We watched some of The Power on Amazon. The first three episodes are up right now. We watched episode one. Would have done more if we knew it was up already -- it was supposed to post to Prime tomorrow. Toni Collette is the star.
That's the voice in Allie's head that drives her out of church. The voice tells her about a power and how it's in her hands. Literally, it turns out. She and all the other teenage girls develop electricity in their hands. And they can make it happen for women as well.
If you read Naomi Alderman's book a few years back, you know this transforms the society and leads females to be the dominant sex on earth.
I'm interested to see how this plays out as a series.
Tuesday, March 30, 2023. The US Senate votes in favor of repealing the
AUMF, Senators Patty Murray, Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown want
accountability on the VA electronic record program, Mother Tucker
Carlson continues to issue jihads against the LGBTQ+ community, and much
The Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal a pair of Authorizations for
Use of Military Force (AUMF) with bipartisan support, taking a step
toward closing the door on the Iraq War 20 years after it started.
Senators voted 66-30 to officially repeal the 1991 authorization for
the Gulf War and the 2002 AUMF that opened the door to the Iraq War the
At least 20 years. At least? It's not repealed yet. Mary Claire Jalonick (AP) explains, "If passed by the House, the repeal would not be expected to affect any
current military deployments. But lawmakers in both parties are increasingly seeking
to claw back congressional powers they have given the White House over
U.S. military strikes and deployments, and some lawmakers who voted for
the Iraq War two decades ago now say that was a mistake." Yes, now we're waiting on the House of Representatives.
On the topic of Congress, March 17th's "Iraq snapshot" reported on the latest Senate hearing on the Electronic
Record Modernization -- an effort that's gone on since Bully Boy Bush
occupied the White House. Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray's office
issued the following:
March 29, 2023
Murray, Tester, Brown Announce Comprehensive Bill to Overhaul VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Program
Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Appropriations Committees leaders
spearhead effort to restructure, enhance, and improve the new EHR
program while increasing oversight on behalf of veterans, VA personnel,
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senators Patty
Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Committee, Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are
spearheading a legislative push to deliver a complete overhaul of the
Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Record
Modernization (EHRM) program.
The Senators will be introducing comprehensive legislation in the
coming days that would require VA to implement a series of EHRM reforms
to better serve veterans, medical personnel, and taxpayers. Their bill
would restructure, enhance, and strengthen the entire EHRM program while
also mandating aggressive reporting to Congress to increase oversight,
accountability, and transparency following a series of challenges with
the system and program, including those found in VA’s recent EHRM Sprint Report and a review
from the Government Accountability Office. This is just the latest in a
series of challenges related to the program which launched in 2017 and
was deployed at the first VA hospital in 2020, during the COVID-19
“I have been clear from the start -- VA cannot continue with its
current EHR system until it works for providers and keeps patients
safe. This legislation will put into law the kind of aggressive
oversight necessary to fix the current system -- that's my first priority,”
said Senator Murray. “Importantly, this set of reforms
will also overhaul the contracts and acquisitions process so that the
issues we’ve seen these last few years can be prevented in the future. I
want to make sure the dedicated providers at VA can do their jobs and
that our veterans are getting the high quality care they have earned and
deserve. Let’s pass the EHR Program RESET Act as soon as possible.”
“It’s clear that the new EHR system is failing veterans,
medical personnel, and taxpayers, and we need aggressive measures to
right this ship and get a better return on investment through this
contract,” said Chairman Tester. “That’s why my
colleagues and I are putting forth comprehensive legislation to increase
transparency and oversight over the new electronic health record
system—holding VA and Oracle Cerner accountable on behalf of the men and
women who risked their lives to defend our country. Veterans deserve
nothing less, and I won’t back down from our continued commitment to
safely deliver them the health care they need and earned.”
“Too many veterans and workers have faced confusion and
unnecessary problems because of VA’s Electronic Health Record rollout.
VA needs a reset, and must meet specific metrics on patient safety,
cost, and VA employee productivity, to improve morale and improve
veterans’ experiences when they turn to the VA for care,” said Senator Brown.
“As VA employees at Chalmers in Columbus continue to work through
issues related to Oracle Cerner’s product, I’ll continue fighting for
them, and for the veterans they serve, to improve this program before
the Department moves forward with any other VA facilities.”
Among its many provisions, the Senators’ legislation would require VA to:
Develop clear metrics to guide whether and how VA should go forward
with the new EHR at additional VA facilities and require additional
resources to support those facilities;
Require VA and Oracle Cerner to fix the technology features connected to the health safety and delivery issues found in VA’s March 2023 Sprint Report;
Not move forward with the new EHR at other VA health facilities
until the data at the existing five facilities demonstrates an ability
to deliver health care to veterans at standards that surpass metrics
using VA’s VistA system or that meet national health operations
standards as determined by the Under Secretary for Health;
Appoint a lead senior negotiator and leverage other federal agencies
and independent outside experts to offer advice and strategies for
managing aggressive EHR contract negotiations with Oracle Cerner to
protect taxpayers and veterans;
Develop an alternative “Plan B” strategy for a new EHR in the event
Oracle Cerner will not agree to new contract terms that protect
taxpayers and increase accountability and penalties for poor performance
or when VA data shows it cannot get the technology to work to serve
veterans efficiently and safely;
Reform major acquisitions at VA to prevent future programs with poor
contracting, oversight, management, and planning from occurring; and
Require an existing VA Advisory Committee to add health care experts
with proven experience implementing EHR deployments to advise VA
leaders on potential strategies on how to improve VA EHRM’s
implementation based on prior lessons learned in the private and
non-profit health sectors.
The legislation would also require the Department of Defense (DoD) to
report to Congress quarterly on steps it is taking fix DoD information
technology systems, including those which are outdated and are
negatively impacting VA’s ability to deliver health care, benefits, and
other services, including through the new EHR.
On Iraq, tonight, at 7:00 pm EST, WBUR
will air ON POINT's latest episode "The American Invasion Through An
Iraqis Eyes." Host Meghna Chakrabarti will be joined by Iraqi
journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. If your local NPR airs it, great, grab it
off that. I'm sure the episode will go up at NPR's home page for ON POINT
at some point. I'm noting the Boston station because a friend there is
the one who provided the heads up. I've honestly never listened to ON
POINT and didn't even know about it until the phone call. I will be
listening tonight. And, no, Tom Bowman is not the voice of NPR. Many
people with NPR are offended by his nonsense last week.
A friend at PBS asked for a link as well. No.
not getting it. Ava and I may rip apart what they wanted promoted this
weekend. Otherwise, we'll just ignore the airing of lies on the public
Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the American invasion of
Iraq, a conflict that was broadcast into our living rooms on our TV sets
in great detail thanks to the many reporters who were allowed to become
“embedded” with U.S. troops as they made their way across the
battlefields of Iraq.
Some commentators today refer to the War in Iraq as a mistake, but
that implies a mere error in judgment. However, that assessment
completely ignores the simple fact that the war was predicated on a
Someone at PBS needs to review that editorial with their staff.
bodies of the six innocent victims – including three precious children –
killed in the latest school shooting weren’t even cold yet before the
“don’t politicize tragedy” brigade was politicizing tragedy.
Monday, a female-to-male transgender man shot his way into Covenant
School – a pre-k through sixth-grade private school affiliated with the
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of America – in Nashville, Tennessee.
The right quickly pounced on the shooter’s transgender identity, using
it to target an entire community that it has already spent the first
three months of this year targeting through state legislatures.
Republican Senator JD Vance tweeted that the
left needed to do some “soul searching” over the Nashville shooting
because the shooter was trans and targeted a Christian school.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, his fellow Republican, blamed the “hormones
like testosterone and medications for mental illness” the shooter may
have been on for the violence, adding that “everyone can stop blaming
guns now.” Tucker Carlson, meanwhile, called transgender people the “natural enemy” of Christianity in a hateful tirade on his Fox News show.
The right is the radicalized threat to public safety, not the LGBTQ community. I have the receipts to prove it.
[. . .]
folks like Vance, Greene, and Carlson are concerned about sectarian
violence in the United States – and we all should be, given its ubiquity
in modern America – they ought to take a step back and consider the
rhetoric they use to demonize and dehumanize their political opponents,
the laws they pass targeting them, and the actions they take to harm
them. They ought to also consider the use of violence on their own side.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson stoked anti-trans fears in the wake of
Monday's Nashville school shooting, warning of what he described as the
rising threat of "trans terrorism."
Carlson cited the deadly shooting
at the Covenant School, a private Christian school, to assert a broad
and unfounded claim that trans people are waging a war against
"Why are some trans people so angry, and why do they seem to be mad specifically at traditional Christians?" Carlson asked.
What is FOX "NEWS" to do? Haters in poverty and struggling
watch FOX NEWS over the airwaves -- a low income group which effects
advertising rates. And when FOX NEWS owned FOX entertainment, that was
good for the bottom line. But ABC-DISNEY-et all now owns FOX
entertainment. So the free viewers continue. But advertising alone's
not making it these days. Which is why they started FOX NATION. But,
bit of a problem, the people who signed up for it -- a two week trial or
even for a full month? They're leaving. And they're not leaving
silently. The feedback FOX NATION is getting -- and they do ask for
feedback when you cancel your subscription -- is that there are too many
hateful attacks on LGBTQ+. They're getting comments like that. Some
of the comments include statements such as "I'm not a supporter of gay
people but even for me it's too much with the attacks."
brings in the freeloaders, no surprise there. But FOX "NEWS" is going
to have to figure out another way to get people to pay for content
because those who sampled the for-pay service are not impressed with
In the real world, people have to live
with the hate Mother Tucker stokes. QUEER NEWS TONIGHT notes Nebraska
state senator John Fredrickson.
takes a lot of courage on the part of the LGBTQ+ community in this
country as elements of the right-wing push for a holy war -- that's the
only term for it -- against LGBTQ+ persons.
Josselyn Berry has resigned. Who? The press secretary for Arizona's
governor. Monday the shooting in Tennessee took place. Monday night,
Hobbs Tweeted with a gif of Gena Rowlands in GLORIA, gun in each hand,
adding "Us when we see transphobes." There's not a defense for it. It
was a dumb Tweet. It also wasn't the end of the world. She was right
to resign because she would have been a distraction to the governor's
work. But it's also true that those whining that she was threatening
them -- huh?
People can be stupid. That includes HUFFINGTON POST which (mis)covered this.
Right-wingers, she wasn't talking about you. It was in a thread about
how harmful transphobes on the left are. Oh, right-wingers, did you not
know you could break bread with the left on this topic? I've got an
elderly, one-foot-in-the-grave, self-identified Communist just waiting
to meet you! (See Betty's "Shut your bigoted ass, Dr. Anthony Monteiro"
for more on that fool.) It had nothing to do with the right-wingers,
but you know how they love to play the victim, you know how they're
always playing the victim and always running for a Mommy or Daddy to
tattle because they're just victims (Mother Tucker Carlson projects
victimhood onto others), so they got butt hurt over something that had
nothing to do with them as usual.
Or maybe they were just whoring -- as usual.
Kelly knows she has to whore. She's got no career at FOX and no career
at NBC and no one else will touch her so YOUTUBE's all she got.
Remember that when she Tweets:
. Never ceases to amaze when you see courage like that on these tapes (of them taking out the shooter). Professionalism, bravery, respect for one another, honor.
I believe the police department did a very poor job.
friend of the shooter's called the police department and was palmed
off. Hours after the shooting ended, they finally showed up to take
the woman's story. That's not good police work. Now I know Megyn's not
very smart. But, let me repeat, that's not good police work.
reading the first Tweet she received over the phone to the first
point-of-contact with the Nashville police should have been enough. The
statement indicates the person texting has plans to harm someone and is
about to act on that plan.
This should not have been fobbed off.
The Nashville Police Department needs to figure out how they failed.
Megyn appears to be praising those who shot the shooter.
know that a certain Texas school shooting lowered everyone's
expectations regarding law enforcement but that is the police's job. I
don't know that those at the location did it well. I don't know that
they didn't. But I know the Nashville police department failed
Nashville when they treated the friend calling as something to push off
isn't helping anyone and it won't make the people of Nashville any
safer. But, hey, maybe it'll get some right-wing crazies to embrace
Megyn again? For Megyn, it was either that or endorsing Blackface again
-- she had to do something to rally her base.
the first call should have addressed reality and done so immediately,
then there was a second call and it didn't address the issue either.
This is not a time for praise. A tragedy took place and Nashville
Police needs to look at their actions and ensure more training so that
they're not ignoring an impending shooting again when presented with
clear information that someone's about to harm someone else in the city.
Related, "You are supposed to be a feminist! Trans 'women' are erasing women!" So claims an e-mail.
no, they're not. A lot of straight, cis gender women are erasing
women. It's not your industry probably but I don't understand why, for
example, actresses -- a noble profession -- are expected to want to be
called "actors." I don't get it. Singer is an inclusive term.
Songstress is not, but singer is. So fine and dandy. But if we're
really worried about women being erased -- and our society never has
been -- then I'd worry more about women being forced to adopt male terms
than about people misgendered by birth. And then take a moment to
grasp that this is happening in 21st century -- this notion that women
should be happy with a male term. If we're going to rename the
profession why not go with "actresses" for all? Why do we have to
reward the male norm all the time? That's a better worry if you're
worried about erasure. Then again, if you were worried about actual
erasure, you'd be promoting Merlin Stone's WHEN GOD WAS A WOMAN and
other books that deal with the actual erasure of women from history.
Erica is transitioning or has transitioned, how is
her being a woman erasing me? Help me with that because I don't see it.
e-mail continues, "They are doing this just to win races!" Really?
Most of the transgender people I know are over college age and not
running or competing in any sport, first off. And while there probably
could be economic incentive for someone born physically female to switch
to male, there's no benefit to the reverse. Transitioning to male
could allow an athlete to make a lot more money if they have talent at
the sport. Anyone who transitioned to female to make money in sports
had bigger problems than greed because society ignores women's sports in
this country. The WNBA is mentioned most often to mock it. (That's
not me saying they deserve to be mocked. They don't. But if, for
example, FAMILY GUY mentions the WNBA, it's to mock it. And, no, the
same thing does not happen with the NBA.)
Gaines? Isn't that the loser's name. As Marcia's documented
repeatedly, that woman has changed her story repeatedly. Maybe now that
her sports career is over, she feels she can be honest? Here's some
honesty, it's over because she wasn't that good. More reality, Marcia's
right, she came in sixth in that race she keeps whining about which is
why she didn't get the fifth place trophy at the swim meet. They had to
send her a trophy. They were being kind to her and letting her have a
fifth place tie -- when she actually came in sixth. No good deed goes
unpunished which is how Riley ends up degrading us all today. And,
dear, with those tiny breasts, I don't think you need to be insulting
Lia Thomas. And maybe don't talk about others because, Riley, your
shoulders and arms do not look normal for a woman. They don't look like
normal swimmers shoulders, no. And look at the bulky arms and then the
chest that looks like it has pecs and not breasts.
get it, I really do. Lia didn't just beat you in the water, she also
beats you in front of any mirror. Rachel McLish is a body builder who
won many competitions and she never looked like she was juicing so I
really don't get 'swimmer' Riley and all the testosterone that appears
to be racing through her own system while she's attacking Lia. Same
with Cory Everson. I started working out in the 80s -- like many, led
there by Jane Fonda. I knew what I wanted my body to look like and what
I didn't want it to look like. I wasn't going for Rachel or Cory's
look but I didn't feel they lost any part of what made them a woman.
They looked like women with muscles. Riley Gaines' body really doesn't
look like a woman's body. Again, that might account for her
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