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Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on June 24, 2006, 08:00:21 AM
Holy mackerel, Berlynn!

Can this woman blog or what?!?  

Here is Politics'n'Poetry, (http://politicsnpoetry.wordpress.com/2006/06/22/action-liberal-abortion-bill/) with fresh copy several times a day, it appears, for your delectation.

Y'know that old line that is so true of so many women but at the same time leaves us smiling wryly at best? "I hear she does it all herself!"     :wink:
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on July 13, 2006, 03:08:45 PM
The award of the week -- heavens, the award of the day! -- goes to Debra of Bread and Roses, aka April Reign, (http://aprilreign.blogspot.com/) who has today not only blogged and front-paged but put her message board on some unquestionably nice if powerful supplements.

Yay, Debra!   :D
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Bacchus on July 13, 2006, 03:13:26 PM
Excellant blog Deb, except here in canada viagra is generally not allowed on company drug plans and birth control is (at least for Great West life and some of the major players)
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: sparqui on July 13, 2006, 03:14:50 PM
Very cool :clap:
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: chcmd on July 13, 2006, 03:17:29 PM
drift/My company drug plan will only pay for my contraceptive if I am using it for something other than a contraceptive :shock:  :?  :x  :roll:/end drift

edited to indicate drift
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Debra on July 13, 2006, 03:20:04 PM
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My company drug plan will only pay for my contraceptive if I am using it for something other than a contraceptive


Tell them it's an anti depressent cause you're going to be mighty depressed if you get pregnant and have to take time off work.

Thanks skdadl!!  I feel both :oops: & :D
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Bacchus on July 13, 2006, 03:21:57 PM
:lol:
I love that Deb  :lol:
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: chcmd on July 13, 2006, 03:22:44 PM
Quote from: Debra
Tell them it's an anti depressent cause you're going to be mighty depressed if you get pregnant and have to take time off work.



 :rotfl:

I actually had them fooled for a while, but the buggers finally read the small print on the prescriptions I submit
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Bacchus on July 13, 2006, 03:31:43 PM
Geez I wish I could fool them on the viagra but alack alas I cannot :oops:
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on July 13, 2006, 03:34:17 PM
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I feel both Embarassed & Very Happy


As we used to say in Albertie: "mighty proud, and jes' a li'l bit humble."
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: k'in on July 14, 2006, 12:34:40 PM
Excellent Debra-you exposed so many of the challenges women are up against.

One concern in particular is income security for senior women.  I know very few people who will receive a company pension, especially the defined benefit type.  CPP pays a current maximum of $860 and only those who work at the maximum contribution level for most of their potential employable years can collect this at age 65.  I think there have been a few improvements in the formula to allow for time out of the workforce (i.e. parental leave) but most of the women I know won't be collecting anywhere near the maximum.  Society pushes (& economic reality dictates) that basic lifestyles are now "carried" and precarious.  The current situation would be much worse if not for the fact that many of today's seniors have equity in their own homes.  Will this be true a decade or twenty years from now?  So... will we be working until we die?  Will anyone hire us?  Will they pay us enough to live on?  

chcmd:  your company drug plan actually gets to dictate that they will cover a specific drug only when they approve of the "reason" it is being prescribed?  I find this unfair & intrusive.  If they cover/don't cover a drug that's one thing . I thought most drug plans still covered oral contraceptives but maybe I'm out of the loop here.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: pogge on August 25, 2006, 09:17:00 PM
This thread seems to have faded away. Maybe I can revive it by pointing to a site I recently became aware of: My Left Wing (http://www.myleftwing.com/). It's not exactly a blog. It's a Soapblox community, which is a site based on a platform called, oddly enough, Soapblox. That's a derivative of Scoop which is the software that drives Daily Kos and Slashdot.

I became aware of it when the self-proclaimed Fairy Blogmother, Maryscott O'Connor, wrote to tell me that she had added pogge to her blogroll and wondered if I'd be interested in returning the favour. Which I did after sniffing around the site and finding her manifesto (http://www.myleftwing.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=23), a portion of which follows (all emphasis in the original):
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ABORTION

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Maryscott O'Connor. I am a 37 year old woman, married (to Adam Crocker, pictured below), a sometime professional actress, writer and now full-time mother with a 6 year old son (Terry O'Connor, pictured below with his father)… and possessor of 2 ovaries and 1 viable uterus.

My Curriculum Vitae: 3 pregnancies: 1 abortion, 1 miscarriage/D&C and 1 live birth (and, oh, what a fun time was had by all).

This here legal and safe availability of abortion, me boyos, see, it's what people call a “DEAL BREAKER.” We women, being possessed as we are of the vessel of human reproduction and all its attendant joys and woes, tend to feel a bit proprietary about it. We like to think we ought to be let alone with our doctors when making decisions about it (seeing as it's part of our anatomy and all - and being as it's customary in a civilized society to acknowledge and support an individual's right to a pelvic exam in private, barring the prying eyes of our national legislature and even our neighbours or… sometimes… whatever man happened to plant his part of the reproductive process in said vessel).

Am I getting through?

ABORTION IS A MEDICAL PROCEDURE. The decision to have one or not is a MEDICAL DECISION. Which means no fucking government interference with abortion.

If I have to fucking spell out why the right to make one's own medical decisions (as in the case of abortion, but certainly not limited to that procedure) is FUNDAMENTAL to human beings --well, hell, we got nothin' to talk about.

But don't let's let THAT stop us.


I quite like her. I thought some of you might too.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on August 26, 2006, 07:13:32 AM
Quote from: k'in
Excellent Debra-you exposed so many of the challenges women are up against.

One concern in particular is income security for senior women.  I know very few people who will receive a company pension, especially the defined benefit type.  CPP pays a current maximum of $860 and only those who work at the maximum contribution level for most of their potential employable years can collect this at age 65.  I think there have been a few improvements in the formula to allow for time out of the workforce (i.e. parental leave) but most of the women I know won't be collecting anywhere near the maximum.  Society pushes (& economic reality dictates) that basic lifestyles are now "carried" and precarious.  The current situation would be much worse if not for the fact that many of today's seniors have equity in their own homes.  Will this be true a decade or twenty years from now?  So... will we be working until we die?  Will anyone hire us?  Will they pay us enough to live on?  



Wish I'd see these questions before, k'in, because they are all so important.

A lot of people but especially women are not going to have private pensions -- check. A lot of women are going to have very modest CPP earnings -- check, and for all the reasons we know: women's earnings have been, on average, very low; and women are likely to be taking years out of their paid work lives at one time or other to act as caregivers, which means that the CPP takes a real hit. I believe that a majority of women working outside the home no longer qualify for EI or parental benefits.

I am a widow. The survivor's portion of my husband's CPP is larger than the full CPP that I will have "earned," and his CPP was already derisory. And I've been working for forty years, although the labour for some of the last years has been unpaid.

Most of the people I know who are now receiving CPP get about $400/month. Younger people will do better since/if salaries have risen, except by the time they get there, they may find that in real terms, they are in the same situation we are now.

Our public pension system is a joke, and of course things are about to get a lot worse.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on August 26, 2006, 07:34:51 AM
Terrific link, pogge: thank you.

I haven't read the whole of the manifesto yet, but it looks like a great rant. Haven't yet seen anything I couldn't sign on to. Even early on, when she's just getting warmed up (on U.S. party politics), she is very pithy:

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Sorry, boys – I have no wish to be in the centre of what now appears to be half a fucking spectrum.


I shall read some more and return.  :)
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on February 13, 2007, 12:39:30 PM
Cap'n Dyke, Pirate Queen and Rogue Blogger (http://lesbianpiratequeen.wordpress.com/)

Just met her, courtesy the Galloping Beaver. (http://thegallopingbeaver.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-amnesty-just-keeps-on-happenin.html) She looks like a lot of fun, yes?
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: suzette on February 18, 2007, 05:34:36 PM
Also a whole heapa feminista fun is Twisty Faster (http://twistyfaster.com/pages/about_the_author.htm), to be found at I Blame The Patriarchy (http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/).
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Toedancer on February 18, 2007, 07:35:15 PM
Holy mother of gawd, what is that THING on the table where it is written I Blame Patriarchy! Is it a stuffed organ of some kind? A stuffed bratwurst? WTF is it?
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Mandos on February 18, 2007, 09:02:12 PM
That appears at first glance to be schnitzel.  It used to be a taco.  I am a Twisty regular and occasional troll.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on February 19, 2007, 07:49:13 AM
That doesn't look like any schnitzel I've ever seen. I think that Twisty is Lizzie Borden.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: suzette on February 19, 2007, 07:56:53 AM
Quote from: Toedancer
Holy mother of gawd, what is that THING on the table where it is written I Blame Patriarchy! Is it a stuffed organ of some kind? A stuffed bratwurst? WTF is it?
Hmmm... yes, I wondered about that, with my head tilting from side to side.  Then I started to have scary thoughts of infectious diseases, so let it be.

Skdadl, is this Lizzie Borden of whom you speak someone of note?

I used to read her all the time, but haven't for ages.  I'm visiting the house where my old computer lives, so have been meandering through my old bookmarks.  Totally forgot about old Twisty.  Must get back into the habit again.

Edited for idiocy.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on February 19, 2007, 08:06:45 AM
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Lizzie Borden took an axe
        And gave her mother forty whacks.
        When she saw what she had done,
        She gave her father forty-one.


Lizzie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden)  :)
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: suzette on February 19, 2007, 08:15:40 AM
Thanks, skdadl.  Lazy sod that I am, not looking it up meself.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on January 23, 2008, 07:23:18 PM
:shock:

blink.  Eugene changed, that is, corrected the name of his blog.  It was called until just recently LE REVUE GAUCHE.  It's now called LA REVUE GAUCHE.

I guess that would mean that I have to stop boycotting it now.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: kuri on January 30, 2008, 08:12:58 PM
Section 15 (http://section15.ca/) has launched. There's a blog, but really that's only a small part of the site. Looks interesting.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: pogge on January 30, 2008, 08:24:54 PM
Interesting. There's been a Section 15 (http://section15.blogspot.com/) for some years now.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: kuri on January 30, 2008, 08:29:00 PM
I told them that in the early consultation. ;) I guess they're the the .ca version and he's the blogspot version.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on February 09, 2008, 05:10:37 PM
I don't know if Stageleft (http://www.stageleft.info/2008/02/09/the-frother-the-stunned-and-the-wholly-gross-in-harmony/) originally coined this expression for this particular axis of evil  :twisted:  but I found it amusing.
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When my three favorite ragemonkeys (the Frother, the Stunned, and the Wholly Gross) all highlight the same story, you KNOW there’s gotta be some serious bullshit happening.

The Frother and the Wholly Grossed, both highly selective seekers of truth, cherrypicked exactly the same three paragraphs from a Toronto Sun story. Here’s their carefully edited selection:

“”Hundreds of GTA Muslim men in polygamous marriages — some with a harem of wives — are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say. ...
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: Gigi on February 09, 2008, 05:43:40 PM
Quote from: pogge
Interesting. There's been a Section 15 (http://section15.blogspot.com/) for some years now.


But where is our Section K (http://www.burningeffigy.com/releases.shtml)?
(gotta scroll down for the jacket)
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: kuri on March 28, 2008, 09:28:44 AM
I wanted to point y'all to a really great post written by a friend of mine who's just started blogging. She's very honest and while her and I are not always 100% on the same page, I really admire the honesty in her writing, especially the bravery of writing from a personal space.

Open Letter to Matt Kaufman (http://mrsspitspouts.blogspot.com/2008/03/open-letter-to-matt-kaufman.html) from Mrs. Spit (http://mrsspitspouts.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on March 28, 2008, 10:01:36 AM
That is very powerful testimony, kuri. She put me right in that room with her. You can't doubt the fear and confusion she must have felt. I'm so glad she has written this out.
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on March 28, 2008, 12:11:09 PM
Powerfully written.  Unfortunately the link to Mr Kaufman's article is not working, so there's no way of reading what she is responding to.  :?
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: Debra on March 28, 2008, 12:16:49 PM
works for me  :?:

http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0001711.cfm (http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0001711.cfm)
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on October 29, 2008, 08:09:37 PM
This has to be the blog of the season:

Margaret and Helen (http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/about/)

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My name is Helen Philpot. I am 82 years old.  My grandson taught me how to do this so that I could “blog” with my best friend Margaret Schmechtman who I met in college almost 60 years ago.  I have three children with my husband Harold.  Margaret has three dogs with her husband Howard.  I live in Texas and Margaret lives in Maine.

Latest post: (http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/)

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I cannot believe this is even close.  How did America get so far off track that a week out from this election many still think it is too close to call?

It was either a few years ago or a few months ago… at my age it all blends together.  But I remember it was all over the news and on the cover of all the magazines.  One of those new ”starlets”… Paris or Brittney or Lindsey or Chutney or something like that - one of those starlets got caught getting out of a car without her under garments.  That’s right.  Photographers all around and her hoo-ha was out there for everyone and God to see because she forgot to put on a pair of panties.

I know you all know what I am talking about.  It was all over the news.  Scandalous they said.  Out of control.  She needs help.  What is the world coming to?  EVERYONE was shocked and EVERYONE was talking about it.  How could she?  What kind of a role model is she for young girls?  I know you all remember it.  If my scattered brain can remember it, I know you can.   People didn’t have to be told how the cow ate the cabbage on that one.  We all knew it instinctively.

Well imagine my shock and surprise today when I came across this little item.  The latest polls show that only 55% of Americans think that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President.   55%!   FIFTY FIVE PERCENT!  This about the woman whose best qualification for the job to date is that she can see Russia from her house.  So what exactly does Sarah Palin have to do before the other 45% of this country is shocked enough to realize that she is a “whack job”?  Please Lord don’t tell me she has to show her hoo-ha in public.

If, in fact, you are reading this blog and think that Sarah Palin is actually qualified to run the country… well I suggest you check and see if your panties are on because the joke just may be on you.

 :applause:  :applause:  :applause:

ETA: I got that from MadDog in comments at EW. (http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2008/10/29/the-palin-industry/)
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: Toedancer on October 29, 2008, 08:13:55 PM
Please Lord don’t tell me she has to show her hoo-ha in public.
 :rotfl:  :popcorn
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on February 06, 2009, 09:13:17 AM
Brilliant.  The rev. paperboy at TGB:
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As a professional word-using and language-rearranging guy ... I am losing patience with my colleagues at CTV and Canadian Press. They seem to consistently grab the wrong end of the stick when reporting on political matters. Now I have to fix their headlines and copy too.
Headline clinic (http://thegallopingbeaver.blogspot.com/2009/02/headline-clinic.html)  :rotfl:
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on May 18, 2010, 07:39:42 PM
from unrepentant old hippie:   Generation fap (http://unrepentantoldhippie.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/generation-fap/)

JJ reports on some of the deranged elements posting at Freaked Minions, and their religious frenzies.
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on May 21, 2010, 07:15:36 PM
from Dr Dawg's: Research excellence, Part 2 (http://drdawgsblawg.blogspot.com/2010/05/research-excellence-part-2.html)
Title: Blog of the week
Post by: deBeauxOs on May 24, 2010, 11:44:23 AM
crazybitchesRus: Vote for our definition of crazy bitch (http://crazybitchesrus.blogspot.com/2010/05/vote-for-our-definiation-of-crazy-bitch.html)
Title: Re: Blog of the week
Post by: skdadl on January 01, 2011, 07:20:28 PM
Spitalfields Life (http://spitalfieldslife.com/2010/12/31/night-at-the-brick-lane-beigel-bakery/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SpitalfieldsLife+%28Spitalfields+Life%29)

Meeting this blog was sheer serendipity for me. Someone on Twitter linked to the Christmas nighttime walk that "the gentle author" had done through a sleeping east-end and central London on Christmas Eve, and I've been reading along ever since, just captivated by how well done this is.

I know London pretty well, although in my times there, Spitalfields was still close to a no-go. It's in the central east end, just north of the Tower of London, and along with Whitechapel it is infamous in C19 history as part of the territory of Jack the Ripper's crimes. Since the Renaissance that whole area has been a reception area for immigrants; it has also had a vibrant Jewish community since at least the C19, now considerably replaced by immigration from Pakistan-India and the rest of southern Asia, and from that community fine fiction has already appeared -- see Zadie Smith's Brick Lane. 

Like the rest of the moderately central east end of London, the area is being gentrified, is now quite trendy, although it sounds as though the original character of the place is still alive. I haven't been anywhere near since the 1970s, when I was afraid to venture too far. I'd love to go now, and this blogger's walks are a great introduction for anyone who's thinking of visiting, even just in imagination.