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Easter Island, Omaha, Nebraska

This morning, I woke up at the Sheraton hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, and opened my window to look out upon a courtyard garden, featuring two small versions of the giant head sculptures that people had carved out of stone on Easter Island, in the middle

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King Henry VIII In San Francisco

This painting of King Henry The Eighth is in the hallway of my hotel in San Francisco. I am fairly confident that this particular monarch never left Europe, much less traveled to the Pacific coast of North America. Why would a hotel post a painting

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A Cup In A Bag

Intercontinental hotels and Courtesy Products seem trapped in a system where profit is squeezed out of every smallest corner of operations. That may seem like smart business, but to see these cheap and cheapening practices makes me feel trapped by association.

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Nice Digs, Americans Elect

The 3rd Quarter disclosure of Americans Elect’s expenses reveals a taste for living high and paying low. The corporation/political party getting ready to announce its own bid for the White House in 2012 started paying rent in July for its office on Pennsylvania Avenue, one

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Americans Elect and the Fundraiser Without Funds

Here’s a small curiosity to puzzle over. In its 2nd quarter 2010 IRS disclosure, Americans Elect, the Section 527 Corporation with the goal of electing its own U.S. presidential ticket in 2012, lists a $603 “fundraising expense” at Boston’s Nine Zero Hotel on June 27,

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The War on Christmas Carols

The Four Points heresy suggests that Mary was in a miracle of childbirth for almost two months straight, with Christmas extending for weeks on end, beginning even before Thanksgiving.

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?