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This 80-year-old DJ is still the life of the party

This is one cool gal ...

Instead of baby-sitting grandchildren, Poland’s oldest DJ Wirginia Szmyt packs her CDs, mixer and laptop, and heads off to spin for a packed dance floor of mainly senior citizens.

“I don’t care if someone likes it or not that I am dancing or jumping behind the console, because I cannot play and stay still,” said Wika, raising her hands to clap with her audience. “When I play, I feel the melody, I feel the rhythm.”

Aware of the rejuvenating quality of music for the mind and body, the self-trained Wika has been DJ-ing for Polish retirees for two decades, earning widespread respect in the trade.

Every Monday night, she entertains about 1,000 people at the Hula Kula club, smashing stereotypes and empowering seniors as she plays everything from disco and rock to samba and ballads.


Dem's need to explain "Socialism" to Americans

Democratic Socialism is a nebulous term that most Americans associate with communism. EXPLAIN, EXPLAIN .... TEACH ... tell Americans that corp welfare will end.

Math refresher ... I need this

The Divisible tool below performs three tasks! It checks if one number is divisible by another number, it divides two numbers, and it can show you all the numbers that a number is divisible by.

Divisible means that one number is able to be divided by another number without a remainder. In other words, if you divide one integer by another integer, then it is divisible if the result is also an integer (whole positive number).

What is 1/3 divided by 2?

Greatest Common Divisor (GCD) of 5 and 30

How to calculate 123 divided by 25 using long division

What divided by 2 equals 5?

What is 33 mod 12?

What is 3 divided by 6/7?

What is the Quotient of 12 and 26?

What divided by what equals 15?


Correct me if I am wrong, Mueller found and fired

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok after he learned about not only their political banter but because they broke FBI rules about adultery and fraternizing within dept. When asked, reporters and witnesses should just say; "Yes" ... and Muller was the one who discovered this and then fired them ... not trump or some other repug. I believe this factoid has been lost to trumper's because it has never been plainly stated. REMEBMBER TO PLAINLY STATE FACTS TO trumper's ... or else it will just glosses over the top of their brains

I want to see Jeff Sessions before congressional hearings

... he might get "nervooos " and spill some truth

12 Ways to Spot a Misogynist

Men who hate women may not consciously realize it. But their acts reveal them.

The misogynists. You may have heard of them. But what you may not realize is that they can be anywhere around you. They are notoriously hard to spot. They do not come with a label attached, and they may even come across as pro-woman.

In most cases, misogynists do not even know that they hate women. Misogyny is typically an unconscious hatred that men form early in life, often as a result of a trauma involving a female figure they trusted. An abusive or negligent mother, sister, teacher or girlfriend can plant a seed deep down in their brain’s subcortical matter.

Once planted, this seed will germinate and begin to grow, the tiny root working its way into the fear processing and memory areas of the brain as its tiny stem works its way into frontal areas of the brain, affecting emotion and rational decision-making.

The first signs of misogyny are barely noticeable, but with additional exposure to neglect, abuse, or lack of treatment, this behavioral seeding will grow larger and more prominent. But even when the misogyny reaches maturity and the tendency toward acting with hatred toward women can no longer be controlled, the misogynist and the women around him will often fail to notice the condition until it’s too late.

The following traits are typical of the misogynist:


Why smart men make better partners

Could explain trump?

A new study says that if you're picking a male life partner, a smarter one would be better for the long-term success of your relationship.

Jaako Aspara led the research at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland that looked at the question of picking partners from an evolutionary perspective. The team discovered that the levels of a partner's intelligence directly affect the “fitness" of the partnership to “survive and support the offspring."

The researchers showed a connection between intelligence and marital history. The number of men who got married and stayed hitched increased with each rise in overall intelligence within the five age groups studied. Younger groups most strongly exhibited this effect.

In other interesting conclusions, the scientists found that verbal intelligence relates to the probability of getting married, since being a better talker can make it easier for you to attract a mate. Overall intellectual ability equally relates to getting divorced. Higher intelligence means having the capacity to avoid a breakup by expressing and discussing feelings, according to the research team. On the flip side, notes Whitbourne, studies showed that intelligent women also have more stable and long-lasting marriages.


My wish for all Americans; IAmsterdam life

I want to confront Americans that have never traveled, especially to a well run Democratic Socialist country. If they did travel to Holland, they would break down and cry over the crazy abuse we here in the USA take, while paying big time for it.

Expat Essentials
Netherlands vs. the U.S.: Two wildly different definitions of ‘freedom’

That includes two wildly different visions of “freedom.”

In the United States, “freedom” increasingly is defined by the Far Right’s freedom to dictate to Americans what they can and can’t do. They are free to carry guns, indulge in hate speech with impunity and discriminate openly against groups they dislike.

They are also free to go without healthcare, unoppressed by a tyrannical social safety net.

In the Netherlands, people are not free to do any of those things. But they are free to enjoy unfettered access to all the things the Dutch believe make for a stable and productive society including education, healthcare, a social safety net, a safe and secure environment and jobs.


Lesbians get no credit, only scorn, for starting the Feminist Revolution

Time for women everywhere to say thanks for the bravery of LGBTQ women, who stormed the beaches of patriarchy

Exhibit curated by Chanel Ward '08 and Anna Steffens '10
Published Spring 2009

In the early 1970s, lesbian activism became a powerful social force as women drew strength from both the gay rights and feminist movements. Throughout the next four decades, lesbian and queer activists tackled a broad range of issues: sexual identity and sex itself, pop culture, race, class, violence, and many others. From early activists who advocated complete lesbian separatism to modern queer organizers who work in partnership with multiple identity groups, the "lesbian activist" movement has generated a huge variety of social formations and political ideologies. This exhibit, drawing from BCRW's extensive collection of LGBT-related materials, showcases just a few documents from this long history of struggle and social change. The following articles, photographs, zines, and pamphlets shed light on the many transformations and incarnations of lesbian activism over the past 40 years.


Dresses from the sky: WW2 wedding gowns made from silk and nylon parachutes

Parachute Wedding Dress, 1947

This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved Maj. Claude Hensinger during World War II.

In August 1944, Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew were returning from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, when their engine caught fire. The crew was forced to bail out. Suffering from only minor injuries, Hensinger used the parachute as a pillow and blanket as he waited to be rescued. He kept the parachute that had saved his life. He later proposed to his girlfriend Ruth in 1947, offering her the material for a gown.

Ruth wanted to create a dress similar to one in the movie Gone with the Wind. She hired a local seamstress, Hilda Buck, to make the bodice and veil. Ruth made the skirt herself; she pulled up the strings on the parachute so that the dress would be shorter in the front and have a train in the back. The couple married July 19, 1947. The dress was also worn by the their daughter and by their son’s bride before being gifted to the Smithsonian.


World War II created challenges not only for the ones fighting on the front lines but also for those who stayed at home. One of the biggest was limited resources, meaning people had to do without many things for the sake of victory.

Once the war was over, returning to a normal life was not an easy task, especially when one considers how devastating the war years were. Rationing was still in place in the years that followed the war, and people had to be careful to use their money wisely, because the cost of almost everything had risen.

Fabric was so expensive that a great number of women simply weren’t able to afford a decent wedding dress, and many of them had to improvise with materials. In many cases, their inventiveness went beyond expectations and such is the case with the beautiful wedding gowns made out of parachute silk.

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