Thursday, November 19, 2009

Advice for Women

The Tudors Game

The Tudors has a video game out now. First thought: really? And one of those hidden objects games, too. Ugh.

Does this mean the new season will be starting soon? No, no it doesn't. It does not air until April 2010. What a tease.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Get back to where you once belonged

I'll go by my first name or Ms. v. Last name too hard to pronounce for most anyway.

Shannon will be tickled pink. And Sarah. And Luce. And Andy. And Joe, Mickey, Barry, and Penny, all of them. This is such the right decision to make.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Return of Green Tea Ice Cream

No more limited special edition, Green Tea is a full fledged flavor now! I was so excited, I bought two. Contemplated nearly grabbing another, but it's an actual flavor now! I don't have to horde!

How I didn't discover that little Asian grocer on 7th ave sooner is beyond me. Mochi! Matcha aisu! It's I'm-going-to-pretend-I'm-in-Japan heaven!

Now, if only Häagen-Dazs would come out with a Pumpkin flavor...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Banks Before Citizens!

Wall Street Banks Getting Swine Flu Vaccine Before Many High-Risk Groups

While thousands of at-risk Americans wait, some big Wall Street banks have already secured the hard-to-find H1N1 vaccine for their employees.

NBC reports this morning that employees at the New York Stock Exchange, bankers at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and employees at the Federal Reserve have all received swine flu vaccine doses to administer to their employees.

In particular, NBC reports that Goldman Sachs has received 200 doses of the vaccine -- the same amount as Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Wall Street banks, like many other companies, put in requests for the vaccine but seem to have had something of a leg up on securing doses.

Dr. Nancy Schnyderman, NBC's chief medical editor, chimed in on this seeming disparity:

"I think they probably played by the rules, there are corporations all over the country who put in there dibs...But, what a sore eye for Wall Street. Wouldn't have been lovely if they had said, look we put it in our dibs, we played by the rules, but we're going to donate our 200 doses."

Some corporations seem to be getting the doses before doctors and hospitals. Here's more from Schnyderman:

"If we know that the distribution is the weak part of this entire thing, why not put doctor's offices and hospitals at the top of the line, and say to corporate America, no matter who you are, you're you're going to have to go through clinics and hospitals like everyone else."

The SEIU has released a statement on the matter, and has started a campaign to get the big banks to donate their doses. From its release: "There's no excuse for this. Pregnant women have been waiting in line for hours to get that shot. Community hospitals across the country have been turning patients away while they wait to receive their vaccinations. But Citi and Goldman Sachs have already received 1,400 doses between them."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Maine, You Disappoint

Gay Marriage Repealed in Maine

Ugh. One baby step forward and two giant steps back. Maine, you're on notice.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

All you need to know about Chris Christie

Chris Christie Rips Off Monty Python


Chris Christie, the Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey in Tuesday's knife-edge gubernatorial election, has been called out as a copyright thief. The 47-year-old lawyer, who was controversially appointed by George W. Bush as a U.S. Attorney in 2001 on Karl Rove's recommendation after being a top Bush fund-raiser in the 2000 election, has created an election commercial that steals copyright-protected material from British comedy troupe Monty Python -- without permission or credit.
But neither Christie -- a lawyer for 22 years -- nor anyone in his campaign bothered to seek any permission for using the copyrighted material in his election spot.

Alerted to the theft of their copyright, members of Monty Python are most unhappy. Michael Palin, who appears in the clip pirated for the advert, is especially displeased that his likeness is being used by the Republican candidate without permission.

"I'm surprised that a former U.S. Attorney isn't aware of his copyright infringement when he uses our material without permission. He's clearly made a terrible mistake. It was the endorsement of Sarah Palin he was after -- not that of Michael Palin."

Monty Python's Terry Jones says that the troupe is strongly considering suing the Republican for his copyright infringement:

"It is totally outrageous that a former US Attorney knows so little about the law that he thinks he can rip off people. On the other hand -- another of Bush's legal appointees was Alberto Gonzales and he didn't seem to know much about the law either...," Jones said.