This is my friend Amanda. It's not spam, it's not spin, it's a human being needing help. If you can, send her ten dollars, or five, or five pounds, and help her get her Mom into a decent house.

Hello, my name is Amanda and I am the caretaker of my disabled Mother. I had to quit work to move in with her and be her caretaker. We both live on her income, but have always managed to get by happily. We were homeless for around a year and ended up moving in with my Aunt, my Mom's baby sister. She has decided that we can no longer stay with her and need to be out as soon as possible.

I have managed to find a home for my Mom and I - a rented house. Everything is move-in ready, but the utility company has found an old bill in my deceased step-father's name from a time before they met. The utility company is demanding that it be paid before we can move into the home and have utilities. They are wanting a total of $4200 dollars, but will accept $2000 towards the bill. We have spoken with a lawyer and he has informed us that there is nothing we can do but pay the bill.

We have managed to scrape together around $100 dollars to put towards the $2000. If anyone would be interested in donating whatever amount they can, it would help out greatly and be much appreciated. Once we are settled in and I am able to, I will put your donation towards any charity in your name. Just state on the donation which one if you want me to do this. Or I can give you a tab towards graphics to be used at any time if that is your preference. I just want my Mom to have a happy, healthy home. Its hard to believe that a bad debt of someone else is keeping us from this goal.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know that might be willing to help out.

Thank you for taking time to read. May God bless.


Donations can be sent via paypal to
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( Apr. 24th, 2010 08:07 pm)
  It's almost as if, Moffat considers the essence of The Doctor to be... Deux Ex Machina.  That he thinks the essence of The Doctor, IS The Sleight of Hand?

 Just re-watched the repeat.  Which means I saw all of it, as opposed to the bits I missed when I was burning the dinner last night.

Spoilers.... )
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( Mar. 7th, 2010 02:45 pm)
 The new laptop can pick up our wifi all over the flat.  Including the bedroom, where I am currently pegged out on the bed, recovering from an age induced hangover.  Okay, alcohol is the primary cause of a hangover, but it was only half a litre of Amaretto, medicinal at that, and I'm zombie dead in pain all day.

Ageing sucks.

But I'm using the laptop to try and sort out my LJ, and have added a bunch of people, and finally worked out how to get rid of unwanted 'friends of'.  And so I'm trying to get my DW posting again, as well.

I've not added new people for ages, and part of me doesn't want to, as my LJ space is so private.  But some of my dearest flist, are quite new.  So I'm not closing the door on new dearest people.  But I will probably reconsider how I feel about my LJ core list, if I get my DW journal up and running properly.

If you are newish, or just one of those on my LJ and neither you, or I post, much to each other, you might want to consider flisting me on Dreamwidth, rather than LJ.  See if that gies me the impetus to remember to log on to DW.

*waves to everyone*

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( Jul. 9th, 2009 10:30 pm)
 Anyone who appreciated the political comment in tonight's Torchwood needs to call the BBC on 037 001 00222, press 2 and hang on for a real live person.

The phone lines are already jammed by "outraged of Seven Oaks complaining that the BBC has no right to make political commentin drama, are biased, and shoudl have their license fee removed.

This happens every time the BBC do anything that stands up to the political status quo.  Every comment phoned in tonight will be put into the programme log and given to the production team in the morning.  PLesae speak up for those F.A.S kids.  Please speak up for Torchwood.  Please speak up for the BBC.

Only those making complaints ever call.  If you agree with the view of the world Torchwood showed tonight... phone and tell them "Well Done!"

037 001 00222

can someone twitter this for me?
Author Jourdan Anderson
Annotation Jourdon Anderson, an ex- Tennessee slave, declines his former master's invitation to return as a laborer on his plantation.
Year 1865
Text Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter and was glad to find you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Col. Martin's to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again and see Miss mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville hospital, but one of the neighbors told me Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here; I get $25 a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy (the folks here call her Mrs. Anderson), and the children, Milly, Jane and Grundy, go to school and are learning well; the teacher says grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday- School, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated; sometimes we overhear others saying, "The colored people were slaves" down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks, but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Col. Anderson. Many darkies would have been proud, as I used to was, to call you master. Now, if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.

As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free- papers in 1864 from the Provost- Marshal- General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to treat us justly and kindly- - and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty- two years and Mandy twenty years. At $25 a month for me, and $2 a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to $11,680. Add to this the interest for the time our wages has been kept back and deduct what you paid for our clothing and three doctor's visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V. Winters, esq, Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night, but in Tennessee there was never any pay day for the Negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

In answering this letter please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up and both good- looking girls. You know how it was with Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve and die if it comes to that than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood, the great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits. <>P.S. -- Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

From your old servant,

Jourdon Anderson

Source: Cincinnati Commercial, reprinted in New York Tribune, August 22, 1865.

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( Jun. 11th, 2009 03:39 pm)
 Worth the money?  especioally for a linoleum covered bungalow.  Better cheaper models?  Thoughts please everyone.
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( Jun. 9th, 2009 07:09 pm)
My oldest flist, back from Babylon 5 days, will remember Ken Sarowiwa, a writer who was murdered by the Nigerian Government, for speaking out against Shell's exploitation of the Ogoni people. JMS had mentioned Sarowiwa at the time.

At least Shell have had to admit some guilt now, after all this time.

We need to remember, parts of the world still kill writers for speaking out.

- - - -

Joy at Nigeria oil deaths pay-out
Lawyers for relatives of nine anti-oil campaigners hanged in Nigeria in 1995 say they are thrilled that Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay compensation.

The oil giant had been facing charges in the US of complicity in abuses under Nigeria's then military rulers.

Shell denies any wrongdoing but said it welcomed the $15.5m (£9.7m) settlement as part of a process of reconciliation.

Lawyers said the case showed that corporations were bound by the same human rights standards as individuals.

"We litigated with Shell for 13 years and, at the end of the day, the plaintiffs are going to be compensated for the human rights violations they suffered," said Paul Hoffman, a lawyer for the Nigerian families.

“ For a lasting peace in the Ogoniland, Shell has to change its attitude towards the people ”
Bariara Kpalap Mosop
The case had been due to go to trial in the US next week, but Mr Hoffman said that even if his team had won the case, they would still have faced "years of appeals".

Judith Chomsky, of the US-based Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and one of the lawyers who initiated the lawsuit 13 years ago, said she was "thrilled" with the outcome.

She said it sent a message that "corporations, like individuals, must abide by internationally-recognised human rights standards".

Local rights

Prominent author Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Ogoni ethnic group from the Niger Delta were executed after being convicted by a military tribunal over the 1994 murder of four local leaders.

They had been campaigning for the rights of local people and protesting at pollution caused by the oil industry. Their deaths sparked a storm of international protest.

The lawsuit was brought under a 1789 law which allows US courts to hear human rights cases brought by foreign nationals over actions that take place abroad.

It alleged that Shell officials helped to supply Nigerian police with weapons during the 1990s, participated in security sweeps in parts of Ogoniland and hired government troops that shot at villagers who protested against a pipeline.

It also alleged that Shell helped the government capture and hang Mr Saro-Wiwa and several of his colleagues.


Shell has not accepted any liability over the allegations against it and said the pay-out was a "humanitarian gesture".

1958 Oil struck in Ogoniland
1990 Movement for Survival of Ogoni People (Mosop) formed; Ken Saro-Wiwa is president
1993 300,000 Ogonis protest at neglect by government and Shell
1993 Shell pull out of Ogoniland after employee is beaten
1994 Conflicts flare between local communities, military sent to restore order. Mosop say conflicts being fuelled by government as a 'divide and rule' tactic.
1994 Four community leaders killed by mob of youths. Mosop leaders, including Ken Saro-Wiwa, arrested
1995 Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight others tried and executed; widespread condemnation of government
2003-2008 International attention switches to armed conflict started by other Delta communities
2008 Government announces Shell will be removed as an operator in Ogoniland.
Speaking after the settlement was announced, Shell official Malcolm Brinded said it "acknowledges that, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place, the plaintiffs and others have suffered".

"While we were prepared to go to court to clear our name, we believe the right way forward is to focus on the future for Ogoni people, which is important for peace and stability in the region," he said.

"It is our hope that we can continue to contribute to this rebuilding process and look forward to the eventual normalisation of relationships with the Ogoni people."

But Ledum Mitee, president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) said the settlement was not enough and more was needed to address the injustices.

"If you remember that about 2,000 Ogonis lost their lives in those days of the military repression, and the environment was severely damaged, then you'll know that $15.5m is quite insignificant for that," he told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

Mosop spokesman Bariara Kpalap added that Shell has to "change its attitude towards the people".

"Shell should treat us as civilised human beings and not those to be exploited because of our oil," he said.

Ken Wiwa, 40, son of Mr Saro-Wiwa, said his father would have been happy with the result.

"It will provide some kind of psychological relief and release to have those who they feel were responsible for the violations of human rights, being held accountable, or being made to account for their roles in those human rights violations," he said.

Mr Hoffman said $5m of the payment would go into a trust to benefit the people of Ogoniland. The rest would go to the plaintiffs and to pay the costs of litigation.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/06/09 16:40:21 GMT

I know this make me unpopular, but I can't stay quiet any longer!

Can we please think through what we are doing, when we remove payments for second homes in Parliament? Can we also think through what we're spending a lot of time on, when there are far more serious issues at hand?

Should MPs be able to claim for second homes - of course they should! Should they be able to claim for a new bed, and a tv, of course they bloody should.

We always groan that MPs do not reflect us. They are not working class. They are not women. They are not gay. They are not muslim. Well, that's because damn few people can afford to be MPs.

Damn few women, damn few working class anything. MPs get paid 64 grand a year. They work all hours. They are sometimes in the Houses of Parliament at 2am. The House works on presuming MPs stroll in after paid employment, and fill their evening hours with Parliament.

The reality is, most MPs work the sort of hours you'd condemn as slave labour. Many travel huge distances every week. All for less than a headmaster in a school , considerably less than a news reader, and most could earn a GREAT DEAL MORE in business.

Consider if you are young and working class. You get a seat in say.. Inverness. You have to travel to London to vote. In days past, you were not allowed over night expenses. You were not allowed a second home allowance. You slept on the train, on the way back up, exhausted, tired, dirty and hungry. You travelled ALL THE TIME.

This is why second home allowances were brought in. This is why it's okay to buy a bed, a tv and a kitchen table for a new MP, in a London flat. So they can function with some vestige of human comfort.

And because some gravy trainers abuse a system WE PUT IN PLACE, and AGREED TOO, we are now condemning everyone?

MPs can be lowly lazy shits. Most of them are not. They work and work and work, and get punched in the gut for doing so. Would you do that for 64 grand? And work all hours, and have your home life eaten up by your job?

It is perfectly acceptable that MPs pay their partners for support work - they do it anyway. No, they shouldn't abuse it, but it should be recognised that being an MP is an altruistic act, no matter what you think of any individual shit, or of the party political system. There are considerably easier ways to gain power. Ask Bill Gates.

If these people weren't prepared to work themselves to the bone, who would be protecting you? And that's my second point. Whilst all this NONSENSE is going on, about annoying and insulting little amounts of money that in the scheme of things pile up to diddleysquat, what are you NOT loooking at. Our civil liberties are being eroded in this country, and we're arguing about pool cleaning? Oh for this sort of outrage at childen being abused in Yarl's Wood! Oh for this sort of outrage over going into Iraq!

Yes, it's wrong we pay for pool cleaning. Yes, the system was being abused - but we set it up like that. We refused to pay MPs a decent, honourable wage for their work, and decided to do it by the back door. And now we are complaining they took the door we opened, and laid a 'welcome' mat down on... and it's our responsibility. That's what happens when you don't pay attention!

Pay attention.

If you want working class people in Parliament, you need to pay them enough so they can afford to be there. And if you want decent working class representation outside London, you need to pay for a one bedroom flat in London, with bed, cooker, kitchen table, phone, TV and hot water. Unless you want your new MP sleeping on bare boards on the floor.

And if we want women in Parliament, we need to pay for sodding child care too!

End of rant.