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Combo plate for the week before Thanksgiving

November 23, 2008

The ‘Joyous News’ department:

My friend Pete, his wife Melissa and their newly adopted Ethiopian daughter Iona are back on American soil and headed home.  Ask yourself; what would it be like as a rich American in Ethiopia, adopting a child?  The answer is in the stories.

The ‘pertinent questions’ department:

As our economy teeters on the brink, what’s our motivation?  Why do we get up every day and ‘do it again’?  A psychiatrist and a neurologist tackle the question in The Road Less Traveled and Studs Terkel.  Let’s ask: Is affluence an unqualified good?  Or do we, in good times, need to be extra-vigilant against a kind of spiritual blindness?

***Dave proposes: “How about we bail out the Auto Companies—on the condition that everyone who is a prefixed VP (Senior, Group, Executive) or higher is fired with no severance pay?”  A compelling idea, given the Breathtaking Capital Destruction of these mismanaged companies, and the fact that they still do not get it.

Do GM workers really get seventy bucks an hour?  Um, NO, they don’t.  Jim Henley at Unqualified Offerings, who runs a car company himself, explains why, and wonders aloud why people are throwing that figure around. 

Cindik at Pam’s House Blend turns anti-gay logic around and asks “Why do we allow heterosexuals to marry?”.  And remember Newt Gingrich’s recent tirade about “gay fascism”?  His gay sister Candice has a few things to say to him about that.  Things could be a little tense around the family table on Thursday this week.

The ‘Interesting Stuff’ department:

I didn’t know there is a museum in the old Book Depository building in Dealey Plaza in Dallas.  It’s a place for historical reflection.

John Wilkins admits he can’t handle the Truth.  If you always suspected science isn’t really about Truth, here’s your chance, but don’t get too comfortable.

The Greeks figured out the distance to the sun, just by looking at stuff.  Here’s how they did it.

You may have heard that today’s marijuana is far more potent than that of my generation.  Drug Monkey examines what high-potency weed really means in terms of policy. Curiously, it could mean that today’s toke is actually less damaging.

The ‘Useful tips’ department:

“Yang Yang was so cute I just wanted to cuddle him,” said Liu, the 20-year-old Chinese man who climbed into the panda cage for some affection.  He is expected to recover from his injuries.  Here’s a hint, Liu, panda bears are still bears.  Buy a plush one in the zoo gift shop and cuddle up with it instead.

Julie Deardorff at Chicago Tribune has some good tips about winter cycling in Get Winter Tough.  Most of what she said agrees with what I wrote about winter biking strategies 10 months ago, but she has a few improvements.  Chicago bikers, as you might imagine, deal with a LOT of wind and slush.

Y’know, maybe it’s just me, but if you don’t want nude photos of yourself or your spouse on the Internet, maybe your cell phone isn’t the best place to keep them.

Columnist growing up department:

And finally, Kathleen Parker is finding herself out in the cold after she calls the Christian Right what it really is: the “oogedy-boogedy” wing of the Republican party.  This is an exactly correct description of people who think we humans are riding an insulated raft down the rapids of history driven by a bronze-age god, and need not concern ourselves with planetary health or social justice. After years of characterizing liberals as flaky ‘60’s radicals, maybe Parker herself is finally ready to move out of the ‘60’s. Heaven knows liberals did a long time ago. Come on in and have some cocoa, Kathleen.  You want marshmallows?

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  1. November 23, 2008 at 18:31 | #1

    So where do you keep the nudes photos?  :lol:

    Thanks for the links, it should keep me busy for a while.

  2. November 24, 2008 at 09:34 | #2

    Actually, panda bears aren’t bears.  They are closer to raccoons.  That said, hugging a giant raccoon isn’t recommended either.

  3. November 24, 2008 at 17:29 | #3

    Love the tidbits!  Glad your friends are back. Thanks!

  4. November 25, 2008 at 10:28 | #4

    Actually, panda bears ARE bears, not raccoons, that old bit of “wisdom” was debunked years ago.

    What does “oogedy boogedy” actually mean?

    It seems to me that if an employee of some company, let’s just say McDonald’s, for example, comes into possession of someone’s cell phone, then looks at the pix on it, and then puts them on the internet, then that employee is not acting on the business of McDonald’s, his actions are ultra vires, thus no vicarious liability should attach to McDonald’s. Employers are not responsible for every action taken by an employee while on duty (and I have no idea if our hypothetical picture-poster did it while on duty). One could argue that McDonald’s had a corporate obligation to secure the phone, but absent any advance knowledge (whether on a “known” or “should have known” basis) that the employee in question who was assigned to secure the phone had a propensity to treat customers’ found property any way other than according to company policy,I don’t see any liability.

    But what do I know?

  5. November 26, 2008 at 07:52 | #5

    What does “oogedy boogedy” actually mean?

    It’s something you shout to scare your little brother after telling ghost stories around the campfire. It’s an expression of the frightening inchoate supernatural things that go bump in the night.

    Or, it’s absolute political certainty that one knows what God thinks about guns, gays, the Detroit bailout, the Iraq war, abortion, the end times, etc.  I can’t get there from here; that phone hasn’t rung in a long time.

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