Monday, May 30, 2005

Some LJ Community links, some culled stuff.

Community Links

Daily Granola - Green links, solutions, and rants.
Caring Consumer
Poor Skills - Useful for the frugal, even if you aren't poor.
Free Stuff - Hit and miss, but there're some gems in there.
Eating Cheap
Frugal Green

Interesting Links
Freecycle Directory
Reusable Bags
Natural Alternatives for Cat Litter
Information on Organic Foods
Audobon Seafood Reference Cards (PDF Format)
The American Community Garden Association
A very good idea: Another way to recycle your unused cell phones.

Oh, and my sweetheart posted a list of advice on financial matters on his blog. Give it a look-see. He's spent a couple years investigating all these options so we'd be safer when we finally stuck our proverbial toe in the water. He's not an accountant, nor a financial adviser, but it's a starting point.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Linkages!

Four communities (one new) that are quite neat to read through... in a wincing sort of way.

Grocery Hell
Customers Suck (v1.0)
Customers Suck (v2.0)
Insubordinates

Something that will be useful to those of you who think No Child Left Behind is horrible:
Leave My Child Alone!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

So, we've opened up an e-Trade account...

...And just in time, too. The market took a nosedive before we bought *anything*, so we were able to use our money to even better effect.

Now we're showing net gains.

And ETrade is surprisingly nice. They called this morning and asked if we had any questions. When Matthew said "well, actually, yes... do you know if...?" they answered his three or four questions in detail with no reluctance or impatience.

THAT, dear friends, is customer service.

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Rift over recruiting at public high schools
While most Parent Teacher Student Association meetings might center on finding funding for better math books or the best way to chaperon a school dance, a recent meeting here at Garfield High School grappled with something much larger - the war in Iraq.

The school is perhaps one of the first in the nation to debate and vote against military recruiting on high school campuses - a topic already simmering at the college level. In fact, the Supreme Court recently agreed to decide whether the federal government can withhold funds from colleges that bar military recruiters.


Now, one of the loudest arguments against this is that it's "counter to free speech" - which, really, is ironic considering that no one in the military HAS free speech, not to mention that a lot of public schools don't allow it from their kids.

Besides which, how many parents think that it should be okay for employers to lie about wages and benefits for their employees? They'd probably be up in arms about it, but some apparently think it's fine to allow recruiters into their schools - when the recruiters are so desperate to enlist students that they both lie themselves and encourage lies on applications.

Freedom of speech, my perky ass.

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Okay, it looks like whoever diagnosed me with placenta previa was smoking crack.

I am healthy, people. The placenta is staying put - at the top of the uterus, where it is supposed to be.

And the baby?

The baby has stork legs. Seriously. 25-week legs on a 22-week body, according to the ultrasound technician, who is very happy to be able to show me both that the baby is gorgeous (3d ultrasounds are the shiznit - if you can get one in your area and you're having a baby, do) and that I don't necessarily have to have a c-section.

And it's a girl. What a surprise there.

Monday, May 09, 2005

A reminder for the Christian Right, Pt. 2

Ezekiel 16:48-50:

[As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].


Thursday, May 05, 2005

A somber Holocaust Memorial Day to you...

...so long as you're Jewish.

I'm not antisemitic. I am really NOT. I had people in my family die too. I just think that the OTHER four or five MILLION or so Slavs, Jehovah's Witnesses, clergy, union activists, communists, gays, political dissidents, gypsies, and mentally/physically disabled people who were also murdered by the Nazi regime deserve a LITTLE bit of attention too. Maybe? Some?

Just a little fucking bit, please?

Or would paying attention to gays mean we had to treat them with the same inviolate respect that Israel gets (oh, and maybe let them marry)?

Would noticing that, hey, the gypsies got killed off too mean we couldn't say "gypped" anymore? Heaven fucking forfend.

It wasn't just a racist or homophobic regime. It was a fucking FASCIST one. They didn't mind pointing that out to the political dissidents that they rounded up and murdered. But maybe acknowledging that would mean that commies were people, too.

Oh, and paying heed to the millions of the disabled that were the original victims of Nazi eugenics? Oh, who gives a fuck. American eugenicists APPLAUDED the Germans for culling the herd. After all, they were unwanted. Nevermind that they were human and still conscious and self-motivating (unlike Terri Schiavo, so if you even want to call Michael Schiavo a Nazi, please, do me a favor: bend over, lube your fist up and shove it up your anus. Save me the effort. Thanks in advance).

Clergy and JWs? I know some people who would say the Nazis' reputed efficiency wasn't very, since they still get knocks on their door.

Guess what, guys? Six million Jews died, and so did a lot of OTHER people, but if we really want to remember them, let's give them a present: the heads of the American officials who helped Nazis escape from prosecution after WW2 in exchange for information and skills.

Dig 'em up if you have to. But let's present them nicely beribboned on sticks to survivors - ALL the survivors, EVERYONE who lost someone.

That'd give me more warm fuzzies than marches between concentration camp sites and speeches by Sharon. Really. It would.