Goodbye Yahoo! Contributor Network

Yahoo! Contributor Network (any copyright/trademark remains with Yahoo!)

I have published several articles through the Yahoo! Contributor Network including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Voices, and Yahoo! Sports.  I just had one published a few days ago, and was working on another. That’s over.  They aren’t taking any more submissions, and within about a month, those articles I did have published will be gone. I and others received the following notice:

Dear Contributors, You made the past nine years incredible. At Yahoo, we’re focused on making daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. That means we’re constantly reviewing our products and experiences and, in some cases, we have to make tough decisions to no longer support a product. As part of our ongoing effort to sharpen our focus, on July 31, 2014, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down; on August 15, we will make the final Performance Payment before Contributor.Yahoo.com closes. With the exception of content you provided to Yahoo under a work for hire license, or unless Yahoo arranges differently with you, we will remove from Yahoo all content published through Yahoo Contributor Network and rights for all of your Yahoo Contributor Network content will revert to you. We know you have a lot of questions. Please refer to this FAQ (http://contributor.yahoo.com/help/#A571) for details. It has been such an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. -The Yahoo Contributor Network Team

I never made much money through it, but I did receive a small payment periodically which will now end.  And it was nice being able to say I was writing for Yahoo!.

contributor.yahoo.com/user/993162/alden_loveshade.html

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily express the views of the entire family.

Eight Reasons to Have Sex — or Not

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The Kiss by Francesco Hayez

“Are you ready to have sex? Nobody can answer that question for you. It’s your body, your life, your decision. But here are eight reasons for having sex you might want to think about first….”

If you’re a virgin or know someone who is, check out my newest article for Yahoo! here.

http://voices.yahoo.com/eight-reasons-sex-not-to-12711442.html

Opinions of an individual member of The Loveshade Family do not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

Good Fathers Touch Their Children

“The one promise I made to myself when my daughter was born is that I would be a better dad to her than my father was to me.,,,It was at age nine, with puberty unfolding relentlessly, that I no longer felt comfortable making non-sexual physical contact with her in ways that I had freely and openly been able to do for nearly a decade. When a caring, competent, protective, nurturing father abruptly stops freely touching you, that’s an unfortunate, disruptive event to body, brain, spirit and to relational wisdom-mind. For daughter and for dad.”

Neuroscientist Mark Brady, “How Estrogen Unexpectedly Turned Me into a Bad Dad

Photo is linked from the article; copyright is as stated there.

http://committedparent.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/how-estrogen-unexpectedly-turned-me-into-a-bad-dad/

 

America: Locking Away Kids Forever

Irredeemable at age 14?

America is the only nation in the world that locks up minors for the rest of their lives without possibility of parole.  They could be as young as 13 years old.

“Juwan is one of them. He was a 16-year-old kid when he was arrested after he saw a companion kill a pizza deliveryman. The shooter was never convicted, but because Juwan was present and had a gun, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars.” — ACLU website

Learn more HERE.  Sign a petition to help stop this practice HERE.

Having Trouble Posting Blog Comments?

Apparently some people have been getting an error message when they try to post.  Often this is something saying, “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down” — even when they haven’t posted any comments in days!

We’re very sorry for the inconvenience, and are trying to find and fix the problem.  Thanks for your patience.

Reverend Loveshade and Ms. M.C.: Baby Two

All names in this entry are Discordian names.

Once again, it’s a baby! Ms. M.C. gave birth to Kitty at 17:38 hours Thursday, 12 June 2014. Kitty weighed in at 3,858 grams (8.5 lbs) and was 52.2 cm long (20.55 inches). Both Mommy and Baby are doing great.  Daddy, who worries too much, is recovering — but quicker than from the birth of their first daughter. Twinkleton is already wanting to help her younger sister.  They didn’t think they’d get the same midwife as for their first, but at the last minute Nurse Velvet Hands became available. Untroubled Teen IV (remember, all these names are their Discordian names), Ms. MC’s ,15-year-old sister, helped with the birth which was at their commune.

Congratulations to the family!

Thanks to Produnis for taking the photo which is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation and the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

One Year Since We Learned of Massive Government Spying

“They Knew Our Secrets.  One Year Later, We Know Theirs.

“One year ago, the world had never heard of Edward Snowden, and we knew very little about the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. One year later, we are in a very different place….We know more than ever before about our government’s mass surveillance apparatus. We now have the power to rein it in.”

This also includes a powerful message from Edward Snowden on the one-year anniversary of his exposure of massive government spying on American citizens — and what you can do.

https://www.aclu.org/they-knew-our-secrets-one-year-later-we-know-theirs

Image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eye_Spy.jpg by Lotusblak released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

We are the Ace of Hearts

53 A HeartsFor three years, The Loveshade Family has tried to get the Ace of Hearts — or any card — in Flying Buffalo’s Origins Poker deck.  The deck is featured at the major gaming convention Origins Game Fair and at Gen Con, reportedly the longest running and largest gaming convention in the world.

This year, we got it!  The female on the card was inspired by Rosey Tiger (her Discordian American Princess name).  The male was partially inspired by actors in old black and white movies.

The decks are a lot of fun.  You can play poker, bridge, spades, hearts, rummy, whatever game you like to play with a 52-card deck.  There are also two jokers plus a few optional extra cards.

What makes the cards special is their gaming background.  The kings are always four famous game designers or artists.  This year’s winners are Ken St Andre, Tom Dalgliesh, Richard Berg, and Liz Danforth.  There are cards for Traveller, Steve Compton, Texicon, Chaoism, Gorilla Games, Aces & Eights, and much more including Chainmail Girl.

We will soon be taking orders for the decks at $5 each (plus shipping).  Or you can get a deck at one of the gaming conventions above.  We’re also adding a game section which will be at games.loveshade.org.

My Mom in Hospital

My mother has had quite a go of it.  She had a heart attack, open heart surgery, follow-up surgery to correct problems from the first surgery, then got major bleeding from a tear caused during the follow-up surgery.

She’s recovering in the hospital, slowly.

Opinions of an individual member of The Loveshade Family do not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family. – - – - – Heart image is a modified version by Dake of the original heart diagram by Wapcaplet found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heart_normal.svg?uselang=en-gb.  It is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licence.

 

Zero Tolerance: Show Your Team Number, Get Suspended

Number 3 showing number 3. Result: automatic suspension.

Zero tolerance = no tolerance = intolerance.

From Janet Hightower, mother of Dontadrian:

“Earlier this year, my son posed for a school photo holding up three fingers—just like in the photo you see here.

“It was a harmless gesture, but when school administrators saw the photo, they interpreted it as a gang sign. Rather than speak with my son to find out the truth, the school suspended him and nearly kicked him out of school.”

If we had Zero Tolerance for adults, anyone arrested would be convicted.  No explanation would be allowed.  There would be no trial by jury and no possibility of being found not guilty.

We don’t allow this in America for adults, so why do we do it to our children?

You can sign a petition at:

https://www.aclu.org/secure/school_pride_zero_tolerance?ms=oth_acluaction_140401_taf

Photo from the ACLU website and is used here with no threat to copyright intended in order to illustrate the issue.

 Any opinion expressed by an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily express the views of the whole family.