As someone dedicated to the issue of ending Veteran homelessness, I recommend you check out this article on Huffington Post's impact page. It discusses how Boston-based Housing Partnership Network members in Portland, Pittsburgh, and Madison are doing their part to expand housing opportunities for Veterans exiting homelessness. It starts as follows:
One home at a time—that's how the nation is going to end to homelessness among Veterans. Yet the persistent shortage of low-cost housing across the country is a challenge too many communities face. Success depends in large part on housing providers being willing to generate more permanent housing for Veterans.
The Housing Partnership Network is one housing provider stepping up the plate, but we need more if we're going to win this fight.
Thursday will be my day for removal of 'neck mass, limited neck dissection and removal of overlying skin'.
Seven weeks ago I noticed a small lump on the side of my throat about the size of a 00 buckshot pellet or 3/16" diameter. I'm not one to waste a lot of time sitting in an ER but was curious. Was it safe, normal or something to be addressed. The more the ER Dr probed it the more angry it became. Biopsies have tested positive for malignancy.
PET and CT scans have been conducted so the medics should have a good road map to work from.
I really appreciate the outpouring of support and well wishes from the DKos community. I means a lot to have so many wonderful friends from the far reaches of the compass who send healing energies and thoughts.
Bless you all.
Put your good thoughts for him on his quilt! Just leave a message of love and support in the messages and I will transcribe it in archival ink onto muslin -- and my sister and I will sew it in.
We are short 6 messages for this quilt. I will keep these numbers updated.
Dozens of others stabbed, beaten, and seriously injured.
Over 100 guns recovered.
Sounds like one of the worst crimes in modern American history, right?
Then why do the men above look like they are tailgating? Smoking cigarettes, others using their cell phones, nobody in the world could guess that these men were even associated with such a horrible crime.
Malcolm X speaking in Los Angeles on police brutality
On April 27, 1962, the LAPD murdered Brother Ronald Stokes, a friend of Malcolm X and a new member of the Nation of Islam. Ronald Stokes was a Korean War veteran. As many as seven other members of the Nation of Islam were shot by the LAPD as well. In the aftermath of that shooting, Malcolm X traveled to Los Angeles to address the plague of police brutality and how the media misrepresents the dangers of black men in ways that justify the police murders of African Americans across the country.
The entire speech is powerful, but in the excerpt below, Malcolm X speaks words that shockingly relevant today. It's powerful to hear them, because they apply so much to our current reality, but they are also disappointing because they reveal just how little things have changed.
CelticLassie's quilt. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts...
It is a shock when you learn that a friend has cancer. Gordon20024 recently learned that he does. He is a person who is always there for others, as many Kossacks in several groups know well. So now it is time for us to be there for him... We can do this with a community quilt, full of words of love and support, that he can take with him to treatment or use anytime at home as he heals.
I'm Not Laughing At Him, I'm laughing with him. It's complicated.
If you knew him, you'd laugh at some of his antics too! The King of Drama! Yes, You, Joe Brennan. I am making fun of you. But in a good way. Where the heck are you?
Butane lighters are not meant to be used with a fine, light, easy to combust smoke-able like cannabis. You're sucking in a ton of butane gas, by lighting up with it. Use Matches! (Whether your using, a pipe or joint and even some vaporizer pens).
Burning tobacco generates a smoke that is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that affect not only the smoker, but others as well.
Chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke
Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
Acrolein: extremely toxic.
Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogenic
1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
Isoprene: irritates skin,eyes and mucous membranes.
Lead: causes brain damage
Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
Nitric Oxide: linked to Asthma,Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens
Polonium - radioactive*
Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.
Just to make sure you’re on the same page with me, let’s try an exercise. Picture yourself sailing a small boat way out at sea. It’s a beautiful day, light wind, sunny, and (most importantly) you are a very good sailor and navigator. Suddenly a large meteor smashes a hole in your boat and it sinks in seconds. You are now hanging on to some flotsam (that’s floating nautical junk for those with no sailing experience), but it’s not going to float for long… and you see shark fins circling.
Suddenly you hear an engine! You see a speedboat making a beeline for your location! “I’m saved”, you think. Up comes a sporty speedboat with the music blaring. It’s full of what looks like the worst kind of right-wing fraternity turds… but it’s the most beautiful sight none the less. But instead of rescue, you are taunted, laughed at, and called names. A few beer cans are launched at your head and then, with some muttered excuse to your pleas for rescue “You’re wet, it’ll ruin the leather”, they speed off. That’s rage.
Now… picture that the one person that you love more than anything in the world is the one in this hypothetical situation… and all you can do is watch it all unfold. That’s blind rage.
This is a followup diary to the one I posted last week, which was itself a followup to the one in January (please see these for more details). Longtime Sacramento-area kossack aitchdee found herself disabled by rheumatoid arthritis, unable to work, and facing immediate tax auction of her modest condo. Serious roof leaks had consumed her savings and now made it impossible to sell the condo for enough to pay the tax liability, so she turned to us fearing that she was about to become homeless.
The good advice she received here helped her file the correct form of bankruptcy just in time. This does NOT discharge her tax debt, but it forces the county to wait one year before the auction. Meanwhile, she's received assistance from another expert kossack in completing her application for SSDI benefits, and is thought to have a good chance of success (because she is so obviously ill in ways that interest SSA). Now, she needs financial help to keep going for the estimated 4-5 weeks until she gets a response. (If the response is negative, she's in trouble and she knows it, but if she is accepted, then she can figure out how to find a living situation that's affordable for her once she loses the condo.)
If you can help at all, now or in a week or two or three, please continue below the fold to learn how. She is so close to being okay, and even small amounts can help her eat, feed pets, keep the lights and water on, get the expired car registration renewed -- all life's expenses that do not wait just because there is no income. And if you have nothing to spare, please consider helping with recs, republishes, mention in open threads, and social media shares and tweets, to help us reach others who might have more resources.
My adult daughters, in a strange turnaround, keep demanding to know my exact whereabouts these days, since the earthquake here in Nepal.
I am fine and I was nowhere near the epicenter. My teaching project here takes me outside the Kathmandu Valley about half the time, and I was in the Terai, teaching at a medical school, when this happened. It's the hot flat part far from Everest.
My daughter asked how to show some visible solidarity with Nepal, and then she asked me a question that made a lightbulb go off...... step over the orange piece of earthquake rubble to read what it was.....
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to contemporary nonfiction to history and everything in between, any book that touches on LGBT themes is welcome in this series. LGBT Literature posts on the last Sunday of every month at 7:30 PM EST. If you are interested in writing for the series, please send a Kosmail to Chrislove.
Unfortunately, I must begin this diary with an apology. You see, I had grand plans for a diary on a book that I love very much. But due to technological issues beyond my control, my plans went out the window, leaving very little time to write another diary. And this, kids, is why you don't wait until the last minute--although with dissertation writing this month, I had little other choice.
Which brings me to my diarist beg: I am deep in the throes of writing my dissertation, and I have less time than ever. Technological issues aside, I can write LGBT Literature diaries, but the end of the month is a crunch as I finish up chapter drafts, so of course I always appreciate the help. Over the course of this series, we have had an incredibly diverse array of writers cover a variety of different pieces of LGBT literature. I'd love for your voice to be heard here, as well. You don't have to be an academic, a writer, a prolific reader, or even LGBT. You just have to be a person with an interest in a piece of literature covering LGBT themes. As I said when I took over this series, we have a broad conception of LGBT literature here. If you have something in mind, please get in touch with me, even if you're a lurker who has never written a diary. I am more than happy to put you on the schedule and, if necessary, guide you through the steps of writing a diary. We look forward to hearing your voice here at LGBT Literature!
When I rebooted this series, I did promise a substantive diary every month, and an at least somewhat substantive diary you shall get. After I had my diary disaster, I looked around frantically for something I could cover fairly quickly--in other words, not a complex book that was going to take a while to unpack. As is often the case, the answer was literally under my nose and was actually sitting on my coffee table.
"We want an Israel that celebrates diversity, where tolerance is not a weakness it’s a strength. We want an Israel that teaches its poor with compassion. We want an Israel that treats minorities with respect. We will not stay silent to racist rants. We want an Israel that treats every citizen as equal regardless of their origin, religion, of financial status. We want an Israel where public officials are held accountable and where public money is distributed with transparency. And above all we want an Israel that does not control millions of Palestinians. We want an Israel that is constantly working for peace."
Meet Stav Shaffir, the youngest female member of the Knesset legislative branch, in the history of Israel. The 29-year old breathes hope for many, with her words of peace, justice, and solidarity. Shaffir is a fierce advocate for government transparency, women's rights, equal marriage, peace with Iran, and the end of Gaza occupation - a sort of Liberal dream come true. And she has no problems calling out the Right, calling out corruption, and calling out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as shown in a YouTube video that went viral last January.
In March of 2015, Shaffir spoke at the 5th National J Street Conference in Washington DC, and her presence was said to be one of the highlights of this year's forum. To the dismay of many attending the conference, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had just been reelected and spirits were low. But Shav Shaffir was not there to commiserate. She began her speech with strength and encouragement.
“Since I arrived in the United States I have heard frustration I haven’t heard in the past, beyond frustration — almost despair,” said Shaffir. “But despair, this we cannot afford.”
The 2015 J Street speech above was the first time I heard Stav Shaffer speak, and I was mesmerized. She has that 'gift' I see so seldom, and so often cannot forget. Some liken her to Elizabeth Warren and the two met on Capitol Hill, following the conference. Bound for greatness, she beams with integrity, and Israel is fortunate to have her. The world is fortunate to have her, and we can only wonder what amazing things Shaffir will accomplish during her lifetime. I join others in hoping one of those accomplishments will include a reign as Israel's Prime Minister. The world is ready for more leaders like this.