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Pls settle an argument for me

I say that if a person in a state with tough restrictive gun laws takes a gun to a gun store (for cleaning), the gun store owner can seize the gun and turn in the person to law authorities. seems to me there is a law or policy to that effect but I cannot find it. thanks.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and the Prevention of Depressive Relapse

JAMA April 27.
The findings indicate that MBCT produced a reduced risk of depressive relapse within a 60-week follow-up period compared with other active treatments. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy was most effective for patients with greater depressive severity before treatment.


(My experience with mindfulness meditation (not MBCT) supports this finding.)

I'm wondering what Dennis Kucinich has said about the primaries..

can anyone link?


Donald Trump cancels California trip amid signs of campaign trouble

What's up with this?

"Donald Trump has canceled a planned visit to California this week amid mounting questions on whether he can capture the Republican presidential nomination without a contested party convention this summer in Cleveland.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks offered no explanation for the cancellation of Trump’s press conference Friday at his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes."


Immobilizing snowstorm forces Denver airport to close for first time in a decade

Source: accuweather

A powerful spring storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in Denver created travel chaos on Wednesday, March 23.
Hundreds of miles of highways were closed, officials restricted city driving to those with tire chains and the Denver International Airport (DIA) was forced to close for the first time in a decade.
Residents took to social media to explain their dismay at the disruptive storm when just the day before, temperatures soared to the 70-degree Fahrenheit mark. People flocked outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm air.
But March is Denver's snowiest month, historically, and this storm was a perfect example of how volatile spring systems can be.

Read more: http://www.accuweather.com/en/features/trend/photos_immobilizing_denver_colorado_airport_snowstorm/56242971

need help with window treatment

I have a large window in the bedroom and one in the living room. Each is 58" across and 66" down.
face north.
My conundrum is that I want privacy and I want light, and I want it to be easy to go back and forth - between covered windows and uncovered.
I have both windows now, so that during day the upper half is all open and the lower half is curtained, which can be open or closed.
At night I have a shade.
BUT I also have a light outside the window, so I need something darker than the shade so my bedroom can be in darkness.
First I thot about room darkening drapes - but if I pull the drape to the side during day, it will still cut off light in each corner.
if I get a drape on loops, I think it will be hard for me to open and close every morning and night, because I am short. And standing on the ground, not sure I will have enough leverage.

I have considered blinds, but I was reading on another thread here, and reminded me of blinds needing to be dusted - no to that.

I like the looks of this shade.

but I don't know how dark it would be.
But I like the pull, which is easy for me to operate.

Any ideas appreciated

"On Foreign Policy, Sanders may disappoint devotees"- any response bernie supporters?

“I have no idea who Bernie is listening to on security and foreign affairs,” says Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at IPS, whose latest book sees little real difference between the counterterrorism policies of the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Likewise, the leftist icon Noam Chomsky tells Newsweek he has “no idea who his advisers are, or who he is close to.”Norman Solomon, a prominent left-wing activist, charged last summer that Sanders’s few public pronouncements on foreign policy were “scarcely different than President Obama’s current stance...and hardly distinguish him from his rivals for the nomination.” Sanders, he added, “is standing behind the Syria policies of...Obama, who has declined to order no-fly zone actions.

”Many of his devotees might also be surprised to learn that while Sanders denounces wasteful military spending, he’s backed the F-35 joint strike force warplane, whose monster cost overruns have earned it the moniker, “The jet that ate the Pentagon.” Assigning a squadron of them to the Vermont Air National Guard (one of many state-based units that rotate in and out of the Middle East) could “maintain hundreds of jobs here in Vermont,” he has said.And maybe that’s why Sanders doesn’t want to say much more about national security issues than that he opposed the Iraq invasion in 2003, because it would rattle his progressive followers.

Rather than campaign for a new "organization like NATO" to battle ISIS, he sticks with his guaranteed applause lines about big banks and economic fairness.


In defense of disruption

Re disrupting Trump rallies, Paul Street says,
If we repudiate disruption:

"So much for the Boston Tea Party.

So much for the mass abolitionist actions that sought prevent the return of escaped slaves to southern plantations in Boston and other northern cities during the 1850s.

So much for Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey. So much for the Underground Railroad.

So much for the Great New England Shoemakers strike of 1860 (supported by presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln), the Great Labor Upheaval of 1877, the remarkable Eight Hours Movement and strikes of 1886, the Pullman Strike, the Homestead Strike, the Lawrence Strike, the great 1922 National Railway Shopmen’s Strike, the Left-led labor upheaval of 1934, the Flint sit-down strike and the broader U.S. sit-down strike wave of 1936-37, and countless other labor actions in U.S. history.

So much for workers shutting down the killing floors in an Iowa, Nebraska, or North Carolina meatpacking plant to protest the abusiveness of a foreman or manager and/or the dangerously excessive pace of production.

So much for shop-floor actions conducted precisely and expensively (for capital) to disrupt the continuous flow of production on behalf of working people.

So much for the highly popular December 2008 Chicago Republic Door and Window plant occupation and the remarkable 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike against Rahm Emmanuel’s school closing and privatization agenda and the related standardized testing mania.

So much for Rosa Parks’ and the young minister Dr. Martin Luther King’s disruption of regular bus service in Montgomery, Alabama.

So much for the great disruptive Civil Rights lunch counter actions and Freedom Rides and the Memphis garbage workers strike on the eve of Dr. King’s fateful, final visit to that city.

So much for the 1967 March on the Pentagon and the Vietnam War resisters who destroyed draft records.

So much for the New Left and Black Power activists who sat in and took over university offices to protest academia’s service to Big Business, militarism, and racial inequality during the Vietnam era.

So much for the mass antiwar movement that converged on the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968.

So much for the Stonewall riots.

So much for Occupy Wall Street’s march in Times Square and the Occupy Movement’s many disorderly actions in New York City and across the country in the fall and early winter of 2011.

So much for the great Black disruptive Ferguson (Mike Brown), Baltimore (Freddie Gray), and New York City (Eric Garner) protests and the Black Lives Matter movement.

So much for the disruptive Fight for Fifteen movement.

So much for the great marches against George W. Bush’s criminal invasion of Iraq.

So much for the great Wisconsin rebellion (later to be absurdly channeled into a doomed major-party electoral-politics recall campaign) on behalf of worker and union rights in the late winter and early spring of 2011.

So much for the young Black activists who brilliantly disrupted Christmas shopping on Michigan Avenue to protest Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s cover up of an egregiously racist police shooting.

So much for the great anti-WTO marches in Seattle in the fall of 1999 and subsequent actions to disrupt the life and planet-disrupting meetings of the savagely neoliberal-capitalist World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

So much for the giant march against U.S. led Western militarism in Chicago in May of 2012.

So much for the many peace activists who have been arrested over the years for disrupting war production and preparations.


pro-drump group formed to "expose" far-leftists...

ooohh, I'm scared...

A pro-Donald Trump group calling itself the “Lion Guard” (not to be confused with Disney’s “Lion King” spinoff of the same name) is using social media to “identify and expose plots to attack Mr. Trump, Trump Supporters, and their rallies before they even can happen.”

Lion Guard’s Twitter bio describes it as “an informal civilian group dedicated to the safety and security of #Trump supporters by exposing Far-Left infiltrators and saboteurs.” The group’s name is derived from a variation on the Benito Mussolini quote Trump retweeted in February that appears on the Lion Guard website: “Better to be a lion for a day, than a lamb for eternity.”

A March 15, post titled “Lion Guard is Born” explains that the group was formed after clashes between protesters and Trump supporters forced the cancellation of a Trump rally in Chicago on March 11. The post explains that the group’s main objective is “to search out for any Anti-M.A.G.A. [Make America Great Again] social media account that is planning to infiltrate, disrupt, attack, or otherwise do harm to Mr. Trump, any Trump rally, or any Trump supporter.”

To that end, the Lion Guard has been trawling social media for posts from would-be protesters who plan to attend a Trump rally in Phoenix on Saturday, then posting the protesters’ photos to the Lion Guard Twitter account and instructing followers to inform security if they spot the “saboteurs” at the rally.

The Lion Guard manifesto is careful to avoid any promotion of violence against protesters. While noting that the idea of a pro-Trump paramilitary organization is “not a bad idea,” the Lion Guard says such violence would feed into mainstream media’s anti-Trump narrative. The group sees its mission as “principally to observe and report these vandals to the proper authorities, not confront them with force.”


Turkey: Istanbul hit by ‘suicide bomb’

Source: Euronews

Reports from Turkey say there has been an explosion in the centre of Istanbul.
It is said to have been a suicide bombing on a main shopping street in a tourist area.

Istanbul’s governor says four people are known to have died and 20 wounded, including three in a critical condition.

TV pictures show an area being cordoned off by police, reportedly in Istiklal Street, a wide pedestrian boulevard lined with international stores and shopping centres.
Helicopters were seen circling overhead and people were seen running from the area.

Turkey has been hit by a rising tide of violence in recent months.

Read more: http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/19/explosion-hits-central-istanbul-some-people-wounded-turkey-s-dogan-news-agency/

---trying to turn Turkey into another failed state in the area...
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