alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
For example, the state of California could object to my amusement at their warning sign on the door to a multistory garage, and make me take that icon down. Only they might not just hit me up over it -- they might request that the government block Live Journal.

All of it.

A primer on the issue.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
Or we may start seeing this a lot.
alfreda89: (We the People)
Repeating something I posted over at Facebook --

Here's a Newsweek magazine article worth reading -- about President Obama and what he's been doing the past three years. I knew about a lot of this, but I have not seen it laid out so simply and cleanly, by a conservative who voted for Obama and then screamed about presidential actions for the first two years.

Turns out Obama has been playing the long game -- and has done or started almost everything he promised. He just hasn't done it as a liberal crusader, because that's not who he is. He's an adult, acting with generous, capable adult calm. That's why I voted for him. We need an adult at the helm.

From Newsweek magazine, reprinted on the author's blog. Not the New York Times. Not Fox News. So it's safe to go read it, whichever side of the political wars you claim.

Go on. I double dare you! {grin}
alfreda89: (We the People)
Let's remember that of course we're going to disagree -- it's a tenet of democracy. The fermentation of ideas, expressed with enthusiasm -- that's us at our best.

But it's how we resolve our differences that makes up who and what we are.

As Professor Robert Reich pointed out, it took a couple of comedians to bring that point home.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (A light in dark places)
It's very easy to not think about what happens in other parts of the world. Life is busy, confusing and highly stressful even for those of us not currently challenged by health or work issues.

When I look for charities to give my time and money, I look for places that can cause a ripple of effect, an improvement that can change lives.

Habitat For Humanity -- build a house, create a home for a family. Security, a roof over their heads, a place their children can safely sleep and study and grow up to make something of themselves.

The Heifer Project -- Buy a share of an animal, that will be given to a poor family. They will have the milk from this animal, the work of it -- if it is a working animal -- and when it produces young, they will pass on at least one of the offspring to another family in need. Ripples.

Here is another idea that crystallizes another category with ripples: the education of women. You know, instinctively, that this is a desperate need, if you read National Geographic, if you watch TV, if you sign petitions on-line.

Educated girls grow up -- they don't die young, in horrible ways, or get trapped into marriages that produce children also trapped in their cycle. Educated girls compete in the world economy, they raise their children to be healthy, successful adults.

But they must have the chance to grow up, live as valued adults, have good health and a chance for success in life. They can't be married off at 12 to be abused, impregnated, and then left to die or be permanently damaged by childbirth. A child bearing a child.

A young woman reaches out to educate us, and give us new organizations our ripples can reach. Watch her video at her site (YouTube is below.) Read her blog intro (which just started) -- she gives some of the organizations where she found her statistics.

Here's a fledgling Canadian actress and model who plans to donate any money she wins in a contest to this movie's charities. Will she? I don't know. But if you want to help her reach her goal, and perhaps donate money to these causes, go vote for her.

Because it only takes a girl.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/19/AR2010111904547_2.html

The average American has regular contact with the federal government at three points - the IRS, the post office and the TSA. Start with that fact if you are formulating a unified field theory to explain the public's current political mood.

-- George F. Will

I've got double posts over at Facebook, so I am taking off the clicks at the bottom of the page -- to see if one or both posts over there don't show up....
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (A light in dark places)
Be a light in dark places.

We are a mini-United Nations of backgrounds and colors. We have no place left for bigotry and hate-mongering. I know people lash out like this when they are afraid. So -- we need to have our leaders speak to this, and help people be less afraid and pulling together.

This is one way to confront this -- http://colorofchange.org/cgi-bin/py/hate-petition.py. They are sending letters to National Republican figures to demand they confront the Republican extremists and call them on their behavior. Here's a portion of the letter you can send from their site. Unfortunately, you cannot edit the letter, but you can add to it.

A portion is at my Live Journal, but may not pass through to other sites. You may need to go to http://alfreda89.livejournal.com to see the rest. So -- if inclined, this is a bit simpler than starting from scratch. Or -- if you have time, borrow some of theirs, write the rest yourself, and send independently, which will have even more of an impact.

A sample of the letter )
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
The polite version of carrying in hangers to your congress critter:

"On November 7, the House passed the Stupak Amendment to their health care reform bill, representing one of the biggest setbacks to women’s health in recent decades – unless we stand together and stop it.

That's why I just signed the petition Senator Barbara Boxer has launched at www.FightForWomensHealth.com, calling for the removal of the Stupak Amendment from any bill that reaches the President's desk.

The House amendment would tell women who participate in the new health insurance exchange that they can't even use their own funds to buy a policy that offers abortion coverage.

In short, the Stupak Amendment would take away health insurance coverage that women already have. This is a huge step back for women’s health.

Join me and Senator Boxer at www.FightForWomensHealth.com today!"


Yes -- this amendment actually DOES take away current legal health care rights.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
From TrueMajority.org:

"Alec Loorz was just 12 years old when he saw An Inconvenient Truth and got motivated to stop global warming.

He asked to be an Al Gore-trained climate presenter, but they said he was too young. So Alec put together his own presentation about climate change and started delivering it to other young people. Alec has toured schools and concerts, won awards and recognition, and he's demonstrated a unique ability to get young people fired up about climate change.

Earlier this year, Alec wrote the Declaration of Independence from fossil fuels and has already gathered over 30,000 signatures from other young people. Now, Alec and his team have come up with a wild, hip-hop themed video to get young people and facebook users to sign.

I wanted you to see the video, and the Declaration it supports, and then pass it on to any young people you know. Click here to check out the video, and customize it to include your name or the name of a young activist you know.

http://www.acespace.org/crush?source=tm "


So...from one concerned 15 year old to the world -- pass it on. I'm impressed he didn't let them tell him he was too young, he just went out and did it his own way. That's the age where you start to pay attention. Let's see if he can catch the attention of others!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Warning Sign on a CA entrance to a parki)
OMG GOP WTF?! Did you hear this week's latest conservative claptrap? Take the quiz. Your smarts will benefit a lefty organization AND you get a sticker! http://www.omggopwtf.com
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
So now, to a petition to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring up DADT in the House. Of course, she's from California, where they are mostly tolerant of their GLBT taxpayers, but do not want to let those people get married.

You know, the wedding industry really should get on board here. Doubling their profits is only a vote away!

http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/RepealDADT
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Feels like Autumn; USA color (WA))
From my Austin Tech list:

For those of you have not gotten to the Springs to actually see the trees they are going to cut down, here are photos showing, in detail, where they are -- we'll lose 75% of the tree canopy at the pool if we don't insist City Council stop this plan.

Blog: earthfamilyalpha
Post: Tree Friendly Paradigm
Link: http://earthfamilyalpha.blogspot.com/2009/04/tree-friendly-paradigm.html

What I sent them:

I am distressed to hear that the city plans to eviscerate the tree canopy near the springs. We have had 80 temps in March -- that will only get worse, as, man-made or natural cycle, we're going into a hotter world than the last 100 years we've known. Those trees are critical to the comfort, and the beauty, of this spot we all love so dearly.

This would mean I can't go swimming until after dark, because I am extremely fair, plus due to illness I have trouble with anything over 70 degrees.

We have NUMEROUS Arborists in Austin who could give you an excellent review of what these trees need (pruning, mulching -- trees cannot go decades without a little TLC, if we want them picture perfect and at the peak of health).

We use Nickey Bishop at http://www.thetreetender.com/. His phone is 512-280-1958. He is not only a Certified Arborist, he has other Arborists working for him. Talk to the excellent, highly trained people Austin has to offer. Don't let a California firm (and whose great idea was that, because I won't be voting for you in the next election!) sentence our park to being but a skeleton of what it was meant to be.

Sincerely --
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
E-mail to the office of Lamar Smith, my "new" US Rep:

"http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2009/tc20090331_726397.htm

"Time Warner Cable Expands Internet Usage Pricing
The newly spun-off cable company will impose premium rates on big users of broadband in Web markets in Texas, New York, and North Carolina.

"In April, Time Warner Cable will begin collecting information on its customers' Internet use in the Texas cities of Austin and San Antonio and in Rochester, N.Y. Consumption billing will begin in those cities later this summer."

Time-Warner is making a mistake, and here's why --

This will toss many people back on the road, because this change already means many employers will no longer offer partial reimbursement to employees who are telecommuting from home. We're talking a much higher carbon footprint just when we should be getting cars off the road.

Also, this completely negates the convenience of my apartment complex offering second level cable to its renters, as part of their apartment rental fee. Even with this $40 paid, my Time-Warner bill is still $112.XX a month for low speed roadrunner, phone and Internet access. Since I am currently under-employed, this is a big bite out of my savings. I will start examining AT&T Internet/phone packages this week.

I should note that the idea of "competition" in cable services is a crock. In Tucson, AZ there are three cable providers. But they've carved up the area -- you must go with the company that controls the area of town you live in.

At one point, College Station/Bryan TX had real competition between two cable companies, and prices were enough for a profit but were not bleeding the customers dry. Then one company bought the other -- and the FCC did nothing. Now, their rates are so high I know computer professionals who only buy basic cable, or switched to satellite -- everything else is too big a hit to their budget.

Could you investigate this, Representative Smith? I am all for people being able to make money in their company, but like current credit card companies, their fees are ridiculous. Just as we should return to laws against usury if bankruptcy is difficult to file, we should also clip the monopoly of cable TV.

When I am working at my former higher level of salary, I'll be investigating Dish TV.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Nice Obama pic in color)
Can't say I have a lot of sympathy. 39.6% is way cheaper than other first world countries tax their wealthiest citizens.

alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
I have used PP for blood tests when money has been tight, and they are caring medical personnel who do not pressure a patient into anything. At least at the office I went to... . Let's not shut down safe health care for blue collar and minimum wage women.

From Planned Parenthood --

President Obama has begun the process of overturning the Bush
administration rule that limits the rights of patients to
receive complete and accurate reproductive health information
and services.

In order to overturn the Bush administration rule, President
Obama has to allow 30 days for the public to comment on what he
proposes to do. We need to show our support NOW to make sure his
proposal to reverse the rule succeeds.

Will you add your voice? Here's the link with all the info you
need:
http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/hhsorcp_ppol?rk=j1MJwun18C-IW
alfreda89: (borrelia burgdorferi)
http://www.undertheeightball.com/index.html
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Feels like Autumn; USA color (WA))
"The Woman Who Could Have Prevented This Financial Mess Was Silenced by Greenspan, Rubin and Summers"

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/102559/
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (USS Enterprise Lightning)
I also think we should stop using the pledge of allegiance (a fairly recent phenomenon compared to the age of our country) and have kids memorize/recite this, the Preamble to the Constitution -- and discuss it so they understand that things we take for granted were unheard of, 200+ years ago, and are still rare in a governing body. I was surprised that I remembered almost all of it, and I learned it in Seventh Grade.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Know your preamble!

When I think of all the things we have faced and overcome, in the 232 years we have existed, I refuse to believe that we can't handle our current troubles.

(1) British spelling in the hand-written copy in the National Archives because after all, they were mostly of British descent and fleeing the British Empire.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (DontWannaCat)
McCain '08
A Path to Extinction
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
I don't know about you, but I am more worried about McCain's inner circle than I am that Obama's former pastor, who once served his country with distinction, has a bee in his bonnet over the extent of racism.

http://pol.moveon.org/charlieblack/video.html?id=12670-8863166-EmXUlO&t=1

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