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Yesterday, I took G/Son to see the WonderWoman movie.  Before the movie started, we got, of course, about 15 minutes of previews.  One of the previews was for Dunkirk, a movie with the motto:  “When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came for them.”  The movie tells the story of how, when German military maneuvers left British and French troops, stranded on the northern coast of France, England mobilized an evacuation force that included many small fishing and pleasure boats.  There were serious losses, but Dunkirk is remembered mainly for the rescues.  Wikipedia notes that: “The last of the British Army left on 3 June, and at 10:50, Tennant signalled Ramsay to say ‘Operation completed. Returning to Dover.’  However, Churchill insisted on coming back for the French, so the Royal Navy returned on 4 June in an attempt to rescue as many as possible of the French rearguard. Over 26,000…

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Mars in Cancer- 2017

Mars moves into Cancer today. I happen to have my natal Mars in Cancer in my first house, so I definitely know how emotionally powerful this transit will be. This transit will be about feeling safe in your feelings. Cancer’s sanctuary lies within, while Mars domain is the real world. We will come to understand that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. The above photo is from the film ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ which follows the story of 3 orphans who have to stick together in situations that constantly threaten to tear them apart. There’s a great quote in the film that says ‘As long as we have each other, we have a home.’ The need to keep their family unit together (Cancer) became the orphans motivation to survive (Mars).

When Mars threatens to break open Cancer’s shell remember that as long as you have…

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Karmic Reaction Blog

By Elizabeth Stoker, Salon
March 2, 2014

“Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed.

Earlier this week, CNN reported that American Atheists, an advocacy group for atheists and atheism, would have a booth at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference. The idea behind the booth was to build bridges between historically faith-motivated conservatives and their politically aligned but religiously different atheist counterparts. David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, called the booth “one of many steps” his organization would take in its “outreach effort” targeted at political conservatives.

But the Atheists’ attempt to extend an olive branch was evidently ill-received by the organizers of the CPAC, who have now disallowed the group from sponsoring its planned informational booth. Apparently most conservatives weren’t amused by Silverman’s comments to CNN concerning the Christian right: ““I am not worried about making the…

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Written by: Seth Davin Norrholm, PH.D. & David M. Reiss, M.D.

“During his ascent from the business world and reality television to the Presidency of the United States of America, Donald Trump has consistently displayed many of the qualities and behaviors associated with narcissism including:

· grandiose sense of self-importance;

· preoccupation with unlimited fantasies of success, power, and brilliance;

· belief that one is special;

· consistent requirement for excessive admiration;

· sense of entitlement;

· taking advantage of others for one’s own gain;

· lack of empathy for others, and

· hyper-sensitivity to criticism

These behaviors and their potential consequences have been well documented in the mainstream media and individuals representing different schools of thought and areas of expertise within the mental health community, including the two of us, have provided comment and insight to the relationship between extreme narcissism and Presidential fitness for duty.

One aspect of…

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Exclusive: Several sources familiar with the matter say that Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is being given security briefings to prepare him for the Presidency.

Sources close to the legal community indicate that matters are proceeding rapidly in the forthcoming proceedings to remove Donald Trump from office, and to indict the co-conspirators around him.

Sources with links to the intelligence community described a sense of both inevitability and urgency over the unraveling of the Trump-Pence administration over their attempts to obstruct justice. “Trump’s presdidency ended May 9th,” said one source, referring to the overtly politicized dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence have both violated their oaths of office in plain sight over the unconstitutional dismissal of Director…

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True Story

True Story:

 

When she was forty, her left hip began to ache quite a bit after standing on a bus or at a bus stop or after walking more than a city block, which she did often because the bus stops she used most often were several blocks from her home and her workplace. At first, because she was always somewhat overweight and because she’d done a little more walking recently while carrying some books, that she might have pulled a muscle in her upper leg. When the ache persisted and got worse on rainy days, a friend advised it could be arthritis. That friend being a Critical Care Nurse, she paid attention.

Now, not wanting to alarm the gentle reader, let’s explain that this as it turned out the accurate diagnosis was for plain old garden variety everyone gets it osteoid-arthritis, not joint chewing, autoimmune, not everyone gets it, really vicious rheumatoid arthritis. So, life went on. And her left hip ached, mostly in a dull way, that she could ignore most of the time. In colder climates or on particularly rainy days, it ached more. But still it did not present any particular problem, and she didn’t really talk about it much while trying a lot of over the counter arthritis meds until she found one that works just about all the time. [not every medicine works for everyone]

As time went on, and she was fifty, she began to notice that her left leg was stiffer than her right. And that’s when arthritis and a definite lack of motivation to do any more exercise than walking around downtown Berkeley, or on Telegraph or Shattuck, began to have more impact, no pun intended. Because arthritis caused a low level of ongoing pain, she moved her legs less, especially her left leg. And as it became stiffer, she began to fall down, often at bus stops because the curb and the steps onto or off the bus couldn’t seem to get close enough … her legs being stiffer, but also as short as ever which is pretty short. She hated falling down, not only because it hurt like blazes to get onto her knees to get back up but because everyone around her would start fussing and making a whole lot more of a scene than was ever needed. So she didn’t talk to people who weren’t around for these occasions about falling down at bus stops and sometimes elsewhere. And she called herself clumsier than she already had been.

Over the next roughly eight or nine years she still did a lot of walking, to bus stops and to workplaces. And she was EXTREMELY careful, so the falling down thing faded into the background. Just on cold days or wet days, her hip hurt, and it got stiffer. Twelve years ago, she started falling down on stairs, on rugs, on wooden floors and mostly indoors, for which part she was grateful. She blamed her balance, her clumsiness, and her garden variety arthritis. At one recent point, a physician suggested the muscle weakness that seemed to be part of the problem had to do with her low thyroid. And frankly having low thyroid was another everyday matter she didn’t talk about much, she took meds to address the lack. She took different doses over time. It was just a part of what she did.

Now she’s sixty-five years, ten months and some days old and she’s not falling down because she walks around her home with a walker supplied by a very good friend, and walks around outdoors with a cane or a walker. And she’s cut way down on walking around outdoors.  It took years for her best friend to convince her about the cane. It took a couple more years and some more of that falling down thing to convince her about the walker. Falling down and cracking your head can have that effect on a person. And when it’s rainy or cold her left hip aches and gets stiffer.

She only knows that falling down is not the problem anymore, getting up is, and it hurts like blazes to get onto her knees to try to get up. And some physicians she’s met lately seem to think it’s all about her weight. She doesn’t know. She only knows it’s a lot more of a worry, the idea of falling down and needing a linebacker to help her up again, than the dull ache in her hip.

She thinks maybe this plain old garden variety osteoid arthritis is another invisible illness. She doesn’t know. It’s not entirely invisible of course if you’re walking around with a cane or a walker. But the truth is, she doesn’t walk much outside the house now, being a danged foolish arthritic old lady who gets embarrassed when she falls down. She’s amazed to consider how much walking she was doing just about every day, less than fifteen years ago. Well, at least now she’s ‘talking’ about it.

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Sources linked to the intelligence community say that Donald Trump accepted laundered Russian money which, through shell companies, supported Russian hackers as they attacked America – and then supported Wikileaks and Julian Assange as he published the results of those hacks.

Donald Trump’s link to the hack on the US election appears to be far more direct than anybody thought – with Russian money, washed into his campaign, paying for Russian hackers who attacked both state voter registration databases and the DNC. Trump also appears to have had direct personal knowledge of the propaganda botnet used by Russia.

As I previously reported exclusively on Patribotics in three earlier pieces, the first of which was an exclusive by Laurelai Bailey, Peter Chayanov (one of his many aliases) is a Russian hacker who owns a hacking and spamming company called Hostkey. Upon being outed on Twitter by myself, Bailey and @OpFerguson, Chayanov…

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