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Of Madmen and Martyrs: A Unitarian Take On Knoxville

We are an odd group, we Unitarians.

Conventional wisdom says that we're soft in all the places our society values toughness. Our refusal to adhere to any dogma must mean that we're soft in our convictions. Our reflexive open-mindedness is often derided as evidence that we're soft in the head. Our persistent and gentle insistence on liberal values is evidence of hearts too soft to set boundaries. And all of this together leads to a public image of a mushy gathering of feckless intellectuals that somehow lacks cohesion, backbone, focus, or purpose.

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July 29, 2008 in spirituality | Permalink | Comments (0)

McCain doesn't support Community Choice Act

Members of the  Atlantis Community CIL and Denver ADAPT met with the Republican presumptive presidential candidate John McCain at a Town Hall Meeting today. Six members of ADAPT, including teenagers from the Summer Youth Program, sat in the front of the auditorium to listen to McCain's policies for his administration. When he took comments from the audience he handed the microphone to Dawn Russell. She explained the legislation called the Community Choice Act and asked him why he was not signed on. Mr. McCain stated he would not support the legislation.  He then offered several poor reasons for his decision and ended by saying we would have to let the voters decide that one. Having recaptured the microphone, he did state he supported the ADA, but had no interest in hearing that the ADA was entirely different from the CCA.

ADAPT encourages you to attend McCain's campaign events and continue to challenge him to support the CCA!  Show him disability rights supporters across the USA believe in real choice, believe in CCA and believe he needs to do the same.  CCA supports family values, it supports putting control in the hands of the individual instead of Government, it supports states' ability to use limited Medicaid funds for community services which people prefer and which are more cost effective.  These are all consistent with Republican values, as well as consistent with American values.

Presumptive Presidential Candidate Barak Obama has signed on as a co-sponsor to the bill already.

Distributed to CIL list at the request of Marsha Katz, Montana ADAPT

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July 8, 2008 in politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

More Worms

In 2004, David Pritchard applied a dressing to his arm that was crawling with pin-size hookworm larvae, like maggots on the surface of meat. He left the wrap on for several days to make sure that the squirming freeloaders would infiltrate his system.

“The itch when they cross through your skin is indescribable,” he said. “My wife was a bit nervous about the whole thing.”

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July 3, 2008 in symptom management | Permalink | Comments (0)


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July 2, 2008 in politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

on the edge

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. " -Kurt Vonnegut 


July 2, 2008 in about me | Permalink | Comments (0)

This can't be true!

Caffeine could help prevent multiple sclerosis

A new study is suggesting that having several cups of coffee a day could halt the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).

The researchers made this discovery in a study with mice bred to develop an MS-like condition, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, or EAE.

Those who were fed the equivalent of six to eight cups of coffee a day, did not develop EAE.

If this were true there is now way I'd have MS

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July 2, 2008 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)