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Finally got a "real" job. I start wednesday at the local walmart. As things go, it's the best option around here. Only a 9mile drive, about 10mins. Mostly flat, and State routes. There is a back way, too. Hilly and rambling, but I like having options.
Plus, no matter what you think of WalMart, at nearly 50yrs of age, I need a stable work environment. Not overly concerned at this point in my life with "advancement" in a company. I just need to know the company is going to be around and not screw with me to much. Be nice if I am actually...appreciated, too. Or at last not snubbed. After a year I can get insurance and stuff. And, with luck, start to get money saved up and in a couple more year, sell this house and move back north - transferring to one of the stores up there.
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On Kony 2012: I honestly wanted to stay as far away as possible from KONY 2012, the latest fauxtivist fad sweeping the web (remember “change your Facebook profile pic to stop child abuse”?), but you clearly won’t stop sending me that damn video until I say something about it, so here goes:

Stop sending me that video.

The organization behind Kony 2012 — Invisible Children Inc. — is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called ”misleading,” “naive,” and “dangerous” by a Yale political science professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of “manipulat[ing] facts for strategic purposes.” They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information necessary to determine if IC meets the Bureau’s standards.

Additionally, IC has a low two-star rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited. That’s not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing, and should make you immediately pause and reflect on where the money you’re sending them is going.

By IC’s own admission, only 31% of all the funds they receive go toward actually helping anyone [pdf]. The rest go to line the pockets of the three people in charge of the organization, to pay for their travel expenses (over $1 million in the last year alone) and to fund their filmmaking business (also over a million) — which is quite an effective way to make more money, as clearly illustrated by the fact that so many can’t seem to stop forwarding their well-engineered emotional blackmail to everyone they’ve ever known.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.

The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and it’s likely he will soon be caught, if he isn’t already dead. But killing Kony won’t fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didn’t end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is “a relatively small player in all of this — as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.”

Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africa’s woes on Kony — even as a starting point — will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.

Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.

Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.

The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.

There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible.
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By Kamal Wallace, CNN
updated 4:51 AM EST, Sun March 4, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie's conceptual designs helped bring "Star Wars" to the big screen
Filmmaker George Lucas called McQuarrie a "visionary artist"
He won the Academy Award for work on the 1985 film "Cocoon"

(CNN) -- Ralph McQuarrie, the man credited with bringing director George Lucas' vision for "Star Wars" to the big screen, has died at the age of 82.

McQuarrie's conceptual designs were the basis for some of the trilogy's iconic characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO.

A statement on McQuarrie's official website, posted after his death Saturday, said his influence on design will be felt forever.

"There's no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say... that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted," it read.

Lucas said he was saddened by McQuarrie's passing, calling him a visionary artist and a humble man.

"Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars," Lucas said. "His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy.

"When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this.'"

McQuarrie also helped to create concept designs for the original Battlestar Galactica TV show, along with the movies "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

McQuarrie's conceptual work on the 1985 film, "Cocoon," won him the Academy Award for Visual Effects.
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A great and beautiful soul left this earth on Saturday. She will be missed by so many, especially those little 4 legged guys she spent so much of her life transporting and saving.

Catherine & Elyse: A Tribute Forward
By Doranna Durgin

For the past week, I’ve been tweeting about Elyse Rescue Puppy.

Elyse was left at an Albuquerque pound at the age of six weeks old. Way off on the East Coast, an eagle-eyed rescue worker spotted her situation and–of all the dogs she’s helped to new homes–chose Elyse to be her own. An Albuquerque rescue worker pulled Elyse from the pound and homed her for two weeks as the call went out for a new Rescue Road Warriors transport route: a long and deftly stitched chain of 90-minute driving legs over two weekends.

My leg was the first–from Albuquerque to Santa Rosa. There, Catherine Bugg took two legs to get Elyse to Amarillo, Texas.

So over the past week, I’ve been on Twitter and FaceBook, blurting out my excitement. “We’re going to get to help Elyse!” “I’m going to pick up Elyse for her overnight stay before we leave!” “ConneryBeagle loves Elyse!” “We’re heading out with Elyse–!” She was 8 weeks old at that point, a 6-pound brindle bundle of energy and personality.

There wasn’t any particular weather forecast for the day, but we soon ran into a strange, thick and freezing Twilight Zone fog–I even took pictures of it, trying to capture its eerie nature. It waxed and waned, and followed us into Santa Rosa.

We met Catherine, and talked about Elyse’s travel accommodations and Catherine’s extensive experience with transport. She was cheerful, friendly, and absolutely dedicated to what she was doing–I remember thinking, “I’d like to have this woman as a friend.” We also talked about the weather, which had been better on her side of Santa Rosa.

It didn’t stay that way.

Shortly after I returned home and made my report to the transport chain, I received a phone call from Kerin, the coordinator for this Rescue Road Warrior transport. She was crying, and in short order, so was I.

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KRQE) – An animal-rescue volunteer and the adopted puppy she was helping relay to its new owner died Saturday when freezing fog iced over Interstate 40 in Tucumcari.

Catherine Bugg of Tucumcari had picked up the puppy in Santa Rosa and was headed to Amarillo, Texas, when her pickup slid off I-40 and into oncoming traffic Saturday morning and hit a tractor-trailer rig.

The weather was freakish, sudden, and catastrophic, layering hidden black ice over the road, and now we mourn for an exceptional woman and the little piece of hope who was with her.

Catherine making a rescue dog transport exchange (Amy Franks, photo)

I talked to Catherine’s friend Christina today. On the one hand, I wanted to know more about this kindred spirit. On the other, I wanted everyone else to know, too. Because a life such as Catherine’s deserves tribute…and it deserves to be honored by the ongoing support for the causes about which she not only felt so deeply, but that she also did something about. You think I’m kidding? Just look at this.

She was a volunteer firefighter.

She was a volunteer reader for children–and she never let them down, even when it meant missing important events.

She started food co-op in the small, remote town of Tucumcari, changing the lives of those in a community with limited access to healthy food.

She was one of six foundation volunteers who started Quay County Rescue, funding it, organizing it, and providing the people power. She drove transport; she fostered dogs; she did adoption events. And as small as it is, the Tucumcari Rescue group still managed to make national news with their above-and-beyond efforts to return a Maltese to the family who had lost him a year earlier in their own tragic accident–the publicity from that event has helped to keep them going. In 2008, the euthanasia rates in Tucumcari were five times higher than the national average. Now? They’re just about down to nothing.


Catherine was raised in Santa Fe and led a fairly privileged early life, but when she came to Tucumcari, she plunged into support and volunteer activities and was adopted as one of their own. She put her journalist’s degree to work at the Quay County Sun, and her lively personality to work at KTMM as an announcer and talk show host. Nine years ago she became a single mother when her husband Allen passed away from West Nile; her son Quinten now lives in Tucumcari with his wife Cara and the step-daughter Catherine loved dearly. Catherine’s parents still live in Santa Fe, and her adventurous family is otherwise spread between Alaska and New Zealand. She recently found joy in a new relationship, a man named Jimmy whom she mentioned to me with a little bit of extra sparkle in her expression.

In other words, that first impression of mine… it was on the money and then some. Catherine was smart and savvy and she had a wicked sense of humor; she always found a way to make things good and positive and she didn’t carry a grudge. She paid it forward, sideways, and every which way but loose, making changes that made a difference.

It must run in the family. For what I’m hearing from those who were close to Catherine is how important it is to them that her work survives…and goes on.

Quay County Rescue (Petfinder #NM144; would love to continue what Catherine helped them start. They receive no funding from any outside agency; they manage on personal funds and donations. They’re accepting donations in Catherine’s memory.

There are two accounts at which donations are being accepted–the local vet hospital and the local feed store; there, donations are applied directly against expenses. Please mention that the donation is in Catherine’s memory.

Send to:

The Animal Rescue Fund at Tucumcari Animal Hospital
101 North 10th St
Tucumcari, NM 88401

Tucumcari Ranch Supply
Animal Rescue Account
502 S. Lake Street
Tucumcari, NM 88401

Catherine’s story is a compelling one; the rescue has already heard from those as far away as China. For Catherine and Elyse–two brave hearts in two very different packages who we lost far, far too early–this blog, these efforts to fund Catherine’s rescue work–are tributes forward. I hope you’ll join me in spreading the word.


Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:47 pm
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A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.

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Originally posted by [ profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

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These kittens came to us because the owner couldnt keep them. Her cat got out one day and came home pregnant. We are looking for great loving home for these boys.
They were born April 26th, 2011. They are located in East Moriches, NY. Transport can be arranged to an approved home.
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Huband sent this to last night. Says I can share it :-)

To Whomever Receives This-

I had my first experiences with computers back in high school in suburban Illinois in the late 1970s. My friend had bought a TRS-80, and I was impressed by what these new-fangled machines could do. I imposed on my parents to get me a computer, and through comparison shopping, they settled on an Apple II. The original, with integer Basic, and a single 5.25" floppy drive, in addition to the casette loading system.

It is no understatement that this machine led me to a career in Information Technology. The hours I spent taking programs apart and building my own programs drove me through college and into the working world.

While I have fallen on hard economic times, and write this on an old IBM PC clone, my father still uses our old Apple II (now converted to "plus" status with FP Basic, and upgraded with a total of 2 floppy drives), and I have not one, but two Apple 2e's upstairs, waiting to be reborn now that we've settled into our (fairly) new home. If I had the money, this would be an iPad, and I hope to recover both health and finances sufficiently to make that dream come true.

To the two Steves, Jobs and Wozniak, I can never say "Thank You" enough. They inspired a compete and total nerd, adrift in high school, and set him on a course that would give him a tremendous life. It was this career that allowed me to travel the country, represent our fighting men during years of World War 2 re-enacting, and to meet and marry a wonderful woman from halfway across the country. Steve Jobs gave me my working life, fired my imagination to create and populate a science-fiction universe, and most of all, to help others strive for their full potential. He was, and will always be, my North star, leading me onward through life.

The world is a greater place for his presence, and though we have lost much, we gained so much more. We owe him so much, and though it is a tiny down payment, I just want to say "Thank You".

My best wishes to the people of Apple, and to the friends and family of Steve Jobs. If it is true that no person dies so long as we remember them, Steve Jobs will truly be immortal.

Thank You
John **********
Fresno, Ohio
late of Chicago, Illinois
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"I grieve for those I knew. I grieve for those I never knew. But I grieve the most for the best partner a cop ever had. Sirius is still waiting for me," said Lim.

In remembrance of Sirius, the only canine officer to die on 9-11-01

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by AlexanderTheodore, Bouvier, Fourth Year Resident , 09/11/01

On the morning of September 11, 2001, there was an unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made quickly. And, they were.

An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have no loved one for whom to wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they to wait for?

We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so.

But we all know there is nothing like having your very own person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.

Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special assignment.. An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would be.

They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, over 4,000 loving people had left Earth long before they were ready. All the pups, as all pups do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts. Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them - /"May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses forever."/

One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly asked, /"Are there any children coming? I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always wanted to be hugged."/ A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the Firemen and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet the Police Officers and make them feel at home. Little dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss.

Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or a pat on the head, stepped forward and said, /"I will love any human who needs love."/

Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail wagging an American Flag.

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Links and Articles covering all aspects of Rescue and Petcare!
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HBO special tomorrow night WANTED

I am looking for someone with HBO to get me Wednesday night 24th August HBO 8.00pm The special on Puppy Mills.

I am not picky about format at all! Either DL or DVD. I will pay!

I would be forever grateful!
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FaceBook, more like LiveJournal every day! LOL! (via shareaholic)
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Yeah, so, for the past 2 days I have been running around FB trying to figure out which end is up, and deciding the end that is up is Zuckerbergs ass. This article? pretty much summs it all up, and bonus - I did not have to write it! LOL! (via shareaholic)

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Rascal's family was stunned to find their cat, missing since the April 27 tornado that destroyed their home, sitting under their truck and looking much the worse for wear on July 11, 75 days later.

Rascal's family lost their home and practically everything else in the tornado that swept through Concord, Alabama last April and did not ever expect to see their missing cat again. Petmom Laura Ogden says "We just kind of figured he didn't make it, because he was in that end of the house that was totally destroyed." The Ogdens were amazed, though, early last week when a much thinner, injured and bedraggled version of Rascal turned up sitting under the family's truck.

The 9 1/2 pound cat had shrunk to 2 pounds and his collar had become tangled around a leg, causing serious damage. The vet removed the collar and reconstructed the damaged tissue area on the leg and Rascal is expected to recover fully.

As we have read and heard many times, when a family loses everything and finds a missing pet it makes a world of difference and helps them to move forward and get on with things. Ms. Ogden says of Rascal's return "Everybody's back together now and we can concentrate on putting our lives back together."


(There is video at the site, too.)
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from my facebook account...
Installing our "new" (to us) Air Conditioner. Damn window dropped and fell on my hand. (window, hand, ac sandwich) Husband yells in surprise, *and keeps working*. I was watching a HUGE bruise and bump form on the back of my hand. Finally told him I was going to ice it. Idiot I am, I went back to help finish once I had ice ring wrapped. Glad I am off tomorrow. I think the pain will set in later tonight.
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if it bruises, i promise pictures. it is left hand, luckily. hard to CAPITALIZE things.


Jun. 24th, 2011 10:44 pm
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After the crap week with Ohio State legislators, I am SOOOOOO Happy to see Marriage Equality has passed in NY. Congrats!
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Sadly, the .... people.... in the Ohio House have decided we don't need a vote on Nitro's Law. They have formally stated that *SEPTEMBER* will be the earliest for a new possible vote on it.

It's gonna be a LONG damn, hot summer. I am already stewing about this.

Imma Gonna post updates as we go. I promise, no more "disturbing" pictures without a cut. I don't believe that's right, but I hope more of you will read them with the cut.

Thank you all for your support on this.

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