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Mark Atwood
Movie Review

Last night's NetFlix was Vanilla Sky. It was better in some ways and not as good in some ways as Abre Los Ojos. Tom Cruise actually worked, since the role called for someone who was used to coasting thru life just on looks and charm. And Penélope Cruz, who plays the same role in both films, is one of the most delectably lovely ladies to grace celluloid.


I kept hearing about snowfall here and there in the area, and did not see any of it. But late this morning when I finally poked my head outdoors, I see that it snowed a couple of inches last night. Heavy and wet, and it's rapidly melting off.

Pennies by the Gallon

I finally obtained a circularly shaped tuit, and hauled my collected two gallons of pennies to a CoinStar machine. I had been planning on donating it to the tsunami relief effort, but that would have gone thru UNICEF. Giving money to the UN would have been worse than just waste, so instead I gave the money to NorthWest Harvest.
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From: ptomblin_lj Date: January 10th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
My first wife and I went to Romania to adopt our children, and since then my favourite charity has been Medicin Sans Frontiers. Those guys were there, doing good work and not just grabbing headlines the way some of the other organizations did. MSF have people in the tsunami affected countries, and I'll bet you anything that they are doing the right thing, doing it well.
docorion From: docorion Date: January 10th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
MSF is, as one of your other readers commented, one of the organizations at the forefront wherever there is need. I have given through them, and probably will again, as well as through others; my sense of MSF is that they will not be a big part of eventual reconstruction, and I'd like to be able to help financially there, as well as with basic emergency relief now. (Not a dig at MSF, it's not their mission to reconstruct. Oxfam America is a possible later recipient-I know someone who works for them at a quite senior level, and I trust him, as well as the agency's reputation for honesty and maximal amount of dollar donated going to relief, rather than to overhead).

As for your UN reference, I agree with all the writer said, except to note that

"transparency, accountability, and some greater approach to even-handedness in the Middle East".

would be a good thing to expect from the US government as well. (Although we do better than the UN on transparency and accountablity).

(Why no, I *don't* ever stop... :-)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 10th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
If MSF and OxFamAm had been on the list, I would have selected them. Unfortunately, they weren't, so I couldn't, so I didn't.

And I much prefer the US gov't UN-evenhandedness in the Middle East, given that "evenhandedness in the Middle East" is too often code for "PLO good, Israel bad".
docorion From: docorion Date: January 11th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
"PLO good, Israel bad"

Good point, although from my perspective, they're *both* looking pretty shabby...
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: January 10th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Medicin Sans Frontiers" If this reference is the same as Doctors with out Borders, I've heard only good things about this organization.
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