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  • petal commented on the blog post Poverty Unchanged By Wall Street Recovery

    2014-09-17 16:18:41View | Delete

    Good timing on this. The shuttle bus driver and I were talking this afternoon about the increase in flash cars we’ve seen lately in our little area, and he said people are splashing out again on expensive sports cars. I thought to myself “Yeah, the rich people are because they’re doing great. The rest of us, not so much.”

  • petal commented on the blog post Call Congress: Oppose the Syria War Amendment

    2014-09-17 13:24:39View | Delete

    They don’t listen. If you contact them to let them know you disagree, you get back a condescending email letter written at the 4th grade level, with 3rd grade logic, saying how you’re wrong and they’re going to do it anyway. I’ve tried. It’s an exercise in futility. They are beholden to their paymasters, whether it’s AIPAC or the arms industry. They know both parties support it, so no one can hold them to account on election day or any other day.

  • petal commented on the diary post Turnout for Teachout and Wu by ek hornbeck.

    2014-09-09 19:54:40View | Delete

    Interesting to see the county breakdown. He lost the whole Albany area. Heh.

  • petal commented on the diary post Turnout for Teachout and Wu by ek hornbeck.

    2014-09-09 19:47:18View | Delete

    With 58% of precincts reporting in, It’s 60/36 for Cuomo, and 59/41 for Hochul.

  • petal commented on the blog post Israel To Take Largest Amount Of Land From West Bank In 30 Years

    2014-09-01 10:14:10View | Delete

    The most recent beat down of Gaza was also a test-would there be any real consequences for it? The answer was no, so the Israelis know they have a green light to do whatever the heck they want. Nothing will happen, no matter what they do.

  • petal commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Some Good News

    2014-08-30 09:10:00View | Delete

    And in NYS news, public unions have spurned Andrew Cuomo for the D primary. Unfortunately, they will back him for the general election. Again, no real consequences to be paid-which leads to more of the same.

  • petal commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Some Good News

    2014-08-30 09:07:34View | Delete

    In more Market Basket news, yesterday DDay, covering over at NakedCapitalism, posted an article in the links section saying that the guy who won may have borrowed up to $500m from Blackstone (a private equity company), and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

  • 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.

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