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Joined: Oct 3 2008

snowing here, big hype by the weather channel, turns out to be flurries, but it is snowing. Have a happy thanksgiving everyone, peace, love, dead.

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Trending: Smackdowns in Brooklyn

This is incredibly disgusting and sick and the media are being called to task because it is in the realm of the "middle-ground" between going viral and picking up copy-cats. You're not wearing the wrong color or the wrong article clothing. Some millennial decides to make a game of killing you with one punch and it's jolly good fun in the city...

The end of life as we know it and Brooklyn feels fine.

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
the welcome wagon...

brings in the voice of Tony Sirico, aka Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri from the series "Sopranos" for the new character "Vinny".

He's "experienced" too. with Steven Van Zandt and the late, great James Gandolfini

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Joined: Jun 17 2007
Slow News Day?

RIP Brian Griffin, and welcome back to the international community, Iran.

Joined: Feb 3 2012
RE: On Friday, McAdory High

Just another fine example of how a proper education builds awareness of the world outside our day-to-day norm. This actually reminds me of a recent discussion my wife and I had about the treatment of Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most Americans have completely forgotten that we had concentration camps here, too, and detained a great deal of Asian-Americans for fear that they were sleeper agents for the Japanese army. Were the conditions as harsh as the concentration camps built by the Nazis to detain the Jews? Doubtful, but it's one of those moments in history that we'd all rather forget than talk about and learn from.

I commend Tod Humphries for his statement. Not many people in his position possess the level of humanity and humility he exemplified in what he said. It reminds me and should remind us all that, while America has done many great things as a nation, we've also done some horrible things, and we should be reminded of these mistakes at least as much as our accomplishments. As Dr. Wayne said, "Bruce, why do we fall down? So we can learn to pick ourselves up again."

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
On Friday, McAdory High

As November is Native American Awareness Month and this story made the national news, this is both topical and current:

On last Friday, McAdory High (McCalla, Ala.) faced off against Pinson Valley High (Pinson) in the second round of the Alabama Class 5A playoffs. McAdory emerged victorious, 34-17, but the real headline came from what happened before the game kicked off.

As reported by, among other sources, McAdory’s cheerleaders produced a traditional paper run-through banner for the team to break through as it entered this field. This time, the banner attempted to poke fun at the Pinson Valley mascot, the Indians, with a culturally insensitive reference to the Trail of Tears, an allusion to the forcible removal of Native Americans from the Southeast to modern day Oklahoma in the 1830s.

On Monday, the first day that the schools were back in session, McAdory principal Tod Humphries took full responsibility for the sign’s appearance in a full apology issued to the public via the school’s website.

Here is the most important part of Humphries’ apology:

This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community. The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever.

The apology is significant and cogent. It would be easy to discuss this as a mere aberration on the part of well-meaning kids just trying to show school spirit but in reality it brings up the old aphorism of "those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them in the future."

In reality, even well-meaning adults don't understand the significance of the American governments policy toward the Native-Americans, especially in the regard to forced relocation of the remainder of the once proud Cherokee nation. Even this slight recap from Howard Zinn's "A People's History Of The United States" (p. 147) doesn't do the sheer brutality of forcing an entire nation's remainder, spread throughout the Southeast, to an alien land that could not sustain them:

"Some Cherokees had apparently given up on nonviolence:
three chiefs who signed the Removal Treaty were found dead.
But the seventeen thousand Cherokees were soon rounded up
and crowded into stockades. On October 1, 1838, the first detachment set out what was to be known as the Trail of
Tears. As they moved westward, they began to die -- of
sickness, of drought, of the heat, of exposure. There were
645 wagons, and people marching alongside. Survivors,
years later, told of halting at the edge of the Mississippi
in the middle of the winter, the river running full of ice,
"hundreds of sick and dying penned up in wagons or stretched
upon the ground." The leading authority on Indian removal
estimated that during the confinement in the stockade or on
the march westward four thousand Cherokees died. Wolves and
vultures followed the wagons, waiting to feast of the dying."

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Joined: Jul 30 2012
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great post, slo.

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
there is some hope for our food supply...

I am in contact daily with current national publications for the greenhouse industry. There is a national movement in its infancy, but growing rapidly, for greenhouse growers around the nation to move from flower production to year-round organic food production. Granted, most are not doing this as a way to stem the obesity problem here, but as a method of economic survival from the 2008 recession which hit the greenhouse industry very hard - no need for grasses or flowers when you can't pay the mortgage. Growers are pandering to the new and older generation of well informed consumers and apparently, there's a shitload of us. I'm very interested to see where this movement will be going in the upcoming years. I don't agree with the sometimes ridiculously high prices demanded from organic produce so I'm hoping if organic food production becomes much more commonplace, the prices will drop to boost sales. It's still not a great economy yet. At least not where I live.

Chemicals in our food? How about all around us. Better living through chemistry, Parkas. Like the feel of cotton? In the US in 2009, $687 million of pesticides were used on US cotton representing 23% of total GLOBAL pesticide use. In 2010, 45 MILLION pounds of pesticides were used on domestic US cotton. You can purchase 100% organic cotton; if you can find it as it currently accounts for 0.7% world production. Read all about it. And that's not even a food substance.

There is a saying in chemistry: garbage in, garbage out, meaning that unknown/unwanted contaminants at the start of a synthesis will end up in the final product. Turns out that the majority of rice produced in the US is produced in southern states on abandoned cotton fields in soil that was exposed to decades of unregulated arsenic based pesticides. Guess what rice does with arsenic; the same thing any good plant does; absorb it. The federal limit for arsenic exposure in drinking water is 10ppb (parts per billion). There is no limit for foods (go figure). US produced brown rice has upwards of 400ppb arsenic levels and these are the common avg. everyday brands found on store shelves. Might want to read this too as high levels of arsenic are being found in children's juices as well. article with lists of foods and drinks that are rice based with levels of arsenic detected.

And who can forget this fine example from 1994 of the true relationship between mega-money and our elected and paid for government officials. These patrons of health are still around and doing quite well. Chemical kings themselves.

It's not hopeless, it's just about educating ourselves, thinking for ourselves and putting our money where we think it counts most.

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Agreed, Parkas

Monsanto is one of the main culprits. Somebody else on this site was doing activism around Monsanto and they were actively being shadowed. Monsanto is aggressive in going after it's opponents!


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