Lunch Links

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has a fantastic story from last month about media coverage of teachers unions.

It’s become fashionable across party lines to portray unions as intransigent opponents of reform, which is completely false — unless “reform” means “things that would roll back protections for workers and harm kids.” When we have strong unions, we have a strong middle class; when unions get busted, people get poorer and the economy goes into the tank. That’s not a coincidence.

One song to the tune of another: the Muppet Show theme’s tune matches up well with “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” but I think everyone can agree that “Girlfriend in a Coma” really should always have been set to the music from “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

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Are you, yourself, crazy? Do you know anyone who is, in fact, crazy? (If you follow the comments of this blog regularly, chances are good that at least one of these is true). If so, you might be interested in this Northern Minnesota winter-hike-with-wolves vacation.

Fun fact: it has snowed in Northern Minnesota during every month of the calendar year, including August.Full disclosure: yes, I’m doing this hike in January, when temperatures in Ely, Minnesota drop to -42 degrees without wind chill factor.

If I survive, see you in early spring.

Finally, this is not for the faint of heart, but it’s awe-inspiring in its way. The Tibetan tradition of “sky burial” involves preparing a dead body to be consumed by the elements (and wild birds). This link has photographs of the entire process. Note: the entire process, including the wild birds.

If you think about the process of embalming, mummification, burning a boat or even just sticking a well-made-up corpse in a box in the ground, sky burial doesn’t really seem that far out.

One Comment

  1. Clayton Henkel

    October 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Glad that I finished my lunch prior to that last link!