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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,980

About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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I want this a sign by my front door

This IS spooky

CBS News investigation finds Kim Davis’ lawyer behind anti-LGBT bills in 20 states

The lawyer who represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis after she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses told CBS News that his group was also behind anti-LGBT legislation being pushed in at least 20 states.

After governors in North Carolina and Mississippi recently signed laws limiting the rights of LGBT people, CBS News began investigating why so many anti-LGBT bills were cropping up in state legislatures around the country.

The network found that the conservative group Liberty Counsel had placed lawyers in all 50 states to draft legislation and advise lawmakers on how to rein in the rights of LGBT people in response to a Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

CBS determined that bills tied to Liberty Counsel have been filed in at least 20 states so far.

And the Grifter Quitter quits again. Surprised? UPDATE: SHE canceled.

The @WYGOP says @SarahPalinUSA will no longer speak on Saturday at its state convention. No word on whether Trump is sending a replacement.

Original at link:

Sarah Palin will not be appearing as a surrogate for Donald Trump at the Wyoming Republican Party convention this weekend, the state's GOP announced on Thursday.

According to a release on the Republican Party of Wyoming’s website, the Trump campaign said she would not be attending. It provided no explanation for the last-minute cancellation.

“The Donald Trump campaign has informed the Wyoming Republican Party that Sarah Palin, the scheduled surrogate speaker for the presidential candidate, will not be attending the State GOP Convention,” the release says. “Former Governor Palin was scheduled to speak to the convention delegates Saturday morning between 10-11am along with presidential candidate Ted Cruz and John Kasich surrogate Governor Butch Otter of Idaho.”


Triclosan, A Chemical Used in Antibacterial Soaps, is Found to Impair Muscle Function

In a new study, the chemical inhibited muscle activity in individual human heart cells, mice and minnows

The antibacterial substance, which was first developed in the 1960s to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals, has since been incorporated into everything from hand soaps to toothpastes to mouthwashes. Manufacturers see it as a marketing bonus, increasing consumer confidence that a particular product kills harmful bacteria. Even some household products—such as kitchen utensils, toys and bedding—include triclosan.

In recent years, though, research has shed light on a number of problems with employing triclosan so widely. Studies have shown that the chemical can disrupt the endocrine systems of several different animals, binding to receptor sites in the body, which prevents the thyroid hormone from functioning normally. Additionally, triclosan penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream more easily than previously thought, and has turned up everywhere from aquatic environments to human breast milk in troubling quantities.

To this list of concerns, add one more: A new paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that triclosan impairs muscle function in both animals and humans. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that the chemical hinders human muscle contractions at the cellular level and inhibits normal muscle functioning in both fish and mice.

“Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said lead author Isaac Pessah. “These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”

Study details in the article

Oh how the mighty are falling...............

Valeant drug company got some bad news today.
Valeant bond investor Centerbridge notifies company of intention to call a default.

You may remember Valeant as having a history of buying up smaller drug companies ( a LOT of them) and then raising the prices of their drugs.
The company raised prices on all its brand name drugs 66% in 2015, five times more than its closest industry peer.
The cost of Valeant flucytosine is 10,000% higher in the United States than in Europe.

Valeant is known for buying companies and laying off their employees to achieve savings, while accumulating a debt of about $30 billion.
It spends an amount equivalent to only 3% of its sales on research and development, which it views as risky and inefficient compared with buying existing drugs. Traditional big drug companies spend 15 to 20% of sales on research and development.
Valeant also pays extremely low taxes because it is officially based in Canada, although Mr. Pearson operates from New Jersey."

Valeant's acquisition of Bausch & Lomb in 2013, and Paragon Vision Services in 2015, is alleged to have given the company control of over 80% of the production pipeline for hard contact lenses. A series of unilateral price increases beginning in Fall 2015 spurred the FTC's investigation.

Valeant is now being investigated by FTC, and 2 State's Attorney's offices.

And ts biggest bondholder, Centerbridge, is calling a default on Valeant bonds.



Planting Peace just posted this billboard near Hendersonville, North Carolina

Planting Peace is the the nonprofit organization behind the rainbow-colored Equality House

Planting Peace can be found on facebook:

Want to share a piece of heaven with y'all.

This is the view of the deck Mr. dixie built, on the east side of the house.
It frames the wild cherry tree nicely. The land slopes down to a small valley where he has built his man-cave.
taken a couple days ago, showing how pretty spring can be.
That is a ginormous magnolia tree left of the shed, been growing there for decades.

Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force

This is a really good detailed article on how Erik Prince lied to and used foreign companies to try to build himself a private airforce /mercenary army.
Shades of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now

or, as one commentator remarked...."His moves are those of a psychopath on a power trip.
Using economic terrorism to cow his opponents and now wanting an air force..
Next he'll have a glass eye and a hairless cat in his arms screaming incoherently."

The story of how Prince secretly plotted to transform the two aircraft for his arsenal of mercenary services is based on interviews with nearly a dozen people who have worked with Prince over the years, including current and former business partners, as well as internal documents, memos, and emails. Over a two-year period, Prince exploited front companies and cutouts, hidden corporate ownership, a meeting with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout’s weapons supplier, and at least one civil war in an effort to manufacture and ultimately sell his customized armed counterinsurgency aircraft. If he succeeded, Prince would possess two prototypes that would lay the foundation for a low-cost, high-powered air force capable of generating healthy profits while fulfilling his dream of privatized warfare.

Guns in cars’ bill one step closer to law in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On Tuesday night, the Alabama Senate passed SB14, 26-7 which would allow law abiding residents to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.

Last year, Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) shepherded the bill through the Alabama Senate, but it ultimately died in the House.

“No one is required to have a permit to keep a handgun in his or her house. The Castle Doctrine states vehicles are an extension of a person’s home,” Allen explained. “Therefore, adults should have the right to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.”

Supporters of Allen’s bill say it would ease restrictions on open-carriers and further ensure Alabamians’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The Alabama Sheriffs Association has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions, saying it would make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult and could lead to more incidents of road rage. They also noted that sheriffs would lose some of the revenue they receive through pistol permits, which helps to fund their departments.

The bill now heads to the Alabama House of Representatives.
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