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Facing Sexism: what can we do?

Sexism is an equal opportunity offense. Many agree that it must be stopped, but all too many think those that want to do this are "Net Nannies".

Many feminists are united here in facing down sexism when it regards women. And I know some of us have attempted to apply that equally to sexism applied to men.

How do we unite men and women in the mutual quest of eliminating sexism for all when so many of our own sex (men and women both) insist that it is just not that big a deal?

As a feminist, I have in the past alerted on sexism on men and my alerts were all shot down 6-0 to leave. I gave up on it because the jury comments were frankly humiliating. I think it is time for me to begin to do that again. But somehow we must convince the rest of DU that these are not frivolous alerts. How to do that?

Men, I have a feeling feminists will have your back on this.

What are your opinions?

Jury glitch

Served on jury, voted, and got the results email and was told I was still on jury service. Had to cancel to get out of the loop.

Today's vote on the DISCLOSE Act is a big one.

Don't know if this has been posted or not, but I think it's very important.

Today's vote on the DISCLOSE Act is a big one.

The Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United has allowed corporations and special interests to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to try and buy our elections -- all the while remaining anonymous.

The DISCLOSE Act will expose these corporations and special interests and bring their money out of the shadows.

But the last time this bill was up for a vote, our opponents filibustered it, so I need your help now to show them that we're not backing down and are ready to fight for our democracy.

Join over 235,657 people and and sign the petition to pass the DISCLOSE Act before the vote today!

As the lead author of this bill, I'm doing everything in my power to pass the DISCLOSE Act. But I'll be honest with you: There's a good chance the DISCLOSE Act is going to be filibustered again.

But we're not going to just walk away. We're not going to back down. If the bill gets filibustered again, several of my colleagues and I will take to the Senate floor tonight.

We're going to shine a little light on our opponents for their refusal to shine a light on the secret corporate and special interest money polluting our democracy.

And if we have to, we'll make opponents of the bill vote on it again on Tuesday.

Knowing that hundreds of thousands of Americans like yourself are behind us will embolden and empower my colleagues and I to fight for all of us.

Sign our petition now: Pass the DISCLOSE Act to expose secret corporate and special interest money in our elections.

Thank you.


Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator

P.S. Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Barbara Boxer (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Ben Cardin (MD), Dick Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Kay Hagan (NC), Patrick Leahy (VT), Claire McCaskill (MO), Bob Menendez (NJ), Jeff Merkley (OR), Patty Murray (WA), Bill Nelson (FL), Chuck Schumer (NY), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Jon Tester (MT), Tom Udall (NM), and Russ Feingold's Progressives United have signed onto our effort at DISCLOSEAct.com. Will you join them by signing the petition now?


I have to have my kitty put to sleep this afternoon.

I know this isn't really a feminist kind of thing, but you guys are kinda my support group.

I can't tell my two best friends and ask for their support right now, because one is going in for surgery tomorrow and the other is her moral support so I don't feel right burdening them with this right now.

I have two other cats but Moochie is my heart baby. He was a feral cat that I was feeding on my patio until one day he crawled into my lap, put his paws on my shoulders to hug me. My heart broke open at the moment to let him in forever.

He had been losing weight lately, but he is older and I thought it was just arthritis, but he started coughing up blood.

I am devastated.

Can someone explain the primary senatorial ballot to me?

There are 24 names on the list, all different parties. How is this a primary ballot? I'm confused.

Question about alerted posts.

If a jury votes to leave the post alone, does the author of the post even know there was an alert on the post?

I got stuck in jury service.

I had completed my jury service (6-1 to hide, yeah!) and had moved to another page where I had the notice to serve on another jury (I thought) I clicked it and it took me to the post I had just adjudicated. I couldn't get out until I canceled my desire to serve.

Will this affect my chances of serving on a future jury?

I have a bug to report and I can't find the bug thread.

Well, I guess I could If I went looking for it, but dialup makes it too time comsuming.

Reply to this post wouldn't work in this thread for post number 2.


I had to hit permalink on the post in order to reply to it.

Can we please pin the bug thread?!

Doomsday Clock moves to five minutes to midnight

Nuclear disarmament

Despite the promise of a new spirit of international cooperation, and reductions in tensions between the United States and Russia, the Science and Security Board believes that the path toward a world free of nuclear weapons is not at all clear, and leadership is failing. The ratification in December 2010 of the New START treaty between Russia and the United States reversed the previous drift in US-Russia nuclear relations. However, failure to act on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty by leaders in the United States, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, and North Korea and on a treaty to cut off production of nuclear weapons material continues to leave the world at risk from continued development of nuclear weapons. The world still has approximately 19,500 nuclear weapons, enough power to destroy the Earth's inhabitants several times over. The Nuclear Security Summit of 2010 shone a spotlight on securing all nuclear fissile material, but few actions have been taken. The result is that it is still possible for radical groups to acquire and use highly enriched uranium and plutonium to wreak havoc in nuclear attacks.

Nuclear energy

In light of over 60 years of improving reactor designs and developing nuclear fission for safer power production, it is disheartening that the world has suffered another calamitous accident. Given this history, the Fukushima disaster raised significant questions that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board believe must be addressed. Safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters. A major question to be addressed is: How can complex systems like nuclear power stations be made less susceptible to accidents and errors in judgment?

Climate change

In fact, the global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth's atmosphere. The International Energy Agency projects that, unless societies begin building alternatives to carbon-emitting energy technologies over the next five years, the world is doomed to a warmer climate, harsher weather, droughts, famine, water scarcity, rising sea levels, loss of island nations, and increasing ocean acidification. Since fossil-fuel burning power plants and infrastructure built in 2012-2020 will produce energy and emissions for 40 to 50 years, the actions taken in the next few years will set us on a path that will be impossible to redirect. Even if policy leaders decide in the future to reduce reliance on carbon-emitting technologies, it will be too late.

The Clock is ticking.


WTF? Here's a strange bug.

I was posting in this thread:


I hit post and it took me to this page:

So I hit back and looked all over the page to see if I hit a link by accident, couldn't find one and hit post again.

Of course it double posted.

How could this happen?
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