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* Modern Life is broken: Seth Godin on broken stuff, which is a must-watch for anyone in business, design or comedy. My favorite sign is still the first one about soccer fields.

* I'm starting to think that the best response to chowderheaded political ideas is to mock them mercilessly. If they buckle under the mocking, then they weren't all that great to begin with.**

* The next sampler I might have to make: "Thank you Internet for letting me Observe so many Crazy People from a Safe Distance."

* Have I ever told you about Robin Chotzinoff? Short version: when I worked for Metro Pulse, an alt. weekly, we used to get free copies of alt. weeklies from around the country. While the guys would wrestle for The Stranger, I would stake out the Colorado paper (I can't remember which city right now) because it had Chotzinoff's column in it. This was pre-Internets, btw. I lost track of her at some point after buying her books -- but, thanks to a wacky coincidence, I've found her again. This blog post instantly made me fall in love again.

* Yet another reason to love Craig Ferguson.

* Yet another use for mismatched teacups.

* And you thought you were having a strange day.

* The economics of breast-feeding, which is something that doesn't get talked about enough.

* Glad to see Knoxville's own Kruze Dairy getting some love. Chef John Fleer, btw, cooked one of the best meals I've ever had. Also glad to see that he's opening a new restaurant.

* If you should need a break from the doom and/or gloom, watch Max Raabe's interpretation of "Super Troopers." (roundaboutly stolen from Scalzi)

* Practical Tips for Combating Swine Flu.

* BREAKING: Because I am the last to know everything, Patty Griffin, Scott Miller and John Oates (!) did a show a la Storytellers. Here's two clips of, conveniently, two of my favorite songs ever: Red Ball Express and Rain.


** I am aware this sentence contains a huge logical fallacy. I hope you get the idea, tho.


"I'm starting to think that the best response to chowderheaded political ideas is to mock them mercilessly." Even that doesn't seem to work:

That comment was supposed to contain this link:

That's why they invited Colbert to speak at that Washington Press event a few years ago, when he ripped Bush a new one.

The problem with the parodies is that they're not as funny as the original.

In other news, Arlen Spector is a Democrat again. Your move, Olympia Snowe.

In addition to Perelman, Robin's list - item 2:

Marx - Groucho not Karl
Allen - Woody when he was young

A measure of out of kilter in our house is if we are out of Cruze buttermilk. One of our decadent treats is the choc milk (not sure how they do it, but I've never been able to replicate.)
BTW, elder daughter is interning with Peg at Magpies this week, and she says Peg uses Cruze in the baked goods...I knew we got to have the shots on tasting days, but that is just another reason anything from MP is simply the best.

Okay, I’ll talk about the economics of breastfeeding, something I believe my household is uniquely qualified to address. This has nothing to do with breastfeeding per se and everything to do with our pitiful maternity leave policies.

Rosin didn’t mention this bit in her article, but the study’s abstract states, “Since breastfeeding is currently less compatible with work than formula feeding, women who breastfeed their children may be more likely to take an extended maternity leave, reduce their work hours after childbirth, or quit work entirely. These strategies will potentially lead to lower earnings in the short-term and may also affect long-term economic prospects by reducing mothers’ prospects for promotions or raises.”

Women who would like to continue breastfeeding their infants after returning to work face an enormous challenge. The highest drop-off rate is within the first month back at work. It’s not really a surprise that the women who earn more, are married (and presumably have a second income in the household), and are part of the professional class have the option to quit and breastfeed their babies – something that many of the women in lower-wage jobs would like to do but can’t.

As for US maternity leave: FMLA – which is required only of businesses that have at least 50 employees and for employees who have been at their workplace for at least 1 year – allows for 12 weeks’ unpaid leave. By global comparison, a 2007 study found that, “out of 173 countries studied, 169 countries offer guaranteed leave with income to women in connection with childbirth; 98 of these countries offer 14 or more weeks paid leave.”

The United States is among the four that do not offer paid leave, along with Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland.

It’s a little disingenuous to call this a breastfeeding issue. It’s an issue of a lack of fair and humane policies in the workplace. If the US had better maternity/family leave policies, all mothers/parents could benefit, not just those who breastfeed.

Thank you, Kate, for framing the breastfeeding economy issue in reasonable terms, especially given that my terms were so sloppy. FMLA is really the larger issue, isn't it?

On a lighter note -- I was crushed when Peg said she had an opening at the bakery shortly after we moved here. That is my dream job, I think. Even moreso now that I know she uses Cruze's dairy products.

Leigh just finished her internship and couldn't have had a better experience; looks like she'll work there some this summer! Maybe Peg will take me some days, too, since L is 13 and somebody has to get her there :) I recently learned Karyn A once worked there, and if you and I did a stint, it could become the best group of alumns in any biz eva.

I so enjoy your snippets... So much wit rolled into one post.

And it's a relief to see not everyone has set their own hair on fire this week.

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