Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Let’s Play Wall Street Bailout

posted by Een at 5:50 pm  

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Knikkende Kunst in Goedele Magazine – Belgium

Yesterday a pleasant little family from Belgium sent me pictures of their knees for Knees Are Weird. Along with the adorable little pictures their kind letter also informed me that they found out about it through Belgian magazine Geodele.


A review at Flanders Today of the first issue describes it as such:

Goedele Liekens, the glamorous former Miss Belgium and current sex educator and Goodwill Ambassador, is making her intentions loud and clear. She’s reclaiming a word to put its power where it belongs – with women. This is a magazine for real women, she is saying, that is not afraid to talk frankly about sex.

It goes on to say a few interesting things about what the publication does well and not so well, but I’m sure you’d like to see the blurb itself – you may be wondering where my knees project fits into what seems to be a somewhat sex oriented women’s health magazine. I guess they liked the story of someone finding knees taboo. I managed to screengrab the spread from this online preview.


XXX-benen, huh? My dutch isn’t exactly up to date. I’m hoping to find a higher res version that one of you out there might be able to translate. It bears some resemblance to this blog post I found while searching around (translated from dutch through google). It’s possible they stole much of the text and the image directly from my site. I might be upset, but it’s hard to be in this circumstance. I love belgians!

Edit: Here we go! That was quick. The same belgian family – Mieke and Fritz and their daughter Giana – emailed me a scan that I resized down for this post. Should be readable. Uitstekend!


I think I got the gist of it. Anyone want to venture on another translation?

posted by Een at 11:53 pm  

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fever Dreams


I’ve got an extremely bad toothache – which has somehow broken into a fever. Bad news.

I wish the magical healthcare fairy would visit me, but it looks like I’m paying out of pocket for thursday’s emergency appointment. Hope you are all well. Let this also mark a return to regular posting. Ta!

posted by Een at 7:36 pm  

Monday, September 15, 2008

Propaganda About Propaganda

It just happens to be propaganda I agree with. I recommend you check primary sources – bills, transcripts, etc – as always.

posted by Een at 9:24 pm  

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sarah Palin – Vetted by a Wasilla Resident

I’m reposting this in full here, but you can read it at snopes as well. This will be my last post on Palin for a while, I promise. It’s the most full of information article I’ve read about her, and comes from someone who actually knows her – instead of through three or four layers of news media. I know there is more about her than is in here, but I think it gives a good idea of who she is – it’s worth a read.

- Anne Kilkenny (Primary source confirmed through multiple media sites including Snopes.com)

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart. (more…)

posted by Een at 2:59 pm  

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Just In Case You Missed It: DNC and RNC Under Two Minutes

So my site was down for a few days because I was hacked. I’m back up now, and everything should be working. Thanks again to those of you who warned me about the malware code. 

I didn’t get to blog about politics as much as I wanted to, but luckily for lazy people like me there is this:

The democratic and republican conventions in a minute each:

posted by Een at 2:16 pm  

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sarah Palin: Less Attractive than Dick Cheney

Source: New York Times

Her supporters say she helped Wasilla evolve from a ridiculed backwater to fast-growing suburb. The population of about 5,000 during her tenure as mayor has grown to nearly 10,000 now, and the city is filling with big box stores, including a Target that is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, one of three opening statewide that day in the chain’s Alaska debut.

But her critics say too much growth too quickly has made a mess of what not long ago was homesteaded farmland.

And for some, Ms. Palin’s first months in office here were so jarring — and so alienating — that an effort was made to force a recall. About 100 people attended a meeting to discuss the effort, which was covered in the local press, but the idea was dropped.

Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.

posted by Een at 4:27 am  

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Pepperspray/Flower Exchange Rate

Since we live in such a wonderful country, perhaps you were wondering about the economy. Perhaps you wanted to know what the current Pepperspray/Flower exchange rate is – apparently a full blast in the face for each flower you hold out to passing riot cops.

Are you enraged? Is this the land of the free? Every time this goes on, people just seem to shrug it off.

Our journalists are being arrested. I said, OUR JOURNALISTS ARE BEING ARRESTED.

At least just think about it.

posted by Een at 11:52 am