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Liz
3rd generation Californian woman with wide-ranging interests.
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(image from Ilana Minkoff) The turkeys ubiquitous in California aren't native to the state, as the native species, Meleagris californica, went extinct centuries before the Spanish invasion of California (which started in 1769). In about 1959, what is now California... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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Mass hysteria or mass psychogenic illness: There's something about mass vaccination campaigns that sets off people reporting "vaccine injuries". It happened in the African countries of Namibia and Lesotho in the last 12 months (see below) but it has also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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Illumination from the Rylands Haggadah in the John Rylands Library in Manchester Passover 2017 will begin at sundown, Monday, April 10, 2017. For those of you not familiar with Pesach, here is a short description from Judaism 101 The name... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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One of the ways I contributed to the blogosphere, back in the day, was to provide lists of posts on a particular subject. Nowadays, that is called "curation". Back then, it was just something that provided a service. "Light it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
The lead actor is Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA), but other Republican Senators signed on. Writing at Alternet and Salon, Thom Hartmann lays out a simplified version of the story: When the ACA was rolled out, telling insurance companies that they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Excellent video. Description from Understood.org. What is dyslexia? Watch as reading expert Margie Gillis explains what dyslexia is, including signs and symptoms of dyslexia. Hear her talk about why reading is difficult for dyslexic children, and how to help. More... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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Yes, handwriting is still necessary. Tom Berger at Edutopia: What We Lose With the Decline of Cursive Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing? Proponents of the script clearly don’t think so. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
HR 808 was introduced by Rep. Peter J.Roskam, [R-IL-6]. It is a long and complicated bill, which does not yet have a summary from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). However, there is a comprehensive review of previous sanctions and their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 4% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) HR 147 was introduced on january 3, 2017, by Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ-8]. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 4% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) H.R. 83 To prohibit the receipt of Federal financial assistance by sanctuary cities, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 6% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) Introduced by Rep. Steve King, Steve [R-IA-4] (who also introduced #HR610, the Vouchers bill).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 2% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) The bill is too long to quote in full. Here is the summary prepared... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 2% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) Here is the whole of the bill: H. R. 370 To repeal the Patient... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update March 25, 2017: Evidently S.J. Res 18 was passed by the Senate on or before March 21. However, the Congress.gov page for the bill has not been updated since February 01, 2017. I'll keep looking for updates, because I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 8% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) This bill was introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY-4] and co-sponsored (as of March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3,6,2017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 2% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) This bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King, [R-IA-4] And cosponsored (as of March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Update 3/6/017: Here is GovTrack's page for the bill. As of March 6, 2017, the prognosis is 6% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details) Here is the whole of the bill: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. IN... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
I am a big fan of The Indivisible Guide: WHO IS THIS DOCUMENT BY AND FOR? We: Are former progressive congressional staffers who saw the Tea Party beat back President Obama’s agenda. We: See the enthusiasm to fight the Trump... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
Updated March 25, 2017: no action on any except HJR 69; on its way to President for signature. This post is going around Facebook like measles (highly contagious) From a friend: In case anyone got overly sidetracked by the Russian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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From economist Max Sawicky: Right-wing movements in France, Great Britain, Hungary, and elsewhere do not lack domestic political support, and there is no reason to think they would not exist without Russian backing. In the same vein, Trump’s victory here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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Fendlesworth is one of the pseudonyms of a promiscuous and vexatious commenter on such blogs as Respectful Insolence, LeftBrain/RightBrain Autism, Starts with a Bang, and Just the Vax. His real name is Travis J. Schwochert. His modus operandi is to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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Ari Ne'eman, the founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) s a policy wonk, specifically disability policy. He has a blog, , Sometimes a Lion, covering topics he finds interesting. The latest article is on the Trump administration and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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The author of the blog MaxSpeaks writes: The Anti-Trump Grassroots Rundown We’re observing some chin-stroking to the effect that demonstrations, even gigantic ones, will be inadequate in blocking the medley of egregious policies oozing from the White House. The fact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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February 6, 2017 Updated: See Below Katie McQuestion was a 26-year-old newly-wed radiology technician when she tragically died of undiagnosed sepsis, on January 2, 2015. Her family has joined with The Rory Staunton Foundation to advance awareness of sepsis, particularly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams
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On February 2, 2017, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump's Counselor, was speaking about the now-rescinded ban on US entrance by residents of seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at I Speak of Dreams