Half the population, one percent of wealth...

Wed 25 Feb 2009, 11:35 PM by Jay Kastner
I hope it was a good one. Remember, you are my favorite bettie from the Lawrence Central class of 1990. You're welcome.
Tue 17 Feb 2009, 11:56 PM by Jay Kastner
I like to do this every once in a while. Take a widely discussed topic --this time the economic stimulus bill-- and compare how it's being covered across CNN, MSNBC and FoxNews. What's the slant? How much coverage? Has another topic been deemed more important? Evidently FoxNews is really concerned about Truck-Stop Tony. Enjoy...

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MSNBC
FoxNews

Sat 14 Feb 2009, 11:19 PM by Jay Kastner
Sat 14 Feb 2009, 02:41 PM by Jay Kastner
...I'd prefer the focus to be on a solution. You know Obama's gonna be in the red. Just don't tell me he inherited the problem --they all do to a degree.

http://futurepower.org/debt.htm

Sat 14 Feb 2009, 01:55 PM by Jay Kastner
My brother Chris doesn't like Planned Parenthood on religious/philosophical grounds. I maintain his position is based on skewed/incomplete info. Either way, this just gave me a great idea for his next birthday present:

Thu 12 Feb 2009, 10:23 PM by Jay Kastner
Germany is supposed to be a "close" U.S. ally.

When an American wants to travel to Germany, all they need is a passport and plane ticket. On arrival, a stern-looking member of their military police gives the individual and passport a look-over. That's it. Sometimes it takes five minutes. Other times it takes thirty. But not bad.

When a German wants to travel to the U.S., they also need a passport and ticket. Next, they have to fill out a travel authorization form. Check out the questions below. Is this 2009 or 1945? Once (if) travel is approved, they get to spend upwards of two hours going through security. This includes a series of questions and finger-printing --ya know, sort of like prison.

This, at a time when the U.S. could really use all the visitors it can get. Buying stuff...using services...that give Americans jobs.

Don't believe me? Check this out:
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html

Wed 11 Feb 2009, 05:13 PM by Jay Kastner
1. iPod - obvious suggestion, but you've got to add stuff that will help you relax or even sleep. My personal choice is Boards Of Canada, The Orb and several soundtracks.

2. Melatonin - it works. Available over-the-counter here. Not so for my German friends.

3. Noise-canceling headphones. And you don't have to spend a lot of money. My 50 USD Sony MDRNC7 works almost as well as the 100 USD ones I borrowed.

4. Don't let hotel housekeeping clean your room. You don't need clean towels every day (also good for the environment) and it actually takes more time and effort to put everything back where you want it. Plus you don't have to hide valuables.

5. Buy shampoo, conditioner, soap and kleenex locally. It's not that expensive, reduces packing time and luggage weight and still allows you to use most of your favorite brands.

6. Buy a liter of water before checking in at the hotel. For some reason, I don't drink as much when traveling and end up dehydrated.

7. Bring a sweater or pull-over, even if your departure and destination locations are warm. Some planes are cold, some are hot, but this gives you options.

8. Mint gum. For those times when you can't brush your teeth. Plus everyone wants a piece.

9. Take your shoes off on flights. But try to bring an extra pair of socks.

10. Eat big breakfasts and dinners, but light lunches. Work longer and sleep easier.

So what did I miss?

Tue 10 Feb 2009, 11:06 PM by Jay Kastner
It's all of the smokers, taking a break, at the FastForward09 conference. Poor smokers, it's been cold in Las Vegas lately. I think they should just quit.

Mon 9 Feb 2009, 05:15 PM by Jay Kastner
Or that he just has the ugliest, most obnoxious jacket in the world?

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Sun 8 Feb 2009, 11:50 AM by Jay Kastner
Woke up Saturday. Got some breakfast. Started browsing my favorite web sites. Decided to check the "deals" sites. Saw this --scared the shit out of me. If you dare, read the reviews, such as "Anonymous from Alaska". With Palin (remember her?), we already knew there were crazy people in Alaska. Oh, and check out those example photos...poor girl.

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hug-Me-Pillow/1676854/product.html?cid=54556