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About maidstonejewelry

My name is David. I have a jewelry design studio. We make unconventional jewelry with unusual materials. We are located in East Hampton, NY, USA. I blog about all things pertaining to our jewelry. I cast a wide net. Subjects can be as diverse as the biology of anomia simplex (shells that we use for ear rings), a motorcycle trip in California, or the blood diamond trade...nearly anything is fair game!

First Hand Report on Immigrant Families in Tijuana

Friendship Park, along the United States-Mexico border in San Diego–Tijuana   By Lisa Votino Tarrant (Southampton) Down in Tijuana, I befriended a 5yo little girl whose family was awaiting turning themselves over to US authorities to claim asylum. All I … Continue reading

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Background Checks for all Gun Sales

Washington has finally noticed that 97% of Americans favor passage of comprehensive background checks for all gun sales. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives – 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans – just introduced a universal background check bill.  H.R. 8 … Continue reading

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Women’s March 2018

Last year I was in Washington DC!  Just one little dot on that picture of the mall, the picture that tells it all about facts versus blowhard fake news. Remember Sean Spicer? This year I went to Sag Harbor with … Continue reading

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“Shithole” Nations

Republican Rep. Mia Love: Trump ‘must apologize’ for ‘shithole’ remark From Susan Solo Esq.: Exactly how much longer do Americans have to endure this racist man? His comments today about why the US has to accept immigrants from Africa, Haiti … Continue reading

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Glenn Simpson Transcript: Summary

Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Thomson Reuters One of us has actually read the Glenn Simpson transcript! Mr. Simpson is the man behind an explosive dossier — produced at his firm, Fusion GPS, with a former British spy, Christopher Steele — outlining … Continue reading

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Most Popular Blog Posts – 2017

Map of all Indivisible groups across the USA, which includes Resist & Replace (R&R) of East Hampton, NY   The 10 most viewed blog posts in 2017 on R&R are: 1) 780 views  – Special Report: Brookhaven Town Clerk (part 1; … Continue reading

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Zeldin Boasting about Environment Record?

Recently Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus and founding member of the “Congressional Estuary Caucus”, was joined by EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Carrie Meek … Continue reading

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“Trump Slump” in tourism

I have previously posted on the “Trump Slump” in tourism. And here, and here too.  But it is time to reexamine the issue because the data over one solid year indicate that the slump is here to stay!   How will … Continue reading

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Remove Lee Zeldin from the US Holocaust Memorial Council

August 17, 2017 We are writing to publicly demand the removal of Congressman Lee Zeldin from the US Holocaust Memorial Council (USHMC) in Washington, D.C..  As a member of the USHMC, as a steward of our collective memory of atrocity, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to our Fellow Jews

From my friend Larry Smith: By Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Berkeley, California, 8/16/17 To our fellow Jews, in the United States, in Israel, and around the world: We know that, up to now, some of you have made an … Continue reading

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Two-faced Lee Zeldin on White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville

Zeldin’s bizarre bifurcation of responses to Charlottesville continues. Yesterday he went back to his original position defending Trump and blaming both sides. That weak response is also the one on his website press release page, his official Facebook page and … Continue reading

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Opting out of Medicare Expansion is costing lives: over 7,100 deaths nation wide!

Interesting study (by a Harvard medical student).  It is an estimate of the total numbers of people that will be covered by insurance with/without medicare expansion.  They they use prior estimates of how non-coverage translates in to real death rates. … Continue reading

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Another Testimonial: Take your time – don’t do it all in one session

(I posted this for my friend J) My wife and I went through the NY State Health website There are a few tricks you learn along the way….first register. You don’t have to do it all at once, you … Continue reading

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Mental Health and the ACA

Those of us with experience, either as patients or health care providers, in the field of mental health may wonder what the ACA provides towards better mental health.  Truly, sometimes I wonder at the sorry state of this branch of … Continue reading

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