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  • Freepers with gender-neutral names

    04/07/2018 3:46:32 PM PDT · 200 of 230
    Where is Chris when you need its opinion?

    Here here.

    time Couldn't resist a post to make Pardek proud, checking in on the wrecking crew from my page, time to time. #serendipity

  • FReeper GladesGuru has passed

    02/10/2018 9:52:36 AM PST · 78 of 94
    Askel5 to Carry_Okie

    whoa, a third book!

    congrats, Carry_Okie ...

  • FReeper GladesGuru has passed

    02/10/2018 9:51:19 AM PST · 77 of 94
    Askel5 to Carry_Okie

    what a great day to see if you were still around after randomly running into Nattie Shea’s book report on a Tale of Two Cities!

    Very sorry you lost your friend but I’m very excited about your opportunity to practice what you preach!

    if you don’t mind the signaturely off-topic interruption, please tell me what your girls are up to!

    (that’s a lot of exclamation points this early the morning after a pool hall night but, even though I’m still in the Northwest, it IS last weekend of Carnival! #feeinit)

  • Senator Pardek, Rest in peace

    09/26/2017 7:22:23 PM PDT · 35 of 51
    Askel5 to Jim Robinson

    Thank you Jim. This is another hard one to take.

  • Senator Pardek, Rest in peace

    09/26/2017 7:21:08 PM PDT · 34 of 51
    Askel5 to ladyjane

    I’m sorry, ladyjane.

    It’s a shock, I know.

  • Senator Pardek, Rest in peace

    09/26/2017 7:19:01 PM PDT · 33 of 51
    Photos a friend shared.

    Just seeing so many old friends here does my heart good. His too, I know.
  • Senator Pardek, Rest in peace

    09/26/2017 1:58:51 PM PDT · 9 of 51

    He was in good spirits Friday.

    He had been battling a long-term illness and perhaps wasn’t as great at taking care of himself as he was others.

    I believe he probably first fell unconscious and therefore passed in his sleep peacefully.

    He was fortunate to have some very good friends in New Orleans and his final rest will be with family in Brew York state.

    I’ll probably do my best to dumpster dive some classics of his. Such a great sense of humor. A good man.

    And a very talented musician.

    To: Askel5

    =======Music formed its major and minor tonality in its meanderings through Europe’s cultural life. The musical revolution also occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century with Arnold Schonberg as its first protagonist, but initially it did not entail a break with every form. Atonalism, however, opens the door to the liquidation of what has been traditionally considered Western music. In the ongoing musical revolution, the leap into a world without norms leads to electronic or industrially produced music, which lacks an essential element of traditional music: namely, the overtones.

    I think I know what this fellow means, but he’s certainly not a musician since he does not know what overtones are. If he’s referring to traditional harmony, then he’s right about Schönberg, but not about pop/industrial music, which although can be mindless, rarely “breaks the rules” of traditional harmony.

    Jazz does, and quite often. It also happens to be a bona fide art form. It simply “stretches” the rules of harmony, just as Wagner did.

    28 posted on 02/02/2003 5:53:12 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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    Beauty is now an extinct star.

  • Senator Pardek, Rest in peace

    09/26/2017 1:13:15 PM PDT · 1 of 51
  • The Ethics of Hunting Down ‘Patient Zero’

    11/05/2016 6:39:22 PM PDT · 62 of 62
    Askel5 to Mears
    I'm so very sorry for the loss of your godson. This is personal for me too.

    the worst thing about the CDC (Canadian Development Corporation) and complicit actors in Canada's government who destroyed documentation, minutes, etc is how it never will be fully appreciated how egregious was Connaught's agreeing to fractionate US prisoner plasma in the first place.

    Canada had wisely outlawed this practice in 1971 or 72. If the US had followed suit, there never would have been such a deluge of death delivered to the only actually innocent victims whose Factor VIII, albumin, plasma and vaccines killed them. (Recombinant Hep-B vax weren't developed infill late 80s and required, in some countries if not the "here's your free medical supplies!" sorts shortly thereafter.)

    Even though I lost many very dear friends to AIDS and its host of gruesome complications, I don't consider willing bareback sex partners the same degree of victim I do the countless folks ... including children who'd never had sex and faithful monogamous spouses with families) who were infected thanks to their trust in our medical system, particularly the biologicals side.

    one of the best caches I have saved was Waalaby's post if the Philadelphia Enquirer's summary Red Cross's more despicable practices and corruption as blood broker. (That side of the business is separate from the disaster relief they provide usually for a price in contrast to the assistance of truly charitable organizations like the Salvation Army to whom I have not failed to donate since Katrina.)

    Another reason I reject the "victimhood" is right there in the book "The Band Played On" where he detailed meetings of the CDC and interested parties in Atlanta and Maryland in the early 80s where gay activists theatened to make donation an act against "profiling" gays as poor sources for plasma. The one thing on which everyone agreed, however, was that prisoner plasma was far and away too dangerous a source for the bleeding of prisoners to continue.

    That's probably why, subsequently, you have the likes of Bruce Babbitt defending the state of Arizona when a prisoner sued for damages alleging infection as a result of his participation in the bleed program there.

    If you study the findings of both the FDA and some outside groups brought in at one time to evaluate the Arkansas program upon allegations of groups mismanagement (Cummins was the model for Brubaker), it's easy to see how legitimate was the suit even if Arizona's program, unlike Arkansas's, was not a worst-case scenario of infractions including having prisoners work at the bleed ops and sell the right to bleed, fudge paperwork, fail to properly clean tools or store plasma, and regularly harvest from prisoners already infected and even jaundiced.

    You're not the only who knows better ... That this is not something we can pin solely on bathhouse sex or that is primarily a gay or African jungle sex disease.

    I guess it's some testament to faith in our fellow human beings that we'd rather believe it was the work of a Patient Zero who himself was victimized by some species-jump effected through bestiality, not the concerted work of scientists who, among them Thomas Hecht, were working on smallpox vaccines on the West Coast of Africa well after the debacle of early polio vaccines thanks to use of diseased monkeys proved fatal to so many trusting innocents.

    As a New Orleanian of 17 years, I can attest to the way Alton Ochsner is revered as some saint of of all things anti-tobacco and cancer treatments.

    not until I read Dr. Mary's Monkey did I realize that ... in a PR bid to override the objections raised by a few at the NIH/CDC that the vaccines obtained with diseased monkeys weren't safe, he jabbed his own grandchildren to prove how safe they were ... his granddaughter survived with some complications, his grandson perished.

    no one talks about that.

    Thank you for speaking up.
  • The Ethics of Hunting Down ‘Patient Zero’

    11/05/2016 3:07:51 PM PDT · 61 of 62
    Askel5 to Romulus
    I was proud to be one of the Bloodhounds, many of whom I had the pleasure of meeting, including T'wit and the dear Budge, may they rest in peace.

    I have unearthed a lot of the deleted articles and posted them elsewhere if ever anyone is interested.

    Reading a lot of the more ignorant comments here, seems doubtful folks will want to know the truth.

    exactly the reaction of some New Orleans attorneys I once knew. To be fair, the information I was handing them would have made it difficult to defend their clients who were profiting on Louisiana prison plasma through 1994, as did Arkansas. #conscience.kindasorta

    And, technically, also the reaction of "Poppy's pick to head up the Red Cross, Elizabeth Dole. (only slightly ironic given control freak Poppy's avid interest in Educating human resources about sexual stuff ...;page=1.

    How else to explain her husband's settling for bimbo eruptions (the stupid laughable, "well whaddya expect dragging a dollar through a trailer park" kind, not the Serious kind of victim litany a warm-up comic like Cosby or a headliner like Trump have).

    Justice Horace Krever's commission in Canada already had documented the transfer of tainted Cummins Arkansas prisoner plasma to Thomas Hecht's Connaught Labs in Canada for fractionation into the red gold of derivatives .... Factor VIII, albumin, HEP-C VACCINES, etc.

    Can you imagine the stir that might have caused? 1400 units a month on the average, $7, a couple Percodan to the prisoner, $30-80 bucks a unit at market with only a pittance being kicked back to the prison? Leonard Dunn, whose plasma ops Bill Clinton re-upped three times after the FDA shut him down in the 80s, wasn't the only making bank in the millions.

    I bet it would have been bigger, even, than having Ms. Heinz-Kerry insult the entirety of the Education Establishment by starting on the eve of the election that Laura Bush had never had a real job.

    you can imagine what it's like for poor ole Askel this election ... I don't think Trump ever will get his due for all he did to get his pal Hillary elected AND innoculate the nation against her raft of treasonous incompetence and personal criminality.

    Not NEARLY as easy as it used to be back when one could squander a 97% approval rating, good economy and Gulf War laurels by whining how you don't like broccoli or campaigning and - READ MY LIPS - working over the last of the greatest generation with scare tactics.

    anyway ...

    have you seen the adverts lately encouraging ALL boomers to get checked? I found that verrrry interesting.

    Last but not at all least,

    I hope this finds you and yours well. I was sorry I couldn't make it uptown for a longer visit but it was cool to see your mom after mass while I was there in April. (ever) hopeful I'll be back soon. it was a glorious week and seemed like a month. my favorite thing about New Orleans being the way she's wise to the conceit that is Time.

    Give my regards to those who may remember me at St. Pat's.

    Good to "see" you, Romulus. Thanks for the heads-up.
  • The big business of baby-part sales (Pres Clinton signs lucrative trafficking bill)

    07/28/2015 8:19:27 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    Askel5 to aposiopetic

    Spiked almost entirely.

    So good to see your name, aposiopetic! Trust all is well with you and yours.

  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    07/28/2015 8:18:00 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    Askel5 to Romulus

    Love in the Ruins was the first book I read in New Orleans, no furniture, out on the St. Peter balcony. I’m guessing it’s that time, then, if you’re decamping all but Camp Street.

    All best with the move and new digs and please give my best to those I know and love and miss very much.

  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    07/20/2015 11:05:46 PM PDT · 49 of 52
    Askel5 to Romulus

    Such wonderful news!

    Got licensed as a caregiver last fall and now working doing something I know for a fact I’d do for free.

    It’s nice to have something more along the lines of a vocation.

  • In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief (built 6 permanent homes)

    06/06/2015 9:53:15 AM PDT · 27 of 27
    Askel5 to aposiopetic

    HEY! Thanks for the heads-up!! I missed this!!

    Trust all is well with you and yours, aposiopetic

  • "A Final Adios from DrSteveJ" - It's Been Ten Years to the Day

    08/11/2014 6:03:38 PM PDT · 133 of 136
    Askel5 to DaxtonBrown; annalex; fishtank

    you just remember OWK was brilliant? heh.

    I miss all those cats too. I think it’s hilarious Demidog’s remembered as a possible perv. Even though having kids surely was a de facto purely self-interested move on his part (alas, man has no choice for selflessness) I suspect his views may have changed somewhat.

    Fun thread, Fishtank.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Annalex. Hope this finds you well.

  • Are FreeRepublic jackets still sold?

    07/30/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    Askel5 to Varmint Al

    I have a large I’d sell you. Mint ... save for removing my handle, which i
    I’d let you or whoever’s patching it handle. All my jackets have hoods now that I’ve lived Northwest.

  • Liberty Follows Virtue: How Personal Values Ordained the Rise and Fall of Rome

    05/21/2014 6:49:24 PM PDT · 98 of 105
    Askel5 to Carry_Okie

    Oh my gosh ... WHAT happened to your little girls?!?! What beautiful young ladies they’ve become!

    I’m so happy for your family. Well done, Carry_Okie!

  • Passing of a Member

    05/06/2014 10:58:29 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    Askel5 to Tijeras_Slim

    JeanS, rest in peace.

  • Passing of a Member

    05/06/2014 10:57:38 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    Askel5 to rambo007

    So sorry to hear this. Happy for him.

    bittersweet Freegards ... prayers for his loved ones

  • We Lost AGreatPer Last Year

    04/13/2013 8:33:45 PM PDT · 83 of 84
    Askel5 to kristinn

    Very sorry to hear about Raoul ... keeping all of you who’ll feel his loss most keenly in my heart. All best, Kristinn.