Published on September 3 2006

CNN.com - What we have learned since 9/11 - Sep 3, 2006 time.jpg
"We saw back then what we were capable of at our best, and now find ourselves just moving on, willing to listen to our leaders but not necessarily believe them, supporting the troops but disputing their mission, waiting, more resigned than resolved, for the next twist in the plot. No, we don't know how the story ends. The idea that history is written by the victors has been wrongly credited to Winston Churchill, but he did say that, "If you are going through hell, keep going." But you wonder whether years from now -- five? 10? 50? -- there will come a day when the victors actually know that they've won, that the battle is over and they can set about the writing. And whether even then, they will be sure that they have got the story right."
How one views history is entirely dependent on the source, as I found out so well during the History class this last semester. History isn't always written by the victors, either. If you believe that, I have a well-marked-up, highlighted, pages-missing textbook to sell you. And obviously TIME thinks the same way, judging by the tiny byline at the bottom of the cover "The Conspiracy Myths of 9/11". At least, they call them "myths" on the cover--who knows what weight they will be given in the article? I haven't bought TIME in a long time, but I think I might have to go out and pick up this issue. If for nothing else, I want to see a larger version of that incredible view from the Chrysler building on the cover.

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Published on September 2 2006

Well, actually it was fifty years ago last week, but Labor Day weekend is a good time to get the whole gang together to celebrate my parents' golden wedding anniversary. We don't all get together often, but an occasion like this one doesn't happen often either. Fifty years. Isn't that incredible?
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Published on September 2 2006

CNN.com - Pluto demotion draws protest - Sep 2, 2006 pluto.jpg
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) -- Size doesn't matter. "That was the message as friends and colleagues of the late Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto, gathered on the New Mexico State University campus to protest the International Astronomical Union's recent decision to strip Pluto of its status as a planet. About 50 students and staff members turned out Friday for the good-natured challenge. Some were wearing T-shirts and carrying signs that read "Protest for Pluto" and "Size Doesn't Matter." "
I have this sudden urge to ask if a certain person I know plans to go protest *this* governmental obscenity, too. /:-)

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Published on August 31 2006

September 12th should be "tunes day" around here--not only is this a purchase on my list, so also will be the new Carbon Leaf album, samples of which can be heard at the link below. Carbon Leaf played in a nearby town a few weeks back, and I would have loved to have gone to see them--but of course I had to work. Why go see one of your favorite new bands when you can go slave in a paper mill, after all??? :D Carbon Leaf - Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat Give a special listen to this song, which is already available on iTunes. It's a great tune.
Learn To Fly Hello good bye Higher you fly Into the world I awoke this morning with pourin rain in my heart As I fall apart today But you make your way And I'll rise I will rise if in my mind But I can see you fly away I can see the sun upon your face I can feel your heart and I can hear you cry And as I fall apart I learn to fly A dirty bird like me will learn to fly Hello good bye Two birds hover inside of a heart factory holding onto recovery Fly away or repaired and preparing to go on your way And I know I'm on my own but you make your way And everything that I love you for remains High above the clouds and the cleansing rains You make your way And I will rise if in my mind You make your way You make your way But I can see you fly away I can see the sun upon your face I can feel your heart and I can hear you cry A dirty bird like me will learn to fly

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Published on August 31 2006

While surfing, found an interesting-looking "note-taking" software offer; so went through the entire "who are you, what is your address, what are your children's names, give us your credit card numbers" rigamarole. After getting an email, I *finally* was able to access a page that included dire warnings for those who dared to try out this program:
# Restrictions. 1. (a) THE KIT IS INTENDED FOR PERSONAL USE BY STUDENTS. THE KIT IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, OR OTHER ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE KIT COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.
Damn! And I was going to use it for my backyard nuclear reactor! Damn! Damn!

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Published on August 30 2006

CNN `Live From...' the ladies room - Yahoo! News
NEW YORK - Kyra Phillips, anchor of CNN's "Live From...," unwittingly upstaged President Bush's speech in New Orleans with on-the-air analysis of her husband and the marriage of her brother — all live from a CNN ladies room. Unaware that her wireless microphone was "live" during her break, Phillips could be heard overriding Bush's prepared address Tuesday as he was seen marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Atlanta-based Phillips, in conversation with an unidentified woman in an echoey room, dismissed most men with a vulgar term, but called herself "very lucky in that regard. My husband is handsome and he is genuinely a loving — you know, no ego — you know what I'm saying? Just a really passionate, compassionate, great, great human being. And they exist. They do exist. They're hard to find. Yup. But they are out there." A few moments later, she observed that "brothers have to be, you know, protective. Except for mine. I've got to be protective of him." Why? "His wife is just a control freak." At that point, another voice cut in: "Kyra." "Yeah, baby?" replied Phillips on hearing her name. "Your mike is on. Turn it off. It's been on the air."
Why am I guessing that the next family reunion might be a little more "interesting" than normal?

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Published on August 25 2006

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The list assignment is out for the 2,996 list. I am just one of the people who has signed up for this very worthy project.
2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11. On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim. We will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.

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Published on August 24 2006

10,000 Reasons Civilization is Doomed
Welcome to the 10,000 Reasons Civilization is Doomed website. This site was started by six friends who, sitting around the dinner table one Saturday night, came to the conclusion that civilization was doomed. We felt this way not because of the inevitable dimming of our sun, or an errant asteroid, but rather because of the idiocy of our times. Frankly, we are tired of the fake optimism, superficiality, non-talented celebrities, doped-up athletes, dishonest and illiterate politicians, corporate thieves, wife-beaters and evangelical terrorists rampant in the world today and we decided that one way of making ourselves feel better would be to list them for all the world to see and to add upon.
I just *had* to add to the list, lol.

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Published on August 21 2006

CNN.com - Hilton: 'I, like, cry, when I listen to' CD - Aug 21, 2006
Paris" the album was set for release Tuesday. Hilton's breathy, reggae-infused single, "Stars Are Blind," has climbed to the top of Billboard's dance music chart. Of her album, she says, "I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good." Hilton says the baby voice she uses on the reality TV show "The Simple Life" is an act. "I'm always playing a character," she says. "I don't talk like this really -- like a baby. I don't act like myself in public, because I don't really want to show everyone the real me. Because I have no privacy whatsoever, the only thing I have is who I really am."

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Published on August 20 2006

Sixty may be the new 40 but Bill Clinton hates it - Yahoo! News Apparently my whiny cohort, the Baby Boomers, are beginning to hit the big ole SIX-OH, and not liking it!
"Sixty is the new 40. You see baby boomers buying Harley-Davidsons and taking off on a trip," said AARP executive Shereen Remez."But baby boomers are also continuing to work because they didn't save like their parents. They used credit cards."
mine Ouch. I guess I'm more typical than I thought. My littlest baby is a 100th Anniversary DynaGlide. We won't talk about the credit cards.
In a book being released next month, "Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty," a group of doctors, comedians, entrepreneurs and authors offer tips for turning 60. They from taking up meditation and running a marathon to being a grouch.
"Grouch". Great. That's what *I* wanna be! But Garrison Keillor says it best.
"There's a new survey out saying that people who take a positive view of aging actually live longer than those who grouse and grumble, which is hogwash and I am paying no attention to it," write U.S. comedian Garrison Keillor."I turned 60 last week and it's no picnic and anybody who says so is whistling in the dark."

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