Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bing, Bing: He's soooo right!

Stanley Bing, whoever he is, is very, very good. Good with the written word. A humorist above most, a business humorist without peer.

His recent essays on grammar are classics, and I feel the same way!

Lying on video -- you've got to do better than this!

Some old bag in Australia decided to avoid the interviewer's questions by feigning audio malfunction. She then reveals that she can actually hear the man by becoming indignant about what he says! Classic. See it here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

East and West - A Critical Difference

Over the last two weeks, our news outlets here in the United States have chronicled the saga of 18 miners trapped in a Utah mine. The company drilled hole after hole to find them, and we, as a nation, were watching. We cared about them, those 18. Indeed, in other times, we've watched and hoped for as little as one or two trapped miners in places like West Virginia, Kentucky and Wyoming.

Contrast that with Chinese mines. In this story, Chinese families, distraught over the lack of regard for human life by the company that owns a large mine in Eastern China, stormed the buildings occupied by the owners and smashed all that they could. The toll? Nearly 200 workers. And there are little or no real rescue efforts, and the mining company failed to heed the warnings that their employees would be trapped by the floods.

The punch line? An AVERAGE of 13 miners are killed in mining accidents in China every day. Thirteen a day. Killed. In this country, such an industry would be outlawed. Every one of us would be unhappy about it.

I draw the conclusion that we have a higher regard for human life and dignity in the West. That may be the wrong leap of logic, but that's my view.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Some days, I certainly feel this way

Not necessarily monkey-like, mind you, I just feel like telling everyone to get lost!

Little Sven

Rob can tell you -- I used to have a Saab named Sven. He didn't look like this one, for sure!

Mo Rocca, you are my ally

Well, at least we have a common enemy. Who, really, wants the Eagles to reunite? Certainly, emphatically, not me.