GLOBAL: Lest we forget who we are trading with

Chinese Catholic Bishop Dies in Custody
Sep 11, 11:53 AM (ET)

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BEIJING (AP) – A bishop who led an underground congregation of Roman Catholics and was repeatedly detained in China for his loyalty to the Vatican died in police custody, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Bishop Han Dingxiang, 71, was cremated within six hours of his death Sunday and buried in a public cemetery with no priests or other faithful present, both groups said.

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… and lest we forget, who has 5T$, from our trading with them.

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BLOG: My response to Jason Alba calling me an “off topic blogger” :-) (Who cares what they say? Did I get a link?)

>>”off-topic bloggers”???

Hmmm, perhaps JA meant “oft topic”? “often to pick”? Or, “oaf topic”?

I think I’m concerned that I am just misunderstood. Maybe because when I look thru my pane in the Johari window (or is it pain), I see things that should be and ask why the heck not. Often. I admit that! Often! I’m outraged so often, it’s easy to get lathered up several times a planetary rotation. It’s just that some days the Planet in question is Mercury.

And, blogger?

I’m not so sure I qualify as that.

When I look at all the erudition slathered over the blogosphere, maybe I’m more like MySpace.

When I see some folk blogging for branding, I remember I’m unique.

My brand is ZBS! (zero “barbara streisand”) Call ’em as you see em’! And let the chips fall where they may. (Isn’t that being “colorful”?)

I call what I do “plogging”. A “personal (whine) web log” of what I find. My motto is “Wasting your time with things I find interesting, amusing, or enraging.” So maybe that IS the definition of an “off-topic blog”.

I always wanted to be an exemplar.

I can hear JA and others saying “See what happens when you don’t network, when you don’t brand, when you don’t manage your career … … you wind up like HIM!!” while pointing this way and looking down a Pinnochio’s nose.

In any event, I’m glad I was “listening” when JA put out the “bat signal” for crazy fjohn to participate. At least, I was first at something.


Guess, I should be happy to be invited at all. Maybe I should be more circumspect? To paraphrase Grouch, “I wouldn’t want to be part of any club that would have me as a member!”.

the big fat old turkey hisself

P.S.: In counseling job seekers — usually FOWGs who didn’t see the axe being swung — I have a collected a slew of recruiter stories. Maybe one of these days, I’ll chronicle then in a series of blog posts. I’ll probably get sued if I name names. Be a different kind of carnival.

P.P.S.: Seekers can visit my “turkey farm” at Just mention Jason’s name at the gate. (Just joshing, there’s no gate.) I give it all away trying to repay all the people that have helped me along the way.

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INTERESTING: Terrorists are not greatest threat

Colin Powell: Terrorists are not greatest threat to nation

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Powellingq In an interview with GQ magazine that’s scheduled to be put online here at 11 a.m. ET, former secretary of State and one-time potential presidential candidate Colin Powell has this to say about terrorism and the threat it poses to the USA:

“What is the greatest threat facing us now? People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists in the world who can change the American way of life or our political system? No. Can they knock down a building? Yes. Can they kill somebody? Yes. But can they change us? No. Only we can change ourselves. So what is the great threat we are facing?”

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OK, let’s get back to the America of our forefathers. (1) Honest money. (2) End gooferment welfare. (3) End the phony “War on Drugs”. (4) End gooferment education. In my lifetime, please.

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