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Inexplicably famous jailbait mom chooses worst baby name ever

Baby-name experts grade 'Bronx Mowgli' | Newsweek Entertainment | Newsweek.com
The name Brooklyn has been done before, so Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz turned to another New York City borough in naming their newborn son: The Bronx. She hails from Texas, he grew up near Chicago, and the pop-rock power couple haven't said whether the Yankees' territory (and arguably the toughest real estate in New York City) inspired their unusual choice: Bronx Mowgli Wentz.

November 20, 2008

"Free to Be... You and Me" 35 years on

I will always thank my mother for plopping us down in front of this TV program the one summer night it ran on ABC, and my dear friend ** Jack ** for sending us the CD and DVD for my children.
AWESOMELY AWESOME! Obama gets elected, and now this. The 70'sw are BACK, baby! I still listen to Carol Channing's "Housework" when I clean. "Boy meets girl" is of course, a classic. And "Sisters and Brothers" is the single greatest, best, rockingest (kids or otherwise) afro-hair song EVAR. (If anyone wants a copy of the soundtrack... just sayin). Hell with the book, I'm gonna listen to the music again right now.
Free To Be... You And Me - Part 13 of 17 [Sisters and Brothers] boingboing | Free to Be... You and Me: the 35 Anniversary Edition: the book every kid needs | POSTED BY CORY DOCTOROW
Free To Be... You and Me was one of my favorite movie/record/books when I was growing up. Marlo Thomas's 1972 project brought together an all-star cast to perform songs, poems and sketches that challenged gender stereotypes and delivered a fundamentally humane, loving message about being who you are and not being constrained by society's expectations.

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Developers using indian land to avoid environmental regulations

Land Use Accountability Project | Regions : National | Outsiders Target Indian Land for Risky Business

America is forever finding brand new ways to screw over its native peoples.

The Cortina landfill is one among dozens of projects across the country for which developers and Native Americans are using Indian sovereignty to bypass state and local regulations and build projects that other communities shun – projects ranging from landfills, big box stores and a massive power plant to casinos, motorcycle tracks and billboards. Neighbors are paying the price.

In California, the Cortina tribal leadership calls its landfill deal a financial savior, but like the people who live near other controversial Indian land projects, the farmers and ranchers who live below the Cortina land, and some tribal members, fear the landfill will leak and ruin the local environment.

“It has the potential to be a major disaster,” said Tom Griffith, a rancher who pastures his cattle 1.5 miles below the Indian land. “If you or I wanted to do this, it wouldn’t get past first base.”

Stop smoking

Drop That Cigarette, Today Is The Great American Smokeout : dBTechno
Today marks the annual Great American Smokeout hosted by the American Cancer Society, and is trying to get people all across the U.S. to drop their cigarettes for just one day. It is estimated that 45 million Americans across the country still smoke.

Dead teen's mom testifies in cyberbullying trial

The Associated Press: Dead teen's mom testifies in cyberbullying trial
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tina Meier often sat with her daughter while she was online to ensure nothing fishy was happening. Lori Drew wanted to find out what kind of nasty rumors were being spread about her daughter. But as her trial opened Wednesday, Drew watched as Meier recounted from the witness stand how her 13-year-old daughter, Megan, committed suicide in 2006 after receiving cruel messages from a boy whose identity was later revealed to be an Internet hoax. Drew, 49, is accused of conspiring with her then 13-year-old daughter, Sarah, and Drew's then 18-year-old assistant, Ashley Grills, to create a fictitious identity on MySpace to find out what was being said about Sarah... "The last words she said to me were `You are supposed to be my mom, you are supposed to be on my side,'" Meier said, trying to hold back tears. Meier said she later ran upstairs and found Megan hanging in the closet with a belt around her neck. She died the next day. In his opening statement, U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien disclosed for the first time what Megan wrote after allegedly receiving the message that said the world would be better off without her. "`You are the kind of boy a girl would kill herself over,'" O'Brien said of Megan's response. .

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