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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 1:09:47 PM
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Re: Woody Allen????? Really????
Thanks, Nicole. Yes, it's actually a good thing to hear that someone's famous name doesn't always open doors.

Woody Allen's name is famous, but he seems to be less popular than he once was. I think his marriage years ago to his adopted step-daughter didn't help, though that seems to have worked out for them.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/2/2014 10:21:29 AM
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Re: Woody Allen????? Really????
Ha, from what I recall, it was a pretty entertaining story. I can't claim to have any understanding of how The New Yorker chooses what it does and doesn't run. I wouldn't think they'd turn anything down from Woody Allen, but it's good to know that celebrities don't always get a free pass.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/31/2013 1:41:11 PM
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Re: Things to do with dog droppings
To your point, @NewDream, I think it's worthy considering what we allow in terms of rules and regulations. Many are up for re-consideration, no doubt. We have plenty of unpleasant examples worldwide to show us what happens when government gets too powerful -- and falls into the hands of individuals who are power mad.

NewDream
NewDream  
12/31/2013 1:26:31 PM
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Re: Things to do with dog droppings
When I have "pets" they are really more part of my family. Or perhaps I'm part of their family...

Some of the responsibilities that society imposes on us are artificial, and I'm not always of the opinion that they are real. I have my own very rigorous standards for responsible behavior, and I try not to push the envelope too far on what society expects.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/31/2013 1:20:38 PM
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Re: Things to do with dog droppings
Gotcha, NewDream. My only additional comment, though, would be that dogs are domesticated animals. That means we've chosen as a species to incorporate them in our lives, kind of like farms and gardens and gold mines. So it's on us to take the responsibility to maintain them.

NewDream
NewDream  
12/31/2013 4:23:51 AM
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Re: Things to do with dog droppings
Mary, my rebellious inclinations do not preclude my seeing that it is a good thing for people to clean up after their companions. I don't like the overabundance of laws in modern society and the ones having to do with keeping animals are among the ones I'd get rid of, however.

I personally choose to keep companions that don't need walking and cleaning up after, because it's easier not to keep a dog than to put up with the legal impositions. I choose not to have kids too. Similar reasons, when it comes down to it. The less encumbrances I have the less anyone else can say about what I do and who I am.

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 9:56:12 PM
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Re: Boris again
Apparently, they both are able to ignore the comments about their hair, or else they thrive on the attention it gets them. Interesting personality study!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 9:52:56 PM
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Re: Things to do with dog droppings
Ssdly, @NewDream, there's no alternative for owners but to pick up after their dogs. That said, why should that be such a bad thing? Farmers have to shovel out after horses and cattle, etc.

Animals can't decide where they're going to go; if humans want to have them as companions, we need to take responsibility to care for them and make sure other people are safe too.

I think a big question is whether something constructive can be done with doodoo (ie fertilizer). I think there is a move afoot to do this. At least, I see ads for poop collectors, who presumably reconstitute it as fertilizer.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/30/2013 9:44:46 PM
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Re: Woody Allen????? Really????
@Nicole, I love that Woody read a story that had been rejected. My question is whether it was really so bad that a publisher felt it wasn't worth posting even from as big a name as Woody Allen....?

 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/30/2013 8:03:03 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: donald and boris!!
Great point on substance, and wait a minute - our politicians have a problem on all levels here lots of the time!

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