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Erich Bloodaxe BSN

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Member since: Sat Mar 15, 2014, 09:23 AM
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Erich S Bloodaxe, PhD, MS, BS, BA, BSN, ADN, RN. (It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life ;) Democratic socialist by nature, if not by registration atm. Spent a lot of of time on Daily Kos, decided I needed to branch out a bit. Currently spending more time at jackpineradicals.org

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If anyone wants to actually help out protesters...

In the wake of the MillenialAU shutdown of I-70 shutdown action yesterday, police impounded a dozen cars and are asking $190 apiece to release them. They could use donations to help get them out.

Their PayPal: MillennialAU@gmail.com

Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Tue Aug 11, 2015, 02:37 PM (2 replies)

"Changes to AP History make conservatives happy"

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/changes-ap-history-make-conservatives-happy

The first national salvo in the fight caught many off guard. Exactly one year ago next week, members of the Republican National Committee gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting, and took up a fairly obscure resolution: RNC activists voted to condemn Advanced Placement U.S. History classes for presenting a “consistently negative view of American history.”

Perhaps the vote shouldn’t have come as too big of a surprise – in far-right circles, the complaints about AP history courses have been loud and frequent. By one count, Republican officials in as many as six states “attempted to crudely politicize our past” by going after the curriculum. In Oklahoma, some lawmakers voted to ban the class altogether.

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Now, after nearly a year of uproar, the College Board, the group that writes the AP exam, has made major changes to the framework – and it’s won conservatives over, in part by putting less emphasis on racism.

Passages that previously cited racial attitudes, stereotyping, and white superiority in early American history have been rewritten or deleted, and some passages that previously implicated early European colonists in racism and aiding in destructive Native American warfare have been softened and replaced with more passive language.


We're going backwards, whitewashing history even more than we already had, simply to make RWers happy. For those who still refuse to believe in white privilege, here's about the most blatant example you can get. Rewriting history to make white people happier about themselves, and not let their kids see just how vile the past was.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 08:05 AM (3 replies)

Breaking: Clintons Got Millions from Swiss Bank Sec Clinton Shielded from IRS

Source: Daily Kos

Here's the long and short of it. Shortly after she became Secretary of State, Clinton went to Switzerland at the request of her Swiss counterpart. The IRS had sued UBS demanding the identities of some 50,000 account holders. A few months later, Secretary Clinton announced a deal whereby UBS provided information on only 4450 accounts. It was a bit odd that the Secretary of State (any secretary of state) would have been involved in this kind of matter at all.

This is all a bit odd and another instance of a Clinton helping out a giant financial institution. But what is really troubling is what came after. Because it seems that after this intervention, UBS became rather magnanimous toward the Clintons. How so?

1) UBS contributions to the Clinton foundation jumped from 60K prior to 2008 to 600K by 2014. That's a 1000% increase.

2) UBS partnered with the Clinton Foundation to lend $32 million to inner-city entrepreneur programs.

3) Bill Clinton was invited to have some Q & A sessions with UBS big wigs. He was paid $1.5 MILLION for these appearances. It made UBS the single biggest source of corporate speech income since he left office.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/31/1407615/-Breaking-Clintons-Got-Millions-from-Swiss-Bank-Sec-Clinton-Shielded-From-IRS



This is a compilation of two other articles -

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/hillary-helps-a-bankand-then-it-pays-bill-15-million-in-speaking-fees/400067/?UTM_SOURCE=yahoo

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ubs-deal-shows-clintons-complicated-ties-1438223492
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Fri Jul 31, 2015, 03:11 PM (180 replies)

Paul Castaway's family needs help burying him.

Some have you have seen the DU OP's about Paul Castaway.

Panich52's OP

Or newspaper articles focusing on his killing by Denver Police.

Denver's Overlooked Police Brutality Problem

Or maybe you might have seen #JusticeforPaulCastaway or #NativeLivesMatter

Paul Castaway was the Rosebud Sioux man shot multiple times by police while he held a knife to his own neck. A shooting police claimed was 'Self Defense'.

And his mother, Lynn Eagle Feather, needs help with funeral expenses.

There is a donation page up at Fundly - https://fundly.com/justice-for-paul-castaway?ft_src=twtshare_mobile

I have to admit I hadn't heard of 'Fundly' before, but I tossed in a few bucks, and I'm hoping other people here might do the same.

(Edit - I also don't know what relation 'Dave Strano', the contact person in Denver Colorado is to Castaway, so as always with online donations, there's always a chance it's not legit.)

(Second Edit - Google suggests Dave Strano is a community organizer in Denver who gets arrested at protests, heh.)
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:39 AM (3 replies)

Homeless woman picked up an LAPD nightstick during the skid row shooting, could get life in prison.

http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-homeless-woman-baton-20150723-story.html (h/t @deray, Deray McKesson)

Millions of people viewed video of the fatal police shooting March 1 of an unarmed black man known as "Africa" outside his skid row tent.

Police said the man, Cameroonian immigrant Charly Keunang, grabbed an officer's holstered gun when they tried to take him into custody on suspicion of robbery. The shooting stoked long-simmering tensions and anger among skid row inhabitants and advocates who accuse Los Angeles police of being too quick to resort to heavy-handed, violent tactics.

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The homeless woman, Trishawn Cardessa Carey, 34, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and resisting arrest, and could face 25 years to life in prison under California's three-strikes sentencing law for repeat offenders.

After nearly five months in jail, Carey was granted a reduction in bail late Wednesday afternoon, to $50,000 from just over $1 million.

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The footage shows Carey briefly lifting the baton as police scuffle with Keunang nearby. It does not show her swinging the club or striking anyone, and the prosecutor says he won't try to prove she did so.

Instead, Denton said he will argue that Carey attempted to attack an officer by "picking up the officer's baton and raising the baton to strike the officer."


Unarmed black man shot by police for fighting back. Black woman picks up a police baton, DOES NOT HIT ANYONE WITH IT, may face 25-life, and started out with a million dollar bond. there is absolutely nothing that is 'right' with this treatment of our citizens by the state.

Three strikes must end. 'Broken windows' policing must end. Overincarceration of black men and women must end. Overcharging and ridiculous bail amounts that leave people rotting in jail must end.

Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 10:03 AM (4 replies)

Holy #$%$%^%!

Courtesy of @JamilahLemieux, http://www.ebony.com/news-views/fundraiser-for-baltimore-6-to-feature-blackface-performance-053#.Va-cc_nkqH-

A former Baltimore Police officer who performs as Al Jolson is raising funds support the officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray


I'd add that puking emote thing, but I can't seem to find it.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 09:40 AM (9 replies)

Listen to Tia Oso in her own words. #BlackLivesMatter

Note that I am deliberately NOT posting this in GD : Primaries, because it is about BLM, not 'the candidates'. (my bolds below)

http://mic.com/articles/122629/i-am-the-black-woman-who-interrupted-the-netroots-presidential-town-hall-and-this-is-why

I am Tia Oso, the black woman who took to the stage and demanded a microphone on July 18 at the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. I did this to focus the attention of the nation's largest gathering of progressive leaders and presidential hopefuls on the death of Sandra Bland and other black women killed while in police custody, because the most important and urgent issue of our day is structural violence and systemic racism that is oppressing and killing black women, men and children. This is an emergency.


The rest is equally good. Go read it, and actually think about it, while remembering that it's simply not always 'about us' or 'about our candidates'.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 02:59 PM (4 replies)

This is infuriating.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/04/1398938/-GOP-proud-of-Dark-Money-RedMap-election-rigging-firewall-that-gained-unearned-legislative-seats

I can't do justice to the story with excerpts of excerpts, please go and read the story about how badly Republican gerrymandering has screwed over the House of Representatives. Here in my home state, according to the included graphic from Mother Jones, it took 2.5 Dem voters to elect a Dem to the house for every Republican voter to elect a Republican to the House. It's no wonder John Boehner has held onto his seat easily every time anyone has bothered to challenge him, when the district has been so packed with Republicans.

Go, read it, and remember why it is vitally important to gain control of the offices that control redistricting, why those are every bit as important or more than actually winning the White House.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 07:35 AM (86 replies)

Yum, just YUM!

Ok, so I gathered and pitted and quartered more of the sour cherries today, enough to get me to the 3 cup mark. But I happened also to read that you really want to use them ASAP, preferably the same day you pick them, so rather than waiting until I had the four cups the Ball recipe calls for, I'd just make 3/4 of a recipe.

Boiled up the 3 cups of cherries with the 3.6875 cups of sugar and a teaspoon of margarine (to keep foaming down) and a teaspoon of almond extract. Added my 1.5 pouches of pectin, boiled the minute more, and started ladling the mix into my sterilized jars and sealing with wax. Got everything sealed up, then used my finger to scoop some off the ladle to taste.

Magnificent. I got 6 jars (8 oz), and every one a treasure. I think I have GOT to plant more bush cherries. I had bought two originally, but the one under the cherry trees died off, I think they really need full sun.

Also just placed an order for some saffron crocus, which I'm hoping I can keep alive as container flowers, to make them easier to propagate as they divide.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 11:58 AM (3 replies)

Sour cherry recipes? Preferable jams or conserves or the like?

Anyone got any 'omg, this is fantastic stuff' recipes that they've tried at home?

I've got two cherry trees and a bush cherry. The cherry trees are sweet, supposed to be 'black lapin', but to be honest, I've never seen the fruit get anywhere near black. But there's some bug that loves them, and basically any cherry I don't lose to brown rot, I lose to larvae eating them from inside and blue jays eating them from the outside.

The sour cherry bush, however, is producing fine, and has (knock on wood) no signs of brown rot, and apparently no bugs that like the fruit. Over the last couple of days, I pulled a salad bowl's worth of fruit off it, and now have 2 cups of pitted and halved sour cherries. I'll possibly get another 2 cups of fruit off it this year, but I want to make something now, before the fruit I've picked and cut goes off. It won't make a lot, but I bet I can get three or four 8 oz jars out of it.

So, any must try favorite recipes for sour cherries?
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 11:12 AM (7 replies)
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