Top 10 Power Brokers of the Religious Right

From Counterpunch:

The United States is home to dozens of Religious Right groups. Many have small budgets and focus on state and local issues; the most powerful organizations conduct nationwide operations, command multi-million-dollar bank accounts and attract millions of followers. They have disproportionate clout in the halls of Congress, the White House and the courts, and they wield enormous influence within the political system.

What follows is a list of the nation’s Top Ten Religious Right groups, as determined by publicly available financial data and political prominence.

Living with Argyria

A short photo essay of a woman whose skin turned gray due to Argyria.

The photos above were taken in 1978 a few months before I was dermabraded. I am not wearing lipstick as one of the current silver salesmen believes. My lips appear reddish in many old photos. I would guess that it is becaise of the contrast with the gray.

When I was in my mid-thirties, I noticed that I had light spots on the part of my skin that was gray. I also had what looked like scratch marks that where also lighter than my original gray color. I had never considered being dermabraded since it was known that the silver was too deep in the skin to reach with that surgical procedure. But the only thing I could think of that had caused what appeared to be scratch marks were scratches from my cats when they were kittens. None of those scratches had been very deep. In fact, I didn’t remember having been scratched at all. From that I concluded that they were very superficial. I also realized how stupid I had been all those years in not trying to have at least a test patch of skin dermabraded. In medicine you don’t assume. You test. You experiment.

Wikipedia’s entry on Argyria.