Sociology in action…


<sigh>  This was entirely predictable.  Good Grief, we learned this in my high school Sociology class–that when they put many mice in a cramped space, they began to turn on one another, attacking each other.

That’ll be $1500…only a small percentage of what Hillary Clinton gets for speaking fees.  And, as a side note, I cannot *buhlieve* they were paying Chelsea Clinton $600,000 for *cough* reporting.  When did she ever report anything?  I never saw her on the tube.  Good Grief, it must be nice to be paid more than half a million to do nothing…

This story makes me glad that I don’t fly anymore.  I cannot imagine. Meh.

Making your own Calendula salve, tea, and oil


Farmer’s Almanac has a good piece up on using the healing plant, Calendula, for tea, oil, or salve.

Reasons to make your own?

–No added chemicals.

–Natural healing always trumps man-made because the body recognizes natural biological makeup and can utilize it.

–If you grow your own Calendula, you’re also giving back.  Because bees will use the pollen to make their honey and whatnot…and we all know what trouble the bees are in.  They need all the help they can get.


No Toys Under the Couch



Wonderful capture of motherhood. :)

Originally posted on Voices from the Margins:

No Toys Under the Couch

By Cheryl A. Bates

I sat on the floor for a moment to scratch behind the dog’s ear

and happened to notice there were no toys under the couch anymore.

No singing coming from the bathtub after dinner or

water on the floor to soak my socks.

No lingering smells of baby lotion and bubble bath

no more stories about dinosaurs, ballerinas, or

living room camp outs before bedtime.

No hair clips and tiny toys left forgotten on the floor

to pierce the arches of my feet at midnight after work

when headed across the room to bed, in the dark.

I lay on the floor now but something is wrong,

no sudden full body attacks from a two and a half foot munchkin.

No giggles of delight from when I toss her into the air

No more, do it again Mommie. Do it again!

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Cottage industries support community



A good piece on sustainability combined with economy. Too Big To Fails don’t want to hear this because it flies in the face of their practices of greed–they want it all.
Note the circle created by the farmer tending the sheep, the mills that make the wool into usable product, the crafs person making the wool into useful clothing…and on. Traditional roles would have the men raising the sheep with women creating the clothing…a benefit to both sexes. I just wanted to point out that women contributed, without much acknowledgement, throughout history in our very survival. Without warm clothing to sustain throughout cold winters, we would not have survived. Additionally, it was women who picked nuts, berries, and roots that also helped sustain humans–men were not that great of hunters back in the day….

Originally posted on earthstonestation:

How can rural communities  advance the common goal of economic stability, healthy living and environmental stewardship?

Food, clothing and shelter are the necessities of human survival. These industries and the transportation of these goods also have the largest impact on the environment. These same industries also drive a good portion of the local economy as well as corporate economic growth.

Most countries use capitalism as a way of organizing the economy. The things that are used to grow, make and transport products are owned by individual people or a company rather than the government. The mid-18th century gave rise to industrial capitalism, made possible by the accumulation of vast amounts of capital under the mercantile phase of capitalism and its investment in machinery. Over the past two decades, Wall Street investors, boards of directors, financial analysts, even auditors and career politicians have all  collaborated in creating a new type of…

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Fighting for history: Uncovering the truth of residential schools



Another Catholic Church scandal–denying the indigenous their history and once again denying abuse victims. I cannot imagine the mind that would think it is okay to put a child in an electric chair!

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

Native children in Residential School.

Native children in Residential School.

A report from the front lines of the search for “truth” in Truth and Reconciliation, and a look at the people trying to make history accessible to aboriginals and non-aboriginals alike.

WINNIPEG—There are two sacred boxes in the offices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

One is a bentwood box sculpted from a single piece of cedar by an indigenous artist. Its panels are adorned with the mournful carved faces representing First Nations and Métis who suffered through the residential schools era, when government-sanctioned institutions systemically tried to eradicate indigenous culture, tore apart families and operated havens for child abuse.

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Facebook never forgets: Now users can search your status updates on mobile

Facebook never forgets: Now users can search your status updates on mobile

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Facebook’s mobile search tool might finally match the utility of its online counterpart.

A limited number of users can now search their friends’ status updates — a feature that’s already available on the Facebook website — through the company’s mobile application, according to Bloomberg.

Making its mobile applications as appealing as its website has been a problem for Facebook. It’s often said that it needs to be “mobile first,” but many features aren’t brought to its mobile apps until a few months after they first debuted on Facebook’s website. As Richard Nieva wrote last year when the company first announced Graph Search without any mobile integration whatsoever:

[A]t a big flashy press conference, we got a feature that’s core to the future of the company with no mobile integration right off the bat. Didn’t Facebook say that mobile was to be conceptualized into any new product? Granted, Zuckerberg was quick to mention several times…

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Life in Rahm’s Chicago. The death of a nameless homeless man in Logan Square.



They would rather spend $$$ putting up barriers instead of buying a nice suit, a haircut, a place to get a shower and sleep, and some good food…perhaps leading to a job offer….

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:


The Kennedy overpass at Belmont and Kedzie.


A man who police say was homeless was beaten to death in Logan Square Saturday evening.

Around 10:50 p.m., the man, 59, was in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue when two people got out of their car and beat him with their hands and feet, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

The 59-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Sedevic said.

While the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the fatality, they were unable to provide any additional information.

No one is in custody.

In May, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) began constructing concrete anti-homeless spikes under the Kennedy expressway at Belmont in Logan Square.

The overpass had provided shelter for dozens of homeless men.

The city built the spikes so high that it blocked the view of drivers…

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