Venezuela has sponsored a ballet about Hugo Chavez, depicting the late dictator as a boy selling sweets known as “spiders” on the streets, giving up his dream of becoming a professional baseball player, and dancing against the background of riots in 1989, in which several hundred people died.
“Gotta dance–on the graves of the Yankee…
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When people all over know in their collective mind and gut that lethal injustice afar is so easily visited on them, where they live, and this is without question, as to Ferguson, true, it Sparks, Must Spark.
How brightly, how hot, how long?…Continue
Around Thanksgiving my thoughts turn towards those less fortunate than myself. This year, I’ve decided to extend a hand to Giacomo Leopardi, known to his few friends as “Jock.”
For centuries, Leopardi has been known as the world’s grumpiest poet. When Matthew Arnold published his collected poems in 1853 he intentionally omitted “Empedocles on Etna,” which is now recognized as one of…Continue
Not eating for a complete day is a challenge. I have never been able to do
it. Oh, maybe there was one day in my college years when I tried it and I
vaguely remember liking it but I haven't been able to do it since then.
Something tells me it is a holy thing.
Gluttony is a sin. The Tibetan wheel of life has a section on what happens to people who eat…Continue
first the link to the post on OS: http://open.salon.com/blog/theodora_lengle_knight/2014/11/28/i_owe_my_kitten_gloria_steinem_an_apology
then the kitty and cocoa chanel pics:
i was smart enough to cover some jewelry and scarves and headbands and such with a fluffy towel to hide them from my kitty. well, it turned out to be a cozy place for her to rest and nap. in…Continue
Here I was – sounding off about how Michael Brown was unarmed and the only crime the police officer knew about was jaywalking – and then he shot him dead – emptied his gun into him.
A police officer explained to me that I was couch quarterbacking something I knew nothing about.
When a police officer, or anybody else is trained to use a gun for self-defense, the training includes -- don’t…Continue
Just got home from the hospital yesterday-mild heart attack on Monday.
I've been blessed with quite a few things to write about stemming from the experience....but in catching up on the writing on OS, I find one question formed over the topic of Racism ( as in the Ferguson business)......
I’ve been reading and commenting on posts about the St. Louis Grand Jury’s outrageous finding and racism in America, but I’ve avoided posting anything myself, because I’m an old white dude and who’s going to give a damn about what I’ve got to say? Then this Limony Snicket faux pas popped up and I couldn’t resist:…Continue
A balaclava is a ski mask. A Personal Journal article on Tuesday about winter workout gear incorrectly referred to baklava.
The Wall Street Journal
A “Mackintosh” is a form of waterproof raincoat, first sold in 1824, made out of rubberized fabric. A sidebar in Sunday’s pull-out section on winter fashions inadvertently used the term “Macadam,” which is a type of road construction pioneered by Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam around…Continue
Finding your soulmate is part luck and part hard work. Your perfect match will end up getting married to someone else unless you take steps to be in the right place at the right time.
But so many “hot” places to meet members of the opposite sex are crowded and sweaty, which can make your mascara run if you’re a woman or make your body odor worse if you’re a man. Your Dating Advisor surveyed singles scenes across the country to discover out-of-the-way places where…Continue
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Did your daughter just shave her head? Has the little woman started getting mail from The Rosicrucians? Call the Cultbusters now, before it’s too late!
Our daughter Francine had a wonderful job as Fulton County Assistant Sealer of Weights and Measures when my dingbat husband Gene persuaded her to take a management training course at H&R Block, America’s largest tax preparation company. She would drive up to Raytown on weekends,…Continue
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The stern face of Brayfield and Everglade replaced the newsfeed.
"You won´t be able to leave, we´ve got you covered," said Brayfield.
"They know where we are," said Flower.
"Don´t say anything, it´s always better not to talk, I know about this, this is prisoner´s dilemma," said Lanai.
"We´re running away, we´re not prisoners," said Flower.
Flower discussed with Lanai for several…Continue
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As we sat in the little restaurant eating the delicious holiday food I noticed a little lady with a black kerchief and apron bring a plate and sit at a little table in the corner. She looked exhausted with eyes glazed over and a slump to her shoulders that…Continue
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"It's not Easter, it's Halloween, Mom, and of course we'll come by." I replied.
Within a week she had a second stroke and only then did we learn there had been a first.…
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The Megans, the Caitlins, the Courtneys
come blissfully marching along.
I know if I wait then shortly
they’ll be followed by a Siobhan.
Where are the Nancys and Deborahs
I knew so long ago?
I seem to recall lots of Barbaras
and a Karen or three or mo’.
Somehow these names have faded
into memories of the past.
At the time, before we were jaded,
we assumed that they would last.
But they turned…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on November 26, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments
A friend just forwarded me an article from Business Insider. The article, by Joe Wiesenthal, talks about the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He talks about what seemed to preoccupy the conferees this year. What is apparently preoccupying them is the impact of technology on increasing the concentration of wealth. This concentration of wealth is a problem because, well, I'll quote an economist by the name of Nouriel Roubini whom Wiesenthal quotes:…