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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a ...
So Much More Than Just a Dog

Charlie My Boy

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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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Upon hearing that Brock Turner—a brutal rapist who was only sentenced to six months because a judge worried it would hurt the poor boy’s future—will be released early from prison because of good behavior, I became so ...
And Probably More Wine, Too

When I Am Queen of Everything: We Need More Whimsy, Dammit!

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Upon hearing that Brock Turner—a brutal rapist who was only sentenced to six months because a judge worried it would hurt the poor boy’s future—will be released early from prison because of good behavior, I became so enraged I wanted to rip off my own arm so I could have something with which to better [&hellip
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It’s been almost five and a half years since the Fukushima reactor melted down and the disaster is still not fully contained. Tens of thousands of gallons of ground water flows into the plant each day and becomes ...
Can we be safe with it? Can we fight climate change without it?

The Nuclear Option

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It’s been almost five and a half years since the Fukushima reactor melted down and the disaster is still not fully contained. Tens of thousands of gallons of ground water flows into the plant each day and becomes radioactive. The latest attempt to prevent the radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific involves underground ice [&hel
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Summer is supposed to be the bestest time of all but for Donald, or Mini-Mani as the bullies were calling him because of his teeny-tiny hands, but things have not been so awesome. First some soldier’s parents picked a ...
BFFs (Brexit Friends Forever)

Donald Makes a Friend

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Summer is supposed to be the bestest time of all but for Donald, or Mini-Mani as the bullies were calling him because of his teeny-tiny hands, but things have not been so awesome. First some soldier’s parents picked a fight with him for no reason, then people kept getting mad because he changed his mind [&hellip
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Whenever an egregious story about Hillary Clinton breaks, some of my more conservative friends immediately ask me if I have “finally come to my senses.” Because they generally are civil and intelligent people who argue ...
Sometimes, Girl, You Are Killing Me

What The Hellary ?!?! – Take Two

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Whenever an egregious story about Hillary Clinton breaks, some of my more conservative friends immediately ask me if I have “finally come to my senses.” Because they generally are civil and intelligent people who argue with evidence and reasoning instead of just screaming at me or forwarding nonsense, I pay more attention to their zin
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The rules about women’s swimwear are always changing and can be very different from place to place. Most customs and laws have been trending towards allowing more of our bodies to be exposed while in swimwear, but still ...
French fashion policing just got very ugly.

Get Your Laws Off My Bathing Suit

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The rules about women’s swimwear are always changing and can be very different from place to place. Most customs and laws have been trending towards allowing more of our bodies to be exposed while in swimwear, but still declare a few bits of lady skin to be taboo and not suitable for public. Now, several [&hellip
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Congress just passed a bill that will require all American users of social media to obtain certification and be registered in a nationwide database before they can post content to any U.S. based social media platform. In a ...
Words Have Consequences

License To Post

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Congress just passed a bill that will require all American users of social media to obtain certification and be registered in a nationwide database before they can post content to any U.S. based social media platform. In a rare bipartisan move, lawmakers said they had to do something “before the whole country lost its goddam [&hellip
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Did you know that sexism was over? Me neither. Because it’s not. Like not even remotely. When we first saw the Interwebz telling us that 56% of men think sexism is over (according to a recent survey by Pew) we laughed so ...
Also Racism and Bigotry and Everything Icky!

Did You Know That Sexism Was Over?

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Did you know that sexism was over? Me neither. Because it’s not. Like not even remotely. When we first saw the Interwebz telling us that 56% of men think sexism is over (according to a recent survey by Pew) we laughed so hard that wine came out of our noses. This had to be a [&hellip
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CNN was on at the gym the other day and there was actually a headline saying “Saudis Should Stop Bombing Hospitals, Schools.” Because we live in a world where apparently it does not go without saying that everyone should ...
Even When It Really Should

It Does Not Go Without Saying

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CNN was on at the gym the other day and there was actually a headline saying “Saudis Should Stop Bombing Hospitals, Schools.” Because we live in a world where apparently it does not go without saying that everyone should just know that bombing a hospital or a school is really terrible. Like punching a baby, [&hellip
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With no reported polio cases since July of 2014, Nigeria was supposed to be celebrating 2 years free of the disease. Instead, a new large-scale vaccination campaign was launched after two children were diagnosed with polio ...
Political turmoil and inaction are enabling the spread of deadly diseases.

Politics is Making People Sick, Literally

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With no reported polio cases since July of 2014, Nigeria was supposed to be celebrating 2 years free of the disease. Instead, a new large-scale vaccination campaign was launched after two children were diagnosed with polio last week. This virus is genetically linked to a strain that was seen in 2011, which means it has [&hellip
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Reading through the recently-released Department of Justice report on its 14-month investigation into the practices of the Baltimore City Police Department produces many different reactions. For some, total denial of any ...
Failing Ourselves and Our Communities One Injustice At a Time

We Want The Police To Fail

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Reading through the recently-released Department of Justice report on its 14-month investigation into the practices of the Baltimore City Police Department produces many different reactions. For some, total denial of any wrongdoing on the part of the police. For others, the response is more of a shrug, sort of “what did you expect? Of c
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In the near future, once President Obama has left the oval office, there will be analysis of his legacy based on how well he delivered on the promises he made during his campaigns. This will be an important task and be a big ...
Obama’s presidency has not gone the way many predicted.

No Death Panels, No Shariah Law, Everyone Still Has Guns

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In the near future, once President Obama has left the oval office, there will be analysis of his legacy based on how well he delivered on the promises he made during his campaigns. This will be an important task and be a big part of understanding how history views his time in office. But what’s [&hellip
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My dad used to like to pretend bad things just didn’t happen. When asked about family feuds or crises d’jour he’d switch topics, ignore the issue, tell me to pray for him, or make up an innocuous answer. On the other ...
In Between All The Pokemon Go

How We Talk To Our Kids

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My dad used to like to pretend bad things just didn’t happen. When asked about family feuds or crises d’jour he’d switch topics, ignore the issue, tell me to pray for him, or make up an innocuous answer. On the other hand, my mom would give bizarre guidance when it wasn’t needed—like that using tampons [&hellip
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