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Name: Kerry
Gender: Female
Hometown: Calumet City, IL
Current location: Chicago
Member since: Wed Jun 24, 2015, 01:08 PM
Number of posts: 891

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#Lose45 to Lose 45

A woman on Twitter started this. Under the hashtag #lose45, she is documenting her progress. She wants to lose 45 pounds so she can wear skinny jeans to Trump's impeachment parade. Many people have joined in.

I would join, but I'm there solely for encouragement. I have lost 65 pounds over the past two years.

Posted by MountCleaners | Thu Jul 5, 2018, 07:58 PM (0 replies)

Crime show recommendations

So far, I've liked "Tin Star", "Luther", "The Fall", "Broadchurch". "Fallet" is excellent, too - it's about a British detective and a Swedish detective who have to work together. I also watched the "Dragon Tattoo Trilogy" in the original Swedish. I've also watched a bunch only to turn them off because they were so lame.

What do people recommend I watch next? What are your favorite crime dramas?
Posted by MountCleaners | Fri May 11, 2018, 12:50 PM (34 replies)

Disabled family member can't work outside the house

She is trying to get disability but hasn't gotten it yet. She was in three car accidents - none of them her fault - and has had to have numerous ankle surgeries over the past three years. Right now, she cannot walk or drive a car. This may change after another surgery, but for now she's recovering and in PT for her last one. Her husband works two jobs to pay the mortgage and the rest of the bills.

They are in a tough situation, and she wants to work, but can't right now, unless it's from home.

Does anyone have experience with this? It's hard to know from looking online who is legit. She has general office experience - administrative assistant-type stuff. I'm hoping there is something out there for her. But we're stumped on where to start.

Thanks for any insight you can offer.
Posted by MountCleaners | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:57 PM (3 replies)

After clashes with white nationalists, U-Va. library employee suffers a stroke

Source: Washington Post

A University of Virginia employee suffered a stroke Tuesday that some of his friends said was linked to an injury he suffered during the violent demonstrations by white nationalists in Charlottesville last week.

Tyler Magill, 46, a well-known musician and DJ for a local radio station who works for the U-Va. library, was with a small group of people who gathered at a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus Friday night to resist white nationalists who were marching with torches. The marchers, shouting “Jews will not replace us!” surrounded the students and Magill, who had locked arms at the statue. Fights broke out, with punches and torches thrown, and chemical irritants sprayed.

Magill was struck in the neck by a torch, according to several friends.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/08/16/after-clashes-with-white-nationalists-u-va-library-employee-suffers-a-stroke/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.cca651cb60ea
Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 09:00 PM (2 replies)

Events in solidarity with Charlottesville

You can search here for an event near you:

Posted by MountCleaners | Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:48 PM (4 replies)

I was watching "Manhunt: Unabomber" on Discovery ID, and it got me thinking...

It brought back strong memories from that era. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago - like Ted Kaczynski, and went to Northwestern, which was bombed twice by the Unabomber, so I followed the case closely.

I learned a few things about the role of profiling in the case against Kaczynski.

It got me thinking, though - I have a memory of that era being one in which we had a sense of government as STRONG, with capable people running things. Trump has undermined confidence in government. The 1990's was also the era of Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing. What if we had a domestic catastrophe or crisis NOW? The majority of Americans would have no confidence in the government to handle it well, or to pursue justice for the victims. We have a child in the Oval Office, who thinks that all government agencies are HIS agencies. I personally have no faith in the government anymore, and I worry how a crisis or catastrophe would be handled.

We have a President who spends a lot of time lying and boasting on Twitter as if he is still in seventh grade. It sickens me to think how he would react if a tragedy were to happen. He's so insincere, he makes it clear he doesn't truly care about anyone.
Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Aug 2, 2017, 12:02 PM (4 replies)

The NRA has become a full-on alt-right organization

Several incidents lately have shown that Democrats and black people are not welcome in their organization, they are race-baiting and directing their rhetoric toward their white and far-right supporters.


“Right, you know the parallels between what’s happening in South Africa and the blatant racism and violence we’re seeing from people like the Black Lives Matter crowd,” he said. “If we continue to let this get out of control, to go down this path of this racial tension, this racial hatred that is being forced on the American culture by the Black Lives Matter crowd.”
Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 07:08 PM (11 replies)

Got my Vanity Fair this month (Trump / Cohn article)

It includes an article on Trump's relationship with Roy Cohn. It had this memorable quote:

For author Sam Roberts, the essence of Cohn’s influence on Trump was the triad: “Roy was a master of situational immorality . . . . He worked with a three-dimensional strategy, which was: 1. Never settle, never surrender. 2. Counter-attack, counter-sue immediately. 3. No matter what happens, no matter how deeply into the muck you get, claim victory and never admit defeat.” As columnist Liz Smith once observed, “Donald lost his moral compass when he made an alliance with Roy Cohn.”


Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 02:45 PM (8 replies)

My sister has to have her leg amputated...

...because her insuranced denied her OATS surgery. OATS surgery transfers healthy cartilage from one area of your body to the affected area - in this case, her ankle.

She was in three different car accidents - none of them her fault - in the space of a few years. She already had an ankle condition before the accidents, and the accidents made them worse. In addition, she had to have back surgery after the accident, slowing down her recovery even more.

She already had one OATS surgery that wasn't successful, but her doctor recommended a second, as opposed to amputation. Now that OATS surgery is being denied, and she faces amputation.

We're all just sickened and depressed by this. I already struggle with depression and anxiety, and I have to support my sister through this as well. It's just too much to bear.

She can't walk right now, and lost her job due to too many absences from work because of her injuries. She tried an office job, but it was too difficult because of her injured back and ankle. She has been denied disability so far. She and her husband have had to declare bankruptcy.

Because of all of this, she is suffering from depression and anxiety, too.

It makes me sick that someone in an office who likely has no disability has decided that she should lose her leg. It's so drastic. Our society is SICK to practice medicine this way!
Posted by MountCleaners | Wed Jul 12, 2017, 02:18 PM (15 replies)

Why is it so important to RWers to prove how much they care about victims?

It's not as if I care less than they do, but they have to make a huge public fuss about how angry they are, and how much they '"care".

Sick of the Facebook posts making a big production about it. I feel it is self-serving. Why do we let them get away with this posturing?

Do they make such a public fuss to compensate for the fact that their conscience bothers them?
Posted by MountCleaners | Sun Jun 4, 2017, 05:36 PM (10 replies)
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