"It's morning in America, Hackenbush, and you
work the nightshift."
Thursday, September 22,
Michaels, from BuyBlue.org.
Okay, no more shopping at Michaels. Okay, I needed stuff to fix a necklace (and then I bought some other stuff), but no more, okay?
Christ, and could somebody please recommend a BLUE office supply company? Please.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:27 AM PST [Link]
"Declining a 'very kind invitation' from First Lady Laura Bush to attend the National Book Festival, poet Sharon Olds explains why 'I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you.' See who accepted (partial list below) the invitation."
Cursor, September 20, 2005
Fiction and Fantasy (perfectly sums up the bushco misadministration)
E. L. Doctorow, Richard Paul Evans, Jonathan Safran Foer, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, John Irving, Gish Jen, Sue Monk Kidd, George R. R. Martin, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tom Wolfe.
Of course he can do as he pleases (as long as it pleases the emperor), and I've never read anything by him, but can someone tell me why Neil Gaiman is supporting bushco? Because accepting a high profile invitiation from them is supporting them and, even though I've never read any of his work, I thought he was supposed to be, y'know, cool.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:10 AM PST [Link]
Wednesday, September 21,
Dr. Max explains the unjust, but very real world we all live in, whether we like it or not.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:38 PM PST [Link]
"The need to see victims as the recipients of their just deserts can be explained by what psychologists call the Just World Hypothesis. According to the hypothesis, people have a strong desire or need to believe that the world is an orderly, predictable, and just place, where people get what they deserve. Such a belief plays an important function in our lives since in order to plan our lives or achieve our goals we need to assume that our actions will have predictable consequences. Moreover, when we encounter evidence suggesting that the world is not just, we quickly act to restore justice by helping the victim or we persuade ourselves that no injustice has occurred. We either lend assistance or we decide that the rape victim must have asked for it, the homeless person is simply lazy, the fallen star must be an adulterer. These attitudes are continually reinforced in the ubiquitous fairy tales, fables, comic books, cop shows and other morality tales of our culture, in which good is always rewarded and evil punished."
"If the belief in a just world simply resulted in humans feeling more comfortable with the universe and its capriciousness, it would not be a matter of great concern for ethicists or social scientists. But Lerner's Just World Hypothesis, if correct, has significant social implications. The belief in a just world may undermine a commitment to justice."
The Just World Theory, by Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez, Issues in Ethics - V. 3, N. 2 Spring 1990 (saw the link at Respectful to Otters)
This is, in a nutshell, why the U.S. is going to hell in a handbasket. We don't live in a just world; our world is a lot of things - some good, some otherwise - but just, it is not. The people who know and understand this are the ones trying to make it at least a decent place for all of us.
Karma is only swell if you're lucky, otherwise it's just another fucked up day in an unjust world.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:45 PM PST [Link]
"A JetBlue airliner with faulty landing gear touched down safely Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after circling the region for three hours with its front wheels turned sideways, unable to be retracted into the plane.
"The pilot landed by balancing on the back wheels, then eased onto the front tires, which shot flames along the runway before tearing off. The metal landing gear scraped for the final several yards."
Crippled Jet Lands Safely at L.A. Airport, by Gillian Flaccus, AP, September 21, 2005
"The travelers later recounted fraught hours they spent watching their own predicament unfold on television screens built into the back of each seat, a feature offered through DirecTV on JetBlue flights.
"'The thing that scared me the most was watching it on television,' said passenger Zachary Mastoon, 27, a New York guitarist.
"'It felt like the New York subway, rattling and shaking,' Dave Rienicz, 39, a comedian from Burbank, said of the landing. 'It was pretty intense, but it wasn't panicky.'
"Rienicz said he videotaped a brief goodbye message to his girlfriend with a camera 'just in case.'"
JetBlue plane lands safely on crippled nose gear, by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, September 21, 2005
And now a musical tribute to that fabulous pilot.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:22 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, September 20,
Lullaby of the Leaves
Keely Smith does a pretty good job singing over Billie May's utterly lovely and sublime arrangement. Note: she's singing 'leaves', not 'Belize.'
Basin Street Blues/Sleepytime Down South
Louis Prima gets weird with both these songs (but in a good way [sort of]).
I can only leave these up for a week. Longer than that, and the RIAA will send their bravos after me. Enjoy!
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:06 PM PST [Link]