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Archive for March 19th, 2012

Minnesota Firefighters: Looking Good While Doing Good

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 19, 2012

The central Minnesota town of Padua held a Saint Patrick’s Day parade this past weekend, and as the firefighters from the nearby town of Sedan were coming to take part, they encountered a truck fire.  They were the first on the scene, so they jumped to it and soon had the fire dealt handily.

While wearing lovely off-the-shoulder prom dresses.



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Who is smearing Jean Bertrand Aristide?

Posted by Charles II on March 19, 2012

KPFA interviews Senate/White House aide Burt Wides and attorney Ira Kurzban on where charges of corruption and drugs against Haitian President Aristide originated.

It sounds sort of like a cookie cutter of the accusations against Honduran President Zelaya. Mary Anastasia O’Grady is a lead accuser, for example. It’s like they don’t even care about being obvious on running these smears.

The willingness of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to join the persecution of Lavalas is disturbing.

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I brought you into the world… (on midwifery)

Posted by Charles II on March 19, 2012

A fascinating segment on midwifery on DemocracyNow. US maternal death rates are worse than Puerto Rico. And death rates have risen substantially over the last few years.

Ina May Gaston claims to have been able to greatly reduce the rate of birth complications through natural birth methods. She notes that many maternal deaths areiatrogenic: in C-sections, the uterine artery can be nicked, for example. She says that she was able to avoid a C-section for her first 200 births. In the US, almost 1 in three births is by C-section!

As her story illustrates, those 60s hippies knew a thing or two.

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