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silverweb

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Home country: USA
Current location: Sacramento, CA
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 14,409

About Me

What do I snare in my web, you inquire? All sweet things to savor, to hold close and dear; Moonbeams and laughter and lovers' sighs, Sunbeams and daisies and children's smiles. The holes in my web allow the escape Of fears and hurts, jealousies, hate; All loneliness, prejudice, anger, and pain, These pass through, transformed, to the ether again.

Journal Archives

My 1st hidden post & the National Parks "artist."

Tonight I had my first post ever hidden, and I've been a member for over 13 years now. It was because I used the evil "b" word in reference to the young woman who arrogantly decided that her self-proclaimed title of "artist" entitled her to desecrate our National Parks with her acrylic paintings.

The "b word," to me, means a vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female. I haven't really kept up with the word's evolution from just being vulgar to having sexist implications. A feminist myself, I didn't intend any sexist meaning. (There's also a word for vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish males that starts with a "b," but I've never been scolded for using that one.)

In any case, I greatly appreciate those jurors who kindly understood my reasoning even while disapproving of my angry, knee-jerk word choice for the vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish female who did the defacing.

For the juror who said I "should know better," I humbly invoke age-related creeping decrepitude for my inattention to linguistic evolution and loss of impulse control. In the heat of the moment, I only recognized my intended meaning (see above), not the relatively new focus on sexist implications.

In any case, you'll all be very happy to know that the word expansion program I use on my computer now prints "__NO!__" whenever I type that evil word, so I won't make the same mistake again no matter how angry I get at someone's vile, obnoxious, nasty, selfish actions.

Adios to my first-ever hidden post... and hopefully my last.

Love you all...

"Don't Call This Veteran a Hero"

I've been traveling since May 20th, read this piece during that time and meant to forward/post it, but didn't get it done. It's a little late for its intended Memorial Day audience but no less true, so I'm posting it now, even though it's late.

Don't Call This Veteran a Hero



Planting Peace tackles South Sudan crisis

There are many worthy causes in the world that work to alleviate human suffering. One of my favorites is Planting Peace, which has multiple projects around the world, including orphanages, eliminating parasites in children, LGBT equality (including an underground in Uganda), rainforest preservation and more.

Now they're also taking on the hunger crisis in South Sudan.

http://plantingpeace.org/2014/05/south-sudan-hunger-crisis/

If you're able, please consider donating. You can specify which project you want your donation to go to and every little bit helps.

This is new & interesting....

A new social networking site that focuses on issues facing us all and encourages members to share their activities.

I've signed up to follow for now and see how the site evolves. Anyone care to join me?



URGENT! Home desperately needed for 2 Sacramento cats.

Home desperately needed for 2 Sacramento cats, neutered males, Alvin (gray, age 6) and Opie (orange, age 5). Their mom has fallen on hard times and had to give them up. Their foster mom can't keep them for more than another week.

I'd take them myself, but I already have four cats that are hostile to the idea and space is an issue. I've spent time with them both and they're mellow, friendly, and affectionate, comfortable around dogs and children. Shots are up to date and they're in perfect health.

Please don't let these beautiful, affectionate boys end up in the city shelter. If you can offer Alvin and Opie a home or know someone who can, please PM me and I'll put you in contact with their foster mom.

Alvin:

Opie:

The Republican Vision for Government

I looked to see if anyone else had posted this yet and didn't find it, so I trust this is not a duplication. I have had the same assessment for a long time, but this lays it all out better than I ever could.

Government is one of mankindís oldest institutions that, in the modern era, affects every human activity in important ways. Americaís government is the means by which state policy is enforced according to laws voted on by the populace within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, and one of its primary functions is protecting the people. During the early 1980′s, Republicans made a conscious decision to oppose the current form of government in their drive to transform Americaís constitutional republic into a plutocracy, and they have worked diligently to deliver control of the countryís policies to corporations and financial institutions.

A means of giving corporations and financial institutions power to govern is ceding control of the nationís resources, and eliminating regulatory agencies tasked with enforcing policies that protect the people and guarantee the nation survives according to the Constitution. After thirty years, Republicans are blatantly campaigning for votersí permission to give the wealth of the nation directly to the rich, and allow banks and corporations to dictate policies advanced by groups such as the Koch brothers, Heritage Foundation, and Willard Romney.

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The government Romney and Republicans propose is not business friendly, it is business-owned and operated, and the people are expendable assets. The American people depend on regulatory agencies to ensure the food supply, medicine, air travel, and workplace are safe, and their tax dollars support disaster relief, early warning systems, education, law enforcement and fire protection that Republicans pant to eliminate to fund more tax breaks. The GOP is well aware their plans for corporate- government are not a popular proposition among most Americans, and it is why Romney and Republicans support voter suppression tactics and ALECís voter ID laws to eliminate opposition to their corporatist agenda.

(Bolding is mine.)

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8ko62af

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
-Benito Mussolini

Alternatives to consider:

They are
(1) The Breast Cancer Site, and
(2) GoodSearch

For more than 10 years now, "click to donate" has been part of my morning while the caffeine kicks in and I like to think that over time that has added up to something of substance. The breast cancer donations go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, not Susan G., and the 7 other worthy causes on the same site benefit from daily clicks, as well.

GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that generates donations and allows you to choose which charity your donations go to. There are a whole slew of local and county Planned Parenthood organizations listed. The national organization, which sends money where it's most needed, is listed right at the top as "Planned Parenthood - Federation of America (New York)."

These are such little things and don't cost the individual anything, but multipled by millions of people participating, they can really make a difference. Both sites also have other ways to generate donations, from gift shops to shopping/dining.

Please consider using these easy, free methods to help support Planned Parenthood.

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