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Want to know why Obama is hated so much in the South? See 12 Years a Slave

This is the story:

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

The story is based on a book written by Solomon Northup, published in 1853. He was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.

This is NOT Gone With the Wind.

It is probably the most intense, riveting, and compelling movie I've seen in a very long time.

I'm a Yankee living in the south. Chapel Hill is bastion of liberalism, yet the movie is not playing here.
It can be seen in Durham, also liberal, but only on two screens and only at late (8:45 and 9:45) showings.
Hubby and I drove 30 minutes, passing many theaters, in order to see it this afternoon. It was well attended.

I came out of the theater saying to hubby, this is what is behind the hatred of President Obama: the southern white
attitude that blacks are lesser beings, should be treated as property, has never gone away. The Bible is part of this
belief system and always was used as a defense for the inhumane treatment of other human beings as slaves. Use
of guns--and their availability--was also necessary to enforce this system. And capitalism? Operating at its finest,
without regard to morality or dignity or consideration of the treatment of human capital.

The movie is definitely worth searching out.

Too funny! Came here to post another pretty sunrise today at my house

and what did I find but the January contest--Sunrise, Sunset!

Well, not going to use the sunrise from this morning--so here it is:


Carolina blue sky and moon

Took this about 2:15 pm this afternoon. I don't often notice we have a daytime moon rising. It's fun to see the sunlight
on the tree branches and bright blue sky.


NC Politics to be a focus of a Bill Moyers program Jan. 3, 2014

Preview: State of Conflict: North Carolina
December 19, 2013

First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.” On one side: a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other: citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state.

Airing January 3, 2014, “State of Conflict: North Carolina” offers a documentary report from a state that votes both blue and red and sometimes purple (Romney carried it by a whisker in 2012, Obama by an eyelash in 2008). Now, however, Republicans hold the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature and they are steering North Carolina far to the right: slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, providing vouchers to private schools, cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid and rolling back electoral reforms, including voting rights.

At the heart of this conservative onslaught sits a businessman who is so wealthy and powerful that he is frequently described as the state’s own “Koch brother.” Art Pope, whose family fortune was made via a chain of discount stores, has poured tens of millions of dollars into a network of foundations and think tanks that advocate a wide range of conservative causes. Pope is also a major funder of conservative political candidates in the state.

Pope’s most ardent opponent is the Reverend William Barber, head of the state chapter of the NAACP, who says the right-wing state government has produced “an avalanche of extremist policies that threaten health care, that threaten education [and] that threaten the poor.” Barber’s opposition to the legislature as well as the Pope alliance became a catalyst for the protest movement that became known around the country as “Moral Mondays.”

For more info: http://billmoyers.com/segment/preview-state-of-conflict-north-carolina/#.Ur2WP782pLY.facebook

If you're like I am, though, I didn't know that UNC-TV has several channels in NC. If you try to find when the program airs
through the billmoyers link, it will tell you the program isn't being aired on UNC-TV.

BUT----Go here to UNC-TV website: http://www.unctv.org/content/program_listings/moyers-company-41

and you'll find that it is airing on the UNC-MX channel.

For us, Time Warner Cable customers in Chapel Hill, it's channel 172

Great color in the sky tonight as the moon was rising here in Chapel Hill!

I have a travel photo running in a contest sponsored by our newspaper

that I took on our recent trip.

If you'd like to see the photos--and maybe vote for me!--here's a link, although you will have to register to vote.

This is the photo titled: Night Lights of Salzburg


Yummy smashed pumpkin

I thought about using this photo for the Autumn contest, but decided against it. Thought I'd share, though.
Last year I threw our front yard pumpkin off our back deck--onto the hillside--to provide some food for squirrels,
birds, etc. I did it again this year when I put the Christmas wreath on our front door. Several days ago
I noticed this young deer nibbling on it, but my dog, Snowy, scared it away. When it came back, late one cloudy
and overcast afternoon, I sneaked out on the deck to grab some photos.

Worried about privacy? We're in Austria where hotels are required to monitor--by room--

downloading on guests' computers!

We were in an apartment for a week in Vienna and I had no problem connecting to their network.
We arrived in Salzburg on Wednesday and are staying in a hotel that offers free wi-fi. I couldn't get
my laptop to connect and couldn't figure out what was the problem. Thought maybe I was in a
dead zone in the hotel, so went out to the lobby. Still, kept getting an error message. The desk
clerk couldn't understand it, said she hadn't previously seen the problem. Next day, same thing.

Went up to the local coffee house, where I am now, no problem connecting to their network!
Talked to a different clerk at the hotel today and she confirmed what I was beginning to suspect--
that for some reason my computer was being blocked from connecting. Why would that be?
Could it be privacy settings on my laptop? Yup.

She told me that Austria REQUIRES hotels to monitor all downloads--by each room--in their hotel.
Said they had been fined for not previously doing so! She claims the coffee houses are subject to the
same rules, as well as apartments rented out to guests! Wow! Talk about Big Brother!

My son works in the info tech biz--so he's set up my laptop. I found one place on my browser (Firefox) options
that I could allow monitoring of sites I visited, but even unchecking that privacy setting still wouldn't allow
connecting at the hotel. He must have some other safeguards set up as well, but I decided it's just easier
to walk to the coffee house rather than try to figure out how to get my laptop to work at the hotel.

Has anyone else run into this kind of problem when traveling?

For those following the Monsanto discussion

Hubby and I are in Vienna, Austria.

Took a walk down by the Danube this a.m. It's NOT blue--and hasn't been for many, many years.
I was first here in 1983 and it was muddy brown then. What is different, is the amount
of graffiti on the walls.

Thought those following the Monsanto issues would like this.

Sunday morning walk by the Danube

a few of my favorites from this morning. Unfortunately, another gray day.

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