Friday, July 30, 2010

Elevator as metaphor

I get a kick out of metaphors when I see them in daily life.

In this MSNBC article about a black woman who was refused admission to Missouri State University because of her race, I noticed that Mary Jean Price Walls wanted to become a teacher, and after her refusal 60 years ago by Missouri State (then Southwestern Missouri State College), worked as an elevator operator.

An elevator operator, whose job it is to "ascend" and, better, to help other people "ascend" (as a teacher does).

Now importing posts at from my personal blog

Amazon has decided to stop allowing authors to write posts specifically for their Author Central blog. As an alternative, they allow an author to import posts from another blog. So I'll be importing posts from this blog at my Amazon Author Central page.

I don't blog as much these days as I used to, primarily for lack of time and energy while I take care of my elderly mother.

I had been using the Amazon Author Central blog to comment on conspicuous shadows in the news. But I hadn't been blogging very frequently there, so perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Time for the war in Afghanistan to end

According to this article in The Guardian in the UK, troops in Afghanistan have killed many more civilians than has previously been reported.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Obama's interrupted vacations

At, an AP article about the history of Obama's vacations getting interrupted by news stories.

"According to a tally kept by Mark Knoller, a CBS News reporter long recognized by the White House as authoritative on such matters, Obama has spent all or part of 65 days on vacation, including days at Camp David. At this point in his tenure, George W. Bush had spent 120 days. That included 13 trips to his Texas ranch."

The polls are saying that Obama and the Democrats aren't doing well and won't do well in this fall's elections. But at this time in 1864, it looked a certainty that President Lincoln wouldn't be reelected, and events turned around by November to give him a second term.

Looking at where our oil comes from

Just as many of us have begun looking more closely at where our food comes from, the Gulf oil spill demands that we look at where our oil comes from.

Everyone who drives a car, uses oil to heat their home or business, or purchases plastic products, has a responsibility to know where that product came from.

If that many of us had been looking, would government regulators at MMS have been able to get away with such laxity in enforcing regulations?

And my Quaker friend David Summerhays points out that food and oil are actually closely interlinked, by transportation, fertilizers, packaging, and more.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Here's the best reason so far for no more off-shore oil drilling

Associated Press is reporting that hundreds, perhaps thousands of underwater drill sites could be leaking.

According to this report, there are 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico alone, including 600 wells abandoned by BP.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Britain, France, Germany use intelligence gained thru torture

Human Rights Watch says Britain, France and Germany use anti-terrorism intelligence gained through torture. How appalling.

Cool photos from space

I like the slide shows that MSNBC posts on its website. Here's one of cool photos from space.