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Catherine Fitzpatrick
New York City
Russian translator, blogger, news writer, human rights activist, and long-time student of international affairs.
Interests: International affairs, Russia, Central Asia, civil society, human rights, humanitarian issues, governance, NGOs, UN, OSCE, Gov 2.0, virtual worlds, Internet policy, digital law, cyberspace
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Eric Chenoweth June 13 at 3:27pm · I am always intrigued by those commenting on how any changes to admissions to the specialized schools will "wreck" or "destroy" these "special" "jewels" of the New York education system. Richard Cohen has decided to comment on something he knows little about and to slander Bill DeBlasio with this idiocy: "Stuyvesant’s student body is majority Asian American. The mayor thinks this is a 'monumental injustice....'" No. What is an injustice is that 0.69 percent of Stuyvesant's students are African American and only slightly more Latino in a city with a 70 percent black... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Park Bench
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SO, I'm never sentimental about free gifts at events, I think they should have less of them. I examine each one before I take it, then I still throw some out when I get home and unpack. BTW among this batch you will likely see an earlier Redeux gifts round... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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50L Friday was awful today -- not a single thing to get, in my view. I mean Home & Garden because I don't bother with clothes. I was thinking Midsummer Enchantment would have things I like -- nope, stuff I have, or like what I have. I love LORE, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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So I had to fly out to Marietta, which I usually have to do when these awful Communists (yes, there are still Communists in this day and age, despite everything!) attack my Memorial to the Victims of Communism there, which I deliberately stationed next to the PCI or whatever it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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These are great. And I may go back and get them. They were at Cosmopolitan (I think). I'm just saving my money at the moment. There is nothing wrong with not buying everything you want at an event, and then paying 20% more for it later when you want to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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I saw this kitchen by Duvet Day, and I thought, this is a great kitchen solution for those who fear kitchens. I like the olive drab colour. Last night I put in this bright blue Merak kitchen which I also bought at the time thinking, "I need all-in-one kitchens so... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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I am just avoiding most of the events. I felt the need for a break. I then maybe take a peek at SeraphimSL as a break from my RL work slogs -- and then I say "yuck, I'm going back to my fast." I might then drop in and spend... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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Pan had this hobby table for only like $75 I think. And the painting was $150. At Cosmopolitan. I need this for the display in Ross. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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I got them at Cosmopolitan Shopping Sim. And now I can't remember who made them or what they cost although I already put them in a customer's sky home that he wanted me to decorate because they are wonderful and versatile. So I will be back with these credits soon. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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These lamps were at Twelve, I think, an event that always comes through pretty much. Go and look on SeraphimSL to find it. These are retro and space. That guy who made the Astronaut's House might like them. I will put them in the space installation and maybe the Flamingo. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
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I think I may have actually missed the Riverwalk, I dropped in a few times, didn't find something I liked right away, then came back today but I think what I was seeing wasn't the annual art show but what was usually there. They have this Handstand sculpture of Starax's.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
Posted 4 days ago at Ravenglass Customized
I'm VERY late to the party with this round (and I forgot to post last round after making the list!) but it's still worth boycotting Arcade, and here is the Wall of Shame. Remember the reasons for the Boycott -- never setting foot on their islands: 1) Pull prices are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Second Thoughts
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It's always humorous to see how people lie about their own actions and try to cover their tracks. A long-time tenant of mine in Baileya where I have the Coney Island of the Mind boardwalk and attractions IM'd me in distress to say a woman who had just bought the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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So this guy named Garth Lannock who I had never heard of before rents a little stall on the board walk. Somehow I didn't see his payment come in but the next day I noticed a 1500 traffic on this board walk, which is way higher than it ever is,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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So I'm trying to find a laurel tree because they are the home of a rare kind of dryad and I want to put it in my Dryads' Retreat up in the sky above Ravenglass, and I find one that is a big disappointment -- I should have believed the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Second Thoughts
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So you understand how this was done -- this is the OTHER entry in this contest with this house called Bocas Belle V4 by Spargel & Shine. I didn't choose it because it was too small and kitschy for me, but it's typical popular SL cuteness. I understand it has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
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Babchenko's photo on a memorial board of slain journalists before his "resurrection" is known. Photo by CNN. By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick Before I critique this statement from the Community to Protect journalists “asking the hard questions” about the SBU sting... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Minding Russia
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Arkady Babchenko, center, flanked by Vasily Hritsak, head of Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) (L) and Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukrainian Prosecutor General (R) By Catherine A. Fitzpatrick "The world is divided into two camps: those who mourned Arkady Babchenko yesterday, and those... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Minding Russia
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So here I'm going to do a final walk-through and shopping guide of my entry in Home & Garden Expo Design Contest -- more than you wanted to hear, but it's more for my own benefit because it involved thinking through certain problems and solutions. The back story is this:... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
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So I'm going to try to blog the other contestants in the Home & Garden Expo Decoration Contest, but at the rate I'm going, the contest will be over. It ends June 1. Come and vote for me at House No. 4! This is an entry by MJ Zaurak in... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized
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So this is what I called "the kitchen" in this house because I didn't want to put the kitchen in the tiled area by the living room. I looked at various tables and bars THOR had but in the end I decided to save money and just edit the existing... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Ravenglass Customized