Monday, February 28, 2011

Long-term deficit talk is a smoke screen to not help 24 million out of work, cut health care, savage minimum wage, and bust unions!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

100,000 for rights of working people - Madison, WI

Can you hear us now? We, said we would negotiate but you can't take away our rights to free speech and association!

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More than 100,000 Rally in Wisconsin

On a snowy Wisconsin Saturday over 100,000 union members, working families, community members, faith leaders, activist groups and concerned citizens gathered in Madison to tell Gov. Walker to stop the attacks on the middle class and kill the bill. 


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vaccinate to save the children!

Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. It's safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe, it is safe.

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Measles: A bracing reminder on vaccines

The measles outbreak at a Back Bay office building this week is a reminder that the disease is still a threat. Fortunately, a simple immunization can prevent its spread. Now that the only study linking autism and childhood vaccination has been thoroughly discredited, parents can rest easy when protecting their children against a potentially fatal disease.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Got a scary medical diagnosis? Is it real or is it the one making money?

Too crass a description? Read this story by a nationally known writer about healthcare and how she found that she probably got treatment for more than 25 years for something she may not have really had!

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Guess Who Has Been Over-Treated For More Than Twenty Five Years?

When I was in my twenties, I was diagnosed with glaucoma
A friend recommended an ophthalmologist who, I was told, was one of the best in the city.
Over a period of years, I saw Dr. X regularly, and continued to use the eye drops, morning and night.
Ultimately a friend who is an M.D. recommended a new ophthalmologist, a young man from India
Dr.Z asked
“What makes you think you have glaucoma?”
I’ll report back and let you know what happens. But at this point, I’m fairly certain that I don’t have glaucoma.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The people who voted to kill your children and grandchildren - listed below

These representatives want to trust the companies who have already poisoned generations of kids to now kill your kids and grandchildren with lead, mercury and dioxin. Mark the name of your representative and send him a note about what you think of the vote.

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Mercury and Toxic Pollution Hall of Shame: Meet The Members of Congress That Sided With Corporate Polluters Over Children and Your Health

For the first time in the forty-year history of the Clean Air Act, a majority of the House of Representatives has voted to block EPA from implementing and enforcing standards to sharply reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions from a polluting industry.

Mercury and lead both are dangerous neurotoxins – brain poisons – that harm the developing brains of children and fetuses. Dioxins are known human carcinogens linked to birth defects, reproductive abnormalities, and lung and breast cancer. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen linked to lung and kidney cancer and PCBs are probable human carcinogens linked to liver cancer.


Organize! If you are Latino, Black, Native, Female, or Union American!

Those who want to enslave you, reassert elitism, and exert complete sway over America will never give up. The only way to keep this nation free and democratic is to organize to vote for freedom and democracy. If you have "recall" rights in your state - exercise then now and get ready for next election. Those who sat out the 2010 races, do so again and you may not have another chance to be free and equal again.

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Inherently Unequal by Lawrence Goldstone

After the Civil War, the United States seemed poised to grant equal rights to African-Americans. But the Supreme Court's rulings in the late 19th century kept African-Americans segregated for decades, says constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone.


Remember Polio - I do. If you don't vaccinate, you may know it too.

Millions live today without having to fear many diseases because of past vaccination campaigns. Blindly fearing vaccinations out of love and fear for your your children can cause more harm for all children. Life is not easy and there are no guarantees but without vaccinations many children will die or be permanently harmed by what could have been prevented.

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As a child of the 1950s I well remember a time when American kids by the tens of thousands were still being crippled – and sometimes killed – by polio. In the 1950s, the fear of polio was palpable across the nation.

There were hospital wards filled with polio-paralyzed children trapped in iron lungs (a grim technology many younger adults have no memory of), which were used to keep them alive.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Animals on Drugs Could Kill Us but There Is Something We Could Do

Listen to a microbiologist who is also a member of Congress rather than company hacks and make-believe, science dummies in Congress. Take steps to prevent further help by industrialized big company agriculture to foster bacteria resistant to medical treatment and harmful unto death to people.

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News break: Slaughter will reintroduce PAMTA

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Congress’s only microbiologist, said late today that she plans shortly to reintroduce PAMTA, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, a timely move given the collapsing antibiotic market (see this morning’s post) and continuing reports of resistance moving off farms (as in this post).

PAMTA would direct the FDA to re-examine its approvals of veterinary antibiotics that are close analogs of ones used in humans, because they can stimulate the development of resistant organisms.

Dumb n Dumber take over Arizona state government! Want guns on campus!

Are there not sane people in Arizona - who will go to the Capitol and tell these legislators to get real? Have they all been standing too long in the sun without a hat on?

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Early this January, a 22-year-old former Arizona community college student named Jared Lee Loughner walked into the parking lot of a grocery store near Tucson, took out a gun and shot nineteen people—six of them fatally.

Now the Arizona State Senate is considering a law that would make it easier to carry a concealed weapon onto the state’s college campuses—including Loughner’s own alma mater, Pima Community College.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Most Dangerous Places to Live? Mega-Pig Farm or BP Oil Refinery? Pig Farm May Be Worse!

Read the article - I recommend it!

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Giant pig farms: Antibiotic resistance is not the only problem

University of North Carolina associate professor Steven Wing.
details the acute physical symptoms experienced by North Carolina residents who live in areas near very large hog farms: eye irritation, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, sore throat and nausea.

BP your death dealing management is still killing dolphins

BP is looking for $5 a gallon gas to fill its coffers while people on the Gulp Coast see BP killing ways still washing up on their shores. BP should be criminally prosecuted for marine murder!

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Infant dolphins dying in high numbers

GULFPORT -- Baby dolphins, some barely three feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines at 10 times the normal rate of stillborn and infant deaths, researchers are finding.


Dreams of Peace and Freedom in Afghanistan

Dreams - thankfully - no nothing of borders and reach from mind to mind with a swiftness that defies miles between the dreamers.

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We Will Rise

We will rise like a bird in the blue sky of Afghanistan to bring peace

We will shine like a star in the dark sky of Afghanistan to bring brightness

We will rise like a sun to cover the darkness

We will stand like a stable mountain to reach our goals 

We will plant like a gardener to raise our children 

We will fall like a drop of rain to water our homeland 

We will raise our hands to accomplish our dreams

By Pakiza


Friday, February 18, 2011

Any questions about venomous Arizona Atmosphere?

Kill a nine-year- old just cause she was there when you were trying to steal money to fund your anti-alien Minutemen??? Spin this away - not.

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Vigilante Found Guilty of Murder in Arizona; Could Face Death Penalty

Shawna Forde (left) was convicted in the murder of 9-year-old Bricenia Flores and her father Raúl Flores via New America Media

Shawna Forde (left) was convicted in the murder of 9-year-old Bricenia Flores (right) and her father Raúl Flores. (Via New America Media)

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Shawna Forde, the founder of a vigilante border group, could face the death penalty after she was found guilty on Monday of killing 9-year-old Bricenia Flores and her father Raúl Flores in 2009.  The jury began deliberations on Tuesday on whether or not to impose capital punishment.


Afghanistan: Time for everyone to come home in peace?

1939-1945 - that's almost 6 years to fight an actual world war. 2001-2011 US and allied nations fighting in Afghanistan. Something wrong with this picture? Read what this former elected official in Germany has to say after visiting/researching Afghanistan since 1980. Maybe has has learned something that Americans, as well as Germans need to know.

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Why Germany Must End its Deployment in Afghanistan

A Commentary by Jürgen Todenhöfer

The first lie says we're there to fight international terrorism.
The second lie is that we're there to defend our civilization's values.
The third lie is that we prioritize civilian reconstruction over military activities.
The fourth lie is that we're in the Hindu Kush to prevent the return of the Taliban for good.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama is for you on Saturday - if you want to return to racism!

Post racial America? Not in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday! They will be telling lies and yearning for times when no one even thought about Black-American voting but wanted to hang on to getting 3/4 of a person "credit" for Black-Americans when figuring seats in Congress and then decided to try and have a slavery country of their own.

Free speech - sure but I want them to hear that I think they are fools and not to be fully trusted - still.

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This coming Saturday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is holding a major event to honor the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the beginning of the Civil War. The festivities will “commemorate” events that most Americans see as a terribly dark period in American history: “the founding of the Confederate States of America, the inauguration of Jefferson Davis and the raising of the first Confederate Flag.

Both Sides Now: It Is Long Past Time to End this Afghan War; Is It Not?

Regardless of what your intentions are - the result is that children die and are maimed. Time to stop - no?

A UN report on children and armed conflict in Afghanistan makes very sad reading. It shows, for example, how children have been used by anti-government elements for suicide bombings and planting explosives, or recruited to the Afghan National Security Forces, despite official government policy banning such practices.

The report also sheds light on the detention of children for alleged association with armed groups, on the number of children killed or maimed by suicide attacks and on sexual violence committed by armed groups against boys and girls.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chicken salad please; hold the Superbug - whadya mean you cannot!

Canada, Greece, US everywhere or so it seems chicken is in the marketplace and in restaurants loaded up with drug resistant bacteria. Since poultry went global, really global 10-15 years ago, the problems with disease and flu and now Superbug have continued to climb.

So, you wanna cut spending on food inspection and leave it to the Col.? I did not think so. So tell your market, tell your Congressmember and stop buying it til you know it is safe.

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Superbugs in Canadian chicken? Yes, and US too

Chicken bought at major supermarkets across Canada is frequently contaminated with superbugs — bacteria that many antibiotics cannot kill — an investigation by CBC TV’s Marketplace has found.

Two-thirds of the chicken samples had bacteria.
Some of the bacteria found were resistant to six, seven or even eight different types of antibiotics.

Save your part of the world and your AmeriCorps Programs

I served two years as a not-so-grumpy elder - grin. Helps kids, families, elder for next to nothing. Let them cut the spending and watch your community sink faster and farther just so someone else can have their tea.

What does AmeriCorps do? Check it out and then sign the petition y'all!

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Continue Funding for AmeriCorps and Teach for America

The continuing resolution (CR) proposal that the Republicans are proposing calls for cutting all funds for AmeriCorps and by doing that cutting Teach for America as well.
Continue Funding for AmeriCorps and Teach for America
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Budget fix - fix budget - End WarsSince 2001, military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost over one trillion dollars, and it is estimated that another $800 billion plus will be added to the ta before the wars are ended. End the war before you cut off someone's heat!

Border Minute Man supporter guilty of murger of father and 9-year old duaghter.

A little justice can go a long way toward settling bad feelings and uncover hate and fear's worst effects on us all.

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Concluding a three-week trial that exposed the most unsavory side of Arizona’s militant border vigilante movement, a jury on Monday found Shawna Forde guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the May 2009 killings of Raul Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter in the border town of Arivaca, Ariz.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Call - Support safe, affordable, and sustainable food

Give some love to each and every one of us - by supporting good food in USA!

I’m working on a campaign to support food that is safe, affordable, and
sustainable; and a food system that is fair for farmers and consumers. As
a first step, we need President Obama to finalize and implement the fair
livestock marketing rules that the USDA proposed from the last Farm Bill
– back in 2008. In order to make that happen, I’m helping to generate
hundreds of phone calls into the White House today. This can’t wait any
longer. Can you make a quick call? It only takes a minute and makes a big
impact. Here’s the number and a sample script:

1. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 between 9am- 5pm EST. (call again if there is a back up)
2. Tell them your name and where you’re from, and then simply ask
that President Obama finalize and implement the fair livestock
marketing rules that USDA proposed from the last Farm Bill.

Or use this sample script:
“Hi. My name is ______ and I live in (city, state). As a constituent, I urge
President Obama to finalize and implement the fair livestock marketing
rules that USDA proposed from the last Farm Bill. Thank you for your
time today.”

Every call counts. When you’re done, shoot me a quick reply so I can keep
track of all the calls we’ve made today. Thanks for helping us in this fight for
a fair Farm Bill!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

U.S. postpones meeting with Pakistan and Afghanistan

U.S. postpones meeting with Pakistan and Afghanistan

Have to wonder: Raymond Davis US Diplomat? Employee of US Consulate? Or contractor from Xe/Blackwater? Negotiate his release and tell truth about circumstances - would be our best move.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Drones in Pakistan Nuture Anti-American Frenzy

Our US Embassy employee may have been defending himself but the Pakistani reaction to the problem is based in the rage from all the innocents killed by drones that killed civilians based on bad information. Now we are truly between a rock and a hard place and may trigger a total meltdown of the Pakistan government. The Lebanese, Iranian Green, Egyptian and Tunisian revolts are not lost on Pakistani people - karma all over the place...!

A glance at the conflict in Afghanistan

When Raymond Davis, a US Embassy employee, allegedly shot dead two men on a motorbike in Lahore on 26 January, he precipitated a major crisis.
Davis should never have been armed
Further problems have been caused by the failure of US officials to offer a clear explanation of what Davis was doing in Pakistan.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Super Pig Farms in EU - Just Say No

Why? The Superbug that threatens people in hospitals and other locations - resistant to most medicines and eats you - started in Denmark among pig farms that used too much anti-biotics. American supported Big Ag firms and partners want to export our 1,000 plus pig farm messes to EU for more Euros in their accounts regardless of whether it kills us later or not.

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Opposing industrial-scale pig farming — in Europe

At the European Parliament today, three national representatives — Janusz Wojciechowski of Poland, José Bové of France and Dan Jørgensen of Denmark — declared their opposition to industrial-scale swine agriculture

As I’ve written before (long archive here and here),the MRSA strain ST398 arose on Dutch pig farms in 2004, among pigs that had been given prophylactic doses of antibiotics, especially tetracycline. It has since spread through the EU, Canada and the United States, affecting not only farm workers and veterinarians, but also hospital patients with no connection to agriculture.


"Family" group preaches: Native American Immorality Led to Being Conquered

This man's historical and cultural ignorance is perhaps equaled by his not understanding how hate and fear colors all his life. His ignorance will support more years of violence and hate against those who settled this land before Europeans came and well most know the history of dishonor against Native Americans. The American Family Association seems to be un-American, anti-family and a closed society for people filled with fear and hate.

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Bryan Fischer: Native Americans morally disqualified themselves from the land

The native American tribes at the time of the European settlement and founding of the United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare for hundreds of years, and practiced the most debased forms of sexuality. 


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Fan Fun w Jane Fonda and JLo

Well - not everything is politics and doom and gloom - grin.

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party co-hosted by Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger
I had an opportunity to tell Jennifer how incredible I thought she was in the film she did several years ago with her husband, Mark Anthony, “El cantante.”

Thursday, February 03, 2011

End Bird Flu Pandemic Threat - Cull Industrialized Poultry Farming

When the natural system sees that there is an overpopulation of any species - birds in particular - it "creates" a situation that allows killer viruses to mutate and re-balance the system by killing birds. Creating in this case means that birds are stressed and in close quarters both conditions facilitated/trigger an outbreak of a virus - and the result is a system that re-balances itself by reducing the number of animals in a confined space.

Culling the birds stops the immediate outbreak but continued industrialized breeding starts up the virus cycle again. Raising fewer birds and in less confined space reduces the outbreaks. Additionally, cleaning out urine and feces often and putting it in digesters that can kill all viruses, produce methane gas for energy production, and clean fertilizer. Another by-product? Fewer outbreaks of the "normal" flu which all start from an interaction between people, poultry, and pigs.

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Japan culls another 190,000 chickens

 It has now sacrificed more than half a million birds in efforts to contain H5N1 avian influenza.

This 10th outbreak was in the Miyazaki prefecture where it is proving difficult to find places to dispose of carcasses. It is the seventh outbreak since Jan. 22 in southwestern Miyazaki Prefecture.


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor - does not apply to Anti-Gay Christian Group?

It is never a surprise that extreme groups often lie to raise funds and convince prospective "supporters" to support their "true" cause but in today's cyber-world, I wonder why they think they will get away with it for long. I guess telling the truth and finding out the facts - if they disagree with what you want to believe - is painiful enough to make lying OK?

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The Christian Seniors Association (CSA)
makes the Bible illegal
the intent of the law is to “outlaw Christianity.”
“Nothing … in the law shall be construed to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech – including the exercise of religion protected by the first amendment.”

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor - does not apply to Anti-Gay Christian Group?

It is never a surprise that extreme groups often lie to raise funds and convince prospective "supporters" to support their "true" cause but in today's cyber-world, I wonder why they think they will get away with it for long. I guess telling the truth and finding out the facts - if they disagree with what you want to believe - is painiful enough to make lying OK?

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The Christian Seniors Association (CSA)
makes the Bible illegal
the intent of the law is to “outlaw Christianity.”
“Nothing … in the law shall be construed to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech – including the exercise of religion protected by the first amendment.”

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Illinois Representative OK with Date or Drug Rape?

Trying to do a two-step confuse you - not working. This guy thinks he knows what's best for all women and is more than ready to force his will on women.

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Lipinski Finally Opens Up About "Forcible Rape" Law

The rape clause in the bill doesn't take into consideration types of rape where the sexual assault isn't accompanied by other violence. This could have far-reaching ramifications to victims of drug-induced rape, statutory rape victims and victims of incest.