Saturday, July 31, 2010

My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic - Roger Ebert's Journal

A wonderful testimony about Alcoholics Anonymous.

Another great quote

The use of force is a last resort. One aspect of violence is that it is unpredictable. Although your initial intention may be to use limited force, once you have engaged in violence the consequences are unpredictable. Violence always brings about unexpected results and almost always provokes retaliation.

- HH the Dalai Lama

Monday, July 26, 2010

Interesting quote

"Sometimes harsh words or physical intervention may be called for. Patience safeguards our inner composure: we are in a stronger position to judge an appropriately non-violent response than if we are overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions. It is the opposite of cowardice, which arises when confidence is lost as a result of fear. Being patient means we remain firm even if we are afraid." - HH the Dalai Lama

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Mahablog

The Mahablog: "I get an impression that some of the protesters are opposed to building mosques anywhere in the U.S. A google search showed there already are three mosques in Manhattan and more than 30 in the New York City area. How do we know they aren’t going to train terrorists? some ask. I guess the same way we know, or hope, they aren’t training pedophiles at Saint Patrick’s. If we aren’t going to turn into a police state, sometimes you have to give people the benefit of the doubt that they are what they say they are."

Excellent point, and I love the biting humour. Sorry.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Portrait of the ‘Barefoot Bandit’ reveals lonely, hungry child -


A social worker’s report from the time he was first arrested, at 12, drew a succinct conclusion, at least from the boy’s point of view.

“Colton wants Mom to stop drinking and smoking, get a job and have food in the house,” the report said. “Mom refuses.”

Friday, July 09, 2010

Thank you very much, British Petrol

Thank you very much, British Petrol: "Which means, of course, that no catastrophe will ever be large enough, and the only thing that will finally force us away from oil is, of course, when we run out. And as Alberta's disgusting oilsands prove, we're developing simple horrific, planet-raping techniques to ensure that doesn't happen for a long, long while. Hell, Texas's 'best and brightest' in the biz are already proposing, not ways to wean us off oil, but merely ways to develop better technologies for more efficient drilling. Sort of like saying of course we should never stop declaring wars; we should only develop better ways to kill people. Good thinking. Thanks, Texas. P.S.; Go to hell."


An awesome story from one of my favourite bloggers about the serendipity of an irritation.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

YouTube - UbyKotex: Help Me Choose - Social Experiment

Freakin' hilarious.

YouTube - UbyKotex: Buy Me Tampons - Social Experiment

A second chance or a boot in the face - The Globe and Mail

There's a REASON: why Margaret Atwood is both a Canadian icon and a force to be reckoned with.

"Two protests, seemingly miles apart, were about the kind of country we want to live in"

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - The World in Action - The World in Action

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! Almost 100000 people have already signed Avaaz's "petition" to send birthday greetings to the Dalai Lama. Imagine - around the world today, people are being unified in appreciation for this voice of compassion, perseverence, grace, and understanding. I just signed the petition, and now I'm seeing a constant flow of personal messages in various languages wishing the Dalai Lama well, and thanking him for his impact on the world.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Obama’s Winning Streak: Peter Beinart on His Historic Gains - The Daily Beast

Obama’s Winning Streak: Peter Beinart on His Historic Gains - The Daily Beast: "So he hasn’t plugged the leak, and his poll numbers are sagging. Truth is, Obama has exceeded in 18 months what Clinton and Carter achieved in a combined 12 years."

Friday, July 02, 2010

When binges go wrong : All & Sundry

I laughed until I cried.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

[In the U.S., drowning] is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and
under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750
children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within
25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings,
the adult will actually watch them it, having no idea it is
happening (source: CDC).