In 7 weeks, the British people get a vote to decide our next government ~ This could be a chance to get our voices heard.

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Dear David,

In 7 weeks, the British people get a vote to decide our next government. [1] You may be thinking this election’s a done deal. But if there’s one thing that the past year has shown, it’s that millions of people, coming together to have their say, can change history. [2]


Right now politicians will be wondering how to get your vote. And they’ll be in the spotlight about their plans on issues like Brexit and the NHS. This could be a chance to get our voices heard. But we’ll need a plan to hit the ground running. This starts with each of us having our say on what 38 Degrees should do this election.
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So David, please can you fill out a quick survey to share your thoughts? It’ll take less than 5 minutes and on Friday the staff team will pore over your answers to come up with the 38 Degrees election plan.

Here’s the first question to get you started:

What do you think the most important issue of this election is?

38 Degrees is independent of all political parties. We’re unique because millions of us come together, to find common ground and create change.

It can sometimes feel impossible for any one of us to change things on our own. But thousands of us working together can make waves.

And when we all take small actions at the same time – like having our say on this survey – they can add up to something big. So if thousands of us take this survey now then we can come up with a plan that’ll make sure politicians listen to us.

David can you take the survey now? It’ll take less than 5 minutes.
What do you think the most important issue of this election is?

Thanks for being involved,


David & the 38 Degrees team

P.S 38 Degrees has a small staff team in London and in Edinburgh. We write these emails and create the website. But the people in charge of 38 Degrees are you – the people who get the emails, get involved in ways like signing petitions, donating, and answering quick surveys like this. So if you want to have your say about what 38 Degrees should do for the election, please could you take 5 minutes to answer a few questions?

[1] BBC: Theresa May to seek a general election on 8 June:
[2] The outcome of the Brexit referendum surprised most politicians and was not predicted by polling companies. Although many are saying that the election in 2017 is likely to result in a Conservative government with a big majority, we will only know who our next government will be the day after the election in June.



LONG ISLAND: Police are investigating another knife-point robbery, this time at a Subway restaurant, in Suffolk County authorities say after he struck again on Tuesday evening – @AceNewsServices

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#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: At around 8:30 Tuesday night, a man, armed with a knife, walked into the sandwich shop on Portion Road in Ronkonkoma and demanded cash, Suffolk County #police said.

NBC Knife-Wielding Robber Strikes Again on Long Island: Police

The employee complied, however, it wasn’t immediately clear how much the suspect got away with.

Investigators believe it is the same man who Targeted Long Island Ice Cream Shop and has hit at least 14 other sandwich and ice cream shops around Nassau and Suffolk counties, officials said.

Tuesday’s robbery is not far from the Carvel ice cream store that was held up earlier this month, police said.

A helicopter and canine unit were seen scouring the area Tuesday night.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest, #police said.

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Iran blocks Telegram app voice calls: state media

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© AFP/File | The blockage of Telegram voice calls in Iran follows the arrest last month of 12 people who ran popular reformist channels on the messenger app


Iran’s judiciary has blocked newly introduced voice calls on Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country, state media reported on Wednesday.

The blockage follows the arrest last month of 12 people who ran popular reformist channels on Telegram, ahead of a presidential election next month.

It was not clear if the blockage of voice calls, which Telegram introduced worldwide last week, was political or designed to protect the commercial interests of domestic phone companies.

“We gave the authorisation for the establishment of Telegram’s voice call service on Friday… but it was blocked by a judicial order,” Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi told reformist newspaper Shargh.

“You should ask the judiciary for the reason.”

Last month, the conservative-dominated judiciary…

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Music for lesbians, “old lady luxuries,” and you should sit if you need to


I’ve got a thing for some of the women whose music was the soundtrack of my youth. I love Stevie Nicks (saw her in concert with my son last year and a few years ago in Canberra, Australia), Madonna, kd lang, Ferron, and Chrissie Hynde. Lots of others to love too (Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading, the Parachute Club, and more) but these are all women I’ve seen in concert.

So I couldn’t resist a chance to see Carol Pope when she played in Toronto recently. I was shocked to realize she’s now 70. She makes 70 look pretty good. Pope is still tearing up the stage. She was part of a concert she’d organized called “Music for Lesbians.” I rounded up some friends (all bloggers here, Hi Sarah, Hi Susan, Hi Cate!) and though none of us are lesbians (bisexuals all) we had a great time.


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Finding My Voice

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Don’t know about you, but I’ve had a voice ever since I was born. A piercing sound box that I used to alert the armed forces I was hungry or other uncomfortable physical situations. I continued with that wail until I learned to speak, first with a decidedly New Jersey slur, not too dissimilar from the Southern drawl I later adopted the year I lived in Alabama and attended kindergarten. Even later I picked up a bit of pidgin from Hawaii when my family lived there for a few years. Finally I settled on California’s western twang after moving here on my thirteenth birthday and making it my permanent home except for three crazy years early in our marriage when we lived in Detroit. (Don’t ask, just don’t.)

My writer’s voice came in about as slowly and with as many distractions along the way as my baby and childish ones…

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Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

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The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to do while we wait for a missing quality. The quality it lacks is the coherence of a good integrating theory.

Now the exciting news is that Dr Alexandra Stein’s new book condenses that vast body of knowledge around the backbone and beating heart of a powerful integrating theory. No surprise … that theory is attachment theory. It fits like a glove! You don’t need to look for any other theories.

Attachment theory derives from our understanding of intimate family relationships. Cults function by replicating the most disturbed family attachment patterns to do their dirty work. Leaders of cults often name themselves as if they were parents or siblings.

So Alex Stein’s Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems is definitely not…

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