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  • petal commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 26th, 2014

    2014-08-27 06:42:56View | Delete

    Remember the recent SC case about prayer at town meetings? The town in question, Greece NY, has now changed the rules after one Atheist was allowed to open a town meeting.

    “The policy says that now, speakers will represent “assemblies with an established presence in the town of Greece that regularly meet for the primary purpose of sharing a religious perspective.”

  • petal commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-23 08:34:50View | Delete

    Saw this article this morning in the local Rochester NY newspaper about the militarisation of the local police.

  • petal commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Ice Ice Baby by Elliott.

    2014-08-23 08:01:44View | Delete

    I am glad to see ALS finally getting attention. I really hope it makes a difference and spurs more researchers to tackle it. One of my childhood friends died in their early 20s from this horrible disease.

    Saw this article in the local Rochester, NY newspaper about police militarisation.

  • petal commented on the blog post NH Sen: Scott Brown Within Striking Distance of Jeanne Shaheen

    2014-08-22 13:42:33View | Delete

    I see you’re so up on VT and NH politics, so I’m going to step out of this.

  • petal commented on the blog post NH Sen: Scott Brown Within Striking Distance of Jeanne Shaheen

    2014-08-22 12:35:56View | Delete

    Um, I care. And NH still has 2 senators, just like every other state. NH leans GOP. They see team red and team blue. I mean heck, it’s a problem nationwide, isn’t it, people not actually comparing both parties and seeing there isn’t much of a difference? Why hate on NH(pop ~1.3m)? There are even less people in VT(~620k), so hate on VT too while you’re at it. It isn’t full of hippies, either, and has a lot of right wingers.

  • petal commented on the blog post NH Sen: Scott Brown Within Striking Distance of Jeanne Shaheen

    2014-08-22 10:59:47View | Delete

    NH resident here. A lot of people dislike Shaheen either because of her former time as Gov, or her time as Senator and perceived association with/record for Obama, that they are willing to hold their noses and vote for Brown. People(right-leaning Independents) also see Scott Brown as a moderate, and they are willing to give that a try.

  • petal commented on the diary post Freak Shows and Patent Medicines During the Great Depression by Crane-Station.

    2014-08-16 14:05:54View | Delete

    Other metals are still used in medicine today, like platinum-based chemotherapies for cancers, and also research is going on to develop treatments with things like gold particles/nanoparticles for drug delivery, photodynamic therapy, and hyperthermia treatments. Very cool stuff.

  • petal commented on the diary post Freak Shows and Patent Medicines During the Great Depression by Crane-Station.

    2014-08-16 13:59:19View | Delete

    In college, I had a pretty bad burn on my calf from a motorcycle muffler(blame short legs) and the nurse gave me silver sulfadiazine cream to put on it. Worked great. I enjoy reading about the history of medicine and treatments-good fun. There are some good books out there about it, even about medicine in [...]

  • petal commented on the diary post Freak Shows and Patent Medicines During the Great Depression by Crane-Station.

    2014-08-16 13:12:49View | Delete

    We always had Bag Balm around in Western NY in case there was an injury to one of our animals. It definitely got used. I have since moved away to NH, but I still keep a small tin of it around in the medicine cabinet-just in case. My family had used it for decades on [...]

  • petal commented on the diary post What DOD Military Equipment Has Your County Received Lately? by KateCA.

    2014-08-16 12:26:10View | Delete

    70 assault rifles for rural Grafton County NH. 2(!) grenade launchers for rural Belknap County NH(pop 60k). Keene NH (pop. 23,000) recently received a grant from DHS to buy their very own bearcat. The worst we’ve had up here in recent memory are the Browns in Plainfield, and that was resolved peacefully w/o a single [...]

  • petal commented on the diary post The ‘Incremental’ Genocide in Gaza by CTuttle.

    2014-08-02 10:18:28View | Delete

    Came home today to Jeanne Shaheen (NH) campaign lit stuck in my door. Just took 5 minutes to submit a message to her saying I won’t be voting for her and made a point of mentioning her support of Israel. Don’t know what else to do anymore. It’s like talking to the wall with those [...]

  • And I’m sure they’re being paid very well for their efforts. Thanks for digging, CTuttle.

    I have a couple of friends who before they went on Birthright trips were non-practicing, and they had always fought for the underserved. They came back totally brainwashed and now are about as right wing and shrill as can be. They immediately turned into Israel-firsters and went hardcore into practicing Judaism. One married a rabbi, and from her posts I can pretty much see what is being spread by the Temple. It’s really sad. I guess I had thought they were better persons than this. They say all of Judaism, and all of the Jews themselves everywhere, are at risk of extermination, they praise those wonderful, humanitarian IDF soldiers, etc. It makes one feel like vomiting. How can they not see the similarities? They have become so blinded by tribalism and religion. They are certainly buying everything those advertising agencies are putting out.

  • petal commented on the blog post Cuomo Administration Interfered With Ethics Investigation

    2014-07-24 16:17:03View | Delete

    Sadly, I think he will survive this. It just means he may have to be governor a little longer than he was planning on. He has that D next to his name, and a lot of people will pull the lever for him simply based on that.

  • petal commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-20 09:09:16View | Delete

    Wait-that’s Podhoretz’s talking point
    You really think commenters want *anyone* dead? Seriously? And I think it’s pretty obvious who has the armament advantage, so not buying the “war for survival by Israel” bit.

  • petal commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-20 07:49:51View | Delete

    I agree with you-I have been getting the feeling this has been like poking the bear, and then using the bear’s angry response to justify killing it. The Israelis seem to be poking the bear more and more, seeing how far they can push it to the edge each time, and then they will use [...]

  • petal commented on the blog post Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

    2014-07-15 17:13:20View | Delete

    I’ve come across some NH/VT ones, too. Frustrating and disappointing.

  • petal commented on the blog post Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Political Future Might be in Real Trouble

    2014-07-14 15:27:12View | Delete

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. So much damage done in a short time.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 15:18:15View | Delete

    I felt the people in that crowd are very hungry for another Roosevelt or Long to come along.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 15:13:58View | Delete

    I hope I’m right, too, but I’m very pessimistic, personally. The crowd last night was mostly(like 99%) over 65′s. During the Q&A, someone asked Burns about comparing Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt. He played it neutral, of course, but I got the drift that the crowd didn’t think much of HC. This rural area has a lot of money in a couple of towns but is surrounded by a lot of poverty, so it’s hard to tell overall what’s up, but we don’t usually get that many members of the public in one room up here. I’m concerned there will be some push-back initially by the middle class voters and it will be ignored and clamped down on by the establishment Dems(like, “we’ve already chosen this one candidate, tough crap”), and then they’ll ultimately, again, pull the lever for what they see as the LOTE like before. Things may have to get worse before they have a shot at getting better, but I think the seeds of awareness(not blindly buying the crap the ruling parties are selling) are definitely germinating.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 11:44:29View | Delete

    Sorry-there was supposed to be a paragraph break in there.

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