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A few quick questions

Posted on 2008.09.24 at 11:04
If the credit markets really are about to seize up unless Hank Paulson doesn't get $700 B to play with, then why haven't we started hearing from thousands of angry businessmen whose cash-starved banks suddenly told them to pay off their loans in full? And why are the banks still running ads trying to get you to buy into garbage loans? (More behind the cut.)Collapse )

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Judging a Man by the Company He Keeps

Posted on 2008.09.21 at 00:26
Warning! Venting and facts in their proper context follow.

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Posted on 2008.08.20 at 23:04
Meet Yoda, the cute kitty with four ears.

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Rumpole and the Killing Curse, Part Eleven

Posted on 2008.08.18 at 17:27
(Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten.)

Yes, mes amis, after a very long hiatus, Rumpole and Company are back and faffing about in the Potterverse. For those of you who are just starting to read, this story was started pre-DH and was nearly derailed by it; however, after much prodding from A Certain Canadian, I've decided that ignoring DH is a Good Thing and have picked up the story again:

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"If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal." :-)

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This Explains A Lot To Me

Posted on 2008.07.31 at 09:46
From today's Writer's Almanac by Garrison Keillor, honoring J.K. Rowling on her birthday, comes this passage concerning Rowling's tastes in literature:

J.K. Rowling has launched a new generation of readers (and some adult readers) into the world of fantasy, but it's a genre that she doesn't actually like much herself. She didn't even realize that she was writing fantasy until after her first book was published. She says, "You know, the unicorns were in there. There was the castle, God knows. But I really had not thought that that's what I was doing. And I think maybe the reason that it didn't occur to me is that I'm not a huge fan of fantasy." She has never managed to finish the Lord of the Rings series or the Narnia series, and her favorite authors are realists: Jane Austen, whom she calls "the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire," and contemporary Irish novelist Roddy Doyle.

This to my mind is a big reason why she's had such success. If you think like a genre writer, you write like a genre writer, and it's a very limiting thing. It's one reason why I like crossover fics so much: I like to see favorite characters from different books and genres interacting (imagine, for instance, how young Lily and young Sev might have turned out if they'd fallen through a hole in the universe and wound up in the Ramtops at Mistress Weatherwax's front door?).

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A clever cartoon

Posted on 2008.07.16 at 20:59
Can be found here.

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File this under "Talking People Off Ledges"

Posted on 2008.07.01 at 12:30
The AP earlier reported that Obama was allegedly planning to expand Bush's faith-based programs.  Except that he's not -- not the way Bush tried.

Here's the reality, courtesy of Steve Benen at Salon:


It turns out that Obama, far from following Bush's policies, is turning them back.

He is going to RESTORE THE SAFEGUARDS that Bush had removed.

The deal is that, prior to Bush, religious charities and the Feds had worked together for decades, but always within strict parameters. Bush blew off those parameters. Obama intends to restore them. End of friggin' story.

And again, since we’re not likely going to get a rollback of all the tax cuts for the rich that have occurred over the past few decades, the only way that Obama can even begin next year to restore major portions of the frayed social-programs safety net is with the aid of religious charities.

Now can we stop freaking out about this?  Thank you.

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Father's Day

Posted on 2008.06.15 at 10:40
Shiv mentioned earlier that some people seem to think that fathers actually being fathers -- that is, spending time with their own children!  (gasp!) -- is "babysitting"; that is, that it's either an act of self-abasement or a truly noble sacrifice.  Well, being a good father is a noble thing indeed, but spending time with your kids isn't some extraordinary act -- it's part of the job.

I was reminded of this again by this blog piece written by a guy who spent the first three years of his wee daughter's life at home with her, looking after her and doing his blogging, while his wife and Fi's mom did the 9-to-5 thing (actually more like the 70-hour work week thing).  On this Father's Day, I thought it might make some good reading.

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Good for David Davis

Posted on 2008.06.14 at 00:35
I'm glad to see that he has a spine and a conscience.

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