March 24, 2011
Come To My New Blog And Web Site!
I have a new blog and web site, and I'm inviting everyone to it. This blog/web site focuses on my erotic writing. I will continue to post sex toys reviews on this blog. So, if you want to keep up with me, visit me at my new digs.
Elizabeth Black - Blog and Web site
See you there!
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April 17, 2007
Interesting Stuff To Read
Looks like New Zealanders and Australians are following the path of the Japanese regarding lackluster sex. According to a survey done by a condom manufacturer, "(42 per cent) New Zealanders want to feel less stressed out and tired, and 40 per cent of us want more romance, and a further 34 per cent want a higher sex drive." Australia wasn't much better off. The survey estimated that "Australians had sex 106 times a year, slightly above the global average and more than twice the rate of Japan." Sounds like the sexual blahs are getting to be a worldwide thing.
Getting Out From Under A "Nice Guy", by Elizabeth Black for nuts4chic.
Discrimination-Based Lawsuits Increasing, by Elizabeth Black for nuts4chic.
Are you bored with the endless blathering on political blogs, and need a break? How about reading Fifty Reasons To Spank Your Wife Or Girlfriend? What about spanking your husband or boyfriend? Some guys like a few well-placed swats, too.
I read this post at Pharyngula awhile back, but I hadn't posted about it until now. P. Z. is a fan of Peter Cushing, who just happens to be my favorite actor. I have my own copy of "The Mummy" on tape, and Cushing is his usual delightful self. P. Z. liked what Cushing's character, John Banning, said to slam villian Mehemet Bey's religion. Even though it was a good slam, Kharis (the mummy, played by Christopher Lee) does show up later to mess with Cushing, and to lust after Cushing's wife, Isabel (or was it Elizabeth?), who just happens to look exactly like Kharis's true love. Cushing had a way of delivering an insult with so much flair that the full impact of being slammed doesn't hit until a few minutes later.
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March 09, 2005
Invasive Plants In Massachusetts
Reading through Tangled Bank is lots of fun. I found a page about invasive plants of Massachusetts, which interests me a great deal since I live in Massachusetts. I have had personal run-ins with quite a few of these invasive plants, in particular multiflora rose and Japanese knotweed. Knotweed is especially invasive. It looks a bit like bamboo.
Here's a more detailed list of invasive plants in Massachusetts. I'm surprised bindweed isn't on the list. That one looks like morning glory, and it's a pain to get rid of. Wild carrot isn't on the list, either, and it's a big problem out here.
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March 03, 2005
Stuff I'm Reading
I'm going to make a concerted effort today to work on my new novel, so blogging may be a bit light. Here are some links that I thought were interesting.
Lauren at Feministe contemplates the recent discussion on Alas, A Blog about the politics of hair. I wrote my own post about my waist-length hair here.
Hugo discusses self-injury, also known as "cutting." He was a cutter and burner himself.
Ilyka Damen has done a massive link-fest. Start with her first post and go down the blog. She even linked to my friendly musings with the guys at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. Talk about water and oil not mixing. That sure has been interesting.
Like so many bloggers lately, Jhezika at Nerd Sluts has been sick. She's fighting pneumonia. That's the second person I know who has had pneumonia. The other one is Flea from One Good Thing. I still have laryngitis, but it's not as bad as it was last week. Jhezika's been spending her time reading some good books and listening to music. She likes Bjork! I'm a fan of Bjork's as well.
Speaking of Flea, she tells an amusing story about how her smug, self-righteous, condescending, smarmy, arrogant, and vindictive, evangelical, conservative Christian high school teacher gave her a D for a poem she wrote based on the novel "Lolita." Hint - Flea wrote it in Humbert Humbert's voice. Imagine the teacher's hair falling out as she read it. Amanda at Mouse Words also comments on Flea's post and makes her own observations.
Julie Saltman writes that "Treasury Secretary John W. Snow indicated Wednesday that the White House would accept a Social Security overhaul that does not divert the program’s payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts, a major shift in the administration’s position." However, she says that Josh Micah Marshall says not to stop fighting. Bush is pushing for a phase-out of Social Security, and that's still his goal. The Dems are winning this one, and the fight is just beginning.
How many of you want to see Kevin Drum start up Friday Cat Blogging again? I sure do. I noticed that he added me to his blogroll. That's so cool. He also has quite a lot to say about the word "bullshit." According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, "the defining characteristic of bullshit is not that the bullshitter is lying, an act that requires the perpetrator to know the truth in the first place, but that the bullshitter doesn't care one way or the other." Sounds about right to me.
Mac Diva reports on the story of federal judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, whose family was murdered. Retaliation may have been the motive. This was especially scary to me because of a story I posted about social services worker Linda Silva being murdered by a man after Silva recommended that custody of his children be given to his estranged wife.
Sappho at Noli Irritare Leones has a great story up about getting your priorities straight. She also has an interesting post up about marriage, in response to what she read at the MarriageDebate Blog.
Avedon Carol from The Sideshow links to David Neiwert's excellent "The Rise of Pseudo Fascism" series, which won a Koufax Award. I read that one and was very impressed. I think I voted for it. Go to the main page of her blog and read down. She has a lot of good links set up.
Utopian Hell has written another post about sexual harassment in online game, in particular World of Warcraft. My husband and son play that game. I don't play but I watch them sometimes. I used to play Uru Live and Until Uru, and that game never had a problem with harassment. It was in the nature of the game and the types of people who played that that sort of thing did not happen. I'm sad to see that it is such a problem in other online games.
Here's Chloe on the "visine on nipples" myth. (And I wonder how many Google searches for "visine on nipples" will find my blog now? Heh.)
Moi at Bloggg gets on the CDC's case for being a day late and a dollar short on autism education.
Echidne posts on that great uniter, Jim Gibbons (R-Nev), who said "I say we tell those liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else." As Echidne said of Gibbons, he feels that if you don't unite behind George Bush, just leave the country. Lovely.
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March 25, 2004
Stuff I'm Reading Today
Update: Someone please remind me to never listen to Happy Hard Core early in the morning, before my body has had the opportunity to adjust to the shock wave.
I'm a bit busy with some writing projects (and the first Uru expansion pack is out), so I don't plan to blog much in the next couple of days. Here are links to what some other bloggers are posting:
Collective Sigh posted about Sibel Edmonds, who "was offered a substantial raise and a full time job in order to not go public that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA."
Eric's post at Wampum about West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), in which "the Court ruled that the school district violated the rights of students by forcing them to salute the American flag" is an interesting one to read in light of the "Under God" Pledge of Allegiance arguments.
Indigo Ocean wrote about her weekend with "Lama Kunga Rinpoche and 9 other students in a retreat for the dakini Vajrayogini, shown above. "Vajrayogini, is a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. Classified as Wisdom or 'Mother' Anuttarayoga Tantra, the practices originate with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras." (Jeff Watt)."
Mac-a-ro-nies wrote an excellent post about the recent FDA decision to ask "makers of 10 drugs to add or strengthen suicide-related warnings on their labels. The drugs of concern are newer generation antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, which are called SSRIs or SSRI-like drugs, and Remeron, Serzone and Wellbutrin, which operate differently. The pressure was brought by families of people who have committed suicide while using antidepressants. There was special pleading by parents of dead children that proved to be particularly effective. Though no studies have established a link between antidepressants and suicide, the British claim there may be a causal connection between being a minor on antidepressants and committing suicide."
She believes that the FDA has allowed a poorly-researched claim about anti-depressants to influence the decision. She wrote "Allowing warnings on drug labels without a basis in research is the first step toward assigning liability without a reason in wrongful death cases involving suicidal users of antidepressants. I believe the irrationality of that will be a blow to plaintiffs with real reasons to sue and further fuel the drive for 'tort reform.'"
She wrote a post a while back about the drive to give fetuses personhood that is sitting in my slush pile. I will eventually add to what she wrote. It's going to be a long post, which is why I haven't written it yet. Don't feel like it. I have plenty of time, though. It's not like the abortion issue is going to resolve itself any time soon...
Rick's Cafe Americain praises "Citizen Kane," a film that definitely deserves praise. The power of that film is lost on the small screen, especially that famous mirror-infinity moment. I noticed the same lack of impact the first time I saw the open pan-out of Scarlett O'Hara at the Civil War casualty scene on television. On the big screen, you are blown away at the level of carnage. You felt as if you were in Scarlett's shoes, alone and tiny in the midst of a great tragedy. That was exactly what the direct wanted.
Musing's Musings has a tasty little rant up about Zealot Miller's new "Democrats for Bush" high school clubhouse, where he spends too much of his time bashing John Kerry. He'd make a great bunkmate for Ralph Nader, but you know what happens when two monster-egos collide...
The Gotham City 13 knows what happens when you drink the Kool-Aid...
bloggg's rant about all of those
lackeys politicians in the Bush and Clinton administrations who had plenty of warnings about terrorist threats yet did little or nothing was worth the read all by itself, but the icing on the cake was seeing Bush described as the "Humungatoid Ego of one Very Small Shrub."
Contrary to rumor, Number 4 in Norbizness's "match the war-pundit reaction to Clarke's 60 Minutes interview with the appropriate Simpsons quote" is not a picture of me.
Please, let this be true. Please, please, please!!! Pretty please. With a cherry on top. ;) [via Kevin Drum at The Washington Monthly.]
Ampersand at Alas, a Blog gave a list of links of others discussing same sex marriage. Barry has been writing a great deal about same-sex marriage himself. Just go to the main page of the semi-permanent temporary location (I'm going to have to add it to my blog roll if it doesn't revert to the original URL soon), and scroll down to read all of his same sex marriage posts. PinkDreamPoppies hasn't posed much lately. He's been coping with horrible 70 degree weather, but he lives in Colorado Springs, home of Jim Dobson and Focus On Everybody's Family But Your Own. Pray for him. Don't miss Bean's "On This Day In Women's History" posts. I had the displeasure to learn that Kitty Genovese was murdered on my birthday. Sheesh, the next day Caesar bit the dust. I was born in the midst of Mayhem Central.
Skippy has a couple of posts up about the reactions to Richard Clarke's testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Let the CSPIN/Faux News/CNN barking head game of Twister begin!
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November 25, 2003
A Collection of Interesting Links
Posting will be scarce for the next week due to the holidays. In the meantime, here are some posts and articles that caught my attention.
While the media rubbernecks the Michael Jackson carnage, General Tommy Franks's comment that should the U. S. be hit with WMDs that the Constitution would be discarded in favor of military rule is ignored. Sometimes I think that people like Michael Jackson and Der Gropenfuehrer are paid by Bush and the neo-cons to act as distractions from major life-changing events that desperately need coverage.
Scathing critique of misogynistic fathers rights tactics and propaganda in Australia: "The mythology that portrayed men as victims> was driving debate over domestic violence, child custody and child support issues, the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alastair Nicholson, said yesterday. Justice Nicholson said there was a common view that men were victimised by the Child Support Scheme, and the myth was at its most extreme with claims that men were as often victims of family violence as they were the perpetrators of it."
From TalkLeft, author Sara Paretsky has her p. i. V. I. Warshawski collide head-first with the Patriot Act.
These links are really cool. Wait until the page loads in, and then run your cursor over the images.
The world's only known albino gorilla has died at The Barcelona Zoo from skin cancer.
A handful of fathers' rights activists who have been accused of abuse, whose children refuse to see them, and whose wives fled them get sympathy from The Guardian (U. K.). Why do these malcontents get so much media, government, and public attention and sympathy? You have to wonder why the reporter felt sympathy for David Rolfe, "a boat designer from Beaconsfield, had come out in sympathy with other fathers denied access to their children. He had not seen his younger daughter, now almost 18, in the four years since the family court granted his wife a non-molestation order against him in his absence. His 31-year-old daughter had also been turned against him, he said. Speaking of the court order against him, he said. "I did hit her on one occasion, which she induced me to as part of a calculated plot which I later discovered. For that one moment all of my rights as a father were destroyed."
Gee, what a dad.
Remember the October 12 bombing in Bali? You probably know about the seven who were convicted and the memorial that was recently unveiled. Did you know that the site is haunted? [via A Skeptical Blog.]
And finally, just in time for Thanksgiving, a couple of skull-numbingly stupid questions customer service folk have heard on the Butterball Turkey Talk Line.
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October 29, 2003
Interesting News I've Read Today
Everything you've ever wanted to know about voter fraud: How To Rig An Election In The United States. What Really Happened - The History The Government Hopes You Don't Learn.
A study commissioned by Gerber found that toddlers' diets are comprised of "too much fat, sugar and salt, and too few fruits and vegetables."
How a device that zaps the ankles with electricity is supposed to sexually arouse women is beyond me, but if it works, plug it in.
A luxurious Roman villa, complete with chapel and granny flat, has been unearthed -- in Britain.
Have you ever fantasized about following in Sir Louis Leakey's footsteps? You just lost your chance. Earth Watch's excavation of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania has been fielded, but there is always the future.
My s. o. bought Dreamcatcher's Syberia for me last night. It won "Adventure Game of the Year" in 2002. The graphics are stunning. Below are a couple of screen shots from a review and from the Syberia web site. I'm looking forward to losing myself in this one.
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October 27, 2003
What I've Read Today
En banc provides an explanation for why Scalia has recused himself from the Pledge case -- "in attempting to remove even the semblance of impropriety, decided to sit this one out." His comments about the case may not necessarily have been enough to warrant his recusal. According to professor Bryan H. Wildenthal, "I don't think [Scalia's speech] amounts to a conflict of interest comparable to a personal or financial connection to a case. It's more analogous, as Sandy suggests, to generalized (or sometimes very specific) "intellectual bias" or "prejudgment" of an issue on the merits."
Republican lawmakers and conservative activists plan to make gay marriage a higher priority during next year's elections than restricting abortion. The question for Democrats, asks Kevin Drum, is how to address it? He's right that it's all in the presentation. He recommended the following:
"How about one of those Reaganesque fables about someone who wasn't allowed to visit his longtime gay partner in the hospital because he wasn't "related" and then his partner died before anyone could step in?
That's just to get the ball rolling. One liners, quips, stories, fables, etc., they're all good, so let's start collecting them. And remember, bonus points if they're actually true.
I heard those same fables at the Massachusetts hearings for the "women's right to know" bill. Anti-choice women came out of the woodwork telling tales about their failed marriages and their psychological problems that they have chosen to blame on the abortion they had ten, twenty years ago. They blamed the men they were involved with who "forced" them to have the abortions against their will. Lots of tears were shed. One fable right after the other. Additional points for co-opting feminist language about "choice," "women's rights," and "empowerment. Jackpot bonus points if they brought their new infants along as political props.
It shouldn't be hard for the Dems to come up with gay marriage fables of their own. The difference would be that the people who tell the tales will be working to improve their life situations. The women who "choose" to blame their current life crises on an abortion they had in their 20s don't understand that they will be further harmed by the anti-choice movement. Laws like "women's right to know" patronize women. They treat women as if they are incapable of making an informed decision on their own. They also border on harassment. The anti-choice movement does not work on behalf of women's rights and welfare.
Pacific Views has an informative post about blogging and community, including a Salon article about breaking through the blogosphere barrier so that your blog becomes more noticed.
20 Great Google Secrets
A witch has won subsidies from the Norwegian state to run a business of potions, fortune-telling and magic." It's interesting that she had to promise not to try "harmful spells." It seems Norwegian lawmakers have confused Wicca with black magic.
The American Bar Association has written standards of practice for lawyers representing children in child custody cases.
Yet another article on Australia's fight to keep women trapped in bad, abusive, and unsatisfying marriages. This one mentions the push for presumptive joint custody down under (especially by the fathers' rights group Lone Fathers Association). It also states that "it can be just as damaging for kids – if not more so – for parents to stay in a loveless, acrimonious marriage. The problems that lead to the divorce in the first place – such as constant arguments or money problems – may be the root cause of these issues rather than the divorce itself." That's quite an admission within an article that for the most part is against divorce and supportive of joint custody.
A woman tried to protect her abused friend was murdered by her friend's husband. The women worked as waitresses at the same restaurant. When their shifts ended, this is what happened:
The two women ended their shifts about 2 a.m. Saturday, and when they
returned to Helms' home in Monroe, Michael Blount was waiting behind a
tree with a shovel, Holly Blount told police.
She said Helms ran toward the house to get her husband and call police.
Michael Blount hit her over the head with a shovel, then hit her at least
once more, police said.
He forced his wife into a car and drove away, authorities said. She was
later released unharmed and her husband was arrested.
The Feminist Majority provides instructions to take action against far-right nominee Janice Rogers Brown for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. When in California, Brown authored the badly reasoned and wrongly decided Montenegro v. Diaz, S090699. (Cal., 2001). Montenegro awarded physical custody of a 5 year old boy to a man who had never been married to the mother. The people who filed the briefs on behalf of the father are many of the same fathers' rights supporters who filed briefs in the LaMusga move-away case. In both cases, briefs were purposefully filed very late. According to University of California, Davis professor Carol Bruch, Montenegro made the "unfortunate suggestion" that subsequent modications (such as "minor alterations in the details of holiday and visitation schedules") are "relevant to the question of whether the [earlier dated custody] order was permanent when it was entered. This approach encourages non-custodial parents to churn litigation in order to avoid the changed circumstances doctrine -- a result that needlessly undercuts judicial economy and the stability of custody orders." Bias against a primary-caregiving mother who was seen as not "cooperating" adequately with her former partner also contributed to the father winning custody in Montenegro. Even though this was not a move-away case, the people who filed the briefs favoring the father chose it in the hope that winning it would eventually lead to turning over the Burgess move-away decision. Burgess has recently been made the law in California.
Debra Schmidt finally won custody of her daughters. A California court had awarded custody of the girls to their father, a registered sex-offender, after Schmidt refused to permit him to have contact with them. She spent a year in jail rather than turn her daughters over to California authorities. It's good that the court finally saw reason in properly awarding the children to their mother in this case.
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October 22, 2003
Interesting News That Caught My Eye
I'm sure everyone knows by now that the U. S. Senate has approved $87 billion for Iraq. That big number is hard to visualize. Want to see that huge amount of moolah in its proper perspective? Check this out: "A Little Perspective on $87 Billion." The site compares large amounts of money to visual images we can identify with such as a compact car, a nice house, a football field, millions of packs of soda in Barbados... (Well, okay, I can't picture what millions of packs of soda in Barbados looks like, but I'm sure a soft drink junkie can.)
NPR listeners get more facts straight about Iraq than Faux News watchers. Not surprisingly, Faux News was shown to be "the news source whose viewers had the most misperceptions." Eighty percent of Fox viewers believed at least one of these un-facts; 45 percent believed all three." What were those un-facts? (1) "the United States had uncovered evidence demonstrating a close working relationship between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda," (2) "we had found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," and (3) "most people in other countries had backed the U.S. war against Saddam Hussein."
I bet liberal bloggers would rate even higher on the "got it right" scale than NPR listeners.
Why is robust democracy so rare in the Muslim world? Here's one explanation:
[Article writer M. Steven Fish] did find one factor common across Muslim societies that works against democracy: the treatment of women and girls. In super-patriarchic cultures that put a different value on male and female lives, robust democracy is exceedingly rare.
There are many ways to measure the status of females in a society, but two indicators are particularly revealing. The first is the gap in literacy rates between men and women, which reflects the value that societies assign to the education of females. The second is the gender ratio, which is measured as the number of males per 100 females in the general population.
A wide gap in literacy between the sexes (which invariably favors males) tends to keep women out of public life and politics. The consequences for democracy are momentous. Social and political psychologists have found that women are on the whole better at building consensus, less comfortable with hierarchy and inequality in social relations, and more averse to extremism and violence in politics. The marginalization of women, whether in the neighborhood or in elective politics, means fewer anti-authoritarian voices.
Michigan is promoting joint custody again. The proposed legislation "would impose joint custody on parents who are in conflict over custody." Every study out there has shown that children are harmed in joint custody situations when they are exposed to parental conflict.
In news that fits in well with my earlier post about the politics of beauty, Dame Diana Rigg has won a $48,000 libel suit against two newspapers that referred to her as "an embittered woman who held British men in low regard." Hey, you don't mess with Mrs. Emma Peel!
Senior UN officials say women still face widespread violence. Trafficking of women is a "particularly hideous form of violence."
There are always lots of great things to read at Body and Soul, but a couple of things there caught my eye today. Jeanne is understandably disgusted with Bill Lockyer's announcement that he voted for Schwarzenegger, even though he believed the women who had claimed the governor-elect had sexually harassed and abused them. Lockyer blew it off, saying Schwarzenegger had only engaged in "frat-boy behavior." Robert Scheer is right-on when he wrote that was "an incredible signal of disrespect to send to women."
Jeanne at Body & Soul has more to say about the touchscreen voting machines manufactured by Diebold that were used in Georgia. She links to an article in Wired. The Independent also covered the story, wondering about "something very odd" that happened in Georgia's mid-term elections last November. Opinion polls shows the incumbent Democratic governor Roy Barnes had a comfortable lead, between nine and eleven votes. Popular Democratic senator Max Cleland was "ahead by two to five points against his Republican challenger." However, when the results came in, the Republican challengers won by some rather large margins.
The explanations that Bush's stumping for the Republicans and a surge of "angry white male" voters helped to elect those Republicans didn't quite ring true. Other states where similar bizarre last-minute swing patterns had occurred were explained away by "the demoralisation of a Democratic Party too timid to speak out against the looming war in Iraq."
Getting more much-needed attention is the politics behind the companies that manufacture the voting machines:
What, then, is one to make of the fact that the owners of the three major
computer voting machines are all prominent Republican Party donors? Or of
a recent political fund-raising letter written to Ohio Republicans by
Walden O'Dell, Diebold's chief executive, in which he said he was
"committed to helping Ohio to deliver its electoral votes to the president
next year" - even as his company was bidding for the contract on the
state's new voting machinery?
In the middle of an article about how men's and women's sexual appetites supposedly differ is this eye-opening tidbit:
One purpose of a diagnostic classification is to help research on new
treatments. It was the push to develop drugs to treat female sexual
dysfunction that led pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund researchers
working in this area and to help the fairly new organization stage its
Compared to previous meetings, however, there was a visibly smaller drug
company presence in Amsterdam.
Isn't that special?
Pharmaceutical companies create these "disorders" so that they may profit from selling pills they manufacture to "cure" them. Create the "disorder" ("female sexual dysfunction") and then profit from the pills you make to "cure" the "disorder" you created.
I wrote an article about Viagra for Feminista a few years ago. I didn't realize how prophetic one of my quotes would be: " In the few stories dealing with clinical trials of women on Viagra, those women appeared to be in the process of being primed to make them sexually available and ripe for men. It's worthy to note that testing of the drug on women did not occur until after it had been tested and purchased by thousands of men around the world. Now that he has his erection, test the drug on women so that they will be well-lubricated for him."
Sometimes I hate being right.
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October 16, 2003
Stuff That Caught My Eye
Request From Trish: Does anyone know where in Massachusetts I may purchase game, specifically venison, pheasant, quail, and the like? I like to eat game in the fall but I have no idea where I can buy it up here. I don't know any hunters. Please send suggestions to me via e-mail or in my comments section. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I and my carnivorous family thank you in advance.
Left is Right on "
Bash Gay People, Cohabiting People, and Single Parents Marriage Protection Week."
The next phase in the neo-conservative imperialist "war on terror" is underway. It was only a matter of finding an excuse to invade. Sept. 11 gave the neo-cons who run the Bush administration the perfect excuse to invade Iraq. Now, the Israeli air strike in Syria gives the neo-cons an excuse to go after Hamas. Syria, Iran, and Hamas are listed immediately after Afghanistan and Iraq as targets of the neo-con effort in "coming together and whipping terrorism" on the letter PNAC sent to Bush only 9 days after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Palestinian Authority is targeted immediately after Hamas. The Bush administration and PNAC neo-cons have long had their sites on Hamas, and now they have an excuse to get involved in the conflict. Richard Perle, a member of PNAC, is one Bush administration official who applauded the Israeli air strike.
Sydney Schanberg discussed neo-con imperialism in light of the Israeli bombing raid against Syria in his recent Village Voice article, "The Widening Crusade."
The Collaborative Divorce web sites I've seen strike me as being money-making schemes, not unlike the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. AFCC is comprised of "judges, lawyers, mediators, mental health professionals, court administrators, researchers, educators and other professionals." These organizations seek to find "constructive resolution of family disputes." Think of the money to be made! Lawyers and therapists could shovel in lots of money from business opportunities they could squeeze from divorce and (in particular) child custody cases, especially in locations that require mediation and psychological and custody evaluations. If judges require a guardian ad litem and parenting plans, pile on more cash. Who makes out? Not divorcing parents or the children. The Collaborative Divorce International Conference is being held next week at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver.I wonder how many divorced parents know how much money they're putting in the pockets of these people? New t-shirt idea: "I Went Broke Paying For My Divorce And All I Got Was This Lousy Postcard From My Lawyer."
Yum! Let's eat bugs for Halloween! Delectables include barbeque worms, dark chocolate scorpions, toffee scorpions (Looks like it's encased in amber. Shades of Jurassic Park.), peppermint ant lollipops, and white chocolate ants. I hear ants taste like lemon-flavored nuts. Buy 'em now before they sell out (no fear of that, IMHO).
The Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina, Vancouver, B. C.
Related Bug News: Angelina Jolie likes her grub. Literally. She's eaten "cockroaches and bee larvae and crickets" during her frequent trips to Cambodia. Apparently you can get grubs with peanuts inside or guts. She likes guts. Yeah, I know I'm about to hear the "Angelina Jolie is totally bugshit" jokes but I like her anyway.
Remember that secret 2001 meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger had with current transition team member and then-Mayor Richard Riordan, junk bond crook Michael Milken, and Enron chief Ken Lay? The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) wrote a letter to Gov. Elect Schwarzenegger today demanding an explanation of the substance of that meeting. On top of that, Schwarzenegger is pushing to expand energy deregulation in California - the very thing that led to California's fake energy crisis in the first place. Jeanne at Body and Soul has the dirt:
"A meeting with the biggest corporate crook in recent memory, while he and his firm were in the midst of ripping off the state, should not be taken lightly," FTCR wrote. "As Governor, you must explain to Californians what you were doing at that meeting, what information Ken Lay shared with you and how the meeting has influenced your thinking on energy issues."
In addition to calling on Schwarzenegger to come clean about the meeting with Ken Lay, the group highlighted key aspects of the governor-elect's energy program that reflect an Enron-perspective on energy policy. In the letter, FTCR asked Schwarzenegger to rewrite his energy policy and remove his push for further energy deregulation.
Yeah. What FTCR said.
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