Wednesday, September 17, 2014

People's Climate March

This was my favorite poster among the examples at Occupy. It emphasizes the child and it reminds me of childhood, when I looked at the cars parked in front of the house and wondered why we needed so many cars. We lived in a small town where everything was in walking distance. Why did we need all these cars? And how could all of this work out? If everybody needs a car, I asked, and if all these cars burn gas, where does all the smoke go? "Stop asking so many questions," they explained.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ignorant, uneducated athletes

They are worshipped as football superstars even though they are ignorant, uneducated brutes in real life.

Ray Rice's PR handlers hold a press conference so that Rice can express regret at getting caught on tape while knocking his girlfriend unconscious. He says:
One thing I can say is that sometimes in life, you will fail. But I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down; it’s not getting back up.
 Adrian Peterson's reported text messages, before he was arrested for beating his four-year-old son, which included injury to the child's scrotum:
Peterson also acknowledged injuring the child’s scrotum, noting, “Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!”

According to police, Peterson also texted , “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”
P.S. from Salon:
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted late last week on a charge of beating his young son with a switch.

So what did this fan, spotted at a Vikings game today by Kim Johnson, a Minneapolis TV anchor at WCCO, decide to wear to the stadium?

That’s right: A Peterson shirt and a switch.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nine Eleven

[Charles P. Pierce]
What happened in New York 13 years ago deranged a nation that was almost begging to be deranged. The Soviet Union was gone. Grenada, Panama, the First Gulf War, the Balkans, in all these places where we made war, we had what were essentially walkover victories. We had no geopolitical enemies, no country strangling our trade, or impressing our seamen, or bombing our Pacific fleet, or pointing nuclear missiles at our cities any more. Then the planes hit the towers, and the towers came down, and we had an enemy again. We declared war on a tactic. We declared war on "terror." The concept was so patently absurd that dozens of other absurdities naturally flowed from it, the most glaring of which was the preposterous and mendacious case made for our invasion and occupation of Iraq. We jumped at shadows, heard voices in our heads, ducked and covered and lost our minds, and there were people in positions of power who were happy to oblige us for their own political and economic benefit.

This really happened.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Alice Miller

This is years after the fact, but I would put a tribute on my blog to Alice Miller, author of the book, "The Drama of the Gifted Child." 

This book was exactly like a lighthouse and so it makes sense that I'd come across a link between Alice Miller's website and Light's House:

Alice Miller's Tips for Finding the Right Therapist
"The brilliant Alice Miller's advice on finding a therapist."

Friday, September 05, 2014

Beautiful Cat

Bing (search engine) home page images are stunning sometimes. Kudos to the designers!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fold the Flock

Wikimedia image
"2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember the Passenger Pigeon, we are folding origami pigeons to recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago."

There's a tidy little video demonstrating the origami folds and a list of schools and organizations that have joined the flock.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Wretched Writers Welcome"

Some excellent laughs (via Ackackack on Aug. 18) —

2014 Contest Winners
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:
Elizabeth Dorfman of Bainbridge Island, WA, is the 32nd grand prize winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest that that began at San Jose State University in 1982. The contest challenges entrants to compose bad opening sentences to imaginary novels and takes its name from the Victorian novelist George Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who began his Paul Clifford (1830) with “It was a dark and stormy night.“ Although Lytton did not originate the line, he exploited its familiarity to begin his novel, as have several other writers who followed him.
The winner (but check out the other entries):
When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered – this had to mean land! – but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse in progress, gave fateful orders to remain on the original course and await the appearance of a second and confirming moose.