Friday, February 26, 2010
If anyone who speaks Spanish wants to tell me what the song's about, I'd totally be into that, as it seems like it might be awesome.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I did a stint on GritTV this morning and I'll make another appearance on Russia Today this afternoon (and post the videos when they are available).
And, I published an article about what there is -- and more significantly, what there isn't -- in Obama's health care plan for women at the Women's Media Center.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Anyway, it went well enough that Spinner hired me for a second one which, if the submission-to-publication timeline holds true, should be up in a week. In the mean time, go Google DJ Boogie Blind so you can listen to him spin, he's pretty kick-ass.
The write-up by Maegan at the Huffington Post is here.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Dems' filibuster days a distant memory
And, if you haven't been keeping up on why Russia Today keeps asking me to talk about economics on the air, check out my work at the Washington Independent...
The day after Valentines, it was all about how Goldman Sachs sucks:
Here, I start at 5:45:
Here, I'm right up top:
Not to belittle their intelligence, but having never seen them until I looked up these clips, my hosts are kind of completely gorgeous.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
When I meet new people, I always tell the same few stories -- someplace I've traveled, some experience that turned out awesome. What are your best stories?
My best story is the one no one else has heard, that has the most relevance to the audience at hand.
I'm probably more self-deprecating, so if there are stories that I probably re-tell, they are ones in which I appear more clown-like than awesome.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Have you ever taken an IQ test? What do you think about those, anyways?
My parents have indicated that I took one when I was about 4: I have a late birthday, and the school wanted them to keep me in daycare for another year. They apparently came to a compromise over an IQ test, which must've come back pretty positive because I started kindergarten before I turned 5.
My parents have never told me what I scored, if they even know. The one comment my mom made about it was that, in 1981, it was very classist: she mentioned one question was about your father wearing a tie to work, for instance. Well, my father owned his own business and has always hated ties, so I hadn't ever seen one on a close family member and didn't understand the basis of the question. But, these issues have always plagued standardized tests, including the SATs, and tend to account for (at least some, if not all) of the statistical differences between some groups of students to this day.
In general, I think all standardized tests are bullshit. They're a great measure of how well you take standardized tests and, to a lesser degree, the ability to express a certain minimal knowledge base within that format. As a student, I loved them because they were easy to ace because I am a good test-taker, but even then I knew they weren't an accurate result of my knowledge of a subject or intelligence. For instance, in a required survey course for the English major I originally went to college to get, the class was so large that the teacher gave us a standardized test on either The Iliad or The Odyssey (I forget) and, despite having read no more than a few pages of the ook, I got an A based on listening to class discussion alone. That's the moment that I realized most of my academic achievements, grade-wise, were based on a house of cards and I was either really going to have to buckle down in my studies or get way worse grades that I did in high school.
So, yeah, I think they're all bullshit.
Friday, February 12, 2010
If you were offered $100, and all you had to do was get your feet tickled for an hour, would you do it? How ticklish are your feet?
I'm going to take a wild guess that a lot of lady formspringers have gotten this "question."
I would not take money to allow a person to perform what was for them a sexual act regardless of whether I categorized that act as sexual in my own life. I prefer to share my sexuality with a partner who shares their sexuality with me unencumbered by commerce.
I would also not agree to share in a sexual act with someone who first offered me money for it, as they've already indicated that they view my sexuality as a commodity. It is not.
I also don't share in sexual acts with someone who expresses an interest in only one aspect of my physical body. I'm a whole person, and I expect and demand to be treated like one.
If you are looking for someone to engage in this with you, I strongly suggest seeking out like-minded people in forums designed to connect people with specific sexual preferences or needs rather than offering to pay strangers whose interest is minimal. If you specifically wish to pay someone to engage in this with you, I suggest finding a professional sex worker who is either experienced in this particular fetish or willing to accommodate your specific needs. Your current technique for finding partners is otherwise likely to result in more rejection.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
China Threatens to Dump U.S. Treasury Bonds Over Taiwan Arms Sales
Is the Greco-European Financial Crisis Goldman’s Fault, Too?
Bernanke States the Obvious About Interest Rate Hikes, Wall Street Flinches
Swiss-Based UBS Sinks Its Claws Into Bankers’ Bonuses
Why Obama Doesn’t Begrudge Bankers Their Bonuses This Year
Hawaii’s 2007 Tax Cut Turned Into a 600 Percent Increase in 2010
How Wall Street Spun the Press on Campaign Donations to Dems
Citi to Keep Bilking Customers Despite New Regulations
Journal Lambasts Menendez for Trying to Save Bank, Buries Key Facts
Ex-Merrill CEO Thain Can’t Do Worse at Bankrupt CIT Group
How Goldman Bet Against Mortgages and Got Government to Foot the Bill
With Friends Like PIMCO, Treasury Hardly Needs Enemies
And, what else? A little thing for The Guardian on Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative:
Obesity: Michelle Obama's lost cause?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The link is to their "Not Ready To Make Nice" video, because I hear that song when crazy right-wing people attack me on the Internet a lot.
Anyway, some days, it's the little things.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Latte-sipping liberals – it's time to grind some beans (Comment is free)
Budget 2011: What Will Women Gain? (Women's Media Center)
And, boy do I need some coffee right now.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
I did my own hair this time, and you can totally tell. I wish I could pay the lovely MSNBC lady to follow me around and make me look polished.