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Re: “A school shooting rattles small-town North Carolina

This news is over a week old. Please try to keep up, will you?

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Posted by Bert Jennings 1 on 10/07/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Carolinas turn out for Climate March

Did the Charlotteans in attendance arrive in SUVs as Al Gore did?

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Posted by ODB on 10/02/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Carolinas turn out for Climate March

Click the link below to listen to Voices of the People's Climate March from the perspective of one of 400,000 plus marchers for change. Click, Listen Share! The 35 minute audio is not narrated but instead lets marchers from around the country tell the story in this 35 minute audio mix.Click, Listen Share and engage! https://soundcloud.com/brian-kasher/voices…

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Posted by Brian Kasher on 10/02/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Oct. 2)

Frappuccinos are cold

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Posted by L1284 on 10/02/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Carolinas turn out for Climate March

With 60 BILLION food animals on the planet, this should be our first step in the Climate March! The best chance to mitigate climate change is to severely reduce consumption of animal foods. Easily 1/4 of human induced warming is attributable to animal agriculture. Methane is 24 times more potent than CO2 but takes only 7 years to cycle out of the atmosphere. CO2 takes around 100 years to come out. Human pursuit of animal protein is the leading cause of methane release and a primary cause of CO2 concentrating in the atmosphere. Check the facts and act!

Methane vs. Carbon Dioxide: A Greenhouse Gas Showdown
http://tinyurl.com/kwnwz6n

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

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Posted by Jim Corcoran on 10/01/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “You're so Charlotte if ...

You know are so Charlotte when you are the jerk in a Suit and think that makes you "important" at the bar....

Posted by Ashley on 09/30/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Police and racism: The truth is in the numbers

Respectfully, the media is also the problem. Selling a good story on assumptions, rather than waiting for facts. All parties are responsible for Race divides, including the media which can act as a catalyst.

Posted by Ashley on 09/30/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

Less is best. Be free & unobstructed. Save your money for outerwear!

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Posted by less-is-best on 09/29/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

Apparently (or to be more precise/accurate, pretty much invisibly beneath skirts, uniforms & so forth) with shortages of rubber (latex -- imported from rubber plantations in the Orient) led to eliminating "latex" from underwear during WW II. Also steel for corsets, etc. was diverted to wartime production. Thus, women in & out of uniform had to make do with snaps, hooks & such ... as they did before latex was "discovered" & adapted to garments such as "panties."
One solution was ribbons & other "ties" to hold things up ... which had the tendency to unravel [and/or "reveal"] ... & do so at almost always the most unexpected & inconvenient moments. Once again, panties, nickers & whatever proved not just useless & unhealthy but ... dropping right toward one's ankles ... counter productive.
Less is best & no nothing "Down There" is best-est ... once again, our ancestors (& Scottish lads & lassies all along) knew what they were doing, for the addition of panties to modern fashion (& budgets) seems to provide no useful purpose at all ... except to restrict women's freedom on & off the job!!!

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Posted by down-with-panties-forever on 09/26/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

As the saying goes, things should be clear, free & unobstructed! Un-constricted too!

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Posted by freely-and-comfortably on 09/25/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

PostScript: Panties also (usually) have elastic --- or call it "e-nastic," which any doctor, nurse or health professional (or other person with common sense or 30 seconds of thinking capacity) will agree CUTS OFF YOUR CIRCULATION ... perhaps a little at a time but certainly doesn't give it any benefit. It isn't exactly foot binding, but it isn't exactly good for you!

Goodbye effective circulation, Hello varicose veins (it takes years but again, time passes for everyone inevitably), heart problems, swelling of the ankles, etc. especially on a long car, bus or airplane ride ... many problems with your system come from strangulation, major or minor, quickly or slowly. In the "good olde days" women wore a chemise under everything else ... with no "gusset," "crotch" or anything else to get in the way of fresh air & sunshine ... & good health. After all, maybe our ancestors weren't entirely stupid or misinformed about the facts of life & healthy living.

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Posted by pantiesbegone on 09/25/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

Commando or pantiless or no nothin' seems to be becoming more & more popular, especially as a PERMANENT CURE for dreaded "panty lines" (no panties=no panty lines ... forevermore --- or foreverless to be precise) & for yeast infections (killing bugs with fresh air, sunshine "Down There" & no moisture au naturale --- after a week or so of gradual pantiless days --- or better yet, going "cold turkey" "once & for all" with no panties ever again --- & your system gives off less moisture to compensate). Probably the greatest "invention" for women's freedom from fashion has been the tampon, making the open crotch not only feasible but also the very most desirable for work & sports & almost any other activity one can imagine. For the one activity for which the tampon would interfere ... it can be easily, desirably & discretely replaced (& disposed of) ... as it was designed to be! Off with panties & on with living freely & comfortably!

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Posted by freely-and-comfortably on 09/25/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Local venture puts food waste to good use

Let's hope they can get a permit for a Type 3 composting facility from NCDWM, assuming they are processing post - consumer food waste. The monthly rent on a facility zoned I-2 won't be cheap. After all that can they beat the retail price of Carolina Castings, which is 45 cents a pound?

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Posted by James Bell on 09/15/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “The rise & fall of a Boomer Outlaw

I'm glad THE ELECTRIC SLIDE didn't premier at Cannes and was canned at the premier instead. It would be sad to see a poor interpretation filling peoples' heads with cliches, exaggerations and made up stuff. A movie about Ed has to be a GREAT movie about Ed.

Before I discovered his infamous junkie robbing spree and sad demise he had already found his way into a chapter in my recently completed memoir, THE SPY FROM WEIRDSBORO, which is about my life and travels in and out of Chapel Hill when girls got the pill and boys got drafted. Discovering the fate of people I loved and who loved me and who I'd lost contact with over the decades has been part of the process and is documented in the work. Ed is among several very close friends who passed without me knowing, but who were somehow always on my mind, sometimes to the point of obsession. In the journey of writing and researching to check facts and dates, I made a personal discovery. It is simply that these spirits of the dead wanted me to know they had gone, so they lingered with me until I finally discovered they passed long ago and that was why I could not find them. When I finally cried for each person, knowing I would never see them again in the flesh, the ghost and the obsession fell away. So, if you want a cure, "knowing" is an effective exorcism. Most people don't even know they have a ghost following them, but we all have our angels. In my research I discovered that my cat, that is very much like the cat I had in 1972 that Ed loved so much, was born the week Ed died. He is eleven years old now and he is the sweetest cat on Earth. Ed Dodson was one of my angels in life and in many ways he has been with me in death. Thank you, Ed. God bless your family and friends who know what a blessing you were!

Posted by Dink Bridgers on 09/10/2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: “You're so Charlotte if ...

You went to the first WNBA Charlotte Sting game only, and had to google the team's name because you forgot.

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Posted by Enid Valu on 09/02/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “A look at Charlotte's Tea Party

i personally think the tea party are legalized terriost. i used to be a moderate republican voter for over 50 years, then came the tea party. i was so fed up with their politics that i changed to independent. i will never vote democrat or republicam again. i will not vote for thom tillis or haygen period. in my opinion all politicans and state employees in high up positions in raleigh and accross the state are very untrustworthy. just look at dept. of nc transportation for one example, very top heavy with coffe cup drinkers who do not care what happens to seniors, wildlife or the envirnoment when grabbing land for toll roads that have already been proven up north to be failures. soorner or later state will be forced to take over these toll roads and tax payer will again pay heavy burden. when will people of nc wake up, most likely never. only way to defeat this is everyone refuse to vote. an opinion from an disabled senior citizen and veteran who it took over 50 years to realize it will do know good no matter who you vote for. they are all the same..

Posted by j black on 08/31/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “You're so Charlotte if ...

I'm so Charlotte, I remember one if the highlights of the school year was a visit from Gus the Bus.

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Posted by DJordan on 08/29/2014 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Police and racism: The truth is in the numbers

More racist trash liberal propaganda published by CL.

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Posted by truth on 08/28/2014 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Debating the i-word

Illegal Immigrants: Kick them out. Send them home. Protect and serve our own poor citizens, rather than continue to hurt them by allowing these illegals to stay.

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Posted by truthhurts on 08/28/2014 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Why is N.C. afraid of midwives?

About four weeks ago I made the choice to switch from a hospital birth at CMC Pineville to a more relaxed setting here, at Carolina's Community Maternity Center. I was already planning on a completely natural birth using Bradley and Hypnobirthing techniques at CMC, but at 31 weeks pregnant I thought the experience would be more intimate at the birth center. My midwife was Lisa, the founder of the company, and It all went downhill from there.. My husband and I met her for a consultation. I was a good candidate being in great health, exactly the correct weight and no complications. Despite being a late transfer, I felt confident in my decision. However, this is when the first red flag flew. Lisa is not what I envisioned a midwife to be... she seemed nervous and uptight, and had the demeanor of a rich business woman. No big deal though, until she described the incident of the infant death a year ago. She complained more about the effect on her business then the horrible tragedy that occurred, using the hospital as a scapegoat despite the fact that yes, if this woman were at the hospital, this child would not have died. I believed her though, and ignored my intuition, because I so dearly wanted to have that experience I longed for.
So, after paying $4500 in cash (yes, even if you come in late, they charge you the whole amount) I had my first appointment. This is when things went wrong. To start, she didn't have my correct email and thus I never received my intro forms. After complaining that she now had to fill them out, I went to get a urine sample and perform my own test, because in her words, "they don't want to handle urine all day". Fair enough. It is only a strip after all. When the results came back, I showed high levels of leukocytes or white blood cells. This is indicative of infection, but Lisa, probably not wanting to raise any concerns and lose my business, blew it off and said it was normal. I told her I did have some irritation down below but I thought it was just from intimate time with my husband. Still she was not concerned. Then, another red flag- I asked her if there was a way to determine whether my pelvis is large enough. I'm a first time mom, so it was just a silly concern but one I had nonetheless. Her answer? "I don't like to do internal exams. You look alright to me". What?! You are a midwife who is going to deliver my child, and you don't like to do internal exams? I left that appointment feeling unheard and slightly embarrassed, not a feeling you should have with the women assisting you in birth.
That next week on Wednesday I felt great and decided to join my mom and stepdad on a road trip to NY to visit family. About four hours in, I developed a backache. I dealt with it for an hour but it progressively got worse. I also developed nausea and fatigue. I called Lisa, told her my symptoms, and what'd she do? Blew it off. Worse, she made me feel silly for even calling, pointing out that I was in the car, so maybe it's just car sickness? Maybe I'm just sitting wrong? All in a condescending tone. I hung up and suffered through another hour until we were in MD, at which point my mom said we had to stop for the night so I could rest. We got a hotel. I was there thirty minutes before I knew something was terribly wrong. They took me to the nearest ER. Long story short, I had severe pyelonephritis, a kidney infection, from an untreated UTI. Go figure, I guess Lisa should have paid more attention to that abnormal urine sample. I was admitted for two miserable days… fighting pain, fever and nausea. My poor baby had to be monitored due to high heart rates. It was a dangerous situation, but thankfully after IV antibiotics and fluids around the clock, I was discharged. Due to her negligence and financial motivations, myself and my child were put in a life threatening position. I had a blockage in my one of my kidneys due to the severity of the infection and it was by far one of the worst medical experiences of my life. We quickly switched back to my regular OB (but not after losing $500 of the $4500 we paid). After all this, I simply ask you proceed with great caution. You may be lucky and nothing goes wrong, but God forbid it does. After the fact my husband confronted Lisa and all she could do was blame the situation on me while repeating "we are a financial establishment". Indeed, they are a business and their motivations are profit. Don’t let the “community” “midwife” “natural” marketing fool you. I really wanted this to be what I thought it was, and was devastated when I realized the truth. For now, I’m going to make the best of the hospital experience and be thankful that if anything goes wrong, I will have people who care and can do something to fix it. Birth centers are great, but without a doctor in staff and midwives who take medical concerns seriously, you are putting yourself and your child at great risk.

Posted by Mandy Fisher on 08/28/2014 at 6:01 PM

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