Oops! Forgot my morning cuppa. I’ll be right back.
Sort out your desk or stop by here, until I’m done.
Oh, and behave yourselves. I don’t wanna hear any bad reports!
Ahh! That feels better.
From Signs of the Times:
- Deadly month in Iraq following deadliest year contradicts US claims of progress:
The October death toll remained sharply down on the August figure of 1,770 but the increase on September dented boasts from both US and Iraqi leaders that the crackdown on insurgent and militia violence was leading to a significant fall in casualties.
- Asian markets fall on concerns over subprime credit fallout, US economy:
Asian markets plummeted Friday, tracking the overnight plunge on Wall Street, due to renewed worries about fallout from the subprime loan problems in the US and the outlook for the world’s largest economy.
From The Huffington Post:
- SEC To Look At Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Dealings:
Merrill Lynch & Co., in a bid to slash its exposure to risky mortgage-backed securities, has engaged in deals with hedge funds that may have been designed to delay the day of reckoning on losses, people close to the situation said.
- 5 Million Frozen Pizzas Recalled For E. Coli:
General Mills on Thursday recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino’s and Jeno’s labels because of possible E. coli contamination.The problem may have come from pepperoni on pizzas produced at a General Mills plant in Ohio, the suburban Minneapolis-based company said. It said the pepperoni itself came from a separate supplier, not produced at the plant itself, but it declined to release the name of the pepperoni distributor.
From The Age:
- Google gives a bird’s eye view of poverty:
The United Nations teamed with technology giants Google and Cisco Systems to launch a new website on Thursday that will provide data and a bird’s eye view of global efforts to fight poverty and meet UN development goals by 2015.
From Daylight Atheism:
- The Last Battlefield:
Riverbend and her family, now refugees facing an uncertain future in a new home, are just a few among millions who have been displaced by religious warfare, and not just in Iraq. After last year’s clash between Israel and Hezbollah, and now continuing street violence and political gridlock, Lebanon is another place whose stability seems increasingly tenuous:
- Are We Happier Facing Death?:
Here’s one for the annals of counterintuitive findings: When asked to contemplate the occasion of their own demise, people become happier than usual, instead of sadder, according to a new study in the November issue of Psychological Science. Researchers say it’s a kind of psychological immune response — faced with thoughts of our own death, our brains automatically cope with the conscious feelings of distress by nonconsciously seeking out and triggering happy feelings, a mechanism that scientists theorize helps protect us from permanent depression or paralyzing despair.
- BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week: If You are a Republican Male, Does It Mean You are a Hypocritical Sexual Pervert?:
But the message for Republican males from BuzzFlash is: We have some advice for the macho-posturing Republican males. If you don’t want people to think you are gay, a cross-dresser, adulterer, transsexual, or a child molester, you better become a Democrat or Independent. Because at the fast pace of sexual perversity being exposed among elected Republican officials — almost all of whom are invariably publicly and sanctimoniously opposed to gays and adultery — it’s kind of de facto questionable whether any white GOP male who claims to be for “family values” is not a “pervert.”
From Crooks and Liars:
- Republican rank-and-file open to third-party bid:
We’ve seen a growing body of evidence of late that far-right social conservatives really are prepared to break with the Republican Party if Rudy Giuliani is the GOP’s presidential nominee. An LAT/Bloomberg poll released last week, for example, found that Giuliani is still the frontrunner for the nomination, but “about one-third of GOP voters said they would consider supporting a third-party candidate in the general election if the party nominee supported abortion and gay rights.”
- Colbert’s run for White House stopped short:
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — The South Carolina Democratic Party voted Thursday to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert’s name off the Democratic Primary ballot, according to the party’s executive director.The party’s executive council met Thursday afternoon in Columbia to decide which candidates met the criteria to be placed on the ballot, and Colbert didn’t make the cut, executive director Joe Werner said.
(Dizzy sez: Could this day get any worse? First, poison pizza, now Colbert can’t run! Oh, the humanity!)
Wow, I didn’t mean to be a downer. I got some good news.
No, I didn’t save a ton of money by switching insurance companies. I hear that beer is good for you!
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In your journeys in the real world, please take it easy and take care of yourself. Have a Great Weekend (if I don’t see you before Monday)!