Writer's Block: R.I.P

What do you want done with your body after you die?
1. Harvest anything worth harvesting.

2. Med school practice if they want (it is just up the hill)

3.  I suppose I'll be so full of chemicals and biobaddies that it would be impractical to use it for cat or dog food, but that's what I'd rather.  I wonder if the soylent green process solves those problems . . .

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

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Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


Pirates of Penzance, Ronstadt and Kline - available in DVD

 I greatly admire the movie version.  I posted a rant some time ago that it wasn't out in DVD.  It now is.  I have my copy!!  Rant hereby withdrawn.

They did this version on stage, and a DVD of that has been available.  But the production values of that release are not good.

This one was designed as a movie and benefits greatly.  (although the ending is rather Blazing Saddlish - I value Gilbert and Sullivan and what Ronstadt, Kline, Azito, Lansbury, Smith, Rose do with their material).   Azito got left off the credits on the cover - pity, IMHO.

The dynamic range didn't seem as wide as I recalled - but my hearing decays, and I don't trust the memory.

I recommend it.

Children's Message

 The church Carol Jean attends received a new pastor recently, one whom Carol Jean highly respects.

Today's message to the children involved two friends, who discovered they were on rival Little League teams about to meet in the playoffs. The night before, each prayed that God would help their team win. The pastor's question to the children: whose side is God on? IMHO, a superb way to put a fundamental question in a way children can understand. One tyke seemed to be considering the question very seriously, but, when pressed, did not offer an answer. Pastor: I think you're exactly right!

Personal opinion: I think a prayer asking help to do one's best might be more favorably received, whether you think it is by a Spirit or by some aspect of your subconscious.

Literary Fail

These folks publish a quiz each week, different subjects. Unfortunately, the link below leads to the answers as well as the questions, so I've supplied this week's questions. I got 5 :-(

Fictional Characters
A recent addition to the Credo Reference database is the "Chambers Dictionary of Fictional Characters". All the answers to this quiz about people in books can be found there.

1. Which writer created the character Bilbo Baggins?

2. Name the heroine of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", who falls in love with Darcy.

3. Which 1851 book by Herman Melville includes a character called Queequeg?

4. In Kingsley Amis's "Lucky Jim", what was the surname of Jim, the struggling university lecturer of the title?

5. Which novel by Charles Dickens includes the character Little Nell?

6. Which 1951 novel features a rebellious 16-year-old called Holden Caulfield?

7. Name one of the two children - a brother and sister - who are the young governess's two charges at Bly in Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw".

8. Which author created the character Professor Timofey Pnin in his 1957 novel "Pnin"?

9. What are the names of the two "merry wives" in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"?

10. Claudia Hampton is a character in which 1987 novel by Penelope Lively?

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

 Many of you know about these - this is for those who don't, yet.

You can buy, almost anywhere, cheaply in bulk, inexpensively in small packages:  cleaning cloths, purportedly made of "micro-fiber".

Sounds like a marketing scam?  Probably some of them are, but I haven't found those yet.

They clean very well, pick up dust and hold on to it (until you wash them) and can be used with and without cleaning solutions.  Good for dusting, cleaning, glass, monitors, wood floors, etc.

I'm not going to write an essay; do a search on "microfiber cleaning review". 

I am very much into recycling and would much prefer, normally, to use for cleaning something I used to wear or sleep on.

But these things are very much worth the price and can be re-used themselves.  I have yet to throw one away.