Friday, September 28, 2007

Soles'n'Bowls

  • It's goodbye time for another childhood memory. The New Harbor Mall in Fall River (formerly The Harbor Mall) has closed the doors to its movieplex. I haven't been there since we took the '95 crew to see Cutthroat Island, so you see I won't miss the place. I guess the Mall decided the mayoral election was enough entertainment for the former village of Troy. But you'll still have someone spilling drinks on your feet and talking loudly while you're trying to pay attention to the results.
  • Many of my Beachmates are woefully naive and lazy about economics and politics, believing that the two together mean socialism. A lot of people, though, share my scorn of the free market system championed by the so-called "neo-cons". The current free market system. The classic one is good. The one where myriad producers make useful products or provide necessary services to consumers who critically regard them and pay appropriately. Unfortunately, it's a naive construct these days, since fear is the new currency. Naomi Klein's new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, is the eye-opener we all need. Watch her talk to John Cusack here.
  • I'm in training for nest year's Michael Scott's Dunder-Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Race For The Cure.
  • HotMail still informs me that they are "blocking" messages from John Kerry. They insist that messages from John Kerry are "dangerous, that attachments, pictures and links have been blocked for my safety." At least they still ask me if I'd want them to show me the content. But every time I log out, they show me some crap about Brit or OJ or how to get a sexy new lover, new job, or new car. And more crap about whether my lover is cheating, my job is toxic, or my car is a lemon. And all John wanted to do was invite me to Faneuil Hall.
  • Community Development Block Grants provide, according to HUD, "annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities, urban counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons." Just in case anyone needed a refresher on that.
  • "May we be free of torture, may there be peace in hearts and minds as our kindness spreads around the world." That's the last thing you say before you're clubbed or shot by some rifle-wielding thug who doesn't care that you're just wearing sandals and a robe, and wishing him peace. I've been asked to write to the preznit and urge him to do something. Seems contacting the UN is a desperate act of hypocrisy because I'm a citizen of a country that thinks waterboarding is a nifty conversation-starter.

    (photo: BBC)

2 comments:

Julie said...

Well, sure John Kerry wanted to lure you to Fanueil Hall... TO MOLEST YOU!!!

ThirdMate said...

Odd that Kerry would switch to Republican this late in the game.