worth reading • dueling news items – we’re eating more beets…oops wrong announcement….the the National Endowment for the Arts says we’re reading more fiction I read it in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

well worth reading • This Publisher’s Weekly feature is just one of the pieces out there that will clarify how the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Basically all you need to know is that the secondary market is exempted from having to provide lead certifications for products marketed to children under 12. And only new products physically manufactured AFTER February 10th will be affected. As the law stands right now books and handmade toys are not exempt. Hopefully one of the many petitions and complaints that SHOULD Be flooding your congressman and mine will encourage congress to pull their collective heads out of their asses. These knee jerk legislations always manage to fuck someone over, and in this case it’s anyone who producing handcrafted items for children. At the testing cost of $10,000 per item, we will have have successfully managed to kill off one of the few manufacturing businesses left in the United States. And all it took to avoid it was a little common sense. Bravo Washington pinheads, another one in the win column for free trade.

worth seeing • don’t know much about this guy named Matt, but he’s got a hell of a life.

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