In which I lament New Year's resolutions. →
I pictured a low timber house with a shingled roof, caulked against storms, with...– Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia
You say you want a what? →
Daniel Berger, a guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, in an op-ed piece for the Huffington Post from Nov. 2010 - a year ago: “Yet where is progressive populism now? Why haven’t masses of workers; members of the middle class who are unemployed, underemployed and underpaid; and their allies staged mass rallies to protest the behavior of Wall Street? Where are...
Just in case you thought they were all hippies...
NYTimes: Wall St. Protest Attracts Many New to This Sort of Thing http://nyti.ms/nf49YR
I am the 99 percent. →
“College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you...
“Six hours was enough, between the 6 a.m. start time and noon lunch break, for the first wave of local workers to quit. Some simply never came back and gave no reason. Twenty-five of them said specifically, according to farm records, that the work was too hard.” More after the jump.
NYTimes: Spain Confronts Decades of Pain Over Lost Babies http://nyti.ms/nHStMX
El norte nada mas
NYTimes: Better Lives for Mexicans Cut the Allure of Going North http://nyti.ms/oHTjuT
i know you all have been wondering what i've been... →
This is my latest project. Still making some nitpicky changes with color and CSS, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!
truthout: school sucks, maybe. →
I only attended public school for one year - kindergarten - so I can’t say I have a lot of background in the system. Still, this is an interesting article and perspective on the reform movement, especially in light of the fact that “Waiting for Superman” seems to have struck a nerve in the collective conscious of Americans. New York magazine also wrote a lengthy piece on it,...
foodie in progress
For the most part, I shrug off the season of New Year’s resolutions. Or, I used to. The cynic in me has surrendered to societal pressure and vowed to usher in 2011 with diet and exercise. And, conscious of my habit of flaking out on personal goals that involve health and wellness, I’ve committed myself to three months on Weight Watchers. If Jennifer Hudson can look that phenomenal,...
To start, sorry for the December neglect of the manifesto. I have an excuse, I promise: a new job! (And possibly a major holiday.) Yes, I am now working two part-time jobs in the newspaper industry - and everyone said it couldn’t be done! The real challenge is getting one of them to offer me benefits. Sigh. Anyway, I was hired as an editor for a Spanish newsweekly, La Voz, in Norristown....
fyi: i pray to bruce springsteen →
My adoration of the Boss has been described as unhealthy, but in a world of uncertainty, there is one thing upon which I know I will never waver - and that is that I will love this man and his music until the day that I die.
inquirer: camden's shit out of luck →
“‘Jan. 18 will be the worst day in Camden since the 1971 riots,’ said Karl Walko, president of the Council 10 union representing nonuniformed employees. ‘It’s essentially the end of government as we know it, and for many people in the city, it’s the end of hope.’” I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND. How have the members of the Camden City Council...
never considered this as a gift... →
Maybe it’s narcissistic (then again, if you’re giving it to family members, they’ll no doubt love it despite stylistic and grammatical errors) but, what a great idea? Yes?
economist: pubs, pubs, pubs →
Someone at The Economist felt that the blogosphere lacked serious insight to the superior quality, selection and atmosphere of British pubs. I’m sorry to say that, though I spent three nights in London, I was too pooped to do anything at the end of the night other than pull the curtains around my bunk bed in the 12-girl dorm room in my hostel, plug my hears with headphones and sleep. I...
hey, mr. postman.
My mom puts all the mail that arrives addressed with my name into a separate pile, on the opposite side of the hall from where she keeps the general pile, so that when I come in after work I don’t yell across the first floor of the house into the kitchen, where she usually is: “Yo, did I get any mail?” (To be honest, I continue to do that, despite her highly inefficient...
take note: this is what i want for christmas →
truthout: dennis kucinich v. war →
aced my poem.
That’s it, really. Literary genius in the making, right here.
mixed feelings about this →
I sympathize with the guy - as anyone who has heard my rants about 24-hour bullshit news cycles and talking heads masquerading, obnoxiously, as reporters and fact-finders will attest to - but I’m not entirely sure that something like that can or should be regulated by the FCC (whom I also have issues with).
For those who are unaware, Brian created an organization and website in 2007 - Na Dead Raibead - for North American fans of the Glasgow Celtic soccer football club, which is seconded on his list of favorite things only by yours truly (aw). He asked me to redesign the website banner, which used to look like this: And using some images he gave me of the players, and my own imagination, and...
I have a poem due in my creative writing class at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. I have not written it yet. I have not written a poem, ever, in my entire life. Except, maybe during gradeschool when it was acceptable to hand in something like “I like cats/Cats sleep on mats/And they chase rats/Who are afraid of bats/That like to eat knats” You get the idea. But, my professor - a seriously...
The best recipe to keep obnoxious drivers off my car’s backside while out on the traffic-congested open road: an earnest singalong to Bob Seger, Annie Lennox and a car window wrapped in duct tape.
"if not war, then what?" →
I’m planning to hit this up, it sounds super-interesting.
nerdy apple bottom: my son is gay →
I realize that I’ve been posting links solely with quotes from the articles that I’ve been linking out to; I’d gotten into this habit from posting the same sort of thing on my Facebook page, but without my own commentary - you know, to avoid political blowouts via the interwebz. Which is why I originally decided to start this blog, to be honest: to add my own thoughts to...
slate: united states of inequality series →
“Timothy Noah kicked off this series by looking at whether race, gender, or the breakdown of the nuclear family affected income inequality, and then he examined immigration, the technology boom, federal government policy, the decline of labor unions, international trade, whether the ultra wealthy are to blame, and what role the decline of K-12 education has played. In conclusion, Noah...
nicholas kristoff on american inequality →
time: google maps cause war →
“A border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica was off by 3,000 meters on Google Maps. This sparked Nicaraguan military commander Eden Pastora to invade Costa Rica and order troops to take down Costa Rican flags in a disputed territory.”
tpm: RIP net neutrality →
“The FCC’s push for Net Neutrality legislation suffered another setback on Tuesday, after 95 of the candidates who pledged their support for it lost their elections. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee site has had a list of 95 candidates, all Democrats, listed on netneutralityprotectors.com/ as pledged supporters of Net Neutrality. But, as CNN Money reports, all of them...
I’m Google-ing things to wear to keep warm in the rain.– Brian
Strapped for cash and babysitting younger cousins. Look at various school papers, notes and calendars clipped on the fridge and see a piece of loose leaf paper: a hand-written list of goals that must have been done by one of my cousins as a school assignment. Large block letters at top: “My Goal.” 1. Get better grade’s do homework on time 2. more organized 3....
rachel maddow: dems got shit done →
“It took them a couple of elections to do it, but what the Democrats built for themselves over the last few years culminated in 2008 with a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate, and a Democratic House. That trifecta will likely no longer hold true as of tomorrow night… Democrats and liberals especially often criticize their own party for not acting boldly enough when given an...