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I Can’t Say No!

Some may remember Gloria Grahame adorably performing this number in the movie Oklahoma.

When she appeared with Seth Meyers in April, 2015,  Dame Helen Mirren irresistibly declared her love for Vin Diesel and her strong desire to be in a Fast & Furious movie.

Vin received her message and has responded because…  you know … when The Queen of Broadway expresses a strong desire,  it behooves you to reply.

Vin Diesel Would Welcome Helen Mirren To ‘Furious 8′: I Love Her

June 24, 2015

OK, there’s been enough back and forth about Dame Helen Mirren wanting to join “Furious 8″ – let’s get those contracts signed already!

A few months back, the Oscar winner said she’s dying to star in the hit franchise, and Vin Diesel said he’s ready to welcome Helen into the “Furious” family.

“I love Helen Mirren. Get your act together, Helen!” he told Access Hollywood at the opening of the “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” ride at Universal Studios on Tuesday, echoing an interview Helen gave in March in which she told Vin to get his act together and find her a role. “I love you!”

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On April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton declared that she wants to be the champion for Americans and American families.

As much as I love Vin Diesel myself, I must admit that I have not watched a Fast & Furious movie but look forward to Dame Helen demonstrating her outstanding driving and sharp-shooting skills in the next one.

I also look forward to seeing Hillary Clinton tackle the issues she has been laying out on the campaign trail.

When you have two such accomplished women asking you to hire them to do the job they can do best,  how can you say “no?”

 

I can’t!  I can’t say no!

 

I hope you can’t either.  We can’t vote for Helen to be in Fast & Furious, but we can  help Hillary become the champion for all of us that we know she can be in the White House.

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By the way, Helen is on her side, and Hillary had a rare chance in her busy schedule to see Helen perform in the limited engagement of The Audience on Broadway.  That will be but a fond memory in a few days.  There isn’t a single ticket left.

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When Independence Day arrives, I am going to be missing our Broadway Queen of Hearts most heartily.  No one can do that role like Dame Helen,  and she has said that she will never play that part again.

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I really need to get on the stick,  though, because Chelsea Clinton says Fast &  Furious movies are great!  Like Hillary,  I trust her judgment.

 

 

 

 

 

If this were, let’s say. 1955,  being declared a non-person would be a Soviet thing.  You would not expect, 60 years later, in Free-Speech U.S.A.,   for such a declaration to affect the manner in which a blogger operates.  But it does.  It has.  It has happened to me.

Since 2008 I have blogged under the screen name Still4Hill.  She is and has been my identity for very solid reasons that are private and nobody’s business.  Outside this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media accounts all operate in sync with that personal identity which I, for years, have claimed.

Suddenly, on May 6, Stillfor Hill, a Facebook identity (because Facebook would not accept a number in a name) was slaughtered.  Facebook declared that person a non-person the way the Soviet Union used to declare dissidents non-persons.  Stillfor Hill became a Facebook ‘page’ – a person no longer and now without friends and unable to do the things the personal account once could.

When I say suddenly, I mean it came when I was in the middle of working on something, with no warning, and with no real avenue of redress.  Essentially the message was:

We have disabled your account.  We don’t think you are a person.  We think you are promoting an agenda.  You can make it a Facebook Page if you want. We will import your content.

I am paraphrasing.  That was the gist.  I have a “gist memory,” but I take care in collecting text for archival history.

Given that, I chose to make Stillfor Hill a Facebook page.  Contrary to the message, I lost ALL of the important content, and all of my friends became “followers”  (a title I resent since I am not the Mahareeshi Yogi and never sought “followers’).  I don’t even know if my friends know that this happened or if they think some low-life named Stillfor Hill was banished for unseemly behavior on Facebook.

As if the Facebook aspects were not damaging enough, there was spontaneous combustion of the Twitter and Google links to that Facebook account.  Twitter, of course, cannot connect with a disabled Facebook account, and Google threw every security wall in its arsenal against this dangerous entity, Stillfor Hill, whose only purpose and reason was to circulate information about the work of a person who is a declared candidate for president of the United States.

I was not sharing blueprints for 3-D printer guns or formulas for dirty bombs. I was not providing shelter to criminal or terrorist elements.  I was sharing an archive of the work Hillary Clinton has done since 2008.

I know Facebook has a policy of one person/one account.  I  know Stillfor Hill defied that, and I think it is a wrong-headed policy.  We do not all always feel safe doing or saying what we do on Facebook under our own identities.  Facebook should respect that.

I also know that Facebook does not seek out alias accounts like Stillfor Hill.  They take them down when they are reported as “non-persons,”  i.e. someone reported me. Smacks of the old Soviet tactics.  Like a G.E. theater episode hosted by Ronald Reagan.

So here I am, in some old Joe Stalin gulag where nothing works exactly as it should and most of my old friends don’t even know I am missing.  They only know, if they see it, that I have become a Facebook ghost.
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I wish I could tell you the cataclysm this has caused.  I am a Hillary Girl.  I have picked up whatever pieces I have left and moved on.  I was hit badly by Sandy.  I am still rising above that.  I will rise above this as well.  I will rise.

 

 

 

It has now been a year.  It is a sad anniversary.  Sadder still that so little has been done to retrieve these young women from captivity.  Those who have returned have escaped on their own.

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls: #BringBackOurGirls @BringGirlsBack

It has been two weeks since the invasion of a girls’ dormitory in Nigeria and the kidapping of well more than 200 young girls  (accounts differ).

This Twitter account has been set up to publicize this case and any progress made in locating the missing girls.

 

BringBackOurGirls

@BringGirlsBack

234 school girls abducted: we’re getting organized and coordinated to make an actual difference. and

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Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls reportedly sold as brides to militants for $12, relatives say

An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria.  Two weeks after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a “hot pursuit” by security forces and desperate parents heading into a dangerous forest in search of their daughters. Some dozens have managed to escape their captors, jumping from the back of an open truck or escaping into the bush from a forest hideout, although the exact number of escapees is unclear. (AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

Samson Dawah was nervous. For two weeks, he had waited for any bit of information regarding his niece, who was among the 234 Nigerian school girls likely kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This week, he gathered his extended family. He had news but also an unusual request. He asked that the elderly not attend. He wasn’t sure they could bear what he had to say.

“We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls,” he told them. ”They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants.”

The girl’s father fainted, the Guardian reported, and has since been hospitalized. But the news got worse. Village elder Pogo Bitrus told Agence France Presse locals had consulted with “various sources” in the nation’s forested northeast. “From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns our abducted girls were taken… into Chad and Cameroon,” he said, adding that each girl was sold as a bride to Islamist militants for 2,000 naira — $12.

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Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Forced To Marry Extremists: Reports

Posted: 04/30/20

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press.

He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.

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If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss the play #Nirbhaya — about the woman who sparked a revolution to #BreakTheSilence around rape culture worldwide.

India banned the documentary about the Delhi rape, but this powerful story must be told. Showing April 16 – May 17. Get tickets here: NirbhayaNYC.com

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For more information about this limited engagement, visit the Facebook page here >>>> 

Violence against women and girls is an epidemic of global proportions. Transcending geographic borders, economic and social class, religion and ethnicity, violence impacts women of all ages, in all communities around the world.

From domestic violence to sexual harassment, human trafficking to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting, far too many women in far too many places face violence or threats of violence on a daily basis. Today, estimates show that nearly 1 in 3 women has experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence – an astounding and unacceptable statistic and one of the most challenging barriers to women’s full participation.

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Kenya protest over miniskirt attack

Monday 17th November , 2014

Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked
Both men and women showed solidarity with the woman who was attacked

At least 200 people have protested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after a group of men tore off a woman’s clothes for wearing a miniskirt.

The protesters chanted “Shame on you” and handed out flowers at a bus rank where the attack took place, the BBC’s Anne Soy reports from the scene.

At a rival demonstration, about 20 men chanted “Dress up. We don’t want this.”

Kenya is a conservative society, where activists complain that women’s rights are often violated, our reporter says.

A mother’s group, Kilimani Mums, organised the protest after a video of the attack went viral on social media last week.

Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Activists say the government has not done enough to protect the rights of women
Protest in Nairobi, Kenya, over a woman being stripped for wearing a miniskirt (17 November 2014)
Both Christians and Muslims took part in the protest

It sparked outrage among Kenyans, with the hashtags#MydressMychoice and #strippingshame trending on Twitter on Saturday and Sunday, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports.

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Unbelievable!

Accused Witch Burned At The Stake In Paraguay

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The latest incident in the spreading number of witch hunts occurred last week when a 45 year old woman was burned alive at the stake after she was accused of practicing witchcraft in the nation of Paraguay.

The victim, Adolfina Ocampos, was sentenced to death by the local chief of the Mbya Guarani community after local villagers accused her of being involved with sorcery. The villagers tortured her, submerged her under water and beat her before they tied her to the stake, then shot her with several arrows, finally burning her alive in the gruesome display of violence. So far local authorities have arrested 9 men in the village in connection with Ocampos’s murder and all readily confessed to killing the accused witch with little remorse saying that they are “not sorry” according to at least one report.

Ocampo was first targeted as a witch when the relative of one of the village’s leaders took ill. They blamed the prolonged illness on Ocampo, accused her of being a witch and banished her from the village for one month. When the relative did not improve, the village chief condemned Ocampo to death believing that she was responsible for the prolonged illness by practicing witchcraft.
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