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That cobalt person, from Phoenix, Arizona
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Why Women have the Most to Lose in Trumpcare
Oh I am sure that the nice men will be looking out to take care of us Ladies. cough cough
Christ on a stick.

Not a single woman was at the White House meeting on women's health
http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/trump-health-care-summit-white-guys
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Yeah, it is time for Reveals on the 19th Scavenger Hunt!

The first photo shown is my entry for the theme Knot. All the entries may be seen in the album of hundreds of submissions:
https://goo.gl/photos/P7gNf4njEgvy5xrU9

It is great fun for a photographer to be given a theme/subject and then create a photo to enter in the hunt. Congratulations to all the Scavengers for completing another fun contest! The hunt is hosted by +Chrysta Rae who has a whole lot of helpers called the Dream Team to answer questions, herd us into order, and work out the final albums and winners. Winners will be announced soon after we all get a chance to see the entries/submissions.
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From a treasured online website, this article links in the full document of the story of the largest sale of slaves ever in the United States, 1863. It seems the old, celebrated plantation was ruined by the gambling debts of the heir and this sale was done to pay those debts. I recommend highly the reading of this pamphlet, 24 double pages in a viewer that you can enlarge.

This is the most detailed account I've ever read of the "business" as it was just before the Civil War changed it all. If you just want a quick bit to focus on, start with page 5. This document fleshes out all the experiences I have had over the years visiting museums, historic homes, and former slave plantations. I'm thinking I had much more exposure to this history because my father was a historian. I'm doubting a majority or even a quarter of Americans have ever delved into this history. And it looks like over time, more and more of it is being erased by exclusion from public school textbook and curriculum content.

This type of history just is not much part of public school education, and we are all diminished by a fuller understanding of just how the system of slavery was completely integrated with the national psyche and identity of America the Brave and Home of the Free. Go American capitalism! Not hard to associate the buyers and dealers in this narrative as ancestors not unlike present successful capitalists and politicians.
#slavery #Americanhistory 

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For today, the #joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills is Time Pieces. I thought right away of a treasured family heirloom presented to my father for his service as historian for the City of Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, and his history of the Elgin National Watch Company (Elgin watches).
#timepiece #watch #pocketwatch 

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Yes! This bird really does dance better than I do - ha ha! Thanks to +Jennifer Freeman and +Laura Gibbs for helping me have a good laugh before bedtime!
mumbles .....fucking bird dances better than I do

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The BEST political/science cartoon I've seen this year! From +Philip Plait and +Matthew Inman on The Oatmeal. Really fun and even cute! You'll probably laugh (if you are a friend of mine).
h/t to +Chad Haney who passed this along

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And THIS is as good an explanation of Republican thinking as any. Yep, the state I live in pretty much will do anything to make sure someone is not defrauding taxpayers. Except the part of how many Republican legislators in Arizona get away with outrageous schemes like Jan Brewer did several years ago. She "sold" the Capital building to a trust corporation since Arizona was supposedly broke. That corporation was allowed to conceal the investors. Then a few years later, the State of Arizona "bought it back" to "celebrate the 100th anniversary of statehood. Gosh, wonder who profited bigly from this? Turns out that particular year, Arizona revenues were far in excess of what were expected. So, ha ha, no budget shortfall at all! Too bad the Division of Developmental Disabilities was also drastically cut. But the "celebration" of 2012 did not restore any funding. Good times, eh?

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Calling for Quote
Another image of a section of a tall stalk with orange flowers, aloe plant. This composition seemed just right for an inspiration quote. Golden Hour in central Phoenix. Since I composed this image I hoped someone would like it to be able to add a quote to the dark right background. If you would like a copy of this photo, I will put it into Google Drive and send you a link to download and work with as you wish. I would just love to see what someone could do with this.
#orange #orangeflower #aloe #aloeflower #PhoenixAZ
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Orange Smoothy
Aloe flowers in the Golden Hour just glow and glow, Phoenix, Arizona. This is another frame of a similar photo but I decided to make it a little lighter and show off the vibrant orange against the green background.
#aloe #orangeflower #orange #aloeflower #Arizonaflower #PhoenixAZ #glowing #orangeglow
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What an amazing article about "what comes next" in rituals established over many decades and updated for modern technology and communication. I would imagine there are similar plans and practice sessions for the US, but for a monarch it is far more involved and important to follow tradition. This article is long but well worth the read for it gives rich commentary on the present social norms.
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