Archive for January, 2009

Happy New Year!

Posted in Culture on January 30, 2009 by gyma

I’m not sure what’s worse – this or the picture of a woman eating a live snake.  Just part of the Chinese new year celebration!

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14 Kids, No Husband, No Job?

Posted in Culture on January 30, 2009 by gyma

I know, I know.  In this country we aren’t supposed to make judgments about who has babies and how many they have.  But here’s the rub. The mother of the octuplets born this week is in her early 30s, unmarried, and apparently studying to get her master’s degree in psychology.  She already has six other children, ages 2 to 7, and all 14 children were fathered by sperm donors! 

What doctor in her/his right mind would perform IVF on a relatively young woman who already has 6 children and no husband?  Maybe she won the lottery and is independently wealthy, and I sincerely hope that’s the case.  I also hope she has excellent health insurance coverage because I heard on the news tonight that the cost could be as much as $400,000 per child for the delivery and care of the octuplets.

That’s simply staggering.

Bam?

Posted in Politics on January 29, 2009 by gyma

How many RSS feeds are you seeing that refer to President Obama as Bam?  I’ve just started noticing that the feeds from the New York Daily News are doing it but I’m wondering if they are alone.

Anyone else having trouble with it?  I HATE IT!  It reminds me of Emeril Lagasse.  Ick.

Love It!

Posted in Art, Politics on January 29, 2009 by gyma

Remember the shoe-throwing Arab journalist?  He was hailed as a hero in the Middle East (and here at home to many of us), but now a Baghdad artist has created a permanent monument dedicated to Muntadhar al-Zeidi:

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Compare and Contrast

Posted in Politics on January 29, 2009 by gyma

The Mail Online was comparing Obama and Bush today claiming Obama was just like Bush (sorta).  Take a look at these two pictures and tell me which one looks presidential and which one looks like a vaudeville act:

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BUSH CHINA CURRENCY

London at Night by Jason Hawkes

Posted in Art on January 29, 2009 by gyma

Some beautiful photographs of London at night taken from a helicopter.

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Canary Wharf

Lucky Man

Posted in Finances on January 29, 2009 by gyma

lottery-ticketI rarely buy lottery tickets, but when the jackpot gets really high I’ll waste a buck for one ticket.  More than once I’ve read where a lottery was won by purchasing just one ticket.  This guy bought more than one, but his timing couldn’t have been better.

Seems Joselito Dilone recently got laid off as a construction worker and bought a scratch off ticket.  The ticket was a $5 winner and Dilone turned around and bought 5 more tickets.  One of those was a winner and Dilone will get a lump sum payment of $40K plus $2K a week for the rest of his life.

May he live long.