BLAINESWORLD #973 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) How to fall asleep

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/magazine/how-to-fall-asleep.html

(2) Toni F. in PA: About a North Carolina issue:  I am getting a few posts that refer to this.  If you feel so inclined…can you post this?  Maybe on Blainesworld…unless you think it is too “political.” (It also references farm animal cruelty.)If you live in North Carolina, or have friends and family who do, please call or email Governor McCrory (http://www.governor.state.nc.us/contact) and politely ask him to veto H.B. 405 a bill that will make it harder to document animal abuse at puppy mills and factory farms Thank you for supporting our animals and being their voice!

Also, thank you, Blaine, for posting the Ron Feeback interview in Blainesworld #972! You even edited out the bars and tone…and the ten seconds of black at the top! Awesome.

(3) Candace M. in NC: Cool info site (recognizing those companies creating the most impact for a better world)

https://www.bcorporation.net/

(4) If you’re older and you know it, shake your arms

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/style/if-youre-older-and-you-know-it-shake-your-arms.html

(5) Amy S. in NC:

There’s a fast-moving bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would arm felons and domestic abusers by repealing our law that requires criminal background checks on all handgun sales.

This bill would have devastating consequences for public safety in our state because violent criminals could evade background checks by shopping with unlicensed sellers — including strangers they meet online.

We can stop the bill by convincing lawmakers that this is a huge step backwards for our state. But supporters like you need to make your voices heard right away — and our lawmakers could vote at any moment.

Click here to automatically add your name to a petition asking lawmakers to vote NO on this dangerous legislation. Volunteers from Moms Demand Action will deliver your signature to elected leaders in person on Tuesday, June 2.

http://act.everytown.org/sign/NC-Background-Checks-Petition/?source=emne_NC-Background-Checks-Petition&utm_source=em_n_&utm_medium=_e&utm_campaign=NC-Background-Checks-Petition&t=2&akid=2766.3587860.2mKC2s

Under our current system for buying handguns, sheriffs run a criminal background check and then issue a permit before any person may make a purchase. This system has worked for decades to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. But now the gun lobby wants to repeal the permitting system and its critical background check requirement.

Unfortunately, we know what happens when the gun lobby gets its way. Missouri repealed a similar background checks law in 2007, and their gun homicide rate spiked by 25 percent. [1]

We can’t afford to make the same mistake.

Make sure your lawmakers understand how dangerous this bill is. Click below to automatically add your name to the petition now:

http://act.everytown.org/sign/NC-Background-Checks-Petition

The more attention we can drive to this dangerous legislation, the more we stand a chance at blocking it from going any further.

Thanks for acting quickly,

Sarah Green
North Carolina Chapter Leader
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

P.S. — Want to help deliver the petitions on June 2? Click here to RSVP for our day of action at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.

1. Daniel Webster, Cassandra Kercher Crifasi, and Jon S. Vernick, “Erratum To: Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides,” Journal of Urban Health 91, no. 3 (June 2014).

(6) A Letter To The Lovers From My Past by Edie Weinstein
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/05/a-letter-to-the-lovers-from-my-past/

(7) The M&M Boys: A Profile in Civility

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/upshot/the-mm-boys-a-profile-in-civility.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&abt=0002&abg=0

(8) Drop That Gas Nozzle: New Jersey Is Full-Service Island, and Likes It

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/nyregion/new-jersey-drivers-dont-pump-gas-and-dont-intend-to.html

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Section 12, NC events

(1) An Evening of Comedy Shorts, featuring Allen Law and others
Wednesday, May 27at 7:15pm – 9:00pm

White Horse Black Mountain
105C Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Comedy films, Sketch Comedy & Blacklist Improv Comedy performs! $7 at the door.

(2)  Jeff Thompson: May Lounge Residency

May 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC

Additional Showtimes
May 28, 2015 7:00 PM

BUY TICKETS
$10
To do so, please click:
http://isisasheville.com/events/jeff-thompson-may-lounge-residency-3/

Jeff Thompson spent an enjoyable and productive winter down in New Orleans. He will be celebrating his return with a month long residency here at Isis. Each week will reflect the many creative sides of Jeff Thompson.

This week Jeff adds Patrick Armitage’s formidable drumming skills to the already potent duo of he and Aaron. The trio will be tackling much of the material from Jeff’s new album, “So Far, So Strange,” as well as material from “Stillsmall Voices,” Jeff’s earlier release, and they will be throwing in several surprise arrangements of cover songs you have probably never heard them do before. There will likely also be a surprise special guest or two sitting in.

Limited Tables are available with dinner reservation. Seating / Standing is otherwise available first come first serve. Call Isis at 828-575-2737 for reservations.
Music : Genre: Folk Rock,Indie,Jazz,Rock,Singer/Songwriter

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