Submitted by birdie on August 2, 2007 - 5:17pm
It's a tragedy, and it's hit home, in a way...my oldest son just moved to Minneapolis having graduated Carleton College and started his first full-time job in the Cities. Fortunately, neither he nor his girlfriend were nearby at the time of the collapse. Minneapolis is going to need a lot of help to rebuild physically and psychologically...but this article concerns me, particularly based on the current administration's past track record with disaster recovery.
Submitted by birdie on July 26, 2007 - 4:33pm
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Submitted by birdie on May 18, 2007 - 7:53pm
Here's a sneak peek at his new book, The Assault on Reason. I'm looking forward to reading it and hoping that it mobilizes a lot of discussion and moreover action on the part of both public and private institutions in this country.
Submitted by birdie on April 26, 2007 - 3:25pm
The concluding paragraphs of Bob Herbert's column in today's New York Times: "A study released a few years ago by the Harvard School of Public Health compared firearm mortality rates among youngsters 5 to 14 years old in the five states with the highest rates of gun ownership with those in the five states with the lowest rates.
Submitted by birdie on April 12, 2007 - 2:31am
Hurray for Maryland's new Governor Martin O'Malley.
Submitted by birdie on March 22, 2007 - 4:39pm
I'm not exactly naive, but I must say I found it quite shocking that so many reputedly trustworthy pet food brands all are manufactured by a single source, Menu Foods. Does branding mean anything in this day and age? Customer confidence is supposedly built on "brand loyalty." Is it just luck that my cats happen to eat dry food from Nutro (one of the affected brands in the wet food version)? I thought that Nutro was made by Nutro or at least quality-controlled by Nutro; their website says "For over 75 years, Nutro has created, tested, and produced the finest pet foods on the market.
Submitted by birdie on February 11, 2007 - 2:13pm
As reported by Terry Armour in the Chicago Tribune: We happened to catch up with Bill Maher on Friday--the day after former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida. Maher and other comedians have mined a lot of laughs out of Smith and her status as a self-made celebrity.
Submitted by birdie on February 8, 2007 - 4:36pm
DRUG ADS MAKE RESEARCHERS (and birdie) SICK
Submitted by birdie on January 22, 2007 - 3:22pm
If the New York Times can report it, I can pass it on here. Analysis of what's happened to Ms. Jolie's public persona since divorcing Billy Bob Thornton and marrying Brad Pitt. A little diversion for your day.
Submitted by birdie on January 13, 2007 - 3:56pm
Submitted by birdie on January 8, 2007 - 8:18pm
Just got wind of the painting by Kate Kretz of Angelina Jolie posed as the Madonna holding her children and waiting at a cashiers line at Wal-Mart. Description and photo of this art as social commentary from PugBus (and the NYT w/o photos).
Here's the artist's website.
Submitted by birdie on January 7, 2007 - 6:17pm
AP. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.
Submitted by birdie on January 4, 2007 - 3:43am
From the New York Times three physicians contribute to an essay on how far astray we've gone with diagnosing "diseases", some of which (hair loss, libido loss, insomnia, twitchy legs, etc.) used to be considered 'just part of life.' It's right on target and beautifully written. The article leads with "For most Americans, the biggest health threat is not avian flu, West Nile or mad cow disease. It's our health-care system," and goes on from there.
Submitted by birdie on December 29, 2006 - 5:11pm
What is this renaissance of fascination with how upon death, one's body is buried and interred? Reference the deaths and burials of President Ford and the plans for Billy Graham. So much fuss over the remains of what once was a human being; too bad our society pays so little attention to people while they are still alive.
Submitted by birdie on December 1, 2006 - 12:51am
A great six-minute trailer and more information on the indie documentary "Independent America" based on two journalists trip across the U.S. using only secondary highways and only patronizing mom & pop stores. See America Unchained...no Walmart, no Starbucks, no Best Western, no Borders, etc. You might want to purchase the DVD for your library.
Submitted by birdie on October 27, 2006 - 2:18pm
Submitted by birdie on October 26, 2006 - 7:15pm
I think this Clyde Haberman/NYTimes column says it all...he is such a great writer and he's really hit the nail on the head regarding the NYS pols.
Submitted by birdie on October 17, 2006 - 2:03pm
Did anyone else notice that the perpetrators of spam are getting a little bit smarter? The headline today for financial spam was "Cardinals Game Postponed".