Argh, a week of meetings! At least the weather is nice, in the parts of the city that aren’t underwater (whee, annual spring flooding!)…
Random observations from around the internet:
J.M. Smucker, the company that makes Smucker’s jelly and jam, as well as things like Folgers coffee, is downsizing and reorganizing, which is probably nothing to get too excited about in this economy. One thing I did notice, though – the company plans to consolidate all its coffee production in New Orleans. That doesn’t sound terribly interesting, but keep in mind – Folgers comprises about thirty-five percent of all the coffee consumed in America. I guess they’re gambling that no hurricanes are going to hit anytime soon, huh? I mean, I’m no market analyst, but if more than a third of the domestic coffee supply disappears overnight following a devastating storm, that’s going to have some implications, right?
Those of you who are unable to avoid American political punditry may be aware that following the passage of the recent health-care reform bill, angst-ridden conservative “patriots” have been going around smashing windows at Democratic offices around the country, egged on by a fringe blogger who evidently wants to be the next Hal Turner. It’s very nearly an exercise in pointlessness – I’m sure the glass-replacement appreciate the conservative “stimulus package”, but they might be the only ones – but it kind of amuses me how the people who are promoting and committing these acts of vandalism somehow seem to think that motive is what differentiates a crime from an “act of patriotism”. I mean, only a few months ago a transgendered anarchist in Denver broke several DNC windows there, but the whole thing was dismissed – by the same people now breaking those very same windows! – as some kind of ACORN propaganda stunt designed to discredit conservatives. Yeah, don’t think about that one too closely, or ur hed asplode, amirite?
The drama queens at Wikileaks continue with their increasingly ridiculous and paranoidly egotistic bits of self promotion.
Did you know that there’s a kitty running for Sheriff of Hennepin County, which includes the city of Minneapolis? I guess when people say “Anybody but candidate name“, they’re serious…
It’s more or less official: Beetles are the world’s strongest insects.
And finally, a bit of fun from the Former Soviet Union:
This is the website of the Georgian Times, produced in Georgia (the country, natch), and carrying fun articles like ‘Georgia Hates Being Second’, about the country’s progress at combating corruption.
This, on the other hand, is the website of Georgia Times, produced in Russia by none other than Ria Novosti, and carrying “fair and balanced” articles like Georgia, the Most Undesirable Motherland, whose title really doesn’t need explanation.
One of these websites is a reasonably legitimate and more-or-less objective journalistic endeavour. The other is a moderately malicious propaganda organ. See the difference?