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Happy New Year!

In the new year, shoot for the impossible

But now, on the verge of a new year, it's time to take a step back and realize a powerful, central message that came through loud and clear in 2011: Determined people who chase the "impossible" can prove naysayers wrong and bring change beyond what nearly everyone imagined.

After protesters in Tunisia toppled their government, even many experts on the region did not foresee a domino effect. Many told me they were surprised by what followed.

No matter what lies ahead after the Arab Spring, millions around the world have come to believe that grassroots efforts can bring real change.

We also faced daily reminders of how badly new ideas, and new ways of operating as societies, are needed. With massive sums of debt threatening the stability of key economies worldwide, it became clearer than ever that restructuring and reform are vital to moving forward.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/31/opinion/levs-impossible-resolutions/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

2012 Banished Words List announced - I helped banish "Shared sacrifice" ;-)

Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness, an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback.

"Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this year, but with some shared sacrifice, we can clean up the language and win the future," said an LSSU representative.

LSSU wordsmiths emerged from their man cave long enough to release the new list, something the school has done since 1976.

...

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created "word banishment" in 1975 at a New Year's Eve party and released the first list on New Year's Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, politics, technology and more.


http://www.lssu.edu/banished/

This year's list includes:

*Amazing
*Baby bump
*Shared sacrifice
*Occupy
*Blowback
*Man Cave
*The new normal
*Pet parent
*Win the future
*Trickeration
*Ginormous
*Thank you in advance

I was quoted in the list as saying the following about shared sacrifice:

"Usually used by a politician who wants other people to share in the sacrifice so he/she doesn’t have to." Scott Urbanowski, Kentwood, Michigan

University releases 2012 Banished Words List (I'm quoted)

Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness, an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback.

"Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this year, but with some shared sacrifice, we can clean up the language and win the future," said an LSSU representative.

LSSU wordsmiths emerged from their man cave long enough to release the new list, something the school has done since 1976.

...

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created "word banishment" in 1975 at a New Year's Eve party and released the first list on New Year's Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, politics, technology and more.


http://www.lssu.edu/banished/

This year's list includes:

*Amazing
*Baby bump
*Shared sacrifice
*Occupy
*Blowback
*Man Cave
*The new normal
*Pet parent
*Win the future
*Trickeration
*Ginormous
*Thank you in advance

I was quoted in the list as saying the following about shared sacrifice:

"Usually used by a politician who wants other people to share in the sacrifice so he/she doesn’t have to." Scott Urbanowski, Kentwood, Michigan

Right-wing post survives jury. Is the jury process the last word on a post?

If a jury votes 3-3 to keep a post up, is that vote the final word on whether or not a post can stay?

In other words, can it still be taken down?

Here's the post in question (emphasis mine):

There's a difference between peaceful assembly and enjoying your stay too long. Leftists should focus on finding work instead of pouting about how people who worked harder than they did are more successful than they are.

You talk about the costs to evict occupy (which is within LA's jurisdiction) yet you don't mention the costs it took to set up and prolong the protests for so long. $3.4 million was transferred to support the leftist movement as of late in Los Angeles...

Not to mention it makes perfect sense LA wants to evict the leftists now. They're running on a deficit; they don't want to pay for the damage/political repercussions that will inevitably trail Occupy.


I served on that jury, and I voted to axe it. Like the other two who voted to remove it, I offered an explanation. Interestingly, only one of those who voted to keep it offered any explanation - and even that person admitted that "the poster is influenced by right-wing talkers and their falsifications."

Hello? The post clearly violates DU TOS!

Maybe an appeal process is necessary? Maybe explanations should be required (I would love to know why two people who voted to keep it voted the way they did)?

Here's the link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=78264

Bad Lip Reading: Rick Perry's "Strong" ad



"Phew, that movie sucked! The whole script was wrong and Seth Rogan - he had to serve a big red duck! Man, he'd scalp a sentimental cripple - what a douche! I bet you I could eat a grimy squirrel on a windshield! I'd fight a chicken with hands - a real chicken! You can find me in Montreal - in a bitchin' arcade! I'm proud of my gun - and I poo'd in space."

Pope laments Christmas consumerism, glitter

Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night, urging the faithful to look beyond the holiday's "superficial glitter" to discover its true meaning.

...

In his homily, Benedict lamented that Christmas has become an increasingly commercial celebration that obscures the simplicity of the message of Christ's birth.

"Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light," he said.

It was the second time in as many days that Benedict has pointed to the need to rediscover faith to confront the problems facing the world today. In his end-of-year meeting with Vatican officials on Thursday, Benedict said Europe's financial crisis was largely "based on the ethical crisis looming over the Old Continent."


http://news.yahoo.com/pope-laments-christmas-consumerism-glitter-215615750.html

10 Signs Your Kids Don't Like Their Christmas Presents

10. There's something half-hearted about the way they say, "Oh wow -- Q- Tips".
9. They spend Christmas morning making up games involving wrapping paper.
8. They hire a Gambino family hit man to break Santa's kneecaps.
7. You see them trying to shove everything back up the chimney.
6. Spelled out in Legos on the front lawn are the words "You're Cheap!!!".
5. Moments after they unwrap gifts, you see them for sale on E-Bay.
4. Your son simply refuses to understand why you couldn't get him two hours alone with Cindy Crawford.
3. They cite your gifts as a major factor in their decision to convert to Islam.
2. You wake up and find the head of Elmo in your bed.
1. They ask, "Where'd you buy this stuff -- Crap `R' Us?"

Since we all need a healthy dose of inspiration from time to time ;-)

Most respected world leaders: Obama, Dalai Lama, Clinton, Merkel

President Barack Obama is still the world's most respected leader, according to a new six-country poll.

Released today by France 24 and Radio France Internationale, the Harris Interactive Poll asked 6,135 adults between the ages of 16 and 64 who live in the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany or Spain to name their favorite world leaders.

Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed chose Obama, which is one percentage point higher than when Harris Interactive asked the same question in November.

Close on his heels is the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, who was mentioned by 75 percent of those polled. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came in third at 62 percent, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was mentioned by 54 percent of respondents, good enough for fourth place.


http://www.aolnews.com/2010/04/23/which-leaders-rock-our-world-drumroll-please/
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