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Hopefully a new trend!

A new free webmail service called ippimail is currenly in it's beta stage. I found it via Open Source Disaster Relief - by Email (Smart Mobs), which linked to it via WorldChanging.

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I've always looked with disgust on how marketing has literally overrun the internet and most other public forums. But until now, I've never really thought about harnessing that as a "resource" for my own nefarious desires for "good". I can see myself being a little more patient with those flashy ads if I was assured that the pennies paid to gnaw at my screen real estate were kinda like me putting my pocket change in the collection basket.

Maybe this site will be a success (how could it not be, it&…

Dear Abby, I'm a crack dealer.

Dear Abby,

I am a crack dealer in Beaumont, Texas who has recently been diagnosed as a carrier of HIV virus. My parents live in Fort Worth & one of my sisters, who lives in Pflugerville, is married to a transvestite. My father & mother have recently been arrested for growing & selling marijuana. They are financially dependent on my other 2 sisters, who are prostitutes in Dallas. I have 2 brothers, one is currently serving a non-parole life sentence at Huntsville for the murder of a teenage boy in 1994. My other brother is currently in jail awaiting charges of sexual misconduct with his 3 children. I have recently become engaged to marry a former prostitute who lives in Longview. She is a part time "working girl".

All things considered, my problem is this: I love my fiancĂ© & look forward to bringing her into the family, & I certainly want to be totally open & honest with her. So, my question is this: Should I tell her about my cousin who supports the r…

oppressing women?

I guess I have no place in thinking about this, because I'm not a woman and so will never be placed in this situation. But this is probably the most controversial degree to which one can hold an anti-abortion/pro-life stance. What do y'all think? It speaks directly to the "abortion only for the safety of the mother" issue.

ROME, January 26, 2005 - The official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, wrote on Tuesday that a woman who refused cancer treatment to save the life of her unborn child is a "hero."

"She was aware that if she gave birth she wouldn't have had any hope of surviving," the Vatican paper wrote. "Despite that she went through with her choice, the choice of welcoming new life even at the cost of her own death."

Rita Fedrizzi 41, who refused the abortion and cancer treatment, joins the ranks of a number of other women praised by the Holy See for their lifegiving sacrifice. Last year, Pope John Paul II canonize…

on this historic anniversary.. NewsBytes

How lying marketers sold Roe v. Wade to America

US Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate 'Terri's Law'

Poll: Roy Moore choice of GOP voters

Dutch baby euthanasia warrants no prosecution

Abortionist 'flushed babies down toilet'

New measure requires religious groups to hire homosexuals

Catholics gather signatures against late-term abortions in Germany

Quebec has controversial proposals for Tory convention

Austrian Catholic Church declines

Dorm Brothel, The new debauchery, and the…


Weekday evenings fly by. I really need to be more productive during them. But it feels so good to lay back and watch TV for a coupla hours. hmm... maybe unplug my TV? Right now I'm blasting Damien Rice, which I snagged from Theresa when she came over this weekend. I also watched two movies; Sneakers is a classic which I always enjoy, but I saw The Village as well, for the first (and second!) time. I actually really really enjoyed it, I think it has become a favorite of mine. There's no snippet or quote that captures what I like about it, it really only exists as a whole.

Friday night I managed to get Oracle 9i installed on one of our new servers at work. The biggest problem was that the installer relied on an obsolete version of glibc, so I had to compile a bit of code to be preloaded by glibc prior to calling the installer. Oracle has always been a black box to me so it was pretty exhilirating when I finally got in to the SQL prompt.

I'm slowly becoming more disc…


Guess what I did last night? :) My tailbone hurts, my wrists hurt, my neck hurts, and my arms and shoulders are still weak. You get one guess.

I left work a half hour early, and drove about an hour and a half north, with Young, a co-worker of mine here at SMS. He took me to a place he's been to quite a bit, and he had an extra board. So I just had to rent boots for $10 and buy a lift ticket for $20, for 3 hours of painful learning. Every time down the hill I picked up a tiny bit more, and by the end of the evening my legs and arms were shaking, my head was spinning, and I could make it down a run even doing slow 360's and just barely going in every direction that a snowboarder naturally goes! (It took awhile to be able to turn around and kinda go backwards on my toes instead of heels.) There were a couple times that I was sure I bruised my tailbone, or pinched a nerve in my neck, or fractured a wrist. But lo and behold, I'm fine. Can't wait to go again nex…

Thirsty for the Kingdom

In honor of today's verse of the day, a site feed discovered with David's help, Philippians 2:14-16:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
... I'd like to endorse an excellent piece of reading for your blogroll: HeroicStories: Restoring Faith in Humanity... One Story at a Time. Every few days a new entry is posted containing one short story, and some followup on previous stories. You can see the most recent issue here, receive each one by email, or subscribe to the feed with your favorite blogroll utility.

In your quest for peace and unity, don't forget to add a little positive peer pressure into the mix. Avoiding bad doesn't help if you're not looking for good.

catholic: adj., "Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive"

Continuing my informal series on transcultural Catholicism, this morning I attended my first Polish Mass, with a buddy from back home who was in town, Matt. We pried our eyelids open in time to make it to the 9:30AM at St. Mary of the Angels, in the Bucktown neighborhood, real close to where Dean lives. As usual, it was a nourishing experience. As always, it was a blunt demand for me to shift my focus away from myself. I finally rationalized part of why I enjoy doing this sort of thing: participating in the Mass in another language or within another culture forces me to pay closer attention to what's going on, and what's really happening. I may never have heard these words in Polish before, but if I've habitualized the ritual, I can join in worship with such diverse human beings. I can learn to sort our common ground from our unique paths.

I spent basically all weekend with Dean, Matt, and five of Matt's classmates from a Ph.D. program at Washington University: …

"United" Nations?

The numbers keep going up. Now, reports indicate that Saddam Hussein received at least $21.3 billion in oil kickbacks from the $64 billion program. Also, the value of other fraud related to the scandal associated with the United Nations’ Oil for Food program are supposed to be twice as high as previously reported. The amount of money and the complex network of corruption defy belief. Nevertheless, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hints that its “staggering” disclosures have just begun. The fact that so-called “humanitarians” profited enormously from a program that was supposed to benefit the poorest of the poor is appalling. - The United Nations’ Oily Outrage
Is this editorial accurate? If so, can we blame Bush's continual reluctance in submitting to the UN? Most recently in the Tsunamai relief efforts. If it's not, I need to start studying the UN even more. It's a fascinating structure. Kinda wish I would have talked to some of the "Model UN…