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My favorite news discussion show. I’m going to post a running commentary.

How about a law requiring politicians to answer the question that’s asked!!!!! The Republican is absolutely refusing to answer the questions she’s asking. He doesn’t say that, of course. More people would realize he was doing that if he did.

And how about a law requiring politicians to make a single point only one time in a given interview. Or even no more than three. How dare the Republican talk about getting beyond talking points and then spout the very same talking points seven or eight times!

I was disappointed that Christiane didn’t call him on it more directly, until she directly said he had refused to answer on blocking loopholes.

I can only write so fast, so I’ll skip the Democrat and go on to the discussion. I think whoever said this is all political theater is right. And that is why the populace is mad as hell at Congress. 435 Drama Queens! Make that 535, adding on the Senate.

The Presidential race? I don’t see how Obama can lose and I think the Republicans know that. That’s why there’s not a single one of any substance. Just a bunch of folks who are willing to settle for a mention in future textbooks as the Republican candidate.

On to Afghanistan and the other wars, or sort-of wars. Get ’em out. Want to spend the 4th of July actually doing something to help the troops? Bring ’em home! Stop this horrible waste of evry kind of capital that is any war. There are so many people in the world that we can’t afford this nonsense anymore. And I’m not just talking about the US. I’m talking about the world.

Did you know that 95% of the people that are casualties of any war are civilians? I found that out in 2004, and I’ll never ever forget it. What a  waste of human capital, fuel, manufacturing capacity. We might as well make all that stuff and throw it off a cliff. There are a whole lot of folks who would rush to put it to real use making people’s lives better.

Am I missing something? Why is George Will on TV so often. Is he actually respected as very knowledgeable? I’ve never been impressed. Maybe I should listen less skeptically to what he says.

Look, I’m a woman. I hate the position of women under the Taliban. I’d like to think the women of Afghanistan aren’t about to accept going back to what their lives were like under the Taliban. But then I think there are a lot of cases in the world in which bad things are allowed to go on just because people let them and the moment people just ignore the nonsense it stops. I learned that at the Berlin Wall, another lesson I’ll never forget.

I love that she includes viewpoints that are informed by experience of life outside the US.

Just caught myself sitting here with a frown on my face sticking out my bottom lip. And then the interview with Mrs. Obama came on and I beamed. As a member of the 60’s generation, I know that it is our actions during the struggle in the US for civil rights that made it possible for a black family to be in the White House.

My husband came across the fact the other day that somewhere around 12 of the states already have a non-white majority and that the whole country will have a non-white majority by 2050. I’m white. And I don’t dread that. Iven if I were likely to be around then, I would not dread that. I think the country will be better for it.

And the in Memorium. I love this part every week. “We remember ALL the people who died in war this week.” A few are listed, but she chooses to recognize all. I admire Christiane Amanpour.

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” The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.”

John Berger

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and I thought it important enough to deserve an end of 2009 post all by itself.

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This is the newest one, created yesterday. It was done by combining three threads with the objective of trying out a lustrous thread as well as a lurex and a soft thread together for a hopefully softer finish. Interestingly, it looks quite different on the two sides.

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Today at noon, I hired a taxi and took enough of my finished projects, nearly finished projects, “finished” but not yet “purposed” projects, equipment and materials for working on projects,  a chair, a table, a loom, and so forth to set up at the textile centre. Then I spent the day setting up and actually winding a warp for the loom. There is so much more I want to do.

I wore myself out utterly, and I don’t  mind one bit. I’ll get up and do it again tomorrow, and if I’m lucky, I’ll make another sale.

Yes, another sale.

Today’s was just a tiny sale, not even enough to cover the taxi ride, but it’s a start.

I’ve got a long list of things I need to bring to the place, projects I want to make, things I want to learn, things I want to teach, ideas I want to  present.

And right now I am too tired to even add tags and such.

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis is probably already tired of hearing about my job hunt. No more so than me. I must get very very tired of the whole process at least five times a day, mostly because of the huge long applications.

The one I’m in the process of filling out now is…….16………..16!………SIXTEE N!!!!!  &^%$* pages.

Granted, about half of those are things I have to sign off on. All the medical problems I have never had. All the discipline problems I have never had. All the crimes I have never committed. All the information I am willing to turn over to whoever requires it (because my only other choice is to not have a chance at this job). And so on. And so on. And so on.

Then there’s the sections where they demand that you list all the employment you have ever had since leaving school and account for every period of time you spent unemployed. I am slowly forming the opinion that such demands are a subtle kind of age discrimination.

I’m rather lucky. I didn’t finish graduate school until I was 30, so I’ve only got 28 years of employment and non-employment to account for. Heaven help the person who left school at 16.

I also should be thankful that when I was in between major jobs, I signed up with and worked for temp agencies. Otherwise, each of these periods might require 5 or more separate entries.

However, I balance that out by having spent considerable time as a freelancer, and what’s worse, a freelancer in several different areas. As a copyeditor and proofreader, I must have worked for at least 5 different publishers for individual books. As a freelance textile designer, I had even more employers and way way way more different duties. And then there were the times when I made my living by making things and selling them at craft fairs. If they really think I’m going to include all of those………..Well, I’m not.

Many times, these things overlapped. I had a part-time job, and freelanced as an editor and as a textile designer all at once. That’s the truth of the matter. But try to fit that into their neat little boxes.

It could be worse. I’ve known people that lived much more interesting lives than mine. I can see that after a given amount of time, filling out the applications for a regular job can get so onerous that it’s no wonder folks once started on such a meandering path continue on down it. Because it’s easier than filling out the danged applications!

On the other hand, in addition to the 16 page application form, I must submit a CV. More age discrimination, because the longer application forms get, the shorter they want CV’s to be! A well-lived working life does not fit on a one-age CV. In my case, I now have 14 up-to-date CV’s in my CV file, each one fine tuned for a different type of job.

None of which I can seem to get. ARRGH!

Do you know what it is?

Can I be more specific? Sure. By “the most popular song in the world” I mean the best known and most frequently sung song in the world.

Still can’t guess?

Who wrote it? Well, that’s not clear, but it is still under copyright. Or is it? Certainly, the song that started out “Good Morning to All” had copyright protection, and the version now sung generates about $2 million per year. Yet the copyright is probably invalid. There’s a lack of evidence as to who wrote the words, defective copyright notice (I don’t know what that is. Do you?), and a proper renewal application has not been filed.

In any case, the standard story about its origin is apparently false.

The putative owners did not challenge distribution of unauthorized copies for over 20 years. But the present owners of the song do enforce the copyright, and have a lot more money than you do, so don’t push them by putting it in your latest film.

Given all this, I hereby absolve the whole world of the obligation to sing it to me in the relatively near future. I’ll take the Polish song for the occasion, instead, entitled “Sto Lat” which wishes me 100 years. Yeah, that’s better.

The things you learn checking out abstracts from legal journals!


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  • @KathrynGoldman Saw your blog post on famous people in fiction. Have character who is supposed to be dead, turns out not to be. OK? 9 months ago
  • I'm back! I haven't posted in a long time, but since Joanie Freeman and I won Charlottesville SOUP, I feel the need to return. 4 years ago
  • Haven't been here on my new iPad. Page looks totally different. Where is the option to reply? And where are the RT's? 5 years ago
  • RECALL LAMAR SMITH< PROPOSER OF SOPA< WHO HAS CALLED THE WEB BLACKOUT A PUBLICITY STUNT! PLEASE RT!!! 5 years ago
  • @The_Puck Same to you. You denial is damaging to yourself and all you care about, assuming there must be some of those. 5 years ago