Saturday, December 6, 2008

Puppies Renewed

I think there's a way to code a post so it stays at the top of the main page until you take it down. But I haven't figured it out yet.
So here are the Shiba Inus of San Francisco again.
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Forget Broadcast Journalists

an oxymoron of gigantic proportions. Forget most of what's in print, too. But when they get Joe Stiglitz to tell you something you probably don't want to hear, pay attention.

The New Reality

The pain is being felt on St. Barth’s and at Sotheby’s, on benefit-gala committees and at the East Hampton Airport, as the world of the Big Rich collapses, its culture in shock and its values in question.


Barbies To Grow On Trees

This is serious environmental stuff.

Helene Cooper

has written a much heralded book about growing up privileged in Liberia. She is now the NYT White House correspondent.

Krugman Is Scared

This is actually an improvement, because in the past he has used the term "terrified."
I’ve been ruminating over economic prospects for next year, and I’m getting scared.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Top Ten Books

from NYT. I'd like to read them all, but I probably couldn't bear it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Nap Time!

From NYT:
Those who had caffeine had worse motor skills than those who napped or had a placebo. In the perceptual task, the nappers did significantly better than either the caffeine or placebo group. On the verbal test, nappers were best by a wide margin, and the caffeine consumers did no better than those given a placebo. Despite their mediocre performance, caffeine takers consistently reported less sleepiness than the others.


From Huffpo:
For the rainbow cabinet of the nation's first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you've probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press.

Maxwell already had the strong backing of former Rep. David Bonior, who despite repeated attempts to get his name removed from consideration continues to be on the short list of potential labor secretaries. Bonior, 63 years old, says it is time for his generation to turn over power to a new generation, and Maxwell, whose labor-backed organization pushes for expanded collective bargaining rights, is his pick.
One comment seems especially appealing:
She's perfect. And it's a good sign if Obama picks her, too. It means he's focused on putting America back to work. Really, all of our domestic agenda is helped by creating jobs. If we nationalized health care, the auto companies could compete. If the auto companies build hybrids, people will invest in green technology. If enough money gets in the hands of the middle class, sales go up, recession is held at bay.

I'm thinking Obama is getting ready to make lemonade with the current financial crisis. And when you think about it, could we have ever gotten any of this done without it? As always, necessity is the mother of invention, and adversity is the friend of progress.


They Did It All On Purpose

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Jon Taplin has the smartest, most well-informed commentors I've seen.

This is a must read. No more puppies.

22 Bricks

Andrew Sullivan says it reminds him of how hard Obama's job is.
Oh, Bangladesh.

Okay, What?

I mean, WTF? Financial meltdown? Whaa?

In New York

no one, I mean no one, goes out unprepared. Presentation is everything. But even here in little Pt. Townsend, WA, the idea is catching on. It's tribal really. I plan to document it someday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Odetta Is Gone

NYT obit.

Dear Megan Carpentier

I'm sorry I lost track of you when you left Wonkette and went to Glamocracy for about a minute. You're one of my dailies now, even though you were wrong about this:
Then let's take a deeper breath and think about the fact that of the first 2 people in line for succession to the Presidency, two of them are women
Being a blogger DOES NOT mean never having to look it up.

Those Cheating Dems

So, uh,Washington state Contrarienne fans may well feel like they fell down the rabbit hole here, but:
This is huge. It's now official that Al Franken netted 37 votes from those newly-discovered 171 ballots in the St. Paul suburb of Maplewood, a potentially seismic shift that could throw the recount to Franken if these numbers withstand any potential legal challenges.

Puts Gregoire in 04 to shame, only 13 votes between Al and Coleman.

Of course, R's would never steal an election, would they? James Baker, I'm looking at you.

Not Into Puppies?

I'm not into Leonard Cohen music either, but this is damned good.
Gotta copy and paste because for some reason, embed is "disabled by request."

Oh, wait. The guy with the gap? Kurt Nilsen, World Idol. Didn't know there was such a thing.

Quote O' Teh Day

It's like the Grateful Dead, only more spaced out.
Oh, right, context. Coming right up.

Nostalgia Trip


How long have we known there is a financial crisis, six months, 10? Anyway, that's about how long I've not been surprised to find myself reading up on the Chinese economy.
May you live in interesting times.. Yeah, well, thanks a bunch.
Guess I'll go check out the puppies now.

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- House prices in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou are plunging, and the global economy may grind almost to a halt next year because of it.


I Was In Venice Once

It was otherworldly. I'm sorry you missed it. Too late now.
UPDATE: Only temporary. Damn! I thought the world was ending. Oh, wait.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Hillary Clinton is going to add yet another chapter to her incredibly fascinating life -- lawyer, feminist, first lady, healthcare diva, U.S. senator, and now secretary of state at a time when America's foreign policy and national security positions are dramatically eroded.

I think the Clinton we saw during the campaign will give herself, her views and approach to complex national security challenges a "makeover." She's going to push women's rights, democracy, human rights, poverty reduction and the like -- but I think she is going to be party to a realist-tilting, crafty Obama-led, Bob Gates-designed, Clinton-out-front process to get a strategic shift in U.S. foreign policy. We applaud that.

James Glassman, her undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, has some ideas on how to move her agenda forward -- and she should consider using a lot of the tools that Glassman and his team are developing.

-- Steve Clemons

This Is All You Need To Know Today

except that the DOW fell something like 700. Have you checked the puppies?

The Shiba Inus of West Chester

b. 11-28-08. because the shibas of san fran will soon be off to new homes.
Free kibbles for shelter dogs.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008