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Check out Google's splash page for St. Patrick's Day.

Very cute!

Action Alert: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act

I just got a notice from the www.fooddemocracynow.org organization and wanted to give everyone a head up. Monsanto is trying to sneak this into the Continuing Resolution Bills being debated now. Please consider writing your Congresscritter TODAY (see link below -- the vote is expected Friday) and let them know you are paying attention and that you care about Monsanto taking over our seed supply, thereby controlling our ability to grow frankenfood-free food.

Here's the communication:

Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry are working behind closed doors to undermine your basic rights. This time they’ve gone too far! As your Senators debate the Continuing Resolution spending bill, biotech lobbyists have desperately snuck provisions into the spending bill to make sure their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale and planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous new House provision, which we're calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.

Join us in putting a stop to the Monsanto Protection Act!



Please add your voice to in opposition to this Monsanto-sponsored rider. Follow the link and e-mail your Senator.



Out-of-the-box iPhone4 for $1.00

Since the iPhone5 is out now, A.T.& T. is selling the "old" iPhone4's for $1.00. The Espoused One and I went to get HIM a Smart Phone (a MUST for his work) and I happened to ask the sales clerk if there were any deals to be had on a new smart phone for me. That's when he told me about the iPhone4 for $1.00. I bought it and it works great! Anyway, for those looking to upgrade cheaply this might be possibility.

If you PM someone who has you on Ignore

are you, as the sender, notified or are you just left to guess? Just curious.

So, after 3 years, *I* just got a job. But there's a catch. . .

Some of you may remember a couple of weeks back I posted that my husband got a job after being unemployed for 3-1/2 years:


Well, a couple of years ago I filled out an application and took a test for the Census Bureau (I worked for them in 2009 and 2010). Since it had been so long ago I had pretty much forgotten about it then, yesterday, I get a call and had an online interview. Today they called me to tell me I was hired! Yay! But it's a federal job and tomorrow starts the sequester! Boo!

No idea if this will affect the job or not but it just goes to show that the cosmos can have a sick sense of humor.

After 3-1/2 Years of Unemployment, Husband Just Got Hired! Happy V-Day, Indeed!

Oh. My. God. I'm in tears right now. One of the companies my husband has been doing occasional contracts for called him in to tell him they're hiring him as of March 1. I'm in shock and blissful disbelief! We've struggled for so long I can't remember how it feels to just be able to have a good night's sleep. Anyway, I just wanted to share our good news with DU. What a GREAT V-Day!

Update: And I've been given a whole mess of Valentines by several DUers??? I'm literally speechless and we all know what a rarity that is. LOL! OMG. Thank you!

Virtual Heart Thread

Times are tough economically and I know there are probably lots of DUers out there who would give hearts if they could but simply can't afford to. I thought a "Virtual Heart" thread might be in order.

I'm giving out hundreds of Virtual Hearts this year because there are SO many posters on this board whose writing and activism I appreciate beyond measure. You give me insights, you challenge me and make me constantly re-evaluate my positions. You provide articles and links to stories I probably would not have found on my own. I'm constantly amazed at the knowledge that congregates on this one board. And not just political. I love checking the Cooking and Baking Group, the DIY & Home Improvement Group, Gardening Group, Frugal and Energy Efficient Living Group and others for first-hand information and insights.

So, to all of you whose threads I've read and commented on, whose threads I've recommended and whose PM correspondence I so enjoy, please accept these Virtual Hearts and know that you have my admiration and deep appreciation.

Anyone wishing to tag on a few Virtual Hearts, please feel free to use this thread to do so if you like.

Hugs and Kisses,


These are examples of what a real singer sounds like:

This is the wonderful K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":

Everyone knows about the great Aretha Franklin's unmatched ability at R & B but did you know she subbed for Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammies and didn't change the song? Here she sings "Nessun Dorma" from "Turendot" as only Aretha can. Later, Pavarotti praised her performance.

This (very) brief list would not be complete without the incomparable Renee Fleming. Not the best recording but remember, she's singing with full orchestra and no microphone (it's what you learn to do when you actually study your art).

And finally, one woman, one guitar, original song.

So, when us "old farts" complain about substance/talent being replaced by cheer-leading dance moves and pyrotechnics, this is what we're referring to.

Did you know that DU has a Marketplace?

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows that DU has a Marketplace if you're looking to sell your arts/crafts. The Group's Host, Tansy Gold, and I are looking for ways to grow and promote the group. I even have a thread up for people to offer suggestions. Anyway, here's a direct link if you'd like to take a look:


Offer Your Suggestions on How to Grow DU's Marketplace

I've been speaking with the Group Host in this forum, Tansy Gold, about ways to promote and grow the DU Marketplace. The Marketplace hasn't been very active and we're talking about ways to change that. Additionally, I would venture to say that most DUers don't know it even exists so we need ways to promote The Marketplace. Here are some ideas we've batted around so far:

-Add a promo for the Marketplace in your sig line
-Start a thread in GD advertising the DU Marketplace (I'll do this this coming weekend)
-If you are an artisan/crafter, include in your Subject Line something about "Handmade by DUer" or "Made in the U.S.A. by DUer by ___________"
-If we can get enough traffic, maybe we can warrant a special section on DU's Home Page.

Thanks for your time and consideration,


Edit to add link to DU Marketplace. (Thanks, Scuba!)
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