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European Member of Parliament, Licia Ronzulli (an MEP from Italy), took her seven-week old daughter, Victoria, to work at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. [It was not a ‘Take-Your-Child-to-Work’ event.] 
She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a wrap and occasionally leaned  to kiss her on the forehead. This photo was taken as she voted on proposals to improve women’s employment rights and was broadcast and published in newspapers around the world.

European Member of Parliament, Licia Ronzulli (an MEP from Italy), took her seven-week old daughter, Victoria, to work at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. [It was not a ‘Take-Your-Child-to-Work’ event.]

She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a wrap and occasionally leaned  to kiss her on the forehead. This photo was taken as she voted on proposals to improve women’s employment rights and was broadcast and published in newspapers around the world.

Brilliant! Fundación Oro Verde, a Puerto Rican non-for-profit, does not have a big advertising budget, so they recruited their clients for this campaign. Oro verde is an advocate of sustainable forestry and agriculture. Thanks to Khadija Ghazi for the share.

Brilliant! Fundación Oro Verde, a Puerto Rican non-for-profit, does not have a big advertising budget, so they recruited their clients for this campaign. Oro verde is an advocate of sustainable forestry and agriculture. Thanks to Khadija Ghazi for the share.


Deep in the Utah desert, the NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center. It’s the final piece of a secret Deep in the Utah desert, the NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center. It’s the final piece of a secret surveillance network that will intercept and store your phone calls, emails, Goggle searches… Are you feeling lucky? Full WIRED article: http://bit.ly/HXflf5 network that will intercept and store your phone calls, emails, Goggle searches… Are you feeling lucky? Full WIRED article: http://bit.ly/HXflf5

Deep in the Utah desert, the NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center. It’s the final piece of a secret Deep in the Utah desert, the NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center. It’s the final piece of a secret surveillance network that will intercept and store your phone calls, emails, Goggle searches… Are you feeling lucky?

Full WIRED article: http://bit.ly/HXflf5
network that will intercept and store your phone calls, emails, Goggle searches… Are you feeling lucky?

Full WIRED article: http://bit.ly/HXflf5


"And indeed there will be time To wonder, ‘Do I dare?’ and, ‘Do I dare?’ Time to turn back and descend the stair, With a bald spot in the middle of my hair— [They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’] My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin— [They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’]Do I dare Disturb the universe?  In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
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This is a question asked by in the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot (my favorite poet).  In the poem, he tries over and over to muster up the courage to pursue his dreams, but his fears and doubts always stop him.  This is my personal reminder everyday, a way to constantly ask myself, "Am I brave enough to make a difference in the world?"  I want to be able to answer, "Yes."

"And indeed there will be time
To wonder, ‘Do I dare?’ and, ‘Do I dare?’
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair—
[They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’]
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
[They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’]
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”

———————

This is a question asked by in the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot (my favorite poet).  In the poem, he tries over and over to muster up the courage to pursue his dreams, but his fears and doubts always stop him.  This is my personal reminder everyday, a way to constantly ask myself, "Am I brave enough to make a difference in the world?"  I want to be able to answer, "Yes."

Women Up?

Anti-choice politicians have a problem.

They spent the last 16 months waging a War on Women, and now—crazily enough!—they’re seeing that women voters just don’t like what they’re doing.

So do they:

a) Stop waging their War on Women.


or

b) Pretend that the War on Women never existed in the first place, and come up with a new slogan to try to paper over the fact that they made attacking women’s freedom and privacy one of their "highest legislative priorities."

Congratulations to everyone who picked answer b!

Meet "Woman Up!"


Woman Up.jpg

Get it? It’s kinda like “man up!” except it’s for women.

"Woman Up" is the bright, new idea of the same anti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives who are leading the charge to wage the War on Women: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Here’s a recap of all the “womaning up” these guys have done since taking power:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives held more choice-related votes in 2011 than in any year since 2000.
  • The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family-planning program. And Mitt Romney has vowed to do both of these things should he ever reach the White House.
  • Anti-choice lawmakers pushed the Blunt amendment, which could have allowed employers and corporations to block their employees from getting insurance coverage of birth control. Every Republican senator but one voted for this measure—and Gov. Romney voiced his support for it.
  • They held a House committee hearing with an all-male panel attacking birth control.
  • At the state level, these politicians enacted twice as many anti-choice laws in 2011 as they did in the previous year.

Hey, guys—it’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts.

Tell Speaker Boehner and the leading anti-choice politicians that if they really want to “woman up,” then they better stop their War on Women.

Paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice America, www.ProChoiceAmerica.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

From “Right Off A Cliff”

We get it… right-wingers you hate abortion. Well here are two of the lowest demographics that lead to abortions…

1) Same-sex relationships.
2) Heterosexual sex where contraceptives were used.

And the largest contributor to an increase in abortion rates…

1) Heterosexual sex where no contraceptives are used.

Guess which two you oppose and which one you seem determined to increase.

As always the party of ignorant hypocrisy.

Do Republicans Hate Sex?

Do Republicans Hate Sex?

Today’s Grand Ob/Gyn Party is obsessed with sex — mainly ensuring that the rest of us have the apparently same miserable sex lives that they themselves endure. Just look at them. Do they look happy? Do they look like they are being romanced and courted? Do they look like they have happy, fulfilling, fabulous-can’t-wait-to-get-to-my-honey relationships? Nope.

They sure seem like a cranky, irritable, miserable lot to me. They ain’t getting any lovin’, and they damned sure spend a lot of time devising ways to prevent the rest of us from happy lives and in particular, happy sexually fulfilling lives.

Look at the evidence. Republicans damned sure aren’t acting as if they routinely experience that kind of rip-your-clothes-off – as you – walk – through – the – door – can’t – w-a-i-t – to kiss – your lips – and feel – your hands – all – o-v-e-r – my body – kind of physical – merging where pleasure, pure unadulterated pleasure – takes over – where pleasing – each other – where being – pleased – taking-my-partner-to new heights of sheer – or..gas…mic – can’t catch-my-breath – ecstasy pulses through my veins – his veins – pure delight … . until … . ☺ oh yeah, baby.

Wait a sec …

http://sassypoliticalinsights.com/blog/47-do-republicans-hate-sex


This is about Motion 312 put before the House of Commons by MP Stephen Woodworth. The motion seeks to appoint a special parliamentary committee to review Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code which defines a child as a human being upon delivery from the mother. The motion discusses “the fundamental human rights of a child before the moment of complete birth…”  It is a revisiting of abortion rights in Canada. There has been no criminal law against abortion in Canada since 1988. Canadian doctors abide by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines, which state “Every woman seeking abortion should receive supportive and compassionate counselling on all the options available, including continuing the pregnancy and having the child adopted or seeking assistance should she wish to parent. Counselling should take place early enough to avoid any delays in the event the woman chooses to terminate the pregnancy. The counsellor should be free of personal bias and responsive to the woman’s circumstances. If the woman chooses to terminate the pregnancy she must have the opportunity to fully understand the nature of the proposed procedure including the type of anaesthesia, safety, potential immediate and long-term complications, and side effects.”  Making abortion illegal does not stop abortion. It drives it underground and renders it dangerous. Criminal law is a blunt and inappropriate instrument to deal with the social, economic and health problems women and girls face. ~ Marika Morris
This is about Motion 312 put before the House of Commons by MP Stephen Woodworth. The motion seeks to appoint a special parliamentary committee to review Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code which defines a child as a human being upon delivery from the mother. The motion discusses “the fundamental human rights of a child before the moment of complete birth…”

It is a revisiting of abortion rights in Canada. There has been no criminal law against abortion in Canada since 1988. Canadian doctors abide by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines, which state “Every woman seeking abortion should receive supportive and compassionate counselling on all the options available, including continuing the pregnancy and having the child adopted or seeking assistance should she wish to parent. Counselling should take place early enough to avoid any delays in the event the woman chooses to terminate the pregnancy. The counsellor should be free of personal bias and responsive to the woman’s circumstances. If the woman chooses to terminate the pregnancy she must have the opportunity to fully understand the nature of the proposed procedure including the type of anaesthesia, safety, potential immediate and long-term complications, and side effects.”

Making abortion illegal does not stop abortion. It drives it underground and renders it dangerous. Criminal law is a blunt and inappropriate instrument to deal with the social, economic and health problems women and girls face. ~ Marika Morris