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The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster | Rolling Stone

Governor Sam Brownback speaks to a crowd of supporters in Overland Park, Kansas on Tuesday Aug. 5th, 2014.

Extremist Republicans turned their government into a lab experiment of tax cuts and privatization.

And now they may be losing control of one of the reddest states in the nation

By Mark Binelli | October 23, 2014

he Republican party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, shares space in a strip mall with Best Friends Pet Clinic, a cowboy-boot repair shop and a Chinese restaurant called the Magic Wok. Inside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a modest gathering of party faithful mill about, I’M A BROWNBACKER stickers affixed to their blouses and lapels.

It’s a terrible slogan. Four years ago, when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback first took office, you might’ve wondered if these people, on some subliminal level, actually wanted to be humiliated by a filthy-minded liberal activist looking to add a new “santorum” to Urban Dictionary. As a senator and a failed presidential candidate, Brownback was already one of the nation’s most prominent social conservatives, “God’s Senator,” in the words of a 2006 Rolling Stone profile. But Brownback turned out to be even more radical when it came to economic policy. In 2012, he enacted the largest package of tax cuts in Kansas history, essentially transforming his state into a lab experiment for extreme free-market ideology. The results (disastrous) have reduced the governor to making appearances at grim strip malls like this one in a desperate attempt to salvage his re-election bid.

via The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster | Rolling Stone.


Our Lives are Hell – Esquire

But who really cares about the sad plight of members of Congress? “I had $42 million dropped into my 2012 race by outside groups—$42 million—a record that will likely be exceeded this year in North Carolina, now that the Supreme Court has become almost an arm of corporate America. I’m not whining about this,” says Sherrod Brown, Democratic senator from Ohio, “because nobody cares about the problems of people in our position. No whining on the yacht!”Except, of course, that their dilemma is our disaster.

via Our Lives are Hell – Esquire.

The 33 Things to Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything — Matter — Medium

Illustrations by Kurt McRobert
Photo-illustrations by Rich Petrucci

You’re the kind of person who likes his boardwalks above water. You don’t have allergies. You like winter. You want your champagne to come from the Champagne region of France—not some unromantic corner of England hundreds of miles to the north. You like cherry pie. You like oysters. You eat fish. You don’t eat jellyfish. You’re the kind of person, then, who needs the Matter handbook to a burning planet, a compendium of real scientific findings that look at how the globe may change over the next fifty years and beyond. Think of it as your guide to the good life before climate change melts it away.


Joshua Trees

Was it a bad idea to name a national park after a tree that can’t handle the heat? In retrospect, yes. The Joshua trees of Joshua Tree National Park need periods of cold temperatures before they can flower. Young trees are now rare in the park. Older trees are beginning to sag. Suggested rebranding for 2065: “Death Valley Annex.”


A Urologist

Um, this is awkward to talk about, but the coming decades promise a stunning expansion of America’s “kidney stone belt,” a band of southerly states where the prevalence of dehydration—and thus kidney stones—is markedly higher. (Yes, the belt exists. Yes, they call it that. Yes, that’s also awkward.) Today the belt covers roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population. Research suggests the number will be 56 percent by 2050, 70 percent by 2095. With more pollen in the air due to climate change, everyone is worried about allergies. But focus your attention where it really counts. Common sense suggests the best time to lock up a world-class urologist is now.


The 33 Things to Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything — Matter — Medium.

Getting Ready With Deborah – Turquoise and Nude Smokey Eye

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Hello Lovelies!!!!

Many of you asked me to start doing makeup tutorials but since I’m very camera-shy I didn’t immediately jump on the YouTube wagon.

Last week I finally found the courage to get my camera and film myself while doing my makeup.
Bare with me though…since I don’t master the art of lighting and camera-settings yet (I’ll get there someday soon).

So without further ado…here’s my first makeup tutorial!
It’s a Turquoise and Nude smokey eye and rosy nude lip.

Please thumbs up (on here and on YouTube)  if you like it and want to see more…and don’t forget to subscribe!


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Ramble | Stories about Crum Creek

 [Terry: The Pink house right past the bend of Harvard Avenue after it passes the Strathhaven Inn is where I grew up. I never knew there was a whole damn lake there. Also, and fairly accidentally, a number of the Lieper Mills were either in partnership or in competition with mills owned by the Irving family. ]


Strath Haven Lake, its dam (the falls), and Leiper Pond are all visible on this 1910 map (Kiser, Plate 21). The inset shows a spring water company just below Leiper Pond.





History of Activity on Little Crum Creek       


Leiper’s enterprise stretched all the way down Crum Creek to its meeting with Little Crum Creek, just downstream of Leiperville (presently Crum Lynne).


This is a good place to start tracking the history of Little Crum Creek as we travel geographically upstream.


In 1797, Caleb Davis and Isaac Culin together built a saw mill and water-works at the confluence of Crum and Little Crum Creeks.  Here they built a dam and channeled a race from Little Crum Creek to feed the mill.  For all this effort, the short-lived enterprise was sold in 1806, changed hands a few times, and was abandoned by the middle of the 19th century (Ashmead 743).





Little Crum Creek (here called “Crum Lynne Creek”) meets Crum Creek on its way to the Delaware River in 1889 (Smith, Plate 22).


Ramble | some little crum creek.

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Mostly signs some portents: Photo

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I’m Available for Freelance Writer / Editor Work

I am an excellent manuscript editor–aiding writers to develop their own voices while ensuring the highest standards in concept, narrative structure, and dialog.

I am a skilled copywriter with particular experience in television scriptwriting, online content, and explaining technical subjects to a non-technical audience.

Those are my primary strengths, but my experience has taught me that I can write almost anything–from obituaries to PowerPoint to standup comedy.

I spent 20 years at ABC News-working for Good Morning America News and Nightline and producing stories from all corners of the world: the US Presidential Election,The Fall of the Berlin Wall , Apartheid in South Africa, Tienanmen Square. I’ve written and edited anchor copy for Ted Koppel, Wolf Blitzer, and Aaron Brown; produced, written, or researched over a dozen documentaries, and been published online at,, and UPI. My work has been recognized by the highest awards in my profession: Emmys, DuPonts, Peabodys, and Tellys among others.

After becoming a freelancer in 1993, I authored a CD-ROM History of the World, was an executive in two dotcom startups, and designed and demonstrated a prototype of ‘Global Business Network’: an online executive education and research resource. I have created videos, marketing plans, white papers, and brochures for many clients, including the American Trucking Associations, Porter-Novelli, Cisco, Asgard Technology, Maslow Media, and The Harvard Club.

I believe that my best work is the dozens of young journalists, producers, and writers who have told me that my mentoring and instruction was a key factor in their later career.

Recommendations from many of those who have worked for me, a complete CV, video resume reel, and samples of my writing can be seen at


Fiction Manuscripts

1. Analysis of broad problems: after a complete read of your manuscript (plot structure, characterization, genre aspects, pacing, etc) is a single charge of $400. 50% in advance and 50% at completion. Only PayPal accepted. (I’m not going to walk away after the initial analysis so we will continue to discuss your book without further charge unless it gets silly. We’ll both know when that happens.)
2. A line by line rewrite. $500 daily rate (Example: 300 pages, 80,000 words, 5 Days at $500 per day = $2500.) 50% of estimated cost in advance and remainder at completion. Only PayPal accepted. Again, further discussion and changes are included until the ‘silliness’ clause kicks in (see #1).
3. Ghostwriting. You supply the characters, plot, location, genre and major plot points and I will write your book. $500 per day actual time spent. $1000 in advance and remainder on completion. Only PayPal accepted. One full second draft is included at a rate of $250 per day. Additional drafts are at full day rate.


1. $500 per day for research and writing. I do not offer ‘half-days.’
2. $500 (one day) in advance, 50% of the amount of days worked upon completion of first draft. Remainder upon completion of second draft.
3, If you specify a limit to the number of days, I will finish a complete draft and will lay out where I think it can be improved with additional time.
4. Please note that all my experience in journalism has trained me to write quickly and in a client’s ‘voice’ and I usually complete the task in fewer days than estimated.


I generally work without a contract but, if you prefer, I will prepare either a Letter of Agreement or a Contract under the standard freelance guidelines as provided by the Editorial Freelancers Association.

On all my work, I will provide a free sample of the assignment–no more than 5 pages–prior to any agreement or fee.

If, in my own judgement, I do not feel that I can create a product up to my professional standards, there is no charge and you are free to use any of my work already completed.

On copywriting, if, at the completion of a first draft, you feel that my work is completely unacceptable, you have the choice of
a) a single complete new concept and rewrite for an additional $500 or
b) severing our working relationship (I retain the advance fee).

If, however, I discover that you have used my writing in substantial degree after ‘rejecting’ it… Well, I don’t expect you will, so why worry about it?

Please Note

I do not do proofreading. I generally adhere to Chicago Style and will endeavor to give you a error-free manuscript but I would strongly suggest using a proofreader (just as I do) for for the inevitable commas, semi-colons, and typos.
For a book manuscript, I will do a complete read-through of the final proof and provide notes gratis.  I’ll have an investment in your work by that point and want it to be the best it can be.

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