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Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 30 2012

Sex Ed – We’re Doin It Wrong

I was recently accepted as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota. One of the requirements for becoming a volunteer was attending four classes. The first two were introductions to the organization; the third and fourth were educational sessions focused on the basics of sexual transmitted infections (STIs), reproductive health and contraception. It …

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Nov 26 2012

Cross-Country Connections: Thanksgiving

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Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme …

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Nov 22 2012

Gangland Turkey Killing

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate the holiday! I have a few odds and ends for today’s post, and then I’m getting back to the party! Things are all a-flurry in the Bilyeu-Hubby family households. Over the past two days I have made gluten-free mincemeat pie, Mom’s made cranberry sauce, many board games …

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Nov 20 2012

Not gonna tip. Not gonna do it.

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Steven Olsen from WWJTD posted this photo on Facebook from the FB group for IfYouCantAffordToTip.com:  The image shows writing scrawled in pen on a piece of paper that says: Crystal, Your service was Great. The Reason for No tip – I am starting my own Redistribution Plan Like Obama – Started 11/6/12 – I no Longer …

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Nov 20 2012

Mom’s In Town

Mom drove up from Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday. We’ve had all sorts of adventures since then. Yesterday Mom made a homemade golden cabbage roll dinner while the Hubby and I were at work. I haven’t had cabbage rolls since, well, since I lived at home with Mom. So good! Mmm…molasses. I usually do the cooking …

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Nov 19 2012

Cross-Country Connections: Leaf

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Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme …

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Nov 16 2012

Hazrat Ali Shah – Another victim of blasphemy laws

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Ugh. Rights activists in Pakistan must have their hands busy. Asia Bibi, Rimsha Masih, Malala Yousafzai. Here’s a list compiled by FP.com of ten women who have – for the most part – been high-profile victims of human rights abuses in Pakistan (Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an exception on the list; she made a movie about victims of …

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Nov 15 2012

Give To The Max Day: Atheists Talk Radio

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Give to the Max Day is happening RIGHT NOW. It’s a day of charitable giving run by by givemn.org, which offers several financial incentives to inspire nonprofit, school and donor participation in Give to the Max Day. So…

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Nov 15 2012

Photos From #Savita Rallies

I have compiled some of the images that were published on Twitter during yesterday’s rallies in Ireland and the UK: DAT SIGN RT @chewerson #savita Protest. The main message: twitter.com/chewerson/stat… — Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) November 14, 2012

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Nov 14 2012

Savita Halappanavar’s Death

On several occasions I have been asked to explain my views on the intersection of atheism and reproductive freedom. Well here it is, isn’t it? From BBC News, the story of 31 year-old Savita Halappanavar, who died in Ireland on Sunday due to complications of pregnancy: “On the Saturday night everything changed, she started experiencing …

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