“Amazon Cloud Drive is already riling up the music and film industries. FoxNews reported that “Music companies and Hollywood studios ripped CEO Jeff Bezos’ plan for Amazon’s cloud-based streaming service. ‘It sounds like legalized murder to me,’ said one senior music veteran, adding that legal action was being considered.”—Amazon Makes Play for the Consumer Cloud Crowd
“Calling its previous bag fees an “Early Bird Discount,” the airline will now charge travelers who pay for checked or carry-on bags within 24 hours of departure online an extra $5 and an extra $10 for travelers who pay over the phone.”—Spirit Airlines adds new fees for luggage - CNN.com Spirit Airlines also has dropped its threshold for overweight checked bags from 50 pounds to 40 pounds. So if your bag weighs between 41 and 50 pounds, you’ll pay an additional $25 on top of whatever you paid to check the bag. Checked bag fees start at $28 for the first bag checked online or by phone — 24 hours in advance — for travelers who aren’t part of the airline’s fare club. The new weight limits went into effect for travel after February 1, Pinson said.
“When someone says without equivocation, “I’m genuinely sorry,” no excuses, no blaming anyone else, but “I did it, now just tell me how I can make it right,” it’s the equivalent of letting the air out of the tires of the other person’s anger, and opening a pathway to healing and forgiveness. But what’s infuriating is when people refuse or seem emotionally incapable of doing that, blaming everyone but himself for “what happened.”—Keli Goff: The Real Reason Everybody Hates Chris… Brown, That Is (It’s Not Why You Think)
Okay, anyone who’s anyone knows how he got out: he distracted the penguins with conversation while his tail went through the ducts and punched the buttons on his habitat security. He also sounds a lot like Prince Naveen.
“Today was my first day of the United Way Hunger Challenge, a five-day commitment to eat on $7 a day, the maximum food stamp benefit for one individual. So far, so good. I started out with a serving of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, $4.99 for a tin that makes 20 servings, at Trader Joe’s.”—Al Dente: Going Whole Chicken
“The Chiang-shih comes to Harlan in “Inheritance,” by Stephanie Lenz. It has intrigue and gore, a multi-cultural concept while keeping the small town vibe, and some disturbingly incestuous threads, all woven together to create quite the memorable tale.”—Darkness Dwells in Harlan County | Shock Totem (I’ve read this review before but it was rewritten and/or reposted March 3 and just reshared by Apex).
"Many English translations prefer to translate ‘Asherah’ as ‘Sacred Tree,’" Wright said. "This seems to be in part driven by a modern desire, clearly inspired by the Biblical narratives, to hide Asherah behind a veil once again."
"Mentions of the goddess Asherah in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) are rare and have been heavily edited by the ancient authors who gathered the texts together," Aaron Brody, director of the Bade Museum and an associate professor of Bible and archaeology at the Pacific School of Religion, said.
Asherah as a tree symbol was even said to have been “chopped down and burned outside the Temple in acts of certain rulers who were trying to ‘purify’ the cult, and focus on the worship of a single male god, Yahweh,” he added.
“The Glee guy, what a f—king jerk. Slash was the first one. He wanted to do Guns N’ Roses, and Slash is like ‘I f—-ing hate musicals. It’s worse than Grease.’ Then [Murphy’s] like, ‘Well of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up ol’ rock star, that’s what they f—-ing do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little assholes…’ And it’s just like, ‘Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee.’ Me included.”—Glee Diss Alert! This Time It’s Head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl Piling On - E! Online