Meet Lagatha

Meet Lagatha. ☺️
A sweet Mama of 3 and her husband who are members of one of my lifestyle groups on here witnessed this little cutie (only 9lbs.) fall off the back of a semi on its way to a slaughterhouse a few weeks ago. She was piled on top of hundreds of other piglets just like her and they watched as she crawled her way through one of the air holes and fell a very long way to the highway.
She was so terrified that she didn’t move, wiggle, or even scream when her husband quickly got out of their car and picked her up.
Neither of them had ever cared for a pig before (and consumed ‘bacon’ almost daily), but nothing stopped them from immediately pulling over and rescuing her before getting run over on the highway.
They took her to the vet the next day and after having a long talk with the vet, decided to adopt her.
After attaching quickly, the husband and wife decided to look up readily available footage of the local slaughter house in their area to see what pigs actually endure prior to being processed for industry. They started with the epic: “Earthlings” (a real and *extremely graphic* look into the 8 main slaughterhouses in the US that are responsible for nearly 90% of the country’s ‘meat’ consumption) and 30 minutes in decided they could never ever contribute to the madness again.
She writes, “I started doing more and more research on what‘s going on in this country and watched some great YouTube videos and other easier-to-stomach documentaries on Netflix. I was in complete shock at what I had been putting in my body. Nothing but unimaginable cruelty, death, and disease from the moment these animals are bred to the time they’re processed. How had I been kept in the dark for so long? I guess I always assumed it was probably bad but really never gave it much thought whatsoever.” (I can relate to this feeling a hundred fold.)
Lagatha now lives the life of luxury, loving her soft bed, watching movies, running around with the family pups, getting belly rubs, and meeting new people.
“I wish people got as excited about a pig or cow being rescued as they do about a dog or cat at their local shelter. Our thinking has been disturbingly conditioned and we’re finally so aware of it. It’s a strange world we’ve created.”
I’m so grateful when I come across testimonies like these and the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people like Lagatha’s family through these groups. A much need break from the cruelty and a glimmer of hope that maybe one day (hopefully in my lifetime!) things will be different and people, more compassionate – or at the very least a little more humble and a little less resistant to the facts.
I wonder how many of us would still contribute to this mindless and disgusting industry that does absolutely nothing but harm to our personal and generational health, our planet, and these sweet little souls God entrusted to our care if we actually had to follow our meals all the way down the highway first.
While I understand that there are still groups of people in the world who rely on [hunting] wild animals for actual survival in and out of seasons , I am so not one of those people.
I’m so grateful not to be disconnected anymore and to be able to truly call myself an animal lover now.

Not going to piss on the Oprah Parade

Not going to piss on the Oprah Parade because it feels like whenever anybody black – or of female persuasion finally gets into the limelight – the knives come out – and criticism just blends into a vitriolic racism and misogyny fuelled blur – indestinguishable from the conservative gutter press line… instead, check the comments or this recent book – if youd like to read why the "dont worry about your government – Dr. Snakeoil got your Back! "market forces" world she (and Clinton, Blair, Barack) represent has resulted in the widespread disaffection, which in its reactionary moment – has desperately lurched for Trump and Brexit.
Theres a perfectly selfish reason men like Donald Trump and some of the most unsavoury people to walk the earth "shark" the philanthropy circuit – because its the perfect "unregulated" pool to hunt for naive victims, offset a guilty conscience, and stage-manage "holier than thou" reputations – which they unashamedly use to milk for yet *more* personal material gain.
Creating the passive aggressive hypocrisy of the ruthless capitalist who smothers one sickly child for a "big cheque photo op" – whilst sneaking away to ensure millions more across the land are guaranteed to get the same fate.
Just looking at the pestilential sickness Conservative voters have been willing to unleash should be enough to tell you,
– if you dont fight for rapidly disappearing structural agency, all youve got is a shakey Porcelain Smile – whilst you force more and more people to "walk the plank"…
I think its also important to reinforce that the "collectivism" this piece talks about isnt the "anti-individualist commie thought police" reactionary gobshites hystericise about – it merely means having a last ditch safety net of public support and local services these market forces are currently in the process of completely stripping away – organised around a community-focused model that doesnt reinforce despair, loneliness and isolation.
This gives you the freedom to thrive. A cherry-picked newsstory about some gung ho activist the other side of the world is a completely different ball park – and people need to stop listening to people who rely on conflating the two – because you can be as "individual" as you want once youve "flown the nest". Its only ever been about having a "safe place to land" – should the shit ever hit the fan. Funnily enough, the "transgressions of the left" are usually actually perfect examples of "individualism run wild" too
"Radical Happiness, by Lynne Segal – An argument for the power of groups in a world obsessed with individual goals
This month marks the anniversary of the global protests following Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president. The Women’s March on Washington and its sister events brought millions of people together and was, for many participants, an extraordinary, all-too-rare moment of collective pleasure.
“Sometimes, the strength we gain from moments of joyful solidarity lasts a very long time,” writes Lynne Segal towards the end of Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy, which unpicks what she acknowledges is the “intangible” notion of joy. Segal’s thesis is that in losing one’s sense of self and self-consciousness, becoming part of bigger political and societal movements, one can achieve both personal joy and hopeful belief in the possibility of changing the world. Subsequent events in 2017, such as the #MeToo movement, suggest that she has a good point.
Segal, a professor of psychology and gender studies at Birkbeck College, London, recounts her own experience as a leftwing feminist and activist to back up her wider point about the power of mass movements — which in this book means gatherings of real people. Little space is devoted to social media-driven activism. It feels like an omission but she is perhaps right: young feminist activist thinkers such as Zeynep Tufekci are better placed to offer techno-sociological analysis.
Segal focuses instead on lessons of the past: the British women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, she writes, offered “experiments in collective living and the establishment of many other spaces for everyday resistance such as communes for shared child-raising, women’s centres, squatting advice centres and numerous other collective community spaces, many of which I participated in”.
This collectivist mindset was once far more prevalent than it is now. Segal reminds us how things have changed by examining the focus on individualism in western societies, and the “markets of misery”, which leave many feeling isolated and left behind among all the consumerism and commodification.
Meanwhile, efforts to measure and promote “wellbeing” — something that David Cameron’s coalition government made British government policy — are focused on inward-facing “mindfulness” and other practices that put the onus on the individual in private spaces. She also laments the loss of street fairs, feasting and dancing, although one might dispute this: there are many organisations fostering community bonds through local events.
Segal extends her exploration of joy to cover love and desire as well as the long history of utopian movements and all their attendant disappointments. On the latter, she takes an optimistic, pragmatic view. Modern utopian theorists, for example, are not offering us a magic prescription for the future. Instead, she says, they are concerned with rather fuzzier ideas: “The collective longing for ‘the improvement of the human condition’ as well as the opening up of spaces ‘for public debate and democratic decision’.”
Radical Happiness is an engaging, enlightening read for anyone who wants to ponder the links between personal dissatisfaction and political disengagement — and possible remedies. The idea of collective happiness as the root of much satisfaction is simple, but deceptively hard to write about, let alone achieve. Segal succeeds in inspiring on many levels, and while she is writing from the political left, and from a feminist point of view, her sources range far beyond her personal history and feminist and Marxist theorists to include citations and references to many writers and thinkers on utopias and on the nature of democracy. Click woman within coupons 50 entire order to save money and get coupon code
We can all benefit from thinking about, and achieving, collective joy through joining with like-minded fellow humans, whether we are organising a charity jumble sale or marching for women’s rights.
Ultimately our political dreams, Segal acknowledges, “can end in disappointment, but are likely nevertheless, to make us feel more alive, and hence happier, along the way, at least when they help to connect us to, and express concern for those around us”. This is an uplifting thought, whatever one’s political persuasion."

Sinister Roads, Sense of transition, adolescents, puberty, wanders, dignity

Sinister Roads
Sense of transition, adolescents, puberty, wanders, dignity, sense of fulfilment, eccentric standards, exposed, irresponsible media, disenfranchised adults, delicate, lonely child, trembles, dismayed, snorting city, people drift, away, into another place of dismay.
Carrying tattered paperback book, quivering, misery, rage, read sun, lost tables moves fables, process, rebirth, reincarnation, previous lives, King in Egypt, priest, present in dreams, murderer crossroads, leading to nowhere.
Glittering light, long shafts, painted, blood, row of men, grey landscape, emaciated people, dressed in rags, smell of dead flesh, living, air, believers, sat beside graveside, sinister road, bulbs cracked, coffin sunk, opens rough earth, invasion, body snatchers, still carrying pieces of flash.
Mystery calling, creative, outer space, takes over, you can find a way in, and you can’t get out, crowded untidy rooms, mantel piece, useless fireplace, poets perspiring, read, voice, glorious smile, reading, inside voice of orchestra, voices trumpets, eyes glazed, poem, golden blur.
She burnt holes in my night, darkness, ideas, rest, closed my eyes, her face, coming into ray dreams, day, weather, death, in death she was alive, my poetry, excited me, my destiny, one with my existence, gods world, clearer, love its mystery, blown away, mist morning, sunshine, streaming past white clouds.
I am one with greatness, no fear, living forever, going out, fly, moving gracefully, great white bird, take high mountains, felt supremely high, taking control, nice edge, adrenaline running, words, lines, just scream out at me, opening pages, inner dialogues, passion for discovery, English language, great feat of mankind existence.
Time space, weird, psychedelic time warp, opens my transient eyes, expanding, age old rhythm, tau, beats membrane, creating, psychic resonance, transformed, lights flashed, dimmed, colors bled splashing colors, red, green, blue, tome warp, outward cry, yesterday trip, flash back, mass, walls of colors. Click here to save money and get coupon code
Yellow bird, lay, bamboo cage, magical blood color, opening in dreaming, strange, half-light, tall pines, river swamp, warmly green, sunshine, black, against, pastel sky, far away, opening another day, eyes darted, everywhere, searching, wandering, Celtic people, milk bottle sky, dots, caramel freckles, eyes glazed, dancing in lust, imaging themselves, gorging, in safe white flesh.
Dennis Thomas

Major American media outlets “largely failed” to connect these weather events to the broader global climate crisis

Major American media outlets “largely failed” to connect these weather events to the broader global climate crisis.
“Pieces on record heat were most likely to mention climate change, and even there the rate was just 33 percent”;
“Pieces on record or historic drought mentioned climate 24 percent of the time”;
News articles on “historic rainfall” mentioned climate a mere 10 percent of the time”;
Articles on “record or historic wildfires or floods mentioned climate just nine percent of the time”;
Just eight percent of stories discussing growing mosquito populations mentioned climate change, including 12 percent of pieces from major outlets”;
Despite the historic nature of 2017’s hurricane season, only “four percent of pieces discussing Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, or Nate made the connection to climate change”; and
“Just nine percent of stories mentioning climate change also mentioned mitigation or solutions.”
Extreme weather throughout the U.S. and across the globe over the past several months led one analyst to call 2017 “the year climate change began to spin out of control,” but the media’s failure to “connect the dots on evidence right in front of our faces” has left many consumers of U.S. news uninformed about the link between climate change and these disastrous events, Arkush argues.
“Most Americans report that they rarely hear about climate change in the news, and rarely discuss the issue with friends or family,” Arkush said in a statement accompanying his report. “We can’t fix the climate crisis if we aren’t talking about it.”

A War with North Korea would escalate quickly into millions of casualties

A War with North Korea would escalate quickly into millions of casualties. Most people don’t understand the potential devastating consequences of a miscalculation.
Experts say that if the U.S. were to launch an initial strike ― say, targeting a North Korean missile site ― Pyongyang could easily interpret it as the start of something larger.
Threats To South Korea And Japan
“Among North Korea’s immediate targets would be U.S. bases in South Korea and Japan, experts say, which Pyongyang would likely attempt to destroy using nuclear weapons as a show of force to deter further invasion.
The problem with the North Korean strategy, experts say, is that rather than cause the U.S. and its allies to back off from a conflict, the use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would motivate the U.S. and its allies to launch an intense, full-scale attempt to destroy North Korea’s military and decapitate its leadership.
It’s unlikely that the U.S. would succeed in completely obliterating Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal or its conventional weapons before North Korea could target South Korea with its artillery and devastate major metropolises like Seoul and Tokyo.”
What are the effects of a nuclear blast?
“It’s so horrible that people don’t really ever want to deal with what it would really look like. We pretend that there’s a flash and everyone’s dead, but that’s not what happens,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear policy expert at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
“There would be survivors for days trying to make their way out of the rubble and back home, dying of radiation poisoning,” he said.
We must never let this happen again!
Polls often show a majority or close to it for a limited strike against North Korea and those people definitely do not understand the potential and likely outcomes that would spiral out of control so I will continue to spread the word.

Help: does anyone know how to repressurize a boiler (specifically Potterton Golden Combi HE,) or would be able to figure it out if we sent pictures?…

Help: does anyone know how to repressurize a boiler (specifically Potterton Golden Combi HE,) or would be able to figure it out if we sent pictures? Back in London after 3 weeks, house an icebox, boiler down.
Updated: Fixed! Des Quinn, king of plumbers, guided be video conf

Given that Katie Roiphe is in the news, it’s time to revisit Katha Pollit’s devastating review of The Morning After, Roiphe’s first book and initial…

Given that Katie Roiphe is in the news, it’s time to revisit Katha Pollit’s devastating review of The Morning After, Roiphe’s first book and initial foray in victim-blaming:
Here’s what I wrote about Pollitt’s review in 2013:
Back in 1993, the media were falling all over themselves heaping praise on Katie Roiphe victim-blaming ode to date rape, The Morning After. It looked like Roiphe was poised for Susan Sontag-level stardom as a public intellectual. And then, with one New Yorker review, Katha Pollitt stopped that cold. These days, Roiphe’s books still get some respectful views but she’s been reduced to writing (mostly) personal essays. No one asks her to weigh in on the great political and intellectual questions of the day. With her calm, careful evisceration of Roiphe’s book, Katha Pollitt devastated Roiphe’s moral and intellectual credibility to be taken seriously as a thinker and writer. Earlier this year, Roiphe referred to Pollitt’s review (albeit not by name) and whined about something she thought was unfair. Twenty years later and she’s still smarting over a bad review? You know this one drew blood.

VFR Versus IFR, One of the benefits of the internet

VFR Versus IFR
One of the benefits of the internet is being able to learn about activities which may be too awkward and/or expensive, such as flying. One aspect of which I have recently repeatedly come across being pilots who have flown into accidents via flying from VFR to IFR conditions, VFR and IFR being just two of the many terms used in aeronautics.
To be brief, VFR stands for "Visual Flight Rules" while IFR stands for "Instrument Flight Rules." Flying VFR essentially means one can see around the aircraft so that you can navigate safely by sight whereas flying IFR essentially means one cannot see around the aircraft so that one has to rely upon the aircraft’s various instruments to navigate safely. Certain other restrictions apply such as needing to change over to IFR conditions in certain areas to avoid accidents such as midair collisions with other aircraft even if one is able to maintain visuals, however, and as the usage of instruments for navigating using IFR rules is also more challenging, that is another discouragement from learning to fly — although also being IFR qualified in addition to VFR qualified will help avoid being caught in an accident due to flying while using VFR into IFR conditions.
The most famous aviation accident incurred due to flying VFR into IFR conditions was the February 3, 1959 Dwyer Flying Service crash at Mason City, Iowa (USA) which killed Buddy Holly, J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, and Ritchie Valens, immortalized in the Don MacLean song "American Pie." The pilot of Roger Peterson — who was also killed in the accident — was only qualified to fly VFR at the time and flew into conditions which were deteriorating into IFR conditions. The closest automobile analogy to which is if you have ever driven into whiteout conditions and/or where the roadway is obscured by snow or such so that you cannot or can barely see in order to navigate safely, the result of which can be "spatial disorientation" where you do not even have a general idea of where you are at and thus could in fact literally drive off of the roadway. Aircraft are even worse in this regard because spatial disorientation in terms of altitude can also occur, thus also how the pilot Roger Peterson became disoriented and inadvertently descended his flight until he crashed just about six miles after takeoff.
Another reason why I find this of interest is that aside from hearing the cryptic "American Pie" song for years and my interest in the aspects of flying, I actually was a passenger once in a vehicle being driven in whiteout conditions that were so bad that the telephone poles were being used to determine where the roadway was, and on December 24, 2008 I was also trying to drive out to visit family for Christmas in conditions that were deteriorating from snow and additional falling snow so badly — there had been a number of snowstorms — that at times I could not clearly see what lane of the freeway I was traveling in and kept feeling the verges of that aforementioned spatial disorientation. I ultimately aborted the attempt and called to let everybody know what happened once made it to my home safely, they understanding I did not want to end up with my car wrapped around a guardrail somewhere. Find more here to save money and get coupon code
Or, for the matter, crashed in a cornfield somewhere like what happened due to flying VFR into IFR rules "the Day the Music Died."

White Supremacist Teacher Outed and Fired!, Conte appeared to use the alias Gregory Ritter on Twitter, using his account to send out several…

White Supremacist Teacher Outed and Fired!
Conte appeared to use the alias Gregory Ritter on Twitter, using his account to send out several problematic tweets, including remarks such as “Hitler did not commit any crime.”
Students also discovered footage of Conte attending the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., back in August.
School officials acknowledged that they first learned about Conte’s white supremacist ties back in October, but declined to say why they waited until January to inform parents.
An all-girls Catholic high school in Maryland has taken out the trash fired a substitute teacher and field hockey coach after discovering his white supremacist ties, including the fact that he works for Richard Spencer’s think tank

Untold History of the United States, In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase…

Untold History of the United States
In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America’s housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a “state-sponsored system of segregation.”
The government’s efforts were “primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families,” he says. African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects.
Rothstein’s new book, The Color of Law, examines the local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation. He notes that the Federal Housing Administration, which was established in 1934, furthered the segregation efforts by refusing to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods — a policy known as “redlining.” At the same time, the FHA was subsidizing builders who were mass-producing entire subdivisions for whites — with the requirement that none of the homes be sold to African-Americans.
Rothstein says these decades-old housing policies have had a lasting effect on American society. “The segregation of our metropolitan areas today leads … to stagnant inequality, because families are much less able to be upwardly mobile when they’re living in segregated neighborhoods where opportunity is absent,” he says. “If we want greater equality in this society, if we want a lowering of the hostility between police and young African-American men, we need to take steps to desegregate.”
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