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Posted by The Straight Story in General Discussion
Wed Feb 09th 2011, 08:30 PM
Air Quality Facts * Twenty cities on this year’s list of 25 cities most -polluted by year-round particle levels had cleaner air than last year’s report found. * Air pollution hovers at unhealthy levels in almost every major city, threatening people’s ability to breathe and placing lives at risk. * The most widespread kinds of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Breathing either can harm your body and risk your life. * When inhaled, ozone irritates the l...
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112 Best Free Downloads, Sites, and Services: The Full List Here's our entire collection of the best free downloads, sites, and services available today, sorted by category. Want to correct Windows problems, make your PC or mobile phone more capable, and get things done faster online--all without opening your wallet? Check out these 112 incredibly useful, incredibly free downloads, sites, and services. This year, we divided our picks for the Best Free Stuff into 17 categories, listed below. If...
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Life Magazines online for free up to 1972: (Link) Popular science archive mags online for free: (Link) Free - listen to books in MP3 format (and their Etext edition as well): (Link)/ Free Ebooks: (Link)/ (Link) JFK Dallas Police department collection: (Link) Online collections and datasets from the Smithsonian (Search over 2 million records with 265,900 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from all across the Smithsonian) (Link) MIT Open courseware (1900 ...
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What is the MACS website about? The stories of courageous kids that you'll read on this website will touch your heart. We feature kids with life threatening illnesses and ask that you send them encouraging cards and/or gifts by POSTAL MAIL! View photo (popup) Help us put a smile on the face of children battling chronic illnesses. (Link)/ (Image) Name: Jordan Age: 5 years old Date of Birth: January 11th, 2005 Main Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Mom: DeAnna Dad: Santo Mailing Addr...
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Here’s the deal. Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 60 hospitals worldwide. In five short years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars. That was awesome. You guys have proven over and over again that you are an overwhelming force, and you really came through and made a real difference to the millions of kids that c...
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I posted about my DU friend Bonobo earlier tonight and what he is going through right now with his mom dying of cancer. And you all rose to the occasion and lifted his spirits. Thank you. Before mom died I did not get to tell her goodbye. She was in the hospital for two months. Day in and out it was 'she is doing bad and might die' then 'she is going to be ok'. I was at a high point in my career. I had just come home from a trip to Chicago and she was in the hospital. Was going to have surg...
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I spent several hours with my X today. She has 11 prescriptions, some of which she cannot get covered with her state insurance (which runs out at end of month). She is going to the hospital tomorrow, I asked her to promise me she would ask them to admit her and try to find out what is all wrong with her. She is coughing up blood, has two brain cysts, parkinson's disease (though it may be MS), and can hardly talk right now. She has been to urgent care and the hospital several times in the last f...
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I spent several hours with my X today. She has 11 prescriptions, some of which she cannot get covered with her state insurance (which runs out at end of month). She is going to the hospital tomorrow, I asked her to promise me she would ask them to admit her and try to find out what is all wrong with her. She is coughing up blood, has two brain cysts, parkinson's disease (though it may be MS), and can hardly talk right now. She has been to urgent care and the hospital several times in the last f...
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Links/List below. Over the years I have been here, since 2004, I have went through major changes in my life. A lot of loss, hard times, some good times. DU has been an outpost for me, a place to come and talk about issues, my life, and to talk to others about theirs. In many ways this place has been my small community. A rock for me in times of great storms, as well as a place to share my joy. When I cried, I was comforted, when I worried I was encouraged, when I was happy I had folks to celeb...
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One of the things my sons felt in joining the army is that they would be doing something to help me and mine by fighting the terrorists over there so I would not have them over here attacking me. Trillions of dollars spent, many lives lost. All the while we everyday folk sit here sick and dying with no way to make us better because we don't have something as simple as universal health care. It took two of us today to help my wife to the bathroom and down the steps. The day before she was feel...
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When each day is a battle, and your body fights against you And hope seems like a dream of the past When you feel trapped in a body that won't let you out sometimes you just want to cry I found a simple picture for you tonight That reminds me of when you said you wish you could just fly So stretch out your arms, and I will mine and together my sweet we will take to the skies. (Image)
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Mom died a few weeks after turning 70. 12/31/2004 she left us. She was fun, a little crazy, and she loved to shout curse words at the tv when the Buckeyes weren't playing well. I could tell you stories all day about her. She was my rock. You never met her. Never talked on the phone with her. Never sent her a message on DU. So I guess maybe you don't miss her and don't have dreams about her like I did last night that make you wake up crying. But you know me. And many others here. I read you...
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I am 42 years old, when I was a young teen I loved to play chess (and I still do online). I have played in many tournaments. My first one was an unrated one. I didn't lose any games, but I drew against a school teacher named Brock. Years later I met a woman (my X wife whom has since died) and I went to her church and he was a deacon there. The kid who won the whole tournament was from Granville, Ohio. A young Oriental boy with a future in the game. I never got to play him that weekend because ...
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(I was gonna post this last night, but got busy with the wife. Shit happens) The previous thread where I said I would post this :) (Link) Just because your leg is broke doesn't mean I need a cast By TSS For a long time I have equated liberalism with equality and freedom. Until I started reading some of the threads here. Freedom to me used to mean a line drawn in the sand - you have some laws and regulations to create a framework for a free society and then you stand there and defend that lin...
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The wife was having one of those parkie days, so I made a nice lunch, and for dinner I made a kick ass roast and gravy (she told me what spices to add of course). I helped my daughter with her homework, cleaned up dinner, and when daughter was finally in bed broke out the whiskey. So what does this have to do with politics??? When our govt needs me, they raise my taxes. I kick in money to help us all to progress and grow, I know it takes us all working together to make it in this world. In so...
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and while posting this I was watching a show about Britney Spears while bitching to my dad on the phone that Edwards' house is too big. I am also smoking, and eating meat, and my shirt is from the GAP. Now let's see if AZ's post has some merit ;) Post a comment that others may find controversial and its a completely different story. Disagreement is what makes forums work. They peg threads to the top and keep them before the audience constantly. (Link) Now I am gonna go take a shower and the ...
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At some point, we all find them perhaps. Those first baby shoes, bronzed or packed away with care, those shoes you wore to first grade. It would be interesting indeed to look back on all those shoes we have worn over time. Those really spiffy dress shoes for interviews. Sweet pair of our favorite tennis shoes we wore when out doing fun things, shoes we had for yard work, military boots, high heels. Sandals. The ones we wore our wedding day. Or to a funeral. My mom loved her tennis shoes and j...
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I sit, often, reflecting on my own self as I stare into the pool of my youthful past. Gazing back up at me I see varying faces and events in my life. Some I am proud of, others ashamed of. A road runs through my life, with twists and turns, fast speed limits then slow - and sometimes forks in the road. If every hour of my life were a mile, I would have traveled far by our standards, and seen much. My mother was 70 when she passed on. Her road ended at an exit ramp in a local hospital. I know ...
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Posted by The Straight Story in The DU Lounge
Thu Dec 28th 2006, 05:46 PM
The Christmas before that we were in Byesville, Ohio. Christmas eve - we always went there that night, exchanged gifts, then went home to Columbus. I was standing at the window in Grandma's house and dad asked me what I thought Santa might bring me. I said 'A dog'. Dad was not prepared for that answer. 'Well...what if he can't bring one from the north pole?'. Santa always finds a way, and I was good this year. I believe. Somehow that Christmas dad managed to find an old friend, who had puppi...
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Often we see reflected back at us simply what is. But that which we cannot see is often more relevant than that which we do. Here in the mirror I saw more than my ugly mug. Much more. I was the hope of an expectant mother once. I was the joy on a parent's face on Christmas morning. I was a friend to some folks who had no other friend. The eyes staring back at me came from the love of two people, the soul within me behind those eyes sprang from a moment of passion. I was something special to ...
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I was flipping through the channels yesterday and came across some old shows. Movies and sitcoms from the 70's. I then skipped ahead to more modern shows, the CSI's and Bounty hunter, Discovery channel, and so on. It is then I remembered things from times gone by. And the color of it all. Once the world was broadcast to us in black and white. Simple and effective, and perhaps even reflective of how so many saw the world. And then we got color. But not the color we have today. Muted color, alm...
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A name on a message board, a political board at that. People who have hopes and dreams beyond those they show here, yet who devote their time and effort to make this a better world. Andy was one such person. And I am sure we can all name more who have passed on. Then there are those still with us, people like Skinner and Elad. The George Bailey's fighting against 'Potter' and his kind. Kpete. TAPat. YOU. Too many names to mention. You could all move on in this life, forget DU and it's missio...
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Posted by The Straight Story in The DU Lounge
Tue Dec 19th 2006, 09:12 PM
A divorce, kids lost, new love found, mom died, friends died, life in disarray. But I kept climbing this mountain of depression hoping to see the summit. I chose to keep going, when I could have simply sat here in my depression all safe and warm, caring just for myself and my own life. I could have taken the safe way out, and never brought someone else into it, let alone a child. But I dared to dream once again, after two crushing blows and an avalanche of emotions. Sequestered no more in my ...
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A short while ago you all help me. Tonight I want to tell you the fruits of that, and thank you again. My utilities have stayed on, I have food, and soon I may have a paycheck (screw up on my family medical leave act, but seems like all should be well soon!) BUT - that is not the big thing. No - this is: My wife and neighbor are troop leaders for a small daisy troop. 13 girls, most too poor to even afford their dues. Tonight they came to our house for a Christmas party. There are 13 wrapped...
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Her mother laid in pain and tears, holding her new born little girl. Father gone now, having died in a war thousands of miles from home. She left the hospital, as the innkeeper told her the insurance only paid for so many days. And she took to the streets. She wandered there, day after day, until finding room in a shelter from the cold. Alone no more she sat in the warmth eating a bowl of soup, tears dripping into it - each one carrying a dream of a better life for her child. So many others h...
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When I found out that there was no Santa, I cried. I lost someone that day I believed in, someone I knew and cared about. I lost an institution, and I was only 7 (yeah, I was a little slow...). And yet - Santa remains, my daughter gets a glean in her eye at the thought of he and his reindeer. The magic of Christmas for a child is like little else, and it all got me to thinking tonight...... There are some things people just want to believe. Follow that by re-enforcement by others, and that th...
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