Well last July I sneezed and now it’s almost October!!!

I’ve been in and out of the hospital, over to the US and back, took part in a documentary (had a photographer living at my house!) and just found out it’s going to show on NetFlix this fall… my life has been this whirlwind of activity – so much news I hardly know where to begin!

So for now I’m leaving you with this teaser (NetFlix!?!? What the heck!!!) and this political FB meme that I think is my most favourite poli-meme of the year…

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Be back next week with details 🙂

This is brilliant… I especially like the ones popping up in NYC.

Nude Trump Statues popping up all over

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Put away the propaganda you’ve been buying into and spend 12 minutes listening to the real story of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The story of her role models, her teachers, her real work done while few were looking – but she did anyway because it needed to be done.

It’s 12 minutes that at the end – you’ll want to turn right around and hit the replay button and watch it all over again. Then click on the youtube link and share it forward.

I love creative people 🙂

 

*Update
He went too far…

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This is unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE. Anyone else saying this would be in the back of a police car waiting for the FBI to question them.

Just Sayin’…

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From U.S. UNCUT:

ABC News Drops Bombshell: Trump Might Drop Out Of 2016 Race

Jon Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News reports:

First of all, I am told RNC chairman Reince Priebus is furious, that he has had multiple discussions with Trump telling him he needs to drastically change course. But here’s the news: I am told senior officials at the party are actively exploring what would happen if Trump dropped out, how to replace him on the ballot… He is so unpredictable right now, they are so unable to control his message, that they just don’t know and clearly think it is a possibility, which is why they’re looking at these rules.

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…life has been in a strange fast and furious mode this July – I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted – or that it’s been a year since my husband passed away – I will leave a couple of highlights before disappearing into the ether for another few days…

First, there is the most exciting project happening regarding my Paul. Some very kind people in the states are putting together a documentary about his life and I get to come to the states and be a part of it. More about this in a few days.

Next, I’ve spent some time in hospital. Good now, but it was scary for a while. When your doctor uses the words ‘multiple’ and ‘prolific’ in the same sentence with the phrase ‘blood clots’ it’s probably not a sentence you want him to complete. But there I was. “You don’t just have a blood clot in your lung. You appear to be breeding them like rabbits!” Well in my defense I’ve never done anything half-assed…

Now on a blood thinner and beta blocker and all signs are go for getting to the US at the end of August.

Finally, have been collecting stories and memes for TrumpWatch and will get them posted here before I leave for Maine. In the meantime, I am so incredibly proud of my president – of our past presidents – and of Hillary, I could burst.

But the most profound ‘awareness’ that I have experienced happened the day after I came home from hospital and called a lifelong friend to let her know I was okay and we had this conversation that I quite literally did not know how to handle.

She’s been my friend for over 60 years. She’s well-educated and is a well-paid bookkeeper by trade. We have always been on the same side of politics, from JFK through Clinton but she changed during the GWBush years. *I think* because she found herself working for an elite golfing community which is almost all white by nature and approaching retirement years, her concerns turned to SSI and how she would sustain herself once she could no longer work. There are probably a lot more factors but the upshot is this:

My wonderful, intelligent friend has bought – hook, line and sinker – into the Republican memes about how the Democrats are trying to destroy the country – how Obama is secretly a Muslim whose sole desire is to let as many illegals into the country as possible so that at the right moment he can ‘open the floodgates and let all the Muslims in where they will then open fire on all of America and anyone who doesn’t own a gun will be dead’ and all because the Mexicans and Cubans and Muslims are all freeloaders who are only here to get the free stuff that she and her peers have worked for and now can’t get bacause there’s nothing left to go around once the freeloaders have taken all the goodies…’

And for you and me this is all just garbelty-gook propaganda but she really, actually, genuinely believes it. All of it. So Trump is our only hope. I had an idea she was headed in this direction back when Palin was running as Veep-Wannabe but my friend’s tone has now gone completely over the edge into complete madness.

And all I can think of is… if she is this hooked on the doomsday conspiracy theories, imagine how hooked people with less education must feel.

This has become a completely emotional election cycle because on the other side of the Democratic equation… the Trump side… Facts.Don’t.Matter.

And that’s terrifying.

Europe has chimed in:

 

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Back in a few days…
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What a beautiful message – and what a simple way of letting the people around you know where you stand in the world.

I’m not only wearing a safety pin in public, I’m putting it on all my internet identities as well. Let the healing begin!

Sorry couldn’t work out how to embed this video but the link is good …
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/jun/30/safety-pins-puncture-racism-after-brexit-vote-video

Feel free to copy and use this safety pin on the internet 🙂

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#safetypin

 

As told by The Daily KOS

And PoliticusUSA

And Reuters

The Hill live-streamed it

NBC, BBC, CNN Gawker and Rolling Stone all provide coverage and positive media attention 🙂

Some of these Democrats are straight from the 60’s where sit-ins and public protests were practically invented. Nice to see the old tactics pulled from the closet, dusted off and put to good use again!

UPDATE:
This is video of how it started-
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/democrats-hold-sit-in-on-house-floor-to-demand-action-on-guns-20160622

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UPDATE TWO
And this is how it ended:
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/facing-democratic-sit-paul-ryan-takes-his-house-and-goes-home?cid=sm_fb_maddow

 

I have no idea how true this is or not but this is how the story is unfolding at USUNCUT and it doesn’t look good for Trump either way.

Trump accused of rape

 

Donald Trump has been accused of raping and then threatening to kill a 13-year-old girl in 1994, according to a civil lawsuit filed in a Manhattan Federal Court last Monday.

The plaintiff, anonymously referred to as Jane Doe, alleges that Trump lured her and other young women to a series of parties thrown by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein with promises of riches and a lucrative modeling career. Epstein is now a registered sex offender who briefly went to jail for soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14.

Full story at USUNCUT

 

Two young men wrote the perfect song.

[Click here for video presentation on The Last Word]

[Click here for video on the boys’ website]

Here are the lyrics to the song:

So you say this is human
Your heartbeat versus mine
Im in chains cause I’m choosing
showing love or living life
I shouldn’t have to leave where I stand
I shouldn’t have to change who I am
To count as a human
Feel my pulse
With your hand on my heart
You know it beats just as hard as yours
Feel my pulse
Feel my pulse
Can’t you see that im scarred
I’m just the same as you are so just
Feel my pulse
I wish I could reach them
And strip away what separates
It’s the same air we’re breathing
The same tears run down our face
So I don’t have to leave where I stand
And I don’t have to change who I am
To count as a human
Feel my pulse
With your hand on my heart
You know it beats just as hard as yours
Feel my pulse
Feel my pulse
Can’t you see that im scarred
I’m just the same as you are so just
Feel my pulse

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Live continued updates at the LATimes

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It’s already being called the worst shooting in american History. 50 people have died – 50 more injured. But hey – you gun nuts out there still have all your rights in order so…

Orlando Florida Pulse Shooting.

On CNN (with video).

AP updates on Twitter.

@AP – This was tweeted prior to the [above] updates:

 

I’m with Hill – all the way!

If you follow the president on social media, you found this in your email box this morning

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

If this video doesn’t motivate people to vote against Donald Trump, nothing will.

 

This is by far my most favourite campaign 2016 story yet!!!

Full story and video at ABC Eyewitness News

Here’s a screenie because – well because I can’t get enough of this visual!
I wonder what other tricks he can do with his hair?
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Ham Ark

This evening I watched a 60 Minutes style TV program that featured a full-on story about Ken Ham and his Kentucky Ark. It was in the news last year for having appealed a federal ruling which denied tax-payer funds for a project that warranted every worker to sign a Christian pledge. Or leave. The federal government denied the application using discrimination as its justification. But Kentucky courts overturned the decision granting this $100 million monstrosity access to public funding. Shameful. But that was yesterday. Today things look much worse.

The ark is nearly completed, scheduled to open its doors in July and anticipates more than 2 million visitors in the first few weeks. And now that it is nearly finished, Ken Ham is not mincing his words about his goals: He’s openly going after the children. He wants to indoctrinate as many children into his perverted version of Christianity as possible. And fanatics like Kim Davis are lining up to lend support

Click here for full story.

But I have a question. Ken Ham claims to have followed the dimensions of his new ark to the letter of the biblical blueprint set forth by God himself. To accomplish this, he had to hire hundreds of professional carpenters, welders, construction workers, draftsmen, plumbers, etc. So how on earth can anyone believe that Noah, some 2500 years ago, built this same ark by himself and without modern tools? The stories of it taking him 120 years to build mean to address this question but then that puts him at around 140 years of age. Really? My mother is 97 and while she’s still agile and mostly independent, her hands don’t let her use a needle and thread any longer, much less climb ladders or haul huge planks through the backyard. So I have great difficulty visualizing anyone above the age of say 80 actually building this boat.

For me, the insanely ridiculous idea that a 140 year old man built this monumentally huge boat, by himself, 2500 years ago with a hammer and home-made nails should be enough to dispel this myth entirely. It would have taken him 120 years just to fell the trees and cut the wood.

Side observation from I think Bill Nye: If a Muslim wanted to engage in a project of this size, insisting all hired hands sign a pledge of loyalty to the Quran, with a mission statement claiming a desire to reteach our children the ways of Allah, he would never have been issued the first building permit.

 

 

I’ll be ready with this question!

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HOW COULD AMERICANS BE STUPID ENOUGH TO LET DONALD TRUMP TAKE OVER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

And this is the answer I give every time…

Nobody with any political aspirations wanted to run against Hillary. Nobody.

When Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went head to head in the 2008 primary, the Democratic Party had to choose between two highly educated, highly successful, highly qualified candidates. It was a given, that whichever candidate lost the 2008 primary would be the front-runner of the 2016 election.  The fact that Obama won and Clinton lost only made the general public that much hungrier to put a woman in the White House. Had the reverse happened, it would have had the exact same outcome – the general public would have been just as eager and ready today to elect our first black president.

By 2014, after a shocking display of congressional failure by the Republican-controlled house and senate, any Republican worth his or her salt knew better than to risk their entire career, their entire political capital on a failed-from-the-start campaign. So we got the seven dwarfs and a couple of stupids… and one ego-maniac instead.

Sometimes I shorten my explanation to just this: Donald Trump was the only one dumb enough to think he could win.

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Just got my voting packet in the mail… cannot WAIT to cast my vote this year!

Just read this article and literally one sentence in, I was smacked in the face with a powerful sense of Deja`vu… didn’t we read this same article back in 2008-09 referencing Sarah Palin?

From 2009 – Is Sarah Palin a Narcissist?

From 2011 – Sarah Palin is a Textbook Narcissist

Actually, just Google Sarah Palin Narcissist and you will get pages of hits leading to articles and blog-posts devoted to linking Sarah with narcissism.  So here we go again, this time with Trump as the reigning narcissist and this time the kook is on the top end of the ticket.

Crap. If this is the new role model for future politicians/leaders, we’re all in deep trouble.

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Today on Facebook:

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From Think Progress:

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So burned out with the daily political jumping through hoops thing…

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And I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Australia I have found three actuall store chains that sell Willy Wash – and one of them is online so… can you guess what everyone on *MY*  Christmas list is getting this year? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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The Penis Study

And now… back to politics…

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Have fun sharing 🙂

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Since May of 2011, I have, along with many frustrated others, been plagued with sporadic bouts of itching that hops from heel to heel, sometimes moving across the bottom of the foot to just below the toes and sometimes even spreads along the sides that to date has no medical explanation even though there are several people who have paid handsomely for medical tests including blood and MRI. Tests which, in the end,reveal absolutely nothing.

And since the original posting of this quirky complaint, the comment section has attracted new posters every year – and always with the same opening comment:

Oh thank goodness I thought I was all alone…

This is a small blog. For me to accumulate 147 comments on one post is mind-blowing. So clearly, this itchy heel thing affects more people than doctors want to take seriously and apparently even if they did – no one seems to have a definitive cause or successful cure. Like a lot of you though, I don’t give up. I continue to show my original blogpost with its growing number of contributers to every doctor and nurse who crosses my path. This represents medical personnel specializing in fields from neurology to physio-therapy to diabetes to dermatology and while most have heard of the problem, no one has a solution. All we know for sure is it can happen to anyone, at any time (but mostly at night) in any country, to any age group, in any profession, on any diet, in any weather conditions, fat, skinny, exercise buffs or couch potatoes and there is so far no universal form of relief – the most common relief to date is rubbing your itchy heel against a rough surface until you hit a burning sensation.

[That should bring anyone not familiar with the first post up to speed]

All that said, a possible solution is why I’m here today – but I need your help.

Since my husband died eight months ago I have been seeing a podiatrist – a lovely lady who keeps my toenails clipped and the skin on my feet toned. She and I have chatted about the itchy heel and she has rattled off a barrage of possible treatments – all of which have been addressed in the 2011 post comments here, proven to work for some but not for all and none work long-term.

This week she was back and said she’d chatted up a local doctor (Queensland Australia) who had actually heard about itchy heel from a couple of his patients, how frustrated people were but again, he had no solution to offer. In the course of my conversation with Jenna, she asked me again to describe the sensation, confirming I’d said it was pretty much like something tiny crawling just beneath the skin and the itch was unbearable – until I could rub it hard enough against a roughly textured surface (I am one of those who keeps an outdoor doormat under the bed) until there is a burning sensation and it magically goes away and I can get some sleep. But it’s always back the next day and stays with me for 2-6 weeks.

And while she was mirroring back to me with her fingers in a gesture that closely resembled a mosquito landing on a hand I added “the itch is worse than any mozzie bite I’ve ever had!” and that’s when the penny dropped…

PLEASE NOTE: I am not promoting any product – I have no vested interest in the sales of this little gem – I don’t care which brand you choose or if you choose one at all- I simply want to know if it works!

The Mozzie Clicker and I became fast friends several years back as I live in Australia, land of the million-and-one-deadly insect population. When this little green plunger showed up at my chemist, my husband brought one home and tried it on a fresh bite. It absolutely worked a treat! We went back and bought a few more. That summer I kept one on a chain around my neck. With each new bite I just clicked a circle around it and wham! No more itching! But then one day it disappeared from the market and I never saw another – until just recently when I discovered a different brand online. I ordered four and am patiently awaiting their arrival.

This is going to be great for mozzie bites I know for certain – but now I’m curious. When I explained to Jenna how the zapper works she said – might that not work on your itchy heel? Hence the penny dropping comment above…

Wow. Ok. Here’s how it works – in non-medical terms:

The Mozzie Click (Zap-it, Mosquito Click, etc.) is placed near the bite. Pressing a small plunger emits a small electrical current directled under the skin to where your nerve endings are located. This charge interrupts the signal your body usually sends to alert your brain when there’s discomfort but since your brain now doesn’t get the message it doesn’t respond by telling you, you have an itch! At the same time and under the same principle, all the swelling around the mozzie bite disappears. In less than a minute, an initial circle of 5-6 clicks around the bite center stops all the itching.

Whether this is a solution for itchy heel or not I have no idea but I’m excited to try it – because I think the principle is the same and since there’s no prescription needed, no drugs to ingest and it has been proven completely harmless (albeit with a warning for anyone with a pacemaker to check with their doctor first) I’m pretty sure it’s something anyone could try. Also too, the most expensive clicker I’ve seen is just under $20USD and each holds around 25k charges.  (The clicker my husband bought me lasted more than two years.)

Thing is, I haven’t had a bout of itchy heel in a few months so I don’t know when I’ll have an opportunity to test it myself – but I didn’t want to wait to post in case one of you wanted to give it a try – I’m still getting those ‘omg I’m not alone after all!’ comments. Plus, I’m impatient LOL

When you listen to an explanation of how the clickers work (there are product tutorials on youtube) and then how the nerves and brain communicate, it makes perfect sense. Or I could just be shaking my fist at windmills, I don’t know yet. But if you do try this – please let the rest of us know in comments, whether it was a success or a flop 🙂

-Oz

PS –  Here’s what they look like (the green one was my first but I can’t find it anywhere now and I’ve just ordered the white one from Mozziegear):mozzie click images.jpg

 

 

If it’s good enough logic for Drumpf by golly it’s good enough for me!

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…I just want to cry.

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Stolen from FB – unknown author – can we hire the Hulk to handle congress???

I’m not a huge fan of .gif’s – the constant motion does my head in when I’m trying to read an article and all this crap is going on in my peripheral vision. But I could watch this one all day. Oh wait. I already have! (Maybe The Donald is right after all because this has definitely made me feel better.)

THIS is the real America Mr. Trump – and it’s already ‘great’.
From Brendon Stanton

An Open Letter to Donald Trump:

Mr. Trump,

I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.

I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’

I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.

Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.

Sincerely,
Brandon Stanton

Police considering filing charges against Trump for inciting violence at Fayetteville rally.
Oh please, please follow through North Carolina!

Hey Donald:
Mein Drumpf

…as police officers use pepper spray on protesters minding their own business, standing well away from the chaos. US Uncut has story and footage here.

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Little Green Footballs  has a clip of a man in camo shouting “go back to Africa” to a black woman. It’s like the worst part of the 1960’s are back and we’re all stuck in an insane version of groundhog day.

Go to: http://www.loser.com

You’re welcome 🙂

Chicago protesters peacefully shut down Trump‘s rally today and there’s a stack of stuff out there written about the day – but this particular comment thread at the end of an article on US Uncut caught my attention – mostly because it’s these numbers, this faith in real Americans, that help keep me focused in this election and resisting the urge to turn in my US citizenship.

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I remember the hate. I remember the yelling, the crying, the damage. I remember the fear.

And this is exactly how it starts.

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I’m so buying Cheetos tomorrow!

New poll shows Americans are not impressed with conservative obstructionism.
Full Story here at Think Progress:

People Dont Want To Wait

Which leads us to these FB memes:

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…and my pick of the week:
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From my FB feed…

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Minutes later came this golden nugget…

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This is brilliant! And surprisingly satisfying 🙂
I love the way his eyes follow you LOL
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*If this link doesn’t work, look for it on FB or type it into your browser manually – I am having issues with creating links on wordpress atm (sorry!)

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This is just brilliant…

From Little Britain First:

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How good would it be to have hoofwanking bunglecunt in Wikipedia with a photo fo Donald Trump as its root definition?

 

 

“A message from States United To Prevent Gun Violence calls for an update to our antiquated gun laws. To get involved, sign our petition at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5610/c/62… ”

 

May your year be filled with laughter, joy and love…

…and not this guy.

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Possibly my favourite message of the season 🙂

… you know, that fictional city in Aladdin? You can see Agrabah in Disneyland, nestled in a Storyland canal, on your way up the Matterhorn.

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So, technically, 41% of Trump Supporters are so xenophobic they are willing to blow up Disneyland.

Full story here.

My holiday wish this year is to find someone who can talk like Donald Duck and have that person do voiceovers on Donald Trump’s campaign speeches.

Seriously, can you not hear Donald Duck when Trump opens his mouth?

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Alas it’s that time of year again… the time of year when every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth it makes the angels weep…

Courtesy of Raw Story:Sarah Palin Seth Meyers

Courtesy of US Uncut:

U.S. Marine blasts Trump says
“I already have a special ID badge… where’s yours?”

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Full story here.