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clever spamists

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".

Philanthropists Hard Choices

Very interesting story in the Wall Street Journal about how philanthropists, and the rest of us with more limited funds, are faced with a choice of either supporting the arts and humanities, or stamping out world hunger/curing AIDS. It shouldn't have to be this way.

Big-Box Swindle

Back on my campaign saddle (well I never got off) against the big-box chains, including bookstores, that are contributing to the 'blandification' of local communities. Here's a link to a new title by Stacy Mitchell (Institute of Local self-Reliance) about the phenomenom, and how it hurts all of us.

How sick is this?

Have you seen the new ad campaign for Wal-Mart pharmacies? Pills dance around and form shapes like flowers...(from Brandweek) "computer-animated pills combine to create real-life objects such as flowers, a playground or a tennis ball" and "animated pills as stylized live-action characters that garden, ride bikes or play golf."

What have we come to? But one would expect this of a company with so little integrity.

Who are these people?

Two ways to win: 1)Identify one these librarians (backs towards the viewer) and win a prize -- or 2)identify the woman in the booth and win... (cool free stuff!!!)
...complete with librarians
for category one, name and library name please...for second category, name will suffice

the best sign

Save Darfur

..from the website:
The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 100 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations. Our mission is to raise public awareness and to mobilize an effective unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of two million people in the Darfur region.

The Save Darfur Coalition's unity statement was signed by more than 100 organizations.

Felicitations Jerry!

I always liked Jerry Lewis. Maybe that makes me an honorary Frenchwoman. I was privileged to see him in a revival of Damn Yankees (as the Devil) with my sons a few years ago, and I'm looking forward to reading his book (thanks Rochelle for the heads up).

Nice story from sign-on san diego about his inauguration into France's Legion of Honor.

Prejudice persists - updated

No matter how much some things change, other things just don't seem to adjust to the times and the rhythms of our 21st century world.

OK boys, I've deleted "Bush As Diplomat"

because I object to the flamewar that's going on. Too bad, I do like having comments, but it was MY BLOG, and Greg and Fang were not invited to have at each other on my personal blog.

Go to a different playground.

Politics Thursday: Practicing Charity Towards Political Foes

I'm not as good-hearted a person as Daniel, nor as fair-minded or analytical as Blake, but the concept of practicing charity towards political foes has its merits (hopefully humorous in this case):

1)President Bush has not shot anybody in the face (that I know of).

2)President Bush looks kind of cute with his shirt sleeves rolled up.

3)President Bush likes animals.

4)President Bush probably calls his mother at least once a week.

Krugman: Osama, Saddam and the Ports

Brilliant column by Paul Krugman in the New York Times . Read what Rumsfeld said on the afternoon of 9/11.

Let's all move to SD

where we don't have to fret over things like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...they're gonna take all those troublesome freedoms away! Free of freedom!!!

On the other hand, Cuba would be warmer.

Now I'VE been Tagged!

Samantha, thank you for tagging me - I guess I'm it!!

Four jobs I've had:

1. "flyer" at Gimbels in Manhattan (long gone)
2. managing director of a 1,200 seat amphitheater
3. Broadway Asst. Stage Manager & Asst. Lighting Designer
4. publishers assistant for a childrens book company

Four movies I watch over and over:

1. Hitchcock
2. Anything with Cary Grant
3. Anything with Fred Astaire
4. Anything with Ingrid Bergman

Four places I've lived

1. Washington, DC
2. Paris, France
3. St. Thomas Virgin Islands
4. New York City -- the best

Four TV shows I love

1. NYPD Blue (but it's over..)
2. Natl. Geographic & Discovery Ch. nature shows
3. Saturday Night Live
4. All My Children (going on maybe 30 years?)

Four places I've vacationed

1. St. Barts West Indies
2. Tahiti
3. Western Pennsylvania (bike ride)
4. Italy

Four of my favorite dishes

1. chocolate, the darker the better
2. pasta
3. artichokes, tomatoes
4. seafood

Four sites I visit daily

1. LISNews - for sure
2. flickr
3. my childrens blogs
4. Nasdaq

Four places I would rather be right now:

can't think of one...I'm home with my loving husband on Valentine's Day (he came through with the flowers!!!), waiting for Chinese food to arrive

Four books I love:

1. Poisonwood Bible
2. The Namesake (Lahiri)
3. Any Paul Theroux
4. Death of Vishnu (Manil Suri)
and I'm now enjoying Snow...

Four video games:

not a gamer, sorry

Four bloggers I am tagging:

1. kmmcook
2. blumster
3. caryb
4. Louise

Paean to the Kings/The State of Civil Rights

Excellent column (sorry you need NYTimes Select to read it) by NY Times columnist Bob Herbert, who says of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "We've honored Dr. King, but we've never listened to him. Our addiction to the joy of violence is far too strong."

Found on a Chinese blog

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  • 3. Where Are We Heading?

    The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter temples; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more but enjoy less.

    We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

    We drink too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

    We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, not life to years.

    We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've done larger things, but not better things.

    We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; weve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less; we plan more, but accomplish less.

    We've learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals.

    We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; we've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

    These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but more broken homes.

    These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. Where are we heading...?

    If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

    And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family an unwise investment indeed.

    So what is the moral of the story?

    Don't work too hard...and you know what's the full word of family ?


  • Hurrah for Two New Women Presidents (Liberia and Chile)

    Liberia and Chile each took a step in the right direction by electing outstanding women as their leaders. The new president of Liberia is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , and based on what I've read about her, she might just have a chance to pull that wretched country out of its misery and bring it closer to a state of peace and well-being.

    Too rich?

    They say you can never be too rich or too thin. I think I disagree, or perhaps I should say, you can be rich but not know how to spend your money.

    Delightful Holiday Claymation

    If you happened to miss it last Saturday night, here's a wonderful cartoon by Robert Smigel, "Christmastime For the Jews". It puts into song (sung by Darlene Love) a day that Jews have long enjoyed for their own particular reasons.

    Arlo's take on it

    I love the following quote by Arlo Guthrie in a recent magazine article celebrating the 40th anniversary of the creation of the song "Alice's Restaurant."


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