Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Calling it quits.

This blog has run its course and it's time to move on. I'm toying with the idea of starting a new blog that fits who I am now. Stay tuned for the next more. More to come soon. Thanks to all who have read my blog and participated. It's time for me to make a new start. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

December 26

On December 26, 1862 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, the largest mass execution in U.S. History. In 2012 a memorial was dedicated in Mankato, Minnesota’s Reconciliation Park near a white limestone buffalo that marks the spot where 38 Dakota men were hanged the day after Christmas 153 years ago. We must not forget what happened. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/12/26/minnesota-works-forgiving-not-forgetting-its-native-history-146502

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This drawing is a depiction of the execution of the 38 Native Americans who were hung in a mass hanging in 1862 in Mankato, Minn. (Drawing by W.H. Childs from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper 1863)

Post holiday hangover

Who has a post-holiday hangover? Raise your hands. Did you have too much rich food, sweets, alcohol? Feeling a bit hungover? Share your hangover cures and your handover music too. 

La buveuse ("The Drinker"), a portrait ofSuzanne Valadon by Toulouse-Lautrec.

"12 Hangover Cures From Famous Heavy Drinkers"

"Three Hemingway hangover cures have made the rounds, two of which involve … more liquor! The Sun Also Rises novelist is saidto have relied on the stomach-turning combination of tomato juice and beer. We’re more apt to believe the other recipes since one involves a big weakness of the author’s — absinthe — and the manly libation, gin." 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tucker is back, let’s party!

Tis the season to party with good friends and enjoy good music. Post your musical favorites and drinks are on me. 

Photo from https://www.pexels.com/search/music/

Friday, December 18, 2015

Temporary home for the Plum Street Irregulars

While Plum is recuperating the “I fight bullies blog” is hosting Plum’s never ending music thread. Mucho love to Plum! 

Post your favorite music, hang out with old friends, new friends, have fun!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Banned from RoK or pislamonauseacentral?

To all my fellow commenters out there who've posted at Return of Kings or pislamonauseacentra or if you've been banned, please share your experience. 

P.s. I designed a motief for toilet paper to wipe your shit on misogyny.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What's your experience posting on disqus?

Many of us post on disqus channels or sites that use disqus enabled comments. Have you been banned? Is this experience different for commenters and mods? Do commenters and mods see disqusland differently? If yes, how so?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Away from normal thinking by Vinay

My friend Vinay posted this thread on the disqus channel "Awe." Disqus closes threads after seven days. Vinay and Dug Floor wanted to continue the conversation. 

"Let us come in here and discuss the unknown, the unseen, the unheard. We know about the natural phenomenons but are in the dark about other aspects. The unnatural brings in fear, pain and uncertainty. We then go in search of solace in God, in myths, in magic. Let us sincerely keep aside what we have been taught and try to analyse ourselves. Discussions may be directed to Non-evolutionary theories, Emotional experience, Awe and atheism, Awe and religion."  - Vinay. 


Monday, October 19, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Your opinion please

Stalking has been a hot topic on disqus. What’s your opinion? Is someone watching you or are you the watcher?

A few of us online were a bit surprised to see this thread on The Write Way, “The 'Stalker' Effect.” 

Meme from We Know Memes. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Do you garden?

I've been having a problem with chipmunks in my yard. Here's a suggestion form larrymotuz.

larrymotuz  9 minutes ago

"The chipmunks are after the water in the tomatoes. Give them a source of water to drink, preferably close to the plants. Each generation, of course, will 'taste' them, just to see if they like them. But if they have other water sources, after the first tastes, they'll leave them alone.
Also, sprinkle used coffee grounds around the the plants that slugs, snails, and the like love to eat. They'll stay away. Doesn't harm either the soil or the plants, but they 'hate' the low levels of caffeine and the 'grounds'."

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Have you been banned from NewsBusters?

True story, I was banned tonight from NewsBusters. Have you been banned there? Please share your story. 

I don't think I've posted there before, but anyway this was the first thing I posted and then it all went to hell in a hand-basket. 

Watch the "high fives" after I'm banned. Guess what, I'm having an "I'm banned party too."

There's more, PJ linked to my blog and she's lying about me again. Can I s?

This screen shot was taken on 5/16/15 at 8:45 p.m. 

I will add more later, but right now I have shit to do. (The screen shot above was taken on 5/16/15 at 8:45 p.m.) 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The warblers have arrived!

The first warblers to arrive in Minneapolis are Yellow-rumped Warblers, which arrived on April 24. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/id

A wave of warblers came through on May 8th. The warbler list for sightings in the backyard for 5/8/15 includes; Ovenbird, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, and a vocal identification on a Black-throated Green Warbler. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Waiting for the warblers

"For most bird-watchers the coming of the warblers has the same effect as catnip on a cat." - Arline Thomas

The highlight of spring birdwatching season for many birdwatchers is seeing warblers during migration. In North America there are more than 50 species of warblers. They are small brightly colored birds and have a huge voice for their tiny size. They have been called the "butterflies of the bird world." 

Here's a primer on how to watch warblers. 

In addition to warblers there are lots of other birds that can be seen during migration and during the nesting season. I've started a list of birds I've seen this spring and summer to share with you. 

So far these are some songbirds I've seen during migration. (I'll update the list as I see more birds.) 

Fox Sparrow, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, and a Hermit Thrush. (*FOY BY indicated first of year back yard)

Fox Sparrow 
(Added to 2015 list on 4/19/15 - FOY BY)

Golden-crowned Kinglet
(Added to 2015 list on 3/30/15 - FOY BY)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
(Added to 2015 list on 3/30/15 - FOY BY)
Brown Creeper
(Added to 2015 list on 4/5/15- FOY BY)
Hermit Thrush
(Added to 2015 list on 4/12/15 - FOY BY)
In addition to songbirds migrating, other bird species like raptors, woodpeckers, and 
waterfowl in the process of migration. Last night I saw a a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker perched on the birch tree in my backyard. Below is a picture of the female.  

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(Added to list 5/23/15 - FOY BY)

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
(Have not seen this year as of 5/23/15) The male has red feathers on his throat. 

Turkey Vulture
(Added to list 4/3/15 - FOY BY)

Finally a Yellow-rumped warbler!
Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Added to list 4/24/15 - FOY BY)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top of the bully list

Spring bird migration has begun. The thought of what migrating songbirds might encounter when they arrive in Minneapolis a year from now keeps me awake at night. Migration is dangerous for songbirds and placing a large glass structure in the path of a major migratory flyway will be a disaster for them.

This is why the bully at the top of my bully list is Zygi Wilf owner of the Minnesota Vikings. The runner up for second place is the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). Minnesota taxpayers have been duped into paying for half or more of the cost of a Vikings stadium that is currently under construction. There was opposition to a publicly financed stadium on all political sides. Many of us fought tooth and nail to stop stadium legislation but in the end Zygi the bully won. 

The design for the stadium looks like the “Crystal Cathedral.” It’s also been called the “glass vagina.” The stadium will have 200,000 square feet of glass. According to scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Institution, up to 988 million birds are killed annually in the United States by collisions with buildings, especially glass windows. The stadium is less than a mile from the Mississippi River a major bird migration flyway.

Minnesota birders have advocated for the use of fritted glass so the stadium will be more "bird safe" and mitigate the risk of collisions. Without the fritted glass many birds will get confused and fly into the glass. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opted against using fritted glass because of what they cite as a high price tag. The new Vikings  stadium looks like a "Crystal Cathedral" to football and "Thunder dome" to the birds.

Radar from May 2014 shows migrating birds heading north on the Mississippi Flyway. The blue circles are birds, not storms. From "BirdCast" Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Vikings stadiums expected to be completed in August 2016. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Can you cook?

It's time for an old fashioned recipe exchange. Share your favorite recipe or cookbook. 

My favorite cookbook is "The Forest Feast" by erin gleason. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Gulabi Gang fights bullies

In 2006 Sampat Pal Devi an impoverish woman living in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India, witnessed a man ruthlessly beating his wife. She tried to stop him and was beaten as well. The next day Devi and five women carrying bamboo sticks gave the abusive man a thrashing with their sticks. This was the birth of the Galabi Gang. Almost 10 years later the Gulabi Gang is known world-wide as the women who dress in bright pink saris and carry bamboo sticks. 

Sampat Pal Devi with the Gulabi Gang

The Banda District of Uttar Pradesh is the poorest and most feudal district in India. Women suffer the dual oppression of gender and class. The Gulabi Gang fights abusive men and corrupt officials; they fight for the rights of women and the right of the poor. 

"Protect the powerless from abuse and fight corruption to ensure basic rights of the poor in rural areas and discourage traditions like child-marriages" - The Gulabi Gang's vision 

Read more about the Gulabi Gang:

Watch a video about the Gulabi Gang:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's your top five current music list?

What's on your music list for today? 

My set list for 1/28/15 11:16 p.m. 

Lizzo and Caroline Smith - "Let 'Em Say" (Official Video)

Courtney Barnett - Pickles from the Jar

History Eraser - Courtney Barnett - YouTube

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

And a perennial favorite, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop."