September 13th, 2007

New Tilley Hat


The top 10 big stories the US news media missed in the past year as compiled by the San Francisco Bay Guardian Sept. 5, 2007 and alerted on DailyKos. The full article is long and the DailyKos diary gives a precis, but here are the just the headlines (and quick subhead):

1. Suspension of Habeas Corpus (they can throw YOU in jail at any time for any reason and you can't say a word)

2. Martial Law (basically repealing the Posse Comitatus Act)

3. AFRICOM (re oil imports from Africa)

4. Secret Trade Agreements (Multinationals making the rules, not elected governments)

5. Slaves Construct Iraq Embassy

6. FALCON (numbers don't add up on arrests of sex offenders)

7. Blackwater (and, presumably, other mercenary armies)

8. Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (captive customer base for genetically modified foods)

9. Privatization of Infrastructure (don't raise taxes: outsource and put unregulated construction in a different budget line)

10. Vulture Funds (Poor countries default on loans to governments, who sell them to companies who sue for more than the amount owed)
New Tilley Hat

The Dharma Initiative

Enough people did this that I got curious.

1. Go to
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top umpty results:

1. Director of Photography
2. Set Designer
3. Anthropologist
4. Costume Designer
5. Professor
6. Historian
7. Music Teacher / Instructor
8. Art Director
9. Archivist
10. Foreign Language Instructor
11. Website Designer
12. ESL Teacher
13. Special Effects Technician
14. Desktop Publisher
15. Interior Decorator
16. Corporate Trainer
17. Lobbyist
18. Technical Writer
19. Industrial Designer
20. Stylist

I got into radio through silent films, and teaching through desktop publishing. I would (if my life had taken a different path) made a great Director or Director of Photography. I scratch that itch by reviewing films and such. Not the same, but it's as close as I'll get. I take lots of pictures. All the other designer positions don't interest me, but I do like being part of a creative team. I consider that a lot of what I do, including political commentary and writing science fiction humor, to be anthropology and/or history. I've been an Instructor/Corporate Trainer/Technical Writer, and have worked for non-profits on the lobbying side.

(Tweaking education moves some of my actual career choices higher and eliminates some of the ones that don't interest me, but the 19th choice is "potter" so I won't print the revised list.)
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