to appoint Justices of the Supreme Court to uphold, what, exactly? The Constitution of the United States? Or TROTUS's personal version of what he thinks that document says? At the moment, TROTUS's main focus seems to be the systematic dismantling of everyone's Constitutional Rights,not the least of wh... more »

"He’s going right to the establishment for picking his Cabinet, and this could annoy his base, what does he do? He throws something out for the base. He says, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m going to take away your Citizenship if you burn the American Flag,’ and that’s going to help keep the base loyal to him, even as he – he doesn’t drain the swamp, he’s just bringing in new alligators. Not even new ones…BIGGER alligators.” - Paul Edward Begala, at Minutes 3:00-4:13

The President-Elect of the United States of America, knows nothing about its Constitution...yet he will have the power to appoint Justices of the Supreme Court to uphold, what, exactly? The Constitution of the United States? Or TROTUS's personal version of what he thinks that document says? At the moment, TROTUS's main focus seems to be the systematic dismantling of everyone's Constitutional Rights, not the least of which include free speech, the right to protest and to keep one's citizenship...even if they protest by burning the American Flag.

It's way past time for everyone to buy a copy of, and read the Constitution of the United States of America.

#TROTUS #Constitution___

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2016-11-29 12:00:16 (21 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Only one of the many reasons I'm on an anti-troll, anti-nasty hit-and-run comment campaign on social media. IRL/online hate should be unacceptable to everyone in this community, and it's going to take a lot more than just a village to combat it. Don't let this medium be controlled by trolls. Many important voices have gone underground on this medium because the problem is so huge. Don't stand sit idly by and allow that to happen by doing nothing.

Constructive voices should be the loudest voices...don't let them be drowned out by destructive voices.

Join me. Take a strong stand against online hate. Start with Delete & Block. 

Only one of the many reasons I'm on an anti-troll, anti-nasty hit-and-run comment campaign on social media. IRL/online hate should be unacceptable to everyone in this community, and it's going to take a lot more than just a village to combat it. Don't let this medium be controlled by trolls. Many important voices have gone underground on this medium because the problem is so huge. Don't stand sit idly by and allow that to happen by doing nothing.

Constructive voices should be the loudest voices...don't let them be drowned out by destructive voices.

Join me. Take a strong stand against online hate. Start with Delete & Block. ___

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2016-11-27 17:42:42 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

When I travel, I prefer to take photos of people I randomly encounter, rather than of sites I visit. To be sure, I have photographed my share of monuments and parks and churches and bridges, and I imagine I always will, but the reality is that they serve mostly to remind me that I have visited a place, jarring something in my memory about a particular time in my life whenever I go back and review them.

The truth is that my photos of architectural and geographical graces of any particular city can't begin to compare with those taken by the many skilled landscape and architectural photographers whose work I admire.

So I opt instead for wandering places I visit hoping that if I come upon something interesting my reflexes will be quick enough to capture the moment with a respectable degree of positive energy.

It's the difference between going into a dance studio and... more »

When I travel, I prefer to take photos of people I randomly encounter, rather than of sites I visit. To be sure, I have photographed my share of monuments and parks and churches and bridges, and I imagine I always will, but the reality is that they serve mostly to remind me that I have visited a place, jarring something in my memory about a particular time in my life whenever I go back and review them.

The truth is that my photos of architectural and geographical graces of any particular city can't begin to compare with those taken by the many skilled landscape and architectural photographers whose work I admire.

So I opt instead for wandering places I visit hoping that if I come upon something interesting my reflexes will be quick enough to capture the moment with a respectable degree of positive energy.

It's the difference between going into a dance studio and improvising for an hour, as opposed to practicing a piece of choreography until it's perfect. Between planning a gourmet menu for friends, and scratch cooking on a Sunday evening and inviting people in for an impromptu dinner.

The difference between setting up a camera and waiting for the light, the weather, the shadows and sounds to cooperate magically, and taking a picture without planning it, knowing full well I might end up with...nothing.

Such was the day in Siena, Italy many years ago, when I wandered past the always crowded Piazza del Campo and up Via di Città to explore the outskirts of the city, and saw two young women sitting on the steps to the backdoor of the restaurant they worked in, laughing and chatting with such enthusiasm and affection that I had to ask if I could take their picture.

I remember not wanting to interrupt them, and wondering if I should just take the brazen chance of photographing them without asking permission. But I knew it would change the moment, that they would cease being themselves in some way. The street was so crowded with people and I would have to stand very close to them in order to get a clear photograph.

But they were so beautiful, so alive and vibrant that I thought 'Well, maybe they will like having their picture taken...' and I asked them and in that instant of their agreement, I got lucky.

I most love the contrast between these two young women, one with her tennis shoes and simplicity, her friend bejeweled with chandelier earrings, perfectly outlined lips, manicured fingers, and painted toes peaking through lacy black mules.

The way they huddled so close, their bodies touching, one smiling openly, the other more sedate, one whose body was more contained, the other whose physicality was more outstretched, the gentleness of their hand, their bright faces beckoning, the ease of them...'Yes, please, take our picture.'

The ancient city of Siena will always be there, and should I return again, I will wander past the steps of that restaurant and all I will have is my photograph.

These young women don't remember me.

But I will always remember them...and wonder where they are now, what they are doing, and if they are as happy as they seemed to me on that day so long ago during my Summer in Siena.

#Siena___

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2016-11-26 22:24:18 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

TROTUS has nothing to fear. He won. So, this is the perfect opportunity to take the high road, where the view is better. He has said he wants to be everyone's POTUS, and that he wants to bring the divided country together in harmony. So what better way for the winner to do that than back a recount if that can legitimately / legally happen where requested, and then he can get on with running the country.

Because he has nothing to worry about. Because...well...he won.

And it would give him an opportunity to make up for denouncing the diverse cast of Hamilton when it addressed Pence - in a completely heartfelt, passionate and respectful manner - when he attended a performance of the musical last week, asking that Pence hear the cast's plea to ensure diversity, freedom of speech, respect and safety for all Americans.

No worries.

The sort of request that... more »

TROTUS has nothing to fear. He won. So, this is the perfect opportunity to take the high road, where the view is better. He has said he wants to be everyone's POTUS, and that he wants to bring the divided country together in harmony. So what better way for the winner to do that than back a recount if that can legitimately / legally happen where requested, and then he can get on with running the country.

Because he has nothing to worry about. Because...well...he won.

And it would give him an opportunity to make up for denouncing the diverse cast of Hamilton when it addressed Pence - in a completely heartfelt, passionate and respectful manner - when he attended a performance of the musical last week, asking that Pence hear the cast's plea to ensure diversity, freedom of speech, respect and safety for all Americans.

No worries.

The sort of request that confident winners are happy to oblige. Except that instead of giving a nod to the talented Hamilton cast, TROTUS demanded they apologize to Pence.

Now he's given another brilliant opportunity to get traction and show those who didn't vote for him that he's not afraid and that when some people go low...he will always go high.

This is a no-brainer.

#TROTUS #Recount #Hamilton___

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2016-11-25 19:46:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Courtesy of +Denis Labelle reminding us all to commit to eliminating violence against women. This not a feminist movement...it is a human rights issue...for every human being on planet (Mother) Earth was born of the womb of a woman.

If we contemplate that, and hold our commitment to protecting women in our hearts, our minds, our souls, we could replace violence against women...with respect for women.

Yes, let's...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November)
"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — +Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
___Courtesy of +Denis Labelle reminding us all to commit to eliminating violence against women. This not a feminist movement...it is a human rights issue...for every human being on planet (Mother) Earth was born of the womb of a woman.

If we contemplate that, and hold our commitment to protecting women in our hearts, our minds, our souls, we could replace violence against women...with respect for women.

Yes, let's...

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2016-11-24 16:55:43 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. 'Tis a day to share what we have with others. A reminder to thank, and to give.

Thanksgiving, c. 1935
Doris Lee
American, 1905-1983
Oil on canvas

"Doris Lee’s bustling scene of women preparing a Thanksgiving feast became the object of national headlines when it was first exhibited at the Art Institute in 1935 and won the prestigious Logan Purchase Prize. The themes of Thanksgiving, rural customs, and family life, which Lee painted in a deliberately folksy manner, would have had great appeal to a country still in the midst of the Depression. Yet Josephine Logan, the donor of the prize, condemned the work’s broad, exaggerated style, founding the conservative “Sanity in Art” movement in response. This controversy only brought Lee fame, and Thanksgiving has been recognized as one of the most popular nostalgic views ofthis Am... more »

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. 'Tis a day to share what we have with others. A reminder to thank, and to give.

Thanksgiving, c. 1935
Doris Lee
American, 1905-1983
Oil on canvas

"Doris Lee’s bustling scene of women preparing a Thanksgiving feast became the object of national headlines when it was first exhibited at the Art Institute in 1935 and won the prestigious Logan Purchase Prize. The themes of Thanksgiving, rural customs, and family life, which Lee painted in a deliberately folksy manner, would have had great appeal to a country still in the midst of the Depression. Yet Josephine Logan, the donor of the prize, condemned the work’s broad, exaggerated style, founding the conservative “Sanity in Art” movement in response. This controversy only brought Lee fame, and Thanksgiving has been recognized as one of the most popular nostalgic views of this American ritual since that time." — Permanent collection label, The Art Institute of Chicago

#DorisLee #Thanksgiving2016___

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2016-11-23 15:53:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

What is a photograph to you?
Visual decoration?
A recorded moment in time?
A memory?
Fine art?

I was interested to move from image to image in Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential Images of All Times. Some of them were new to me, most I had seen before, and the details of others were so etched in my brain it was as though I see them every day, so familiar to me are they still.

I was curious to ponder why some were more compelling to me than others - I have a preference for black & white photography - why a few didn't 'grab' me emotionally or intellectually, and why I wanted to zoom in to certain details on others.

I stopped cold at a few, remembering where I was geographically when the image first appeared, at what stage of my life I was in, at what age, where I was in my work, my personal relationships.

A... more »

What is a photograph to you?
Visual decoration?
A recorded moment in time?
A memory?
Fine art?

I was interested to move from image to image in Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential Images of All Times. Some of them were new to me, most I had seen before, and the details of others were so etched in my brain it was as though I see them every day, so familiar to me are they still.

I was curious to ponder why some were more compelling to me than others - I have a preference for black & white photography - why a few didn't 'grab' me emotionally or intellectually, and why I wanted to zoom in to certain details on others.

I stopped cold at a few, remembering where I was geographically when the image first appeared, at what stage of my life I was in, at what age, where I was in my work, my personal relationships.

A few from the (relatively) early days of photography are wondrous - Mathew Brady's 1860 portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and Eadweard Muybridge's 1878 series of The Horse in Motion.

A few are purely beautiful (to me) - W. Eugene Smith's Country Doctor, taken in 1948, and Malick Sidebe's Nuit de Noel from 1963.

Some are of old friends - Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh, Margaret Bourke-White's portrait of Ghandi and the Spinning Wheel, and Ron Gallela's Windblown Jackie.

But mostly I was struck by the fact that fully 1/2 of these photographs were of scenes of war, social unrest, political tragedy, violence and human dismay.

Photojournalism is represented here, in Nick Ut's The Terror of War, from 1962. And Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother from 1936. Who among us doesn't know these images?

There is also Fine Art photography represented here, in Andres Serrano's Immersions: Piss Christ, and Henri Cartier-Bresson's Behind the Gare Sant-Lazare.

But the lines between photojournalism, fine art photography and celebrity portraiture, fade, blur and disappear as my mind wanders from photo to photo, remembering years of life and experiences shared with people around the world...

...all of it recorded by photographers capturing moments we should never forget, some of them beautiful, wondrous and smile-inducing, others painful, agonizing and horrifying.

Take your own journey if you will. You can click on each photograph for a fuller story behind the circumstances of its taking.

Why only 100? Well, this is just Time's list...and I am sure there are many others.

If you are interested...or so inclined...I would love to know which images raise the goosebumps on your own arms, which make you smile, gasp...think...dream.

Thank you...
#Photography #100Photographs___

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2016-11-21 20:00:13 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

This...is just one of the many horrors the so-called-election of DT has called up from the bottom of the swamp...

"But now his tone changed as he began to tell the audience of more than 200 people, mostly young men, what they had been waiting to hear. He railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.”" - Joseph Goldstein, The NY Times

"In 11 hours of speeches and panel discussions in a federal building named after Ronald Reagan a few blocks from the White House, a succession of speakers had laid out a harsh vision for the future, but had denounced violence and said that Hispaniccitizen... more »

This...is just one of the many horrors the so-called-election of DT has called up from the bottom of the swamp...

"But now his tone changed as he began to tell the audience of more than 200 people, mostly young men, what they had been waiting to hear. He railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.”" - Joseph Goldstein, The NY Times

"In 11 hours of speeches and panel discussions in a federal building named after Ronald Reagan a few blocks from the White House, a succession of speakers had laid out a harsh vision for the future, but had denounced violence and said that Hispanic citizens and black Americans had nothing to fear. "

So....Hispanic citizens and black Americans have nothing to fear but Jews and Muslims should be afraid?___

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2016-11-20 16:30:29 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Hamilton’ Had Some Unscripted Lines for Pence. Trump Wasn’t Happy. And, Wow, what a missed opportunity for TROTUS/PENCE to put an entire country's fears to rest.

By now many, most, perhaps all of you have heard that Vice President-elect Pence attended a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical, immediately after the applause for which he thought he could make a hasty exist with his bodyguards entourage. Pence fancied he was merely out for an evening of Broadway entertainment, having apparently missed entirely the fact that Hamilton is a) a HIP-HOP (Booga Booga) musical based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, b) an exploration of the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton c) a politcal, social and cultural play, d) a work of art, and, finally, e) Yes, entertainment, in which the roles of Founding Fathers andother... more »

Hamilton’ Had Some Unscripted Lines for Pence. Trump Wasn’t Happy. And, Wow, what a missed opportunity for TROTUS/PENCE to put an entire country's fears to rest.

By now many, most, perhaps all of you have heard that Vice President-elect Pence attended a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical, immediately after the applause for which he thought he could make a hasty exist with his bodyguards entourage. Pence fancied he was merely out for an evening of Broadway entertainment, having apparently missed entirely the fact that Hamilton is a) a HIP-HOP (Booga Booga) musical based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton, b) an exploration of the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton c) a politcal, social and cultural play, d) a work of art, and, finally, e) Yes, entertainment, in which the roles of Founding Fathers and other characters are played by Black and Latino Actors. Yes. Black and Latino actors. As in non-white actors, to be specific.

Ahem...

Scared yet?

One would think this type of play would have had Mike Pence running for the hills. But, you see, he thought it was just cool entertainment. A Musical Tour de Force. Groovy to tell his bodyguards entourage that he'd been to the hippest show on Broadway in years.

Wrong. Sad. Loser.

Given the onslaught of threats against immigrants, hispanics, women, African Americans, the LGBTQ community before and since the Election, at the end of the play, the actors had this message for Pence:

"We have a guest in the audience this evening. Vice President Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments. There is nothing to boo here, Ladies and Gentlemen, there is nothing to boo here. We're all here sharing a story of love. We have a message for you sir, and we hope that you will hear us out. And I encourage everybody here to pull out your phones and Tweet and Post, because this message needs to be spread far and wide, OK? Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you here, and we truly thank you here at Hamilton: An American Musical, we really do. We, sir, we are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and to work on behalf of all of us. ALL OF US. Again, we truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations." Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, on behalf of the broadway cast of Hamilton: An American Musical

Perhaps Pence didn't know he was in for an evening of political entertainment put on my a racially diverse cast. But if he didn't know, that would fall under the category of thinking a musical is 'just entertainment,' and therefore no research is necessary.

So, stunned that the cast would dare address him after the performance, Pence acquiesced to hear Dixon's words, then left, told his 'boss' what had happened, which inspired the Boss Man to Bird Call Out a demand for an apology from the cast.

An apology for doing what actors, performers, artists, poets, writers, musicians, singers, songwriters, painters, sculptors do: Ask us to look, watch, listen, hear, think, feel, consider and take in the world in which we live...in order to be more human.

As a former actor and theatre director, I could give you dozens of pithy quotes about the power of the theatre, but I'll settle on just a few:

"When you come into the theatre, you have to be willing to say, 'We're all here to undergo a communion, to find out what the hell is going on in this world.' If you're not willing to say that, what you get is entertainment instead of art, and poor entertainment at that." –David Mamet, playwright, author, screenwriter

"The arts are the only things that separate us from the other animals. The arts are not decorative…They are essential to our comprehension of consciousness and ourselves." –Edward Albee, playwright

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven stages." –From As You Like it, by William Shakespeare

"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul." –George Bernard Shaw

"I believe in the American theatre. I believe in its power to inform about the human condition, its power to heal…its power to uncover the truths we wrestle from uncertain and sometimes unyielding realities." –August Wilson

“The theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.” - John Steinbeck

Mike Pence, had he any decency about him, should have stood at the back of the theatre and told the entire audience and cast:

"Thank you for this fabulous show. I had a wonderful time. You made me think. And I assure you I am listening. We are listening. We hear you."

And TROTUS, instead of trying to silence artists in the United States of America, should have said:

"Lin-Manuel Miranda has created a work of art, a play, a musical, about our Founding Fathers that every man, woman and child should be able to see, listent to, read and study. Thank you, Lin-Manuel, and your diverse and brilliant cast, for BEING on stage what America is all about."

But they didn't. Because, you know...it's all just about entertainment - singin' and dancin and costumes and stuff - for them. Nothing real happening there on that stage, or anywhere else for that matter. Just a way to pass an evening's time then get back to being a bigot, a racist, a homphobe, a xenophobe, a white nationalist.

Download the music for Hamilton: An American Musical and listen to it in your car, at the gym, wherever you might be. You'll be rapping it before you know it. And watch the below to get a taste. And then learn about Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Don't be a Putz Pence.

Love the theatre.

Support diversity in the theatre.

It can change your life.

Lin-Manuel Miranda performaning "Alexander Hamilton" at the White House:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8_ARd4oKiI

Lin-Manuel Miranda website:
http://www.linmanuel.com/

In the Heights:
#HamiltonAnAmericanMusical #LinManuelMiranda #Pence #TROTUS #InTheHeights

‘Hamilton’ Cast’s Appeal to Pence Ignites Showdown With Trump:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/us/politics/hamilton-cast-mike-pence-donald-trump.html?ribbon-ad-idx=4&rref=politics&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&pgtype=article___

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2016-11-17 21:51:43 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I wonder if this type of fine will apply to 'unqualified' children of Trump working in the White House...given that son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is trying to figure out how to become White House employed (ummm, should I say TROTUS-employed?) (see links below)...

"Inside JPMorgan, they called it the "Sons and Daughters" program. Authorities now describe it as "corruption, plain and simple. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) improperly hired the "unqualified" children of China's ruling elite to win lucrative business from the country's key decision makers, authorities alleged on Thursday. Regulators slapped JPMorgan with $264 million in fines and said the bank "corruptly influenced government officials" with its hiring and internship tactics in China."

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, explores joining administration:... more »

I wonder if this type of fine will apply to 'unqualified' children of Trump working in the White House...given that son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is trying to figure out how to become White House employed (ummm, should I say TROTUS-employed?) (see links below)...

"Inside JPMorgan, they called it the "Sons and Daughters" program. Authorities now describe it as "corruption, plain and simple. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) improperly hired the "unqualified" children of China's ruling elite to win lucrative business from the country's key decision makers, authorities alleged on Thursday. Regulators slapped JPMorgan with $264 million in fines and said the bank "corruptly influenced government officials" with its hiring and internship tactics in China."

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, explores joining administration:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Trump will have wide latitude to let family into government's secret circles:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/us/politics/jared-kushner-trump-family.html?rref=collection%2Fnewseventcollection%2FThe%20Trump%20White%20House&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=Collection&region=Marginalia&src=me&version=newsevent&pgtype=article

#TROTUS #Nepotism #NepoTrumpitism___

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2016-11-17 02:22:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I don't know about anyone else, but...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

There's sort of a lovely rhythm one can get into, as in a Horton Technique class accompanied by a Bango drummer...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

Or a Ronde de Jambe to the front, Ronde de Jambe to the back...in the middle of the dance floor...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

It's like music. It's like dance. It's like painting.

Eliminate all of the notes and all of the steps and all of the brush strokes that don't work.

Delete & Block
Delete & Block...

But you have to practice every day, or it's easy to forget how to do it.

I don't know about anyone else, but...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

There's sort of a lovely rhythm one can get into, as in a Horton Technique class accompanied by a Bango drummer...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

Or a Ronde de Jambe to the front, Ronde de Jambe to the back...in the middle of the dance floor...

Delete & Block
Delete & Block

It's like music. It's like dance. It's like painting.

Eliminate all of the notes and all of the steps and all of the brush strokes that don't work.

Delete & Block
Delete & Block...

But you have to practice every day, or it's easy to forget how to do it.___

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2016-11-14 20:49:34 (40 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Thank you, James Comey. I hope you are sleeping well these nights. This will be your legacy.

NYTimes: Amid Outrage Over Stephen Bannon, F.B.I. Reports Surge in Hate Crimes

Thank you, James Comey. I hope you are sleeping well these nights. This will be your legacy.

NYTimes: Amid Outrage Over Stephen Bannon, F.B.I. Reports Surge in Hate Crimes___

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2016-11-13 17:48:03 (22 comments; 56 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

New York City
The High Line
November 13, 2016

I Want A Dyke For President (1992)
By Zoe Leonard, artist, activist, member of Fierce Pussy

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployedand... more »

New York City
The High Line
November 13, 2016

I Want A Dyke For President (1992)
By Zoe Leonard, artist, activist, member of Fierce Pussy

I want a dyke for president. I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harrassed and gay-bashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

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#ZoeLeonard #FiercePussy #TheHighLine #IWantADykeForPresident #HillaryClinton #POTUS2016 #NotMyPresident
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2016-11-10 15:08:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain

"A billion years ago, two black holes collided. They released as much energy in a tenth of a second as ten times all the energy radiated by all the stars in the universe at that time. That created a ripple through the fabric of space and time moving at the speed of light - a gravitational wave. There it was. A billion years ago on Earth our ancestors were single-celled organisms trying to evolve into something more ambitious than microorganisms. A half a billion years ago, the Cambrian Explosion of life...life got interesting...it developed limbs, eyes, locomotion. After that, fast forward, we have the dinosaurs. By the way, this ripple through the fabric of space and time is still moving through space...at the speed of light. So, sixty-five million years ago, the giant lizards that we call Dinosaurs went extinct when an asteroid hit, and our mammal ancestors,... more »

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain

"A billion years ago, two black holes collided. They released as much energy in a tenth of a second as ten times all the energy radiated by all the stars in the universe at that time. That created a ripple through the fabric of space and time moving at the speed of light - a gravitational wave. There it was. A billion years ago on Earth our ancestors were single-celled organisms trying to evolve into something more ambitious than microorganisms. A half a billion years ago, the Cambrian Explosion of life...life got interesting...it developed limbs, eyes, locomotion. After that, fast forward, we have the dinosaurs. By the way, this ripple through the fabric of space and time is still moving through space...at the speed of light. So, sixty-five million years ago, the giant lizards that we call Dinosaurs went extinct when an asteroid hit, and our mammal ancestors, previously scurrying underfoot avoiding being hors d'oeuvres for T-Rex, could now rise up and occupy this niche freshly pried open by this asteroid. So, this mammal branch would create a subset known as Primates, and some of those Primates became Human, and in the community of Humans, we developed big brains, the capacity to communicate...civilization...and we birthed someone called Albert Einstein. In 1916 he advanced the General Theory of Relativity, predicting the existence of these gravitaty waves. At that point, that gravity wave was 100 light years from Earth and still headed our way. 100 years later...last year...at the end of last year, that wave washed over the Earth, just as we were able to turn on detectors to notice that that would happen in the first place, and we used lasers to do so, that were first predicted by Einstein back in...back in....Einstein laid down the equations for the development of the laser and 100 years later we discovered Gravitational Waves using lasers. And so...I'm just saying..."

We have to #MakeAmericaSmartAgain

#MakeAmericaSmartAgain #NeilDeGrasseTyson #StephenColbert___

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