March 31, 2008
March 27, 2008
Death of the physical body or death of the assured understanding that everyone reads English as well as I do. Case in point is the article with the New York Times. Each word in there is linked to a dictionary which defines it for readers who don't know how to read English or who read but don't understand the word they see on the page. But dictionaries, while good, do not give a whole story. They can't. They only define and pin a word to a page like a butterfly to a display board. Words live in the culture. And without context, all that anyone writes are just ... words. Shakespeare said it best in MacBeth....
There would have been a time for such a word.To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded time,And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life's but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no more: it is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.
SCENE V. Dunsinane. Within the castle.
March 14, 2008
March 13, 2008
Why do I care? Because there are tons of stories about the murder of the North Carolina coed and hardly any mention of the murder in Georgia. Why? I find that disparity oddly reminiscent of "spiking" a story that copy editors do when they know it will be unpopular for their readers. Is it because of the Iraq connection? Is it because the victim is Jewish? Is it because the murder is in Georgia? Is it because it isn't a 'sexy' story. Murder does sell but uncomfortable facts don't. Nothing can convince me that the victims' families wishes can keep the reporter vultures away after a murder. So that probably isn't why it isn't getting much coverage. I think it is because the alleged murdered is an Iraq vet and the victim a Jewish girl in her freshman year at college. She hailed from a Jewish family in Georgia. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-unc-investigation_N.htm?csp=34 As a Jew, as a Buddhist and as a antiwar 'watcher', I am not surprised by this fallout. I am surprised that the coverage is so bad and that the situation is so sad. Peace please!
May we all be blessed as we follow our hearts today.
March 12, 2008
Hugs from Down Here.
Longer ones ...
An Elegy for Trees and Me...
Bury me near the gumdrop tree so sweetness falls nearby
Though a snowball tree would be nice for fun
or a dogwood to keep me warm,
But best of all is the pussy willow which grows straight and tall
and Fluffy like my thoughts which to wander around in the month of May
... Hugs from Down Here
March 10, 2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan, fluoridates its water, beginning a controversy that remains unsettled to this day.
Fluoride was added to the water supply to deal with cavities. However, it was the height of the "red" scare and every time it was proposed for water supplies, we had lectures about how it was a commie plot. Well, ve don't need no stinking commies these days. We have lax water inspections, lax laws and lax cleanup so that prescriptions for Joe down the street are getting into the water for Jane who lives in another town or for drugs to get into the water supply of feedlots. USDA and FDA claim they don't have enough inspectors to make foods or drugs safe. They blame the lack of inspectors on the Congress. I say, nay. It is the job of the USDA and the FDA to make sure we have enough competent inspectors to check on the quality of water and slaughter houses. And that is not what is or has been happening. Third party investigators from the Humane Society and AP are the ones who alert the public to these irregularities and outright abuses. I find this even more troubling than the fact that now the water can kill me because I am deathly allergic to penicillin. And yet, the Administration claims that if we want a safe society, we must and give up our rights to phone privacy, email privacy and general privacy. If that is the case, then for that sacrifice, don't we deserve a safe society that isn't potentially being poisoned by these chemicals that are in our water? When security isn't secure, can the phrase freedom isn't free make any sense at all?
March 7, 2008
Mom-nesia, indeed. I used to call it the lasagne effect....to pun on the many layers of the mind a parent needs to have. There is only so much storage in a brain, after all. So the way my mind stores facts is in layers. If I ping one layer with Abraham, then eventually I will remember why I wanted to use him in a blog entry. It is just a question of getting through all those other useful layers held together by that cheesey substance called the Mind.
March 6, 2008
March 5, 2008
Here is the link from PublicIntegrity.org which has portions of it on their website. I urge you to take a look and then download the report because I don't know how long it will be available. http://www.publicintegrity.org/GreatLakes/index.htm
In the interest of yesterday's election results, I feel we all need a good laugh. Feel free to use this with candidates, political parties or just generally when feeling bugged. Enjoy!
The caption of this photo is mine, the photo was emailed to me:
The following folks are deemed Duck:
Write names here:
March 4, 2008
According to the freedictionary.com it means to fleece, cheat or otherwise deceive folks. We need words like that here for the political process.