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Member since: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 06:58 PM
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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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I would like to add...

After reading the unroll, that the issue of having enough vaccine is not the only factor in the transmission risks of this and other variants.

It is well documented in the African continent especially and in the European continent additionally, that vaccine hesitancy is a major impediment to slowing virus transmission and therefore increases risk of virus mutation.

Vaccine supply is so unwanted and unused in parts of Africa, that stores of the vaccine are due to be destroyed in the coming days and places there are refusing additional stores or vaccine because of the fear and expectation, they will not be used due to widespread vaccine hesitancy.

Vaccines have been touted as our "way out" of this pandemic. However, it is the simpler mitigation factors, like hand washing, social distancing and particularly wearing a mask, that are proving to be the most valuable tools in helping us win this war with the virus.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Nov 27, 2021, 06:17 AM (1 replies)

Too bad law enforcement agencies just chalk up a "domestic" episode

To "meh" because, well women can't be trusted and possibly, most likely in their minds, are the agent provocateurs.

It's time to start beating the drum that is fully supported by Years of research. Intimate Partner Violence, IPV, is almost ALWAYS a precursor to mass murder, mass casualty events.

As soon as any history of so called "domestic" violence is evident that guilty party should be flagged as at high risk of initiating a mass casualty event. It's science!!

I'm sick to death of the ancient presupposition that allows these lowlifes to escape scrutiny and subsequently leads to these IPV offenders never being accountable for their actions.

IPV crosses gender lines.

It's a harbinger of serious, societal violence.

The evidence speaks for itself. It's been researched to the moon and back!

IPV it's a definite warning sign (and should be the first trigger) for LE to get serious about the risks these offenders are to the community at large.

There is also plenty of evidence that victim blaming is SOP.

The antiquated, misogynistic notion that "wiminfolk" are somehow culpable for these episodes of domestic assault needs to be squashed like a bug.

How many women (trans women and even men) do you think there are in prison because they were forced to use self defense against their abusers? Too many!!

Blame is a broad notion and until we stop playing the blame game and follow the science on IPV, all of us, especially our progeny will constantly be targets open to attack.

The primary sorrow of my life is that we, primarily females are not full citizens under the law in the United States of America and that I will die before I see a time when women, all gender identifying females, worldwide, will be elevated to the equal status in life, and all that goes with it, that we deserve.

To borrow a turn of phrase, "It's the IPV, Stupid."
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Nov 23, 2021, 02:20 AM (1 replies)

Wisconsin Hate Groups from SPLC Research



There are 5 statewide hate groups in Wisconsin not displayed on the map















National Map


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Nov 19, 2021, 07:58 PM (3 replies)

Canned Heat, Jamiroquai

"Canned Heat"

You know this boogie is for real

I used to buy my faith in worship
But then my chance to get to Heaven slipped
I used to worry about the future
But then I throw my caution to the wind
I had no reason to be care free
No no no, until I took a trip to the other side of town
Yeah yeah yeah, you know I heard that boogie rhythm
Hey- I had no choice but to get down down down down

Dance, nothing left for me to do but dance
Off these bad times I'm going through just dance
Got canned heat in my heals tonight baby

I feel the thunder see the lightning
I know this anger's heaven sent
So I've got to hang out all my hang-ups
Because of the boogie I feel so hell bent, hey hey
It's just an instant gut reaction, that I got
I know I never ever felt like this before
I don't know what to do
But then that's nothing new
Stuck between hell and high water
I need a cure to make it through

Dance, yeah, nothing left for me to do but dance
Off these bad times I'm going through just dance
Hey got canned heat in my heals tonight baby
You know know know I'm gonna dance yeah
Off all the nasty things that people say, dance, yeah
But I'm gonna make it anyway
Dance, got canned heat in my heels tonight, baby
You know I got canned heat in my heels

You know this boogie is for real

Only the wind can know the answers
And she cries to me when I'm asleep
She says you know that you can go much faster
I know that people's talk can be so cheap, hey, hey
I've got this voodoo child in-veined on me
I'm gonna use this power to ascend
You know I've got these running heels to use
Sometimes there's no way I lose
I was born to run and built to last
You never see my feet cause they move so fast

Dance, yeah, nothing left for me to do but dance
Off these bad times I'm going through, just dance, hey
Got canned heat in my heels, tonight, baby
Hey, I've got to dance, yeah
Off the nasty things that people say, dance, yeah
But I'm gonna make it anyway
Dance, got canned heat in my heels tonight, baby

You know this boogie is for real
Got so much canned heat in my heels, yeah
Gonna dance, gonna dance those blues away tonight
You know I'm gonna dance my blues away
You know this boogie is for real
Got so much canned heat in my heels, yeah
Gonna dance, gonna dance my blues away tonight

Dance, come on! Got canned heat in my heels tonight
Dance! Canned heat in my heels tonight
Dance! (alright) Canned heat in my heels tonight, baby
Hey, got so much

Hey, DJ, let the music play (Let the music play, yeah)
I'm gonna live this party life (I wanna live this party life)
Hey, DJ, throw my cares away (Let the music play, yeah)
I'm gonna live this party life (I wanna live this party life)
Hey, DJ, let the music play (I wanna live this party life)
I'm gonna live this party life (I wanna live this party life)
Hey, DJ, let the music play (Party life, party life)
I'm gonna live this party life (I wanted, I wanted to go home)

You know that this boogie is for real (Dance!)
Got so much canned heat in my heels (Dance!)
Gonna dance, gonna dance my blues away tonight (Dance!)
You know, you know this boogie, this boogie is for real (Dance!)
Got so much canned heat, canned heat in my heels (Dance!)
You know, I'm gonna dance my blues away tonight (Dance!)


❤ pants
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Nov 5, 2021, 02:56 AM (0 replies)

The Cannibas Question, NOVA on PBS

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NOVA investigates the story of cannabis from the criminalization that has disproportionately harmed communities of color to the latest medical understanding of the plant. What risks does cannabis pose to the developing brain? How much do we know about its potential medical benefits? As cannabis becomes socially accepted, scientists are exploring its long-term health consequences.

(Premieres Wednesday, September 29 at 9PM ET on PBS.)

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Sep 29, 2021, 09:16 PM (17 replies)

Redistricting Input Opportunities

Time is running out! You can express your opinions on redistricting by attending an in person meeting.* You can also comment on line by following this link.** To do your research and get background information follow this link:


Redistricting is the process of drawing the districts from which public officials are elected. Once elected, the districts define who those officials represent during their terms in office. Members of the United States House of Representatives, the North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives are elected by district.

Find your representatives here:




The North Carolina General Assembly is required to redraw these districts following each decennial census due to population changes and the need to maintain equal representation. Due to legal challenges, there is often mid-decade redistricting activity as well.

More information:


*Remaining in person meetings:

Tuesday, September 28
▪ UNC-Pembroke, in Robeson County, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29
▪ UNC-Wilmington, in New Hanover County, 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 30
▪ Fayetteville Technical Community College, in Cumberland County, 6 p.m.


**Submit your written remarks here:


Just for reference link to U.S. Senate map:

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 28, 2021, 11:27 AM (0 replies)

The Social Dilemma, watch for free

You can watch the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, winner of two Emmy awards, for free until September 30th.

Here's the trailer:

Here's the full documentary:

Background information...
Everyone on social media deserves to know how it works.
Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives.

Learn how the system works. Watch and share The Social Dilemma with people you care about.

More background information...

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Discuss Misinformation With Silicon Valley's Biggest Critics
OCTOBER 20, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Anyone who has watched The Social Dilemma already knows that technology has fundamentally warped the way we see the world. But Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have become invested in holding technology companies accountable for the misinformation spread on platforms like Facebook. For a special TIME100 Talks hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple sat down with two experts Tristan Harris, a Silicon Valley veteran who co-founded the Center of Humane Technology and appeared in The Social Dilemma, and Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression.

During the discussion, Noble touched on Meghan’s own experience being the target of online hate. Noble explained that if you are part of a community “targeted with hate, disinformation, calls for genocide, calls for racist violence against you, misogyny, as Meghan I know you know so profoundly, the technologies are able to…amplify those kinds of messages and those kinds of harms,” says Noble. “The harms don’t just live in the platform. They often extend to shaping behaviors that people also act upon.”

Harris added that technology companies’ profit imperative thrives on disinformation, controversial opinions or fake news. “They are competing to seduce us with that promise of virality,” he says, citing the hashtags that promise billions of views on a single TikTok video. “But of course that doesn’t reward what’s true, what’s credible, or what is really good for society.”

...snip...ultimately, he argues, individuals simply cannot put down their phones in a world that relies so heavily on tech...snip...

It’s up to the tech companies to self-regulate their content—or, failing that, governments to step in and impose restrictions. When Meghan and Harry asked how the truth might win out over virility, both Noble and Harris cast doubts as to whether the tech companies could be trusted to self police: Noble argues they have failed to do so, calling them “foxes guarding the henhouse”.

Short article. Link: https://time.com/5901379/prince-harry-meghan-markle-tristan-harris-safiya-noble/

You can watch the full TIME100 Talks special episode here.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Sep 22, 2021, 08:03 AM (2 replies)

It doesn't matter how many groups or forums there are you would have to control the posters first.

You can't make people post exclusively in one place or another. There are plenty of groups that already have specified topics and yet General Discussion acts as a catch all because people are either too lazy or just not interested in exploring the groups and forums that already exist and are already created for specified content.

I used to try to steer posters to forums that are designed for specific content. I quickly got tired of trying because many don't look beyond the noses on their faces, and don't look for the specifically named and designated group and post there.

There are just too many cases to keep up with therefore General Discussion fills with fast moving posts that are difficult to find later, should one desire to find them. This is just because someone didn't take the time to find the more appropriately designed location to post the content in and make the additional cross post.

For example, posts about North Carolina, there are many that get posted in GD, even in LBN, when they could be posted in the North Carolina group and simultaneously in GD, or cross posted by topic anywhere else, for that matter. Instead the posts sink like stones in GD and are rarely seen in the very place that is designed to provide a place for them.

So my vote is 'No' for adding the forum or group you are proposing. There's a multitude of places that aren't used already. Additionally, I don't believe people will take the time to use it, especially when the novelty wears off.

You can't control the posters and that's the real battle.

If anything, I believe that there should be fewer forums and groups. There are certainly many we wouldn't miss, because they aren't being used anyway.

So I think deleting, Not Adding is the way to better control the content. Especially since the posters themselves cannot be controlled.

That's my two cents.

Flame away.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 21, 2021, 09:50 PM (1 replies)

Love this quote. . .

“Optimism is a mental mindset that strongly contributes to psychological resilience,” Lise said. She explained further: “We need to be able to imagine positive outcomes to problems in order to be motivated to work on our issues. That does not mean we have to be positive 100% of the time (which is impossible to do anyway). But it is important to be able to conceive positive outcomes instead of dwelling solely on negative outcomes.”
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 18, 2021, 12:19 AM (2 replies)

Madison Cawthorn's Competition

Yesterday babylonsister posted this thread


Which quickly shot to the top of Greatest and at this time is in second place.*

The post was about an ad by a vet running against Cawthorn who represents NC-11 and has rightfully pissed a lot of Democrats off due to his Nazi loving behavior, among other things.

The exceptional video was well done and lead members of DU make donations to Mr. Remillard's campaign. Which is a good thing. But...yes, there's always a but. There's one important detail in the article posted by babylonsister and it is that...

Josh Remillard is one of a number of Democrats who are vying to face Cawthorn next year.

Another article said it this way on April 20, 2021
So far, five Democrats and one Republican have revealed plans to unseat the 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast in next year’s midterm, which is still 19 months away, making it the largest challenger field any incumbent from Cawthorn’s district has ever seen at this point in an election in over 20 years.

So you see, as wonderful the video is, Josh Remillard is only one of a broad field of Cawthorn's competition who are hoping to show Cawthorn the door next year.

In fact, the race is further complicated, because no one knows what the NC-11 boundaries are going to be right now. Redistricting hasn't started. Plus, we'll be getting an additional seat this year due to North Carolina's population expansion.

My point is this, if you are going to donate to the NC-11 race, where there are now six Democrats running against Cawthorn, please consider taking the time to examine the media and political positions of the other candidates before you decide to make donations.

*ETA Greatest updates regularly. The post achieved a high rank, second place at the time.

Thank you.

DKos Asheville Open Thread: Madison Cawthorn and the six Democrats vying to run against him
Aug 07, 2021



NC-11 Democrats


In alphabetical order. Please visit all the candidate’s websites, and social media to learn more. Revised 6/11/21

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Website: jasmineforcongress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/beachferrara

TW: @JBeachFerrara


Jay Carey

Website: jaycareyforcongress.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JRCareyNC11

TW: https://twitter.com/jrcareyncdist11

IG: https://www.instagram.com/jaycareyforcongress/

Katie Dean

Website: electkatiedean.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ElectKatieDean

TW: https://twitter.com/electkatiedean

IG: https://www.instagram.com/electkatiedean/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQGsOR60GrhvcqhJBl2CqQ

Eric Gash

Website: https://ericgash.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GashForCongress/

TW: https://twitter.com/GashForCongress

IG: https://www.instagram.com/gashforcongress/

Bo Hess

Website: https://www.bohessforuscongress.com/

FB: https://m.facebook.com/bohessforuscongress

TW: https://twitter.com/bohessforus

IG: https://www.instagram.com/bohessforus/

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC4bSAGC-GxtpExLA1ZBTGVQ

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@bohessforuscongress?lang=en

Josh Remillard

Website: https://www.joshremillard.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JoshRemillardNC

TW: https://twitter.com/joshremillardnc

IG: https://www.instagram.com/joshremillardfornc/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGGD8uOV1fyKPWMVnLBLKeg


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 16, 2021, 03:25 AM (19 replies)
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