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It has dawned on me that USA is now holding back the world

instead of captaining the world to a better place ... that was our leadership roll for the past 100 years, no longer thanks to GOP and the new trump party. Yes, we have had many problems and failures along the way but the American soul of progress has always been kept alive. Climate change initiatives, green energy projects, human rights, woman's rights, health care, racial and economic parity, science research, diplomacy as a tool for international understanding, are all being cut off by trump. Now we are looking at a possible war with Iran? Here we are again ... smells like george w bush and the 'learn nothing' repubs. Just read that trump ends stem cell research from fetal tissue ( george w did the same) so this will set back medical research another decade. Good going GOP.

Abortion survivors ... women and girls

Maybe we need to redefine women who have had an abortion as "women abortion survivors" ... from war, rape, neglect. incest ...

Abortion survivors. Women and girls never would want an abortion except for the following reasons:
1. They have been raped, not only in our so called civil societies but, during times of war in countries where rape is a tool of war.
2. Girls are incest victims by family members including fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins.
3. Women that have no financial support from their government nor from the fathers and can't afford a pregnancy.
4. Girls are too young to bear a pregnancy that might kill them.
5. Women are drug/alcohol addicted.
6. The fetus is severely deformed and carrying this pregnancy to anything like a full term might kill the mother.
7. The woman has mental health issues.

Peasant clothing? It could be a thing in the fashion world soon?

since most of us are being forced back into feudal times due to climate change and wealth disparage.

The 'Tunic' ... what we will all be wearing if trump wins in 2020.

While the fashions of the upper classes were changing with the decade (or at least the century), peasants and laborers stuck to the useful, modest garments their progenitors had been clad in for generations during the Middle Ages. Of course, as the centuries passed, minor variations in style and color were bound to appear; but, for the most part, European peasants wore very similar clothing in most countries from the 8th to the 14th century.
The Ubiquitous Tunic

The basic garment worn by men, women, and children alike was a tunic. This appears to have evolved from the tunica of late antiquity. Such tunics are made either by folding over a long piece of fabric and cutting a hole in the center of the fold for the neck or by sewing two pieces of fabric together at the shoulders, leaving a gap for the neck. Sleeves, which weren't always part of the garment, could be cut as part of the same piece of fabric and sewn closed or added later. Tunics fell to at least the thighs. Though the garment might be called by different names at different times and places, the construction of the tunic was essentially the same throughout these centuries.

At various times, men and, less often, women wore tunics with slits up the sides to afford more freedom of movement. An opening at the throat was fairly common to make it easier to put on over one's head; this might be a simple widening of the neck hole; or, it might be a slit that could be tied closed with cloth ties or left open with plain or decorative edging.

Women wore their tunics long, usually to mid-calf, which made them, essentially, dresses. Some were even longer, with trailing trains that could be used in a variety of ways. If any of her chores required her to shorten her dress, the average peasant woman could tuck the ends of it up in her belt. Ingenious methods of tucking and folding could turn the excess fabric into a pouch for carrying picked fruit, chicken feed, etc.; or, she could wrap the train over her head to protect herself from the rain.

Women's tunics were usually made of wool. Woolen fabric could be woven rather finely, though the quality of the cloth for working-class women was mediocre at best. Blue was the most common color for a woman's tunic; though many different shades might be achieved, the blue dye made from woad was used on a large percentage of manufactured cloth. Other colors were unusual, but not unknown: pale yellow, green, and a light shade of red or orange could all be made from less-expensive dyes. All these colors would fade in time; dyes that stayed fast over the years were too expensive for the average laborer.


Melania ... fake story ... fake lady

Big question ... did she actually graduate from college?

Where is the Tea party now that their party

has just ticked up the national deficit by 42% OVER LAST YEAR? Fuckers, suckers ... 'come out , come out where ever you are' ...

The federal deficit in May reached $208 billion, surging 42 percent over last May’s monthly deficit figure, according to new Treasury Department data released Wednesday.

The figure put the cumulative deficit for the eight months of fiscal 2019 at $739 billion, within range of the full 2018 deficit, which amounted to $779 billion, according to the Treasury figures. Treasury estimates that the full deficit will exceed $1 trillion by the time the fiscal year wraps up at the end of September.


Photos: the New York City Pride March over the years

This is how civil rights are fought for ... it may take years but if we gather together, we win!

New York is gearing up to celebrate a momentous Pride Month, commemorating not only the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots but also welcoming visitors from around the world for World Pride. To mark the occasion, we collected images from NYC pride marches from over the last 50 years. Some were drawn from the New York Public Library’s fascinating “Love and Resistance: Stonewall 50” exhibition and others were provided via the New-York Historical Society’s “Stonewall 50,” one of our best museum exhibitions to see in New York this summer.

Check them out below!


Dem's must fix voting machines

trump won by only 11,000 votes in Michigan. Easy to steal when the most Democratic region of the State was fucked by voting machine's failure.... focus, focus, please focus

By Charlotte Alter
December 14, 2016

More than 80 voting machines in Detroit malfunctioned on Election Day, officials say, resulting in ballot discrepancies in 59% of precincts that raise questions about the reliability of future election results in a city dominated by Democratic and minority voters.

“This is not the first time,” adds Daniel Baxter, elections director for the city. “We’ve had this problem in nearly every election that we administer in the city of Detroit.” Baxter says that the machines were tested for accuracy before election day in accordance with state and federal guidelines, but that sometimes the machines “hit up against each other and malfunction” as they’re being transported to the precincts.

The machines were optical scanners, meaning they registered and counted the votes marked on paper ballots. Many of the machines jammed over the course of election day, perhaps because Michigan had a two-page ballot this year, which meant that paper ballots were collected but inconsistently recorded by the machines. Michigan does not have early voting, so any mechanical malfunction would necessarily happen on election day, since that’s the only day the machines are used. That’s why so many machines malfunctioned at the same time. “You don’t expect a laptop to last 10 years, and you shouldn’t expect a voting machines to last 10 years,” says Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey.


Gulf of Oman, errr, correction, Gulf of Tonkin

The Truth About Tonkin
Questions about the Gulf of Tonkin incidents have persisted for more than 40 years. But once-classified documents and tapes released in the past several years, combined with previously uncovered facts, make clear that high government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
By Lieutenant Commander Pat Paterson, U.S. Navy
February 2008
Naval History Magazine
Volume 22, Number 1

We may never know the whole truth behind the Tonkin events and the motivations of those involved. However, it is important to put what we do know into context. The administration's zeal for aggressive action, motivated by President Johnson's election worries, created an atmosphere of recklessness and overenthusiasm in which it became easy to draw conclusions based on scanty evidence and to overlook normally prudent precautionary measures. Without the full picture, Congress could not offer the checks and balances it was designed to provide. Subsequently, the White House carried the nation into the longest and one of the most costly conflicts in our nation's history.


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.
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