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Man Intent on Fixing Toilet Uncovers Centuries-Old Subterranean World Beneath his Basement


15 APRIL, 2015 - 21:54 LIZLEAFLOOR

An Italian man’s dream to open a modest restaurant became an archaeological obsession when he broke ground in order to repair a faulty toilet. The underground world filled with centuries of history he found beneath his building would dominate his life for more than a decade.

In 2000, Luciano Faggiano faced plumbing and sewage issues on the property he had purchased in order to start a trattoria, a casual eating establishment, in Lecce, Italy. Figuring it would be a quick fix, he opted to find and repair the trouble himself, with the help of his two older sons. Digging beneath the building, the family soon discovered a subterranean world, “tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today,” writes an article in The New York Times.

The ruins and chambers discovered due to the excavations of Luciano Faggiano. Image credit: Map data 2012 Google ©2015 Google

Lecce, and Italy in general, is rich with history. Described as a layered cake of ancient civilizations and empires stacked one atop the other, the history of the area can be found just under its cobblestone and modern paved surfaces. Relics and artifacts are revealed frequently, whether from a farmer’s fields or under a city parking lot. Such discoveries are exciting additions to the shared collection of Italy’s past, but the historical finds also slow or cancel modern construction plans like subway systems or building improvements, causing headaches for city planners and builders.

FULL story at link. Video is not in english but is great to watch.

I made the single mom with the special needs son cry at the store today (added mini SB ring photo)

We haven't been to the store in a week and needed some things. I went after breakfast.

Nebraska has no pro football team. The closest team is KC. I'm a life long Packer fan. The year I got my own TV for Christmas I watched the "Ice Bowl" in my room on a small B&W set. (I wanted a mini-bike) http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-americas-game/09000d5d821e1541/America-s-Game-The-Ice-Bowl

Today I was wearing a Packer sweatshirt. Several people in the store had Packer shirts on. I talked with all of them including a checker.

I was out the door when I saw a young lad in a Packers jersey coming towards me. I immediately pointed at him and yelled "I love that shirt" His face broke into a huge smile. We high fived. We started talking football.

His mom said because of his medical problems he can't play the game, but he "so loves" the game.

Many years ago I bought a box of Packer wrist bands for some fund raiser. Whenever I see kids in Packer gear I offer them the one I'm wearing as a gift. (I remember some kid that was going into the Obama rally before the 08 caucus going nuts over one of those too.)

I showed my miniature Super Bowl ring on my keyring. I started to make the offer and his mother stopped me. I noticed she was crying. She told her son to go inside and get a basket. I gave him a hug goodbye.

She told me that to most people that don't know him her son in invisible. People will go out of their way to avoid him. Others stare. And it is hard on her being a single mom.

She thanked me and gave me a hug. She wasn't the only one crying by then.


Edit to add the ring photo

Making Your Home Dementia Friendly (please keep this kicked for a day or so)


Kathleen Allen, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Learn helpful tips, room by room, on how to modify your home to make it safe and friendly for those living with dementia.

As a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you know the challenges well. One such challenge may be adapting your living space to better accommodate your loved one’s changing needs. This month we thought we would look around the house, room by room, and see how it can be modified to make it more dementia friendly. When your home incorporates the elements of dementia friendly design, your loved one’s risk of falling is reduced, his memory is aided, and he has more freedom to use his own abilities. A good design helps your loved one thrive.

Before going through each room, we will first review some elements of good dementia design.

Good Design Elements Include Lighting, and Color and Contrast

Good lighting and contrasting colors are important elements of dementia friendly design. David McNair of the Dementia Centre describes four elements of good lighting1:

FULL story at link.

A mom's post about a Halloween costume is going viral on Facebook. Thank you, Target!


By Laura Willard

Jen Kroll got pretty excited when she saw a recent Target ad.
No, it wasn't because of the "buy one, get one half off" sweater deal. It wasn't even because flannel sheets were 15% off.

Nope, not at all. (Though, flannel sheets do sound nice...)

Here's what made her week: a photo of an Elsa Halloween costume.
The ad meant so much to her that she posted it on Facebook and had this to say:

Do you see what Jen saw? The model sporting the dress worn by Elsa of "Frozen" fame has arm crutches!

Yes, that's a big deal. Especially for Jen because here's a photo of her incredibly cute daughter, who just so happens to love Elsa:

I mean, seriously. Can you even with the adorableness?! Photos by Jen Kroll, used with permission.

FULL wonderful story at link.

Dear Democratic Underground for Bernie... signed Bernie Sanders US Senator

This has been sitting in my email since Oct. 2. I missed it thanks to my dementia. I'm truly sorry for the delay. Please forgive me.

This is for every DUer that Supports Bernie. This isn't just for donations as you can plainly see.

Handing out flyers, hosting little get togethers, phone calls, word of mouth, baking cookies, etc.

We also have three contacts on Bernie's upper staff for communication.

You ALL earned this.



Donate to DU for Bernie at Act Blue here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

An apology to the DU, Hillary & her group, and BainsBane (updated with video)

If I left anyone out it isn't intentional.

I also thank the many DUers that offered support and understand just how FTD works on the mind.

The mail was very helpful too.

Somehow Monday I got the idea the NRA post had been debunked. It got to me.

It now seems I was in error.

As somebody pointed out this will happen again. I have no way of predicting when.

Not so long ago I sent an email to a DUer. Should it ever become public the DU would more than likely would have to ban me. It was that bad. As far as I know it has never been shared with anyone. That DUer is a class act.

It may be a day or two before I start posting. After the episodes end I get very depressed.

FTD awareness week got a lot of mileage out of me. I doubt there is a DUer now that isn't aware.

Again a sincere apology to the DU, Hillary & her group, BainsBane, and anyone I didn't include.



I need a little DU help please


This is the first photo we took of Dug right after we rescued him in June of 2010. The previous family moved out. They left him behind with no food, water, or hope. He has come a long way since. He was lucky the landlord was checking the property.

Dug will be in this for the next week. Please consider voting for our Dug.

And please help keep this kicked.

Chrissy Amphlett Lost Her Battle Against Breast Cancer — And Turned Her Hit Single “I Touch Myself”

The Breast Cancer Site is a place where supporters and survivors come together to help fight breast cancer. In addition to sharing personal stories of hope, shopping for the cause, and signing petitions, visitors can take just a moment each day to click on a pink button to provide free mammograms for women in need. Visit The Breast Cancer Site and click today – it's free!


n 1990, an Australian group called the Divinyls released a song called “I Touch Myself” that celebrated female sexuality − and it quickly became a huge hit. So when lead singer Chrissy Amphlett was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to make this song the new anthem for breast cancer awareness.

It’s been a year since Chrissy lost her battle with breast cancer, and now ten of Australia’s best singers are helping send Chrissy’s message: Connie Mitchell, Deborah Conway, Kate Cerebrano, Katie Noonan, Little Pattie, Megan Washington, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Blasko, Sarah McLeod, and Suze DeMarchi.

Watch the compelling video. (Bare boob warning..see reply #2)

BREAKING Bernie news!!!! (UPDATED $ INFO)

NEW financial info and more here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/128057206

News is below the Thermometer. Thermometers auto-update every few minutes with your latest total.

Donate to DU for Bernie at Act Blue here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

30 days ago DU for Bernie was averaging $3,000 a month on $12,000. What I thought was an out of reach goal for this month was $20,000. I set that amount about a week ago. We had that Monday night.

Bernie is now OVER $21,000 before the midnight deadline for the FEC!

I can't tell you how shocked I am that DU for Bernie has raised $9,000 in a months time!

$21,113 / 640 = $32.9875 per donation. That is more than $10 over Bernie's national donation average.

Our new monthly average is $4,200 a month!

It's time I shared a secret with you. Back in June when I made the trip to see Bernie, marym625 made a simulated check (8.5x11) and emailed it to me. It was for $4,000 to Bernie from the DU Bernie Group drawn on Act Blue. Because Bernie didn't know about it in advance, it was decided not to surprise him in front of the public. He wasn't handed the check until he got in the car by his manager. The photo below is about the time he was learning about the check!

Bernie and his campaign check in on the DU from time to time. Wait till Bernie learns about this.

Feel the Bern!


He is in his 90's, has a slight limp, we bought his groceries as a thank you

X post in Veterans.

You might remember my post about my riding in a B-17: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026991786

Marta and I were in the store this afternoon. I looked over at the elder gent and noticed he was wearing a B-17 hat. I had to go over and talk to him. It turned into one heck of a conversation. I started with I just rode in a B-17 a couple months ago. Marta knew by now to go shopping without me. Other people were listening in.

He was a tail gunner on a B-17. I got the feeling his limp was a war wound, but he didn't say so. He survived his required tour. Some of his friends didn't. I told him my Uncle Leo died as a navigator in the Pacific.

He volunteered after Pearl Harbor while he was in high school. He flew missions over Italy, France, and Germany.

I mentioned my mom rode the bus every day she worked at the Martin Bomber plant. from Florence. That meant a couple hours a day. It is just down the street from the Baker's store we were at. She worked on the Enola Gay. He has a friend that also worked on the Enola Gay. Wonder if he knew mom?

It was like Forest Gump sitting at the bus stop the way people were listening. Bellevue is an Air Force city afterall.

We talked like we were old friends for 15 minutes. Marta came over and said she had everything we needed. We shook hands and I thanked him for his service. A few other people did too.

We were in line to check out. He got in the line next to us. He didn't have much. I know his checker. I said I'm coming over to pay for his stuff. That smile he had at that point said much more than his thank you.

I hope to bump into him at the store again.

I think I'l buy me a new hat: http://www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/hats/b-17-embroidered-cap/

Omaha Steve Over & Out!
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