Friday, September 29, 2017

Seems About Right

On a more personal level, though, oncologist ought to be on the far right, with obstetrician not far behind. When your cancer or your pregnancy makes the local news,
time to panic.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Read a Banned Book this Week

-American Library Association

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Just to add complexity to the topic, there's this to consider:

Roald Dahl actually was an awful human being

What did we do to our kids? Dahl was a favorite author around our house, and only now am I learning what an unpleasant person he was.
His early writing in the short story form was impacted by the political situation on the world stage. He believed in a world government and he was extremely sympathetic to Hitler, Mussolini, and the entire Nazi cause. His stories were filled with caricatures of greedy Jews. One suggests ” a little pawnbroker in Housditch called Meatbein who, when the wailing started, would rush downstairs to the large safe in which he kept his money, open it and wriggle inside on to the lowest shelf where he lay like a hibernating hedgehog until the all-clear had gone.” In 1951 he visited Germany with Charles Marsh and luxured in Hitler’s former retreat at Berchtesgaden. His dislike of Jews and especially of Zionists was egged on by Marsh’s Israel hatred, later encapsulated in a revolting letter to Marsh where he mocked the head of East London’s B’Nai B’rith Club.
Suddenly, the Oompa Loompas have context, and it’s not good. When you read how he regarded women, you’ll read The Witches with different eyes, too.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Chasing Coral

Considering the latest weather events of extreme droughts and severe hurricanes, this is an important documentary to see. I hope to see you at the UU.
Rita Pachal
A documentary on climate change
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Universalist Unitarian Church
504 Grant St., Wausau
Free and Open to the Public
Chasing Coral documents the increasing destruction of coral reefs due to the warming of our oceans.  Coral provides a wonderfully productive habitat for a multitude of sea creatures and its loss threatens the stability of ocean life.  This film was three years in the making and highlights our own role in this unfolding tragedy.  The good news is we can still save the coral world; come and find out how.  Produced by Jeff Orlowski (producer of Chasing IceChasing Coral won first place for documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  It is a must see! 
Sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby and Wausau United to Amend

Sunday, September 24, 2017

October Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 11:15 on Monday, October 9 at the Park Ridge Family Restaurant (formerly the Blue Top.)  Our presenter will be Sandy Williams from the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum (our very kind landlords.)

The meal will be served family style and include:
     roast pork
     mashed potatoes

All for the price of $13, which includes tax and tips.

A good meal, fellowship, and an interesting speaker.  Excellent!

Anyone brave enough to wear their dirndl or lederhosen?

ALEC's Corporate Board Leads…in Federal Violations

Link to this article at PRWatch for the latest ALEC/Koch dealings.

Ready to Get Going?


Saturday October 7, 2017
Registration 8:00 / Event 9:30
Wausau Labor Temple
318 S 3rd Ave. - Wausau, WI
Suggested $10 Donation

Rep. Dennis Kucinich
John Nichols
Martha Laning


Organizing through the Power up Strategy
WPEN Smart Education
Multicultural Participation in the Grassroots
Creating Empathy and Understanding
The Importance of Messaging
Reviving Democracy Through Citizen Action
Environmental Issues Explored
Healthcare, Ticket to A Just Society
Barnstorm: Building Grassroots Power in Rural America
Getting Elected Through Signage


Chad O'Brien
Open Tab

Mike Miller

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Brad Emanuel
Shoestring Joe and the Star Thief

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September Meeting

Our guest presenters at the September meeting provided us with a taste of the different groups that they represented. 

 Pick Two: All the Things You Never Had Time to Do” featuring Barb Evans from RSVP, Barb Towey with Music. Music, Music, Linda Weber from Nicaragua Partnership, Anne Rogalski from the LIFE program, Jerry Lineberger from Friends of Schmeekle, and Nancy from AMBA 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Volunteer Hours

PLEASE bring your list of volunteer hours to the September meeting!  If you can't be there, please email a copy to Santha Bickford!!  Thank you!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Write a Letter

Letter to the Editor, Salt Lake Tribune, August 20, 2017:

I am a 67-year-old American white woman. My parents enlisted in World War II to fight fascism. They both served; my mother was a nurse, my father navigated bombers. They lost friends in that bloody war so that all the world could be free of fascism. They did not fight so that some white people could claim supremacy or that Nazis could openly walk the streets of America.
White person to white supremacist person: What is wrong with you?
People of European heritage are doing just fine in the world. They run most of the world’s institutions, hold much of the world’s wealth, replicate as frequently as other humans. You’re not in any danger here. The world is changing, that’s true. Others want a piece of the pie. They work for it, strive for it and earn it. Technology (robotics) is having a greater effect on your job prospects than immigrants. Going forward, tackling corporate control and climate change will need all of our attention, ideas and energy. Put down your Tiki torches and trite flags and get involved in some real work.
By the way, the world won the war against Nazi fascism in the 1940s, just as America won the war against the Confederacy in the 1860s. Aligning with two lost causes just labels you as profound losers.
And finally, white person to white person: Like my parents before me, I will not stand idly by nor give up my rights or the rights of other Americans because you think you are better than some of us. It doesn’t work that way. All Americans stand shoulder to shoulder against your hatred and bigotry.
                                                                    - Jonna Rarney, 67, of Salt Lake City

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics --Mark Twain*

--University of York

Here are a few random statistics to brighten your day:

Louisiana Republicans who blame Katrina on Obama: 29%  (Um, Katrina-2005)
US voting-age population voting in 2016 presidential election: 55.7%, 27th among nations
Total cost of US wars since 2001: $1.8 trillion
Americans who think human activity has added to climate change: 48%
Americans who think that humans were created "as is" 10,000 years ago: 42%
Americans who think vaccines are extremely or very important: 84%
Democrats/Left Leaners who think higher education has a positive impact on the country: 72%
Republicans/Right Leaners who think higher education has a negative impact on the country: 58%
US foreign aid: 1% of the national budget
Highest personal income tax: Denmark, 53.9%
Happiest country: Iceland (And that's before they beat Britain in the quarter-finals!)

Fun and games with statistics!  I could do this all day!  And just have!

Speaking of Statistics
National Priorities Project is an interesting website that shows what the government is spending on different programs.  It allows you to see what the trade-offs could be.  For example:

For Corporate Tax Avoidance (Profits Held Offshore), taxpayers in Portage County, Wisconsin are paying $106.92 million per year. Here's what those tax dollars could have paid for instead:

  • + edit ➜ 1,393 Elementary School Teachers for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 1,443 Clean Energy Jobs Created for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 1,924 Infrastructure Jobs Created for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 1,069 Jobs with Supports Created in High Poverty Communities for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 13,364 Head Start Slots for Children for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 10,063 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 3,115 Scholarships for University Students for 4 Yearsor
  • + edit ➜ 4,596 Students Receiving Pell Grants of $5,815 for 4 Yearsor
  • + edit ➜ 72,715 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 155,765 Households with Wind Power for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 39,830 Adults Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for 1 Yearor
  • + edit ➜ 96,215 Households with Solar Electricity for 1 Year
Follow the link:        

See You Monday!

Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers Association
September Meeting Announcement
September 11, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.
Program – 
All the Things You Never Had Time To Do
2811 Plover Springs Dr.
Plover, WI 54467
Meal - $11.00
R.S.V.P. by September 7th
Call – Sherrilee at 715-344-0031 or