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June 27, 2018

$25 billion for a border wall?

OK, give it to them - but out of that $25 billion must come ALL the costs of housing parents and children separated at the border, the costs of reuniting every single family, the legal costs to the families and to the government as the "zero tolerance" policy plays out, the costs to communities across the country for policing the protests against family separation, and any other costs from this mis-administration's bigoted policies. Oh - don't forget reparations paid to families for the stress, counseling needed so that the children can recover from their experiences at the hands of the government paid goons.

Of course not one penny of that $25 billion can be spent on a wall until every single case is fully resolved and damaged determined and settled. I think it could take decades before that happens.

June 27, 2018

Fire in Eastpoint, Wakulla County takes 36 houses, and cars and boats

Officials continuing to investigate cause of Eastpoint fire
By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - June 26, 2018

EASTPOINT, Fla. (WCTV) -- Crews in Franklin County are working to contain a fire that has already destroyed 36 homes.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the fire started Sunday afternoon in Eastpoint near Buck Street and Ridge Road.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says the fire has burned 950 acres. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, officials say the blaze is 95 percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Approximately 36 structures have been destroyed by the fire, and local residents had to wait for hours before being allowed back into their neighborhoods to survey the damage. Crews said that they needed to secure all power lines before they could allow homeowners into the area.

More, including video and recent updates: http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Officials-working-to-contain-Franklin-County-fire-486400281.html
June 26, 2018

Way to go, Britbox! What a screw up.

About half the reason I subscribed to Britbox was to watch the Classic Doctor Who series. Yesterday I sat down to watch one of the William Hartnell series (The Web Planet) and most of the episodes for the First Doctor and all the others I checled were marked as "Last Chance." When I went to the web site Doctor Who was not listed on the Last Chance page though the recent movie about the creation of Doctor Who was, "An Adventure in Space and Time."

I called Britbox and the customer service lady told me she didn't know - they already had a LOT of tickets about this but Customer Service would not get word until today. So I called back today - Classic Doctor Who is NOT being taken off Britbox. Something messed up and they were accidentally marked wrongly.

I suspect that whoever was supposed to mark last chance options just put in Doctor Who and got them all mislabeled!

June 20, 2018

Well, damn - another body part breaking down

Actually this is not a recent development - but we just found out about it.

After my aortic valve replacement and kidney removal last year, I was set to lose weight and get back in shape. I did over three months of prescribed cardio rehab and other than some back spasms that went great. So after that was finished my husband and I went to one of the better local gyms and signed up for memberships.

My husband is doing great - three or four times a week, really pushing himself to get fit - until one latest echocardiogram showed an enlarged aorta just above his heart. So now he's just trying to keep his fitness level up but not pushing for cardio fitness. He gets CT scans in July to better image his aorta and see what is going on.

Meanwhile I was doing my cardio, working on the weight machines and happily increasing duration, reps, and weight for each activity. Until two weeks ago. I checked out one of their balance/brain classes - I have not been certain of my balance after shoulder and knee surgeries and thought those classes would help. The next day my lower back and right hip were agonizing. I went to my doctor's and the PA sent me for X-rays. Those showed deterioration in the lower spine and iliac crest. So I was referred to back and hip guys at the orthopedic clinic I've been going to for twenty five years.

I saw the ARNP for the back guy Monday. I have an instability in L5 - the last lumbar vertebrae, just above the sacrum. He thinks when I fell off a horse thirty five years ago and messed up my lower back and pelvis, that vertebrae was broken and has finally migrated enough to impinge on a nerve. I get MRI scans whenever they can schedule me and those should give details about the location of the nerve and the disc. He still wants me to see the hip guy - it usually takes over three months to get an appointment at his office, but I have one for next week.

I'm pissed - with the pain in my lower back and hip I can't exercise right now. The gym will extend my membership so I'm not out any bucks, but I will AGAIN lose all the fitness I have built up since January and have to start over from scratch.

And just to piss me off even more it turns out that the recliner I bought for the living room last fall is exactly the wrong thing to sit in with this back problem. We watched Thor: Ragnarok last night and my back is even worse than it was. Even with a pillow to reduce pressure on the lower lumbar area, it hurt like hell.

So my husband's aorta probably needs fixing, my back probably will need to be screwed together and the world in general sucks right now. Plus, there is no way we can get out to protest about anything in person.

June 20, 2018

Yes, family separation is bad. But what about Hillary Clinton's emails?

Yes, family separation is bad. But what about Hillary Clinton’s emails?

by Dana Milbank Columnist June 19 at 7:47 PM Email the author

Babies are seized from their mothers’ arms. Photographs show their anguish. News reports describe their cages. A recording captures their wailing and a U.S. border official’s cold mockery. A defiant President Trump falsely blames others for the misery he created.

And Republican lawmakers respond as they often have: They hold another hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails. But they have run this play too many times before.

Just 29 seconds into Tuesday’s hearing on the defeated Democratic 2016 presidential nominee and her emails, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, interrupted to point out that something more important needs attention.

“We have seen the pictures of immigrants ripped apart from their parents at the border. These children are not animals,” he said. “They are children who have been forcibly removed from their parents in our name.”
More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-your-regular-order-is-out-of-order/2018/06/19/4eb3a586-7405-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html?utm_term=.1fe72f8ffbbd&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
June 20, 2018

Tom Hanks Improvised Shakespeare For Fifteen Minutes

Tom Hanks Improvised Shakespeare For Fifteen Minutes As A Medical Emergency Happened In The Audience

By B. Miller
Updated 3 days ago

Earlier this month, Oscar-winner Tom Hanks returned to the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles to perform in Henry IV as the fat hellion, Falstaff. Falstaff is the primary companion to Prince Hal (son of Henry the IV and heir to the throne).

Fans were already thrilled to see Hanks play the iconic role.

But on June 15, Hanks wowed the crowd in a completely unexpected way!

An audience member passed out during the show, bringing the production to a halt. As the audience grew restless and medics tried to aid the ill theatre-goer, Hanks jumped back onstage and distracted the rest of the audience with improvised Shakespeare. Mr. Hanks remained in character as Falstaff, brought an audience member up onstage, and reprimanded patrons who tried to leave, calling them "scurvy rogues."

More with pictures and video: http://www.guacamoley.com/the-scoop/2018/06/16/aQwSQ/tom-hanks-improvised-shakespeare?utm_content=inf_10_3742_2&tse_id=INF_8210bea071a811e885452962173f413a
June 20, 2018

FamiliesBelongTogether Rally at Wakulla ICE Detention Center June 30

I didn't know there was an ICE detention center outside of Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Florida.

Here is where to sign up - I guess you will be sent directions to the facility when you do.

#FamiliesBelongTogether Rally at Wakulla ICE Detention Center

Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!

Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together!
Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying around the country and in Washington, D.C., to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents! Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics. Let's send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together.


When: Saturday, June 30 at noon (local time)
Where: ICE Detention Center
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Host: Jennifer R.


Address with a map at link:
Miami Field Office
15 Oak Street
Crawfordville, FL, 32327
June 19, 2018

Tallahassee action against children being separated from their parents

Progressive Leadership Council has scheduled a news conference Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 am to voice our outrage and concern that Congress is still allowing the separation of these immigrant children from their parents and detention; and demand a response from our Florida Senators and Congressional delegation. We will invite representatives from the offices of both Sens. Nelson and Rubio and Reps. Lawson and Dunn to state their positions at the news conference.

You are invited to the Tuesday 10:30 am news conference at the Florida Press Center at College Avenue & Gadsden Street to express your outrage.

Council President Dorothy Inman Johnson will read a statement on behalf and provide copies. “I invite religious leaders, organizations advocating on behalf of immigrant families, and family and child advocates, including members of the Council, to notify me before Monday if you want to be added as a speaker,” she said

“It is immoral that the Trump administration is using the Bible to justify our government's cruelty to families who have already suffered so much to get here seeking safety from dangerous conditions in their own country.”

I think this is the group:http://tallahassee.newleaderscouncil.org/ I got word through the local Indivisible chapter.
June 16, 2018

The last township that survived the Highland Clearances

The last township that survived the Highland Clearances
Alison Campsie
Published: 11:09 Updated: 11:23 Wednesday 26 July 2017

It is a remarkable window into old Scotland and a way of life lived for hundreds of years.

Auchindrain in Argyll, a scattering of cottages and longhouses south of Inverary, was first recorded more than 500 years ago.

It is now considered the last standing example of a Scottish township, where residents banded together in a joint tenancy and shared responsibility for paying the rent and working the land.

Today, it stands today much as it did in the late 1700s after surviving the Highland Clearances given its landowner, the Duke of Argyll, rejected advice to break down the township and turn the land into individual crofts.

Incredibly, the township survived until 1963 when the last tenant, Eddie McCallum, surrendered his tenancy with the Duke and left Auchindrain for good. His family had farmed there 1829.

More: https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-last-township-that-survived-the-highland-clearances-1-4514302
June 14, 2018

North Korea signs....

📌 1985: North Korea signs Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty
📌 1992: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 1994: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 1999: North Korea signs historic agreement to end missile tests
📌 2000: North Korea signs historic agreement to reunify Korea! Nobel Peace Prize is awarded
📌 2005: North Korea declares support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2005: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program and "denuclearize"!
📌 2006: North Korea declares support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2006: North Korea again support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2007: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 2007: N&S Korea sign agreement on reunification
📌 2010: North Korea commits to ending Korean War
📌 2010: North Korea announces commitment to "denuclearize"
📌 2010: North Korea again announces commitment to "denuclearize"
📌 2011: North Korea announces plan to halt nuclear and missile tests
📌 2012: North Korea announces halt to nuclear program
📌 2015: North Korea offers to halt nuclear tests
📌 2016: North Korea again announces support for "denuclearization"

Copied from an Indivisible Facebook post.

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