(Note from Mikey —)
I’m tired of reading the opinions of people who think the shutdown “doesn’t really matter”, or (God forgive them) believe it’s a good thing for members of Congress to refuse to govern and continue to get paid FOR NOT DOING THEIR WORK – ON PURPOSE !!! Here’s someone who feels more like I do about it.
Originally posted on A Scientist's Response to the Government Shut Down:
Unfortunately for me, I have to keep writing these emails because talks have once again stalled in Washington. However, there have been a few uplifting stories from the shutdown. Some businesses in the D.C. area are giving out discounted or free items to furloughed workers. Unfortunately for you, you’ll be asked to pay double the retail price. The Ku Klux Klan had scheduled a rally on Oct. 5th at Gettysburg National Military Park, however that was cancelled due to the park being closed. So, thank you for preventing hate speech, even though some of your colleagues have been equating the Affordable Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act or Nazi Appeasement. However, more scientific projects are being cancelled by the day; and in this email, I’d like to turn your attention to Antarctica. Please, turn your body to the South as you read this, as it will…
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Our season of festivals ends each year with a contest. You can’t win by being the best. The results have no value except to amuse. It’s a celebration of imagination, combining art and adaptive mechanics. It’s a Kinetic Sculpture race! No advanced degrees required. Continue reading
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Finnegan, our new service dog trainee, has different virtues than Spice, our certified guide dog. He’s a “designer dog” cross between a Goldendoodle and Standard Poodle. Continue reading
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Originally posted on The Irish Atheist:
My heart is breaking as I sit in my flat, watching the news coverage of Syria. It’s the current ‘hot topic.’ All cameras from CNN, Fox News, the BBC, MSNBC, are pointed at that tiny chunk of land half a world away. Hundreds of millions of people from around the world are catching a glimpse of the suffering of the Syrian people, of the war that has torn their homes apart. Across the media, the debate rages. War, or no war? Interference or non-interference? I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum, so I sit here in sweatpants and watch my Facebook wall practically debate itself.
It’s during times like these that I understand the urge to pray. I’m thousands of kilometres from Syria, sitting safely in America with a cup of tea. There is nothing, nothing I can do that will make the situation in Syria better.…
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Originally posted on Asma Alabed:
This isn’t a political article. This is about human beings.
I’ve only been to my parent’s home twice. Their childhood stories are just that – stories of cities that are now reduced to piles of rubble. Yet the onset of the revolution reminded me again why I rarely have visited – why a regime made sure I would never grow up in Damascus, never hear my grandmother speak before her paralysis, and never understand the Syrian references in the memories my parents cherish. The revolution reminded me that despite my blood, I would never know Syria.
But the United States government, this country that I grew up in, that is more a home to me than Syria will ever be continues to astonish me. A government should represent its people and I’ve met countless numbers of loving Americans, yet if I were to judge us solely by the impression that…
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Forget about the wars, revolutions and the gubmint listening in on your cell phone calls! You’ve found a peaceful spot where you can sit and listen to birds sing, where gentle waters flow as you read.
I am fixing some problems I have procrastinated about, and feeling dumb because I didn’t address them before. We didn’t cook much until I began dieting. We didn’t know how to clean the oven. We are now entering our third day in the process of cleaning the oven Continue reading