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Friday, March 02, 2012
Arthur Silber - Help Needed
I need some help in two areas. Once again, now that I've paid the March rent and a couple of other first of the month bills, I'm almost flat broke. And this time, I mean flat broke. In a little while, I'll go to the corner convenience store, to pick up a few staples (milk, eggs, bread, etc.). I'm posting this now because that errand will exhaust me for most of the rest of the day. Over the last several years, even that brief trip has become harder and harder for me to make. I have to rest two or three times in the course of walking a single block. That's what a worsening heart condition will do to you -- a rotten heart which steadily worsens in the complete absence of medical care, when I can't even afford basic heart medication (as I haven't been able to afford it for the last nine months, after the prescription from my last emergency hospital stay ran out). I remarked to a couple of friends earlier today that I have a particular reason for hating Andrew Breitbart: that bastard stole my heart attack. I sometimes fall into very black moods -- gee whiz, I simply can't imagine why, what with my superlative health and tens of thousands of readers eager for my every stray thought (hahaha) -- and a quick end to this extended misery seems enormously attractive. But I'm assured by mysterious powers that there is an unlimited supply of fatal heart attacks. Hope springs eternal, even for bloggers whose "significance" shades into invisibility.
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF - Battling Sudan’s Bombs With Videos
The region has no electricity or cellphone service, so Boyette charges his laptop and satellite phone with a solar charger. So far The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera have used his videos or photographs, and he plans to post more on a Web site, EyesAndEarsNuba.org.
Hamara Abate - Remember Darfur
Lindsey Hilsum (FT)- The bravest war journalist of her generation
Up with Chris Hayes - Syria
Up with Chris Hayes - Iran
Up with Chris Hayes - Whistle blowers
Violet Socks - So, are men whose Viagra is covered by insurance also prostitutes?
Susie Madrak - Mac McClelland at Mother Jones has another great piece
Juan Cole - At Oscars, Director of “A Separation” Slams War Talk
Robert Wright - The Arab Spring Comes to Israel
Robert Wright - Israel Meets the Arab Spring (Cont'd)
Robert Wright - Fadi Quran Is Freed
Robert Wright - Best Iran Idea Yet?
Megan McCardle - Home Health Care
Megan McCardle - sympathy for the rich
The Max Abelson article reminded me of Soledad O' Brien's "Almighty Debt" show, and specifically one family, realizing they were going to lose their house, but desperately trying to hang on to it until their daughter went off to college. Parents, in the appropriate circumstances, will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths not to puncture their children's dreams. Whether this is appropriate or not depends, perhaps, in part, on the nature of the dream.
RIF at work, I was perhaps foolishly surprised that some of the best, most experienced, most company-defining people were the ones let go. The sometimes-semi-vampiric corporate urge to chase after the new young thing makes me wonder, yet again, why exactly cutting Social Security is supposed to be a good idea. Also makes me wonder how many people Lieberman negatively affected when he scuttled the Medicare buy-in.
Arthur Silber - ONCE UPON A TIME...
. . .Gary and I had never had much to do with each other; that day, for some reason, he decided that he had some business to conduct with me.
One of the things Swami Dayananda says, which to my surprise I'm finding to be true, is that the human heart cannot bear to live in ignorance. If you see someone poking about purposefully with a stick, you have to know what that poking is about. Or throw rocks to catch their attention, perhaps in hope they'll explain the mystery.
Perhaps a long-winded way for me to say it's long past time for me to start poking some sticks, and at least try to explain what it's all about.
Mike Nesmith post on death of David Jones
Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
. . .if you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot, no, imagine a sneaker, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human. . .slouching hopefully towards Tadfield . . . .forever.
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