Published on February 26 2007

This week February 26 through March 4 Libra The week begins with good news on the job. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the tension begins to mount as the week progresses. On Wednesday, a friendship or love affair may end. Your friend or lover may have issues that need to be dealt with before you can resume your old relationship. Saturday's Lunar Eclipse may bring to light a relationship secret. If you're seeing someone and don't want anyone else to know, you could be found out. Another possibility is that you will discover something about your romantic partner that he or she has been trying to keep hidden from you.
Like..... his IDENTITY, perhaps?????????

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Published on February 25 2007

Indonesia drops balls into mud volcano There. is. no. possible. comment.

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Tomorrow's news will provide the last paragraph to the short case report I wrote for the last class. After all the reading I did on the case, I am *really* interested in seeing the final ruling and how it will affect Serbia's application to the European Union, in light of the Copenhagen Declaration laying out the requirements for membership. World Court to deliver genocide ruling
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Can a state commit genocide? Should an entire nation — not just its presidents, generals, and soldiers — be held responsible for humanitys worst crime? In one of the most momentous cases in its 60 years, the U.N.s highest court will deliver its judgment Monday on Bosnia's demand to make Serbia accountable for the slaughter, terrorizing, rape and displacement of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990s. If it rules for Bosnia, the International Court of Justice could open the way for compensation amounting to billions of dollars from Serbia, the successor state of Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia, although specific claims would be addressed only later. It also would be a permanent stain on Serbia in the eyes of history, regardless of any effort by Belgrade to distance itself from the brutality of those years.
One of the criteria in the Copenhagen Declaration is that country must have achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and, protection of minorities. Considering that the Serb province of Kosovo is still a UN protectorate, ya gotta wonder if that stability is achievable, especially when nationalists in the country are calling for leaving the UN, abandoning the EU application process, and sending troops into Kosovo should that province gain independence. Nationalists urge Serbia to abandon EU plans, quit UN if Kosovo gains independence
BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbia's ultra-nationalists said Friday the Balkan country should quit the United Nations and abandon its efforts to join the European Union if Kosovo becomes independent. The comments illustrate the pressure nationalists are putting on Serbia's pro-Western leaders, who have promised to participate in the final U.N.-brokered talks on Kosovo currently being held in Vienna, Austria, although they have rejected the possibility of independence for Kosovo, which is considered the heartland of Serbian statehood and religion. Serbs and Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians are discussing a U.N. plan for the Serb province which envisages internationally supervised statehood. Although it does not directly mention independence, Belgrade believes the plan would eventually lead to Kosovo becoming a separate country, and has rejected the document.
But then, we can always fall back on rewarding behavior. Carrot and stick. Sometimes it works.
Fearing that the extremists could return to power in Serbia because of the possibility of Kosovo's secession, EU officials have hinted that they would consider offering Serbia a shortcut to EU membership if it reconsiders its staunch opposition to Kosovo's independence.

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Published on February 24 2007

And just for the record, it was sent to me by a rabid Democrat.
A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on US 95 south, just outside Washington D.C. Nothing is moving north or south. Suddenly a man knocks on his window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What happened...What's the hold up?" "Terrorists have kidnapped Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Ried, and John Kerry. They are asking for a $100 million ransom. If their demands are not met, they are going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection." The driver asks, "On average, how much is everyone giving?" The man replied "about a gallon"!!
Discuss amongst yourselves. I'm going to work.

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Published on February 24 2007

‘Embarrassment before dishonor’ | MetaFilter On recommendation from #1 child, I've been peeking into Metafilter more frequently. I've seen everything from recipes to "how-to's" on anything you could think of. There are also occasionally just plain ole' good discussions on issues of the day. This particular discussion is on a story out of Oconomowoc (bonus points for non-Cheeseheads who can pronounce that) last week.
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - A man said he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching. “Now I feel stupid,” said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. “This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake.”
I read about it the other day, but I'm sorta trying to keep the blog PG-rated, and there was just no possible way to comment on that story without crossing WAY into R-rated territory. MetaFilter, on the other hand....... I only wish I could come up with some of the things their commenters say. This, for example:
"Oh god. I saw the dateline of 'Oconomowoc, Wis' and read 'breaks down door armed with a cavalry saber', and I just kept thinking Please don't be someone I know, Please don't be someone I know... And fortunately, I don't know him. But the fact that it was even a possibility suggests that Oconomowoc is an odd place. That's what we do in WI; beer, cheese, Harleys, serial killers, and crazy. It's the weather. It turns us all a little mad, doncha-know?"
I have to admit when I read "Oconomowoc", I also thought immediately of someone I know who lives there, but relaxed when I remembered that the saber is safely in northern Wisconsin. "Beer, cheese, Harleys, serial killers, and crazy". Yep, pretty much sums it up.

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Published on February 24 2007

One of my favorite bloggers is The Anchoress. I've loved her take on current affairs since I discovered her blog a couple of years back. The other day, she posted a series of images of math problems and the creative solutions students had come up with. Scary thing is-- most of them look like my math tests from days gone by. Here's one example:
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Not only eloquent, but simple and elegant, as well. Go take a peek at the rest--I especially feel for the student working on the problem in the very first image.The Anchoress » Eloquent Solutions to tough problems

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Published on February 24 2007

....but I have to say I admire the guy. If I can ever manage to stay up late enough to actually watch his show, he might have a new viewer. Did I just stick up for Britney Spears????? Craig Ferguson Refuses To Do Spears Jokes, Talk Show Host Who Battled Alcoholism Takes Heat Off Of "Vulnerable" Pop Star
(CBS/AP) Craig Ferguson decided not to poke fun at Britney Spears, at least for now. Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, told viewers Monday that after seeing photos of the bald female pop star, he reconsidered making jokes at the expense of the "vulnerable.""Tonight, no Britney Spears jokes. Here's why: The kind of weekend she had, she was checking in and out of rehab, shaving her head, getting tattoos. That's what she was doing this weekend," he said on his show. "This Sunday I was 15 years sober. I didn't do it for anyone else but myself. I did it because it was an act of conscience. I'm amazed that not poking fun of somebody has become a news story." "For me, comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it," Ferguson said. "It should be about attacking the powerful — the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards — going after them. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable."
UPDATE: Here's the link to Ferguson's monologue. Food for thought. Not to mention.... oh dear .... Laurie loves her a Scottish accent. :-x

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Published on February 22 2007

After yesterday's FORTY-EIGHT (!!) degree weather, I opened my email this afternoon to find this:
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Supposedly from the New York snowstorms earlier this winter, Snopes says this picture has been around for awhile. I'm just hoping that that the snow predicted for this weekend doesn't get quite this deep. I have moving to do!!

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Published on February 21 2007

I was digging around in an old datebook when I came across the significance of the above date. It was the day that a scared green barely-18-year-old college-dropout-'cause-she-ran-out-of-money walked into a mill with a 99% male to female ratio to begin her career as a papermaker. Okay, okay, there was a little break in there while I went back to school for another year before I became a permanent wearer of steel-toed boots. And the ratio is probably closer to 90% nowadays--we're going to take over the place if they don't watch out, lol! While surfing around, I found an interesting link which includes interviews with women in Maine's paper industry in the 70's. From reading this, it sounds like their experience was pretty much the same as mine as far as working in a "male-dominated industry". In that article, I see mention of one woman being a 'tender at her mill. She's only the third one I've ever heard of during my career-- and now that her mill has closed, and my friend from another mill has moved onto a different job.... wonder if that makes me even rarer? :-)) Funny how after all these years, I'm back once again trying to finish that damn college degree!! Third time lucky, maybe?

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Published on February 20 2007

The western half of the living room is coming right along, isn't it? :-D
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