HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » dixiegrrrrl » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 ... 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ... 128 Next »

dixiegrrrrl

Profile Information

Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, 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: 46,096

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

BREAKING: Kochs Demand $400 Million Refund from Rubio

sez Borowitz just now....



So worth this picture:

List of reasons for admission to mental asylum 1864 to 1899

( my favorite...novel reading)

Do we no longer have MIR teams?

Just realized I have not seen announcements of new teams, in quite some time.

I am sleeping so much better since I reduced blue light at night on the puter/e-book use.

I knew as we age, it is common to have sleep problems, and sure enough, over the past few years, falling asleep and staying asleep has been a problem.

I have been reading of the effects of computer/e-book use at night which inhibits melatonin production, because of blue light waves... and can affect sleep.

So, out of curiosity, I got a pair of orange lens sunglasses, and started using them from 8 pm on when at the puter and in bed reading the e-book.
Been a week now.
And it works.
Falling asleep naturally about 20 minutes after going to bed, and have much deeper sleep, feel more alert the next day, and have more energy.

Did an experiment and did not use them 2 nights ago, felt sluggish and dull the next day.

Mr. Dixie is off searching for a pair today.


Clinton daily apology # 243:

Clinton Issues Longer Apology for Praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS Record.

"I Made a Mistake, Plain and Simple."

After praising the late Nancy Reagan for starting "a national conversation" on HIV and AIDS, then promptly apologizing in the face of intense criticism on Friday, Hillary Clinton has now issued a much longer explanation and apology, posted to Medium on Saturday night.

"To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS," she wrote. "That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day."

"I've heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said. As someone who has also lost friends and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why. I made a mistake, plain and simple."
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/clinton-hiv-apology-medium

NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

A while back, we noted a report showing that the “sneak-and-peek” provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy.

The ACLU of Massachusetts blog Privacy SOS explains why this is important:

What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages.
FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.

This basically formalizes what was already happening under the radar. We’ve known for a couple of years now that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the IRS were getting information from the NSA. Because that information was obtained without a warrant, the agencies were instructed to engage in “parallel construction” when explaining to courts and defense attorneys how the information had been obtained. If you think parallel construction just sounds like a bureaucratically sterilized way of saying big stinking lie, well, you wouldn’t be alone. And it certainly isn’t the only time that that national security apparatus has let law enforcement agencies benefit from policies that are supposed to be reserved for terrorism investigations in order to get around the Fourth Amendment, then instructed those law enforcement agencies to misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information — see the Stingray debacle. This isn’t just a few rogue agents. The lying has been a matter of policy. We’re now learning that the feds had these agreements with police agencies all over the country, affecting thousands of cases.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/03/10/surprise-nsa-data-will-soon-routinely-be-used-for-domestic-policing-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism/


We did say this would happen...people scoffed back then.

Iditarod officials: Snowmobile strikes 2 teams, kills dog, injures others

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A person on a snowmobile drove into two dog teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Saturday morning, killing one dog and injuring at least three others.

Mushers Aliy Zirkle (AL-ee ZUR-cul) and Jeff King were attacked outside the village of Nulato (noo-LAH-toh), a community of 236 on the Yukon River a little more than halfway into the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race to Nome.

A suspect has been identified by a village police officer. Race officials did not know the gender of the suspect, said Bri Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Iditarod Trail Committee.

King was 12 miles (19.31 kilometers) from Nulato when three of his dogs were hit by the snowmobile.
Nash, a 3-year-old male, was killed. Crosby, another 3-year-old male, and Banjo, a 2-year-old male, received injuries and are expected to survive.

King himself requested medical attention at Nulato.
http://bigstory.ap.org/f3215005a31c4a90a710aa91f118dd50

Egypt drafts bill to ban burqa and Islamic veils in public places

Legislators have argued that full face veils are un-Islamic and that the Quran only requires women to dress modestly and cover their hair/

The full-face veil is worn by some followers of Islam and typically covers all of the wearer’s face other than their eyes. The clothing is common in Egypt which is a predominantly Muslim country.

MP Amna Nosseir, professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, who has backed the ban, said that wearing the veil is not a requirement of Islam and in fact has non-Islamic origins. She has argued that it is a Jewish tradition which appeared in the Arabian Peninsula prior to Islam and that a variety of Quran passages contradict its use. Instead, she has advocated that the Quran calls for modest clothing and covered hair, but does not require facial covering.

A number of restrictions have been placed on wearing the niqab in Egypt in recent years. In February, Cairo University banned nurses and doctors from wearing it in medical schools and in teaching hospitals, arguing the ban would: “protect patients’ rights and interests.”

In September of last year, the university also banned academic staff from wearing the niqab in classrooms in response to complaints from students that it was too difficult for niqab wearers to communicate effectively with students.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-drafts-bill-to-ban-niqab-veil-in-public-places-a6920701.html

If you are curious, as I was, about different Muslim countries and women's veil styles, wiki comes thru:

Hijab by country
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab_by_country#Afghanistan

Keith Olbermann Unleashes On Donald Trump:

Excellent bit of history in the middle of the rant about how stupid the Republicans were in the election of 1864, btw...


Not moving out of the country — not yet anyway. I’m merely moving out of one of New York’s many buildings slathered in equal portions with gratuitous gold and the name “Trump.” Nine largely happy years with an excellent staff and an excellent reputation (until recently, anyway) — but I’m out of here.

I’m getting out because of the degree to which the very name “Trump” has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself. I can’t hear, or see, or say that name any longer without spitting. Frankly, I’m running out of Trump spit.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/keith-olbermann-i-cant-stand-to-live-in-a-trump-building-anymore/2016/03/08/fc755896-e559-11e5-b0fd-073d5930a7b7_story.html

2 words................

Re: International Women's day this week.........

Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ... 128 Next »