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April 29, 2008

Austria Stunned by Case of Imprisoned Woman by Mark Landler, NY Times

Some things, such as this story, are too horrific to truly comprehend.

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AMSTETTEN, Austria — With his Mercedes-Benz and his fine clothes, Josef Fritzl looked every inch a property owner, neighbors in this tidy Austrian town said Monday. Even when running errands, they said, he wore a natty jacket, crisp shirt and tie.

Mr. Fritzl’s apartment house, its back garden obscured by a tall hedge, was his kingdom, one neighbor said, and interlopers were not welcome. On Monday, investigators in white jumpsuits combed the house and garden for clues. The authorities said Sunday that Mr. Fritzl, 73, had kept one of his daughters imprisoned for 24 years in a basement dungeon, where she bore him seven children.

The daughter, Elisabeth, now 42, is in psychiatric care, along with two of her children. Her eldest daughter, Kerstin, 19, who was also kept in the basement and whose illness pulled apart Mr. Fritzl’s secret after he had her taken to a local hospital, was in a medically induced coma and was in critical condition, the authorities said.

The authorities said Mr. Fritzl confessed Monday to imprisonment, sexual abuse and incest. The case has left this town of 22,000 people, 80 miles west of Vienna, in stunned disbelief. Neighbors milled around the three-story apartment building on Monday, watching the investigation unfold and asking how such an atrocity could have occurred in their midst. Continued...

'Free Tibet' flags made in China

The global economy is complicated!!

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* Thanks to my brother for the link!

April 28, 2008

San Francisco April '08: Golden Gate Bridge view walk!

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San Francisco April '08: Bay Bridge view walk!

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April 26, 2008

Real life Jaws: Retired veterinarian Dave Martin dies, Solana Beach, Ca

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So sad and scary.

He spent his life helping animals and then he gets killed by an animal - cruel, cruel, fate. Makes me think of Born Free.

I'm out in California right now and I overheard someone say that they felt bad saying it but they were looking forward to renting Jaws.

Humans are complicated.

George needs a home!!!


April 23, 2008

NYC --> SF today

En route to SFO. Why of why does the weather in SF have to be colder than in NYC? It's an awesome 78 degrees in NYC right now...be back Sunday!

Meet Bailey: OCD + Joie de vivre

* Thanks again to Chelsea for the link!

The PAWS

* Thanks to Chelsea for the link!

Fantastical Bjork video!! Wanderlust.

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* via BuzzFeed.

Olivia is proof of Asian baby cuteness superiority

My cousin Roy's daughter (what does that make her in relation to me?) is proud of her mouth cavity:

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* via my cousin Angelina!

April 22, 2008

Graffiti Taxonomy Print --- E!

How cool is this??!! Graffiti that looks like calligraphy - get it while you can (I know I am personally responsible for reducing the inventory of 100 by three)!

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World's Largest iPhone!

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Three most commonly misused words, Word Nerd Series.

In just the past week I've heard all these words incorrectly used. I venture to say that they are misused so often I bet you can easily guess what the speaker actually intended to communicate.

1) NONPLUSSED

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2) HEADY

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3) UPPITY

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April 21, 2008

Made in China: Dog and cat fur coats

This is horrific. Why is it not surprising that China is the offender? No need to answer.

* Thanks to my brother for the link

April 17, 2008

I am in FBI workshops all day today and tomorrow!

So far this seminar has been incredibly illuminating and engrossing! I want to be a forensic interviewer of children!

Forensic Interviewing of Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Sponsored by: The FBI New York Office Victim Assistance Program

Thursday, April 17, 2008

8:30 am - 8:45 am Sign In
8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00 am - 10:30 am Forensic Interviewing of Children and Adolescents,
Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm Martha Finnegan, MSW, LCSW, Child Interview Specialist & Catherine S. Connell, MSW, ACSW, Child Interview Specialist
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Touring the Home of the Internet Child Pornography Pedophile, Special Agent Timothy Wittman
4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Interviewing Infants & Talking with Toddlers: Assessing Safety and Risk for Children Ages 0 - 3, Selina Higgins, LCSW-R, MSW, MA

Friday, April 18, 2008

8:30 am - 9:00 am Sign In
9:00 am - 10:30 am The Sexually Exploited Youth: Redefining Victimization,
Sharon Cooper, MD
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Sharon Cooper, MD
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Interviewing Parents and Other Adults Suspected
of Sexual Abuse of a Child
, David Mantell, Ph.D
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm David Mantell, Ph.D

April 15, 2008

Somebody has to be in control: The effort behind George Clooney’s effortless charm. By Ian Parker, New Yorker Magazine

I was surprisingly captured by this article. It's probably because "oh my god, George Clooney is so dreamy!" but it was also because I enjoyed Ian Parker's writing style and his frequently spot-on insights to Cloons' psychology. Enjoy!

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April 13, 2008

George the cat needs a home! Plus he's lost 5 pounds just for his new owners!!

If I didn't have a hubby who's allergic to cats I would have adopted George yesterday. I met this cat a few months ago and instantly fell in love. He is a big cat with an even bigger personality! He loves being with people even more than just being his sexy self. If you're someone who prefers a cat you don't see much, George isn't for you. If not, I encourage you to meet George! He needs a home by mid-May as his owners are leaving the country or he goes to the ASPCA. Please spread the word about this awesome cat. He is BFF potential!

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Last night out in Oxford! England '07

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April 11, 2008

Three new fish haiku

A thrilling trio!
so painfully cute to watch,
nose grease smudge on glass.

April 10, 2008

Kitties love toddler shenanigans: Bodhi & Ollie Kottke!

Shortly after, Bodhi's tail snapped in half but fortunately cat's tails grow back...

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Pining for Japan and Ramen. Hakone, Japan. Summer '07

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April 9, 2008

Shibas will always be my favorite dogs, thanks to Sparky. Part III

Shibas will always be my favorite dogs, thanks to Sparky. Part II

Shibas will always be my favorite dogs, thanks to Sparky.

Meet my Irish twin!

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Witticisms tickle!!

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* via KO!

Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan

Over 20 years ago this book deservedly won the Pulitzer. What's unfortunate is that the experiences detailed in the book remain true to this day. Namely, schizophrenics try to find effective and affordable help, yet a solution remains painfully elusive and instead, they go in and out of the "revolving doors" of the mental health system. Former New Yorker writer Sheehan writes engagingly and with an investigators keen eye (my favorite combo!). It reads like one of those engrossing New Yorker profiles except it doesn't end as quickly! I couldn't recommend this book more.

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April 7, 2008

Today's "Cutest Expression" Winner!

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The Artistic Spectrum event this Thursday!

April is National Autism Month so let's take this opportunity to learn! Check out this Thursday's event my friend Beth Rosenberg helped organize!

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For more info click here.

April 6, 2008

Jay-Z & Mary J. Blige Heart Of the City Tour perform Song Cry, NYC 3/27

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Sparky used to sleep talk all the time too!

Havenese on my mind - surprise me with one!

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Andrea Spratt's Animal House! Los Angeles, January '08

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April 3, 2008

How can we support the Olympics in China or China in general?????!!!!!

China Sentences Rights Activist to Jail

Confined to house arrest for seven months, Chinese activist Hu Jia still managed to use the Internet and telephone to chronicle the harassment of dissidents in his country before he was hauled off to jail last December.

His conviction and sentencing on subversion charges Thursday is the latest indication that China's leadership intends to clamp down hard on dissent ahead of this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Hu, one of China's most prominent human rights advocates, was given 3 1/2 years in prison for ''inciting state subversion,'' said his lawyer, Li Fangping. The evidence against Hu included five Internet articles he wrote and two interviews he gave to foreign media, Li said. continued...

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