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Recommending a website

I don't often recommend writing websites. Too often they're more focused on selling you something than on helping writers or writing issues and even more often they're badly written. This one, out of the UK, is an exception. The Links page is a great compendium of other good websites for writers. There are some really good articles, and contest entry fees aren't an arm plus a leg. Just in case you haven't already discovered it,


Proposed Merger Would Drastically Reduce Competition

Ok, that's a gotcha. You thought it was about the Comcast/Time Warner merger, didn't you? Remember back in '97 when the merger of two office products company was blocked? Boy, have we come a long way, baby.

This from New York Times archives.

Executives of the office supply giants Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. said today that their proposed merger was almost certainly dead after a Federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking the $4 billion combination.


That was only a $4 billion combination. And the judge thought it would allow them to "raise prices with impunity."

If you don't cry, you have to laugh.

No One Cares About Your Damn Religion

In Huffington Post this am. Nothing mind-bending for this group, but an interesting read. And, is it just me, or are we starting to see more articles like this in the more or less conventional media?


Atlanta weather right now is

cold. Colder than it is in Sochi. But hoping, I suppose, that we don't get a repeat of our last storm, the Governor has already declared a state of emergency, schools and businesses are already closing, and the grocery stores are in full panic mode. We have no precipitation now but forecast is for maybe a half inch to two of ice. No matter. The whole area is going to grind to a halt anyway. Should we get nada, we'll be back on the news anyway.

Archaeologists Carbon-Date Camel Bones, Discover Major Discrepancy In Bible Story

Personally, I'm shocked.

Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible.

Using carbon-dating to determine the age of the oldest-known camel bones, the researchers determined that camels were first introduced to Israel around the 9th century BCE.

The Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament refers to camels as pack animals as early as the story of Abraham. Though there is no archaeological evidence of Abraham's life, many in the religious and scientific communities, including Chabad and the Associates For Biblical Research, cite the 20th century BCE as his time of birth. If the new evidence is correct, however, this suggests discrepancies between the Bible and human history as explained by science.


Introducing myself

I've been lurking for a while, but honestly have been a little reticent about subscribing and jumping in to this group for several reasons. I've been a writer and a teacher of writing at the university level for longer than most of you have been alive. I've published one novel(to lovely reviews but abysmal sales), and many short stories, and have another novel forthcoming, but I make my living now as a ghostwriter, mostly of business books. I write for very nice people, who think poorly and can barely construct a coherent paragraph, but who enjoy excellent sales as a result of their name recognition, business connections, and clearly a reader appetite for what I CAN write, but would not ordinarily read, unless I was made to as a prisoner of war.

I'm not sure what I can offer here. I know something about good literature. A lot about self-publishing. A lot about the frustrating quest for agents. A lot about the frustrations and expense of self-promotion. I'm a voracious reader who pretty much keeps us with the current. Maybe I can offer something to someone. What I'm looking for myself is a kick in the ass. I'd like to rediscover some of that excitement I catch in your posts. I'd like to just get that buzz again. The one I had when I was younger, more hopeful, and thought writing was fun.

Thanks. I feel less guilty about lurking.

GOP uses misleading website to trick Dems into donating to Republicans

Ever wondered how low they'd go? Check this out.

Trick fundraising website created by the National Republican Congressional Committee to lure donations for wrong candidate.


The Cheapening of American Politics: Why Did Obama Reward O’Reilly with an Interview?

President Obama subjected himself to an interview by Bill O’Reilly of Fox “News” on Sunday before the Superbowl. Obviously, intellectually it was Obama Seahawks rolling over O’Reilly Broncos. And maybe it felt good to tell Fox News off for its serial propaganda against the administration. But I just regret that he lent either of these any credibility by a presidential appearance.


Baby born on GA interstate makes news; baby born on sled in PA, not so much

Ok, maybe I'm a little oversensitive, having endured the "what's the matter with the stupid Southerners and snow" stuff all day. But apparently this stuff happens elsewhere. Even in Pennsylvania, where they have snow plows and know how to drive and are ever prepared and all that.


Sean Hannity proposes 'adopt-a-woman birth control program'

This is great!

. . . a simpler term would be health insurance.


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