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    Archive for March, 2006

    Muslims vs. Mother T.

    Friday, March 31st, 2006

    Probably doesn’t need any comment from me. From a March 29th Reuters news report: Muslims in Shkoder, in northern Albania, are opposing plans to erect a statue to the Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian who is in line for elevation to sainthood by the Vatican. The dispute is unusual for Albania, where [...]

    It’s a commitment, isn’t it?

    Friday, March 31st, 2006

    Hello, I’m David Scott. You should accept no substitutes for Eric Scheske, but unfortunately, for the next few days you’re going to have to. Here’s something to get us started. At least it got my brain working a little on this Friday morning at the end of March, which, by the way is my wife’s [...]

    PSA

    Thursday, March 30th, 2006

    Well, it’s been a heckuva run. I started daily blogging in February 2005, and I haven’t missed a day. If I’m not at day 400, I’m daggone close. But starting tomorrow, I’m taking a week off. Don’t worry. The blog will roll on. I have solicited a friend to take over the blog for a [...]

    The All-Fat, All-the-Time Culture is Coming

    Thursday, March 30th, 2006

    In a story that I suspect is closely linked to the last one, for reasons that I don’t have time to explore: A Las Vegas company is putting a new extra-large ambulance into service to handle extra-large patients. . . . A company official said that in the last six months, AMR has handled 75 [...]

    Body Obsession, Episode 1,221,000

    Thursday, March 30th, 2006

    Women would rather get their teeth drilled than shop for a new bathing suit, a report said.

    Am I Boring You?

    Thursday, March 30th, 2006

    I welcome this: Scientists are developing an “emotion sensor” to show if someone is finding your conversation interesting or not. I don’t know what it is, but forty-somethings seem to have a large percentage of people (usually men) that ramble and ramble, repeating the same thing over and over, and turning 15-second points into four-minute [...]

    Maybe She Can Pray to L. Ron

    Thursday, March 30th, 2006

    You bedded the man, Katie, now enjoy it: Tom Cruise has given Katie Holmes an iPod with calming tunes to help her stay silent during childbirth. The gift came after The Sun revealed the couple had put up 6ft posters in their Beverly Hills mansion reminding her not to make a noise and keep her [...]

    Historical Miniature

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    On pretty Eva Braun. Excerpt: Eva twice tried to kill herself: in November 1932, she shot herself in the throat, but missed the jugular. Then, in 1935, she tried again, this time with sleeping pills. Her reason, both times, was Hitler’s neglect. Although he expected her to give up her career and all hope of [...]

    Warning to Caligulas

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    I see people combining the two all the time, and it has always struck me as an abuse. Not a nasty abuse, just a small one: # Study results show that drinking alcohol and Red Bull® together significantly reduces the perception of headache, weakness, dry mouth and impairment of motor coordination. # Red Bull® does [...]

    Wi-Fi the World

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    I like Wi-Fi, but I can’t say I’m enamored with the idea of turning every public place in America into a hot spot. The act of turning every public place in America into a cell phone zone has been annoying enough. Anyway, this article sets forth a new set of fears about the coming Wi-Fi [...]

    1984?

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    A remote Alaskan village has installed 80 surveillance cameras on its street. People are a little freaked out: “You better smile. You’re on camera,” says Roberts, 64, a barge captain. Roberts himself isn’t smiling as he points out a single camera on the side of a building. The camera is aimed toward an alley. “It’s [...]

    Serving up the F Word

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    Are we living in an Age of Profanity? Nearly three-quarters of Americans questioned last week – 74 percent – said they encounter profanity in public frequently or occasionally, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. Two-thirds said they think people swear more than they did 20 years ago. And as for, well, the gold standard of [...]

     


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