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Click to visit VeggieCooking.com ARCHIVES 2009

7-August-2009, Friday:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver in critical condition; 88-year-old sister of JFK surrounded by family, spokesman says
�BOSTON - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a longtime champion for the disabled, was in critical condition Friday at a Massachusetts hospital.

�Shriver, 88, was surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren at Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable, said family spokesman Stephen Rivers.

�California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the husband of Shriver's daughter, Maria, was also there, said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor.

�. . . Shriver is perhaps best known for her work to establish the Special Olympics, inspired in part by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.�

PAM COMMENTARY: Now, wait a sec, wait a sec. . . I�ve heard about Rosemary because she was put into a special care facility in WISCONSIN. She died only recently, within the past few years.

In fact, back when I was on a quest as a college kiddie to find the bar that E. E. LeMasters wrote about in his book �Blue Collar Aristocrats� (long story short, it�s the Club Tavern in Middleton, Wisconsin), my friend Harmonica Bob pointed out Rosemary�s home/facility as we happened to drive past it on his motorcycle. (It was near an underpass and had a cross on it.) I remember articles saying that Rosemary was actually NORMAL until her father had her subjected to a LOBOTOMY -- one account said that it was really because she�d witnessed an affair he was having and he wanted her out of the way. I wouldn�t exactly call that being �disabled� -- I�d call that domestic violence!

OK, I looked it up -- here are a couple of links on Rosemary. She WAS disabled by a lobotomy, although they don�t mention the affair angle. Her father�s official story was that she had mood swings and was getting into the nightlife too much, something like that. (�Yeah, that�s it -- mood swings! THAT�s why our daughter needs a lobotomy.� Or maybe it was �Our good friend DR. QUACK says that a LOBOTOMY will solve our daughter�s mood swings!� ) So either she was the victim of her father, or of the medical establishment�s horribly bad advice:
Washington Post

The location mentioned for her care facility in the Wikipedia article makes sense for Harmonica Bob�s travels -- Jefferson, WI was on the way to Madison, and anyway one of the musicians Bob worked with was Chris Beggan (now dead of cancer), who lived nearby in Fort Atkinson at the time.

Here are other pages with pictures of Rosemary BEFORE the lobotomy -- cute gal, doesn�t look even slightly disabled:
Rosemary Kennedy; Does this young woman look retarded to you?
Rosemary Kennedy Dies

So I guess you can call it disabled, because AFTER the lobotomy obviously she was severely disabled. But if I�d been her sister, maybe I would have concentrated on the domestic violence/ medical violence angle just as much, or even more. . .

Massive beef recall linked to antibiotic-resistant salmonella outbreak [R]
�The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced last week that it was involved in a nationwide investigation with the USDA and other state authorities to investigate cases of salmonella infections that were �resistant to several commonly used antibiotics.�

�While reports of illnesses have come from nine states, the majority of those affected were in Colorado � with ground beef pin-pointed as the most likely cause for the 21 people sickened in the state, said the CDPHE. �

PAM COMMENTARY: Although there is always a slight risk from cross-contamination of food prepared on the same surfaces as meat, there�s never been a better time to go vegetarian!

Cash for Clunkers extension signed into law
�Under the Clunkers program as enacted, vehicles purchased after July 1 are eligible for refund vouchers worth $3,500 to $4,500 on traded-in gas guzzlers. The trade-in vehicle has to get a combined city and highway fuel economy rating of 18 miles per gallon or less.�

PAM COMMENTARY: Although there�s a lot of validity to claims that this is just another bailout of the auto industry, at least someone is TRYING to lessen our dependence on oil. Would you see a program like this under the Bush administration? Or was Bush better at encouraging people to keep their 10mpg SUVs while his buddies made billions from no-bid contracts in oil wars? I think we need MANY more programs to reduce our dependence on oil.

Aging water main break floods NYC buildings; It caused evacuations and closing streets within a three block radius
�The water main dates to the 1800s.

��Eventually it's going to go; it can't last forever,� Daly said.�

Quote 5 Words From the Associated Press? That�ll Be $12.50 [WRH]
�We�ve known that the Associated Press has some odd policies in regards to social media and the web for a while. The AP social media policy says that employees need to control not only what they said on Facebook, but what their friends said as well. We also got wind last week of the AP�s plan to find where anyone uses AP material online in an attempt to stop what it considers unauthorized use of its content. To say it�s causing controversy would be an understatement.

�Part of the AP�s plan is to charge for use of its articles if you quote 5 words or more. They signed a deal with iCopyright in April last year to accomplish this goal. iCopyright is a widget that handles not only print and email, but republishing as well. Well the widget�s starting to get some attention, if only for the jaw-dropping starting price the AP is charging for quoting its stories: $2.50 per word.�

PAM COMMENTARY: Maybe I shouldn�t link to AP articles at all!

No charges in videotaped police beating
�Calling it a case where first impressions were wrong, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham announced this morning that a grand jury has decided not to recommend criminal charges against a dozen police officers identified from last year's beating of three men that was caught on video and caused a national sensation.�

PAM COMMENTARY: Alex Jones of InfoWars.com is one of the few reporters willing to cover a lot of police brutality, and because he�s open to it people send him their videos. Jones once said on air that he can�t even watch all the videos people send him, as there isn�t enough time in a day -- each video is a few minutes long, and there are so many of them.

Government database snoops escape prosecution [WRH]
�Councils are failing to prosecute staff caught using a sensitive government database to snoop on celebrities and members of the public, disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

�Computer Weekly has established that staff from at least 34 local authorities have misused the Department of Work and Pensions' (DWP) Customer Information System (CIS) database to look up personal details of the public.�

PAM COMMENTARY: Oh yeah, it�s guaranteed that any power, any information given to the government will be abused by SOMEBODY. That�s why it�s laughable when people say �I have nothing to hide.� What they really mean, even though they don�t realize it, is �It�s OK for any criminal at all, inside or outside of the government, to steal this information once the government collects it, and to then use it for any criminal activity including the victimization of myself.�

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