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Presque vu LXVI

From Zen of Writing:
Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want. . .


Ash and Carry. Way to Go. Dan Neil in the LA Times Mag looks at the business of death:

There are other ways to decrease the deceased. A Tulsa, Okla., firm called Compacted Dignity offers a “tasteful and attractive alternative” to cremation. The company uses a 400-ton hydraulic press–formerly a stamping machine at a mining company–to squeeze the remains into a block small enough to put on your mantle. The company calls its process “the clear choice for body compression, reduction and liquifactious-deminution [sic].” Who am I to argue?


George Orwell please come home.
Caroline Gammell at Telegraph UK, reports on a mother who was prevented from taking her son to school because of criminal- record checks:

Amanda Hodgson, 36, a law-abiding mother-of-three, learned of her “criminal past” when applying for a post as a welfare assistant at her local primary school.
She was told she had a criminal record stretching back 18 years, including three convictions for assaulting police officers, and the only way to clear her name was to get her fingerprints checked against every unsolved crime in the country.

One Response to “Presque vu LXVI”

  1. Shawn says:

    Hi John,

    It’s been a little while since you’ve posted. Hope all is well.