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Introducing Buddy, who came in from the cold, warmed up, went to the vet, and got a FIV diagnosis

At the moment he is asleep under my bed.. I'm posting to request your compassionate
thoughts across the miles for this buddy.

A few months ago he showed up at the window in the cold, looking as if starving. Bit by
bit I would feed him (outside). I thought he was entirely feral, being fully intact male
and very tough, beat up looking. Wouldn't come near me in the beginning. But he was so hungry.

So hungry, so plaintive. Gradually came closer, let himself be touched.
(He must have been with people once, as now we've discovered he is extremely affectionate,
wanting VERY much to be touched massaged petted scratched combed cuddled kissed and

The more we touched, the more I realized he needed some vet care but thinking he was
feral I didn't want to traumatize him or me. As it turned out he practically climbed into
the cat carrier himself. He has not once scratched, growled, snarled, bitten. Although a
full big Tom, he is humble gentle and respectful around the other cats.

So what do you do?
A bum cat shows up, hungry and poor. Filthy, ragged.
He has nobody, nothing.
His ear is half torn off and his face is scarred, ugly.
It's freezing outside.
We can barely afford to feed the cats we have now.
But but but
we are not the 1%.
it's hardly a choice.

Buddy more or less moves in, and we take him to the vet. He's actually in pretty good shape...
until.. except.. oops ... he has FIV.

FIV is like HIV for cats. Not curable as far as we know. Contagious, but not likely through casual
contact. Spread mostly through bites fights & sex. Undermines the immune system, generally
shortens the kitty's life. Doesn't have to. This is as much as I know so far. Like a friend who is
HIV positive. Needs care. Don't be scared. Love is everything, everything.

Here he's making a goofy face after finishing his bowl of green goo.
But but but but sigh one day at a time we will figure it out.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:23 AM (68 replies)

I remember you from the Zimmerman trial.. I just came looking for good old DU legalanalysises

and happy to find some familiar names in discussion.

They are on some sort of break at the moment,
the shooter has gone back to his seat.

I have tuned in late, astonished for some reason to
see Angela Corey and John Guy -- didn't realize
this was Florida.

Welcome any summation, analyses so far, or links.

will he walk?
he seems remarkably sympathetic but I have missed
most of the trial.
what's to come?
Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 02:38 PM (1 replies)

Christie - "Well, That Escalated Quickly" from TPM


Brian Murphy (@burrite) is a former political reporter in New Jersey and now an assistant professor of history at Baruch College, where he studies political economy and the politics of banking and infrastructure in the early American republic. He worked for David Wildstein in 2002 as the managing editor of PoliticsNJ.com and is also a friend of Bill Baroni. Both men are intimately involved in the scandal. He has not spoken with either about the scandal. He has never met Wildstein in person, and has not seen Baroni since 2009.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 02:06 PM (3 replies)

Zimmerman has a taker for his celebrity boxing match.


Acquitted killer George Zimmerman says he wants to take up boxing – and celebrity rapper The Game says he’s more than happy to be George Zimmerman’s first opponent.

TMZ reported that the Ali Bomaye rapper has accepted a challenge to box the infamous George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match being promoted by Damon Feldman. The fight is scheduled for March 1 and all proceeds go to charity. The Game is 240lbs and 6’5″ and heavily muscled. Zimmerman is 5’7″, and his weight has fluctuated from 185lbs. to 285lbs. by media accounts – most of it generally not muscle.

The Game said:

“I will beat the f**k out of him. I would not be boxing for me. I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family. I would box him to knock him out and I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon.”
Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:45 AM (116 replies)

Such Weather - dogeweather.com


Tired of the Weather Girl? Doge Can Tell You the Weather Forecast Now


The internet's current favourite meme Doge is now so popular that he's now got his own website doling out weather reports.

If you head over to dogeweather.com, you'll be treated to a geo-located weather forecast from Doge, complete with matching explanations in signature Doge lingo.

If the weather's rainy, like it is here in London, Doge will appear dressed in a bright yellow raincoat, together with the temperature gauge in both Celsius and Farenheit, together with helpful comments like "such wet", "very cloud" and "many rain".

"Doge" (pronounced "Dohj" like the chief magistrate of Venice) is a slang term referring to the Japanese dog breed Shiba Inu.

Photos of this dog are commonly photoshopped onto photos of amusing photographs, together with five phrases meant to illustrate the dog's internal monologue, which include adverbs like "such", "very", "many", "so", together with the mandatory interjection "wow".
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 12:43 PM (0 replies)


Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Jan 26, 2014, 01:52 AM (3 replies)

just saw a nice message somewhere about how it is such a good medicine that

people take it for the side effects alone.

Side effects may include laughter, tears, creative
ideas, music, dancing, innumerable insights, urges
to eat something delicious, and may cause you to
sleep soundly through the night.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Sat Jan 25, 2014, 02:23 PM (0 replies)

NORML petition for amendment to NM constitution

please consider signing!
Gov. Martinez is not crazy about the idea.


New Mexico: Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana Prefiled

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque Democrat) has prefiled a constitutional amendment proposal to legalize the adult use of marijuana in New Mexico. If approved by members of both the House and Senate, the amendment would go before state voters in the general election this November. If approved by voters, new regulations governing marijuana would go into effect in 2015.

“The whole point would be that it would be a step toward a more rational approach to a use of the substance, much as we do with alcohol now,” Senator Ortiz y Pino stated. “his is basically an opportunity for the public to decide if they want to do it,” Ortiz y Pino said . “…If they don’t (vote for it) we go back to the drawing board.”

Please take a moment of your time to enter your zip code below and contact your elected officials and urge them to support this important proposal.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:18 PM (1 replies)

because of the way you, and other like minded woobashers, communicate in these threads.

You come across as smug, arrogant, closed minded,
judgmental, with a distinct lack of warmth or humility.

There seems also to be a distinct lack of creative curiosity,
or wonder.

These points lead me to question whether there is even
any live scientific intelligence therein, or simply dogmatic
programming with a touch of egomania.

This is my impression: seriously ineffective communication.
Indifference to whether understanding is being advanced;
rather only that one feels superior.

If you care about people understanding what you want
them to know, then learn to communicate in a way
that is not insulting, demeaning, condescending in
tone. Practice respect, because you are dealing
with human beings.

My impressions are opinion only, not science based or
peer reviewed, nor intended as a personal attack.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 02:34 PM (1 replies)

this video, I think, is powerful -- NY kids talking about school and testing


edit I think this has been posted before on DU but not everybody sees everything and it is worth seeing. Gave me hope for the future of education. Sane kids talking to a mayor who (hopefully) listens to kids.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 01:03 PM (1 replies)
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