All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories—required under the rules of American journalism—although we know they are untrue.
Yes, I have been away for far too long. I know, I know! I’ll try and do better. So ,in the past year, a few things have happened in my life.
First, I quit my job as a housekeeper before I killed someone. That job was not only tough, poorly managed, but it made me very, very angry. So angry, that all I wanted to do was drink when I got home from work. And you know THAT isn’t good.
Second, we started weight lifting! I went from 135 pounds to 145 pounds! I’ve been struggling with that weight increase a lot. I know it’s mostly muscle, but I really wanted to be more “slim”. I did, however, get my ASS back! I love lifting heavy though, so maybe I’ll back off a little and add some interval training too. A couple weeks ago, I dead lifted 200 lbs for reps, squatted 165 lbs for reps and bench pressed 95 lbs. My strength gains, for a 51 year old woman, have been really good. I’m STRONG and I have nice biceps!!
Third, my oldest daughter had her first child at the end of March. I got to spend an entire month helping her out, before and after Zoë was born. I also got to spend some time with my son-in-law, who had been in Afghanistan and then Germany. He was able to make it home for the baby’s arrival. He had to go back shortly afterwards, but he was home within a couple of months. And now, surprise, surprise, my daughter is expecting AGAIN! I can’t wait to go back to Florida to see my kids and grandkids :-)
I’ll try and get some weight lifting numbers, inches gained or lost and weight put up here soon. But for now, you can grin at my adorable grandbaby :-)
I could live in this house for sure!
The new example involves social media posts about animal rights and animal testing. Photos of suffering animals are always compelling, and often go viral. While most people sympathize with the animals pictured, there is a secondary lesson here – don’t forget to apply skepticism to viral content even when the message confirms your own beliefs and pet causes.
I’m an animal fan myself – we have both a dog and a cat in our household. The purpose of this post is not to criticize animal rights activists, but show how to verify photos. So lets see how it’s done.
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Yep, I want to be like her <3
Out of all the bad ass things that I have ever seen, this is easily top 3. Overcoming a disease? Check, being 74 years old? Check, setting records? Check and a half. My only question is, can I adopt this woman as my grandma?
Get Big and Get Nasty!
You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page. Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself :)