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A Tweet Or Two

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104 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. January 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for yet another splendiferous collection of tweets, you Leg End!!!!

    Just bringing this over from sherijr in the last post:

    Hello TOD people, want to pass this on to all of you, emailed to me by one of my sons: http://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/News-Article/ID/3605/A-Christmas-Message-for-the-MNPD-from-Chief-Steve-Anderson This is an intelligent, open-minded and actually imo, a quite excellent letter from the Police Chief of Nashville to one citizen.. trust me, it will restore some faith in our police.

  2. 11 GGail
    January 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Nerdy!!!!

  3. 18 MadameSoph
    January 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Keeping us informed with a great tweet selection once again Nerdy! Thank you!

  4. January 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Indeed.

    Thanks NW for yet another superb selection of tweets. 🙂

  5. 22 GGail
    January 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    NW, thanks so much for these information-filled tweets.

    I am especially curious about them finding the actual parts of the housing of the AirAsia plane. That ocean is not very deep, did the plane break and scatter over a wide area?

    • 23 Nerdy Wonka
      January 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      You’re welcome, GGail.

      Yeah, it’s puzzling. Hopefully, the weather gets better and they can locate the remaining bodies along with the parts of the plane so they can piece together an explanation of such a horrible tragedy.

  6. January 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm

  7. January 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Another NWonka masterpiece!

  8. 32 Nena20409
    January 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Unbeatable Collection of Tweets, NW. Brava!
    Lady Chips and Her Man U TODmate, GGail have the Au ⭐ ⭐

  9. 35 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    http://election.princeton.edu/2015/01/02/an-obama-unbound-effect/

    Since mid-December, President Obama’s net approve/disapprove numbers have shot up. This graph shows the median of the last 21 days of polling. The current level, a net disapproval of only 2%, reflects six pollsters (Gallup, Rasmussen, CNN, ARG, YouGov/Economist, and ABC/Post). These are his highest numbers since early 2013. What is going on?

    The obvious news item is the President’s newfound liberation from the pressures of the election cycle.

    snip/

    I’ll get out on a limb with a speculation: If this “real Obama” uptick lasts, it might demonstrate a benefit to Democrats if they act, with vigor, like Democrats. With a newly invigorated President and a Congress in full opposition, the coming year will be worth watching.

  10. 36 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Grover Norquist and his minions through the looking glass… we must not let them get away with this BIG FAT MOTHER OF ALL LIES

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/austeritys-end-strengthens-us-recovery

  11. 51 yardarm756
    January 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    An further example of some folks that haven’t gotten the message.

  12. January 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    This is a fairly long post, so feel free to skip on by. desertflower had a marvelous visual today about caring for one another, etc. This is something I put in my Christmas letter regarding our recent trip to Iran:

    Instead of trying to describe the sites, I will share with you one of the highlights of the trip for me, emotionally congruent with other experiences we had on the trip. There was nothing grand about this experience. In fact, it was rather gross. Before a flight from Mashad to Tehran, I went to use the “facilities.” The women’s facilities were “eastern,” meaning each stall had a rectangular porcelain receptacle installed in the cement floor with a faucet on the wall with a short hose for cleaning up whatever didn’t quite make it into the receptacle. It was about 5:30 p.m., so the bathroom had been in use throughout the day. It stunk. And it was messy. But there was nothing better and I had to use it. Now this was rather challenging for the women on this trip. We were required to wear headscarves throughout Iran as well as mid-thigh length tunics (women’s bums are required to be covered in Iran – no bike riding for the female sex!), clothing we were unused to. Most of us were also carrying rather heavy back-packs. So squatting to use the facilities, balancing so the back-pack would not fall to a side and tip us over, trying to keep our pants down while keeping the tunic up, in both front and back, and trying to keep the head-scarf from falling off… oh, my. Well, I managed to do what needed to be done, rearranged my clothing, my scarf, and my back-pack, and tried to open the door. It wouldn’t open. Some of the hardware was awry and the door wouldn’t open. Whatever I tried to do, the door wouldn’t open. I admit, I was getting a bit panic-stricken. Soon I had women on the other side of the door trying to open it as well. Women were yelling at me in Farsi and in English, giving me instructions. None of my English-speaking co-travelers in the bathroom could speak Farsi and none of the Iranian women could speak English. I would try to maneuver the handle one way and a women would be yelling at me in Farsi from the other side and yanking the handle in another direction. This went on for minutes, l-o-n-g minutes. Finally, it opened. I burst through the door and knocked an Iranian woman wearing a full black chador off a chair. She had brought a chair to the door and was about to climb over the door to rescue me. She would have landed on me and smashed me into the porcelain pit! It was like a slap-stick comedy scene out of an old “I Love Lucy” show. We were all laughing so hard, arms over our solar plexuses, tears streaming down our faces. Several Iranian women, in chadors, were pantomiming what everyone was trying to do to open the door. It was a moment of laughter and joy and complete synchronicity. We were one organism in that bathroom. United as women, American and Iranian, in a ridiculous situation.

    We had many such moments on our trip, moments of deep connection, with people very different from us and yet just like us. Shouldn’t it be that way? With all we share in common, why do we let governments, politicians, corporate media outlets, etc. foster division among us? We represent different religions, different political views, different races and ethnicities, different nationalities, etc., etc. And those differences are fascinating. We could explore them and relish our diversity while collaborating and compromising to ensure a better future for all of us. Every religion has some version of the Golden Rule. Think how we’d transform our world if we actually practiced that basic premise. Just that. We can, if we choose to.

    My desire, my Christmas prayer and New Year’s wish, is to facilitate Peace on Earth. It’s up to us.

    • 53 Judith Fardig
      January 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Wow – pickle48 – what a vivid picture you paint of how experiences going awry can be set right with kindness and teamwork! Yay for you and your helpers. I hope more of us get to travel in Iran, Cuba, and other places once shunned by American tourists.

    • 54 desertflower
      January 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I love this, pickle!!! Excellent. I could not agree more:) My wish is yours

    • 55 99ts
      January 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      What a picture pickle – and what you took away from it – just wonderful

    • 56 forus50
      January 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      What an amazing experience, hopelessly awful as it was. Thanks for sharing it. I just finished reading the novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Hosseini (author of Kite Runner) that I got as a gift for Christmas. Though it is heartbreakingly sad about two Afghan women, it’s so beautifully written and shows what women can do if they unite regardless of circumstances, as the world is still a man’s world. A must read if you haven’t already.

    • 57 MightyPamela
      January 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      {{{{{ ❤ pickle48 ❤ }}}}} Wonderful tale, beautiful commentary, I believe this is the ONLY way we will bring Peace and GoodWill to Earth.

    • January 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      “We could explore them and relish our diversity while collaborating and compromising to ensure a better future for all of us. Every religion has some version of the Golden Rule. Think how we’d transform our world if we actually practiced that basic premise. Just that. We can, if we choose to.”

      Thank you for sharing your moment of ‘synchronicity’ with us, pickle.

      And …

      Yes We Can

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      January 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Pickle, this is wonderful. Your lively description of the trials of unfamiliar ‘facilities,’ the shared effort to rescue you, the common sense of humor at the absurdity of it all and the ultimate love–it’s a perfect story about the how we are really all one under the surface. And finally the profound lesson you learned from it all and shared with your family and friends. What a wonderful spirit you have as well as a true talent for bringing things alive to people. Thank you for posting this here. It’s the best Christmas letter excerpt I’ve ever read.

    • 60 sjterrid
      January 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us, pickle48.

  13. 62 JER
    January 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

  14. 63 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-kick-the-habit-20150102-column.html

    did you know that the Affordable Care Act may be the single most important anti-smoking initiative in the country?

    Of course not. That’s because Obamacare’s supposed friends, the Democrats, have been too craven to talk about its benefits, while its enemies, the Republicans, want only to depict it as a “disaster” without addressing its many provisions.

    If the ACA’s tobacco-cessation provisions are fully implemented, they could turn out to be one of its greatest legacies.
    – Tim McAfee, et al, New England Journal of Medicine
    But the New England Journal of Medicine in its latest issue sets the record straight. The authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Wisconsin, point out that the poor uptake of smoking cessation programs has much to do with their expense and the only spotty coverage by health insurance plans. They say ACA makes this coverage mandatory, without co-pays, cost sharing, or the requirement that doctors get prior authorization from insurers before prescribing. (See accompanying graphic.)

    The anti-smoking initiative is just one of many provisions of the ACA that are little-known but likely to have a significant impact on Americans’ health. That underscores the fatuousness of much of the anti-Obamacare campaign. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expresses glee at the prospect that the Supreme Court may yet “take down” the law because he doesn’t like anything that has President Obama’s name on it, these are the babies he’s willing to throw out with the bathwater.

    Under the ACA, the NEJM authors write, smoking cessation must be treated as one of the preventive services that private health plans are required to cover without cost-sharing or prior authorization.

    THIS INFURIATES ME!! Not this wonderful provision, but the glee at which people like McConnell and other Republicans hope that this signature and historic achievement for the American people, gets gutted! FOLLOW THE FUCKING MONEY….these RWNJ’s care nothing about people. they never did. Never will. They care about money and access and greed…and sucking every last breath from ordinary people just so they can have even MORE! Because to them, this is a win/lose game. If you win, THEY LOSE…and we can’t have that now, can we? Rather than we all want the best for ALL Americans, they don’t subscribe to this. Not even close.

    Why do I say this? What the blue fucking blazes set ME off?? I was a smoker. I smoked for 38 years of my life and i loved it and hated it. I was killing myself slowly and I felt guilty as sin for forking over more and more murder money for the tobacco company every time I wanted to feed my addiction. I knew it was bad..I wanted to stop but I was so afraid…thinking of how hard it would be…or gaining some weight…or, or, or…the days went to weeks, weeks to months, months to years and I somehow excused myself. I was a “polite” smoker. Never in my car. Never in the house, Never around those that didn’t smoke. There were never ashtrays all over the place, overflowing with the cancerous remains….I was a one ashtray girl and cleaned up after myself. In fact, I got so good at this deceit, that most people had no idea I smoked at all. But I knew. I was ashamed and embarrassed to be so beholden to this toxic mess. Did you know that these tobacco companies but in things like oven cleaner, DDT and a shit ton of awful, awful stuff. ( http://www.tricountycessation.org/tobaccofacts/Cigarette-Ingredients.html)

    But look here ( from this piece)

    The CDC estimates that about 42 million Americans, or 18% of all adults, are smokers. The highest rate belongs, as it happens, to McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, at 28.3%.

    The ACA takes special aim at the Medicaid population. That’s wise, because smoking in the U.S. is especially prevalent among lower-income groups. The law makes no-fee smoking cessation programs and medications a part of Medicaid for new enrollees in those states that have accepted Medicaid expansion, prohibits states from excluding smoking medications from traditional Medicaid, and requires smoking cessation coverage for pregnant women in traditional Medicaid. That’s key, because 20% of pregnant women on Medicaid use tobacco, according to a 2012 study by researchers from UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.

    Mitch McConnell would be SO FINE with the people of KY continuing to kill themselves! Continuing to give the tobacco companies money they really don’t have to spend….THIS is what makes me livid!

    I have to tell you what made me stop. My son. My son and the perfect storm of his pleading and my readiness to take responsibility for my health and no longer making excuses. I need to tell you something else. It wasn’t hard. After 38 years…it wasn’t hard. I chose to vape my way off nicotine for good and I literally weaned myself off nicotine in about 3 months. None of the side effects that we all worry about…just relief and me being proud of myself and feeling better than anyone can imagine.

    So when I see just how far these people ( I use that term loosely) would go to have this all go away, AND BE HAPPY ABOUT IT! I want to scream.
    America needs to Wake Up…those that feel “guilty” for voting for Republicans because they ” always have”…need to take a cold shower, admit they fucked up badly, and vow to be smarter and more aware in 2 more years. This is UNSAT. Unsatisfactory. Unacceptable. Unfuckingbelieveable that people could ever take pleasure in other people’s pain or want to keep them doing the very things that hurt them and not let them be better or flourish for the rest of their good long lives.

    THIS is what pissed me off tonight. That these people hate this President and the American people SO MUCH, they would hope for the demise of something that would help people stop smoking. If this doesn’t anger you into stopping, into thinking, into honest evaluation of so many things….I don’t know what will. This says they care NOTHING about you. Your move.

    • 64 desertflower
      January 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Sorry about all the bandwidth I took up here…I just saw stars

    • 66 99ts
      January 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      I am envious as to how you gave up the nicotine df – After 40 years – I went cold turkey and 10 years later I STILL have moments when all I want is a cigarette.

      There is so much good in the ACA – atill cannot believe that people voted for those who would repeal it – talk about living in your own small bigoted world.

      • 67 desertflower
        January 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

        I will never smoke again. I don’t think about it, don’t want one. I can smell that nasty smoke a mile away now and I wonder how I ever did that. Surely you have vaping in Australia! I just vape now instead of smoking…only zero nicotine and I’m good:) Best thing I ever did.

        • 68 99ts
          January 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm

          I’m just reading back df – did I miss your anniversary? Congrats and all that – hope you are partying on!

          Vape not so popular here – and after 10 years – I just head out at times to where the smokers are & get some second hand smoke (which most folks hate)

          When I was young, majority of folks I knew were smokers – times sure change – makes me hopeful for other issues being resolved.

          • 69 desertflower
            January 2, 2015 at 8:28 pm

            No…today is my anniversary and thank you for your kind wishes:) Well…they SHOULD be vaping!! 🙂

    • 70 sherijr
      January 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      damn df, that is one hell of a rant ~ standing O for you 🙂 You inspired me too.

      • 71 desertflower
        January 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

        I just lost it when I read that….they make themselves perfectly clear that they care nothing about people….we need to start believing them!
        If you smoke…find a good vape shop and go talk to them…they will set you up. Don’t go into the 7-11 or Quik Trip and buy those crappy things they sell…you won’t stay with it and you’ll be back to smoking again..I promise you. Do it right the first time. You have the control and you CAN do this! Let us know…New Year, New You!! 🙂

        • 72 sherijr
          January 3, 2015 at 8:42 am

          thanks for the advice, because I have tried the 7-ll vapes.. and gone back to smoking. I did get some of the nicotine gum yesterday, which helps me a lot and has helped me ‘quit’ for up to 5 months. Will find out about vape shops per your suggestion though.

    • January 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Dear Chips and NW – PLEASE FRONT PAGE THIS ASAP.

      Thank you, df!!!!!!!

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      January 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Df, I’m so incredibly proud of you–for having the courage to quit smoking after 38 years, for ferreting out this valuable information about the ACA, for the deep passion with which you embrace this issue, for your justifiably outrage at Republicans who only live to hurt, destroy, lie and enrich themselves, and for the damned brilliance with which you put it all out there in this post. This is a fantastic piece of work and I wish every voter in the US would read it and learn from it. You’ve lit a fire here and it’s up to us to light the torch and pass it on because there is such an abysmal depth of ignorance about ACA in the US today that people don’t even know what’s at risk for themselves and their families. And as you so rightly point out, in this case, ignorance can kill you.

  15. January 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Good Evening TODVille!

  16. 78 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Another thought…so glad the Oregon Ducks beat FSU yesterday….for so many reasons. The BIG reason though, is the Koch Bro connection to FSU. I will forever not look favorably on that school.

    http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/09/12/15495/koch-foundation-proposal-college-teach-our-curriculum-get-millions

    Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions
    Documents show group sought control over hiring at Florida State

    Going to be the Ducks and the Bucks! Happy dance:)

  17. 79 Nena20409
    January 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    Saw this and had a Huge old silly twinkle 😉 in my left eye

  18. 80 Nena20409
    January 2, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    if you’ve got to be told Not to Do this…….sheesh.

  19. January 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    #OBAMACARE + #OBAMAECONOMY = Winning (for non-chickenshit DEMS)

  20. January 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  21. 87 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Awesome. May this become just like gay marriage issues did.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/03/us/gun-control-groups-blocked-in-washington-turn-attention-to-states.html?_r=0

    The gun control movement, blocked in Congress and facing mounting losses in federal elections, is tweaking its name, refining its goals and using the same-sex marriage movement as a model to take the fight to voters on the state level.

    After a victory in November on a Washington State ballot measure that will require broader background checks on gun buyers, groups that promote gun regulations have turned away from Washington and the political races that have been largely futile. Instead, they are turning their attention — and their growing wallets — to other states that allow ballot measures.

    An initiative seeking stricter background checks for certain buyers has qualified for the 2016 ballot in Nevada, where such a law was passed last year by the Legislature and then vetoed by the governor. Advocates of gun safety — the term many now use instead of “gun control” — are seeking lines on ballots in Arizona, Maine and Oregon as well.

  22. January 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  23. 90 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    They show us this too…this is who they stand behind and support, too. We all need to care about this.

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/steve_scalise_defenders_ties_to_white_nationalist_group_closer_than_he_first_disclosed_documents_show.html

  24. January 2, 2015 at 9:12 pm

  25. 94 desertflower
    January 2, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/01/criminal-indicted-netanyahu.html

    If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002. Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among these offenses is murder, forcible deportation or transfer of members of a group, torture, persecution of Palestinians (an “identifiable group”) and “the crime of Apartheid.”

    The Israeli government murdered Palestinian political leaders (not just guerrillas) and have routinely illegally expelled Palestinians from the West Bank or from parts of the West Bank illegally incorporated into Israel. They deploy torture against imprisoned Palestinians. Their policies on the West Bank, of building squatter settlements on Palestinian land from which Palestinians are excluded, is only one example of Apartheid policies. Getting a conviction on Article VII should be child’s play for the prosecutor. And there are other articles which Israel is guilty of contravening.

    This man is singlehandedly doing great harm to Israel…

  26. January 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    “It’s only January 2, but Sweden has already taken a strong lead in the competition for “most awesome country 2015″ by showing how decent people should respond to Islamophobic violence. Thousands of people turned out in Stockholm today for a rally supporting Muslims, in response to arson attacks on three Swedish mosques last week.”

    http://www.vox.com/2015/1/2/7480867/sweden-shows-the-right-way-to-respond-to-islamophobia

  27. January 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    • 99 MadameSoph
      January 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      In English:
      “An adorable little girl and (we hope) a future woman that will not have the need to be a soldier.”

      Thank you for all of the information from around the world that you share with us, Bob!

  28. January 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    2nd attempt ….


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