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My AA: Approval Anonymous

In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically. Faggot. Show More Summary

For Republicans, election victory won't end struggles

In the battle for control of the Senate, Republicans have built their campaigns on a promise to block President Obama's policies and ease Washington's gridlock.

UCLA faculty approves diversity class requirement

The faculty of UCLA’s largest academic unit voted by a narrow margin to require future undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity. The move came after three previous efforts had failed.

Halloween 2014: Halloween Community Haunts

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks has this list of Halloween events at local community centers. Sadly, many areas of Los Angeles are lacking in Halloween haunts; hopefully, this list provides some alternatives for the geographically challenged.

Tijuana judge orders Marine Tahmooressi to be released from jail

A Mexican judge Friday ordered the immediate release of a Marine held behind bars since April 1 on weapons charges.

Tijuana judge orders Marine Tahmooressi to be released from jail

A Mexican judge Friday ordered the immediate release of a Marine held behind bars since April 1 on weapons charges.

California AG issues consumer alert over fake newspaper bills

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris issued a consumer alert Friday warning Golden State residents about fake newspaper subscription mailings, a recent scam involving several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.

California AG issues consumer alert over fake newspaper bills

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris issued a consumer alert Friday warning Golden State residents about fake newspaper subscription mailings, a recent scam involving several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.

BPN Safe Trick-or-Treating Cancelled

It's a heartbreaker. Buena Park Neighbors had had to cancel its traditional Safe Trick or Treat Extravaganza that was supposed to take place tonight, due to weather conditions that made it impossible for it to continue safely.A lot of work went into it and we feel terrible for the kids and volunteers who were looking forward to another exciting Halloween.

Looking for a dentist that will look at all alternatives to removing wisdom teeth

8 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

My wisdom teeth are starting to really play up now (I’m 25) and I would really prefer not to have them removed. My wisdom teeth are only slightly angled, so I believe that if some of the gum was removed from above they may be able to come through completely. What I’m looking for is a [...]

Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor in new video

Former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a video Friday night throwing her support behind Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as he prepares to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in late February.

Paper Boy: A contemporary composition for the guzheng

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

Paper Boy, a contemporary piece composed and performed on the guzheng by Wu Fei.

The guzheng

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

The guzheng is a 21-stringed zither that has been played in China - in one form or another - for about two thousand years.

The pipa: How a barbarian lute became a national symbol

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

‘Playing the pipa behind the back’ is a special kind of Chinese gongfu that expresses flying in heaven at Dunhuang. [See image of pipa player from Mogao caves at Dunhuang] The road to industrialization with Chinese characteristics was taken by Mao Zedong after imitating the Soviets for 8 years, when he threw away the crutch and [...]

The ruan (zhongruan)

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

The ruan (?) or moon guitar is a four-stringed Chinese instrument similar to the pipa. It is also sometimes called the qin pipa (???) and ruanxian (??). The most common ruan is the zhongruan (??) or tenor ruan. The bass ruan (??) is also fairly common; less frequently heard are the soprano (???), alto (??) [...]

The dizi

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

In this video, Zhang Zhongzhong demonstrates this bamboo-crafted instrument, playing the "New Shepherd's Song", a Mongolian folk tune.

We survived a day in China

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

Two recent examples of black humor as social criticism on the Chinese Internet.

Qaddafi’s imminent fall – some views from China

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

The news coming out of Libya this morning has been reported without much commentary by Xinhua News Agency and most newspapers and websites in China. That has not stopped editors from using the news to sell papers; see for example the front page of the Qingdao newspaper Peninsular Metropolitan News illustrated with a large photo [...]

People’s Pornography – An interview with Katrien Jacobs

8 hours agoLocal Interest / China : Danwei

China has a long tradition of erotic art but pornographic films and pictures are currently illegal. Despite frequent anti-porn clampdowns, pornography remains available both online and in the form of DVDs. A paper titled A Peep at Pornography Web in China compiled by scholars at Xi’an Jiatong University is one of the few authoritative sources [...]

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