Monthly Archives: December 2016

United States politicians profited from bank bailouts

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 December 2016

When congress voted for the bank bailouts, were they going to personally benefit from it? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Do the personal assets of congressional lawmakers affect the way they vote on federal legislation? New data says yes — at least when it comes to their votes to bail out Wall Street with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

Amid the 2008 financial crisis, congressional lawmakers passed a bill providing $700 billion of direct support to major banks. In a new study, researchers from the London Business School and Tilburg University cross-referenced lawmakers’ vote for that controversial legislation with those lawmakers’ financial holdings. Their conclusion: members of the U.S. House of Representatives with a personal stake in bank…

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FT Police Officer Arrests Mom and Teen For Reporting Crime

Black Lives do indeed matter. Law enforcement has a funny way to act out the Christmas spirit. NO kindness or forgiveness here.

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Where I grew up, any adult in the neighborhood, if they saw a kid doing something that might pose physical danger to themselves or others, transgress the law, or cause a problem disturbing the peace of the neighborhood, had the right to walk out to tell you to stop doing whatever it was. Usually a short mea culpa by the kid involved was where it ended.  If you talked back, then the neighbor would almost always say something to your parents. at which point you were officially “in trouble”. Depending on what you did, that trouble might end up in a stern talking to or a but whipping. Talking back to a neighbor almost always assured it was the second consequence.

No neighbor would ever raise a hand to physically punish someone else’s kid.

The dumb ass cop in this case must have grown up with animals.

Officer on restricted…

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Day off? Yep, I’m doing it!

I love the Angelou quote. It is perfect for the post. Taking good care of ourselves and loving ourselves is always important all of the time, but especially at this time of the year. Hugs, Barbara

Cauldrons and Cupcakes


“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~  Maya Angelou

It’s my busiest time of year, and somehow I seem to have gone from quietly recovering from surgery to rocketing ahead again.

Which is wonderful.

But today I need to stop.

I need to hold my husband’s hand and spend time with him.

I want to think about Christmas, do a little cooking and a little cleaning, wrap a few gifts.

I’m going to nap. Maybe even twice.

This afternoon I’ll go play in the vegetable garden for a while.

Have a simple home-cooked dinner and watch a DVD.

Enjoy an early night.

I hope you get some quiet time today too.

Much love, Nicole ❤ xx


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The winter solstice is Wednesday (Today): 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

The Fifth Column


The winter solstice is upon us: Wednesday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2016 for anyone living north of the equator (and Tuesday night will be the longest night of the year). If pagan rituals are your thing, this is no doubt a big moment for you. If not, the official first day of winter is neat for other reasons.

Below is a short scientific guide to the solstice and the longest night of the year (though not, as we’ll see, the longest night in Earth’s history — that happened back in 1912).

1) Why do we have a winter solstice, anyway?

Most people know this one. Earth orbits around the sun on a tilted axis (likely because our planet collided with some other massive object billions of years ago, back when it was still being formed).

So between September and March, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets…

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Something to think about …. “Being a proud Liberal …. “!!

It Is What It Is


~~December 21, 2016~~ 


I always thought that we were here on this Earth to advance in the different stages that we encountered.

I think we are ALL interconnected and. as such, it’s our bound duty to help one another.

No one should stay behind.

No one should be left alone.

What I care about is what the person is really inside.

The feelings, the beliefs, the nature.

I strongly believe in doing the right thing.

Do unto others as you would like done unto you.

If that makes me a LIBERAL, then I’m proud to be one.



Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Whereas classical liberalism emphasizes the role of liberty, social liberalism stresses the importance of equality.

Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support…

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Croatia: Root Out the New Left And Its Kin

2016 has been rough for the whole world. If liberals in Croatia feel as they do in America it is a difficult time. Happy holidays. Hugs dear friend, Barbara

Croatia, the War, and the Future


On approach to Christmas Day – looking back and looking forward with this brief post.

Many would say: deservedly, not a good wrap up for 2016 for the liberalist side of the political field throughout the world and major events and trends of their own making are, hopefully, to cause irreparable damage to key liberal government holds in not so distant a future. Things didn’t go well for the liberals this year: there was the shock of Brexit, there was Germany’s Angela Merkel’s open invitation to all and sundry flocking into Europe in their hundreds of thousands from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan turning now into a crescendo of her party’s imminent demise, France’s François Hollande’s Socialist government sparked the beginning of the worst political crisis France has had in decades and Donald Trump won presidency in the US. This week’s assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey by a Turkish…

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Wildflower Women

Going nowhere. . . isn’t about turning your back on the world; its about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.

~ Leonard Cohen

Nowhere, yes, I have been nowhere and everywhere at the same time. Joyously reading all your beautiful writings for the past couple of months, I have been renewed time and again with the grace and poetry of your writings. Thank you for sharing your beautifully crafted words.

These months have been both difficult as well as rewarding in my personal life. Passing yet another milestone of the loss of my late husband, 12 years, having my son and his wife return home from an extended year of travel all over the world, only to have them leave again to spread their wings elsewhere, and to the place that brings me here this morning to…

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A life less free

Amazing post and story. I will be back. I will return. I invite you to visit my blog. Idealisticrebel.

The Grateful Dead

This story is based on a true incident, though I have incorporated enough fiction to make it sound unreal. In India, there are some villages in Maharashtra where there is a practice that is still continued. Once the girl child reaches puberty, she is taken to the “market place” and put on auction. The highest bidder gets to be her “husband” for the agreed upon time frame. There is exchange of contract notes to formalize the purchase. After the time is over, the girl is once again put on sale with a higher price since she is now “experienced” in giving pleasure. If she gets pregnant or has a child, her price increases further since she is fertile. The girls are helpless sheep who are sold from one customer to another with absolutely no say. When the parents are the exploiters, who can she go to for protection? All the…

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Bird migration in the Americas

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 December 2016

Habitat loss throughout the Americas is threatening entire suites of migratory birds. Flyways are fraught with growing, man-made threats: wind energy projects sited in migratory pathways, toxic pesticides, reflective windows, free-roaming cats.

Falling bird numbers tell the story. If you have been a bird lover for a while, you have noticed. Migratory birds are in trouble, and we must act. Will you donate today to help us lift up migratory birds? Your gift between now and December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

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