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Again and again and again, the goal is reached. See history...

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229. How many DUers are still out there that are willing to give money, never bothering

to read comments that shed the light on this scam?

Started last September


In October he reached his goal


Not yet, new year now in January


And in April


And in May


And so it goes.

No, I did not donate. By the time I found one of the earlier one I read all the comments about suggestions that go no where and, yes, a list of the never ending GFM.

Oh, on edit, he reached his goal in July


and so it goes


Just a side point: Elementary school students should have stayed in place until parent or guardian

…were able to get them. I’m sure there is such a plan for children too young to be let loose in an emergency.

About 1956 a military jet crashed on the athletic field of the jr hi school next door to my elementary school. It was class change at the jr hi and they lost 13 kids, but we in the elementary school were indoors and okay. As far as anyone knows the pilot, clipped by another plane at altitude, aimed for as open a space as he could.

In any case, my mother claimed my brother and me, plus two neighbor kids whose parents were at work.
I am glad you were okay — thank you for sharing. I’m starting to tear up at people’s reminiscences. My daughter was at work and I was sleeping in after a late night writing on my dissertation. About 9:00 our time in California she phoned to order me to turn on the TV because New York was under attack.

No matter how far away you were from NYC and the Pentagon, you were in some way touched personally, far closer than “6 degrees of separation.” My sis in Massachusetts — well, 4 of her children’s schoolmates lost their grandmothers on flights out of Boston that day. When Bush got his war, one of my niece’s friends, by then 18, joined up out of patriotism; called his dad from Italy and said how badly they were equipped — and died outside Kirkuk. My best friend and her husband were civil servants working in D.C. when the city shuddered with the impact on the Pentagon. In years to come they ultimately changed the family name to something less recognizable than Akbar, because of all the blowback.

My life changed too. I had so many plans for my activities after finishing my dissertation and getting my PhD. I did finish — knowing that BushCheneyRumsfeld would neither know nor care if I failed to do so, but I’d care. But afterward, I shelved my book and joined the war resistance, knowing there would be no going back.

Thank you for these fire info sources!


Watch Duty for PC or smart cell. - best for quick updates on brand new fires. Great map.


NASA / LANCE / FIRMS- most detailed info available. The site takes some work hitting the right tabs for the info you want.

- National Fire Situational Awareness. Super nice map, let it load up, can be slow, shows perimeters and hottest areas with a fire or it's edges.

- InciWeb. Used to be one of the best, others above have surpassed it for data.

For California: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/
- CalFire. Always reliable info, though not as early to report as Watch Duty.

That's quite possible, altho some of the same people show up every year with the same rant...

…that whitewashes Japan’s actual conduct in the Greater East Asia War and paints the US as the blackest villain in history for the way we made their rulers finally surrender.

They know better than to whitewash Germany’s behavior in WWII on this board — Jewish Americans have made quite sure that piece of history will not be forgotten by anyone sane.

But I think it is our reflexive orientation toward Europe and widespread ignorance of all things Asian that has allowed otherwise intelligent people to not acknowledge the evil that seized Japan and made them Hitler’s ally. The Rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March were only two of the most notorious horrors.

The US helped a devastated Japan rebuild and to write a meaningful Constitution, and Japan became an economic powerhouse and a strong US ally. As Professor Akita said to my Japanese History class back in 1968, everything they tried to accomplish by war, they instead gained by peace.

But Dr. Akita, a Nisei himself, teaching at University of Hawai’i, never whitewashed history.

After Roe, religious liberty seen at risk: Jews, Muslims, others say reversal interferes with their

….. say reversal interferes with their beliefs, which allow abortion.

Los Angeles Times, this morning. I find this very encouraging indeed.

For 25 years Rabbi Barry Silver has served as the spiritual leader of L’Dor Va-Dor, a progressive synagogue in Boynton Beach, Fla. Like most congregational rabbis, he offers a Jewish perspective on major life events, giving weekly sermons, performing weddings, funerals and baby namings, and occasionally counseling congregants wrestling with whether to have an abortion.

Silver tells his congregation that contrary to Roman Catholic and evangelical teachings, which state that life begins at conception, traditional Jewish law, known as Halakha, says life begins at birth: when the baby draws its first breath. Before then, the mother’s physical and emotional well-being is paramount.
In some extreme cases — such as when the mother’s life is at stake — an abortion is not just permitted by Jewish law, but required.

For decades, antiabortion Catholic and evangelical Christian perspectives have dominated the religious conversation around abortion. But people of faith hold a variety of views on the issue, rooted in their own traditions, teachings and laws.
Muslim teachings hold that the soul is breathed into a fetus 120 days after conception, and other religious groups — Unitarians, the Oklevueha Native American Church, …. consider reproductive choice and bodily autonomy to be sacred. Even Catholics are far from united in their views on the issue, with 56% saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey.

Silver, a progressive activist who also works as a civil rights attorney, made headlines this month after he filed a religious liberty lawsuit challenging a Florida law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. He said the ban makes abortion unlawful even in situations in which it’s mandated by Jewish law. Silver is the first religious leader to file such a suit; legal experts say that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision overturning Roe vs. Wade, he won’t be the last.
“One hundred percent, we’re just at the beginning of the religious liberty lawsuits,” said Candace Bond- Theriault, director of racial justice policy with the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School



Very interesting! I like primary sources as well, & after reading quite a few mentions of Franklin's

…. book, I set out to find it. To my dismay I could not locate it in the usual places — and it was only after getting into Google search and then the Internet Archives that I realized the book was not by Franklin, but several others. Apparently he edited and emended freely upon the original from England, in order to adapt it to the (then) Colonies.

Franklin’s “recipe” is in a book called “Every Man His Own Doctor, the Poor Planters Physician,” by John Tennent. There is no slapdash “brew some tea” or “chew that root,” but a meticulously prepared and measured-out medicine. Very appropriate, given the toxicity of some of the ingredients. Also, housewives for centuries were accustomed to brewing beer, distilling liquor, and distilling medicines, so this was not alien to most.

The larger book to which Tennent’s was appended is called, “The American Instructor, or, Young Man’s Best Companion,” by George Fisher, an all-purpose self-guided education for a man or woman of those times.

And, now that I know to look for it under some other name than Ben Franklin’s, I have been able to find facsimile copies at Amazon, Abe, and elsewhere — and I downloaded it from the Internet Archives totally free of charge.

Regarding your comment on the “timeline”: the average for the menstrual cycle is 28-days from beginning to end, and the average for the days of menstruation is one week within that cycle. You can see why the ancients closely associated women and their cycles with the Moon itself.

This 28/7 arrangement varies among individual women depending on various factors, such as inheritance, age (young teenagers and perimenopausal women), severe stress, and malnutrition, such as that which accompanies poverty, famine, or anorexia.

But as an average it works pretty well, so girls are taught early on to mark their calendars so as to be prepared for the next onset — because there is nothing like being away from home without supplies when your period starts — altho truth to tell it happens to all of us sooner or later.

More sophisticated trackers assist with charting ovulation in order to either get pregnant or to avoid it. It can be done without an app, believe me, and these days I would recommend that.

Thanks, I'm adding this to my collection of articles. The authors noted how obstetrics became the...

… exclusive property of male physicians in the 19th century, and hence male lawmakers. This I already knew, but the rest of it — the story of Nancy and her abortion and the women who quite openly helped her, was news to me, and I won’t forget it.

It’s good to have a well-researched rebuttal to The Fanatical Six, especially Alito and the Handmaid. They are not merely ignorant, but willfully and maliciously misleading the ignorant.

"At UC, a betrayal over reproductive care" -- this will make your blood boil

Highly recommend reading the entire thing at link.

Los Angeles Times, page A2, by Michael Hiltzik

One year ago, the University of California Board of Regents voted to approve an uncompromising policy governing the terms of partnerships between UC’s medical schools and Catholic hospital systems.

The policy led UC doctors to believe that they would be permitted to provide any care they judged warranted for their patients, including performing abortions and contraceptive implants that are otherwise forbidden at Catholic healthcare facilities.
They couldn’t be required to transfer or refer those patients to non-religious hospitals if moving them or delaying treatment would be “detrimental to the patient’s care,” as is often the case.

But somehow the language changed when the regents’ vote was translated into a formal UC policy. The policy now fails to guarantee that UC doctors can perform any procedure they deem necessary, only that they can prescribe and counsel patients about their options.

And it now says doctors can refuse to transfer a patient only if the move would “risk material deterioration to the patient’s condition.” That’s a stricter standard that doctors say deprives them of significant discretion to direct patient treatment.



Amen -- and also Blessed Be, my sister

So beautifully done

I just read the whole thing, & it just rips my heart

TY Nevilledog

Edited to add your links for my own archives


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