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Category: school

11/30/10 10:11 - 55.ºF - ID#53183

in class today...

I brought up an article I read this week about Tea Party members being against sustainable development efforts, or most zoning in general, that they think it's to create "human habitation zones" and it's a UN plot. Later, someone else brought up about the new food safety bill that passed today and he thought it was a good thing because of the salmonella and e-coli breakouts in peanut butter and cilantro and whatever. The bill gives the FDA more power over food inspections.

A classmate got REALLY upset and ranted about the FDA doing more harm than it's ever done good, citing an example of the FDA raiding a raw food coop in California and you know, people have died waiting for drug trials. She then essentially said I was calling the Tea Party people crazy and that they just want smaller government and government is so bad, and then quoted Glen Beck to support her argument.
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Do people really believe that the FDA is bad? I'm not very interested in the topic outside of appreciating that they do recall drugs that kill you or make you fly airplanes into houses on suicide missions. In general, it feels like a "too little too late" kind of agency.

The prof was very very diplomatic in calming the ruffled feathers.

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Category: comedy

11/30/10 06:14 - 53.ºF - ID#53180

Dykes of Hazard: It's not easy being white

I was at this show and I'm in class at the moment, but this tune was freakin' hysterical live. so hopefully it comes across just as awesome on vid:



I think too few people in my facebook friends list would get this - thanks, (e:peeps)!
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Category: holiday

11/27/10 02:41 - 36.ºF - ID#53171

A happy thanksgiving!

I had a wonderful thanksgiving in maryland at my best friend's mom's :-) here's a picture of felicia in her thanksgiving apron and one of michelle and her cousin's 5 year old. So cute! Hope you all had a great time also!

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Category: gas e&p

11/20/10 01:19 - 47.ºF - ID#53139

Petition to extend NYS fracking moratorium

The NYS Senate passed a bill Aug. 3 to extend the DEC moratorium on high water volume, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction until May '11. The Assembly hasn't acted and the session is getting very short. Petition:



AND/OR:

Call Assembly Speaker Silver (212-312-1420), assembly member Robert Sweeney (631-957-2087), and Buffalo's Sam Hoyt (716-885-9630). Tell them to vote “yes” on this moratorium (A11443), as well as asking that they recommend this to their fellow assembly members, and tell them to bring this moratorium to a vote AS SOON AS THEY RETURN! We cannot wait on this! Tell Governor Paterson (518-474-8390) to support this legislation and sign it as well!



Also, don't believe the "natural gas is cleaner than coal" crap. If you only look at the moment of burning, yes, it's cleaner, but if you take into account the whole process, it could be dirtier than the entire coal extraction & burning process, according to the

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We urge caution in viewing natural gas as good fuel choice for the future. Using the best available science, we conclude that natural gas is no better than coal and may in fact be worse than coal in terms of its greenhouse gas footprint when evaluated over the time course of the next several decades. Note that both the National Academy of Sciences and the Council of Scientific Society Presidents have urged great caution before proceeding with the development of diffuse natural gas from shale formations using unconventional technology.


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Category: stuff

11/19/10 08:23 - 38.ºF - ID#53133

Lampshade... Success!

Not a bad lampshade... Found it at target for about $16.

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(followup to (e:heidi,52761) and (e:heidi,52973))
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Category: apartments

11/16/10 10:03 - 48.ºF - ID#53113

I hate Kissling Interests

This is an anti-Kissling Interests rant. ((e:peeps), no need to read, it's just for potential Kissling Interests renters.)

Do not rent from Kissing Interests. Do not rent at 131 Allen Street, the Aldor Apartments. Kissling is a money-grubbing evil corporation. If you are not an absolutely perfect person and tenant, you will pay lots and lots and lots of extra money. They do not repair important things like WATER LEAKING INTO YOUR APARTMENT. My apartment leaked for two years and they gave me $100 off one month's rent for it. That barely covered all the extra laundry costs I incurred. Thank goodness none of my electronics were near the windows. I cleaned the apartment thoroughly when I left - it was cleaner than when I moved in, it was clean enough for someone else to move into immediately, it was spotless, and they still took $40 out of my security deposit, and if I want to contest it, I have to hire a lawyer. I had a parking spot in a lot at 175 North and once they towed my truck without notifying me because they were repaving, not because I hadn't paid or was in violation of any lease provision. The lease does NOT say that no dogs are allowed on the premises. Nisha came to visit and I got charged $250 and was not allowed to keep her there at all. My apartment was very cute, but overpriced for the amount of space, amount of noise on Allen and the lack of maintenance. There was no way to control the heat so my windows were wide open in the middle of winter. Once a window shattered on my head while I was trying to open it. I got charged $180 AND got an eviction notice when I didn't pay within three days. They charge tenants $50/mo extra to have an air conditioner in their windows - according to the notice it's to defray extra costs, but tenants pay for electric!! Cats are allowed but only with a NONREFUNDABLE deposit. This is why the building was more than half empty for over a year. For comparison, the apartments above Colter Bay at Delaware & Allen have central air, controllable heat, are much more spacious, have modern large kitchens, allow dogs & cats with no deposit, and are fully rented, even with the same noise issues.

KISSLING INTERESTS SUCKS. Don't rent with them.

Love,

Heidi
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Category: tourism

11/06/10 02:14 - 40.ºF - ID#53070

Griffis Sculpture Park

Went to Griffis Sculpture Park back in September with the queer women's meetup. I loved it and can't wait to go back.

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Category: home

11/06/10 01:01 - 38.ºF - ID#53068

Blossburg Fall Festival

The 2010 Blossburg Fall Festival sponsored by Blossburg V.I.B.E. was very successful this year. I didn't get any good shots of Keith's hayride.

Jill's husband Shane, my brother Josh, his girlfriend Wendy, and my/Jill's/Shane's office manager Kelly staffed the V.I.B.E. hot dog contest registration table.
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Dave & his blond son Tyson
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Kelly's triplets - Emily is the one facing the camera, the boys are avoiding me.
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Mikki & Kelli painted pumpkins
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Hannah painted pumpkins
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Dave (one of Shane's workers) & Gordy (one of Shane's relatives) waiting for the hot dog eating contest to start.
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Winner's brother
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Timothy Jackson (one of Shane's numerous cousins) - note Tommy Mac's face in the background!
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Gordy
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Skynner
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Skynner stopped to take a call.
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Jill tallied number of hot dogs each contestant ate.
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Winner!! He's actually not related to any of us, he's from out of town! He and his brothers and his mom came to the contest from several counties away.
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Brothers & Gordy
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First place guy, second place Bryan "Big Sushi" Kinat (another of Shane's relatives), and third place Gordy
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Blossburg's Top Dog. He got a trophy, a shirt, a medal, and $50.
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Parents of one of my high school classmates eating leftover hot dogs.
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I used to co-coach the Battle of the Books club with my friend Robin, an English teacher at the high school.
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Sue makes filipino food and people are very intrigued.
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We had a country/rock band.
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Shane's cousin Michael is the drummer.
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My high school classmate Annie's son Jarrod cooked baked potatoes for the Boy Scout troup.
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Jarrod & his Boy Scout pals.
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My dad trying out pies. Jackie coordinated the pie-baking contest...
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That my mom & aunt took second & first prizes (respectively).
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Yet another cute kid.
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Next V.I.B.E. project that I'll be photographing: Light Up the Holidays contest.

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Category: home

11/05/10 11:58 - 38.ºF - ID#53062

No FRACK!


9 minute video about the Pittsburgh protest against the Marcellus shale producers conference Wednesday. The conference featured Karl Rove as the keynote speaker, telling the gas companies that now we'll see an era of "sensible regulation". That's what Rove called the banking regulations before the banks took down the global economy.

The video includes several minutes of Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox. He's saying civil disobedience is going to be necessary to protect our homes, water, cities and forests. One person on a email list I manage called this "inspirational"... I'm sitting at my kitchen table crying because we're so fucked. The PA governorship is now held by Tom Corbett, who raised nearly $1M from oil & gas companies during his campaign. Thanks, Supreme Court, for Citizens United. Fuck you very much. The PA House, which passed severance tax legislation in the last session, is now held by Republicans, who are virulently anti-tax and pro-gas drilling, mostly unconcerned about the environmental and community impacts. The PA Senate was already held by anti-tax Republicans. PA Dept. of Environmental Protection already doesn't have sufficient staff to monitor gas wells and other gas infrastructure. With the US House turning Republican, it's really unlikely the FRAC Act will pass. The FRAC Act would make hydraulic fracturing subject to the Safe Drinking Water Act and give the US EPA authority to regulate fracing, eliminating the "Halliburton Loophole". Oh yeah, and Obama just came out for expansion of natural gas drilling as a concession to the new House majority.

The gas companies evidently think/hope we'll all move so they'll have unfettered access to our lands. Us pesky water-drinkers.



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Category: pets

11/05/10 12:49 - 42.ºF - ID#53060

Vet for China?

When I moved into my apartment, it had fleas. I immediately treated China Cat and they all died. However, she's super allergic to the bites and has itched so much that she's got scabs and bald spots two months later. Ew! I know, TMI. Sorry. I think I have a lead on an elizabethan collar for her, so that plus some neosporin might fix it. If not tho, I'm gonna take her to the vet. Anyone have recommendations for a gentle, reasonably priced veterinarian?

Thanks!

In other news, I'm working too much (regular work + this crazy research assistant position I took on for almost no money), have too many school responsibilities, an ethics exam Saturday, but my laundry's done... except for the two sets of sheets, blanket, and quilt that China's puked on this week. *sigh*

Ten things I like about my new apartment
1. I can have a kitchen table AND a couch!
2. Full-size freezers fit frozen pizzas.
3. Temperature control means not being so energy wasteful and preventing heatstroke by having windows open during sub-freezing temperatures. The furnace had a gas leak, but the property management took care of it. They also replaced the hot water heater promptly when it sprung a leak. The water was just warm before but now it gets HOT!
4. I have a full-size tub! Actually, the whole bathroom is full-sized. The bathroom is really cute and I got adorable towels with whales on them.
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5. I have two walk-in closets.
6. It's quiet. I knew it would be quiet, but it's quieter than my bedroom at Uncle Dudley's in Pa. There you can hear the highway noise. It took me a bit to get used to.
7. I have a lovely east-facing double window in my kitchen that allows all the prisms to make beautiful rainbows.
8. The downstairs neighbors are Peter & Heidi.
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9. My living room is big enough that my bike lives in it as well as the couch.
10. Nisha can come visit again!

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