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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fayetteville’s Annual Telecomm Report: A question I probably should have asked last year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Preparing to write the annual Telcomm Report to the Fayetteviulle City Council - probably my last official act as TB chair - and a question occurred to me:

Why am I even writing the damn thing?

Granted, it’s required under the original ordinance setting up the Telecomm Board, but as far as I can determine, the TB is the only body of citizen volunteers in Fayetteville that is required to turn in a “What I did on my Summer Vacation” type of report to the City every year.

Isn’t that what meeting minutes are for?

What anal retentive lunatic slipped that requirement in?

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Quote of the Day

"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side": Aristotle

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette goes ice skating on lake Bigotry?

"We call Bombay ‘Bombay’ because that is its name in our language." - Griffin Smith, quoted in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Oh, yeah?

This was in response to a reader taking the paper to task for insisting on referring to the Indian city by its older name, rather than by the name Mumbai, which it formally changed to several years ago.

The only possible response one might have is this:

One can’t help but notice the references to Beijing, rather than Peking. I wonder what convoluted logic the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette might use to explain that?

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So - it’s not just me?

It was bound to happen sooner or later, I wonder if folks actually imagine what network they might be on?

For some patients, life is like a reality show
‘‘Truman syndrome’’ leads sufferers to think they are secretly taped for TV

updated 2:12 p.m. CT, Mon., Nov. 24, 2008
NEW YORK - One man showed up at a federal building, asking for release from the reality show he was sure was being made of his life.

Another was convinced his every move was secretly being filmed for a TV contest. A third believed everything —— the news, his psychiatrists, the drugs they prescribed —— was part of a phony, stage-set world with him as the involuntary star, like the 1998 movie "The Truman Show."

Researchers have begun documenting what they dub the "Truman syndrome," a delusion afflicting people who are convinced that their lives are secretly playing out on a reality TV show. Scientists say the disorder underscores the influence pop culture can have on mental conditions.

To read more:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27893935/

rsdrake@nwark.com


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