Monday, July 21, 2014

Water As Leverage


William, right now, in Detroit, thousands of families don’t have water to drink, wash their hands, or flush their toilets. Why?

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is shutting off water at thousands of Detroit homes with outstanding debts each week, even if their account debt was incurred by previous owners.

Sign the petition to President Obama and Health Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Declare a public health emergency and turn the water back on in Detroit!

This is a violation of the human right to water and a serious threat to the health of those affected by the shutoffs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can do something about it. The federal government can step in to turn the water back on for all Detroit residents by declaring a public health emergency.

Sign the petition now: Declare a public health emergency in Detroit.

Keep fighting,
Chris Bowers, Daily Kos


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William, I just got back from Detroit where—following the lead of local activists—thousands of Netroots Nation attendees marched to protest the wave of water shut-offs happening in the city.

And it looks like we had an impact. Today, the Detroit Water & Sewage Department announced that they are suspending the water shut-offs for 15 days!

This is great news, but the fight is far from over. A department spokesman said: “this is not a moratorium”—and over 15,000 Detroit residents have already had their water access shut off, with nearly half the city in danger.

Your signature is missing from our petition to President Obama and HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burrell—demanding that they declare a public health emergency in Detroit to turn the water back on. Click here to sign.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

Date: July 16, 2014 7:21 P.M.
From: Chris Bowers, Daily Kos
Subject: William, sign this: Absolutely unimaginable that this could happen in America



William, right now, in Detroit, thousands of families don’t have water to drink, wash their hands, or flush their toilets. Why?

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is shutting off water at thousands of Detroit homes with outstanding debts each week, even if their account debt was incurred by previous owners.


Sign the petition to President Obama and Health Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Declare a public health emergency and turn the water back on in Detroit!

This is a violation of the human right to water and a serious threat to the health of those affected by the shutoffs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can do something about it. The federal government can step in to turn the water back on for all Detroit residents by declaring a public health emergency.

Sign the petition now: Declare a public health emergency in Detroit.

Keep fighting,
Chris Bowers, Daily Kos

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WKR Voices Inc.

So I've started to give voice lessons. If you're in the Kansas City area and need to brush up on your singing voice, you can contact me and use my 25+ years of singing experience to help you improve your skills!

WKR Voices Inc

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Do Something...Anything. #NotOneMore

**Warning: some readers may find the content of this email disturbing.**
William -

I left my ex-boyfriend. In response, he broke into my mother’s house, and shot and killed her. Then he held me hostage, raped me, and shot me in the head, leaving me for dead. I believe that I survived in order to tell my story and help save other women’s lives.

My ex-boyfriend didn’t have trouble getting a gun, even though I had a domestic abuse restraining order against him. Thousands of women across the country live in fear of their abusive partners or stalkers who also have guns, or who can get guns easily. That’s not acceptable.

There’s a bill in Congress that would help fix this broken system. It’s important that we show how many people support this common sense idea to save women’s lives.

Please sign the petition to support a bill in Congress that will protect women by keeping stalkers and abusers from buying or owning guns.

Women, particularly victims of domestic violence and stalking, are at an unacceptable risk of gun violence. More than half of women who are killed by their intimate partners are killed with guns.

As it stands, the current law doesn’t protect women who aren’t married to their abusers, nor does it protect victims of stalkers. It’s way too easy for thousands of stalkers and abusers to buy or own a gun -- and many aren’t even subject to background checks.

The bill in Congress, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar, would close those loopholes and make it tougher for abusers or stalkers to get their hands on guns. Passing the bill means saving the lives of thousands of women.

I miss my mom every day. My ex-boyfriend took her from me, just like he tried to take my life. But I survived. I’m here to tell my story and to stop it from happening to another woman ever again.

Can you join me? Click here to sign the petition to Congress in support of a bill to protect women by keeping guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers:

http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/page/s/klobuchar_sarah

Thank you,

Sarah Engle

Monday, July 14, 2014

An Incredible Interactive Chart of Biblical Contradictions

A few years ago, computer science whiz Chris Harrison created a beautiful visualization linking up every cross reference in the Bible. So, for example, if a verse in the New Testament referred back to a verse in the Old Testament, there was an arc drawn between the two chapters they were in (the vertical lines at the bottom represent the number of verses in that chapter):
Amazing! Turns out there are 63,779 cross references in the Bible (and that many arcs in the image)! If it’s any indication of how complex this image is, the high-resolution version is more than 100MB large.
In 2009, graphic designer Andy Marlow used Harrison’s work as his inspiration to created a similar visual for Sam Harris‘ Reason Project. This time, though, he only included arcs representing contradictions in the Bible:
Helpfully, this visual also included text explaining what the contradictions were and where they could be found:
Also amazing! But very bulky and not very user-friendly. I don’t know that you could really print out a poster that large and, even if you could, the arcs are still a blur.
Now, computer programmer Daniel G. Taylor has taken all that data and turned it into a visual masterpiece.
His website, BibViz (Bible Visualization), gives you the same linking arcs as before, but when you hover over one of them, it lights up and tells you in the upper right-hand corner of the screen which verses are being linked together. Click on an arc and it takes you directly to those verses as compiled in the Skeptics Annotated Bible:
That’s not all. The visual also shows you where in the Bible you’ll find the passages featuring Cruelty/Violence, Discrimination against Homosexuals, Scientific Absurdities/Historical Inaccuracies, or (below) Misogyny/Violence/Discrimination against Women:
See the long bar on the far left side? That means the Book of Genesis has more anti-women verses than any other book in the Bible. And all those bars are clickable and lead you to the specific passages in the Skeptics Annotated Bible.
When I asked Daniel what inspired him to create this, he said (via email):
Some of my family is extremely religious, and after quite a few discussions with them and some friends I was inspired to look up the Reason Project’s contradictions poster again as a reference, but thought it might be nice to have something like that without the duplicated entries, with the ability to click individual links, and something that could be regenerated easily should errors be found.
The whole site is seriously an incredible resource. Go there and just play around with it. Then show your fundamentalist religious friends and watch them squirm. There’s just no plausible way anyone can take the Bible literally after spending time on this site… unless they’re closing their eyes, sticking their fingers in their ears, and refusing to think about any of the errors in their worldview.
(Thanks to Ed for the link!)


Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/08/19/an-incredible-interactive-chart-of-biblical-contradictions/#ixzz37UeP4QJz

SNAP! No Circus For Kansas City & The Kauffman Center

What? Did the elephants rebel and get sick of getting abused every day?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oh...The Check Is In The Mail

I love that the GOP is so utterly desperate that they are trying to charge $27 for a tshirt that is trying to capitalize on nostalgia for GWB. WHAT? Cracks me up!

William,
Resolute and decisive.
That’s what I remember when I think of the leadership of President George W. Bush. He led us through some of the most challenging moments of our nation’s history.
He led.
George W. Bush T-Shirt
The President we have today thinks our country should “lead from behind” and has significantly diminished the United States’ standing in the world — and worse, he has made us less safe.
I miss the leadership of President George W. Bush. And I miss him.
I had the privilege of serving in his White House, and I saw the character that he and his family provided our nation. I will be forever grateful for their service.
Today is President George W. Bush’s Birthday. It’s a moment that has reminded us of what leadership in the White House really looks like. And we’re working to send principled leaders to the Senate and House in 2014 and to the White House in 2016.
Would you help make that possible by contributing $27 to get your official “I Miss W.” t-shirt today before his birthday?
Thank you,
Sara Armstrong
RNC Chief Operating Officer



Jesus Lord of Something...I Know It's A Repost But Really People....

not the best sound quality but it really is out of control. I understand it's a repost but I get it....you won't be able to take this all in in one setting. Just come back to it every once in awhile. it's like 19 minutes.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jay Carney Slams Cheney

Q    Okay.  And I’m sure you’ve had a chance to -- or you’ve seen this op-ed piece that former Vice President Dick Cheney has written in the Wall Street Journal and has a rather critical tone to it, towards the White House.  He says, “Rarely has a U.S. President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” talking about the situation in Iraq and in the Middle East generally.

MR. CARNEY:  Which President was he talking about?  (Laughter.)

Claire Responds..Finally

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8qr_FyFrznma2ZxVGhHVkh3RVk/edit?usp=docslist_api

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tweet Analysis

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In Search of Seroconversion: Talking to the men who want HIV

In Search of Seroconversion: Talking to the men who want HIV.

“Last night, I was introduced to Adam. He’s 17 and lives in Surrey. He’s a sex worker, and as crazy as it may seem, he wants to be infected with HIV”.
The-Bug1
Chasing your demise. On some level, it might resonate with hedonistic daredevils on an eternal quest for thrills and adventure. Or tortured souls with gluttonous appetites for punishment. But what exactly could persuade a young, healthy and sane person to gamble with their future, when the only prize on offer is a shot of poisonous cum?
You’re about to find out, as we take a look at the changing face of HIV and AIDS in the Western World – and more specifically, the dubious motivators of so-called ‘bug chasers’ and ‘gift givers’.
As a child of the 80s, AIDS was absolutely a death sentence. Something to be avoided at all costs with a social stigma akin to pedophilia or committing genocide. In the past 10 years, with the rise of antiretroviral drugs, things have changed. Many aren’t looking after themselves properly anymore; they say people aren’t dying now. That AIDS is now a chronic disease, not a fatal one. But those people are wrong.
The first cases of AIDS were reported nearly 33 years ago in the June 5, 1981, issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Since then, an estimated 36 million people worldwide have died from HIV/AIDS; and an estimated 35.3 million continue to live with HIV infection according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the United States, approximately 636,000 people with AIDS diagnoses have died since the first cases were reported and an estimated 1.1 million persons continue to live with HIV infection.
Global efforts, including the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (for which CDC is an implementing partner), provided antiretroviral therapy to approximately 9.7 million people in low-income and middle-income countries in 2012, an increase of 1.6 million people from 2011.
So what does this mean in the grand scheme of things?
Last year, the CDC estimated that there were 1.6million deaths from AIDS related symptoms globally. Of these, unsurprisingly, a huge 1.2million were in Sub-Saharan Africa. A massive global failing for our Live8 generation; though not news to the thousands of us with discarded white wristbands, Unicef standing orders and memories of Bono killing babies by snapping his fingers.
What might be news for some, though, is the death of the other 400,000 people. Black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, boys and girls from all across the world are still falling ill. People just like you and me. People who didn’t know they were infected until it was too late. People who couldn’t access healthcare. People lost to the system. People who did everything right; but with shitty luck.
Last night, I was introduced to Adam. He’s 17 and lives in Surrey. He’s a sex worker, and as crazy as it may seem against these statistics, he wants to be infected with HIV.
“The majority of sex that I have is bareback (BB). When I am renting, it’s always the same. I get blown off and am expected to cum in their mouth, and then I am expected to take them BB. When I am having anonymous sex at a cruising area, most sex is also bareback. More recently I have expressed my desire to bug chase during their sessions, but more to increase the sexual experience for myself rather than to protect them”.
This alarming trend of deliberately trying to become infected with HIV, first brought to light in Gregory A Freemans article ‘Bug Chasers‘ for Billboard 11 years ago, is thought to be on the decline. But a quick shout out on social media and scour of hook up sites last week left me reeling at how many ‘chasers’ are still out there. It left me questioning their motivations… and sanity.
Adam’s background has been far from easy, and by the time he was fifteen he’d experienced the loss of a mother, the aggressions of a father and entered an abusive relationship with an older man.
“I am also a bit of a loner, and there are very few people that I can be openly honest with about my sexuality. I have had one regular partner for a period of 3 years, but the relationship was entirely emotionally abusive – no matter how I felt about him I understand he basically used me for sex, and I was at his beck and call whenever he wanted to have sex. It is all I know, and being a bug chaser is perhaps another expression of “well, if this is going to be my lot in life, I may as well go the whole way”.
Part of an underground sub-culture enjoying its resurgence, Adam considers himself a bug chaser. Part thrill seeking, part self-harming, he’s thrown himself to the lions with reckless behaviours as he endeavours to join the only group he thinks will accept him.
“I do think one reason [I do it], and pretty strong for me given my background, is my need to have a feeling of “belonging”. Having felt rejected for most of my life, both sexually and as a human being, I have a strong desire to feel accepted and to belong. The brotherhood of poz people would give me this sense of belonging”.
But he’s emphatic that joining the ‘brotherhood’ is not the only reason he’d like to be HIV+.
“There is also a rebellious side to me, as I had parents (my mother died in 2004) who were critical of homosexuality. My father is in denial about my sexuality and is, to be honest, somewhat homophobic. I think to contract HIV would be the ultimate rebellious act for me, and would be two fingers up to my parents”.
“I have also got off on the fact that I am having usually unprotected sex with a total stranger. To that extent, although I have been tested and am still negative, it is only a matter of time before I contract HIV. Therefore there is a definite feeling of inevitability about it”.
“So you can see there are a lot of reasons behind it. I am not trying to play down the sexual arousal element of bug chasing, which is certainly very strong. But I think a combination of the other reasons is what has led me down that route”.
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from the NCHHSTP Newsroom, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Standing as far back from the issue as I can and trying to wear an objective hat, I still can’t quite get past the mountain of bodies from the 80s and my gut really wants to slap this kid into shape. I want to take him by the shoulders and shake him. I want to scream at him DON’T YOU KNOW HOW FUCKING LUCKY YOU ARE TO BE ALIVE? But then I realise that Adam doesn’t feel that way. Instead, I reach out to get another perspective. One from someone living with HIV.
Bill comes from Kansas City.
“I was diagnosed in 2007. Before then I was with a poz man for 5 years. I had feelings here and there about “chasing” or intentionally getting the ‘bug’ because it was such an awkward thing between us. For the entire five years I was with him it took a LOT of effort to have safe sex. So I had a tinge of wanting to get it myself so that there wouldn’t have been such a divide between us. It was about intimacy. I felt like we were like together in a relationship…together emotionally, spiritually, economically but as far as sex…there was ALWAYS this thing that hung over our sexual relationship. ‘Oh you can’t cum in me because you’ll infect me’. There were times when I wanted him to cum in me…multiple times…because I hated that had this thing that separated us. If I became poz, then we wouldn’t have this thing. When I did seroconvert there was no longer that ‘thing’ separating us. We subsequently broke up, of course haha…but you get my point”
It struck me that there’s bound to be huge amount of regret after infection and I wondered if deep down, blame was responsible for the demise of the relationship.
“The diagnosis wasn’t the reason we broke up. It’s a long story but I was an HUGE emotional mess… and the breakup was more about the lack of sex… just in general. I’m a very high sex drive kind of guy and he just wasn’t. So I would like… beg for sex… he would deny me and then the cycle of low self-esteem and my own depression just spiralled and I wound up hating myself and attempting suicide in 2007 after this all happened”.
“The attempt wasn’t directly attributed to the breakup but it certainly was a part of it. Most of the suicide attempt was because I felt desperate and economically poor and just horribly depressed so I thought what the fuck. So I drove my car into a pond …and it would have worked had some good Samaritan not rescued me in the submerged car”.
Living a fairly healthy life as an HIV positive man now I wondered about the other side of things for Bill. Aware that he didn’t actually actively chase infection in the way that many do, I was curious to hear if he’d ever been asked to participate as a ‘gifter’.
“I have to say that I enjoy barebacking. As a poz man I realize the risks, I realise that I have to disclose my status or I could be prosecuted. I’ve gotten to the point where I hardly want to play with negative men anymore because it’s such a bother”.
No-Condoms-No-Fear“I had a fuck bud actually not that long ago who was neg… who knew he was getting fucked by poz guys and he thought it was hot as hell. He was actively chasing HIV because it was sort of a fetish for him. I fucked him raw because he knew my status and he wanted it. I actually didn’t feel any guilt about that because he was responsible for his own behaviour and there was no way I could get prosecuted for fucking a neg guy. He loved it and actually begged for my poz cum. I’ve run into a few guys like this.”
And there’s a darker side to the gifting phenomenon too, Bill states.
“I have experience of a couple guys where they’ll actively lie about their status. Not knowing is one thing but knowing you’re poz and then lying and saying you’re neg is a whole other thing. It’s reckless behaviour but it’s very conscious behaviour and poz guys who have a complex about being poz sort of have a death wish for themselves which by extension they pass on others… almost saying ‘well I got infected and I didn’t deserve it, now I’m going to infect as many people as possible to get back’”.
“There are whole groups dedicated to barebacking…and barebacking neg guys to deliberately infect them on twitter. Check out the hashtag #BBBH for bare back brotherhood. There are responsible guys who are poz but also VERY sinister guys who intentionally lie and try to infect as many people as possible”.
There’s a flip side too. Yesterday I was chatting to my friendly barista who mentioned that he’d read the blog lead we published last week. Unsure of what the etiquette is when sharing experiences he pulled me aside and told me of a couple that he knew. When they met, both declared themselves HIV+ and proceeded to embark on their relationship. Sometime down the line, it emerged that one of them was a chaser who had in the broadest parliamentary sense been telling massive ‘untruths’ about his desire to be infected; literally tricking someone into giving him the virus.
And so it continues. And so I could keep writing for weeks, as every day since I announced this blog piece I have received at least two approaches from people wanting to be part of it. Wanting to share their experiences and wanting to make people understand their motivations. I can’t help thinking that this too is indicative of the over-arching issues of self-harm apparent in most subjects.
And therein lies the rub.
Are we perpetuating the culture of ‘bug chasing’ by addressing it? Does the fact that more and more people are writing about this phenomenon or making films about it take it to a new audience? A new group of people wanting to belong?
It seems clear to me from the chats I’ve had that a major driving force in most ‘bug chasers’ and ‘gift givers’ is a damaged sense of self-worth and deep-rooted unhappiness. Ultimately, no matter how convinced someone is that bug chasing genuinely turns them on, I can’t quite believe that such a blatant disregard for your health, and the health of others, boils down to mere sexual kicks – except perhaps in people with psychopathic tendencies.
What do you think? Is it possible to be happy, healthy and mentally sound, whilst pursuing (or spreading) HIV as some kind of sexy hobby? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share your thoughts on this blog, or the subject matter more generally in the comments section.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Invitation To Say Goodbye To A Friend

The Invitation by Oriah

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know 
if you will risk 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are 
squaring your moon...
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,


Jeremy Ryan Yocom, 41 of Kansas City, MO, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home. Ryan was born May 4, 1973 in Kansas City, MO, to Larry and Rena (nee Rickman) Yocom. Ryan was a hair stylist in the Kansas City Metro Area for many years, mostly at Encounters with Hair. Ryan is survived by his partner of 14 years, Gary Hall of the home; his parents, Larry and Rena Yocom of Edgerton, KS; his sister, Joy Yocom Gulley and brother-in-law Michael Trammell; two nephews, Tanner Ryan and Gage; niece Lindsey, all of Edgerton, KS;
paternal grandmother Ruth Fortel of Tulsa, OK, and multitude of close friends. Ryan truly loved life and he enjoyed his time spent with those he loved; he touched many lives in his 41 years and will be forever missed. Visitation for Ryan will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, 13901 Black Bob, Olathe, KS. The family requests contributions to the Good Samaritan Project of Kansas City, c\o Rhonda Adams, 3030 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64108 or online at www.gsp-kc.org/contributions. Fond memories and condolences may be offered at www.mcgilleymidtownchapel.com. McGilley Midtown Chapel, 20 W Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816-753-6200 www.mcgilleymidtownchapel.com

Published in Kansas City Star on May 13, 2014



Published in Kansas City Star on May 13, 2014


The Road Home by Stephen Paulus

Tell me where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost, so long ago.
All these years I have wondered, oh when will I know,
There's a way, there's a road that will lead me home.

After wind, After rain, when the dark is done,
As I wake from a dream, in the gold of day,
Through the air there's a calling from far away,
There's a voice I can hear that will lead me home.

Rise up, follow me, come away is the call
With (the) love in your heart as the only song
There is no such beauty as where you belong
Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.