September 22nd, 2011



I knew this week would be busy, but it's positively jetting by.

Party cleanup wasn't as brutal as I was expecting, so good up on that.

Zoe's back-to-school night was Tuesday. Met both her teachers, talked to them a bit after their presentations. They're both big fans of Z. We talked strategies for getting her to focus on her work, which is the big challenge these days.

Side note: Z. has been doing a Girls on the Run thing at her school, which she likes, which is good.

Right, what else. We've been working to clean some junk off the Tivo, in anticipation of the fall season.

After work, killed a couple hours at the movie theater, then caught up with some of the people from work and some other friends for drinks. Fun! But man, out late for a school night, by which i mean, public transportation is way slow at the end of the day. M. is a bit under the weather, which hopefully won't put a crimp in her plans.

Tonight is gaming at Dream Wizards; hoping to sneak in more painting this weekend. Tomorrow is a bit up in the air, sorting between a couple theories. And bonus day with the munchkin on Saturday. Zoom zoom.


Al Jazeera, Palestine, and secret intelligence

* Can anyone stop the EU banking crisis from worsening the global economic recession?
* Rough times ahead in Afghanistan.
* Contractors taking a greater role in intelligence. Should they?
* "Palestine may be fragmented. But let's remember whose fault that is." Also: time to embrace the obvious? Plus, a visual history of the timeline.
* On the Arab Spring, Al Jazeera, and Wikileaks.
* The Republican candidates never mention the poor.
* Good interview with King Abdullah of Jordan. (We need a middle class here too!)
* Analyzing a Perry campaign commercial.


good read

"In the arc of human history it has to count as a form of success that the biggest threat to health in the world today is too much — too much food, drink, pleasure and leisure. For all but the last few blinks of time, most people died of such things as cold, starvation, childbirth, accident, violence and microbes that hand-delivered infection to every organ in the body.

"Of course, lots of people still die in the old ways. But the major killers now are a different set of enemies, a drab regiment marching under the banner of 'noncommunicable disease.' The big ones are cardiovascular ailments (heart attacks and stroke mostly); cancer; chronic lung diseases such as emphysema; and diabetes. There are many others — kidney failure, cirrhosis, arthritis — nearly as important.

"Fueled by behavior-driven epidemics of smoking, obesity and inactivity, they are taking a toll around the globe, hitting poor nations as well as the rich."