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My knees still shaking.

The last time my knees shook like this was when I entered a talent contest at the Senior Center a few years ago, and sang a little song I wrote about bingo. 

I'm used to speaking at meetings and public forums, but I don't sing well and had never been in a talent contest, so by the time I finished singing my knees were shaking so badly I could barely stand up.

My knees still shaking.

The last time my knees shook like this was when I entered a talent contest at the Senior Center a few years ago, and sang a little song I wrote about bingo. 

I'm used to speaking at meetings and public forums, but I don't sing well and had never been in a talent contest, so by the time I finished singing my knees were shaking so badly I could barely stand up.

Cool visual satire.

 

I don't know where this originated, so I can't credit the source. Posted in accordance with Fair Use standards for educational purposes.

A small rally to celebrate Egypt's victory.

It was delightful. I had only meant to stay for a few minutes, but ended up staying a couple of hours and came home with my throat hoarse from chanting.

But it was small, probably about 50 people, maybe a bit more.

Robert Parry Goes Over to the Dark Side

This doesn't invalidate any of his earlier work, although I would now look at it more critically to see if it contains nuggets of disinfo, but Bob Parry wrote an article that was ill-founded and ignorant, attempting to discredit 9/11 Truthers and even, in some convoluted way, blame them for Jared Loughner.

Amazing Al Jazeera Report From Haiti (Not new but still true.)

News for January 23, 2011 (Updated January 24th)

First Bradley Manning was placed in solitary confinement for no reason whatsoever. He has not been convicted of a crime. Then he was placed on suicide watch against the advice of the Quantico psychiatrists. Today his friend and only visitor, David House, was detained by the military, including the top brass, until visiting hours were over, so that Manning could not have his weekly visit.

Huge pro-democracy, anti-fascism rally in Tel Aviv, Israel!

There's a huge pro-democracy, anti-fascism rally going on in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dena Shunra, a professional translator in Seattle, is following many on-site tweeters and listening to the Hebrew speeches online, and providing a virtual simul-tweet in English of the proceedings on Twitter.

Money talks in Zimbabwe, even if it won't buy anything.

How an African newspaper increased their circulation.

This has got to be the most unusual advertising campaign ever--watch the slideshow:

Let me eat cake!

I happened to notice a couple of tweets from Park51, the controversial "mosque" (actually a community center) in New York.

The first one was:

Funny thread about the new Congressional Fuck-Ups.

Well, I thought it was funny. LOL-ed my way through a hundred comments and even added one:

http://thinkprogress.org/?p=137657

Brilliant, awesome, NY grafitti (Link)

http://plixi.com/p/63190151

 

Free socks in San Diego.

One of the discount chain stores changed their name, and to bring in new customers, they sent out a flyer with a coupon for three free pairs of socks, one coupon per customer, no purchase necessary.

Switching over from plastic bags.

A few years ago a Green Party friend persuaded me to stop using plastic grocery bags. Since then I've always carried a reusable shopping bag to the store and declined their plastic bags. But at the time I had a huge stockpile of plastic bags--plastic bags stuffed full of plastic bags.

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