NPR – January 6, 2016

I (author Deepak Singh)learned that cow dung cakes can now be ordered on the Indian Amazon website. Out of curiosity, I ordered 6 pieces. It cost me 236 rupees, about $4. I called the local office of Amazon and spoke to Jaideep, who was very courteous and happy to answer my questions. He said, “Sir, this is a new product that Amazon is selling and they are getting a lot of orders from folks in urban areas where it is not so easy to find cow dung cakes.” When I asked him what people wanted it for, he said, “They use it for religious purposes only.”

There’s no news here, it’s sad to say,
There’s crap in my mailbox every day.


The Atlantic -November 10, 2015

Seeking religious affirmation from corporate branding is ironic, misguided, and culturally damaging.

All I want from Starbucks when I go,
Is a hot, well-brewed cup of joe.

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The Week – August 7, 2015

Archaeologists are unearthing a treasure trove of artifacts from the massive 4,500-year-old monument, including intricately crafted arrowheads, a skeleton buried with an amber necklace, an early Bronze Age burial, and a rare stone building that rests in the center of the henge.

Nothing’s changed, same old thing,
Build it BIG (don’t forget the bling.)


The Wall Street Journal – December 22, 2014

Why sit on Santa’s lap when you can use an app? The new cyber Santa juggles a full schedule: texting, calling and video-chatting often for a price. Some services cost up to $30 for quality St. Nick time

Santa’s LAP is no longer for sitting,
Now that Santa’s LAPTOP is transmitting.


The Island Packet – September 17, 2014

It’s time for Congress to have an up-or-down vote on authorizing the use of force. Sadly, that doesn’t appear likely. And not because Congress is too busy on other matters of similar import. Last week, the House voted to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers act and to rename the Bainbridge island Japanese-American memorial.

Bluster? Concur? Delay? Deplore?
But, declare your VOTE about going to WAR.