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The black eye


I'll bet they've given Trump some Thorzine today

He must be having a stroke of deep fear.

Today is Losar, the Tibetan New Year

This is the year of the earth dog. Loyalty, intelligence are some of the traits of the year. I found this quote this morning and it really touched me. I guess because we have been working diligently cleaning and renewing our space.

Bringing order to clutter, I begin to see, is not just about putting my spices in alphabetical order. On a deeper level, it’s about balancing the twin poles of spiritual life: cherishing life and holding it sacred, while knowing that it will pass away.

—Anne Cushman, “Clearing Clutter”

Free Parking Feb 14, 2018


Free Parking
February 14, 2018

Donald Trump claimed he would hire only the best people. But what he didn’t say was at what they would excel. Some of those “best” men he hired excel at abusing women; and as Jennifer Rubin noted, “Since abusers lie, you’ll have someone dishonest to the core.” So, in Trump speak, it means he hired deeply flawed human beings.

Three of his “best” ex-employees were accused by their wives of being beaten by them. One ex-wife provided pictures of her black eye. Another alleged her then husband put out a cigarette on her hand. When Trump learned yet another man beat his wife, he affectionately nicknamed him “BamBam.”

And who can forget that Trump’s first wife swore in a court deposition that he pulled her hair and “sexually violated” her. She later recanted the rape. However, Trump has admitted on tape to being a serial sexual predator and has been publicly accused of unwanted sexual advances by 19 women.

Recently Trump’s friend, Steve Wynn, was forced to resign from his political position as treasurer of the RNC and from his gambling empire, after decades of brutalizing his female employees became known.

Joni Mitchell wrote these lyrics in the 70s… ”You don’t like weak women they make you sick; you don’t like strong women ‘cause they’re hip to your tricks.” Fortunately, that “you” doesn’t represent all men; only those who are so consumed by fear and ignorance, they bully and strut to cover their true feelings of inferiority.

The deplorable actions of these men are not new or news. Few women are shocked; but most are fed up with misogyny in all its forms. Indeed it does seem that it might be #TimesUp for misogyny.

It is not the responsibility of women to “fix” the problem of men being deplorable. Rather this is a call to men who are strong in themselves who see each of us as human beings. It is you who must teach your fellows the meaning of being human.

Through the combined efforts of both strong women and men, indeed we can introduce a new paradigm of equality and dignity.

(Posted in its entirety ... my weekly column)

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This makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Thank you for my heart!

It's really so nice to know that someone likes me! I love DU!

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New York Attorney General to Investigate Firm That Sells Fake Followers


The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions of fake followers on social media platforms, some of them copying real users’ personal information.

The company, Devumi, and its sale of automated followers to a swath of celebrities, sports stars, journalists and politicians, was detailed in a New York Times article published earlier on Saturday. While based in Florida, Devumi claims on its website to be based in New York City.

At least 55,000 of its “bot” accounts used names, pictures, hometowns and other details taken from people on Twitter. The real users hailed from every U.S. state, including New York, and dozens of countries, a Times analysis found.

“Impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law,” Mr. Schneiderman wrote on Twitter. “We’re opening an investigation into Devumi and its apparent sale of bots using stolen identities.”

This is really big stuff. Businesses are defrauded of millions every year and the orange anus gets followers. Go Eric!!!

White House Open To Gas Tax Hike To Pay For Infrastructure Upgrades


WASHINGTON ― Raising the gas tax to help finance infrastructure improvements isn’t off the table for the Trump administration, according to White House aide DJ Gribbin.

“We don’t support it. We don’t oppose it either,” Gribbin, who serves as the special assistant to the president for infrastructure policy, said Thursday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting.

Trump last year said that as a funding source for his much-touted push to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, he would be open to increasing the federal gas tax for the first time since 1993. The Highway Trust Fund, which helps pay for the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems, is primarily funded by the federal fuel tax. But the vast majority of Republican lawmakers, who control both houses of Congress, have opposed raising the levy.

Gribbin told dozens of U.S. mayors on Thursday that Trump’s long-delayed infrastructure proposal will include $200 billion in public spending, with the rest of the $1 trillion plan consisting of private tax incentives. But ways to finance the plan, as well as whether it should include more direct federal spending, will ultimately be left up to Congress, he said.

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