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Name: diana
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Hometown: NC
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Current location: carrboro
Member since: Fri Dec 8, 2017, 11:14 PM
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Can't stop thinking about all the non human life in Ukraine

Like everyone here, my heart breaks for the people of Ukraine while I marvel at their courage. Something else is though is haunting me terribly - the non-human life. The plants and the animals, the microbes in the soil, the insects and all the other life. I am glad the world is paying attention to pets and zoo animals, but there is also so much more that makes up the web of life that supports us and makes the world so wonderous.

The fact that spring is coming to life all around me in my home in NC only makes the destruction more immediate and real. How can we as humans destroy these gifts? We are surely the most insane species on earth. I know in this case, the blame falls on Russia, but we as humans have been warring and destroying the life on which we depend for eons.

A few weeks ago the spring peepers started up in the pond and woods near my house. Last week there were so many frogs on the path to my house that I had to be careful not to crush one as I pushed a wheelbarrow up the path. The soil around my house is brimming with earthworms, the birds are singing, I see rabbits and deer every day, buds are forming and turning into leaves with haste and everything is coming to life. Every time I notice these things, my heart breaks for all the utterly innocent and utterly essential life forms that are being burned and poisoned by human war. It just breaks my heart to see green life turned to ashes.

Posted by CommonHumanity | Sat Mar 26, 2022, 09:45 PM (7 replies)

Ban all Russian social media?

First, I am a digital moron so the answer to this question may be oh so OBVIOUS. At the risk of humiliation and condescension, I proceed:

Seeing as Russian propaganda is wreaking havoc worldwide, with a few known/prominent examples being Ukraine, US Elections, Brexit and anti-vax propaganda, is there a way to ban all Russian disinformation globally. Shut off Russian access to Facebook, Tiktok, Instagram, etc.? I know this would also silence the voices of Russian dissidents, but maybe an online outlet for dissidents could be created. Even without a venue for dissidents, the overall good might be worth it. I don't know, just grabbing at straws here, but then again the online propaganda venue seems to be a major vehicle Russia uses to promote nefarious agendas that are harmful to world peace and well-being.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Thu Mar 3, 2022, 11:22 AM (0 replies)

Thank you for the hearts!

I read A LOT of posts and give them plenty of thought, but don't post much and haven't been a member terribly long so I totally didn't expect to receive a heart.

Figured I fell under the radar. So nice to think someone has noticed me! Thank you!
Posted by CommonHumanity | Thu Feb 10, 2022, 10:09 PM (1 replies)

My abortion: Any ob/gyn (or other) thoughts?

I had an abortion way back in 1986. I believe I was 6 weeks pregnant when I first learned I was pregnant and went to an MD regarding an abortion. As I remember it, the medical folks told me to wait until at least the 7th week of pregnancy because it was safer to perform an abortion after 7 weeks. I am not dreaming this up and I also have no frigging' idea what the reasoning was. Maybe it was related to my age at the time (28), maybe it was related to how the procedure was performed in 1986. Maybe it was an odd notion in Massachusetts. Point is, I've been wondering about this in light of the new Texas abortion restrictions.

One more thing to note, which may be of interest to anyone getting an abortion in the future:

At the time of my abortion, I had a friend who was planning to become a midwife. She told me about laminaria, a type of seaweed that is dehydrated and shaped into a rod suitable for insertion in the cervix. The purpose of inserting the laminaria into the cervix --in the context of abortion -- is to dilate the cervix in advance of the procedure, thereby making it way more comfortable. I spoke to the MD about it and she verified that this was in fact true. However, they did not offer it unless women specifically asked for it. Why? Because once the laminaria is inserted, it diminishes or eliminates (I can't remember which) the option to change your mind and go forward with the pregnancy. This pissed me off. Here was something that significantly reduced pain and discomfort and that was all-natural and non-toxic, but it was not being offered because someone somewhere had decreed that women couldn't be trusted to know how they wanted to handle their unplanned pregnancy. That is bullshit. Anyway, I assured them I had no doubts regarding going forward with the abortion, requested the laminaria and had it administered. The abortion was fairly painless and all the medical folks were women. I felt supported and cared for and was not traumatized in the least. Despite my overall positive experience, I still think not offering the laminaria in advance was an insult to women.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Fri Sep 10, 2021, 01:34 AM (13 replies)

Concerted effort to retain Al?

Okay, so I read the reply saying that staying or leaving is Al's decision. I agree entirely, but we are also free to make our wishes known to him and to the Democratic senators who called for resignation. We are free to do all we can to retain an outstanding senator who is willing to speak truth to power. A democratically elected Senator has been driven out without a fair hearing and many of us are outraged over the loss AND THE INJUSTICE! If Senator Franken still chooses to leave his job that is his decision and it is worthy of respect, but we have a right to voice our wishes. I may be naive, but maybe a great outpouring of public support will impact his decision. Maybe a great outpouring of public opposition and loss of support will sway the Senators who called for his resignation.

Where I am going with is: Would it make sense to initiate an online petition or an event to pressure the Senators to reconsider their rush to judgment or perhaps a call for people to show up en masse at the offices of the senators who demanded resignation. Afterall, the MSM is starting to come around to the Roger Stone/Swiftboating/framing aspect of the issue.

I am not prescribing any particular action, but am throwing the idea out for feedback. Franken's resignation has left me feeling uniquely deflated both because we need Franken and it because it sets a horrible precedent that I would like to see reversed.

Please share thoughts and ideas. I am inclined to at least try to do something about it. And yes, I have written and called and will continue to do so, but I think this is a big enough to consider concerted resistance.

When I was around 18 or 19 I was visiting with a friend who was living with people who considered themselves communists. That virtue of claiming that label aside, I remember talking to one of them about whether trying to work for change is worth it. In other words, can we have an impact or is it useless? Not the way I muse about change these days, but that was then. Anyway, he said something that I still remember: The issue is not only what impact we will have, but also what we will allow to occur without speaking out. I know there are lots of derivations on this theme and many ways to say it, but the way he said it those 40 years ago has stuck with me and remained a touchstone to this day.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 12:27 AM (0 replies)
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