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The most read Atlantic Magazine articles of 2009……

Here’s the list…….

The eleven pieces are thoughtful and a little off beat…. a few of them have earned more that half a million hits….one a million hits!

The pieces are for thinkers…….there is a short summary with each link so you can pick which one’s interest you….

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | Media, Other Things | , , | Leave a comment

Reaction to Disney's Princess and the Frog……

This video piece from Time magazine on the wonderful new Disney Film featuring the first black Princess to get the guy……..

Disney has hit on something that is touching every little girl who walks away after seeing Tianna in the film ……

Bravo!…….

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Movies | , | 2 Comments

Reaction to Disney’s Princess and the Frog……

This video piece from Time magazine on the wonderful new Disney Film featuring the first black Princess to get the guy……..

Disney has hit on something that is touching every little girl who walks away after seeing Tianna in the film ……

Bravo!…….

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Movies | , | 2 Comments

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of Decemeber 20, 2009….

The Zeigeist (economic data) from the Atlantic Magazine for the week of December 20, 2009……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.7%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.6%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  35.5% / 56.9%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  26.5%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  102.08 (up 268 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  45 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  480,000 (down 105,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.03%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly  )6.10 million in October  (up 10.1%

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Polls, The Economy | , | Leave a comment

When your printer ink cartridge says you're out of ink…keep printing…..

I have a hp color ink printer…..it comes with ink cartridges for black  printing and another for color printing……

Well, about a month ago the printer and computer software told me I was out of ink…..

But I haven’t gotten around to replace the color cartridge…..

Now…over the last month I’ve had to print a few pages that had color in them…….

Guess what?

Yea…..the out of ink carticdge…still has ink!

Interesting, huh?…..ah, I did the same thing with my lawn mower a few weeks ago…..In shutiing it down for the winter I ran it to drain the gas from the machine…..now I though the tank was empty….cause I couldn’t see any gas in the tank……he, he, he…..well I ran that mower for hour!!!….

…..another interesting find…….

…….isn’t it?

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Computers, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy | , , , | 2 Comments

When your printer ink cartridge says you’re out of ink…keep printing…..

I have a hp color ink printer…..it comes with ink cartridges for black  printing and another for color printing……

Well, about a month ago the printer and computer software told me I was out of ink…..

But I haven’t gotten around to replace the color cartridge…..

Now…over the last month I’ve had to print a few pages that had color in them…….

Guess what?

Yea…..the out of ink carticdge…still has ink!

Interesting, huh?…..ah, I did the same thing with my lawn mower a few weeks ago…..In shutiing it down for the winter I ran it to drain the gas from the machine…..now I though the tank was empty….cause I couldn’t see any gas in the tank……he, he, he…..well I ran that mower for hour!!!….

…..another interesting find…….

…….isn’t it?

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Computers, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy | , , , | 2 Comments

Who really did NOT hack Twitter?……

In this piece in The Atlantic Magazine…..Carl Franzen points first at Twitter and a few of its security short coming as faults, and then goes on to wonder if the message sent to the social network wasn’t misleading and false……..

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Computers, Crime, Entertainment, Media, Updates | , | Leave a comment

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sneakers picks from Nice Kicks……

And the Ugly are ugly!.….

Here’s the link.…..

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports | , , , | Leave a comment

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Copenhegan………

This two days old…but its recap of her trip to the Climate talks on Friday from the Cable.Foreign Policy.Com site…..

Inside Clinton’s Copenhagen trip

Posted By Josh Rogin Friday, December 18, 2009 – 12:22 PM

As the climate-change deal deadline in Copenhagen loomed late Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton huddled with world leaders in an impromptu meeting that lasted into the wee hours of the morning, a State Department official on the scene reports.

Following Clinton’s attendance at the Queen’s dinner (after her meeting with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao), heads of state of key countries decided to go back to the Bella Center and talk it all out until past 2 a.m. In attendance were British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicholas Sarkozy, South African President Jacob Zuma, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and others, the official said.

China was represented by chief negotiator Su Wei (rather than Wen) and Clinton stepped out of the room twice to consult privately with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who was also in town. The last-minute dealings showed the urgency and concern about reaching an agreement or at least keeping the possibility open as President Obama flew toward the conference.

Politico’s Glenn Thrush reported that Wen boycotted Friday morning’s leaders meeting, which Clinton attended. But then, Clinton sat in on Wen’s one-hour meeting with President Obama later in the morning, after which progress was reported.

When not shuttling around doing climate-change diplomacy, Clinton found time to sit in on National Security Advisor Jim Jones’s meeting with his Russian counterpart on the follow-on to the START nuclear reductions treaty. She also sat in on Obama’s bilateral with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which covered START and a number of other issues. Busy day.

Clinton’s plan is to leave Copenhagen tonight but the schedule is fluid, our State Department official on the scene reports. One concern is the blizzard that’s headed to the Washington area now.

Either way, she’s going to miss State Department spokesman Robert Wood’s going-away party at 3 p.m. He’s headed to Vienna to be DCM there.

Note:….This woman works!

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offers to help and join the countries Judo Team….

No kidding!

The 57 year old Putin, who will probably ascend to the Russian Presidency, again,  can kick some butt.….check it out!………

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment