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I've been a member of DU for over 14 years, but now it is time for me to check out. The glee people on this site took over bashing Gov Northam is too much. EW Jackson, VA's version of a RW troll is being respected and his options considered while the Gov who expanded medicare to 800,000 citizens of my state (including an adult son) is bashed over a 35-year old indiscretion. I see DU as being infected by RW trolls and ratfuckers while the admins are largely absent. See 2016 if you don't believe me. While Northam was being bashed, threads appeared bashing Harris (she took a hard stance against Franken) and Booker (he's corporate) and promoted people who will never be elected in America such as Gabbard and Sanders. Their indiscretions are ignored. For what reason? Their unelectability? The members here that aren't RW trolls or ratfuckers are attempting to achieve some type of purity that will never happen due to mankind's flawed nature. People ar human and prone to mistakes. The rhetorical tools that attack people such as HRC, Franken and Northam will be turned on people like Kamala Harris and Justin Fairfax. It is only a matter of time. I refuse to help the RW and the PURE destroy people and our party. DU was a noble idea, but is a tool on the internet being used to ruin the Democratic Party, suppress the vote, and destroy decent candidates. I won't take part in this crap any longer. To my couple of friends here, so long, it was nice chatting with you. You know how to reach me if you want.

Journal Archives

Author works as a janitor. She just won a prestigious literary prize from the university she cleans

Trinity College Dublin presented Caitriona Lally last week with the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, one of Ireland’s most prestigious literary honors. The prize committee praised her book, “Eggshells,” as “a work of impressive imaginative reach, witty, subtle and occasionally endearingly unpredictable.”

For the past 3½ years, Lally has worked as a janitor at the college.

The day the call came from the prize committee, Lally was so shocked and the experience felt so out of context, she asked the person who told her she had won the award to please explain it again.

More by Allison Klein of the Washington Post at:


Google Doodle today honors my childhood hero, Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente's legacy as one of baseball's greatest players is matched only by the memory of the selfless sacrifice he made trying to help others in need.

The son of a sugar cane worker in Puerto Rico, Clemente showed athletic promise at an early age, joining the Puerto Rican amateur league in 1952 at the age of 16 and signing a minor league contract with a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate two years later. In July 1954, Clemente's first home run in North America resulted in an extra-innings walk-off win for the triple-A Montreal Royals.

SNIP (his baseball records)

Hall of Fame numbers, for certain. But it's also for Clemente's humanitarian efforts that Google, in the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month, dedicated its Doodle on Friday to the first Latin American player enshrined in Cooperstown. Clemente spent much of his off-season involved in charity work, delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need in Latin American and Caribbean countries. After a 6.3 earthquake killed thousands and caused widespread damage to Nicaragua on Dec. 23, 1972, Clemente began arranging emergency relief flights to deliver aid to survivors.

After learning that the aid packages were being diverted by corrupt government officials, Clemente decided to accompany a New Year's Eve flight to ensure the supplies were delivered to earthquake victims. But the plane, with a history of mechanical problems and overloaded by more than two tons, suffered an engine failure and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean immediately after takeoff. The body of the pilot was found a few days after the crash, but the bodies of Clemente and three others who were on the DC-7 were never recovered. He was 38.


Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz thinks that deportation is the answer

The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners brought attention to sexual abuse in conflicts

At a time of growing global awareness about injustices against women, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to two people who have brought attention to the most extreme forms of violence they can face: a Congolese surgeon who treats victims of wartime rape and an activist who was a sexual slave of the Islamic State.

In recognizing Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, the Norwegian Nobel Committee for the first time has devoted its award to the abuse of women in conflict zones — what some experts say has been an underappreciated aspect of war.

Mukwege has treated grievous injuries in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that one U.N. official once called the rape capital of the world. Murad is among thousands of Iraqi Yazidis who have been treated as sexual property by the Islamic State, and since her escape she has become perhaps the most outspoken among them, campaigning to bring the militants to justice for war crimes.

More by the Washington Post's Chico Harlan at:

Neurosurgeon stitches up stuffed bear at young patient's request: 'How could I say no?'

Daniel McNeely is a pediatric neurosurgeon, so he’s used to fielding questions from nervous parents and patients.

But it was a first for him when an 8-year-old patient had a specific request as the child was being wheeled to surgery while clutching his stuffed animal: My bear is ripped. Please stitch him up.

McNeely, who works at IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, assured the boy he would, and he took the task seriously. After McNeely performed surgery on the boy’s brain, he placed the bear on a table, put on blue gloves and used leftover stitches from the child’s surgery to repair an underarm tear on the bear, which is named Little Baby.

More by Allison Klein at the Washington Post:

Homeless children often do not celebrate birthdays. This woman is changing that, one party at a time

Megs Yunn was helping an 11-year-old named Beverly with her reading homework at an after-school club in Pittsburgh when the girl said something so shocking that it brought tears to Yunn’s eyes.

Yunn, who was director of volunteer programs at a local college at the time, was trying to explain to Beverly the meaning of the word “accustomed.” Yunn used it in a sentence, asking Beverly: “At birthday parties, people are accustomed to eating what?”

The girl, whose family struggled financially, was silent for a moment. “Miss Megs,” she said in a soft voice, “I’ve never had a birthday party or eaten a slice of birthday cake.”

Yunn later told The Washington Post that it had never occurred to her before that some kids do not have birthday parties. “I was stunned — it knocked the wind out of me,” said the 33-year-old mother of four. Yunn sobbed in her car on the drive home thinking about the parties she had thrown for her children and her own birthday parties as a child. Then Yunn decided she needed to do something for Beverly and other children living in poverty or in shelters who have never felt the excitement and joy of a birthday party.

More by the Washington Post's Cathy Free at:

PS: 2.5 million homeless children in the US.

The Smoot, recalibrated

On October 4, 1958, a group of MIT students created a new unit of linear measurement: The Smoot. Named after Oliver Smoot, the measurement unit gained notoriety when the students measured the length of the Harvard Bridge based on Smoot's height. But, the length of the Smoot has since changed, requiring a recalibration in 2016.

The Harvard Bridge crosses the Charles River, which separates Boston from Cambridge along Massachusetts Avenue—"Mass Ave" to the locals. MIT sits just on the Cambridge side. (We hear there's a liberal arts university also along Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, but MIT people reportedly don’t acknowledge its existence.) As a fraternity hack, the Lambda Chi Alpha pledge class of 1958 were told to measure the length of the bridge using Smoot's body. They did. At the time, the bridge measured 364.4 Smoots ±one ear.

Rest of the Martin Rowe article at Engineer Design News

Believe it or not, Kareem Abdul Jabbar just published his 2nd Sherlock Holmes novel

The first was called Mycroft Holmes and the newest is titled, Mycroft and Sherlock. They are coauthored by Anna Waterhouse.

I reserved both at my library this morning and the Washington Post book critic enjoyed them.

Anyone read them yet?

Aha! Proof that either I fell into a coma on 11/6/2016, or am a brain in a jar, or this is just a

computer program. My mind or the people (or aliens) doing this to me are making just too many mistakes.

They keep trying to convince me that Trumpy is the President, but today they really slipped up!

Today a new Sherlock Holmes novel came out, titled Mycroft and Sherlock and it is written by Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

They want me to believe it is his second Sherlock Holmes novel (with co-author Anna Waterhouse). It was titled Mycroft Holmes and came out 3 years ago.

Tom the Dancing Bug Presents Young Brett Kavanaugh

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