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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
5:34 pm - A new Question!
I have been away a bit (Admittedly gaming in something shiny and new. lol.) But want to get back to here, because here is fun, too, and I know this was a really great place for talking gaming...sooo....

How do you all feel about those big online games that combine graphic avatars, actual textually emoted RP, and metered combat (Tracking of exps, damage, spells, etc etc?)

What are the pluses and minuses? Inquiring minds!

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5:22 pm - Hey all!
Just want you all to know I am here, alive and well.

Beach season has started, so doing alot of that. Had a solid month of bad weather, but that was ok, as due to budget cuts, naturally, they close the beach I LIKE for half the season, and never mind that it makes little sense to do so, nor that they don't close down the PRIVATE yet state funded beaches for so much as a day. Fekkers. (Meanwhile, they raised our taxes again...)

Still chasing some shinies, and but GODS I have the stories now for badrperssuck. lol. SL can be a right gaming cesspit.

Still, been having fun.

Family is pretty good. Mom may or may not be getting her knee replaced. Seeing if the cortisone shots and anti-inflammatories work first. I am hopeful. Fortunately, though a bit arthritic, her hip is ok.

Going to do a bit of exploring on here, and then gotta run again, but will try to be on a bit more often. Miss you guys. :D

Hugs all!

-Dira-

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
9:47 pm - Hey all!
Quick postie, but wanted to say I'm good. And Happy Spring!

All going well, gaming like mad still, though that may eventually slow a bit. Also trying to get my other ducks in a row, and gearing up for summer, which is now just around the corner, or so I'm telling myself. lol.


BIG hugs all!

-Dira-

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Monday, March 16th, 2009
10:03 pm - It's ALIIIIIIVE!
Yes, that is right. I am alive, and well. And I didn't realize I'd not been around again in so long.

I got so into chasing the shinies, and adventuring, but fortunately, I think I may be at a point now where I can come over and posty. They weren't even letting me breath over there.

Lemme explain :)

I got into Second Life. Then, I promptly got into GAMING in second life, became a faction head, and went to war with a more powerful faction. It's been long, and brutal, with epic twists and turns. And I actually lost about 30 pounds IRL, because I was at the computer so much, I haven't seen snacks in about three months, aside from the obligatory m&ms and Skittles on my desk.

In a way, this has been very good for me, oddly enough. I'd been down for a long time, and not really realized it. I got excited over something, though, and followed it.

I'm still working on my business stuff, though I have slowed a bit to think. I've been able to, so that's ok.

I've also had both good and bad times, IRL. Good was the party the other day. Bad is that a very good friend will soon be moving far away. Good is also that I feel pretty good, and that it's almost spring, so I will be getting busier outside. I can't wait for summer, and swimming.

Hope you all are well, and HUGE hugs.

I won't let it go so long again.

-Dira-

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Sunday, December 21st, 2008
7:52 pm - More me!
I've been super busy for the holiday season. I do the Christmas shopping also for my mom, who can't get out, some for my stepdad who can, but hates it, and all my own too. Shopped until I dropped the other day, and then it snowed. lol.

Might be taking the long trip up into the snowblasted wilderness to see my sister. Depends on how the roads and all are.

Still have to get more gifts tomorrow.

Plus, still wayyy too much fun being had in second life. And in assorted other goodies. I've been treasure hunting there. I do love a good treasure hunt. lol.

Hope all of you are having a great, safe, and fun holiday season. Enjoy the goodies and the good cheer. It only comes around once a year!

Hugs, all!

-Dira-

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Friday, December 12th, 2008
1:18 pm - I have not dropped off the face of the earth!
No, indeed. I've been hard at work on RL stuff, on assorted and sundry, and admittedly, after discovering Rise of Nations, I discovered Second Life.

Oh...my. That is addictive. And shiny. Very shiny.

SOo, anyway, if you know about that, I'm working on learning scripting and building, and got myself a couple of in character jobs. lol.

Have a party Saturday night. Real life. That will be fun. Gotta shop for a gift later tonight, as it's a birthday.

I'm about halfway through my Christmas shopping. Sorta.

I've had some pretty deep thoughts on some things, and was going to post about that, but can't really recall any of them now. Ain't that just the way of it?

Hugs, all!

-Dira-

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008
7:12 pm - Politics: Another Attempt To Smear Obama, Same Thing, All Over.
First, they tried to accuse him of being Islamic, though the man is Christian, and was brought up secular.

THEN they tried to say that he was radically liberal (Not that I have much against Liberal, but frankly, on a good many issues, he really comes off as more Moderate).

NOW they are trying to connect him to Vietnam era radicals in a way that does not compute. The radical in question, by the time Obama was old enough to have a clue (He'd met him, apparently, briefly as a child, and denies when he knew him as an adult being aware of his past), was a participating member in society. They had contact via charitable causes early in Mr. Obama's career.

The thing is, I do wish they'd make up their mind on their attempts to slander the man. One second, he's potentially an Islamic threat. The next, a mutually exclusive, frankly, liberal one. To top this off, the radical accusations were put to rest early on, when found to be a non-issue. McCain and company are obviously getting pretty desperate. I just hope that America in general is smart enough to have kept up with that.

That they are branding him as extremist for his position on abortion is just pot and kettle, considering that his position agrees with that of the majority of the US, and frankly, the majority of those who are somewhat sane on the issue in the US.

Now, as for Palin, it becomes more and more clear that SHE misused her authority over "troopergate."

current mood: annoyed

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008
12:53 am - Assorted and Sundry:
Sh-Sha-SHARK!!!!

So, there I was, swimming in the bay. Now, a few weeks ago, a baby thresher shark had gotten in, and died. It wasn't really a danger, being less than four feet long, sick, and having been run over by assorted propellers, though by the evening of the sighting, the length of it was being said to be up to eight feet, and the bay had been shut down. The bloody thing wasn't any bigger than a bluefish, for chrissakes, and those bite!

So, anyway, there I am, swimming. I'm well out, further than anyone else, nowhere near where you can stand up, when about fifty feet away, certainly no more, up pops this 20inch dorsal fin. For a split second, I was absolutely stunned, going OMGWTFBBQ! Then, I was off like a shot. I may be old, and yea, verily fat, but holy fuck, Michael Phelps eat your heart out. I hit shore that fast. Someone behind me calling out 'sunfish'. I didn't care. I'd been between them and it, and they were backing out, too. I wanted to hear that one from the lifeguards.

Yup, Sunfish. 700-1000 pounds of absolutely docile, jellyfish eating wierdass shaped fishead with fins. The lifeguards are still giggling over JUST how fast I moved, after years of seeing me swim ever so slowly to shore at night's end.

Birds!

Yes, I feed them. I figure their habitat is already so disturbed by us that we are only making up for what they don't catch when we do. I also feel bad that so many people chase them just for the fuck of it. No, folks, it's NOT cute when your kid does that with the sand and the shovel to the bird. Teach them to be cruel to animals, why don't you? So, anyway, there I am, feeding them wholegrain something or other and bits of burger, pigeon standing on my toes, when I realize I am utterly surrounded by about fifty of the things, and some are getting SMART. One poor thing that had lost a foot, probably to fishing line, has figured out that you get the most food by hovering, and that the other birds can't attack you when you do. Yes, that bird got well-fed. I felt for it. There it is, maimed, rejected by its peers, yet adapting, and making due by using its brains. I admire that.


Bitch!

I called the governor of Alaska, upon hearing about her, and that McCain would be running with her, a bitch. This upset a family member, but to that I say that anyone who would attempt to deny me my rights to bodily autonomy in case of pregnancy, or even potentially to birth control, considering things that those as far right as she are pulling, is not only a bitch, but a fucking bitch. I also feel, just as an aside, that she's an overreaching beauty queen, plastic-assed soccer mom, and, for all she's popular in her home state for giving out wads of cash, shouldn't be anywhere near national politics with her apparent complete inability to separate church and state, and her intent to bring that assinine twaddle known as creationism into our classrooms. That she'll be a heartbeat from the presidency if the Republicons get in again somehow sounds more like a bad comedy plot than something that could be real, but Gods help us, it's real.

Surprise!

Up until last night, I was underwhelmed by the thought of Obama. Then, I saw him speak, and realized that his issues are my issues, right down to how I would have phrased some of them myself. If he can accomplish 1/4 of what he brought up and promised to do, he'd be the best damned candidate in years. Possibly decades or more. I found him incredibly persuasive, and we all know just how jaded I can be. I was going to vote for him before because I felt him the lesser of two evils. I'm going to vote for him now because, for the first time in a very long time, I am actually just a bit excited, and even hopeful, about a candidate. I actually BELIEVED some of what he said, because I could tell that he was holding back on how he said it.

I could tell that every fiber of him wanted to launch into that pulpit-standing kind of "I have a dream" style, but that he only hinted at that, while he made it pretty clear that he DOES have a dream, and what he's dreaming is something that I can actually stand behind. There is also what he said, and that there is not one thing I wouldn't see done that he wishes to attempt. I never once got the impression that this man was going to be about race, but about unity, and rights, including specifically, and FINALLY, rights for equal pay for women.

This is not a man who grew up with a silver spoon up his ass. I think he really meant some of this, because he grew up with a mother and grandmother who really did struggle, and apparently, idolizes both of them. He saw one ill and dying, and knows what it's like trying to get care. That really IS a big difference, and a big deal.

-Dira-

current mood: excited

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Friday, August 1st, 2008
12:36 am - Updating Of The Dira Files
Well, I've not been on that much lately. Blame the beach, etc. But I'm posting, and will be getting on probably at least a bit more now than I have been.

Today, I purchases shiny mcSHINY the laptop. Dual Processors, Maxed Ram at over 3 gigs, HUGE HDD, and it can burn CDs and DVDs. It also has blueray video capabilities. Top of the line, and they assured me (and hopefully were not full of shit) that there's nothing out there that I won't be able to do with it gamewise, etc.

Of course, I really bought it for business purposes, first and foremost, as I must be sure not to run into things like having a video card, etc, that isn't up to DOING anything I might need to do. What I'm up to could become graphics intense at times, and may very well wind up involving all sorts of peripheral issues like video.

NOW I just have to find solutions for a webdesign program, as Frontpage is no more, and what there is from what I understand isn't all that (and the REALLY new MS thingo has all kinds of features that mean nothing to my needs, and add undue confusion, while not even including, apparently, simple fucking background templates for pages.)

Someone brought up DREAMWEAVER, and I CRINGED at the $400 dollar pricetag attached, and the complexities involved. I was told, though, that it's professional standard. Meep. (I taught myself basic HTML, Older versions of Frontpage, and was becoming quite well versed with Frontpage 2003...)

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to find desktop publishing software that does what I need it to do in the way of several other formats, including PDF and something that will work with those cute little hand-held goodies that I know nothing at all about, never having owned one of the blasted things. (What I need is a way to password protect portions of documents, expire downloads, etc...while still enabling viral sharing of copies, and a way to come back to the home site and get a 'fresh' one if necessary. Tracking might also be very nice...)

Other than that, I've got a bit more content to develop, will have to use tools and goodies offered by the host of the site I choose (I need to put up bulletin boards, guest books, a chat or two, and a few other RPITA complications, though I intend to launch the thing if necessary before getting into some of that). My other big issues are just on clarifying what goes into some contractual literature. Then I have to get into the tedious side of setting up to handle bookkeeping aspects, though that's not so bad. I've done that professionally, and am damn good, though I've never set up a business quite like this one, nor quite from day one aside from converting systems.

Sooo...if there's anyone there reading this who's geekfu is stronger than mine in the computer/webdesign/software stuff, do gimme a shout. :D

My brain is getting perilously close to meltdown. I should probably turn it off soon for today. :)

-Dira-

current mood: stressed

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
3:50 am - Update on Life, and Some Wierdass Shit.
I've been cleaning up messes again. That's always good. I've also been working on my website, and going to the beach. A whole lot. My beach time is for my health, and I remind myself not to feel guilty for including it, for all it costs a bit of gas, and I actually ENJOY it. Frankly, there's little enough in life I truly enjoy, and I have to stop waiting for SOMEDAY (Someday, I'll have more money. Someday, I'll be thinner. Someday, I'll meet the right person, someday, I'll get a new car that can make the trip...etcetc ad nauseum, though I'm now pretty good on the middle two) to live. I'm forty. Someday may never come.

In the very near future, I'm going to have some resources. I'll have cash squirreled away. I just need to be sure that I've got a modest replenishing bit of income, and it's all good. Meanwhile, I need to spend a few dollars. I want a real bed. I am going to go somewhere and do something, just for fun. I've not travelled anywhere but to my aunt's since college, and it's TIME I actually leave the state, if only for a few days worth of SOMETHING. I'm replacing my computer system, now 8 years old, as soon as I get the room set up to hold it. I can do all this for a relative pittance, but it's still not free. I have to do it, though. I can't wait for someday anymore. It hasn't come yet, it probably never will.

Anyway, on the wierd side, my home, though it looks cluttered and haunted, I can tell you, is NOT haunted. Or was not.

Since we brought home some of my Uncle's effects, odd things have been happening. Sometimes, very odd.

-The other night, I had the disappearing chocolate marzipan, and the wrapper laying in front of my couch. I didn't eat it, and neither did anyone else in the house. Had it been mice, there'd have been a mess. My uncle would always bring back good chocolates like that from Europe...

-I have actually gotten out the flashlight thinking I saw smoke in the room where the effects were. More than once. Person-shaped smoke. It went away several seconds AFTER the flashlight hit it. It was NOT smoke.

-Odd sounds. Yesterday, I'm almost certain it was not the TV (Fans were going, hard to tell if there was some soft under-track on the thing), there were whispering voices.

-Most of this shit is happening between 2:30 and 3:30 AM.

-I do not think that the incredibly foul stench this morning had anything to do with this, as it was coming from outside, but CHRIST, it was so bad I was gagging. It went away after about fifteen minutes, completely. NO idea what it was, but it smelled like something three four days dead in the bushes RIGHT out front. I went checking to be sure our sewer wasn't backing up, but the basement smelled fine, and so did the rear bathroom.

-Dira-

current mood: Spooked

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Friday, June 20th, 2008
1:45 pm - Wait...That's Not Orange Roughy!
Night before last, I made fish. I thought I'd gotten Orange Roughy, but it was actually Red Snapper. (Which was $3.00 less per pound, and which I actually prefer!)

I apparently outdid myself, and so, the recipe follows:

Red Snapper With Sweet, Savory, Sour, and Warm Fruit Sauce.

4 large (aprox 8 oz) and plank-hard frozen Red Snapper filets, rinsed. (Fresh could also be used if available, but cook times would differ)
Juice of 1 lime, fresh.
4 very ripe yet still somewhat firm sweet apricots, chopped.
1 ripe, juicy-firm nectarine, chopped.
1/2 tsp (+/-) Chinese five spice seasoning.
1 Tbs+ finely chopped (or grated) fresh ginger.
1 Large can (16oz) crushed pineapple. (Fresh pineapple, chopped, would be preferred)
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1 Tbs butter, very soft.
1 Tbs olive oil
1/4 Cup cider vinegar (Or could include juice of 2 additional limes and a lemon if desired, all fresh)
1 onion, chopped
1 1 to 1 1/2 cups sweet red, orange, and yellow pepper strips (Frozen, or fresh is fine, if you want to kick up the pepper taste a bit, include half a green bell pepper)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/2+/- tsp to taste hot sauce, if desired. (We did not, but it could be done to kick up the 'heat' a notch.)

I cooked this in the dutch oven, which is essentially a large, oblong pot of very solid construction, with a lid. Any such vessel will do. Prepare with cooking spray.


Add fruit, five spice, and sugar to pot. Cook on medium for about ten minutes. If there's too much for the fish at hand, ladel off a bit. It's nice over ice cream. Leave remaining fruit in pot. Add everything else EXCEPT the fish, butter, and olive oil. Cook for another ten minutes or so. Meanwhile, rub fish LIGHTLY with the butter and olive oil. Discard extra oil/butter. Add fish to pot, and turn to lower side of medium. Cover. Allow to cook for about ten minutes if frozen (Less if not). Turn fish over, and so that whatever faced out now faces the center. Cook about another ten minutes (if frozen, less if not). The butter and oil should help keep it from falling apart in the liquid, or from soaking in TOO much of the taste, still preserving the taste of the fish. The sauce itself, meanwhile, gets served OVER the fish.

Due to personal preference and availability, I plated this over chinese white rice, of which I had abundant leftovers from the night before. (Or you can always pick up a quart of same on the way home, if you don't have a rice cooker...) Use sauce over fish and rice liberally.

I included as well 1 large package sugar snap peas (Bag, about 16 oz) with 1/2 cup pepper strips, and 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 large pat butter (About 1/16 stick. For flavour. Don't drown the poor things in fat!), all microwaved from frozen on high for about 7 minutes, then stirred. This went to the side of the rice, fish, and sauce.

Recipe makes 4 generous servings.

-Dira-

current mood: hungry

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
8:34 am - Poor Kitty! (But Man, He's SO Good...)
Kitty had an ingrown claw. They grow quick and dagger-like, and he can be difficult about letting me trim them, though he usually manages to keep them ok himself between the rug and whatever, and I do manage to snip one or two here and there reasonably regularly when he's not looking. He's not nasty, or anything, just squirmy, and he get's all 'pet me' and it's a two person job to clip ALL the claws. Often, I don't have anyone there when I've got him conveniently located to do it to help me, which can make it a little problematic. So, I must have missed one (I feel terrible. It's bad enough he's looking all shabby from his spring molting and the necessary clipping of the knots he gets when that happens. I comb the CRAP out of him daily (Which he LOVES!), but once a year, he still felts up from the undercoat. This year, that was really bad, and it's JUST starting to grow in, except where he scratched because he didn't like the anti-flea drops I put on him day before yesterday.)

Anyway, I whiffed something icky when he lay down with me on the couch earlier and got all in my face purring. So, there I am, sniffing the cat, looking for what that is, as he NEVER smells bad. Turns out, the tip of the claw overgrew, half detached, and got into his pad. Dirt got in, and it got pretty yucky. This was really hard to see, because the cat's feet are HAIRY. He's got half an inch of fur between his toes. Thankfully, I found it. I got it out. I clipped the rest of the front claws, while mom held him (I told her what was wrong during her six AM bathroom trip, and she came in right away. Half asleep. I'll get her back later to do the rear when I go to check the owie spot later on today or tomorrow). He didn't really squirm, wrapped up in a towel as he was, but he did hiss a couple times while I disinfected it, and cleaned out the icky. He did NOT try to bite or scratch me, though he EASILY could have, and pretty severely. He is such a good boy. I felt so bad that it was owie, and was as gentle as I could be.

It looks pretty ok, now, and smells much better. I think I got it all, though I'll want to clean it up more again. It's got a little open spot, but isn't a huge wound or terribly deep, and I cleaned away a bunch of crap from around it, and in it is totally clean. That all is what was so gross. I'll continue to watch it for the next few days, clean it up, and all, as I go, and if it looks ok, come tomorrow or so, all good, but if not, I'm taking him to the vet. He's looking pretty comfy right now, he's not messing with it, and is currently sound asleep, so I don't want to bug him. I think I may have to start reguarly taking him to a groomer, as he's getting older, and even between the both of us, efforts may no longer be enough. God, thank you that I found that before it got any worse. My poor bubbah.

-Dira-

current mood: shocked

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3:32 am - We Had To Have Mom Picked Up By The Cops...(Prolly Not What You're Thinking.)
Mom fell down, went boom. It was a case of "I've fallen, and I can't get up." Neither I nor my stepfather could get her up, nor both of us in tandem (He's useless, and I can't lift from the knees). This had happened before once in an even less awkward spot in our home, and we'd finally had to call for help. She can't reallly HELP us get her up, can't even just roll over onto her knees, so she's 220ish, deadweight.

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-Dira-

current mood: nervous

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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
1:03 am - My Week:
Got a bunch more laundry done the other night. Got chattering with a guy (married, of course) who was damned hot, though he kinda would have been perfect to play one of those icey-eyed, blonde buzz cut buff though older elite spy-killer types, lookswise, though he was also a complete sweety who actually works repairing and building various and sundry, and specializing lucratively, apparently. Just before his wife, for whom he was doing the laundry, showed up (and oh my, they do seem to be happily married, too!), he helped me tote out mine. I'd pulled my rib-muscles, and man, I was achey. Dude just picked up the two biggest, heaviest bags I had, and POOF...out.

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current mood: content

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Saturday, May 31st, 2008
2:23 am - Busy Weeks For Me. And I ranteth a bit.
The last couple of weeks, I've been running around doing stuff and things.

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current mood: busy

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Monday, May 12th, 2008
7:59 pm - A True Hero Has Died.
Not all heroes in wars are soldiers. Not all heroes ever even fired a shot. Some fought their battles quietly, their intent never to do anything but save lives.

A Polish social worker during World War II, Irena Sendler masterminded operations to rescue nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. Sendler died Monday at 98.

She was once nominated for the Nobel Prize, and was recognized by Israel for her good works. She wrote down the names of every person saved on slips of paper, and when the Nazis came to arrest her in 1943, they were hidden by an associate, buried subsequently beneath an apple tree. When counted, there were almost 2,500 names in the jar. She did this in hopes of reunification of the children with family, placing them in monastaries, and in Catholic homes, passing them off as Catholic to protect them.

She would go into the Warsaw Ghetto before its ultimate destruction to do "typhoid inspections'. She would smuggle out infants and small children and help teenagers on work detail to escape. Every time she did this, she risked her own life, as did the 20-odd people in the organization she headed to do this.

I personally believe in reincarnation, but I don't necessarily disbelieve in heaven, as if a person like this one would want there to be such a place, I believe God would make it for them.

The article was on AOL, but if you can google up a picture of her, do so. Compare what you see in her eyes with what you see in the eyes of those she opposed. Seeing what that picture of her on AOL shows (Link problems for non-members, or I'd post it), there is no doubt at all in my mind that true goodness can exist on this earth. It's that visible. That tangible. It shines from her.

The legacy that she left is not just in the children she saved and their decendants, but in what she did, and the lesson it teaches. One person, a handful of people, CAN make a difference, even against what may have been the greatest power for destruction the world has ever known.

May she rest in peace, and her memory be honored.

-Dira-

current mood: Deeply Touched

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008
8:32 pm - Sneakin' Anti-Abortion Fundies At It Again! (Dira Reposts)
Below is a verbatim repost. It's not from a bad source, apparently.

"Said the goddamn atheist. Monday we could have an Executive Order signed by the WORST.PRESIDENT.IN.HISTORY. that extends the global gag rule on abortion to cover the US.


This is what I wrote in my diary at DailyKos. I thought you all might like to see this. And please note that I do not mean that our overseas policies are okay as long as it's not local. I'm thinking about people who constantly live in denial that our reproductive rights are under attack.

Everyone has been so distracted by the election that no one has been paying attention to single issues -- and by this single issue I mean abortion and reproductive justice.

Well, while we were sleeping, The Family Research Council plans to present Bush with a petition next Monday from 80 pro-life groups with the request he extend the global gag rule on abortion domestically via Executive Order. The gag rule will be tied to Title X funds and will prohibit clinics that receive money to provide reproductive health care to the poor to even discuss abortion as an option with their patients, likely regardless of socioeconomic status.

Are you horribly awake now? I wasn't sleeping but I wish I was dreaming.

These groups have been attacking Planned Parenthood funding for a while. The loss of TItle X does not only affect PP, but it also substantially affects other health centers that provide services to the underserved and uninsured.Title X funding cannot be used for abortions. To "move funding into abortions," as the conservatives say PP especially is wont to do, is illegal and fraudulent. In short, this fraud is not something that health systems are interested in doing due to the penalities (and of course it is not the right or ethical thing to do).
All this attack does is remind us that our disgusting policy overseas -- to not provide any money for programs that include even discussion of abortions -- is coming home. That means that your local health center will not be able to talk about the options with you if they receive Title X. They can't even refer you out to a provider who does abortions. It's like the option doesn't exist. And that's exactly what these people want.

One can hope that on [Democratic president's] first day s/he will reverse the executive order. And honestly everyone in reproductive health care who has heard about this fully expects Bush to sign one. It's a good way of inflaming the base. The bottom line is that some reproductive health clinics will go out of business, raise prices, and/or will basically be forced to commit malpractice (by not discussing possibly medically necessary options). In a time in which health care is tenuous and we are always one paycheck away from being uninsured, who is going to provide reproductive health care for those who aren't independently wealthy?

For those of you who aren't sleeping -- get the word out. The Family Research Council is doing this stealthily in an attempt to attack scientific practice and promote their agenda in back rooms. Pro-choice groups are mobilizing but your average Jane Public isn't aware. Up until now she may not care about US reproductive policies in Africa, but she may very well care about what is happening in her backyard and what her own physician talks to her about. Please help make sure she knows and help put the pressure on.


I'm sorry for all the politics folks, but the US primaries are bringing out the anti-abortion freaks."

Repost verbatim from poster at CF_Hardcore. I don't usually do that, but it's important that this gets out, and I know that many on my journal are also pro-choice.

The original post isn't locked yet, so if you want it with the links included, you can go to see it here. PLEASE, whatever you feel about the subject or the community it's in, don't troll there. It's not polite. Thanks.

-Dira-

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Sunday, May 4th, 2008
12:48 am - Ok, so maybe that's why I'm down...
In a few days, I turn 40. God, I remember when I didn't think I'd live to 30. Still, it's not a thrill. I'm feeling it, and afraid I'm afraid that I'm starting to LOOK it. I'm not sure which is worse.

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-Dira-

current mood: anxious

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
11:16 am - Hmm.
AOL had an article on extreme age. (110+) relating to the 115 year old woman who is now the world's oldest. Her grandson (59) speaks of how she was never much of a worrier, and was always thin. The article itself spoke of positive attitude, and genetic link with siblings, etc, that also get very old (Though often not out of their later 80s and 90s, even with the 110s).

Now, I've had relatives get to over 100. (Granny.) I suspect she may have just kept going, save that she opted to move out of state and into a bad situation, and that a doctor in earlier life managed to fark up her guts. She worried. She stressed and strained over the guts. She was NOT thin, and never had been, yet, there she was at over 100. She also smoked for over 30 years. She lived on real eggs, butter, whole milk, kielbasa and other sausages, fried potato dumplings, etc, drank coffee, ate coffee flavoured candies, and certainly had desserts. She worked very hard, and did things that were very physical, and was frankly very physically strong, even at advanced age.

My other granny lived to 95, and her brother to 93. My mother is 74, has all her own teeth (Still nice looking, besides), & no major health issues, though she does have some mobility and quality of life concerns, and is NOT thin, she's also still going quite strong. My great grandmother also lived into her later 90s. Only the brother and sister pair were truly thin. The 100+ year old was rather pudgy/stocky, maintaining that weight up until at least close to the end. Everyone but Mom smoked for at least 30 years. (She never smoked).

The brother and sister were more the ones into boiled chicken and vegetable dishes, odd veggie and fruit things home-canned, etc., but both also frequently ate cakes, and the granny ice cream. ALL of them cared for themselves into their 90's (Uncle actually cared for his comatose wife 24/7 when he was in his late 80s, for over a year...which may have been part of the stress that got him. She never lost a pound or got a bed sore on his watch). (The 100 year old trucked around with a pullable shopping cart in our suburban area, going to stores well into her 90s, and the other granny lived alone in the desert until 93, when she got in some care. The brother drove into his 90s, she would have had her cataract surgery not been botched). All were sharp right up until the last few days/weeks or couple of years (Uncle went about a year and a half where he may not have been so sharp, or at least wasn't capable of communicting it if he was) save the great granny, who had an history of head injury and possibly something psych related. The 95 yo had addtional problems dating back to early life, including a rheumatic heart and rheumatoid arthritis, very severe (Ultimately what got her...something caused by scarlet fever). Had she listened to her doctors in later life better, she'd certainly have hit 100 (She did not properly maintain her pacemaker. Stubborn). OH yeah, and she had a thing for daily shots of bourbon, or at least brandy.

I think, sometimes, it's a mix of genetics, and total crap shoot...95 was NOT a positive person. None of them were particularly that, but she was STUBBORN as HELL (It kept her alive until it killed her). I think that can also go toward it. Too damn mean to die. lol. But other than that? Crap shoot and a genetic predisposition. Avoid accidents that disable you and screw up your body. Avoid bad medical decisions. Get good ones, and have what you need treated early. Fat or thin (current research actually says that being a bit overweight is GOOD if you're over 75), what actual health PROBLEMS do you have? What stresses? What horrible things do you do to yourself? Put it all together, and it's still a crap shoot. Someone eventually gets lucky.

As an aside, unless medical science advances, I myself really don't expect to live much beyond my seventies (charitably). But again, that's part of the crap shoot. I'm fat, but I've got normal BP, and am still not a diabetic. I was VERY active just this heavy (and far more active before I'd had other rather severe injuries with permanent associated problems back in my 20s)...until I got an upper respiratory followed by projectile vomiting from food poisoning. Reflux resulting from that (For all my weight, I had neither apnea nor reflux before that) caused aspiration pneumonia, which did some damage to my lungs. That's impacted my health very seriously, as had not being able to sustain the sort of intense workouts that at least kept my weight somewhat in check impacted if not directly my health, at least the quality of the life that goes with it, bringing on incredible amounts of stress (Not just the little day-to-day stuff that's normal, but the kind of overload and panic that's almost impossible to deal with, though fortunately, it's not so bad now, that was about a decade of my life, and could not have done me good).

So...crap shoot. An accident and a bit of bad turkey, and we can safely shave at least 20 years off my life, I'd say. Just about anything can happen to get in the way. At any time, of living to be very old. The grandparents? ALL lived through wars, political upheaval, etc. Many of my relatives actually didn't. ANYTHING can happen at any time. So, the point isn't how long you've got, really. It's what the hell you do with it. (And with that, I go to blog a bit more, and thence to work on my website, and, perhchance, to paint another picture...)

-Dira-

current mood: thoughtful

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
12:28 am - RPG Purity Test
NOTE: The lower the score, apparently, the better. Also note: I am VERY well versed in the systems I HAVE played for the most part...that section divides between like dozens even I have scarcely heard of/have maybe looked at once so didn't count. *Hangs head as that one bad score does not save me from gamer-geekdom. Nope, nope...*

Your
Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
CategoryYour ScoreAverage
Hacklust0%
Slew entire Asgardian Pantheon with one hand while blindfolded
53.5%
Sensitive Roleplaying3.8%
There is no player. There is only.... Zuul.
54.6%
GM Experience6.52%
Worldbuilder, storyteller... Master.
69.3%
Systems Knowledge84.18%
Played in a couple of campaigns
90.4%
Livin' La Vida Dorka36.78%
Carries dice in pocket 'just in case'
63.2%
You are 30.61% pure
Average Score: 68.7%


current mood: aggravated

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