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Daily Kos :: The Further Adventures of Dorothy, the Transgendered Chicken

The Further Adventures of Dorothy, the Transgendered Chicken
by Sara R May 02, 2014 1:47pm PDT

Dorothy prepares for her ride north, not feeling too happy about leaving her home.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a plea for help on the off chance that someone in our Daily Kos community would offer a solution: Please help save Dorothy, the transgendered chicken. My sister and I had a problem. One of our beloved hens, Dorothy Lamour, stopped laying after her first season and then began to show masculine traits. Her comb grew. Her wattles grew. She developed spurs. None of these were terrible problems in and of themselves — but Dorothy also began to crow like a rooster. And we couldn’t have that in our neighborhood, especially as we have a neighbor in frail health who needs his sleep. So, with regret, we had to find a new home for her. Either that, or we would need to put her down, something we could not bear to contemplate.

Ann handing Dorothy over to her new caretaker, Jeremiah, who runs a sort of sanctuary for roosters and other birds.

I know it was an odd request but this community came through! We had three potential homes for Dorothy and chose a sanctuary run by a trans man who has a real touch with birds — a real chicken whisperer, we think. Thank you, mntleo2, for hooking us up with this gentle soul!

Dorothy gets fitted with a harness.

We drove over 100 miles yesterday to deliver Dorothy to her new home. We brought Dorothy, a kennel, 100 pounds of chicken feed, and a new harness for her (all the birds in this sanctuary wear them).

We knew we had found a good match when Dorothy just melted in Jeremiah’s arms. She immediately felt comfortable.

This morning, our backyard was so quiet. The remaining hens are missing their friend — and so are we. But it was a pleasure to see that Jeremiah had posted pictures of Dorothy on his Facebook page. So we will still see her this way and get news of her adventures! Yesterday, she went for a car ride while Jeremiah’s friend waited for his truck to be repaired and was very happy.

Dorothy, riding in cars, with boys!

If this story teaches us anything, it is that gender in nature isn’t simple. Also, kindness offers solutions to all sorts of situations. It does! You all are very kind — and Ann, Dorothy and I thank you.



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Daily Kos :: Pope Francis: “Thou shalt not frack!”

This is very worth reading and there is more useful stuff in the comments section at the link below. I am very impressed with how knowledgable the commenters in Daily Kos are-info links and videos are posted at the link below the article.
Pope Francis: “Thou shalt not frack!”
by citisven Nov 15, 2013 10:40am PST

Pope Francis holding up anti-fracking t-shirts following a meeting with a group of Argentinian environmental activists to discuss water and fracking issues. The shirts read “No To Fracking” and “Water Is More Precious Than Gold.”

Meet the Newest Anti-Fracking Activist: Pope Francis.

I haven’t seen this covered prominently here, but thought it’s worth a mention when the guy with a direct line to 1.2 billion people’s ears says that it’s not cool to frack. This week theTwitterverse went ablazewhen Pope Francis met with Argentine filmmaker Fernando “Pino” Solanas (La Guerra del Fracking — The Fracking War) and environmental activist Juan Pablo Olsson at the Vatican to discuss fracking and water pollution. Olsson posted the photo of himself, Solanas and Pope Francis.

Next Up For Pope Francis: Anti-Fracking Activist?

Finally, a logical pope. If your belief tells you that God gave us the Earth to be stewards of, then injecting millions of gallons of water and chemicals into the ground to fracture massive rocks for their extra oil and gas and in the process threatening the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend, seems like a really bad idea.

For a pope who has demonstrated that he is able and willing to connect some serious dots by coming out against poverty,inequality, and bigotry, stepping into the environmental arena is the next logical move. After all, it is the poor and underprivileged who have not only been taking the brunt of industrial pollution and environmental degradation that comes with the fossil fueled life but are also at the forefront of suffering the consequences of climate change. He reportedly told the group he “is preparing an encyclicalabout nature, humans, and environmental pollution.”

I’m really digging on Francis who is actually living up to his name as the patron saint of the poor. What I didn’t know is that St. Francis was named the patron saint of ecology by John Paul II in 1979, because of his theological connection to poverty.

“It is my hope that the inspiration of Saint Francis will help us to keep ever alive a sense of ‘fraternity’ with all those good and beautiful things which Almighty God has created,” Pope John Paul II later explained. “And may he remind us of our serious obligation to respect and watch over them with care, in light of that greater and higher fraternity that exists within the human family.”

And, of course, simply bypissing off Sarah Palin you know you’re moving humanity in the right direction.

According to one report of the meeting, His Holiness’s concern was “clear” when hearing about the Chevron deal in Argentina and other environmental disputes in the region. On Tuesday, Sarah Palin said she was shocked by the pontiff’s “liberal” statements. Wait ’til she hears about his new role as the face of Argentina’s environmentalist movement.

What I’m thinking is why stop here? What if Francis became known as the Solar Pope? Advocating for Creation Windows andHeavenly Energy, like his Lutheran brother, Pastor Peter Hasenbrink, whose church in Schönau Germany has 431 solar modules on its rooftops, generating more than 40,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough for eight churches of its size.

Pastor Hasenbrink & Bergkirche

Follow me below the fold for a few statements from my interview with Pastor Hasenbrink about tying Christian theology into environmental action. Lutherans in Germany have long been on board with theEnergiewende, but their Catholic brothers and sisters are starting to get into it too. So this is some of the “theosolar” language Francis could use.

“God has put a lot of love into this creation,” Hasenbrink says, explaining what he considers the natural affinity between faith and environmental stewardship. “When you look around, you can only be in awe of how well-conceived everything is, and we humans are called upon to not only be beneficiaries but to intelligently and responsibly sustain this creation.”


In his sermons, Hasenbrink would point to the importance of combining inner and outer work, citing St. Paul’s letters in Romans 8—“For the creation is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God’s children”—as a call to action for us caretakers to relieve the strain on the earth, to signal our participation, and to move toward salvation. “Not that we humans can or should salvage the world—Christ himself must do this—but we are God’s collaborators in sustaining this work of creation.” Hasenbrink says. “For me, and for the Christian community, this is the task of our time.”


The name “Creation Windows” was a cinch. “We thought, wouldn’t it be a great metaphor of what a church should be doing anyway, transforming the power of God into energy for our daily life? Just as electricity is a symbol of light and power, faith is a symbol of the power that God gives us to have hope and trust in humanity, to help each other and to co-create.”


With Germany’s recent decision to phase out nuclear energy by 2022 and switch to 100 percent renewables by 2050, the small church community suddenly finds itself at the cutting edge of a new energy age. Together with EWS, the Schönau energy rebels’ cooperative, which today employs more than 50 people, provides renewable power to 115,000 homes and businesses throughout Germany, and earned Sladek the Goldman Prize. They are leading the way in a shift of both policy and consciousness that few could have imagined just a decade ago. “If we wait until powerful leaders start to do good, the train will long have left the station,” Hasenbrink says. “You have to start wherever you’re at, but if it’s many of us, then one drop will turn into a big lake. And that’s what happened here.”

Tag, you’re it, Francis!


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Daily Kos :: Paul Ryan: Budget negotiations are for cutting federal pensions, not corporate tax loopholes

I understand not wanting regular people to be burdened by taxes but when large corporations are making obscene profits by utilizing taxpayer funded infrastructure, making the government pay for things they (in a truly free market would have to pay themselves) then what gives?
Why are these entities supposedly created for the public good that do so much demonstrable harm to the Earth, our societies and to individuals-why are they treated as more important than anything?
Why blame government which IS US!! When government causes problems it is nearly always due to corporate influence thru corruption and the long growing trend toward fascism engendered by the rot of money based power.
I totally get and respect the desire to avoid the “Stalin and Stasi” government monster. But I don’t understand why anyone would promote corporations over people?
Why is it ok for CEO’s to run a company into the ground (and get taxpayer bailouts) and still “deserve” a “golden parachute” of millions of dollars but a federal court clerk, janitor or school teacher is somehow evil for wanting fair pay, benefits and the contract they made for their retirement to be honored as it legally should be?
It simply does not make sense to me.
Federal workers are not demons from Pluto-they are our neighbors, friends and family members.
Corporations are a sophisticated tool the 1% use to enslave humanity and concentrate resources into their control while most humans struggle and go without needed things.

Paul Ryan: Budget negotiations are for cutting federal pensions, not corporate tax loopholes
by Laura Clawson Oct 29, 2013 7:13am PDT
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

With budget negotiations coming up in Congress, Democrats are looking to end sequestration by getting new revenue through sources like closing corporate tax loopholes. However:

“If this conference is used as an excuse to raise taxes, then I fear we will not be successful,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said last week. “We’ll take the spending cuts we have if that’s all it’s going to be.”

Because heaven forbid giant, hugely profitable corporations have to be spared the agony of payingas much in taxes as they pay their CEOs. Ryan does have one idea for who Congress could make pay, though:

As for the future, Ryan has proposed a 2014 budget that would require federal employees to pay more toward their retirement benefits while eliminating special supplemental payments to certain federal employees who retire before age 62. The savings under that plan would be an estimated $132 billion over 10 years.

In recent years, federal workers have faced pay freezes, sequester furloughs and a government shutdown. All while many of them earn less than they would in the private sector. Now, Republicans are suggesting what amounts to a significant pay cut for these workers—just, heaven forbid, not a tax increase for those who can most easily afford it, be they billionaires or banks. And driving the most qualified people out of the government is a great way to make the government function worse, achieving another Republican goal by creating problems they can point to in their everlasting quest to break and dismantle government entirely.


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Daily Kos :: Better Dead and Red: How the GOP blocked health care for red state Americans

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(You can read the full article these images came from on Daily Kos at the link below. It has a lot of information and multiple links to other articles and resources-
http://m.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/29/1241710/-Better-Dead-and-Red-How-the-GOP-blocked-health-care-for-red-state-Americans?detail=email )


Daily Kos :: Sen. Angus King: Far-right Obamacare opponents ‘guilty of murder’

As a person whose entire life has been altered, restricted and arguably stolen by disabling illness untreated for decades due to lack of access to healthcare I can really relate to this article.

Do far right radicals really believe my entire life is worth less than money?

That society when it removes the ability to live as our ancestors did which kept us healthy, then has no responsibility to provide health care within the model of society that now completely dominates the land where I live?

Do they really believe in their hearts that some people genuinely*deserve* to suffer pain, disability and death for the “crime” of being born into poverty, or in some way unable to earn enough money to pay huge sums for healthcare?

I am confused about what people believe on this because many claim to be Christian followers of Jesus; who said “Whatsoever you do unto the least of my brothers this you do unto me”.

Could He have been more clear in saying we are all One and practicing love and compassion for all was something He expects us to do?

For many years I felt that most people in America truly wished people like me to die.

I learned that from the actions and rhetoric around things like poverty, healthcare, foodstamps, the ADA and also the pervasive attitude (Million Dollar Baby anyone? ) that it is BETTER to be DEAD than profoundly disabled.

So if you oppose the ACA/Obamacare please realize what message you are sending to impressionable children like I once was.

I am not lazy but I worry every day about not being productive enough-as if simply being is not enough.

Did God create me with a work contract? Am I in violation because I was exposed to toxics as a child which destroyed my health?

I know God didn’t give me this demand that insidiously drains my confidence and joy and causes me to question my value as a human being.

This obviously flawed belief grew from the culture that told me people who don’t work hard enough deserve to starve, do without and die.

How can people who promote those ideas call such a culture the land of the “FREE”?

How free are we if failure to be a good slave makes us worthless?

Sen. Angus King: Far-right Obamacare opponents ‘guilty of murder’
by Joan McCarter Sep 30, 2013 1:58pm PDT
Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) has some harsh words for those who would tell young people that a political principle is more important than having health insurance.

“That’s a scandal—those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” Sen. Angus King, a Maine Independent who caucuses with Democrats, told me in a Friday interview. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance. For people who do that to other people in the name of some obscure political ideology is one of the grossest violations of our humanity I can think of. This absolutely drives me crazy.”

King speaks from experience.

Forty years ago, when King was 29 years old, he was provided health insurance as a staffer for then-Sen. Bill Hathaway, D-Maine, and for the first time in a decade went to a clinic for a checkup.“I had a health policy that included in it a free annual physical as a part of the policy and they had evening clinic hours. And I wouldn’t have taken the day off — and if that hadn’t been covered under the insurance there’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have gone to have the checkup,” King said.

“It was a routine checkup and the doctor found this mole, and I went in a week later to have the stitches out. The doctor told me I’d better sit down and that I had melanoma…. A month later I found myself having every cancer test you could imagine. Ultimately I had a fairly major surgery. The point of the story is that without the surgery I would have died.”

You know that none of the guys at Heritage Action or FreedomWorks would tell their own children to go without health insurance. They know as well as Sen. King that it’s foolish to go without that protection when you can afford otherwise. But. They. Don’t. Care.

As far as they’re concerned, the people they’re telling to burn their fake Obamacare cards could live or die. It doesn’t really matter. They’re not likely to be voting Republican any time soon. That’s why they don’t particularly care about the people who they would allow to go hungry with their massive food stamp cuts. They’re not voters. And they sure won’t be campaign contributors. As far as Republicans are concerned, most of America is expendable.