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Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 09:32 AM PDT

Philip Morris vs Kids of Uruguay

by eve (which rocks in their petitioning) has a new petition that asks the International Settlement Group (part of the World Bank!!!!!!?????) to rule in favor of Uruguay (whose president, Tabaré Vázquez, unfortunately for Phillip Morris, "is an oncologist by profession”).  
In 2010, Phillip Morris brought this complaint to the World Bank against Uruguay "to make an example" of Uruguay because their oncologist president pushed through one of the strictest tobacco regulation regimes in the world:

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My husband received his graduate degree, all expenses paid, from Purdue University. His letter to the Purdue University Foundation today was:

Dear Sirs:

     I regret to inform you that my annual gifts to Purdue University shall cease so long as the heinous bill passed by the Indiana Legislature and signed by Governor Pence remains
in effect. I cannot in good  conscience sanction support of any activity in the state of Indiana. I strongly urge President Daniels and the University to do their utmost to have this horrible legislation repealed.
     I deeply regret taking this action. Due to Purdue University’s support, I was able to obtain degrees that later led to a long and prosperous working career, and would like to increasingly repay the University for what it did for me. Although there is some disconnect between the University and the State of Indiana, I am hoping enough donors will take similar action to ensure that the University puts pressure on the Legislature to repeal its Unamerican bill. If you would forward this to the Agronomy Department, I should be grateful.

With all good wishes,

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This should not be my diary. It should be Garett Reppenhagen’s diary. He published it on yesterday.

He wrote this on the eve of the Oscars which will feature Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper”, the perspective of just one of our soldiers whose life was robbed because he was turned into a killing machine against a made up enemy.

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Speaker Boehner: Bring the Immigration Bill up for a Vote!

As of November 21, 2014, 512 days have passed since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill. The people of this country, including thousands of families living in fear of separation, are waiting for you to bring this bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. Why do you continue to deny the House and the country the opportunity to have our Representatives speak?

PETITION BACKGROUND It’s wrong to leave millions of people, who are part of the fabric of this country, in limbo - afraid and unable to fully participate in the country where they serve in our military and work hard in our economy. This is not about politics. It’s about fairness and who we are as a country.






University of Wisconsin: Cancel The Unethical Torture and Killing of Baby Monkeys!

Dr. Ruth Decker, M.D., J.D., M.B.A.  
Petition by
Dr. Ruth Decker, M.D., J.D., M.B.A.
St Louis, MO

As an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine, I am horrified to learn that my alma mater plans to conduct highly controversial and cruel experiments that will torture and kill baby monkeys.

The experiments, led by Dr. Ned Kalin, will take newborn rhesus macaque monkeys away from their mothers (who have been restrained or drugged against their will while their baby is removed). The defenseless baby monkeys are then sent to solitary confinement—where they are terrorized and exposed to anxiety-inducing stressors including live snakes, painful skin-punch biopsies, and stressful brain scans. After this relentless torture, they are killed before the age of two.

The university gained notoriety in the 1960s when Harry Harlow first isolated infant primates from their mothers in the now infamous maternal deprivation studies. The effects were devastating. The babies went into shock, huddling in the corners of their cages, clutching themselves, rocking, and self-mutilating. Today, such methods are considered extreme and unethical yet are being revived in Kalin’s proposed research.I am shocked that this great university, which holds itself as a premier institution, is regressing to engage in these barbaric studies.

Painless methods of research that do not involve animal suffering and that better assess the cognitive aspects of anxiety disorders are already available. The maternal deprivation method, which one researcher calls "hopelessly crude and antiquated," traumatizes baby monkeys in the worst ways imaginable.

There is some evidence that someone behind these proposed experiments intentionally left out several committee members opposed to these cruel tests -- which is illegal for these taxpayer funded tests! The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the approval for these tests due to this controversy.

As a former faculty member and investigator at the University of Michigan, I had NIH (public) funding to support my genetic research. I am familiar with the guidelines universities must follow.The university has failed to meet these objectives.          

I ask you to join me and condemn the needless torture and killing of baby monkeys.

Please sign the petition below and demand the University of Wisconsin cancel these horrific experiments!

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This diary is a followup to my March 31st diary on the same subject:

This story has been picked up by By Patrice Peck
Posted: 04/08/2014 03:30 PM EDT on BET online news:

The petition that I linked to in the March 31st diary has now received  90,000 signatures according to Mr. Peck at BET.

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Paris, Texas:

I signed a petition at

on behalf of an African American high schooler, Joe (Joquan Wallace) who was assaulted, according to witnesses, by his principal and a guard. He had had permission to go to the bathroom, yet was followed by a guard - spied on and harassed - and not allowed to go back to his classroom.

They are trying, according to the petition to deprive him of his high school certificate and a scholarship to continue his education - seemingly for refusing to go the the principal’s office after being harassed and according to witnesses having had his head beaten against a wall.

There is a video. But no one is allowed to see it. And the School Superintendent’s office and the mayor’s office seem to be in denial. The D.A.’s office would not tell me if Joquan is being charged, instead I was referred to their web site, on which I couldn’t find any reference to Joquan Wallace on the Judicial Records link ( last name first, then comma, then initial)

I just don’t want another youth unfairly derailed from a promising future to become prison fodder.  The superintendent of schools’ office told me I have it wrong - it’s not racially motivated because the hired police man at the school is also African American. But that proves nothing to anyone. Anyone can be racist. And activists in the town of Paris suggest that racism is not unknown in their town.

D.A. - Lamar Couty        Gary Young (R)    (903) 737-2458 / 737-2455


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(Thanks to “concerned american” for the title of this diary!)

As you may already know - I haven’t yet seen a diary devoted to this -  the Texas Medical Association has launched an Affordable Care Act Help Site.
The name of Texans’ Obamacare access point is Hey Doc”
Cool, isn’t it :)

Here’s how the Texas Medical Association views their responsibilities to Texans on Obamacare:

Physicians are Americans’ most trusted source for information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a recent national poll, but that's not where they're getting their news. The Texas Medical Association is about to change all of that.

TMA’s “Hey Doc” educational campaign will provide objective and nonpartisan answers to your most frequently asked questions about the new ACA health insurance marketplace. We want to ensure all Texans understand what the marketplace does and what steps they need to take.

The ACA marketplace will begin accepting applications Oct. 1, 2013.

TMA will provide pertinent, objective, and timely content each week on this website, to Texas physicians, and to the news media. Every Wednesday, TMA will post a new video featuring Board of Trustee Chair Carlos Cardenas, MD, answering your questions about the ACA.

Send your questions to

- See more at:

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Flipping through the channels last night it was a shock to hear Richard Wolffe respond to Charlie Rose acknowledging that President Barack Obama doesn't instill fear.

Wolffe was correct, but the shocking part to me was why would they think instilling fear is an asset for a president.

The George W Bush/Darth Vader presidency was, in essence, fear mongering to get their way. Only Russ Feingold in the Senate wasn't stampeded into voting for the Patriot Act.
Wow!!! Only one man in the Senate with the courage to say no to the corporate stooges who ran a catastrophic presidency from January 2001 to January 2009.

Ok, George and Laura Bush allowed the grandson of Jaques Cousteau to talk them into saving the fragile ecosystem off the remote archipelago running northwest (I think) off the Hawaiian Islands. Good for them I appreciated it. But most of the rest wasn't too good and it started and ended with fear mongering.

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Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:38 AM PDT

Chris Hayes Went There Last Night

by eve

Vladimir Putin says that it would be ridiculous to think that Assad gassed his own people. What would he have to gain? He would turn the world against him.

 Yesterday, in a diary that I recommended, Meteor Blades published a retired foreign affairs official's analysis of whether or not Assad was behind the gassing of his people, who said that based on his expert opinion and former access to classified documents, he concluded that the evidence was not yet in.

Yesterday, Chris Hayes' deep prodding on this question opened what for me was a new understanding of what Assad might have had to "gain" from gassing his own people or at least what might have been his "motivation".
(Sorry I tried to find the "All In" transcript from last night, but failed. If MSNBC calls me back with the info I'll add the guest's name and the title of his his book about how dictators "think".
Hayes' guest said that Assad had a plausible reason in his own mind to commit such a heinous crime -   to shore up his creds with the Alawites, the Shia Muslims who are his base. To prove that he, Assad, was standing with them and had crossed a rubicon that kept him squarely in their corner.
So maybe Vladimir Putin is mistaken?

I watched a speech on CSPAN several months ago given by Assad to a few thousand of his base. It was absolutely remarkable in revealing the man's state of denial. He spoke as though his regime and the people in the room - the good guys - were under siege from a foreign enemy. At no point did he concede that the "enemy" was his own people. It was as though there was an invasion of outsiders who had to be crushed at any cost. He appealed to the audience as their beloved leader who would defeat the threat. It seemed like a serious crowd - no pun intended - like they were waiting for him to prove that he was up to the task and what he was prepared to do to safeguard them. The applause when Assad spoke of his commitment to these people and what had to be done was like that in any political gathering of the faithful. Give us what we want to hear. It seemed like a frightening bubble of denial that held that auditorium.   There was, according to Assad's speech, (reading between the sharply drawn lines) not one Syrian in the opposition who deserved to be listened to - they were all devils.  

 One possible scenario that came to my mind that might make sense out of Bashar al-Asaad's mind that according to Chris Hayes' guest's  hypothesis is the the following made up story:

Assad is under tremendous pressure, from the west and from ME states to take his loot and leave. Word gets out to Assad's base, the Alawites, that this offer is on the table for Assad. They know that the regime is their last hope to survive b/c if Assad leaves, they've had it. So they are pressuring him big time that if he doesn't stand firm they will have no choice but to throw him to the wolves and get someone more reliable to replace him. He panics and decides that the only way he can prove himself to them is to do something so awful, so hideous and against international law that he will prove to his base, once and for all, that he's standing with them to the death.

Just my spontaneous thoughts after hearing Chris Hayes' guest last night.

Here's the wikipedia link to Assad:

Please note that he was trained as a doctor and according to wikipedia had no interest in politics when he was younger. Quite bizarre how he came to this.


One dollar at a time; one dime at a time; one penny at a time.
That's how we keep the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Big Big, afloat.

The latest iteration of Big Money feeding off our dollars one dime at a time and  using our money to buy politicians to smother democracy at the ballot box  through slimy voter suppression tactics is gazillionaire Art Pope. Pope seems to be the latest exposed billionaire who's paying what for him is monopoly money to disenfranchise people of color and poor people in North Carolina. These guys keep crawling out of the woodwork.  

But, f..k it! He's doing it to his customer base.  His "stores" target neighborhoods where people earn less than $40,000 per year!!!!!!!!!!

He inherited his wealth - of course.
That's how it happens sometimes, isn't it.
He owns a privately held company Variety Wholesalers.

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Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 08:49 AM PDT

My Partner Said it Was Not a Good Idea

by eve

I'm really pissed at the job being done on Anthony Weiner.
I was so pissed yesterday that I thought perhaps I should take a neck down picture of my nude 68 year old bod and "get it out there" with some caption that would hopefully make it go viral. My purpose was to be in solidarity with Anthony Weiner. It was like shaving ones head in solidarity with someone undergoing chemo.

You think not?

Well, please think again.

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