“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Odd Items Worth Reading

For those of you just catching up on the latest attempt by Congress to limit the voice of the people, go read the linked articles. Then take action and make your voice heard. It may be the Christian Right making the effort, but this is for everyone—Left andRight.

Beth shared a really sad tale. It seems that Public Storage sold off a deployed soldier’s stuff. Now, for those who don’t know it, according to most storage facility policies, if you don’t pay our bill—generally within 15 days of the due date, regardless of the reason--they have the right to sell your stuff. The policy sucks, and this is a great example of why.
(…I think a letter/email campaign is in order…we bloggers should be able to bring a lot of pressure to bear on this company and the industry in general…)

There was a well written explanation of how words are used to control PC attitudes. The definitions are most intriguing. It’s more than worth the read.

And, on a more amusing note, Taco Bell shares another great memory from yester year on the evils of drink…This one is a little on the dark side.

And, someone at work found an article in the January 7 Wall Street Journal. Being stockbrokers, we all thought these market term definitions were fun. Here’s a few for your amusement.

Correction—a major market crash made to sound like a minor mistake.

Technical factors--Alternative, all purpose explanation for why the market went down. Also useful for explaining why the market went up…or sideways…

Financial journalists--folks who wanted to be sports writers, but didn’t make the cut.

Commodities--pigs with lipstick.

Short Sellers--Investors who seek to profit from stock prices going south. As children, enjoyed pulling legs off spiders.