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The pigs need more room!!! Please donate!!! Every little bit helps! Pigs Peace is looking for more land to do even more good! Donna has offered to shave her head if we can raise the $180,000 needed to buy more acreage next door, but I figure, we can probably let her off the hook on that one. Email dgonder@comcast.net for more details or to send in your check as a donation. We'll find out about online donations shortly. www.pigspeace.org if you're interested in learning more about the organization.
Hey! Let me know if this is out of line, and I will delete the post and post elsewhere, I was just thinking this would be a good crowd!

I am in the Seattle area, if you are as well, or pretty much anywhere in western Washington, Motley Zoo will give your foster dog free training, food, approved vet care, and even (to place the harder dogs) pay for dog walking if your schedule is too busy to walk the dog every day. If you have a home and the love to take a dog in, Please contact me through livejournal or at washingtonsbigblackdogs@gmail.com.

If you are not in Washington, contact your local shelter or the rescue organizations in your area, most places are willing to pay for food and vet care if you are willing to feed, love and socialize another dog.

Worried about getting attached? Foster parents have first grabs when it comes to adopting out a dog. This means when they do find a home (usually 1 week to a month and sometimes much longer than that for old dogs, bully breeds, or other "difficult" dogs), they will ask you if you would like to adopt the dog out or if you would like to keep them, so if they become family, they will not take your dog away!

Picking color swatches could determine you personality...

ColorQuiz.comautumn McMullen took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

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.. Or may be gnashing our teeth!, The following is a letter written in 2007 to England's Secretary of State. It might explain some of the reasons global economies are in the toilet. The names have been deleted to protect the cheeky:

Rt Hon David Miliband MP
Secretary of State,
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

16 May 2007

Dear Secretary of State,

My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to join the "not rearing pigs" business.

In your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy.

I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs, but if this is not the type you want not rearing, I will just as gladly not rear porkers. Are there any advantages in not rearing rare breeds such as Saddlebacks or Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many people already not rearing these?

As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I haven't reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority courses on this?

My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is - until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any.

If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100?

I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000 for the first year. As I become more expert in not rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases?

Another point: These pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don't rear?

I am also considering the "not milking cows" business, so please send any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)?

In view of the above you will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits.

I shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election.

Yours faithfully,
Frick frick frack and frazzle. So, I'm still here and bored, bored, bored. I didn't realize just how essential my car really was until it was trapped in the snow and the like. Serious case of cabin fever going on, I think, someone needs to come and save me. I know I'm in Monroe, but seriously...
Okay, so the bail-out failed, um yay! I know, I know, they have to do something, and it's un-liberal, leaning democratic socialist, of me to assume that the market is just going to fix itself, but somehow, I don't think a corporate capitalist, but socialist when everything turns to shit is the way to do it either. So, I'm happy about that. I can't help but wonder, however, what they ARE going to do with it now. I don't agree with the initial policy, there was WAY too many creepy oversight things that would pretty much leave the executive branch with even MORE power over the budget than it already does (um, creepy...?) That, and the plan pretty much allows the corporations to assume that they can take all the risks that they want with OUR money and then expect US to bail them out with some more of OUR money, now I'm no economist (thank God), but how does that make sense again? And how does all this prevent them from doing it all over again??? No, we need to put the original caps back in place (that McCain's financial advisor REMOVED, yeah, you're gonna be able to solve the economic crisis real good, jack-ass), spend all this money bailing out PEOPLE, not companies, and allow different giants to take the main stage for a while, I don't see how it will make all that much of a difference in the long-run. Strengthening corporations even more does not seem like it would solve the problem because it seems to me, that that's the root of the problem in the first place... Okay, admittedly too much NPR, not having a TV is interesting...

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Even so, I'm optimistic. I still firmly believe that people, all of them, are inherently good. It's just that we get lazy, it's often easier to make a greedy choice than to make a self-sacrificing one; it's easier not to research and to just do what the tele tells you to; it's much easier to worry about your economic situation for retirement and say fuck all the rest of them than to actually worry about your brothers and sisters in the world; it's much easier to blindly follow what the american dream has mutated into, and toil and toil and toil, only to eke out a meager existence with a car payment and a debt the size of Texas and then wonder why your psychiatrist says you need anti-depressants; it's so much easier to act in the way that a pessimistic view of humanity itself has created where humans are inherently evil creatures that cannot be trusted and we must separate ourselves from each other, when in fact it is in each other and talking out problems and possible solutions that holds the true solution to everything that's wrong with this country and the world. It's about seeing people (and animals, had to throw that in there, my vegetarian, newly five day a week vegan, self) and not dollar signs, or negative dollar signs as the case may be. It's about not seeing somebody as a self-serving animal, but as a mother or a daughter or a sister that is just trying to get by, just like you are, and maybe make a lasting impact on the earth while they're here, just like you are (there is no such thing as an evil PEOPLE, and entire country cannot be out to get us, because remember, they are struggling just as hard as you are with their personal struggles). 

No one starts out evil, I don't even think there is truly a concept of good and evil embodied in anything alive, it's just that humans have a tendency to get set in their ways, and not really think. It's easy to get into a routine and forget about the other people around you toiling away until you're pitched into the center of it, and then it's often much harder to make any sort of difference. Yes, voting is important, but even that isn't enough. All you can do is try, but try hard, to make an outstanding change in the world, and that means thinking about your actions and learning to think about what comes out of your mouth and how both of these things are going to impact other people and the world. It's not about who does it better than anyone else, it's about doing everything in your power to make it better not just for you and your own, but adopting everyone that comes your way as your own, putting yourself in their shoes, and acting in the way that you would want them to act were the situations flipped. It's an old concept and sounds a little preachy even as I type it, and I know that I'm not perfect at it, nor will I ever be, nor will anyone ever be (because good and evil aren't actual items, but neither is perfection, or the strive towards it) but learning to own up to your mistakes and trying not to play the blame game, and letting perceived strife against you roll off your shoulders is definitely the way to start. And acting in this fashion inspires others to act that way to, I believe. It reminds people that maybe not everybody is a lying cheating bastard after all, and makes them think about how they're acting. So pay it forward, that's the solution to pretty much everything.

Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test...

ENFP - The Champion

Your type is known as the Champion type, which is part of the larger group called idealists. Nothing occurs that does not have some deep and ethical significance in your eyes. You see life as an exciting drama. You are very charismatic, yet tend to be too harsh on yourself for not being as genuine as you think you should be. 3% of the population shares your type.

As a romantic partner, you need to talk about what is going on in your life. You are a strong supporter for your partner's efforts to grow and change and be happy. You need to feel that same support from your partner. Expressive, optimistic, and curious, you are eager to enjoy new experiences with your partner, whom you wish to be your confidant and soul mate, as well as play mate. You are uncomfortable sharing negative emotion, though, and tend to withdraw from confrontation and process your feelings privately. You feel most loved when your partner appreciates your creativity, accepts your uniqueness, and sees you as the compassionate person you are. You need to hear your partner tell you how much you mean to them and would love if they did thoughtful spontaneous things to demonstrate it.

Your group summary: idealists (NF)

Your type summary: ENFP

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How many songs total: 2174
How many hours or days of music: 5.7 days
Most recently played: Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song) Fiona Apple
Most played:"You Wouldn't Like Me" Tegan and Sara
Most recently added: "Windmill" Tokyo Moon

Sort by song title:
First Song: "ABC" The Tiger Lillies
Last Song: "672" The Dresden Dolls

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: "Writer's Block" Peter Bjorn and John

Longest Song:"The Tain" The Decemberists

Sort by album:
First album:Absolution- Muse

Last album: 6 Songs EP-Shannon Curtis

First song that comes up on Shuffle:"Red" The Birthday Massacre

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 4
Life - 30
Love - 100
Hate - 13, but every song from Ben Folds Five album is on there, and then one song from Muse, but here's the thing, I see hate nowhere in any of the song titles or album or band or anything for the Ben Folds Five stuff... So, apparently my ipod just hates them...
You - 240
Sex - 6
"I don't know how many of you have seen this, due to the media trying to black it out, but Rep. Kucinich from Ohio introduced a motion to impeach the president on Monday night.

It was read again into the Congressional Record on Tuesday, and may be scheduled for a vote today.

I have been trying to get people to talk about this, but so far it's silent most places I look.

If they won't cover it in the major media, don't we have a responsibility to do it ourselves?

Here's a link to all of the articles he cited: http://solarbird.livejournal.com/654198.html

the full pdf of the speech: http://www.democrats.com/files/amomentoftruth.pdf

Pass it on. Talk about it. Call your congresspeople. Please, Call Your Congresspeople. Call Nancy Pelosi's office.

Don't let this be buried.

More importantly, call the House Judiciary Committee members. http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/6/10/65218/2813/164#c164 Or email them. Or fax them. Or all of the above.

Impeachment Bill gains co-sponsor. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Impeachment_resolution_gains_cosponsor_0610.html

As of some time late yesterday, it finally hit CNN, buried in the politics section here.

Video of the articles being read, from tri_blog

to find out who your representative is and contact them via email, use this link"

Or if you're feeling up to it, just go to her site she's more savvy than I about imprinting links and all that. http://community.livejournal.com/obama_2008/1223000.html

It's in light of Scott Mcclenan coming out of the closet recently, and his willing to testify against Bush *claps* This needs to go down in history if only for a warning against similar tactics, sure it didn't work with Nixon, but we'll just have to prove again and again that the American people won't take this crap. Also, we need to figure out a way to get Cheney impeached too, because ew, scary, scary, scary. As soon as I'm done with school completely, you can guess what I'll be doing. I love Kucinich :D