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On Bailouts and Economic Reality

It's not news that to a lot of folks, the problems of "the economy" have been an issue for much longer than 14 months, or a couple of weeks. But still, conversations about our personal finances and financial struggles are the last great taboo in America (much more so...

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Two Media Bits of Interest

1) Michael Moore is allowing his latest film, Slacker Uprising, about getting young people out to vote in '04, to be viewed online and/or downloaded for free. Why? Because he wants you to vote. The trailer is below, and you can download the whole thing here, and if...

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A Text For the End of Elul

Talmud, Brachot 7a: R. Johanan says in the name of R. Jose: How do we know that the Holy One, blessed be God, says prayers? Because it says [Isaiah 56:7]: "Even them will I bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer." It is not said, "their...

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Liveblogging a Rabbinic Conference Call With Obama

900 rabbis are, as I type this, on a conference call with Sen. Obama. A few people have been designated as question-askers. (I'm posting now a couple of moments after getting off the phone, but this post was written as the call went on, so it might read more like...

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Well OK

If you must have a layover somewhere, it may as well be at an airport with free wifi, maps of the airport posted everywhere that show just which food vendors are where, and a whole big row of ROCKING CHAIRS instead of benches between terminals. Thanks, Charlotte,...

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The Bechdel Rule

This has been all over the internets for the last couple of days, but it's worth a mention if you haven't seen, so I'll post about it too. Allison Bechdel is the cartoonist behind the classic Dykes to Watch Out For strip and some graphic novel stuff, and she has this...

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Gettin’ Giggy With It

A few upcoming events, if you're into that sort of thing. These are just some of what's coming soon... there are more scheduled for later in the fall, and more getting confirmed even now as I type these words. I'll update the list again soon. Sept 4, 7pm, Center for...

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