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Hanna Silver32,321@110051010103763256318 is a band consisting of @106684055695094351492 and @117660482641811999814 . A crowd funding campaign is being run to release their new album at http://pozible.com/tpos . If we get 25 supporters by Saturday 1.30pm (Melbourne time), Hanna will do a special crab dance to one of the new Prince Of Seagulls songs! $10 gets you a digital download of the album. $20 gets you the CD mailed to you. Plus more perks for high rollers!Hanna dances for The Prince Of Seagulls crowd funding campaign!2014-05-31 05:30:0037  
NASA3,047,556Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008295  

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2017-02-21 06:46:19 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Milo's childish, attention-seeking trolling has finally crossed so far over the line that even he realises that he's made a big mistake:
"In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”

Most reshares: 25

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2017-02-22 22:57:47 (15 comments; 25 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

The best article that has, or even could be written on the fall of Milo, & the psychology of his Lost Boys of the alt-right. A truly delicious piece of writing:
Whatever anyone claims, it’s hard to shake off being run out of town by 3,000 people screaming that you’re a Nazi. It’s the sort of thing that gives everyone but the coldest sociopath at least a little pause, and most of this crew don’t have the gumption or street smarts to function outside of a Reddit forum. They’re not the flint-eyed skinheads that many anti-fascists are used to fighting. I’m not a brawler, but I’d wager that these kids could be knocked down with a well-aimed stack of explanatory pamphlets, thus resolving decades of debate about whether it’s better to punch or to reason with racists.
+Yonatan Zunger

Most plusones: 71

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2017-02-14 22:50:19 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-24 12:24:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Addams Trumble Family

Sneaky Grandmama Dutton at the back.___The Addams Trumble Family

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2017-02-24 10:21:27 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

In another sign that the GOP is cleaning their house of Alt-right scum, CPAC has kicked out that most punchable Nazi in America, Richard Spencer.
Bizarrely, though, they're claiming that the problems with the Alt-right are, somehow, due to infiltration by the Left: The alt-right, which "had been used for a long time in a very good and normal way," had been "hijacked [by a] hate-filled, left-wing fascist group," Schneider said. "We must not allow them to be normalized. They are not part of us."

In another sign that the GOP is cleaning their house of Alt-right scum, CPAC has kicked out that most punchable Nazi in America, Richard Spencer.
Bizarrely, though, they're claiming that the problems with the Alt-right are, somehow, due to infiltration by the Left: The alt-right, which "had been used for a long time in a very good and normal way," had been "hijacked [by a] hate-filled, left-wing fascist group," Schneider said. "We must not allow them to be normalized. They are not part of us."___

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2017-02-24 09:08:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is important, people.

Ahem.

But the resistance will not be successful unless it is intersectional. Trans rights affect women. They affect men. They affect people in between and outside the binary. They affect white people and people of color. They affect people who are Christian and Muslim and Jewish and atheist. They affect people who are poor, people who are disabled, and people who are LGB or Q. Because people who are transgender exist under all those categories, and more.___This is important, people.

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2017-02-24 09:07:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 


https://twitter.com/peterdaou/status/834968564272611329

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Peter Daou @peterdaou

1. THREAD. On the power structure of Team Trump. Bannon pulled back the curtain today. Here's what we learned... It's not comforting. (1/17)

2. Steve Bannon is the brains behind it all. He sees himself as a political/social philosopher with a radical vision to remake America.

3. Donald Trump is the front man who keeps his true believers riled up so he and Bannon can use them as leverage to wield more power.

4. Reince Priebus is the manager, an operator with limited autonomy whose job is to keep the White House functioning. And he's frustrated.

5. Kellyanne Conway and the Trump family are Trump's anchors in the chaos. But Conway is expendable despite her loyalty. And she knows it.

6. The military guys... more »


https://twitter.com/peterdaou/status/834968564272611329

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Peter Daou @peterdaou

1. THREAD. On the power structure of Team Trump. Bannon pulled back the curtain today. Here's what we learned... It's not comforting. (1/17)

2. Steve Bannon is the brains behind it all. He sees himself as a political/social philosopher with a radical vision to remake America.

3. Donald Trump is the front man who keeps his true believers riled up so he and Bannon can use them as leverage to wield more power.

4. Reince Priebus is the manager, an operator with limited autonomy whose job is to keep the White House functioning. And he's frustrated.

5. Kellyanne Conway and the Trump family are Trump's anchors in the chaos. But Conway is expendable despite her loyalty. And she knows it.

6. The military guys (Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, etc.) are busy trying to preserve their reputations by disagreeing with Trump when possible.

7. Stephen Miller is Bannon's eager lieutenant, but his influence goes only as far as Bannon allows. Too young, too self-important.

8. Sean Spicer is a flack, a traditional GOP operative whose days are numbered if you believe Beltway chatter. Not a vision guy.

9. Per Bannon, cabinet chiefs are figureheads for a devious & destructive strategy: Put people in charge who will gut their own departments.

10. Pence is POTUS-in-waiting, conducting a shadow campaign for the presidency, positioning himself to take over if/when scandal erupts.

11. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders are playing a dangerous game of chicken, betting they can contain (and use) Trump.

12. There are a few other lawyers, officials, friends, etc. who are loyal, but none have real power. Bannon overrides them if he wants.

13. Any of these people could be leaking the inner workings of the White House. Palace intrigue is thick. Unpredictability rules.

14. The main checks on Bannon/Trump are: The judiciary, the intel community, the people. Democratic leaders are left twisting in the wind.

15. The media squandered their credibility during the election, helping to elect Trump by vilifying Hillary. Their impact is curtailed.

16. So here we are. Anything can happen, from trudging along as we have been, to a dramatic crackdown on free speech and a major war.

17. The best course of action for those who oppose this extreme agenda is to speak out, peacefully protest, donate to orgs, call reps...___

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2017-02-23 18:39:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

At least they are honest about installing driver on Windows ;) Large image/credit https://i.redd.it/7t84tw9s3ghy.png … 

At least they are honest about installing driver on Windows ;) Large image/credit https://i.redd.it/7t84tw9s3ghy.png … ___

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2017-02-22 22:57:47 (15 comments; 25 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

The best article that has, or even could be written on the fall of Milo, & the psychology of his Lost Boys of the alt-right. A truly delicious piece of writing:
Whatever anyone claims, it’s hard to shake off being run out of town by 3,000 people screaming that you’re a Nazi. It’s the sort of thing that gives everyone but the coldest sociopath at least a little pause, and most of this crew don’t have the gumption or street smarts to function outside of a Reddit forum. They’re not the flint-eyed skinheads that many anti-fascists are used to fighting. I’m not a brawler, but I’d wager that these kids could be knocked down with a well-aimed stack of explanatory pamphlets, thus resolving decades of debate about whether it’s better to punch or to reason with racists.
+Yonatan Zunger

The best article that has, or even could be written on the fall of Milo, & the psychology of his Lost Boys of the alt-right. A truly delicious piece of writing:
Whatever anyone claims, it’s hard to shake off being run out of town by 3,000 people screaming that you’re a Nazi. It’s the sort of thing that gives everyone but the coldest sociopath at least a little pause, and most of this crew don’t have the gumption or street smarts to function outside of a Reddit forum. They’re not the flint-eyed skinheads that many anti-fascists are used to fighting. I’m not a brawler, but I’d wager that these kids could be knocked down with a well-aimed stack of explanatory pamphlets, thus resolving decades of debate about whether it’s better to punch or to reason with racists.
+Yonatan Zunger___

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2017-02-22 13:33:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-22 12:38:03 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Can you help shut down Trump's enablers?

While the DNC twiddles it's thumbs, there are a couple of critical elections coming up, as listed here https://www.flippable.org/upcoming-elections/

There are several special elections for a variety of reasons this year.

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Delaware's 10th State Senate District
Democrats will lose control of the State Senate if they lose one more seat to Republicans, making the 10th district crucial. The district is very close, won by an incumbent Democrat in 2014 by only 267 votes.

The election will be held on February 25th, with Democrat Stephanie Hansen facing off against Republican John Marino and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer.

Georgia's 6th U.S. Congressional District
The 6th District is historically Republican; however, Hillary lost there by only one point, suggesting an incredible opportunity for Democrats. Jon Ossoff is the most viable Democratic candidate, with endorsements from John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

The election will be held on April 18th. Stand with Jon and flip a seat.

Michigan's 31st State Senate District
Michigan will be a key state in the 2020 presidential elections. By flipping Michigan's state legislature—beginning with this seat—we can significantly improve our chances in 2020. The chance for upsets in well-resourced special elections makes this a target race.

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The page includes further links for joining or donating to the campaigns in question!

___Can you help shut down Trump's enablers?

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2017-02-22 12:19:45 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"The Sydney man, who was revealed yesterday as the party’s biggest ever donor, said he had no interest in policy and was happy to leave the running of the party to others."

"The Sydney man, who was revealed yesterday as the party’s biggest ever donor, said he had no interest in policy and was happy to leave the running of the party to others."___

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2017-02-22 01:43:03 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

VIa +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan

Every coal mine is doing us damage.___VIa +John Hardy not a Turnbull fan

2017-02-21 07:07:53 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Today I learned about the fascinating Japanese term: "gaijin-smash".
Via: +Mike DeSimone

Today I learned about the fascinating Japanese term: "gaijin-smash".
Via: +Mike DeSimone___

2017-02-21 06:46:19 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Milo's childish, attention-seeking trolling has finally crossed so far over the line that even he realises that he's made a big mistake:
"In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”

Milo's childish, attention-seeking trolling has finally crossed so far over the line that even he realises that he's made a big mistake:
"In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”___

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2017-02-21 01:38:44 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

And now we know what it takes for pro-Right troll to be shunned by the Right. It turns out that advocating child molestation will do the job.

And in yet more amusing news for the day, apparently there is still one line in polite society that you can get in trouble for crossing. Milo Minderbinder Yiannoupolos' defense of pedophilia (how "inter-generational relationships" are often crucial to the development of young people, especially among gay men, and it just goes on from there into a sort of NAMBLA manifesto) has gotten him disinvited from CPAC and his book deal cancelled.

Twitter is currently a mass of people saying "I was fine with him before, but this is too much!," of people replying on the lines of "wait, you were fine with the doxxing of trans students, and the abuse campaigns against game developers, and all the racist and violent speech, but this you're not OK with?," and a lot of other people (myself included) just shaking our heads and saying "OK, apparently this is what it takes for people to notice that he is not a nice guy."

But let's not dwell on that! Let's instead enjoy a seasonally appropriate recipe from +John Scalzi​. Mmm, Schadenfreude Pie...

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2006/09/26/how-to-make-a-schadenfreude-pie/___And now we know what it takes for pro-Right troll to be shunned by the Right. It turns out that advocating child molestation will do the job.

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2017-02-20 22:46:55 (24 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Best new Alt-Trump title: "Gropenfuhrer".

Best new Alt-Trump title: "Gropenfuhrer".___

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2017-02-20 22:18:00 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

A study has just shown that legalising same-sex marriage literally saves lives!

It's really nice to be able to share good news for once. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics studied the effect of same-sex marriage laws on teen suicide rates. They looked at 32 different US states which changed their laws at different times, as a way of disentangling this effect from other effects.

The net result? Legalizing same-sex marriage leads to a 7% overall drop in teen suicide attempts, and a 14% drop among LGBT teens.

It turns out that being publicly told that you're an accepted member of society and not a pariah does make a difference in people's lives, especially teenagers. Who woulda thunk?

But the upshot of this is: All of you who worked on this, in one way or another? You just saved some lives. Well done.

The article itself is available online: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2604258

(NB: For clarity, that's a 7% drop in the rate, not a seven percentage point drop drop. We should be so lucky as to have any one thing eliminate seven percentage points. As a baseline, a weighted 8.6% of all high school students, and 28.5% of LGBT high school students, attempted suicide in the year before same-sex marriage legalization. Suicide is the second most common cause of death among people aged 15-24 in the US.

For those who want technical notes: The paper seems to have done a very careful job on statistics, testing a wide variety of alternate hypotheses and ruling them out from the data. One test worth calling out: the two-year leading indicator (suicide rates two years prior to law changes) was not correlated to suicide rates, indicating that this was not triggered by general changes in the state which were also leading to this; the two-year trailing indicator (two years after), however, was correlated, with the same correlation as the immediate future, indicating a lasting effect rather than a one-off.)___A study has just shown that legalising same-sex marriage literally saves lives!

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2017-02-20 12:32:14 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

http://wondermark.com/c1203/

http://wondermark.com/c1203/___

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2017-02-20 11:16:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Do journalists dream of electric cats?

Do journalists dream of electric cats?___

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2017-02-20 10:26:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

How to fuck with a fast food place.

How to fuck with a fast food place.___

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2017-02-18 12:58:29 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Families continue to flee America for sanctuary in Canada.
Man, the USA is starting to turn into Soviet Russia.

Families continue to flee America for sanctuary in Canada.
Man, the USA is starting to turn into Soviet Russia.___

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2017-02-18 03:14:05 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Putin's investment in the Trump campaign is already paying off for him. Meanwhile, other nations are busily getting a free ride on Trump's stupidity:
"The corollary is that Trump is ripe to be played. Give the boy a lollipop and he won’t notice if you steal his lunch. The Japanese gave Trump a new jobs announcement he could take to the Midwest, and in return they got presidential attention and coddling that other governments would have died for.
If you want to roll the Trump administration, you’ve got to get in line. The Israelis got a possible one-state solution. The Chinese got Trump to flip-flop on the “One China” policy. The Europeans got him to do a 180 on undoing the Iran nuclear deal.
Vladimir Putin was born for a moment such as this. He is always pushing the envelope. After gifting Team Trump with a little campaign help, the Russian state media has suddenlyturned ... more »

Putin's investment in the Trump campaign is already paying off for him. Meanwhile, other nations are busily getting a free ride on Trump's stupidity:
"The corollary is that Trump is ripe to be played. Give the boy a lollipop and he won’t notice if you steal his lunch. The Japanese gave Trump a new jobs announcement he could take to the Midwest, and in return they got presidential attention and coddling that other governments would have died for.
If you want to roll the Trump administration, you’ve got to get in line. The Israelis got a possible one-state solution. The Chinese got Trump to flip-flop on the “One China” policy. The Europeans got him to do a 180 on undoing the Iran nuclear deal.
Vladimir Putin was born for a moment such as this. He is always pushing the envelope. After gifting Team Trump with a little campaign help, the Russian state media has suddenly turned on Trump and Russian planes are buzzing U.S. ships. The bear is going to grab what it can."
Via +Cindy Brown___

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2017-02-18 00:38:29 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-17 06:39:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-17 04:55:54 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

You bet I will be taking part!
Via +Cindy Brown 

___You bet I will be taking part!
Via +Cindy Brown 

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2017-02-17 04:49:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Defend Planned Parenthood

Status: ONGOING

CONTACTS

The Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121
You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your 5-digit Zip code (or speak your state name in the case of Senators)
- For your Representative, only 1 choice will be offered - press 1.
- For your Senators, select 1 or 2 to be connected to whichever one you want to contact. (If you're trying to communicate your opinion about a vote, you'll probably want to call back and select the other as well.)

There are toll free numbers for
SENATE: 1-866-985-2543
HOUSE: 1-866-948-8977
that behave the same way as verified by another caller. In the case of the Senate number, you will be patched through to your senior senator on the... more »

Defend Planned Parenthood

Status: ONGOING

CONTACTS

The Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121
You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your 5-digit Zip code (or speak your state name in the case of Senators)
- For your Representative, only 1 choice will be offered - press 1.
- For your Senators, select 1 or 2 to be connected to whichever one you want to contact. (If you're trying to communicate your opinion about a vote, you'll probably want to call back and select the other as well.)

There are toll free numbers for
SENATE: 1-866-985-2543
HOUSE: 1-866-948-8977
that behave the same way as verified by another caller. In the case of the Senate number, you will be patched through to your senior senator on the first call and then on the second call to your junior senator.


TALKING POINTS

* Planned Parenthood provides a wide array of healthcare services for women, including contraception, prenatal care, pregnancy tests, breast cancer screening and so on.
* Closing PP clinics frequently means NO health care clinics available for many poor women. This becomes a taxpayer cost when they land indigent in local emergency rooms.
* Most of PP federal monies come from reimbursement through the medicare program.
* The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal monies used toward abortion.
* Of PP's budget, 3% goes toward abortion (again, none of which is federally funded). So cutting PP funding will mostly eliminate OTHER vital services, NOT abortion at all.
* Multiple national polls show strong support for PP
* Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) may be vulnerable in upcoming elections. If they are your senators, definitely point this out.

Planned Parenthood made the following observation, which I think is quite true:
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. Their true intent is to block millions of people who rely on Medicaid from PP health centers. <https://twitter.com/PPact/status/817083691906244608>

You may be put on hold for a bit, but eventually you should be connected with a staffer and be able to speak your piece. Remember, BE POLITE as these folks are probably being overwhelmed with calls.

I recommend writing down what you want to say before calling. Having at least a list of the points you want to mention will help make the call go smoothly and efficiently. And, again, BE POLITE.


ISSUE

Congressional Republicans have tried for years to zero out all federal funding for Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortion services. The issue helped trigger a 16-day government shutdown in 2013, and Democrats and President Barack Obama insisted any provision targeting the group be removed from a bill to fund federal agencies.

Another effort to defund the group will spur another high-profile clash and could be a tough vote for some moderate Republicans such as Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has opposed past efforts.

The vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood does receive funds preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests, breast cancer screening and other womens health care services. Democrats also point out that much of the money the group received is through the Medicaid program, which reimburses health care clinics that provide care to those covered by the federal program.

Under the "Hyde amendment" that is attached to annual funding bills, no federal money is allowed to go to programs that include abortion services, unless they are needed to preserve the life of the mother or are caused by rape.

Democrats immediately denounced the news that Republicans again were working to bar future federal funds for Planned Parenthood.
"This is a priority for the Republicans," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday afternoon. "So I just would like to speak individually to women across America: this is about respect for you, for your judgment about your personal decisions in terms of your reproductive needs, the size and timing of your family or the rest, not to be determined by the insurance company or by the Republican ideological right-wing caucus in the House of Representatives. So this is a very important occasion where we're pointing out very specifically what repeal of the (Affordable Care Act) will mean to woman."

RESOURCES

<https://plus.google.com/+CindyBrown/posts/8R313zc2y5t>
<http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/planned-parenthood/>
<https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/fact-public-overwhelmingly-supports-planned-parenthood>
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2017-02-17 02:42:25 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Not a new story, but a classic example of how rich white men can commit even the most horrific abuse of those society considers their "property", & get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
He received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter, but the sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said "defendant will not fare well" in prison and the eight years were suspended.

Not a new story, but a classic example of how rich white men can commit even the most horrific abuse of those society considers their "property", & get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
He received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter, but the sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said "defendant will not fare well" in prison and the eight years were suspended.___

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2017-02-17 01:26:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

It looks a lot like Jason Chaffetz is in Trump's pocket.
But with minority representation on the committee, they lack the power to subpoena any agency officials or documents. Only the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz, can do that.
For his part, Chaffetz seems to have a different set of priorities altogether. The day after Trump announced he would not be divesting from his businesses, Chaffetz threatened to subpoena not the president, nor any of his family members or business associates – but rather the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics for saying Trump's plan to hand over his business to his children was ethically insufficient.

It looks a lot like Jason Chaffetz is in Trump's pocket.
But with minority representation on the committee, they lack the power to subpoena any agency officials or documents. Only the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz, can do that.
For his part, Chaffetz seems to have a different set of priorities altogether. The day after Trump announced he would not be divesting from his businesses, Chaffetz threatened to subpoena not the president, nor any of his family members or business associates – but rather the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics for saying Trump's plan to hand over his business to his children was ethically insufficient.___

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2017-02-16 23:23:43 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The insane lengths an obsessed man went to put a young in-law in a situation where he could rape her whenever he wanted.

The insane lengths an obsessed man went to put a young in-law in a situation where he could rape her whenever he wanted.___

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2017-02-16 21:25:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Because really you have no rights when you are between borders. If they can make you take off your shoes they can make unlock your phone as well.

Because really you have no rights when you are between borders. If they can make you take off your shoes they can make unlock your phone as well.___

2017-02-16 09:37:02 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

And now we know why Trump has been making a point of pissing off China.

Also note

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1. Here is a chain of events that I'm sure is just a COMPLETE coincidence

2. Since 2006, Trump has sought to trademark his brand in China. It wasn't going well. He kept losing in court.

3. After winning the presidency, Trump caused a stir by rejecting the "One China" policy, angering the Chinese gov't

4. Then, late last week, Trump abruptly reversed course. Said he was committed to one China

5. Yesterday, IN A COMPLETE COINCIDENCE, China reversed course and awarded Trump a trademark

6. This fits squarely into the definition of an emolument. Trump is getting something of value from a foreign gov't

7. He couldn't get it when he wasn't president but he can get it now.

8. Kind of amazing that, amid all the chaos, this story -- which should be a major scandal -- barely gets notice

<https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/832038898779947008>___And now we know why Trump has been making a point of pissing off China.

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2017-02-16 05:21:16 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

It seems that the New York AG - who is not a fan of Trump, & who just won a $25M settlement for victims he scammed with his fake "university" - can shut down Trump's entire organisation. Woot!

We must do this. If nothing else, consider the entertainment value of watching his head literally explode if we dissolved all Trump Organizations within NY...

Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please...___It seems that the New York AG - who is not a fan of Trump, & who just won a $25M settlement for victims he scammed with his fake "university" - can shut down Trump's entire organisation. Woot!

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2017-02-16 02:47:01 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Find out how Sean Spencer might screw up your name!
I got "Lionhearted Laughlin".

Find out how Sean Spencer might screw up your name!
I got "Lionhearted Laughlin".___

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2017-02-16 02:33:11 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Remember the dramatic claims that a large gang of dark skinned refugees/migrants in Germany sexually assaulted many women during New Years Eve celebrations? Well, it turns out that it didn't happen, & the story is completely fictional.

On February 6, Bild reported claims that women were attacked by a 50-strong group of "Arabic and North African looking men", at the city's Fressgass nightspot. The group were also said to have stolen drinks and clothing, and thrown bottles and fireworks.
The newspaper headlined its story "37 days after New Year's Eve, victims break their silence – sex mob in the Fressgass". Another report put the size of the fictional mob of "mostly drunk refugees" at 900.
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Remember the dramatic claims that a large gang of dark skinned refugees/migrants in Germany sexually assaulted many women during New Years Eve celebrations? Well, it turns out that it didn't happen, & the story is completely fictional.

On February 6, Bild reported claims that women were attacked by a 50-strong group of "Arabic and North African looking men", at the city's Fressgass nightspot. The group were also said to have stolen drinks and clothing, and thrown bottles and fireworks.
The newspaper headlined its story "37 days after New Year's Eve, victims break their silence – sex mob in the Fressgass". Another report put the size of the fictional mob of "mostly drunk refugees" at 900.
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2017-02-16 01:54:11 (15 comments; 8 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Moby claims to have lots of very juicy Washington insider info about Trump & his administration.
The biggest is the claim that the golden shower story is 100% true, & that it's only the mildest piece of dirt that Russia is using to blackmail Trump.

Moby claims to have lots of very juicy Washington insider info about Trump & his administration.
The biggest is the claim that the golden shower story is 100% true, & that it's only the mildest piece of dirt that Russia is using to blackmail Trump.___

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2017-02-15 12:09:23 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Important information for anyone who has been victimised by Turnbull's attack on current & former welfare recipients. Please pass this on to anyone you know who has been hit with one of the infamous demands for money that they don't owe.
#auspol

Important information for anyone who has been victimised by Turnbull's attack on current & former welfare recipients. Please pass this on to anyone you know who has been hit with one of the infamous demands for money that they don't owe.
#auspol___

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2017-02-15 09:51:43 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

In case you weren't already convinced that Pence is an evil piece of shit.

Interesting reading about a man, wrongly convicted of a crime, cleared by DNA evidence multiple times, witnesses admit that they were coerced by Police into giving questionable or in some manner, completely false testimony..
but.. the then State Governor, refused even after a mountain of evidence, to pardon the guy..
A new Governor is sworn in and within weeks, a full pardon is issued..
The thing that interested me most of all was in one quote by the former Governor of Indiana, one, Mike Pence on why he refused to pardon the innocent man.
“A pardon based on innocence requires a governor to substitute his judgement for that of the judicial branch,”

Interesting that now, as the Vice President of America working under Lord Dampnut, Pence has no difficulty questioning the work of the Courts and its appointed Judges with regard to a muslim ban.. rejected by the courts..


___In case you weren't already convinced that Pence is an evil piece of shit.

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2017-02-15 09:34:25 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

By which he means that Trump spits instead of swallowing.

OMG, you can not make this shit up. WTF?___By which he means that Trump spits instead of swallowing.

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2017-02-15 07:51:56 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Stephen Fry explaining why Yiddish is the funniest language.
+Yonatan Zunger & +Philip Setnik, you might appreciate this.

Stephen Fry explaining why Yiddish is the funniest language.
+Yonatan Zunger & +Philip Setnik, you might appreciate this.___

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2017-02-15 06:48:25 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Some sanity about terrorism, for a change.

___Some sanity about terrorism, for a change.

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2017-02-15 06:07:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Without comment.
Via: +J.J. Fox


Without comment.
Via: +J.J. Fox
___

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2017-02-15 05:07:09 (17 comments; 8 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

H/T: +Julie Ritt


H/T: +Julie Ritt
___

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2017-02-14 23:13:07 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

And now we know the real reason why Trump called AG Sally Yates "disloyal" when he fired her:
"First, in a Dec. 29 phone call, Flynn secretly hinted to Russia’s ambassador that sanctions imposed by President Obama—to punish Russia for intervening in the presidential election—might be relaxed once Donald Trump took office. Later, Flynn told Vice President Mike Pence and others in the administration that in that phone call, he hadn’t discussed sanctions with the ambassador. Then, on Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates presented evidence of Flynn’s deception —based on U.S. intelligence transcripts of Flynn’s calls—to Trump’s White House counsel, Don McGahn."
Via +Valkyrie

Everyone: The White House is a train wreck.
Conway: That's one characterization.___And now we know the real reason why Trump called AG Sally Yates "disloyal" when he fired her:
"First, in a Dec. 29 phone call, Flynn secretly hinted to Russia’s ambassador that sanctions imposed by President Obama—to punish Russia for intervening in the presidential election—might be relaxed once Donald Trump took office. Later, Flynn told Vice President Mike Pence and others in the administration that in that phone call, he hadn’t discussed sanctions with the ambassador. Then, on Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates presented evidence of Flynn’s deception —based on U.S. intelligence transcripts of Flynn’s calls—to Trump’s White House counsel, Don McGahn."
Via +Valkyrie

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2017-02-14 22:50:19 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Via +Valkyrie

___Via +Valkyrie

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2017-02-14 10:04:53 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

[Australians only] Yo, does anyone want to sign up with me to be in a raffle for a free 55", 4K, curved screen TV?
The rules* are the usual kind for raffles. The important items are that you must be paired with a Kogan customer - in this case, that would be me - & be okay with having your email spammed with their promotions (I've been on their list for a couple of years, & they're not at all obnoxious), & be willing to have them use your name & photo if we win.
If you're up for it, sign up via the following link:
https://comp.kogan.com/tv/r/en/59082
And please say so in the comments on this post, because it's only open to one person, & I don't want to waste other people's time after it's taken.
Note: I've bought a bunch of things from +Kogan.com over the last couple of years, & I'm a happy customer.... more »

[Australians only] Yo, does anyone want to sign up with me to be in a raffle for a free 55", 4K, curved screen TV?
The rules* are the usual kind for raffles. The important items are that you must be paired with a Kogan customer - in this case, that would be me - & be okay with having your email spammed with their promotions (I've been on their list for a couple of years, & they're not at all obnoxious), & be willing to have them use your name & photo if we win.
If you're up for it, sign up via the following link:
https://comp.kogan.com/tv/r/en/59082
And please say so in the comments on this post, because it's only open to one person, & I don't want to waste other people's time after it's taken.
Note: I've bought a bunch of things from +Kogan.com over the last couple of years, & I'm a happy customer.

* Official T&C: https://comp.kogan.com/tv/lang/terms/en.html___

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2017-02-14 09:26:18 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Don't give up on it until you've made it to at least least the 50 second mark.

... watch to at least 00:50 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Hoz2ZHYZM___Don't give up on it until you've made it to at least least the 50 second mark.

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