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Topic: Society 8:56 pm EDT, Jun  7, 2006

HopStop is your city transit guide. We provide door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for New York City. You can also search for places to eat, drink, sleep and see in the City Guide.

With HopStop you can:
- Send directions by e-mail or text message to a cell phone directly from the website
- Plan a trip with multiple destinations using the Itinerary.
- Get directions or the locations of nearby subway and bus stops remotely on your cell phone or PDA with the HopStop Mobile service.

They already have beta versions for Boston, D.C., San Francisco, and promise several more to come including ATL.


The Atlanta Roadways Digest (TARD)
Topic: Society 12:26 pm EDT, Jun  4, 2006

he Atlanta Roadways Digest (TARD) is a satirical look at driving in Atlanta. All of the photos and video footage on this site are real-life, unrehearsed snapshots of Metro-Atlantans (and visitors to this great city) at their driving worst.

The Atlanta Roadways Digest (TARD)

Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, dies of lung cancer - Mar 7, 2006
Topic: Society 11:07 pm EST, Mar  7, 2006

WHITE PLAINS, New York(AP) -- Dana Reeve, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her "Superman" husband, Christopher Reeve, through his decade of near-total paralysis, has died of lung cancer at the age of 44.
Reeve had succeeded her husband as chair of the foundation, which funded research into spinal-cord paralysis cures. She announced in August that, while she wasn't a smoker, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
A year ago, she won a Mother of the Year award from the American Cancer Society. A society vice president, Dr. Michael Thun, said Reeve "has shown strength and courage in the face of tremendous adversity." Doctors say 1 in 5 women diagnosed with the disease never lit a cigarette.

There is definitely something in the water that celebrities are drinking. First Puckett, now Reeve? He was 45, she 44! He was an all-star athelete and she didn't even smoke!

Since when is 45 the new 85?

-janelane, anti-2nd-hand-smoking

Dana Reeve, widow of Christopher Reeve, dies of lung cancer - Mar 7, 2006

Anti-abortion marchers think its their last march
Topic: Society 5:29 pm EST, Jan 24, 2006

Signs of the movement's rising confidence were everywhere: Gone, for the most part, were the grotesque photos of aborted fetuses. In their place were slick slogans, such as "Justice for All -- Born and Preborn," and a lineup of some of the country's most powerful people.

President Bush, calling in from Kansas, didn't mention Alito or Roe . He spoke generically of "a noble cause" and the need to protect "all who are weak and vulnerable, especially unborn children." But when Bush allowed that "we're making good progress," everybody knew that he was, ultimately, talking about Roe 's end.

When will people wake up? When their child is raped and then forced to carry and raise that child or when their sister dies because they are unable to carry a child to term. The scariest part of this article is the president weighing in.

Anti-abortion marchers think its their last march

Last Man From 'Christmas Truce' of 1914, Dies
Topic: Society 10:04 am EST, Nov 22, 2005

Born June 25, 1896, he was an 18-year-old soldier in the Black Watch regiment when British and German troops cautiously emerged from the trenches that Christmas Day in 1914. The enemies swapped cigarettes and tunic buttons, sang carols and even played soccer amid the mud, barbed wire and shell holes of no man's land.

"I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence," Mr. Anderson told The Observer last year.

"All I'd heard for two months in the trenches was the hissing, cracking and whining of bullets in flight, machine-gun fire and distant German voices," said Mr. Anderson, who was billeted in a French farmhouse behind the front lines.

"But there was a dead silence that morning, right across the land as far as you could see," he said. "We shouted 'Merry Christmas,' even though nobody felt merry. The silence ended early in the afternoon and the killing started again. It was a short peace in a terrible war."

This reminds me of one of the best history classes I took and a book we were required to read. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Last Man From 'Christmas Truce' of 1914, Dies

For Sake's Sweet Sake
Topic: Society 10:55 am EST, Nov 20, 2005

My choices were many. To get advice on how to narrow the field I phoned Sushi Ran's owner, Yoshi Tome, who is also the president of the Northern California Japanese Restaurant Association.

"I heard you are the top expert in California," I said just to be cordial and not because I was hoping to get a table faster the next time I go to Sushi Ran.

"When buying nigori sake, what should a shopper look for?" I asked.

"Be very careful to ask first about how it is stored," he said. "In Japan a good sake brewery puts a date on the bottles. Ask if it is kept refrigerated. It tends to sour very quickly."

For Sake's Sweet Sake

This isn't the real America - Los Angeles Times
Topic: Society 9:15 am EST, Nov 17, 2005

Instead of our tradition of espousing peace as a national priority unless our security is directly threatened, we have proclaimed a policy of "preemptive war," an unabridged right to attack other nations unilaterally to change an unsavory regime or for other purposes. When there are serious differences with other nations, we brand them as international pariahs and refuse to permit direct discussions to resolve disputes.
Regardless of the costs, there are determined efforts by top U.S. leaders to exert American imperial dominance throughout the world. These revolutionary policies have been orchestrated by those who believe that our nation's tremendous power and influence should not be internationally constrained.
Even with our troops involved in combat and America facing the threat of additional terrorist attacks, our declaration of "You are either with us or against us!" has replaced the forming of alliances based on a clear comprehension of mutual interests, including the threat of terrorism.

Jimmy Carter expresses himself far more eloquently here then in recent interviews, and far more eloquently then Gore and Dean have in recent speaches. Reminds me a bit of Steve Wozniak's commentary at Hope. One of the things the left needs to have is a clearer voice.

This isn't the real America - Los Angeles Times

Fox news provides innocent person's home address on air, labeled as a terrorist home!
Topic: Society 5:07 pm EDT, Aug 29, 2005

For the last 2 1/2 weeks, the lives of the couple and their three children have been plunged into an unsettling routine of drivers shouting profanities, stopping to photograph their house and — most recently — spray-painting a slogan on their property.

Their house, a suburban fixer-upper the Voricks bought three years ago, was wrongly identified in a cable news broadcast as the home of a terrorist.

In what Fox News officials concede was a mistake, John Loftus, a former U.S. prosecutor, gave out the address Aug. 7, saying it was the home of a Middle Eastern man, Iyad K. Hilal, who was the leader of a terrorist group with ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London.

Satellite photos of the house and directions to the residence were posted online.

This is, perhaps, the worst example of irresponsible journalism that I have EVER heard of. This is absolutely terrible!

Worst part:

The Voricks say they have yet to see or hear a correction.

How can Fox News get away with this kind of stuff?

Fox news provides innocent person's home address on air, labeled as a terrorist home!

Men objecting to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Topic: Society 5:02 pm EDT, Aug 29, 2005

"They [the ads] expose the nasty inverse of "the beauty standard," which is the belief, held by some men, that women who don't look like fantasy material aren't just unworthy of their attention but are actually offensive, or even menacing. It's worth noting that none of the complainers goes so far as to call the Dove models ugly, yet they consider these women visual nuisances, annoying as litter, sour eye candy, gross. "

Men objecting to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

What women want. . .
Topic: Society 4:13 pm EDT, Aug  2, 2005

Not that I consider MSN an amazing journalistic resource, I was interested in this article. It addresses the decades-old question of whether women can have careers and families. Everyone likes to think that they can "have it all", but life clearly shows that we cannot. You can't eat anything you want AND have a perfect body. You can't party all the time AND get great grades You also can't have hugely successful (read high paying and prestigious) career AND raise your four children at home.

To me the question boils down to, what do you want? What do you value? What is most important to you? What are you willing to sacrifice aren't you willing to sacrifice?

I have many friends in denial about this. I know I am - I'm in law school, yet I can't imagine my kids being in daycare.

Now, maybe some will read this and scream "why can't men be the ones to stay at home?" I have no problem with that, just show me some men who are willing and some women who make enough to support a family in this inequitable society. Until then, it's a question for women to answer. What do we really want out of life?

What women want. . .

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