Thursday, September 14, 2006

this 'n' that

One more update on Wake Island from Forbes.com. 70% of buildings damaged, plus water supply and power grid; runway intact but missing lights.
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Query: So if they're the Non-Aligned Nations, why are we the 'bogeyman?' (This is a purely rhetorical question, and yes, I do know that the term 'Non-Aligned' has to do with the Cold War.)
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Courtesy of Steinem, Fonda, and some others, a women's talk radio network is in the works. This must be a huge relief to Jeanine Garafolo, who might actually have a shot at remaining employed.
...as Steinem describes it in a Reuters interview, the current medium is "very argumentative, quite hostile, and very much male-dominated."

The new network "has a different spirit. It has more community. It's more about information, about humor, about respect for different points of view and not constant arguing"

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...Greenstone hopes to attract male listeners and may even have some male talk show hosts. [Thus differentiating it from what is currently available how?]

Seriously, though, I'm heartened to hear that information, humor and respect for different points of view will have a place in this endeavor. In the interest of supporting this new and different spirit, may I recommend regular appearances by Serrin Foster or Sally Winn of Feminists For Life, or perhaps speakers from the Susan B. Anthony List? Or maybe somebody from an aborted women's group (sorry, they're getting to be so many I haven't got time to track them down right now. I'm not sure whether to cheer or cry about that.)

Or maybe someone like, say, Star Parker--bringing diversity, working-class realism, and a radio talk show background!

Nah, I thought not.

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