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Venezuela sanctions bill passes in the US Senate

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Michelle:

I am gratified that the US acknowledged the fact that something needed to be done. I have mixed emotions about sanctions, knowing how long the people of Venezuela have been suffering. Time will tell. But, we must speak truth to power. Namaste.

Originally posted on Caracas Chronicles:

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Sens. Marco Rubio (left, R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

The Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 has passed the US Senate. The bill includes provisions for targeted sanctions against individuals linked to the Venezuelan government found to have violated human rights. These include asset freezes, visa revocations, and other penalties. It also urges the Secretary of State to support civil society in Venezuela.

The text of the bill is here: S. 2142. The press release from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is here.The White House has expressed support for the bill.

This was the bill that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had placed a hold on. Sen. Landrieu was defeated last Saturday in her bid for reelection.

The highlight from Sen. Menendez’s press release:

“We must always stand against human rights violations, political persecution and recrimination anywhere in…

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Watch “Terminator Genisys Movie 2015 – Official Trailer…” on YouTube

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Terminator Genisys Movie 2015 – Official Trailer…: http://youtu.be/CN__WyMfEKw
“Terminator Genisys,” looks promising, but at its core, the original “Terminator ” was the story of star-crossed lovers Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese.  Maintaining the integrity of this relationship will be the key to the success of this new twist yo the saga.

Five Organizations to Support on #GIVINGTUESDAY

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Michelle:

These organizations do great work around the world, and deserve our support.

Originally posted on wellfesto:

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.  Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GIVINGTUESDAY is a refreshing chance to take a break from everyday consumption and unite to celebrate generosity.  If you’re looking for an organization to contribute to today, here are five I believe in and feel great about supporting.  And there are so many more amazing organizations than aren’t on this list — which ones would you add?

Partners in Health

Partners in Health (PIH) provides a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.  When patients are ill and have no access to care, the PIH team of professionals, scholars…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Today, I reflect back on a difficult year of discovery.  Several new people who have come into, and out of, my life have taught me to remain true to my convictions.  Those who passed through,  temporarily,  served to remind me that words must be congruent with actions, in order to be true.  The others have been added to my list of friends.

I am thankful for my family, friends and health.   Hubby and our four K9 kids are
my touchstones to God. They keep me grounded in the present and love.

May today, and the next year be filled with blessing to you and yours.   Happy Thanksgiving!

Just Dance

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Michelle:

One of my favorite fantasies is of being led around the dance floor by a man who knows what he’s doing. Sadly, partner dancing has been relegated to “Latin Night,” or watching the older generation do the jitterbug, wistfully from the sidelines. I wonder if another wave will sweep through, like the brief resurgence of Swing in the mid-1990s. It was too short, but so much fun!

Originally posted on Lady Smut:

Shaw Dancingby C. Margery Kempe

Do you love to dance?

For some reason, dancing has been coming up this week in so many conversations online and in face-to-face too. Obviously I need to dance more and that’s good exercise. And it’s cold in the house so getting up to do some yoga or a little dancing is just a way to stay warm (praise all the gods, we haven’t yet got major snow unlike the folks in the west) because it costs a lot to keep a 200 year old house — well, not so much warm as not freezing.

So yeah, there’s a practical side to dancing. Whether you think it the first refinements of a polished society or the province of ‘savages’ dance has always been around. And it has so very often played exactly the role Shaw gives it in the image above: testing one’s sexual mettle. Years…

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