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  •  Happy national-regional-local women's everyday /nt (7+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:02:54 PM PST

  •  Before I knew today was "International Women's (3+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, blueyedace2, LinSea

    Day," I was out jogging today on the beach and I thought about my favorite things: nature (especially critters like birds which I saw in droves running from the oncoming surf),
    music, children, and women. (Do women grace this planet, or what?)

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:04:26 PM PST

    •  To Celebrate the Environment (4+ / 0-)

      Great news!  Meteor Blades is bringing back his 'Green Diary Rescue' beginning this Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.  It had been on hiatus since August 2011.

      So, write lots of diaries about the environment in coming days and use the below template to promote them.  I put it (and three more templates) in the Climate Chage SOS Group Queue for you to copy, paste, preview, and post, just as DWG has done in this diary - More climate reality.


      Help Us Spread the Word About Climate Change

      For those of you on Facebook and Twitter: Please help to spread the word by hitting the FB and Tweet links at the top of this diary and if you have time, join the discussion with comments.  Share such postings with friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

      Thanks, as all of this helps build the Climate Change movement as well as introducing critically important ideas about renewable sources of energy.

  •  NOT GOOD NEWS (3+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, LinSea, AllisonInSeattle

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:06:12 PM PST

  •  kid update (3+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, LinSea, AllisonInSeattle

    Son1 had a really off day in his second day of hospitalization and they are going to change his meds tonight.  We've had two conferences today.  I'm hoping Depakote makes some impact.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:12:47 PM PST

  •  Hey everybody... (3+ / 0-)

    please check out:

    See "We Are Wisconsin" (the film) Free, Online, through 3/11

    Just watched the whole movie and you will not be disappointed.

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:14:38 PM PST

  •  Here's an issue for International Women's Day (3+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, Penny GC, drmah

    Child brides, forced into marriage at the rate of 39,000 PER DAY. Roughly 14 million per year. Many end up beaten or worse and often for payments of food to the parents who see daughters as nothing but a drain on their lives.

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The 17-year-old beaten to death for refusing to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. The teen dragged by her family to be raped and forced into marrying an elderly man. They are among 39,000 girls forced into marriage every day around the world, sold like cattle to enrich their families.

    More than one-third of all girls are married in 42 countries, according to the U.N. Population Fund, referring to females under the age of 18. The highest number of cases occurs in some of the poorest countries, the agency figures show, with the West African nation of Niger at the bottom of the list with 75% of girls married before they turn 18. In Bangladesh the figure is 66% and in Central African Republic and Chad it is 68%.

    Full story at USA Today. (I know, who'd expect journalism there?)

    You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:15:33 PM PST

  •  Social Security Defenders Blogathon starting in (1+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC

    17 days. March 25th thru the 29th.

    #HandsOffMySocialSecurity, #HandsOffMySocialSecurity

    #HandsOffMySocialSecurity, Dean Baker



    ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PST

  •  Celebrating the new day & time of the Political (0+ / 0-)

    Books on Monday at 11:30am eastern, with a diary about The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas.

    Which also celebrates international women's day, just a few days late.

    Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

    by Susan Grigsby on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:33:33 PM PST

  •  I'm vaginally challenged, but (0+ / 0-)
    Hi sexy :)  I just saw your picture on Facebook you're cute...
    can we chat on yahoo messenger? my yahoo messanger name is  hot4787chick
    pls addme hunny  i'm online now and horny lol!! :)
    Do I need to get another email addy?

    C'mon Kossacks, I'm not a full-fledged member with the "secrit" hand-shake and all. But any and all advice considering fixing this..

    Well, you know.  

    Between the "Patriot Act" and some fucking bot from God know where.. I think I "friended" someone with a NYC virus.

    I'm going guerrilla. Venezuelan monkey.

    Gawd bless Hugo Chavez. In a sealed chamber ala Stalin, Mao, and George W. Bush the asshole incarnate.

    Except for the dumb-ass murdering-asshole aspect - They're the same.

    "Buy this particular fix for Internet problems" does not compute. I am one of those smart people headed for the ditch that you are considering frighting for.

    Old, too. Just had a birthday the 6th..

    Laugh. I don't give a fuck either. They beat me.

    Input is one thing, stupid is another

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:40:32 PM PST

  •  toolkit for teachers: a new firearms market (1+ / 0-)
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    Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota on Friday signed into law a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.
    While some other states have provisions in their gun laws that make it possible for teachers to be armed, South Dakota is believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms.
    About two dozen states have proposed similar bills since the shootings in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but all of them have stalled.
    Supporters say that the measure signed by Mr. Daugaard, a Republican, is important in a rural state like South Dakota, where some schools are many miles away from emergency responders.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:44:23 PM PST

  •  UAVs date from our Civil War (0+ / 0-)

    Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask

    There is even a rough historical blueprint for modern-day UAVs from the American Civil War, in which both the North and South floated balloons packed with explosives and time-sensitive triggers. The idea was for the balloons to drop into enemy depots and blow up enemy supplies and ammo. (Things didn't go as planned: "It wasn't terribly effective," according to Dyke Weatherington, the man responsible for acquisition oversight of Department of Defense unmanned aircraft systems.)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 04:26:51 PM PST

  •  International Women's Day (0+ / 0-)

    One tweet I saw today asked why women couldn't get all 365 days, like the men get.

  •  I saw Air France was putting on (1+ / 0-)
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    Liberal Granny

    a trans-continental flight with an all-female crew - an Airbus 380, I think., pilot, co-pilot, 22 stews....

    Kinda cool. I'm a flight instructor myself, and one of the best instructors I had many years ago was a French woman who was basically an equestienne and who taught flying on the side.... and one day on final approach she grabbed my thigh and said "you see how tense you are !!!... relax...."  flying was never the same after that!!!

    So now every time I'm on final approach and feeling tense I wish I had a French woman in the right seat to remind me to lighten up.....

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 07:56:17 PM PST

  •  And to you, Sister. Just now I had a laugh at (0+ / 0-)

    myself, remembering a meeting at a Michigan summer house, kneeling down beside a weeping woman lamenting her daughter's future - "That's all going to be OK. We'll just change the world for our daughters."

    I said it with total conviction, intending to change the world before our daughters grew up. (Hubris?) I meant it, too. My daughters tell me it will effect my grandchildren most. Well, that's OK, too, I guess.

    For the past few years with the teabagger/evangelical men telling women why they have to carry a rapist's baby to term, I began to think we didn't change so much. Then the other day I heard Melissa Harris-Perry talk about her Dad always signing her birthday cards with "The struggle continues" and about how that means each generation has to contribute to the struggle.

    My tiny voice says, but I really wanted to change it once and for all. I really did want to do that.

    Well, the struggle continues.

  •  Out of 18 comments, including mine, maybe 6 are (0+ / 0-)

    actually about International Women's Day.

    (I fear I will get some kickback here)

    Just for one day a year, is it even logically possible to have a discussion, a real discussion, about IWD? I mean, I am for fighting climate change and so on, but if a diary is titled "Open thread: Happy International Women's Day" can't we discuss stuff specifically related to the fight for women's equality?

    Maybe "Open Thread" means you can talk about anything, I'm willing to learn about that. But...

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