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Word spreads fast about Occupy Madison's tiny houses for the homeless



News about Occupy Madison’s "OM Build" Tiny Homes initiative is spreading like wildfire, generating excitement and attracting donors of time and money, says project organizer Bruce Wallbaum.

After news of homeless people beginning work on the first 98-square-foot house broke in early July, the initiative got its share of attention from local media. But a WMTV-15 story more than a month later — featuring video of the tiny house, nearly complete — sent coverage viral, Wallbaum recalls.

Soon media from around the country, including Al Jazeera America and, more recently, a Minneapolis news site, were doing stories on the project.

Several Occupy groups from around the country contacted Wallbaum asking about how Occupy Madison runs the program.

“Let us get the first house built and we’ll tell you,” he chuckles.

About 150 people showed up for a July 30 fundraiser where OM Build raised $17,600. And 15 people have attended each of two workshops to learn a few basic skills needed to construct the houses in the step-by-step system developed at the group’s east-side rented workshop, says Wallbaum.

More: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/word-spreads-fast-about-occupy-madison-s-tiny-houses-for/article_58d118a8-0ab2-11e3-a90d-001a4bcf887a.html
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 04:12 PM (7 replies)

Word spreads fast about Occupy Madison's tiny houses for the homeless



News about Occupy Madison’s "OM Build" Tiny Homes initiative is spreading like wildfire, generating excitement and attracting donors of time and money, says project organizer Bruce Wallbaum.

After news of homeless people beginning work on the first 98-square-foot house broke in early July, the initiative got its share of attention from local media. But a WMTV-15 story more than a month later — featuring video of the tiny house, nearly complete — sent coverage viral, Wallbaum recalls.

Soon media from around the country, including Al Jazeera America and, more recently, a Minneapolis news site, were doing stories on the project.

Several Occupy groups from around the country contacted Wallbaum asking about how Occupy Madison runs the program.

“Let us get the first house built and we’ll tell you,” he chuckles.

About 150 people showed up for a July 30 fundraiser where OM Build raised $17,600. And 15 people have attended each of two workshops to learn a few basic skills needed to construct the houses in the step-by-step system developed at the group’s east-side rented workshop, says Wallbaum.

More: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/word-spreads-fast-about-occupy-madison-s-tiny-houses-for/article_58d118a8-0ab2-11e3-a90d-001a4bcf887a.html
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 04:07 PM (45 replies)

Why Is It So Hard to Call Chelsea Manning ‘She’?



The morning after the WikiLeaker formally known as Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison, the convict issued a public statement: "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am female." Chelsea is seeking hormone therapy and has one request: "that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility)."

Most news outlets who wrote about that request denied it. "He intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman," both Today and USA Today reported. "Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman," the Associated Press announced. CNN, ABC News, the Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Politico, the Telegraph, the Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times* used masculine pronouns. The Washington Post only used proper nouns, a tactic the Times used last year in a profile of transgender performer Justin Vivian Bond, who prefers the pronoun v. Reuters, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail used female pronouns, as did Daily Intelligencer.

Why is it so hard for people to type an extra s when they write about Manning? We updated our nomenclature for "Snoop Lion" and "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince." "Ali Lohan" and "Lil' Bow Wow" became "Aliana" and "Bow Wow" to reflect personal growth. We accept typographical requests from branded products like iPhone, PowerPoint, and eHarmony — and from branded humans like Ke$ha, A$AP Rocky, and 'N Sync. (The last being unusual even without the asterisk.) The idiosyncrasies of capitalism, apparently, are more compelling than a human's self-professed gender.

So why not pronouns? Particularly when the change is one that won't even set off spell-checker? Even if you cling to the belief that a word is not real until a certain number of dictionaries endorse it, she isn't a linguistic problem. It's only a problem for those who read it and balk, because they aren't used to it in the context of this particular person.

Squeamishness, then, is the obvious answer. But Manning's public gender identity is admittedly complex; today's press release arrived on stationery labeled "Bradley E. Manning," presumably owing to the "official mail" name caveat. Since the military still refers to her as "Bradley," masculine nomenclature has an air of authority. Similarly, editors who prize consistency in style and prose seem unwilling to accept change, preferring to waste precious column inches typing out "Private Manning" in every sentence if it saves them from making a decision. ("Bradley Manning" and "he" are also more recognizable in this context.)

More: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/08/why-is-it-so-hard-to-call-chelsea-manning-she.html
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Fri Aug 23, 2013, 02:11 PM (30 replies)

Never forget: Manning got 35 years for uncovering the cover-up of this slaughter of civilians

Posted by East Coast Pirate | Thu Aug 22, 2013, 12:28 AM (9 replies)

Never forget: Manning got 35 years for uncovering the cover-up of this slaughter of civilians

Posted by East Coast Pirate | Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:36 PM (17 replies)

Conspiracy theories are more comforting than acknowledging that

life can be troubling and confusing and there aren't always ready answers. Points of view can contradict each other. Just when you think you've got the truth, along comes the real truth.

There are conspiracies but it's more fun to boil most events down to a conspiracy.
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Wed Aug 21, 2013, 09:05 AM (5 replies)

WikiLeaks trial: Bradley Manning to be sentenced at 10 a.m. EST

Source: Los Angeles Times

FT. MEADE, Md. – A military judge will tell Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at 10 a.m. EDT today how long he must serve in prison for illegally leaking a vast trove of classified U.S. military and diplomatic materials to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Army Col. Denise Lind will deliver the sentence. She found Manning guilty last month of six counts of violating the Espionage Act and mishandling classified material, but she acquitted him of a more serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Manning’s supporters, who consider him a hero for exposing government secrets, plan a vigil outside the gates of Ft. Meade, where the court-martial has taken place, and have announced an evening rally outside the White House.

Manning, 25, faces a maximum potential sentence of 90 years in prison, but in the final phase of the trial, prosecutors urged the judge to sentence him to 60 years behind bars.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-wikileaks-bradley-manning-sentencing-schedule-20130821,0,5596359.story
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Wed Aug 21, 2013, 07:17 AM (9 replies)

Skinner drops shocking NSA bombshell

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12592979

We do have access to members' IP addresses.
I think this is going to shock some people...

It looks to me like the people who repeatedly accuse other DUers of being paid disruptors are all logging on from the NSA.

Posted by East Coast Pirate | Tue Aug 20, 2013, 12:53 PM (76 replies)

UK MP says David Cameron "almost certainly" would have been informed about David Miranda's detention

Mr Miranda was held at Heathrow for nine hours on Sunday, while in transit from Germany to Brazil.

He has launched a legal challenge over the police's use of anti-terror laws to detain him and seize his property.

But the Home Office said police must act if they think someone has "stolen information that would help terrorism".

The No 10 spokesman did not confirm whether PM David Cameron had been informed.

But Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary David Davis said he "almost certainly" would have been.

More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23769324
Posted by East Coast Pirate | Tue Aug 20, 2013, 12:03 PM (1 replies)

Woman lifts 30 lbs with her vagina

http://jezebel.com/worlds-strongest-vagina-can-lift-30-pound-kettlebell-477556721

If the only weightlifting you're doing is with your arms and legs, you are in for a real treat, because there's yet another area of your body you can start to worry about — your vagina.

"Vagina weightlifting" was started by Russian gymnast Tatyana Kozhevnikovam — a woman who, unsurprisingly, holds the Guinness World Record for vagina weightlifting and can lift a 30-pound kettlebell with her vag. G'damn. Tatyana calls it "Intimate Gymnastics" (seems like a real wasted opportunity to use "gymnasty" here) and you'll have to go to Russia to learn from the best/only/why?

Posted by East Coast Pirate | Tue Aug 20, 2013, 10:26 AM (9 replies)
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