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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 28th 2010, 11:01 AM
should be down there in the gulf, in shorts and sleeveless shirts, barefoot (no respirators, no protection--after all, it is perfectly safe, according to them) cleaning up the oil, AND, their personal fortunes should be confiscated and given to those whose lives they have destroyed. this goes for halliburton and transocean as well.

I thought this during the exxon valdez spill--something has to give them actuall experience in the suffering and ruin they are causing.

by the way, we are hearing that only the oil companies have the expertise to deal with this. my question is, who TAUGHT these people?
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 29th 2009, 04:58 PM
the level of obtuseness and lack of awareness on this board is pitiful sometimes.

Unless a person is qualified to handle all the complexities of a person who needs a lot of care, and supervision, who knows how to deal with dementia, incontinence, and all the other situations, I say, shut the fuck up. Unless you have been there, and know what the HELL you are talking about, don't you DARE pass judgment.

I have done this sort of work for years--and I know it is something not everyone can do. and frankly, when asked my opinion, I tell people that, unless they had a good and loving relationship with the parent/s, they really need to look into a care facility, or be prepared to pay someone else to look after the parent/s in their own home as long as possible. Cruel and heartless, some would say, to which I reply as above. Not everyone can deal, for example, with a person with dementia who was bad-tempered and mean to begin with, and the dementia only exacerbates things. in some cases, this can be a time of healing and reconciliation, but I have seen it go the other way far too often.

we need better systems for dealing with age and illness and debilitation. not all care facilities are bad, I have seen some that are excellent. not all in-home situations are good, either. this is a call each person has to make (oh, and by the way, in so many cases, the complete care of the parent falls on an already overworked woman)

betty friedan in "the fountain of age" had some good suggestions, and similar ones were made as part of an ongoing story arc in a mystery series I read.

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Nov 09th 2009, 09:31 PM
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Nov 09th 2009, 12:53 PM
(when asked my party affiliation, this is always my answer)

we know the repukes don't give a damn about women's rights, and we have had clear evidence again this weekend that we cannot count on the dems either. so, is it time to resurrect the national women's party, or something similar? and, what should be the platform?

here are my first ones:

ratification of ERA (for which we have been waiting since 1923)
wage parity
end the iraq and afghanistan occupations
universal health care

a brief history of the National Women's Party:

NWP members picket the White House in 1917, the banner reads, "Mr. President How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty."The National Woman's Party (NWP), was a women's organization founded in 1916 that fought for women's rights during the early 20th century in the United States, particularly for the right to vote on the same terms as men. In contrast to other organizations, such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, which focused on lobbying individual states and from which the NWP split, the NWP put its priority on the passage of a constitutional amendment ensuring women's suffrage. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns founded the organization originally under the name the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage in 1913; by 1917, the name had been changed to the National Women's Party.

During the group's first meeting, Paul clarified that the party would not be a political party and therefore would not name a candidate for United States president during elections. While non-partisan, the NWP directed much of its fire at President Woodrow Wilson when criticizing those responsible for the social situation in which women of the era lived. The National Woman's Party also opposed World War I.

Women associated with the party staged a suffrage parade on March 3, 1913, the day before Wilson's inauguration; they also became the first women to picket for women's rights in front of the White House. The picketers were tolerated until 1917, but when they continued to picket after the United States declared war in World War One, they were arrested by police for "obstructing traffic". Many of the NWP's members, upon arrest, went on hunger strikes; some, including Paul, were force-fed by jail personnel as a consequence. The resulting scandal and its negative impact on the country's international reputation at a time when Wilson was trying to build a reputation for himself and the nation as an international leader in human rights may have contributed to Wilson's decision to publicly call for the United States Congress to pass the Suffrage Amendment.

After the ratification of the Nineteenth amendment in 1920, the NWP turned its attention to eliminating other forms of gender discrimination, principally by advocating passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which Paul drafted in 1923. The organization regrouped and published the magazine Equal Rights. The publication was directed mostly towards women but also intended to educate men about the benefits of women's suffrage, women's rights and other issues concerning American women.

Over the next several decades, the National Women's Party authored over 600 pieces of legislation fighting for women's equality; over 300 of these were passed. In addition, the NWP continued to lobby for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1997, the NWP ceased to be a lobbying organization. Instead, it turned its focus to education and to preserving its collection of first hand source documents from the women's suffrage movement. The NWP continues to function as an educational organization and museum.

by the way, for those of you in the DC area--the Sewall-Belmont House is the museum of the NWP--Alice Paul's residence. it is also part of the women's history walking tour.

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum will be hosting the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Join us for a wine and cheese reception, live entertainment, and shopping.

Stay tuned for more details!

The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, on Capitol Hill, explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society through the continuing, and often untold, story of women's pursuit for equality.
The museum is the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party and was the Washington home of its founder and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul.

Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman's Party, dedicated her life to securing equal rights for women. The political strategies and techniques of Alice Paul and the NWP became the blueprint for civil rights organizations during the twentieth century. Paul is known internationally as a humanitarian; she was a great revolutionary and pioneer in the fight for women's equal rights. /

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Oct 15th 2009, 12:42 AM
the cosmetics industry, and the whole mental health field, in addition to fashion. let's see--a size 10 is considered a "plus" size. seriously screwed up here. marilyn monroe wore a 14.

and think about this--keeping women's attention focused on the never-to-be-achieved "perfection" of the models keeps them too broke,too insecure, and too busy, to notice their general second-class status in society.
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 06th 2009, 07:19 PM
I am telling you, here and now, that you can all go to ****. Individual mandate? FINES for not buying your overpriced, underserviced pieces of bs? I know who and what you think you are, just like I know what the congressional reps you have purchased are, and may you be damned for it.

I will NOT purchase your worthless policies, no matter what penalties you get your little toadies in congress to pass. not now, not ever. you are holding us hostage, you are KILLING us, and I will not, now or ever, help you pretend that you are doing anything else. You are thieves of a like we never even saw in the robber barons (and we at least got libraries and things out of them). No conscience, no soul, not one iota of humanity in the lot of you. Hey, when I get put in jail, at least I will have health care, yes?

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 08th 2008, 05:57 PM
watched the last four elections stolen on all levels, watched our country being slowly destroyed . "GET OVER IT"

well, I never got over it, and will never forget how the reichwingnuts stole our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour. to them, as they lick their wounds and whine about how pres-elect obama better not act as if he has a mandate, I say "GET OVER IT"
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Sep 16th 2008, 01:24 PM
last week we used the "t" word when talking about wrinkle's claim that he knows where osama bin forgotten is.

most of us assume that he is lying through his teeth, of course. but, if he is lying, I see two very dangerous scenarios, (and, since I haven't been near a computer, you all might have already discussed this) First, if he is deliberately lying, his contempt for the american people is grave indeed, and makes me wonder just what else he would lie about, especially in office. Second, if he doesn't actually know he is lying, but is delusional, his mind has gone even further than I thought. In neither case should he be allowed near the people's house--the ONLY house he should have is one with nice, quiet, padded rooms.
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Sep 09th 2008, 01:03 PM
of a woman at a gallery opening I attended the other night (thank goodness I was on my way to get a glass of wine). She wasn't talking to me, but I stopped, and said, "for openers, he is an adulterer, a liar, and a panderer. want more?" she stormed off.

just prior to that, I had encountered another group, who were discussing the lawless protestors and the horrible left-wing blogs besmirching caribou barbie. I walked up and said, "so, you have no problem with a candidate who is under investigation for ethics violations? " "it's all a lie, the left-wing is out to get her", "uh, no, the investigation was started by her own party, and it's called abuse of power. oh, and by the way, I am so glad to know that you approve of storm troopers on our own streets" the older man practically screamed at me, "you are uninformed" I replied, NO, YOU are uninformed, and that is sad"

after that, I poured a very LARGE glass of wine.
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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 19th 2008, 03:30 PM
A bitter pill in election season


At all levels, anti-abortion groups are trying to undermine contraception of any kind.
The Centers for Disease Control is not the first place one looks to for ideas on conflict resolution. But with one issue that has divided America, it should be.

A recent CDC study revealed that between 1990 and 2004 teenage abortion rates plummeted by 50 percent in the U.S. The researchers suggest one common-sense policy approach is most responsible: access to contraception.

As political campaigns around the country take very different stands on the abortion issue, there is no question that this argument will intensify. And the stakes couldn't be higher. The next president, if history is any measure, is likely to appoint two Supreme Court justices. Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, currently stands by one vote. The next election will likely decide whether Roe v Wade remains the law of the land.

Against this political backdrop, another, potentially more important, reproductive rights conflict may get lost. In fact, the issue many candidates don't want voters to think about is not abortion, but contraception, and the media hasn't called them on it.

Access to contraception is the only proven way to reduce unwanted pregnancy rates. It's no wonder that Americans on both sides of the abortion debate overwhelmingly support contraception. Yet few know that more and more candidates vying for their vote don't. Across the states, anti-abortion organizations have added anti-contraception activities to their agenda and expect those they help elect to office to join in these efforts. Since this issue isn't on most voters' radar, most complacently comply.

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Jun 26th 2008, 03:42 PM
all by itself. until just a week or so ago, however, I had not seen the video of the whole incident, which, immediately after this embrace, shows georgie actually kissing grumpy. THAT, I think, ought to be shown side-by-side with the embrace. the whole thing is creepy, sleazy, and just plain makes my skin crawl.
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Posted by niyad in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed May 07th 2008, 02:19 PM
even the NYT gets it:

It’s About the White House

Like many Americans, we have been intrigued and often exasperated by the long-running Democratic primary and the ever smaller-bore spats between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. So we are thankful to Senator John McCain for reminding us Tuesday what this year’s presidential race really is about.

On a day when Mr. Obama won a decisive victory in North Carolina and Mrs. Clinton eked out a win in Indiana, Mr. McCain spoke about his judicial philosophy. He is determined to move a far too conservative and far too activist Supreme Court and federal judiciary even further and more actively to the right.

Mr. McCain predictably criticized liberal judges, vowed strict adherence to the Founders’ views and promised to appoint more judges in the mold of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. That is just what the country does not need.

Since President Bush chose Justices Roberts and Alito, the Court has ordered Seattle and Louisville to scrap voluntary school integration, protected employers who illegally mistreat their workers, and constrained women’s right to choose and voters’ right to vote.

Mr. McCain did not mention, of course, how the Roberts-led Court blithely overruled Congress by nullifying a key part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He did wax nostalgic about what “the basic right of property” has meant “since the founding of America.” (He did not mention that in 1789 many women could not own property and African-Americans were property, but he did criticize the idea that values evolve over time.)

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Apr 25th 2008, 01:33 PM
I just caught something about this on tv last night--what an amazing group, and what an amazing rebuild--my hat is off to these forward-thinking citizens (would that the people in my community were this committed)

Greensburg: Greenest Town in America
By Eric Mack
Greensburg, Kansas
29 February 2008

Mack report - Download (MP3) audio clip
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On May 4, 2007 a gigantic tornado measuring more than 2.5 kilometers wide with winds over 325 kilometers per hour destroyed almost all of Greensburg in southern Kansas, leaving the small town's 1500 residents devastated and wondering what to do next. They came up with a revolutionary idea. Reporter Eric Mack visited the town nine months after the tornado to learn more about the plan to remake Greensburg as the 'greenest town in America.'

All that's left of most homes is a crumbling foundation
All that's left of most homes is a crumbling foundation
Greensburg looks like it was hit by a bomb. The streets are lined with empty foundations. A set of steps leads to where a house once was, but there's nothing there. Trees are just stumps, with no branches on them. All the residents have been relocated to rows of emergency government trailers on the far side of town.

Greensburg City Manager Steve Hewitt recalls the week after the storm, when he had a number of conversations with officials about how to rebuild. " 'This is the opportunity now to make this town the way it needs to be. We can start fresh - new buildings, new parks. We can do everything like we never could before.'" When Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius visited in the wake of the tornado, she said 'going green' was perfect for a town called Greensburg.

So Hewitt and other city leaders decided to seize the opportunity and rebuild Greensburg as a model green community: energy-efficient, low carbon-emitting, sustainable, and powered, at least in part, by the forces of nature that once reduced it to rubble.

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Apr 23rd 2008, 01:51 PM

Women's Vote Gives Clinton Pennsylvania Win

By Allison Stevens
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS)--Women helped Sen. Hillary Clinton knock out another must-win victory Tuesday night in Pennsylvania's presidential primary, giving her enough political--if not financial--fuel to keep her campaign running through the remaining nine Democratic contests through June 3.

Clinton was beating Sen. Barack Obama 55 percent to 45 percent with 94 percent of the vote counted, according to CNN.

"We all knew Pennsylvania was either going to be the semi-finals or the finals of the game," said Gloria Feldt, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York and a vocal Clinton supporter. "So the game goes on."

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"White women voted for Hillary Clinton and they voted for her by a pretty solid margin," said CNN political analyst Bill Schneider.

Women went to the polls in much higher numbers than men, according to CNN exit polls. Nearly 60 percent of the electorate was female, 41 percent male.

Women flocked to Clinton out of a desire to support a female presidential candidate and because they responded to her populist economic message, according Ellie Smeal, a prominent Clinton supporter and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation in Arlington, Va.
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A female backlash against gender bias in the media also drove women to Clinton, Smeal said. "The women are so angry over the treatment of Clinton and are feeling it has been just abysmal and that it has been so sexist."

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Posted by niyad in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Apr 23rd 2008, 01:31 PM
of checking out my local reichwing hate rag, or having to pay for it, and also spared me polluting my computer having to check out that other site.
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