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Women's Hockey Coach Fired For High Salary, Made Less Than Male Counterpart  »  Fannie's Room
Ugh:"Shannon Miller built the University of Minnesota Duluth's hockey program and turned it into a powerhouse. With five NCAA championships under her belt the last thing she expected was to be let go. "I'm heartbroken and I'm so disappointed that they would show me so much disrespect," Miller said. UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo said hard times forced them to make a hard decision. The University of Minnesota Duluth faces a $4.5 million dollar deficit. "We're at a point where we are not able to sustain the highest paid coach in Division I hockey's salary," Berlo said Miller's base salary this season is ...
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Posted:  12/19 10:00pm
Or Maybe Not  »  Depressed Single Mother
I'm starting to get worried now. Maybe I shouldn't go to this group. There's the lesbian mother's group, and they meet on a Saturday afternoon, which I can't do because I've no babysitter. But there's another one called Rainbow Families that I could do, because it's for the children rather than the adults. They go on outings and such. So I'd be taking The Boy with me.I know it'd be good for The Boy. I know I'm a bad mother for even considering not going. But I feel ill. I can't stop shaking! I want to hide away. I think ...
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Posted:  12/19 2:30pm
Post-holiday blues  »  Cornish Dreamer
I've been on holiday. Not a long holiday, just a week. It doesn't explain my absence, I know. My first thoughts this morning as I stepped into my cold, dark office, was that I didn't know what I was doing here. The feeling weighed down in my stomach like I'd swallowed some rocks. This isn't me right now. 'Me' is someone else - somewhere else - tasting life and doing things that are fascinating and, quite frankly, cool. Work does not make me feel alive and buzzing like my holiday in Sicily made me feel. Instead, I feel like I've hugged ...
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Posted:  12/19 1:00pm
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Posted:  12/17 3:45pm
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Posted:  12/17 3:45pm
Shows About Men and Their Lady Helpers  »  Fannie's Room
My partner regularly watches Law & Order: SVU.  The other day, I noticed that Hulu describes the series like this:"This hard-hitting and emotional series follows Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and his partner Olivia Benson (Emmy-winner Mariska Hargitay) of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Policy Department as they investigate sexually related crimes to bring the perpetrators to justice." (emphasis added)Now, I've always thought of SVU as having an ensemble cast.  Or, alternately, if it's about any one cast member, it would be about Olivia (obvs). Elliot isn't even a character on the current season.Yet, note how, ...
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Posted:  12/17 12:15pm
Quote of the Day  »  Fannie's Room
Eric Puchner, in his article "Death Becomes Him":Americans don’t like to talk about the inevitable: Our screens are filled with zombies, and yet speaking frankly about death is seen as “morbid” or “unhealthy.” Surely the recent Ebola panic is a product of this repression, a way of turning our own mortality into a foreign threat, an illegal immigrant landing on our shores. Death is embarrassing to us, even a bit unpatriotic. I’ve discovered this about my own fear of extinction. When I bring it up, people tend to shift in their chairs, as if holding in a fart. A ...
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Posted:  12/15 10:07pm
Bi and over 50 5: Chip  »  Bisexuality and Beyond
I'm so pleased with the response to this series of email interviews with bi people over 50. Thanks again to everyone who has shown interest in this project.Each of the "interviews" is written by the individual concerned, with the questions in bold written by me.***My name is Chip and I'm a 51-year-old white, bisexual male from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where I work as a professional freelance artist. Currently single and looking. How did you come to think of yourself as bisexual?I knew I was bi when as a teenage boy I'd enjoy looking at my older sister's Playboy magazines (depicting ...
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Posted:  12/16 6:00pm
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  12/15 10:30pm
Sammy's Back  »  Queen of the Surf Pirates
Mornin Surfin Dude and Dudette People this is Sammy the Surf Dog with Ur Outer Banks Surfin Report . My momma has been all busy writtin her New Site site but I think that site is really borin cos they never talk about gettin birds or playin Frisbee or surfin or dog treats or nothin. So I don't like to read it.So if my momma ain't gonna write this blog no more then I guess I will. So startin today this now the Sammy the Surf Dogs Blog and I is gonna be tellin you all about ...
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Posted:  12/15 8:45pm