Archive for March 30th, 2015

Today Is Vincent Van Gogh’s Birthday …

Monday, March 30th, 2015

… and Guess Where He Wanted To Go?

Read about the Dutch post-Impressionist painter here:

Do Americans Have A Right To Discriminate?

Monday, March 30th, 2015



I believe THEY SHOULD have that right.  Obviously the government can’t discriminate in things like housing, education, and employment – but small retailers should have control over their own businesses. 

For example, if I owned a small flower shop and I was prejudiced against religious nuts – shouldn’t I have the right NOT to sell them palms for their religious rituals?  Federal law says I MUST serve them as customers; the Indiana law says I don’t have to.

This is an oversimplification but you get the idea.  Why should I even have to let them in my shop if they bother me?  The government really can’t dictate how I think or feel but the law can dictate how I act. I think that’s wrong as long as I don’t interfere with their rights.

Gay people think the new Indiana law is aimed at them and specifically at gay marriage providers. They’re organizing economic boycotts  and that’s legal too. Good for them! It looks like those actions will hurt Indiana’s economy.  Oh well – freedom has its costs.

But gay people should be careful what they wish for. If vendors are forced to serve gays, I foresee weddings of wilted flowers, watered-down drinks, mediocre food, and faulty air conditioning in the hot, Indiana summer.  People often rebel when the government forces us to do what we don’t want to do.

If the Indiana law is repealed, I hope anti-gay marriage retailers will be professional enough to do their best for every wedding. But I’m afraid when it comes to human nature, gays won’t be able to have their wedding cake – and eat it too.

Indiana law:

(PS. I hope this post is not misinterpreted.  Everyone knows I am totally in favor of gay rights including marriage.  But this is America and people do have the “right” to be narrow-minded and ignorant.)

Milk-Seafood Noodles Commercial (Japan)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Fucking March Madness

Monday, March 30th, 2015


Girl Lawyers Don’t Sit Like Sharon Stone

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A few years ago a large, international law firm, Clifford Chase, suggested its US female attorneys stop acting like they’re in “the high school cafeteria.” Ouch.  The UK-based company issued a blatantly sexist and patronizing memo suggesting what women should do to be taken seriously as lawyers.

“Presentation Tips For Women” has caused outrage on both sides of the Atlantic – especially among women.  Many clients must wonder what kinds of women the firm hired in the first place if it felt compelled to issue this memo.  Clifford Chase informs women that their friends will still like them if they “adopt a more formal tone.  And “It is better to be more formal, practised and professional, even in a casual crowd.” Other reminders:

“Sound Your Age.”

“Resonate: fill up your mouth with your voice.”

“Think Lauren Bacall, not Marilyn Monroe.”

Clifford Chase goes on to warn women against squirming, giggling, tilting their heads, eating too little or too much, drinking caffeine, drinking alcohol, hiding behind their hair, and (incredibly) letting audiences see up their skirts. And for God’s sake, keep your boobs covered! “No one heard Hillary the day she showed cleavage.”

As someone who has coached thousands of women professionals in presentations for over 30-years, I found the memo incredibly stupid.  Perhaps in the future the firm should choose applicants from law schools as opposed to those whom they meet in bars and strip clubs.

You can read the memo here.

Do You Know Where Your Placenta Is?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Although essential for fetal life, after we’re born our lowly placenta is usually tossed like a used tissue. This wonderful, membraneous organ connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient intake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply. Unfortunately it looks like a dripping meal for a bit player in a zombie movie.

The only things worse than throwing away placentas are the alternatives. The most disturbing choice is eating one. Say what?! WHO EATS PLACENTAS?! You might guess some aborigine tribal-mamas egged on by shyster witch doctors – but you’d be wrong. The usual p-eaters are educated, upscale women who believe they get many positive physical benefits from eating them because they’re full of nutrients (although obviously recycled) and a natural life force.

These women also tell anyone who’ll listen – a very few I would guess – that the word ‘placenta’ comes from the Latin word for ‘cake.’  OK, then.

Only hardcore p-eaters (some with their husbands) sit down with a fork and knife and dive in. Really – a new placenta goes way beyond bloody ‘rare.’ Other women have it mixed into smoothies or send it to a company to be dried and repackaged into pills. Not hungry?  How about making it into jewelry or bronzing it? Here’s an upbeat website full of ideas: