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The Capitol building is now a foreign/domestic enemy surveillance security risk

This could be why Congress "in recess" and isn't doing any official business in the building. I think they may be meeting in undisclosed locations.

This is a friend of mine, and he knows his stuff.


18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.


Feed Ducks Frozen (thawed) Peas, Not Bread, Wildlife Organization Urges

Feeding ducks bread can even prevent them from flying. A high-carb, high-protein diet of mostly bread can cause a wing deformity known as “angel wing” or “airplane wing” that causes the end feathers to stick out sideways instead flat against the body, so that it can’t fly.

Still, humans love feeding ducks. It brings us joy to be able to connect and interact with wildlife in such a way.

Luckily, the Canal and River Trust says we can still feed the ducks, in moderation, with healthier foods that are closer to their natural diet.

The charity even conducted a taste test to see which healthy foods ducks like best. Here’s the list:

1. Frozen peas and pea shoots (don’t cook the peas, but let them thaw)

2. Sweet corn (canned, frozen or fresh)

3. Lettuce or cabbage (kale is their favorite!)

4. Oats (rolled, steel-cut, or instant, they’ll love this treat in moderation)

5. Seeds (bird seed or seeds from the health food market)

6. Rice (cooked or uncooked, in moderation)


Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Snowflakes" on an airport tarmac by Post:Ballet.

To our rescue comes this exquisitely filmed and choreographed “Waltz of the Snowflakes” by San Francisco-based Post:Ballet and members of the Berkeley Ballet Theater. Yes, that is an airport tarmac at the shuttered Naval Air Station Alameda, and the dancers are clearly wearing sneakers rather than ballet shoes.


From FaceBook: Stacey Abrams built a blue wall...

and Trump is going to pay for it.

Rage baking OMG YES, this is a thing....

'Rage Baking': Turn Your Politics-Fueled Anger Into Dessert With Resident Chef Kathy Gunst

Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices" by Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford.

For Kid's Coughs, Swap The Over-The-Counter Syrups For Honey


"Mostly, these kids cough syrups have either a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan (in Robitussin and Delsym, for example) or an antihistamine like diphenhydramine (in Benadryl and Dimetapp).

"What the studies have shown is that — for some reason — in kids they aren't that effective," she explains.

Plus, these drugs can cause side effects, she says, "such as increasing your blood pressure, making your heart rate go up or suppressing the drive to breathe — and that's definitely something we don't want for kids."

So what can desperate, sleep-starved parents give their kids? The answer might be already in the kitchen cupboard.

"Honey is at least as effective as those many, many products that you see in the drugstore," says Dr. Bud Wiedermann, an infectious disease specialist at Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C. This is only for kids older than 1 year old. (There's a risk of botulism for infants.)"

U.S. Abortion Rate Down Sharply; Restrictive Laws Not The Reason

U.S. abortion rates are declining nationwide, and the legislative stampede to get a precedent-overturning case to the Supreme Court isn't a contributing factor, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Guttmacher Institute. The number of abortions nationwide declined 19 percent from 2011-2017.

Though 32 state legislatures passed 394 new restrictions on abortion from 2011-2017, abortion rates also fell in states with less restrictive laws, the reproductive health and rights research group said in its report. Instead, the biggest reason for the decline is that women aren't becoming pregnant as often.

If abortion restrictions had been the force behind the abortion decline, birth rates would have increased, the Guttmacher Institute said. Instead, birth rates were down in every nearly every state.

While the flurry of anti-abortion legislation isn't driving down the procedures, restrictions on a medical choice that has been legal for U.S. women for 46 years can "still inflict serious harm," Elizabeth Nash, a senior policy manager at Guttmacher, said in an emailed statement.

"Underneath the national trend are the individual struggles and burdens that anti-abortion policymakers are creating for people within their states," Nash said. "We need policies that ensure patients can obtain and afford reproductive health care from contraception, to pregnancy to abortion."


NPR: How One Mom Talks To Her Sons About Hate On The Internet


"One of my kids said: If you can be trans and just decide what you are then how come you can't just decide to be a penguin?" said Schroeder, a writer and mother of two sons and a daughter, in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

It may sound like a normal question a kid would ask, Schroeder admits. But she also knew that their curiosities didn't mesh with the values that she and her husband share with their children. "We've talked to our kids about LGBTQ community, we know trans people personally," she said.

As it turned out, her son's question had been inspired by a meme he saw on Instagram. "I knew it was time to start looking at their social media use and figuring out what they were being exposed to," she said.

She grew increasingly disturbed as she went down the rabbit hole of Instagram's "Explore" page and clicked "related videos" on their YouTube accounts. What she saw was an inundation of memes strewn with racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic jokes shared by other users.

"The boys [are] consuming media with the 'people are too sensitive' and 'you can't say anything anymore!' themes," Schroeder tweeted. "For these boys, this will ring true — they're getting in trouble for 'nothing.' This narrative allows boys to shed the shame — replacing it w/anger."

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