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January 2014

Woldwide Wednesday: Who Owns The Government?

Who really pays congressmen to write and pass the laws we all live by?  OpenSecrets.org reveals the lobbyists, PACS and Interest Groups and how they pull the strings .The OpenSecrets Center’s mission is to:

  • Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives
  • Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information
  • Advocate for a transparent and responsive government

We pursue our mission largely through our award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere.… Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: When Chicks Ruled Computers

Hooray for my niece who changed her focus from culinary to computers. Today I share this article showing how women used to rule the industry.  Seems they are good at planning and management and stuff.

How Guy Geeks Beat Out Computer Chicks

Asked to picture a computer programmer, most of us describe the archetypal computer geek, a brilliant but socially-awkward male.

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Mother Earth Monday: Small Scale Organic

Tthe United Nations is once again explaining the urgent need to return to a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development “Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts who insist major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, and a dramatic shift toward local small-scale diversified farms. … Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: NSFW Pope Song

I love Tim Minchin as a clever social commentator.  He reminds me of a modern, foul-mouthed Tom Lehrer with his witty ball-busting ballads.  But clearly this song came out before the latest pope started showing a different sort of compassion.   But does the new pope really represent “no more business as usual?”  Watch this interview on ABC news wherein a victim of church abuse expresses hopes that the new pope’s choice of names and his history of humility will work to repair hundreds of years of damage, the clear inspiration for Mr.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Still Unsolved WGN Hacked by Max Headroom!

Wild Friday:  In 1987, somebody hacked the signal of Chicago’s WGN-TV. 25 years later, Vice’s Motherboard blog has published a fascinating investigation into who pulled off the still unsolved crime. Swing over there for a bunch of videos (including the non -elated but amusingly titled Naked Hippo show for kids.) The mysterious hacker interrupted the news at 9:14 PM on Nov 22 1987 wearing a  mask a mask of cult fictional British VJ.  … Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Escape into art

 

Would you like to get away from it all on your very own imaginary island? Artist Lee Mathers has just the place for you!  Visit The Commonwealth of New Island, and get your dream home in one of his paintings like this one:

Trish decided she wanted a spacious house with a big kitchen and a large studio. With Alan's help, she found that the clay on East Sumbitch was suitable for adobe-making, and plenty of pencil-pine and oak trees grew nearby for roof beams and patio framework. The doors and windows came from the Sapphire Tribe, the best window-makers on New Island.
Trish decided she wanted a spacious house with a big kitchen and a large studio.
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