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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,028

About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

Journal Archives

Spotted in Seattle: A naked, life-size Donald Trump statue—without balls. NSFW!!

"His pubes look like ramen," said one Stranger staffer.

I am not gonna post the pic, but it can be seen here:


edited to add:

Naked Donald Trump Statues Are Popping Up All Over America
an anarchist art collective INDECLINE decided to take him down a couple peg in a hilarious way – by setting up naked Donald Trump statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle.


I unofficially qualified for this group early last month...

and today want to officially join, because discussions about other issues on DU somehow don't seem quite as important now as they did.

Went from mammogram to biopsy to mastectomy in about 3 weeks. Mastectomy was July 14.
Diagnosis is Stage II B, invasive Mucinous carcinaoma of left breast.

"Mucinous carcinoma of the breast — sometimes called colloid carcinoma — is a rare form of invasive ductal carcinoma (cancer that begins in the milk duct and spreads beyond it into nearby healthy tissue)." says Breastcancer.org, which is massively helpful site, I have been living on it practically, learning a lot.

In my case, post mastectomy, the treatment plan is for 12 weeks of chemo at rate of 3 times a week, then 5 years of hormone therapy to reduce as much estrogen as possible and starve the beast. The cancer feeds on estrogren.

So next week I see oncologist for 2nd time to discuss beginning chemo,
and I could really use handy tips and tricks and honest realities of what to do and not do on chemo.
Mr. Dixie is incredibly helpful, can very well handle everything the house and I need, thank god.

Have not started treatment yet but for the last 2 weeks have been very tired and sleeping a lot. I have a friend who in an RN who says that is normal, as the body recovers from the intensive surgery, and toss in my over 65 years, we don't bounce back as we used to.
But the surgeon says I am healing remarkablely fast.
I plan on asking about the sleeping thing when I see him this Monday.

Good news: Hospital for all treatment and test is 5 miles down the road.
And I do have Medicare A and B and the chemo AND the operation are on what Medicare calls an outpatient basis, so 80% is covered.

Gonna be reading y'alls posts now.......

Here is why Pres. debates are so very very bad....it's who controls them

......the Commission on Presidential Debates, which runs them, is a private organization controlled by elites from the two major parties whose goal is to protect their standard-bearers.

And under the guidance of the commission, presidential debates have become echo chambers for the two major party candidates to repeat familiar talking points and lob rehearsed one-liners, rarely deviating from their scripts.

Each cycle, the CPD decides not just the time and location of the debates, but the format and who will ask the questions. Meanwhile, the Republican and Democratic campaigns also negotiate a joint “Memorandum of Understanding” laying out a host of details about how the candidates are to be treated. Although the CPD claims that the MOUs are not binding on the organization, the contracts themselves specify that if the commission does not abide by them, the campaigns reserve the right to seek an alternative sponsor.


Run by Party Elites and Lobbyists, Sponsored by Corporations

In 1988, the CPD wrested the stewardship of general election presidential debates away from the fiercely independent League of Women Voters (LWV), which had run the events from 1976 to 1984.
The CPD is nominally a nonpartisan organization, but its co-chairmen, Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Michael McCurry, are senior Republican and Democratic Party figures, both of whom leveraged their time in politics to later work for corporate interests.

I have been wondering what happened ....interesting to know, now.

Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of ex-Vice President, wins Wyoming Republican primary for US House

Wyoming DU-ers.......is there a strong Dem opponent facing her????

Overwhelmed by student loan debt? Here is a program which might make a loan go away.

Found the page on the web, have been reading it.
Appears to be sincere.
Might be worth your time to at least look it over...

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program .

The site describes "qualifying" and to me it sounds like the programs that were around when I was in Grad school.....
you find a job in specific areas, they erase your debt.


ALERT: Alabama’s ‘Amazon Tax’ set to go into effect....*^&%$#!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Beginning November 1, Alabamians will be paying 8 percent extra anytime they make a purchase on Amazon, thanks to the state’s new online sales tax. The tax was signed into law in October of 2015, and forces online companies to collect, report and distribute the money back to Montgomery.

Melissa Warnke, a spokesperson for the Alabama Retail Association, told WSFA that “Amazon, for a long time, has been for paying online sales tax. They have been on the same side of all of the brick-and-mortar businesses that have been fighting for e-fairness.”

Alabama consumers will now be paying more at 52 different online retailers that all have to collect the state’s 8 percent.

Living in a rural part of Alabama, I use amazon a lot.

I wonder if this effects the independent book sellers who sell via Amazon?

Might be can get those cheap book prices by just going to the seller's stores.

Hungry? Has anyone tried the new Trump Sandwich?

Whole Foods is advertising THIS...hurry, and save!

Siberian Child Dies After Climate Change Thaws an Anthrax-Infected Reindeer

A 12-year-old boy in the far north of Russia has died in an outbreak of anthrax that experts believe was triggered when unusually warm weather caused the release of the bacteria.

The boy was one of 72 nomadic herders, including 41 children, hospitalized in the town of Salekhard in the Arctic Circle, after reindeer began dying en masse from anthrax.

Five adults and two other children have been diagnosed with the disease, which is known as “Siberian plague” in Russian and was last seen in the region in 1941. More than 2,300 reindeer have died, and at least 63 people have been evacuated from a quarantine area around the site of the outbreak. “We literally fought for the life of each person, but the infection showed its cunning,” the Yamal governor, Dmitry Kobylkin, told the Russia-based Interfax news agency. “It returned after 75 years and took the life of a child.”

For the past month, the region has been experiencing abnormally high temperatures that have reached 95° Fahrenheit.
Anthrax spores can survive in frozen human and animal remains for hundreds of years, waiting to be released by a thaw, according to Alexei Kokorin, head of WWF Russia’s climate and energy programme. “Such anomalous heat is rare for Yamal, and that’s probably a manifestation of climate change,” he said.


The thawing is also exposing cemetary remains, cause the deceased were buring in permafrost, not the steel hard ice below that.

Adblock Plus, accepts payment from more than 70 companies in exchange for letting their ads through

Found that sentence tucked away in the middle of a story today that

Facebook Will Force Advertising on Ad-Blocking Users
The social network will use technology to disguise ads on its desktop service from ad-blocking software

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