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Cerridwen

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Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Home country: United Corporate States of the US
Current location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Member since: Thu Jun 24, 2004, 10:32 AM
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Hairy, scary, pro-abortion, 'rad fem', doing my best to piss off the "religious" right and MRAs everywhere.

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"Death with dignity." "Cruel and unusual punishment."

Values, concepts, tenets that permeate our culture.

"It was a good death." "It was senseless death." "He died for a good cause." "Today is a good day to die."

There was a national debate about "death with dignity" in this country. It had to do with a persons right to determine the time, place, and method of their death. It informed the way we use the brutality of the death penalty. That debate brought about issues such as life versus quality of life and death versus the quality or cruelty of death.

Death began to be seen as part of the human experience. Many of us understood that no one should be forced to endure a long, painful, much less horrific death. Some of us also began to see that forced life, keeping one hooked to machines, or on painkillers that just touch the surface of excruciating pain, was perhaps not really life; that life might have more to it than just existing.

All because we began to talk about death. About assisted suicide.

Anyone who has experienced a loved ones fight with a debilitating disease leading to their death, knows what life versus quality of life means. Anyone who has experienced a loved ones fight with an excruciating and painful death, understands what "good death" means.

"May she pass peacefully." "May he cross over easily."

We even joke about it: “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” attributed to Will Rogers

The last meal for a prisoner about to executed, a last cigarette while the firing squad waits, the gathering of family and friends to say good bye to a loved one and to "send them off" with dignity, love, and grace. All part of our shared experience, our shared humanity.

Now I see, for the sake of justifying a political stance, for the sake of winning an argument, to create a diversion, for the sake of saying "I'm right; you're wrong" people saying, "meh, dead is dead."

Not only are you losing your argument, slivers of your humanity are falling away whether you see it or not. It may be that "dead is dead," but how one arrives at dead is of import.

The quality of ones life and of ones death, matters.

The 7 nominations in the Senate today.

http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/07/16/senate-floor-schedule-for-tuesday-july-16-2013/

The Senate stands in recess until 10:00am on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Senator-elect Markey will be sworn into office at 10:00am on Tuesday.

As a reminder to all Senators, during Thursday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on the following items in the following order:

Executive Calendar #51, the nomination of Richard Cordray, of OH, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection;

Executive Calendar #100, the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr, of DC, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board;

Executive Calendar #101, the nomination of Sharon Block, of DC, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board;

Executive Calendar #104, the nomination of Mark Gaston Pearce, of NY, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board;

Executive Calendar #178, the nomination of Fred P. Hochberg, of NY, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States;

Executive Calendar #99, the nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, of MD, to be Secretary of Labor; and

Executive Calendar #98, the nomination of Regina McCarthy, of MA, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

We anticipate the first cloture vote to begin at 11:00am. (Note: 71-29, to proceed with the nomination of Richard Cordray.) If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, there would be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination, except for the Perez nomination, which would have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. If cloture is not invoked on a nomination, the Senate would proceed to vote on cloture on the next nomination.

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I thought "Obama will toss out two other NLRB nominees, Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, and replace them with two new people." (according to various "reporting" agencies)

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Will they just bring the names to a vote and vote them down since they're on the schedule?

Idiocy on the internet, ash on my car, and the wildfire down the road. (update 6: 14,108 acres)

First, the wildfire isn't just down the road, it's about 20-25 miles away as the crow flies or about 40 miles by road.

For those who haven't yet heard, we're having quite the summer here in southern Nevada.

The wildfire to which I refer is labelled the Carpenter 1 fire and is now at almost 11,000 acres and 0% contained. 10,935 acres to be "exact." That's up from the 9,031 acres that was reported yesterday and 2,000 acres reported just a few days ago. It's been growing by leaps and bounds. Here's the INCIWeb link: http://www.inciweb.org/unit/43/

About 520 people and their pets have been evacuated from two communities; one on the "Vegas side" of the mountain and the other on the "Pahrump side" of the mountain.

As of these reports, no property or human lives lost. I can't speak to the wild life on the mountain.

A link to a .pdf that shows the general area of the Spring Mountains/Mt. Charleston area on page 2: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/las_vegas_field_office/wilderness/wilderness_fact_sheet.Par.25694.File.dat/Mt.%20Charleston%20Wilderness%20Fact%20Sheet%20Web%20Opt.pdf

Various government agencies, local and community organizations and individuals are helping with pets and horse boarding for the evacuees.

INCIWeb reports "12 crews, 26 engines and five watertenders" (that was yesterday; may be more or different config. today). The local r/w rag, aka the rj, reports (paraphrased so DU doesn't get sued) 12 "Hot Shot" crews. One of their headline writers even blamed the fire for causing a "red flag" weather warning. First, Hot Shot crews are a very specific type of wildland-fire fire fighter and 2, I'm pretty sure the "red flag" weather came about because of our excessive and dry heat which caused dry thunderstorms.

Dry thunderstorms: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/elevated-wildfire-risk-continu/14844983

One of the main causes of wildfires across the West during these conditions are dry thunderstorms. During these storms, the humidity near the ground is so low that all of the rain from the storm evaporates before it reaches the ground.

<snip there's an informative graphic here>

Although the rain evaporates as it falls, lightning from these storms can still strike the ground and potentially spark wildfires.

<snip to watch paragraph count>

These storms can also have negative impacts on wildfires already burning. Winds produced by the storms allow fires to grow rapidly and switch directions abruptly, making the battle against the blaze even more difficult for firefighters.


Link to a pretty good map showing the size of the fire and it's location relative to Vegas and Pahrump: http://www3.8newsnow.com/maps/canyonfire/

Back to INCIWeb: (snippets)

Current Situation

Total Personnel 422
Size 10,935 acres

Fuels Involved Pinyon Juniper
Fire Behavior Extreme long duration crown runs, spotting and rapid rate of spread.

Significant Events

Fire continues to exhibit extreme behavior. Transfer of command from a type III organization to Great Basin IMT 7 (Marty Adell).

Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Fire Behavior Forecast: Extreme fire behavior is likely. Torching of trees or long range fire spotting, with fire rates of spread predicted in sage brush of 5 mph are predicted.

Weather: Partly cloudy in the afternoon with isolated thunderstorms. Wind gusts to 40 mph possible. Temperatures cooler, in the 70s to 80s. Relative Humidity is 15-20%.

(I fixed some spelling)
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Idiocy on the internet: (I've been reading a lot of articles and these are some of the comments)

The fire was started/not contained because...government conspiracy!
The fire was caused by metals in the ground in Arizona.
Question as to why the Forest Service left; was it because of sequestration? (Note: it was because they were replaced by the next shift and the changing Incident Management Team)
People were not "asked" to leave, his friend was "ordered" to leave or be arrested. (I don't have TV or cable yet I've seen the reports since the first day of the fire, July 1st.)
The federal government was taking advantage of this disaster to "order" people around and remind them who's in charge.
One woman interviewed, one of the last off the Mt. Charleston side, never saw firefighters or planes dropping water/retardant. (I guess her TV/internet were/are broken; I've been watching reports of both for days. Hmmm, maybe it's a moon landing scenario?)
The government's been warning this kind of thing could happen; does that mean they caused it? (this idiot has never heard of fire science or forest science or, well, science, I guess.)

There are a lot more comments like that at the various articles. Very sad and horrifically terrifying.
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Finally, there was ash on my car, and still falling slightly, when I left for work yesterday morning about 5:30am local time. Others around the northern part of the valley "nearest" the fire reported the same. Very weird feeling.

I'm watching this closely and reading a lot, as you can tell.

East of the Mississippi y'all got your winter.

Out west, we have drought and a fire season that is now 2 months longer than historically recorded. Oh yeah, and excessive heat warnings and brown/black-outs.

We call it summer, which is also longer and hotter, earlier than in the past.


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INCIWeb updated 5 minutes ago: (just snippet of changed piece)

422+fire personnel engaged on the fire.

There are 12 crews on scene, 6 of which are Type 1 Hotshot crews, the most highly trained. The Hotshot crews we have are the same type as the crew recently lost in Arizona.

As of the morning of July 6, there are the following air assets on the fire:

· 5 Type 1 (heavy) helicopters
· 4 heavy air tankers
· 1 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker. Based on a DC-10). It can drop 11,700 gallons per load.

There are 6 water tenders and 25 engines on scene, with 25 engines on order. The area is very rugged and inaccessible to engines and other motorized vehicles.

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Additional from INCI about 2 minutes ago:

There are 6 water tenders and 25 engines on scene, with 25 engines on order. The area is very rugged and inaccessible to engines and other motorized vehicles.

2nd degree burns: But it's a dry heat.

Please be careful if you come into the southwest during this latest heat-wave.

We're being warned of 2nd-degree burns should we go barefoot(?!) on the asphalt or concrete. Walking your dog on asphalt or concrete will possibly burn their pads. If you're walking with your child and the child falls...yeah, watch for the burns. It's quite ugly.

If you leave a child or pet in a vehicle, well, it's an ugly way to die.

I'll provide a link though no text from the article documenting those who have had to have skin grafts due to the heat absorbed by asphalt and/or concrete during our dry-heat 117 degree days. The reason there's no text is because this particular publication has gone after DU in its fervor to make profit from "intellectual property." I believe the link alone might be okay. http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/parched-throats-sizzling-asphalt-among-many-dangers-excessive-heat

It may feel comfortable, until the headaches start. The problem with the dry heat is you don't think you're in trouble because there is no sweat because it evaporates. It's very dangerous; and very quick. You'll dehydrate before you're aware of it and by then, it can be too late.

We hit 117 today and lost power for an hour; our grid can't support the load of unchecked, profit-driving building and expansion in the damned desert. We were lucky. Older parts of town?

Stay safe, hydrated, and cool out there.

Tomorrow, well, it's another day.

"Schools should be palaces."

From "The West Wing"

The only thing I might add is that children would be taught as individuals; to their skill level regardless of their chronological age, to their interests, and to their learning style while encouraging a life-long love of learning and critical thinking. Languages, art, math, science, literature, history, logic, music, philosophy, and on and on.

Mallory, education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That's my position. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet.


The video:

"making him actually love his slavery"

Apropos of nothing of today's popular culture and/or media manufactured scandal.

"...the dictatorship of the future will be very unlike the dictatorships which we've been familiar with in the immediate past.

...take another book...George Orwell's "1984"...written at the height the Stalinist regime, and just after the Hitler regime, and there he foresaw a dictatorship using entirely the methods of terror, the methods of physical violence...I think what's going to happen in the future is that the dictators will find, as the old saying goes, you can do everything with bayonets except sit on them.

...{the new dictators will find} if you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled, and this they will do partly by drugs.., partly by these new techniques of propaganda. They will do it by bypassing the rational part of man and appealing to his subconscious and his deeper emotions and physiology even...making him actually love his slavery.

...this is the danger that actually people may be in some ways be happy under the new regime. But they will be happy in situations in which they oughtn't to be happy..."

Aldous Huxley, The Mike Wallace Interview, 5/18/1958 link:http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/multimedia/video/2008/wallace/huxley_aldous.html


The interview includes a discussion about the new medium - television, propaganda, Madison Avenue, political elections and marketing candidates, the "pharmacological revolution", and much more.

Previously posted: Sat Jun-14-08 11:03 PM
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x3454884

wapo quotes issa, his committee, surrogates and un-named aides: IRS.

We have another manufactured scandal.

A government watchdog has found that the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, a House committee said Sunday.

The chairman of that committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., also released excerpts of congressional investigators’ interviews with employees of the IRS office in Cincinnati. Issa said the interviews indicated the employees were directed by Washington to subject tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to tough scrutiny.

<snip>

The conference spending included $4 million for an August 2010 gathering in Anaheim, Calif., for which the agency did not negotiate lower room rates, even though that is standard government practice, according to a statement by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Instead, some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art,” the House committee said.

<snip to more>


You go find the link.

The report is due out Tuesday. Anything the report says at this point, becomes a "cover-up", a defensive move, now that issa got his shit out front. wapo; stenographer to the fucking republican party.

The hall monitor has spoken: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/house-panel-treasury-investigators-find-irs-spent-50m-for-220-conferences-from-2010-to-2012/2013/06/02/2ab6e3ee-cbe7-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_print.html

For the lazy and the law enforcers who would have turned in escaped slaves because "IT'S THE LAW!" crowd.

"Im free, Im free, Im free says Yanira Maldonado" (sic)

I remember a time when publications were concerned with minor things such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation. I cannot take seriously, a publication which chooses a language and then doesn't attempt to follow the rules of that language.

http://guardianlv.com/2013/05/im-free-im-free-im-free-says-yanira-maldonado/

NOGALES, Mexico. Last week after being accused of smuggling drugs from Mexico to Arizona the nightmare for Yanira Maldonado started, but ended well this Thursday night when she was released from a Mexican jail. She and her husband took a bus from Mexico to Phoenix and the Mexican military found 12 pounds of marijuana under her sit.

Yanira Maldonado walked out of prison happy and above all very grateful with her family, US department officials and her lawyers. She also declared that she doesn’t hold grudges and that she will go back to Mexico, because she has family there, “Its not Mexico´s fault. It’s a few people who did this to me”, she said in comments aired by KSAZ TV.

Yanira was release from the Mexican prison because there was not case against her, nothing proved there was a connection between the pot package and her. The security footage showed that they only have blankets, bottles of water and a purse. Francisco Benitez, her attorney was very pleased with the result and he said that the video was very important evidence. The military men who held her suspect of smuggling didn’t appear to her hearing.

<snip>

In a press conference Governor Jan Brewer said she is thankful that Yanira Maldonado is back home with her family. There was a lot of pressure from US Congressmen regarding this case, they condemned the processing of the corrupted Mexican authorities, but worked closely with them to let her go.
The encounter with her husband was emotional and she thanked the Media for supporting her during this traumatic time. If she wouldn’t have been released she would’ve gone to a security Mexican prison until a trial date, but fortunately there was not enough evidence.

<snip>



I think this fits the 4 paragraph rule but it's hard to tell given the punctuation, or lack thereof.

There is more at the link including some comments that are...entertaining.


Dave May 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

Luckily that woman is free, but apparently apostrophes are NOT free, as this editor couldn’t afford to buy three of them for this headline. C’mon, PEOPLE! It’s journalism – it should be a high example of proper usage and grammar. An apostrophe is pretty basic.


Some professions require attention to detail.

Consider this a lesson in how to lose your credibility as you lose your audience.



"e=mc^2 is liberal conspiracy to justify abortion" conservapedia

Creator of conservapedia: andy schlafly

Recognize the name? See phyllis schlafly on wiki.

See this link for discussion about conservapedia. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2302019

About andy from his wiki:

Andrew Schlafly received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Engineering Physics from Princeton University and degree from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor. At Harvard, Schlafly was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Schlafly has worked as an engineer with Bell Labs, Intel, and Johns Hopkins University and an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School.[1]

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In the DU thread above, andy has decided that the Theory of Relativity is liberal claptrap and a conspiracy used by liberals to justify abortion.

Some liberal politicians have extrapolated the theory of relativity to metaphorically justify their own political agendas. For example, Democratic President Barack Obama helped publish an article by liberal law professor Laurence Tribe to apply the relativistic concept of "curvature of space" to promote a broad legal right to abortion.[64] As of June 2008, over 170 law review articles have cited this liberal application of the theory of relativity to legal arguments.[65] Applications of the theory of relativity to change morality have also been common.[66] Moreover, there is an unmistakable effort to censor or ostracize criticism of relativity.[67]


Imagine andy sitting on a peer review board.

Imagine andy the electrical engineer who worked at Bell Labs writing:

E=mc2 is a meaningless statement in physics that purports to relate light to matter. In fact, no theory has successfully unified the laws governing mass (i.e., gravity) with the laws governing light (i.e., electromagnetism). Simply put, E=mc2 is liberal claptrap.

Biblical Scientific Foreknowledge predicts that a unified theory of all the laws of physics are impossible, because light and matter were created at different times, in different ways, as described in the Book of Genesis.


Can we please NOW STOP giving equal time to lies?!


(edit) ‘The use of firearms as a tool is in the DNA of most Americans’

I want to make a couple of points before posting a snip and a link.

I'm not sure what type of source the washington times is; reliable? honest? I don't know. < (edit) The wt is a r/w rag. I presume that means beretta would feel comfortable telling the "truth" about his views; talking among friends, as it were.> The author of this piece appears to be a r/wer. Which means, we have a r/wer interviewing an "it's just business, nothing personal" sorry sack of human dna. Now that we've established my views and agenda...

An interview with franco beretta, vp and managing director of beretta in Italy and exec vp of beretta USA, from June 2012.

Franco Beretta is the vice president and managing director of Beretta in Italy, executive vice president of Beretta USA (the manufacturing, distribution and marketing arm of Beretta in the United States) and one of two sons of Ugo Beretta, president of Beretta Holding. He began work in the engineering department of the business while in college more than 25 years ago. The famous firm, with its headquarters nestled in the Alps, dates back almost 500 years when the family produced arms for the doge of Venice. It has been family-run for 16 generations. An official supplier of the U.S. military, more than 600,000 American-made 9 mm Beretta pistols have been delivered to U.S. troops. Today, the company produces approximately 1,500 weapons daily and achieved sales of $600 million in 2011. You can find out more about this historic gunmaker and its firearms at: berettausa.com.

<snip>

Decker: How important is the American market to Beretta and the gun trade in general?

Beretta: It is more than important: It is fundamental. Firearms are part and parcel with the American culture. From the right to self-protect to the culture of harvesting what the land has to offer, the use of firearms as a tool is in the DNA of most Americans. I feel that, today, if a firearms manufacturer is not actively engaged in the American market, it's virtually not in the firearms business. At Beretta, we are present in the U.S. market through products manufactured in Italy, but we have been manufacturing right here in the United States for decades. The decision to manufacture in the USA was in response to legislative limitations which prohibited the importation of certain products, but it was also an acknowledgement of the fact that there are brilliant resources for development and manufacturing in America, and not taking advantage of them would have been short-changing our ability to sustain growth. The ability to tap into the experience of people whose culture is so deeply entwined with the world of firearms becomes, in certain cases, essential.

<snip>

Beretta: I think that - after the many political changes that have occurred around the world in the past 15 years - world markets have reached a stabilization point. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet bloc - which opened new, large hunting markets for us, like Russia and Kazakhstan - many world markets have reached a point of maturity. Beretta continues to cater to them through new products and technologies that serve their specific needs. While certain markets continue to be completely closed to us, our ears are constantly to the ground. One of the keys to longevity is the ability to understand the markets we serve, and even anticipate their needs. A global reach makes this task more challenging but also substantially more rewarding.

<snip> to more at link (emphasis added)


The US; we are a "market". "It's nothing personal; just business."
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