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Simone Oech
Attended University of California, Santa Cruz
Lived in Philadelphia, PA


Why are some folk so afraid?
How does inclusion challenge them?
What does being open to "other" bring up inside?
And the question I usually ask first- why is acknowledging folk who follow other patterns than yourself scary?
This is exactly what's needed in light of the new Anti-Gay law and all the 'Religious Freedom' laws that are under consideration around the country.   Until these laws are overturned for being unconstitutional, this allows people to exercise their freedom to say that their business services any one regardless whether they are Black, White, Gay, Straight, Christian, Atheist, Disabled or whatever.....

Meeting their hatred, bigotry and exclusion with open arms and support .... We need to fight back against the bigots but if we can hit them in their wallets, then good for us.

h/t   &  +Valkyrie & +FreakOutNation 

#boycottindiana   #indiana     #equality     #religiousfreedom  
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Nice idea. It's not enough to counteract the laws, however, as most hospitals have religious affiliation. So gay people may need to keep their sexuality under wraps to attend hospital, and their partners will be denied family visiting priveledges (best case scenario).
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Wow, we're at an even $2,000 now, just $3,000 more to go!

Extra special thanks go to my new donors, including:

- John Walkup, we talked on Google+ a bit. I'd love to talk to you more. Best of luck to your wife. Thank you so much for your generous donation!

- Lionel Lauer, you didn't even have to donate once, but you did so TWICE. Wow, I'm astonished. Thank you so much!

- Kathryn Huxtable, you're another person who I'm very good friends with in every way except for IRL. That was a huge donation, and I'm tremendously humbled. Thank you! If I'm ever in Kansas, I will let you know. (I hope it doesn't take a tornado FROM Oz. Hey, Lauer's from Oz. Coincidence?)

- Marco Schade, I don't know you but I'd like to know you. Thank you so much!

- Patrick Amarillas, that was awesome! I'm so grateful, thank you!

- Andrew Molloy, thanks for the reminder to hang in there. It's difficult with the online harassment I'm still getting, but thank you. Thanks to your donations, we've been able to do laundry, so that's good. Thanks so much!

- Emmanuel Florac, you're another good Google+ friend. Thank you so much! Thanks also for being patient when I practice mon petit peu de francais. (Using an English keyboard right now, so no accented "c.")

- William Carter, that's so kind! Thank you so much for your donation!

- Jacob Fortin, that was a great message. "We should never give in to those who persecute others." Thanks so much for your kind words and donation!

- Christine Sistare, best of luck to you, too! What a generous donation, thank you so very much!

And there were a few anonymous donors, too. I'd love to thank you all by name.

So yes, donations have been going to laundry, groceries, ISP bill, cell bill, medical supplies for my husband... 

I'm going to need a little more help to get by, so if everyone who has donated can mention this crowdfund on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) it'd be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much everyone!

Just to let everyone know, I'm in the current issue of 2600 Magazine. It's available in print (on newsstands) and in digital formats. A few shots of my appearance in 2600 can be seen here.

I'm also talking to editors of other publications. I will not name any until they publish me, largely for security reasons. The GamerGate brigade would love to pre-emptively harass any publication that'd consider publishing a tech writer who has been critical of their online abuse.

Anyway, thank you so much everyone. Please promote my crowdfund in ways that you can, we're almost halfway there.

#StopGamerGate   #GamerGate  
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This sounds like a blast! And look a the list of who will be a part of it! go ahead- be a part of it too.
Comedian Emily Levine is completing her amazing science film, Emily@theEdgeofChaos. Harvard grad Emily Levine does for science what Jon Stewart does for news. She needs a bit of additional funding ($40K) so please donate and share this with your friends. Here is where to donate.
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And if you can, write and email, make a call to your congresspeople and senators and show that you as a voter want this repealed!!!
Meet the “Surveillance State Repeal Act” – A Bipartisan Bill to Fully Repeal the Patriot Act

Michael Krieger | Mar 25, 2015 

Revelations about the NSA’s programs reveal the extraordinary extent to which the program has invaded Americans’ privacy. 

I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security — we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties. 

This legislation ends the NSA’s dragnet surveillance practices, while putting provisions in place to protect the privacy of American citizens through real and lasting change.

– Rep. Mark Pocan on the Surveillance State Repeal Act

Whenever I hear “bipartisan bill,” the first thing that pops into my mind is that classic George Carlin quote:

The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.

Nevertheless, when I looked at the sponsors and some of the language being used with regard to the  Surveillance State Repeal Act, it became pretty clear to me that this bill might actually do what it says. 

While I’m unfamiliar with Mark Pocan, I’m familiar with Thomas Massie as a result of his close relationship with one of the few members of Congress I respect, Justin Amash.

Before discussing the bill in question, some background information is helpful. 

While the bill appears to have little chance of going anywhere due to the total embrace of fascism within Congressional leadership, it seems the bill is partly related to position ahead of the expiration of key provisions of the Patriot Act, set to expire on June 1st.

The Hill covered the importance of this earlier in the year. Here are a few excerpts:

In five months, key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire, potentially eliminating spying programs that intelligence officials say are critical to keeping the nation safe from terrorists. 

The battle over what changes should be made to that law — and whether it should be reauthorized at all — is likely to be an early test of Republican leaders’ ability to keep their party unified while controlling both chambers of Congress.

“I think there is going to be a very inconvenient and strong difference of opinion within the Republican Party about how to proceed here,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute and a supporter of reforms to the spying law.

On June 1, key portions of the Patriot Act that update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are set to expire. 

Among them is Section 215, which the National Security Agency (NSA) has used to authorize the collection of bulk records about millions of U.S. citizens’ phone calls.

Section 215 has been highlighted previously here on this site. See:

NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment

Patriot Act Author Prepares Strong Bill to Rein in NSA Abuses…Calls for Prosecution of James Clapper

The program — which collects only “metadata” about people’s calls, such as which numbers were dialed and when, and not actual conversations — was the most controversial part of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA, and has become the prime focus of privacy advocates on Capitol Hill.

But supporters of the NSA are fighting back, and say the debate over phone data has overshadowed the national security imperatives that led lawmakers to empower the agency in the first place.

They say recent world events have helped their case.

Then last week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) credited the Patriot Act with helping to prevent a terror attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The “attack” Boehner is referring to was completely manufactured by the FBI. It was never a real threat, see:

Manufactured Terrorism – U.S. Officials Claim Credit for Stopping Another Terror Attack Created by the FBI

The fact he is so willing to shamelessly lie in order to maintain surveillance powers is simply incredible.

Critics of the spy agency were quick to question Boehner’s take on the Capitol plot.

The FBI said it relied on Twitter messages and an undercover source to gather information about the suspect, Christopher Cornell — not wiretaps or call records.

Boehner told reporters there was more to the story, but declined to get into details.

So basically Boehner’s argument comes down to “we can’t tell you why we need to spy on you, but trust us.” The fact this clown is the leader of Republicans in the House of “Representatives” tells you all you need to know.

Fortunately, not all members of the House are such slimy liars. The Hill has also reported on the bipartisan bill to dismantle the Patriot Act, known as the Surveillance State Repeal Act. Here are some excerpts:

A pair of House lawmakers wants to completely repeal the Patriot Act and other legal provisions to dramatically rein in American spying.

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Tuesday unveiled their Surveillance State Repeal Act, which would overhaul American spying powers unlike any other effort to reform the National Security Agency.

“This isn’t just tinkering around the edges,” Pocan said during a Capitol Hill briefing on the legislation. “This is a meaningful overhaul of the system, getting rid of essentially all parameters of the Patriot Act.”

The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people’s communications through the Internet.

It would also reform the secretive court that oversees the nation’s spying powers, prevent the government from forcing tech companies to create “backdoors” into their devices and create additional protections for whistleblowers.

We should all do whatever we possibly can to move this bill forward, as well as thank Rep. Pocan and Rep. Massie for their efforts.
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In line with my belief that Monsanto is simply evil, I re-share this "call to arms".

Subject: College activism around the world against Monsanto

Divest Monsanto

by Jon Rappoport - Mar 25, 2015 -

Once upon a time, there was a thing called college activism that reached outside the borders of the campus and exerted enormous power.

It’s time again.

It’s long past the moment of knowing that Monsanto (and the other GMO/biotech giants) are doing great harm to human health, the land, and small farmers with their GMO crops and pesticides.

College groups need to form, and demand disinvestment from Monsanto.

This means students commanding their colleges and universities, in no uncertain terms, to get rid of every money-trace of Monsanto.

Get rid of, nullify, dump, refuse Monsanto research grants.

Cancel Monsanto-endowed chairs for professors.

Put an end to Monsanto student scholarships.

Sell off all Monsanto stock acquired through investment of college-fund monies. Likewise, cease all investment in trading institutions which in turn hold Monsanto stock.

Stop licensing university-held patents to Monsanto.

Divest. Wipe the slate clean.

Those of us who write for or publish “alternative” news sites should encourage college students to form groups for the expressed goal:

Dump Monsanto.

Make colleges Monsanto-free.

We’ve all spent time and energy researching, writing, and speaking about the crimes of Monsanto.

That research can help college students bring themselves up to speed on the truths that have been buried by the mainstream press and government cronies of Monsanto.

Why not crash the monopolist’s party?

These days, giant corporations have their hands (holding out cash) deeply embedded in college affairs.

Monsanto is an egregious example.

Suppose colleges reject that cash.

Reject Monsanto.

Are students willing?

Let’s find out.

Are they willing to dig in and discover all the sources of Monsanto money infecting their colleges?

Would they be willing to boycott professors who are being funded by Monsanto?

Let’s find out.

Can the revolt against Monsanto have activist legs on college campuses?

Is this kind of activism dead, or just dormant?

Is there is a sleeping giant who can awaken?

Let’s find out.

If just a few college groups start the ball rolling, we can give them enough global publicity and support to inform and inspire college students around the world.
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I love the idea they are realizing: Make the fantasy feeling of what owning a gun hooked to real situations, to real people, make it hooked to real death..... the fantasy tends to wilt.

I do wonder how many people buy a gun as a tool, and how many have a fantasy about how it is used, and what for.........

A bit like most erotic fantasies. If such a fantasy is to be made real, it takes alot of care and thought and attention to do that. Most fantasies are best wen they stay that, because they are unbound by the actual physical realities.

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“Collectors love this one. Adam Lanza’s mum had this in her collection too. Until he took this and several other guns and killed her, then went down to Sandy Hook and killed six teachers and 20 kids.

“Twenty little kids, gone — like that.”
UNITED States gun-control activists have opened a firearm store in the middle of New York City, filling it with second-hand guns that have been used to kill children as young as nine months to make a point about the dangers of gun use.
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I really enjoy this youtube series. Short, macabre sometimes, generally with a more or less subtle point.....
And I particularly like this one.
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Stole this from a comment on the post I got it from: yourself to scientist who bucked conventional wisdom in the name of science in order stand against an accepted scientific principal to show that denial of science is similar to scientific discovery?

Certainly original.

(I cannot get his name to "pop" up, so I apologize, I will comment to him from where I got it)

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<laughing my head off>

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Peace isn't a difficult concept. Just care about each other enough to do no harm.
It doesn't matter if they took your parking spot, or have different skin colour, or have different or no religious beliefs.
Just stop hurting each other.

I know.
You can't.
Your god told you that peace would come when everyone was converted, even if you had to kill those who wouldn't convert.

That's fucked up.
And so very sad.
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Tugging on the tail of something bigger, trying to be true and practicing joy
I am deeply passionate about ideas and people. I do my best to respect different viewpoints and retain the right to say mine is different or even "I don't like yours".
I look for people who are not just of the genus "Homosapiens", I look for "someone home".
I love google+ because I can find people of shared viewpoint and different viewpoints. People who show me funny, tender, silly, beautiful things. People who share of themselves and who are really there. From all over the world.
I had the fortune to find and study a subject I was fascinated by- computer science. After graduating I took the chance to move from the US of A to Germany for a year to see where my family roots came from... somehow that year has turned into much, much longer. Life happens while you aren't watching.
Now I look with concern at what is happening in the States, in the whole world. It is as if the world is going crazy and sane at the same time. There are such wonderful things happening... and such scary/horrid things.
In reference to my home country,  NDAA legislation, for instance, and the brutality with which Occupy protesters were/are gone after. The US of A that I knew, and honored.... I want it back!
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Ich besitze ein Zafira Diesel und ich komme gerade von einer 40 Minutigen Tour mit dem Mechaniker um heraus zu bekommen und zu zeigen welche "Spirenzchen" mein Auto macht. Es hat sich natürlich nichts gezeigt. Der Kollege hat währedn der Konversation auf der Fahrt noch mehr Details und Umstände aus mir herausgelockt und eine Theorie aufgestellt weshalb mein Auto das tat und jetzt nicht. Die scheint zu passen. Und er hat mir von einer weiteren Untersuchung (sprich kostenpflichtig) erst mal abgeraten. Er hat mir gesagt das ich auf dies und auf das achten sollte, und wenn ich ein Tag habe wo die Symptome wieder auftreten, soll ich vorbei kommen. Also- Fazit- Beratung und Zeit, mit Ausblick, als Service, ohne kosten. Ich bleibe bei dieser Werkstatt.
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