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This week I'll get my flu shot. For my nephew and others who have no immune system.

My nephew finished 3 hellish years of chemotherapy last spring for leukemia. He's doing well now, but there is always a chance of relapse. But, he has no immune system right now. To look at him you'd never know he'd been sick for that long. But someone who used one of those excuses Mineralman listed for why people here justify not getting a shot could land him in the hospital, potentially life threatening. And it's not just the flu, he has no immunity to all the illnesses that vaccines protect against.

And there are thousands of other people out there whose immune system is compromised who you are jeaprodizing if you don't get a flu shot. Please think of them this fall and add to the all important "herd immunity" that protects them from very serious, even fatal illness.

Thanks to everyone who gets a shot.

For those who understand campaign finance law.

Bernie keeps being criticized for not dropping out. But he has campaign funds left over. He could give those to progressive candidates. But if he doesn't drop out, can't he use the funds to travel the country campaigning for the movement and for progressive candidates, as he just did in NY?

I'm not interested in discussion of him dropping/not dropping out: I would just like to understand the complexities of campaign finance law.

I voted for Bernie today!

I'll be out of town on 3/1, so I voted today in Virginia.

Joe Biden will become one of our greatest ex-vice-presidents,

Just as Jimmy Carter became our greatest ex-president. He will not go quietly into the night, but will continue to work to improve the world.

On the trolling concerning transgender women using the women's bathroom.

Almost 29 years ago, one of my employees came out to me as a transgender man. I say this only to establish that I have some experience here. (I didn't even know the word at the time).

Notice that the "concerns" are almost always about transgender women using a women's bathroom. This is a red flag to me, that we are still in a patriarchical society. A society which looks at women as possessions to be guarded. A society that protected women, versus guarded, would do much more to prevent sexual assault of women and children.

That said, I will say that bathroom use was a major issue in the case of my employee. My company was wonderful in how they helped ease the transition. My employee voluntarily chose to allow an open presentation and discussion, and to voluntarily restrict his use to a few bathrooms. Note I said, voluntarily. The company would have backed him if he had not chosen this.

I think there is little evidence of transgender women being a threat to other women, but there is certainly danger for a transgender person using a men's bsthroom.

I have been in places which have had unisex bathrooms, equipped with completely enclosed stalls, no separate public urinals. Some public facilities have changed their labels on separate bathrooms to include both genders, rather than one for each. (I've always wondered why men wanted to urinals so publicly). There are solutions which ensure the safety and dignity of transgender people, but there has to be the will to use them.

There is not now, and never will be, a perfect Democratic candidate for president.

Every one has flaws, which are being pointed out repeatedly. Frankly I'm tired of it. Digging up what someone said 15 years ago is not helpful. I want to know what their position is today.

I also want a candidate who can alter course when the evidence calls for it, who can admit error.

I am just happy that we have a number of very good candidates. No one is talking about a Democratic clown car.

I will support, work for, and vote for whomever is the nominee.

Call Mike Pence to tell him you will boycott Indiana.

The governor's office number is 317 232 4567. I called to say, politely, that I personally will boycott the state. That this law is the antithesis of the Constitution's freedom of religion clause It is discriminatory and imposes certain religious views on others. The tourism office is 800 677 9800.

Here's a deal for Senator Tillis:

We won't require food handlers to wash their hands, but a sign must be prominently posted:

"Your food is contaminated by fecal matter because our employees don't wadh their hands".

Sort of like the warning on cigarettes. Maybe include a few pictures of nasty bugs. Wonder how long it would take the few market to shut the place down?

Let's stop the black or white thinking about sexual abuse.

Some things can indeed be one or another: in my time zone it's evening, not morning.

Woody Allen may be a great director. That doesn't mean he can not possibly be a child molester. Nor does Dylan's brother's denial prove anything.

For at least six years, one of my brothers sexually molested our younger sister. This was in a small house with lots of people. I can't imagine how he got away with it. But he did. If you were to have asked any of us during those years, we've have denied the possibility. We know better now, though we have chosen to keep it from our mother.

Yes, a few people are wrongly accused: most of the time an accusation is true. It is extremely difficult for a child to go against the threats of his/her abuser to report abuse. It is extremely difficult for an adult to report prior abuse, for the same reason rapes are not reported. The victim is further victimized by the reactions.

The "truth" of Woody vs. Dylan will probably never be known, unless Woody confesses. So please stop attacking Dylan, as this only makes it harder for other victims, of any age, to come forward.

A personal story about Pete Seeger.

When my son was about 6 years old, we were at a Pete Seeger concert. Pete asked for requests. My son wanted "Zippity Do Dah". I knew Pete would not sing this, but my son was adamant. So I let him walk to the stage by himself to make the request. (We didn't believe in coddling him). Pete bent down to listen, (the audience couldn't hear my son). Pete then stood up and very kindly said he didn't know that song, but he would sing something else for my boy. I've always been grateful to Pete that he respected a little boy enough not to embarrass him.

RIP, Pete.
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