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05:19 pm: Bites
Spirit has been staying out here the last two nights (she wouldn't sit on me at all Friday) and has used the litterbox, but only when none of the rest of us are out here. As of last night, she got off my lap and went out ranging to see if the others were in the living room or down the hall. But while I was skimming the front pages of the sections of the paper today, with Spirit in my lap, Loki jumped down from the castle to the recliner arm and started to bite and then smack her. I assisted him off the arm; she hissed and went back to the lower shelf on the end table. I don't know why he did that.

I'm washing sheets and putting on the new ones of course.

A couple of interesting things about how our very rich country spends its money:

1. In Philadelphia, studies show that one in five homes doesn't have enough food for a baby or toddler and one of every dozen young kids are outright hungry. They have also found that when kids are hungry, they are more likely to get sick and be hospitalized.

2. Among D.C. residents known to have HIV/AIDS, one in four lives in wards 7 and 8. But since 2004, the city gave just 6 percent of $100 million in AIDS funding to nonprofit groups east of the river. What's special about wards 7 and 8? Most of the poor and black people in DC live there.

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From:kaffyr
Date:December 13th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Just reading your recap of both stories makes me frustrated and sad. I'll go over and read them, though; I hope the stories can be used by some smart activists (particularly in the case of the AIDS story) to embarrass some of the money handlers. I doubt it'll happen, but perhaps.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 13th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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It just seems so unfair. We have a lot of money and a fairly small amount of it, or relocation of it, would make a big difference.

The current DC Mayor, Fenty, has shown himself to be rather preoccupied with his friends and own fun, and several public people want one major Democrat to run against Fenty next year, so they'll be more likely to win.
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From:kaffyr
Date:December 13th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
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I hope that works; it sounds as if the current mayor is a bit of a putz.
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From:kaffyr
Date:December 14th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
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Huh. That's definitely at least a small abuse of power.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 14th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
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This is a guy who owns and uses two Blackberries and still insists that he doesn't know things are wrong when he does them. And then he does stuff to show that he's all powerful -- I think this was the baseball team, but in order to get the stadium in the city, part of the agreement was that the team would give the mayor and each councilperson two tickets per game to give to two of their constituents. When the owner passed them over, Fenty intercepted them and kept all of them, to show that he was more important than the council. But he was also keeping people who had never seen a baseball game from going. He did eventually give the council people the tickets, after a lot of public scorn.

He had a friend drive him in his official city SUV, and friends (non-city drivers) aren't allowed to drive official cars. He said he didn't know that was wrong. He and friends biked on the Cabin John trail recently, with a security team also biking, and the Cabin John trail forbids bikes. Of course, he didn't know.

He's really a rotten guy.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
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Cats often attack the weakest or sickest of the group, according to a couple of vets I spoke with. My cat Spam had cerebellar hypoplasia, causing moderate problems with back leg mobility, and some of our other cats would attack him for seemingly no reason. But then our cat Reggie, the alpha cat, would run in and defend him from bullies, and when Reggie himself got sick none of the cats bullied him. In short, cat societies are complex and confusing :)
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 14th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Yes, they are! I'm glad to hear that, though, because it gives me some idea of what's going on.
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From:fledgist
Date:December 14th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Some years back, an epidemiologist from the CDC did a presentation to my graduate students on HIV/AIDs among African-Americans. The highest incidence was in DC. Next highest -- Utah. He couldn't explain that one. I still don't know why.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 14th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, DC is still the highest, which is why they really need a decent needle exchange program. But Utah? There can't be that many African-Americans there, so almost all of them must have HIV/AIDS. I wonder why.
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