Monthly Archive: April 2009

Apr 29 2009

La Grippe

This flu thing–it frightens me. I live in a major population center. I’m already at war with my immune system. I have reason to be scared, a little. But I won’t let people manipulate and exploit that fear, mine or anyone else’s. (No, not even you and your prosciutto monopoly, Rick.) This is too important …

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Apr 28 2009

Check It Out

While I’m off being disgustingly productive at the things people actually pay me for, I recommend test driving One More Asshole. It’s a newish blog, but if you’ve been reading the comments in the Sonoco thread here, you’re already familiar with the author, William, and probably impressed. Do I agree with William on everything? Oh, …

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Apr 27 2009

Ellison Arrested

It’s going to be another busy week, I’m afraid, but this I had to share: U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and four other members of Congress were arrested this morning in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., as they protested the expulsion of aid groups in Darfur. [...] Before being led away in …

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Apr 25 2009

Atheists Talk–Sunsara Taylor

Sunara Taylor, Away With All GodsAtheists Talk #0067, Sunday, April 26, 2009 Sunsara Taylor’s approach to freedom and liberty of thought includes a logical progression moving humanity from theocratic oppression to a socialist atheism. She has been touring campuses in support of Revolutionary Communist Party USA chair Bob Avakian’s book Away With All Gods! Unchaining …

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Apr 24 2009

What Is an Editor?

For someone with a finely nuanced understanding of science journalism and writing, Bora Z of A Blog Around the Clock demonstrates a remarkably narrow view of what an editor does. True, it may not all be his fault. The notion that editors are little more than gatekeepers with red and blue pencils is widespread. Of …

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Apr 23 2009

Quitters Blog

My blogroll is thoroughly in need of an update. One of my favorites is no more, another promising blog dropped off the face of the Earth after the election, and I have tons of stuff I’m following in my reader that isn’t on there. However, rather than wait for me to have the time that …

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Apr 22 2009

The French and Saunders Menace

Because everyone should get the chance to laugh as hard as I am tonight.

Apr 21 2009

How to Get Your Employees to Unionize

DeLoach said the downturn in the economy started for Sonoco in the second half of 2007 and the company doesn’t expect to see significant improvement in the global economy until the end of 2009. Cost-cutting measures aimed at positioning the company to better respond to market conditions included closing about 15 manufacturing plants, reducing hours …

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Apr 20 2009

Ellison on the Middle East

I’ve spent all evening editing, which, as much as I love it, requires that I put my own voice on hold for a bit. While I work on getting that back, I recommend reading two articles from the MinnPost about how my representative, Keith Ellison, is navigating Middle East policy. As the first Muslim in …

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Apr 19 2009

Harmony and Subversion

Most people my age grew up with parents who listened to the Beatles. I didn’t, and it shaped me in some interesting ways. The most obvious is that I don’t care much for the Beatles. I do appreciate that they were great songwriters, but I usually find anyone else’s arrangements of their songs more interesting …

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