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What's Your Persuasion?

After reading the discussion on a recent thread, I told Ruby that I would find a political spectrum test and let everyone determine his or her correct "label". She said something along the lines of "that's just what we need (not)!"

I looked at several around the net and liked the OKcupid Politics Test. I liked it because it allowed a range of responses and had lots of questions.

I know that this will be distasteful to some and that others will take the test but prefer to keep the results to themselves.

I don't mind sharing my own score which I know will shock many:

You are a
Social Liberal
(86% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(1% permissive)

You are best described as a:


You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.

Who knew?

One value I found in taking this test was the recognition that I did not have aready answer to every question. Some I had to think about and some might have different responses if I took the test again.

NC-CDHC Founder Carol Kirschenbaum Passes Away

Dr. Carol Kirschenbaum passed away last week in her home in Durham after an 8 year battle with ovarian cancer. Perhaps better known in Durham than in Orange County, Kirschenbaum was a leader in the fight to make access to health care a right for all North Carolinians.

She spearheaded the effort to pass a constitutional amendment (current HB 1358) that would read:

Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for the State to ensure that every resident is able to realize this fundamental right. Not later than July 1, 2007, the General Assembly shall provide by law a plan to ensure that by July 1, 2011, every resident of North Carolina has access to appropriate health care on a regular basis.

An obituary written by her husband Dennis Lazof can be found here.

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Memorial Day Peace Commemoration

Yesterday, the local peace movement held a Memorial Day commemoration at Carrboro's Commons.

Sarah Shields gave a powerful speech connecting the suffering of wars victims, whether soldiers or civilians, to the demand for peace:

The war in Iraq has so far cost the people of North Carolina more than 37,000 affordable housing units. It could have insured 2.5 million children, hired 72,000 new teachers. Just in North Carolina. The Peace Dividend I was promised before I became a mother has become an enormous War Deficit, and spending on the War and its share in the debt now demands forty-two cents of every dollar I pay in taxes.8

The legacy of war, whether in our memories or not, continues. War kills people, and modern warfare continues to kill long after. Death. Amputation. Hatred. Fear. Suicide. Disease. Terror. War threatens our humanity, individually and collectively...



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