Wednesday, June 08, 2005

bullet list

  • Sars at Tomato Nation is my hero[ine]. Today, she summed up her Fashion Industry 'Dear John' letter : "a good day is [a] 'shirt that doesn't show sweat, and skirt with only seventy-eight basquillion cat hairs on it which clash not only with the skirt but, wretchedly, with each other'."
  • Last night I read chapters 4 & 5 of "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. Fuck. It's dense reading - it's a text book, practically - but full of really insightful information and new perspectives. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in where we came from and why we are the way we are. One interesting piece was about racism and prejudice and why it is more prevalent here than in a lot of places... it all truly goes back to classism and [oversimplied explanation coming!] that basically to control the black slaves the Wealthy had to stop their white slaves and indentured servants from conspiring with and befriending the black slaves. It didn't usually work (classes stick together better than skin colors do), until the revolutionary periods where land was given out to the white servants and slaves... or at least the opportunity for land was given. This stuck a wedge between the whites and blacks and was played to the hilt by the government. It's a fucked up history, people.
  • Also last night I heard portions of a documentary called "Loose Change" which goes through some details of 9/11 that you won't hear on broadcast news. Without sounding like too much of a conspiracy geek, I have to say that it does sound like somehow, some way, dirty dealings were afoot... You can read a whole list of theories and grievances here, if you're interested. I don't want to bore everyone to death.
  • Since Wal-Mart has purchased NetFlix, a lot of people are cancelling their memberships. I heard from one of my clients that Blockbuster is offering some sort of enticing deal for ex-NetFlix customers. I emailed their Customer Service about it today, so I'll let you know what they say.

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