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So when my sister told me she was pregnant she went to great lengths to tell me that they had told NO ONE about her pregnancy b'c a) genetic testing won't be done until the 19th and b) she doesn't want the judgey pants people give her when she had her 4th.

my BIL announced their impending birth on FB 3 days ago. 

it took me this long to stop being upset at him.

And the way he did it. UGH it is so... I HAVE SPERM THAT STILL WORKS GUYS!!! and I just wanted to reach thru the computer and throttle him.

DUDE. like wait a half second. She might be a month pregnant as of this week. Shit isn't final, not to mention the genetic testing and chance of miscarriage, etc. This isn't his first rodeo and yet he is acting like it is his damn uterus. (thanks to my friend Kym for giving me that phrase)

I have lots of reasons to dislike my BIL, but one the the biggest reasons I have issues with him is that he is 51, and still acts like a bachelor in his early 20s. He takes no responsibility, does not work (besides his job, and I hear he is good at it, but no work at home either physically or emotionally) at home and he expects all the plaudits for being this GREAT FAMILY GUY.

I am so sick of his baloney. Sure I want a happy healthy baby etc, but at what cost? at the cost of my sister having another person in her life that completely depends on her? I want my sister to be happy and healthy, what will another pregnancy do to her body, her health, her livelihood. She already works 2 jobs to keep their roof over their head. srsly? my sperm is still the best sperm is the way to go? ugh.
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I am going to repost things from other journals I read.
They say it far more eloquantly than me.

[livejournal.com profile] kathrynt startles me with a fact you should know.
One of the reasons -- one of the BIGGEST reasons -- why Haiti is so poor is that their wealth was stolen for them for 120 years. After the successful slave rebellion, France, Britain, and the United States slammed Haiti with a crippling trade embargo, plus the threat of an actual war, unless they repaid the French the worth of every slave "lost" to them in the rebellion. That's right; the Haitians bought their freedom with , and then were forced to buy it again with gold. The cost was 150 million francs, which is the rough equivalent of 21.7 billion dollars in 2010. The amount was later reduced to 90 million francs, but it took the Haitians until 1947 to pay off the debt, despite exporting every penny they made. The loss of 120 years of revenue, plus the continued crippling interest and brutal terms of the various international loans they've taken out to stay alive, are what keeps Haiti so poor. And while the IMF has offered Haiti an additional $100 million in loans in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake, it comes with those same conditions, which include the requirement to RAISE the price on utilities like electricity and prohibit a lot of infrastructure development.

And [livejournal.com profile] kellidunham writes this. I agree with her entirely.

What they apparently teach about covering Haiti in journalism school.
1. Don't bother to learn the name of the neighborhood you're reporting from. The generic term "Port au Prince slum" will work fine, even though "slum" has no precise meaning or purpose beyond othering the area.
2. Feel free to proclaim a specific area "devastated" by the earthquake without ever looking at any "before" pictures to see if that's actually true, otherwise folks might be reminded that we've been ignoring how bad things are in Haiti for a while now.
3. Always make sure to describe expressions of sorrow in their most extreme physical manifestations so as to continue with the othering mentioning in #1.
4. Photographers, always show white people calm and black people not calm.
5. The more the subject in a photograph is suffering, the closer the shot should be. If you encounter a person who is very close to and is actually screaming in pain, the camera lens should actually touch their face.
5. Describe all people who eat food procured in ways other than taking what is handed to them by white people as "looters." These same people should be described as "traveling the Port au Prince slums in lawless gangs" even if they are just a family out searching for drinking water.
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More than two million AIDS related deaths reported globally in 2008 - two million children under the age of 15 now live with HIV



Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Take Action
There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

-get tested for HIV
-practice safer methods to prevent HIV
-decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
-talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
-provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
-get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

2009's focus is about respect:protect universal access and human rights.

Please do something today. Even if it is reposting this or wearing a ribbon. People are still getting HIV. People with HIV and AIDS are being denied basic rights.

I will admit that at my church this is something we do as a community often. I would say a large portion of my church members are living with HIV and so community outreach is a big deal. Tonite we are going as a group to Broad Street Ministry to give dinner to the homeless for World AIDS day. Every Xmas we go to Calcutta house (an AIDS community for the homeless) and give them an Xmas party as well as raising funds for them to stay open. All of our 4 pot lucks include a bus for Calcutta house members to come and share a meal with us. Plus other things we do year round. Do something extra today.
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But would anyone have a fermentation bucket I could borrow for about a month?

specifically: One 5-gallon food-grade plastic bucket with spigot, lid and airlock?

I am wanting to try to make hard cider for Halloween... and I would be pleased to share my hard cider with someone like the person who let's me share their fermentation bucket!
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Mostly for Portia, Stacey and Steven... but if you love cycling/dogs/the Tour of MO than please read.

This past July, federal authorities broke up the largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history. It ensnared people operating in five states, including Missouri, where the Humane Society of Missouri took in over 400 dogs rescued from the ring. But with so many dogs coming into their care at once, the MHS sent out a plea for donations. ..This is where you come in! 100% of the Tour of Missouri print sales and raffle "e-tickets" will go to the Missouri Animal Cruelty fund. These contributions are greatly needed for the care and rehab of hundreds of mistreated animals.

So MODogs is holding a raffle during the Tour of MO. With prizes being things from famous racers Like Levi Leipheimer and Floyd Landis. Tickets are 5$ each and are sold until the end of the tour (which is tomorrow? sunday??) It took me awhile to figure out how to buy a ticket. In the lower right hand corner there is an "add to cart" feature.

I figure this is my way to give money directly to a group saving dogs AND also a way to thumb my nose at Vick again. Plus hello! I want to win a jersey!
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A spoof of the NOM ad, but hysterical.. esp for Takei.

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home. sick. still miserable. I don't feel horrible.. just sick and miserable.

soup. yes. oj. yes. advil cold and sinus. yes.
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Sigh. "you don't need a lot of dar to spot the gay" made this whole article for me.

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I know you want them. hat tip to Coffeemamma


Jan. 27th, 2009 11:48 am
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OK this is just for my own memory.. but someone on the west coast had a Gashlycrumb Tinies party and the costumes were AWESOME!! I do love me some E. Gorey.

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OK I used the basic recipe from Bon Appetit here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Texas-Beef-Brisket-Chili-350108

First I will warn you. This recipe filled my ENTIRE crock pot that Sharon & John got us for the wedding. This pot is HUGE and so if you need to cook the meat and then remove some to put the butternut squash in at the end don't feel bad. I removed about 6 cups of meat, drained about 8 oz of fat off the top, put the butternut squash in, and then covered it with as much meat as would fit in the pot. I think this made sure the squash was covered enough by juices to cook them thoroughly without worrying about them sitting on top and drying out. I cannot imagine a pot big enough to cook this in that fits in your oven. I don't recommend halfing the recipe tho. I don't think it would taste right. Maybe take 2 pots at once to make it?

But since I changed it some (not alot) I will post my version. I added raisins and beans to the chili.. plus I didn't use ancho chiles. I wanted to use black beans but I grabbed the wrong can and used an organic kidney bean that was so dark it fooled me into thinking I opened the black beans. I didn't want to waste them so I put them in the pot. Next time I will use black beans, altho these were a tasty substitute.

Last notes: Making the chiles and blending them made me think this was going to be VERY spicy. My nose hairs burned for 2 hrs after making the paste. It cooked down without any real super spiceyness, so if you like it to be spicier I would a) add another batch of the paste when you add the squash at the end or b) let it sit overnite. I wondered if it would have been more spicy the next day.

Brisket and Butternut Squash Chili
6 large dried new mexico chiles (bought at the spice corner in S. Philly)
1/2 cup raisins
6 ounces bacon, sliced
4 cups onions, chopped
1 5-pound beef brisket, cut into 2 1/2- to 3-inch cubes (Espositos was the place I got mine.)
Coarse kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
9 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon dried mexican oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 10-ounce can of Ro*tel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
1 12-ounce bottle Mexican beer (I used Sol)
1 4-ounce can diced roasted green chiles
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro stems
1 10-ounce can of kidney beans (altho black beans are also a good choice)
2 cups 1-inch chunks seeded peeled butternut squash (from 1 1/2-pound squash)

Seed and stem the dried chiles. Place chiles and raisins in large bowl. Pour enough boiling water over to cover. Soak until chiles soften, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sauté bacon in heavy large oven-proof pot over medium-high heat until beginning to brown. Add onions. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle beef all over with coarse salt and pepper. Add to pot; stir to coat, turn heat to medium low.

Drain chiles and raisins, reserving soaking liquid. Place chiles and raisins in a cuisinart. Add 1 cup soaking liquid, garlic, chili powder, cumin seeds, oregano, coriander, and 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt; blend to puree, adding more soaking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if very thick. Pour puree over brisket in pot. Add tomatoes with juices, beer, green chiles, and cilantro stems. Stir to coat evenly.

Cover and place in oven. Cook 2 hours. Uncover, add beans and stir. Cook until beef is almost tender, about 1 hour. Drain as much fat off the top of the chili as you can (I used a turkey baster which worked wonders), remove about half the meat to another bowl, add squash to pot, cover with as much of the meat you can fit into the pot. Roast uncovered until beef and squash are tender, adding more soaking liquid if needed to keep meat covered, about 45 minutes longer. Season chili to taste with salt and pepper. Tilt pot and spoon off any fat from surface of sauce. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cool 1 hour. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled.
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Funny this came out while we were leaving. But there is a little video about the cats with this article and I saw most of those kitties while I was there.

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Just for those of my friends who love to find out what is up with my aunt's farm.

They had another bouncing baby cow this weekend. I've suggested the name Angus. (cos I am bad like that)

Dolly has slipped a disc and she isn't walking. But she is alert and eating. So they are taking a wait and see approach. (Dolly is the llama mama of Madison)


Click on see our pics for their newest photos. They updated their site.
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OK. I am always facinated by the Guiness Book but socks on the line???

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