Published on December 16 2005

The City Artist/ Photographer Elizabeth Hickock put together this slightly goofy but VERY cool set of pictures, which includes a short video clip of an "earthquake" in Jello. It brought back memories of quakes from my childhood in southern California and made me a little ill to watch!!

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Published on December 14 2005

wintersux weather.com Heavy snow warning much of Wisconsin 12:33 p.m. ET Wed.,Dec.14,2005
Heavy snow warnings remain in effect for much of Wisconsin today with as much as eight inches expected to pile up in some locations.

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Published on December 11 2005

This week December 12 through December 18 Libra All the obstacles that had been affecting your financial situation have disappeared. You should find that things quickly get back to normal now. The money flows in and flows out just as it is supposed to. Mercury moves into Sagittarius on Monday, which adds more power to your communication and administration zone. You may find that you have a lot of work on hand to catch up with all the delays that occurred over recent weeks. You may hear some news concerning a travel or publishing project, or even a legal issue that takes you by surprise.
Heh.....sometimes I wonder why I get these things. Surprise legal issues???? A "lot of work on hand" to catch up with delays?????? Story of my procrastinatin' life!!!!

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Published on December 10 2005

Got my questions for my final in International Politics this morning--NOT going to post them since that would probably be considered some sort of copyright violation or cheating on finals. Four essays due in ten days. Four. Urgh...... I think I know what I'll be doing for the next week. I'm already a wreck--I want to do well on this so badly. I'm pretty excited about how well it's gone so far, and I want to finish up with a bang. Four. Prayers are appreciated, lol.

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Published on December 9 2005

After the Shame, Vikings Pursue Virtue in Victory - New York Times
Minnesota's loyalty has been tested many times before. Starting in the mid-1980's, the Vikings began cultivating their renegade image as the Raiders of the N.F.C. In one five-year period, nine players were arrested for drunk driving. This region known for its long winters and heartland values became numb to assault charges and sex scandals. Trading Randy Moss last off-season was supposed to rid the organization of embarrassment, but the controversies became more colorful and harder to stomach. When tailback Onterrio Smith was caught in an airport with a drug-masking device - famously called The Original Whizzinator - he spawned enough jokes to fill late-night talk shows. Those quips were soon enriched, of course, by any and all references to Viking ships. "Because we have been so humbled, because we have heard so many bad things about ourselves, you know our heads won't ever get big again," safety Corey Chavous said.

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Published on December 9 2005

Harold Pinter delivered his Nobel lecture to the Swedish Academy in Stockholm via tape yesterday--the full text of the speech is available at Art, Truth and Politics. The speech contained such gems about "art" as this:
The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.
That explains so much to me about Pinter's writing. Such a discussion of his life's work. Did he win that Nobel for his body of work? or for the fact that he hates the United States? And now, for a short selection of the writing that won this man a Nobel, available at: God Bless America
Democracy There's no escape. The big pricks are out. They'll fuck everything in sight. Watch your back. Harold Pinter Februrary 2003
Well, wasn't that special? Pinter himself, describing his artistic process instead of ranting about the US, says this of his poetry:
"Sometimes, in poems, I am only dimly conscious of the grounds of my activity, and the work proceeds to its own law and discipline, with me as a go-between, as it were. But as you say, if not conscious, so much the better" from Pinter: The Playwright by Martin Esslin pub Methuen 1970
He should stick to writing plays where, hopefully, he is more than dimly conscious.

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Published on December 7 2005

Coke to launch coffee-infused Coke Blak
The new drink, a combination of Coca-Cola Classic and coffee extracts, will be first launched in France in January before being rolled out in the United States and other markets during 2006. A Coke spokesperson said Coca-Cola Blak will be a mid-calorie drink, similar to Coca-Cola C2, which was launched in April 2004 and contains half the sugar, calories and carbohydrates of regular colas. The formula for the new beverage is expected to vary based on local tastes.
YUMM!! A combination of my two favorite drinks in the world????? *goes to mix some up, and give it a taste*

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Published on December 6 2005

Top News Article | Reuters.com
A man facing a possible murder charge for beating his stepdaughter so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state asked Massachussetts' top court on Tuesday to keep her alive in a case that highlights the divisive "right to die" issue in America. ....Justice John Greaney questioned the wisdom of putting the girl's fate in the hands of her alleged abuser.

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Published on December 6 2005

Top News Article | Reuters.com
Those witnesses presented testimony of torture and summary execution, and told of a meat grinder for human flesh and other horrors allegedly inflicted on people from Dujail. Saddam responded by saying he was not afraid of execution.
Good thing. Wonder if anybody has filled him in that he's going to be the one on the RECEIVING end this time?

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Published on December 4 2005

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Packers choke in the second half!!" ....sigh...to da Bears........sigh On another note---yep, it's Wisconsin vs. Auburn in the CapOne bowl Wisconsin accepts bid to Capital One Bowl
Madison - The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Auburn Tigers at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 in Florida, the team said Sunday."
Hmmmm, wonder what the bet will be this time around??? :-))

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