will brady's ruminations
Don't try looking for my rondak pages tonight
. I am amidst changing ISP's and although I have been assured that the changeover would be seamless, that does not seem to have occurred.
We'll be back as soon as possible.
Labels: ISPs, moving, websites
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American recording artist. After being signed to and quickly dropped from Def Jam Records at age 19, she began performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side. During this time, she was also working at Interscope Records as a songwriter for several established acts, including Akon, who, after hearing Gaga sing, convinced Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine to sign her to a joint deal with the label and Akon's Kon Live Distribution label.
Her debut album The Fame, was released in August 2008 and was a critical and commercial success. In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, it has gone to number one in four countries, also topping the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart in the United States. The album's first two singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", have become international number-one hits, and the former was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards. In 2009, after having opened for New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls, Gaga embarked on her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour.
Gaga is inspired by glam rockers such as David Bowie and Queen, as well as pop singers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. She is also inspired by fashion, which she claims is an essential component to her songwriting and performances. To date she has sold over 20 million digital singles and more than four million albums worldwide.
Labels: Lady GaGa, musicians, pop stars, videos
human rights gains
The Church of Latter Day Saints [the "Mormons"] support anti-discrimination law in Salt Lake CityFROM THE UTAH DESERET NEWS:
In a rare public appearance before Salt Lake City lawmakers Tuesday night, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported two proposed ordinances protecting gay and lesbian residents from housing and employment discrimination.
An LDS Church representative read a supporting statement at a public hearing before the Salt Lake City Council regarding the ordinances proposed by Mayor Ralph Becker.
"The church supports this ordinance because it is fair and reasonable and does not do violence to the institution of marriage," said Michael Otterson, managing director of the LDS Church's public affairs office.
Otterson added that the statement of support is consistent with the church's prior position on such matters, as well as its stance on marriage. Both are found in the church's August 2008 statement titled "The Divine Institution of Marriage
Labels: discrimination, equal rights, gay marriage, gay rights, human rights, lds, overcoming prejudice, Pam Spaulding, social equity. mormons, social justice
knowledge is power
Typo of the Day
. Created by a group of librarians from all over the world with a common interest - keeping our online catalogs free of errors. Recent finds include "Away in a manager
" and "Treachers
We might learn something from that.
The Center for Media and Democracy
. Founded by John Stauber in 1993 as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, public interest organization. CMD's mission is to promote transparency and an informed debate by exposing corporate spin and government propaganda and by engaging the public in collaborative, fair and accurate reporting.
is a free encyclopedia of people, issues, and groups shaping the public agenda that is being written collaboratively on this web site. It catalogs descriptions and details of PR firms, activist groups and government agencies as well as the criticisms that are made of these groups from different perspectives.
You may not agree with all of the criticisms on the site, and if you think something that appears is unfair, you can fix it! The site is a Wiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit any article by clicking on the "edit this page" link that appears in every article in SourceWatch. As more and more people edit the articles, they improve in quality all the time.
Diamonds and Toads
. Want to know the latest on fairy tales even re-written ones? Here's a place to visit.
Labels: language, media, non-profits, oversight, story telling, typography, vigilance