Ten Minute List

November 13, 2007 at 12:52 am | Posted in marin | Leave a comment
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So, I went to a “Get Ready Marin” class on Saturday.  Two hours of clear info that we all need to know BEFORE the next earthquake, fire, flood, etc.  The class is well worth your timeYou can get a good idea at the website.

2007_getready.gifSeveral big ideas came out of the class. Here’s one for you to think about: you have TEN MINUTES to leave your house.

What do you take?  Now’s the time to think about what really matters to you. Not when someone tells you that you have only ten minutes to get out.

My list so far – assuming that family and pets are a given – includes hard drives with digital pics, important documents to prove who I am, emergency bag…looks like I have more work to do .

Lynne Cheney says that her husband is related to Obama

October 16, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Posted in news, politics, tech | Leave a comment

Quoting CNN:
‘In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband’s genealogy for her new book, “Blue Skies, No Fences,” she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.

“Think about this,” Mrs. Cheney said. “This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack Obama’s.”‘ Full article here.

From the Post: “At least that was the stunning announcement made yesterday by Lynne Cheney, who said that the very white vice president from Wyoming is in fact the eighth cousin of Obama, the Senate’s only African American member. She said she discovered the link, traced back to a French Huguenot who figured prominently in Maryland history, while researching her latest book.”  Full article here.

Expanded Gore-Nobel Peace Prize Coverage

October 15, 2007 at 10:38 am | Posted in history, politics | Leave a comment

So, Gore picks up the NPP for his work bringing attention to the issues surrounding global warming (more here).  This brings increased attention those who want Gore to run for president in 2008 (draftgore.com).  Would he want to run?  It’s possible that he had his fill of presidential elections when he lost (won) the 2000 election to Bush.  Or maybe he feels that he can contribute more if he remains a private citizen.

If he doesn’t run then there is still the opportunity for him to endorse a candidate for president. This would be a significant boost to the lucky endorsee given Gore’s popularity.   Would he give Hilary the nod?  Seems logical given the connection.  But remember the tension that existed between Bill and Al when then President Clinton endorsed Howard Dean in the 2000 election (details here).  Does Gore still hold a grudge?  I don’t know.

Side note – don’t forget Tipper Gore’s campaign to  rate/censor music and her founding role in the Parents Music Resource Center.  This was the beginning of ratings for music, TV and video games.  Details about the effects of her 1985 testimony on this subject right here.  This doesn’t have direct bearing on Gore but worth remembering.

Let’s close and ponder what could have been if Gore had won in 2000.  Watch the video and dream.

September 11th

September 10, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in history, news | Leave a comment

2007wtc_finished3.jpgHere’s a small collection of links to provide you with background about the 9-11 attacks.  Add your own in the comments section.

MSNBC’s 9-11 page – details and personal stories of the 9-11 attacks.  Somewhat dramatized interactive piece is interesting.

Debunking 9-11 Myths – Popular Mechanics.  This article discusses a variety of common conspiracy theories that surround the attacks.  Then the authors disprove each theory.

Council on Foreign Relations Bin Laden profile – brief, clear answers to questons about Bin-Laden’s background, motivations and role in 9-11.

Petraeus gives us a new abbreviation: AQI

September 10, 2007 at 9:25 pm | Posted in iraq, news | Leave a comment

General Petraues reported on the status of the troop surge in Iraq and its “success”.  You can catch a clean synopsis courtesy of MSNBC’s Countdown (bias alert- the host, Keith Obermann, does little to hide his disdain for the Bush administration).

Thanks to the general’s report I have added a new abbreviation to my personal dictionary.  AQI.  That’s “Al Qaeda in Iraq”.  Try it out.

How to go broke

July 31, 2007 at 10:15 pm | Posted in money, shopping, unwise | Leave a comment

I found this list on consumerist.com and I have reprinted it for you.  Most folks don’t qualify these as choices but merely habits or just conveniences.

Start now and start saving money.  Or follow these guidelines and I guarantee that your hard earned money will disappear faster then a MochaFrappacino.

1) Make Shopping Your Hobby.

Nothing to do on a Tuesday night? Go to the store. Doesn’t matter which one. Just go and bring your credit card. Better yet, open a store credit card and buy a bunch of stuff. Hey! You saved 10%! Sure, you didn’t actually know you “needed” this stuff until you saw it at the store, but its just so cute. Continue Reading How to go broke…

News wrapup

April 26, 2007 at 11:05 am | Posted in news | Leave a comment

2007_everestprot.jpgJohn McCain declares his candidacy for president

The Tillman family skewers the Army in congressional testimony

Bay Area Activists arrested on Mt. Everest

Earth-like planet discovered: don’t pack your bags, it’s really far away


June 9, 2006 at 12:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Until I listened to this report on NPR I had no idea that there are over 500,000 Iranian-Americans living in Souther California.  This is the largest community of Iranians outside of Iran.  Given our current issue with Iran's nuclear future, this report is all the more interesting and worth a listen. 

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