Men need to

Filed under: Politics, The Web

(ETA: I have no idea why the template formatting is so screwed up on this entry. Possibly because I had to re-edit the pictures and then re-upload. It’s making me crazy.) I ran across a fabulous AdWeek story today, about the UN Women campaign using actual results from Google autocomplete searches — which are aggregated […]

Posted by Diane on October 21st, 2013

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Visions of the future

Filed under: Politics

  You’ve probably heard about the remark presidential candidate Rick Santorum said recently about Barack Obama: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” Let’s assume Mr. Santorum is quoting Mr. Obama correctly. Mr. Santorum himself has a bachelor’s, law degree, and MBA, for what it’s worth, […]

Posted by Diane on February 27th, 2012

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That pain in my chest

Filed under: All About Moi, Medicine, Politics

Monday morning I was sitting in bed, reading the news on the iPad, when I felt a pain on my left side. Not a sharp pain. Much more like the pains I used to get when I was younger and my chest would constrict and I would have to take very deep breaths to expand […]

Posted by Diane on February 22nd, 2012

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Women as chattel

Filed under: Politics, Religion

  Honestly, this stuff isn’t hard to figure out. We have all seen this photo: An all-male panel testifying before Congress on birth control. An all-male panel that doesn’t include one doctor. When Democrats proposed women to be on the panel, they were told the women weren’t “qualified.” § Rick Santorum’s biggest financial backer — […]

Posted by Diane on February 17th, 2012

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Gay marriage

Filed under: Politics

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” Today’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional I don’t remember the first time I heard about the concept of gay marriage. As I recall, dimly, through […]

Posted by Diane on February 7th, 2012

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SOPA/PIPA

Filed under: Politics, The Web

You’ve heard about these acts. The Internet’s gone dark today. You haven’t called your representatives. Why should you do anything? Well, because you’re not asked to do that much in general, frankly. And sometimes you just have to stand up and be counted. Call your representatives and say, “This is BAD. Vote NO.” Christ. Just […]

Posted by Diane on January 18th, 2012

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Afghanistan for kids

Filed under: Books and Magazines, Kids, Politics

I’m one of the parent volunteers helping out with the 6th grade book club, which is part of Project Cornerstone, a YMCA-driven project in Santa Clara County not only to promote reading but to promote stories about values and questions kids might have. Project Cornerstone is really cool, and in middle school they create book clubs […]

Posted by Diane on January 12th, 2012

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TEOTWAWKI

Filed under: Apocalypse Nigh, Politics

The LA Times has an article today about TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World As We Know It. The predictions range from the benign — that this will be a year of spiritual breakthrough, the beginning of a new era of nonviolence and sustainability — to the worst sort of disaster movie cataclysm. And the Maya […]

Posted by Diane on January 1st, 2012

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Food, Inc.: the review

Filed under: Cooking and Food, Movies, Politics

We went to see Food, Inc. last night—we are at the cornucopia section of the summer, where there are so many movies we want to see, yet instead of the three options I usually send Darin for our movie choices, I sent him only this one. It’s a documentary, it’s not a fun topic, gosh […]

Posted by Diane on June 24th, 2009

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Followup to yesterday

Filed under: Cooking and Food, Politics

Darin points out that the supremely stupid Maureen Dowd column (redundancy alert!) about Twitter contains the following exchange: ME: Do you ever think “I don’t care that my friend is having a hamburger?” BIZ: If I said I was eating a hamburger, Evan would be surprised because I’m a vegan. Enough with the burgers already. […]

Posted by Diane on April 23rd, 2009

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