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I just got checked out by the doctor. I don't have strep, I don't have bronchitis. I just have a virus. My doctor says a good virus can last 7-10 days and be quite something. I just have to rest and drink fluids. Since it is not bacterial - no antibiotics. So that is it. Just a little virus.

Still glued to the news on this Cleveland thing. Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight. More unbelievable. The news does report a whole lot of nothing about it but it still makes for fascinating news. I cannot stop watching CNN. Unreal. Two of the girls are in reasonable health - one of the girls, Michelle Knight is not doing so well and is still in the hospital.

Hope you all are having a good week. I am kind of meh here. I am mostly tired and tired of being sick. I will go back to work tomorrow as the doc assures me I am no longer contagious.

Cheers to you and hope you are well.

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I am sick here in Berkeley, CA. I have a sore throat, aches and fever. Feeling poorly. I am home from work for the second day. Hard to say if I am contagious but am pretty symptomatic and very tired. I don't feel well. Meh. I have the time accrued so will use it. I hate when people go in sick so don't do that myself.

I am glued to CNN right now and this story in Cleveland Ohio about the three girls who were found, having been held captive for 10 years in this guy's house. Unbelievable. This seems like an episode of Criminal Minds to me, on that level of horrible. Here is a link if you are not familiar.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/07/us/ohio-missing-women-found/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Amanda Berry broke out of the house with the help of a neighbor, Charles Ramsey and then police freed the other two girls - Michelle and Gina who were also held for more than 10 years. This is the stuff of nightmares. Three brothers have been arrested in this crime with charges pending.

Unbelievable.

Bless them. So glad they got out of there alive.

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I am sick here in Berkeley, CA. I have a sore throat, aches and fever. Feeling poorly. I am home from work for the second day. Hard to say if I am contagious but am pretty symptomatic and very tired. I don't feel well. Meh. I have the time accrued so will use it. I hate when people go in sick so don't do that myself.

I am glued to CNN right now and this story in Cleveland Ohio about the three girls who were found, having been held captive for 10 years in this guy's house. Unbelievable. This seems like an episode of Criminal Minds to me, on that level of horrible. Here is a link if you are not familiar.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/07/us/ohio-missing-women-found/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Amanda Berry broke out of the house with the help of a neighbor, Charles Ramsey and then police freed the other two girls - Michelle and Gina who were also held for more than 10 years. This is the stuff of nightmares. Three brothers have been arrested in this crime with charges pending.

Unbelievable.

Bless them. So glad they got out of there alive.

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Epic fail at the Chevron plant here in Richmond. Fire at the refinery and we are supposed to close all of our windows in the East Bay. There is a toxic cloud on the move. This is total suckage here.

Link to article:
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Fire-at-Chevron-refinery-in-Richmond-3767221.php

I hope all the workers are ok over there. I really do. My thoughts and prayers for the refinery workers in Richmond.


by yueshi
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They canceled the Paris premiere of the Batman movie. I think that was fitting.

I was just stunned this morning when I saw the news about what had happened in Aurora, CO. My heart felt like it stopped and it is just senseless violence. I go to movies all the time and just the thought that something like that could happen when you are out seeing a film. I can see how those people in there would think it was a promo trick and sit there. It is that kind of movie too. Unbelievable. I felt that Obama's words on this were appropriate and heartfelt. I felt like he related it to himself and his own family and took the time to address the country when we needed him. He really is a good President.

I cannot believe this has happened. I had to call my Mom on my walk to work to just talk about it. She had not seen the news so I had to let her know.

My thoughts and prayers for those who have fallen and their families. Prayers for the injured and that they make it through. In Jewish faith you say the mourners kaddish for those who have died. So sad.

Link to the mourner's kaddish:
http://www.jewfaq.org/prayer/kaddish.htm

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Anderson Cooper 360 (2012)
Tonight's segment on non-profit fundraising and organizations that do not deliver on their promises.

Summary:
Anderson Cooper exposes Veteran's fundraising groups for fraudulent fundraising.

Short commentary post here on the level of reporting on Anderson Cooper's 360 program tonight. This was excellent reporting on these non profit groups and the disbursal of funds. Basically they followed the money and showed how little of the funds raised were going to the veterans. I work in fundraising and was very interested in the program and could not conceive of fundraising working this way. All of our funds go to students but in this program - most of the funds go to this third party, private company that the organizations pay to fundraise for them. The money is not going to the populations they are fundraising for! It was balanced though and they did show some groups that do good work.

[livejournal.com profile] khylea told me about a website which rates non-profits so you can check an organization before you make a donation to see how effective they are. Here is the link:
http://www.charitynavigator.org/

But this show was an eye opener for me and hats off to Anderson Cooper (who also stated he is gay this week and proud to be.).



Overall rating:
Well done news program.

Recommend:
Good reporting!

Warnings:
Nothing. News program.

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post 78/100 in the 100 things challenge

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Right from yahoo...

This story of a little girl, who was punished for lying about eating candy. Her step mother and grandmother made her run for three hours and the girl collapsed into a seizure and died from dehydration and low sodium levels. Just stunning and sad. The little girl was adorable too. Just looked like a nice kidlet. I am just so mad that the girl could be abused in that way...

Link to the yahoo story:
http://news.yahoo.com/2-charged-death-ala-girl-forced-run-082216169.html

The police are calling it a homicide. Good! They murdered that little girl for sure. So mad about this. I have not been so upset by a news story in a long time. Totally upset for that poor little girl.
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The ban on same sex marriage in California has been deemed unconstitutional -
halle-frigging-luja! Prop 8 is history! The fight is not over as they vow to take the case to the Supreme Court but the academic law professors think it unlikely that court will take up the case. This is good news. Good news for equal rights!

Here is the coverage on SF Gate!

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/07/BA1H1N3T1H.DTL&tsp=1

Excerpt from the majority decision:

Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples," said Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion.

Woot. I say woot!

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This is what I am gleaning from tonight's news cast. Budget cuts will cause us to lose -

-state parks
-scientific research on outer space (SETI)
-welfare benefits (mention made of misuse of ATM debit card program)
-travel perks for state employees (essential travel allowed only)

Not all of this is bad but much of the news was about budget cut backs. I am truly alarmed about the loss of state parks here in California and there was some talk of privatizing those or having them come under city or county jurisdiction. We have beautiful state parks in California that are a resource for the whole country, it would be a shame to lose those.

Depressing news and sobering. How much will we lose before people decide to suck it up and raise taxes to protect our society? It seems we are willing to sacrifice the public education system and infrastructure and not levy taxes to preserve these things. Boggles the mind.

Pardon the mild rant as I am a public employee and this all makes little sense.


by izzydollie
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I just checked CNN. They made a deal and Planned Parenthood was not sacrificed in the bargain. Seems like the Republicans had to back pedal some on the HUGE cuts they wanted to make. Go Obama! The federal government will not collapse or close as was feared. Temporary reprieve tho...keep this in mind.

Here is the story, if you want to read it. 800,000 federal jobs saved, military pay stays, welfare, disability, public funds, state parks...you name it. How did it get to this, well we are not out of it yet. They still have to fix this and this budget deal only lasts until April 15th. This story is worth keeping an eye on.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/04/09/congress.budget/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

I thought it was important enough to update on, one last time tonight. Cheers all.



by izzydollie
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A ridiculous thing and craziness by lawmakers but this is what is happening. Here is a little article on yahoo that goes over how it costs them money to shut down the government, which is true. I think this is grandstanding in some measure and you have to feel for the government workers and soldiers overseas who will not get paid (ridiculous, right?). But there it is...

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/The-price-of-a-government-cnnm-3294374261.html?x=0

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Times-up-Obama-and-GOP-apf-2493272721.html?x=0

I think it is irresponsible of them not to pay our troops who are in harms way. That is just wrong. I have a brother over there, doing a job and this just undermines what he is working for.

Anyways. Look at this mess.


by izzydollie
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This is staggering:

http://www.wnep.com/wnep-centre-penn-state-university-budget-governor-corbett,0,6416155.story

The Governor of Pennsylvania is proposing to cut half of the state system budget there for the university. That is staggering. If this becomes a trend, where is public education heading. This is worth keeping an eye on.

Yikes.
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Now I love me my cupcakes but this is a bit ridiculous. A woman in Wales trashes a shop because her flavor was not available AND they offered to bake her the one she wanted. Get this...she had kids with her too. This is just ridiculous. Guess she really loved cupcakes.

http://www.digitalspy.com/odd/news/a306841/woman-trashes-cardiff-cupcake-shop.html?rss

Get real and pick another flavor!


by rockgirl182
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History made as Don't Ask Don't Tell rule in the military is repealed. HUGE leap for gay rights. I cannot tell you how huge. Landmark. I did not think this would happen in my lifetime.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/12/senate-votes-repeal-gays-in-military-/1

From article:

"In a historic move, the Senate on Saturday passed a bill to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that clears the way for gay people to serve openly in the military.

The legislation now goes to President Obama, who will sign it into law."

Huzzah!

Go USA! Amazing that we finally did this and got rid of that arcane rule.

Gays and lesbians can openly serve in the US military. Ho-MG. Let freedom reign.


by cherany
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"Mr Urzua, your shift is over."


President Pinera, Chile to the last rescued miner. I think that just says it all.



by yueshi
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I am just stunned by the tragedy at Fort Hood. As the facts are reported I am sure we will know more but this is just shocking that such a thing should happen. Apparently there were some strange internet postings by the shooter months ago, commentary he made that are suspect.

My brother is on deployment now in preparation to go overseas to serve next Fall.

One could surmise that this person cracked at his third tour of duty but how to know.

Just horrible. I have no idea why someone would do something like that.

My thoughts are with the victims of this.




by x_babygirl_x
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Beware the file sharing and downloading thing. I used to use Limewire but I don't do the downloading thing in the peer to peer vein anymore. I was getting viruses and also due to this. If you do a lot of this or any of this, you leave yourself open to prosecution. This woman got a judgment of 80k per song that she was dealing with. That is a staggering figure.

So be careful out there folks. I also think that is better to just buy the music. People deserve the money for their work.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_tec_music_downloading

There is the article.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Mental Health Parity legislation that was approved by the House and signed into law today: "Today, the House acted in a bipartisan way to pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act with the aim of addressing the challenges felt by Americans on Main Street. "Among those many challenges is the fact that almost every American family has to grapple with mental illness at some point. "By including the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in this essential legislation, we are requiring that illness in the brain be treated just like illness anywhere else in the body for insurance purposes. This is helping to end discrimination against those who seek treatment for mental illness. Simply put, it will save lives. "We owe a great deal of thanks to the champions of this bipartisan legislation, Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island and Congressman Jim Ramstad of Minnesota. Through their outstanding work, the Congress has given hope and help to the millions of American families dealing with mental illness and addiction."

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House

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So I have not seen anything on the friendslist about the tragedy in Illinois. It turns out he was on medication and had stopped taking his prescribed pills. Another case of a person gone haywire. What a shame. I have worked in the field of social work and it is common for young men in that age group to be resistant to the medication thing when they are diagnosed with mental illness. Very typical. What a shame.

Here is a link for those interested in reading more.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/02/14/national/a140552S61.DTL&tsp=1

I am sure it will come out that he had some diagnosis. But right now that story is very vague...in fact there is no information on what he had or if he even has a clinical mental illness.

Details will emerge I am sure.

How sad. He was a grad student too. Oh dear.
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Got that from Tuxie a little while ago!



He's here!!!

(2 hours ago)

Aedan Theodric, 12.37 am 20/01/08 8lbs14oz. :D




What a relief and mazel tov to the new parents!


Just wanted to post that to you all and let you know the happy news!

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