I had the healthiest childhood imaginable. And yet I was sick all the time.
By Amy Parker
I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy; we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil.
I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm in England’s Lake District, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down to protect my teeth, and I would’ve killed for white, shop-bought bread in my lunchbox once in a while and biscuits instead of fruit, like all the other kids.
We ate (organic local) meat maybe once or twice a week, and my mother and father cooked everything from scratch—I have yet to taste a Findus crispy pancake, and oven chips (“fries,” to Americans) were reserved for those nights when Mum and Dad had friends over and we got a “treat.”
As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.
Hi! Just wanted to let you all know how thrilled and happy I am for the warm welcome and the most excellent comments. I’ve never posted on someone else’s blog before. LGF has quite the serious rep on the internet. So I was floored and thrilled when Charles offered me the chance to publish my work on his blog. My 2 little blogs get maybe 10 views max. LGF regularly gets 100s. This was especially important given the subject I was writing about. The comments have been especially encouraging. You took my writing seriously, and I can’t thank you enough.
I am very new at this writing game. It took me 2 whole days to get that little essay into decent shape. I still have a great many doubts about my abilities. To be so well received is a huge boost. Maybe I can write after all!
Well, Scott Walker is willing to send troops to Iraq and Syria, or any other place in the world really. Like what’s the big deal, eh?
In an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Walker, buoyed by his performance in the latest DMR poll, adopted a hawkish position on ISIS that even many of the GOP’s stalwart interventionists are hesitant to adopt: A willingness to use American combat troops to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Walker, who leads a poll of likely caucus-goers in Iowa one year out, faced a barrage of questions on foreign policy from ABC News’ Martha Raddatz during an in-studio interview Sunday on “This Week.”
Raddatz: “Let’s not go back. Let’s go forward. What’s your big, bold idea in Syria?”
Walker: “I think aggressively we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world. Because it’s not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil — or not if, I should say, it’s when. And we need leadership that says clearly not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we’re willing to take appropriate action. I think it should be surgical —”
Raddatz: “You don’t think 2,000 air strikes is taking it to ISIS in Syria and Iraq?”
Walker: “I think we need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it’s a mistake to go down a path —”
Raddatz: “But what does that mean? I don’t know what ‘aggressive strategy’ means. If we’re bombing and we’ve done 2,000 air strikes, what does an aggressive strategy mean in foreign policy.”
Walker: “I think anywhere and everywhere we need to go beyond just aggressive air strikes. We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately, we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that’s what it takes because I think —”
Raddatz: “Boots on the ground in Syria? U.S. boots on the ground in Syria?”
Walker: “I don’t think that’s an immediate plan, but I think anywhere in the world —”
Raddatz: “But you wouldn’t rule that out?”
Walker: “I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom-loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.
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In recent weeks, Western governments have begun subtly shifting their positions on Syria. The Obama administration seems to have quietly dropped its demand that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition of peace talks. Instead, reports suggest it has embraced proposals that would allow Assad to be part of an interim deal. The new approach implies that the White House and its allies believe that the Syrian president might be open to a compromise that could end his country’s four-year civil war.
I met with Assad on Jan. 20 in Damascus — his first interview by an American journalist since 2013. And if there was one clear takeaway from our talk, which you can read in full in Foreign Affairs, it was this: Such hopes are a fantasy. Superficially, Assad said many of the right things, appearing conciliatory and eager to involve Western governments in his struggle against Islamist terrorism. But underneath the pretty words, he remains as unrepentant and inflexible today as he was at the start of the Syrian civil war four years ago. Assad seems to have no idea how badly the war is going, how impractical his proposals sound and how meaningless his purported overtures are. Which means that, whatever Western leaders might wish, the fighting in Syria will end in one of two ways. Either Assad will defeat the rebels. Or the rebels will defeat him — and string him up by his toes.
So yeah, I’m watching the Kitten Bowl II on the Hallmark Channel. I admit it, and it’s better than Super Bowl pre-game media auto-fellation.
But imagine my astonishment when I saw the following nationally-aired commercial, featuring an animated Dora the Explorer styled Ken Ham inviting me to purchase tickets to the Creation Museum:
Go two by two to the Creation Musuem! If you go alone you might actually think for yourself.
Ad at ispot.tv (you can vote to boo it)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion of untaxed foreign earnings accumulated by U.S. companies abroad and use that to fund infrastructure projects, a White House official said.
The money also would be used to fill a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.
“This transition tax would mean that companies have to pay U.S. tax right now on the $2 trillion they already have overseas, rather than being able to delay paying any U.S. tax indefinitely,” the official said.
The internet is a many-splendored thing. It is also the subject of the “Dangerous” lyric video. (NSFW)
Video by SCANTRON and Greg Yagolnitzer
Ever since October 7, 1996, American journalism has been slowly dragged down into the highly partisan, opinion based, no need to fact check, false equivalency, lowest common denominator, racist swamp that is Fox “News.” Americans have been subjected to almost two decades of their lies, and as Leonard Pitts Jr. suggests in his blog “Why serious people discount Fox News” we have perhaps accepted numbly that they are just a normal part of the journalistic landscape.
This article goes into just one facet of the issue. One day the crime lab will be exposed for it’s part in the play.
In a series of searing questions, the three judges expressed frustration and anger that California state judges were not cracking down on prosecutorial misconduct. By law, federal judges are supposed to defer to the decisions of state court judges.
Prosecutors “got caught this time but they are going to keep doing it because they have state judges who are willing to look the other way,” Kozinski said.
Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen said the judges’ questions and tone showed they had lost patience with California courts. State judges are supposed to refer errant lawyers, including prosecutors, to the state bar for discipline, but they rarely do, Uelmen said.
“It is a cumulative type thing,” Uelmen said. “The 9th Circuit keeps seeing this misconduct over and over again. This is one way they can really call attention to it.”
The early organizational work for the planned new bridge between Detroit and Windsor appears to be speeding up.
In January, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, a nonprofit Canadian entity that is leading the bridge project, sought applicants to fill a range of staffing jobs in administration, communications, information technology, human resources, policy analysis, accounting and finance, engineering, operations and legal.
Michael Cautillo, president and CEO of the bridge authority, said more job postings would be published as operational needs are identified.
A Windsor recruitment firm has been retained to assist with the hiring process. Candidates interested in working with the project should apply online at thejobshoppe.com.
And just this past week, the bridge authority announced it had awarded a significant engineering contract worth $17 million to Parsons to serve as the general engineering consultant for the project, which is known by two names — the Detroit River International Crossing (the Canadian title) and the New International Trade Crossing (the title that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder prefers).
Much remains to be done, including land acquisition in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood and — perhaps the thorniest issue — resolving who will pay to build the U.S. Customs and Border Protection plaza on the Detroit end of the bridge. The U.S. government, which will operate the plaza, has so far balked at paying for it, a cost that could total somewhere in the $250-$300 million range depending on the scope.