A New Year is Monday’s Meme

With all the counting down that happens this time of year, perhaps we should do a bit ourselves?

But what is the question? Books? Movies. Music? World Events? Fashion?

And should we do best of show or worst ever?

Here is you challenge then. Create a countdown list in the comments. Minimum of 5 but maxing out at ten. Don’t limit yourself. Any topic. Here’s mine:

Top Five Setbacks for Women

 (and by extension the other gender)

in 2008

1) Sarah Palin being the most qualified woman McCain could find to run with him.

2) The media’s sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton. (When cankles and pantsuits are debated seriously by pundits, we might as well start lobbying for our own Liberia.)

3) The Bush Administrations rush to implement protection for health care workers tender consciences (here’s hoping you never need a blood transfusion and your doctor is a Jehovah’s Witness).

4) Oprah is fat again. (If a billionaire kingmaker like Winfrey can’t elude the superficial demons of American culture, the rest of us are doomed.)

5) Caroline Kennedy makes the cut for possibly replacing Clinton in the Senate. (A setback? Surely I jest? Nope, the media is giddy with the idea Kennedy can be compensated for her losses with a Senate seat because being a Harvard lawyer with constitutional credentials out the ying-yang and years of experience running mega charities don’t count as much as having been semi-orphaned and photogenic as a girl-child.)

Can’t wait to read yours.

One response to “A New Year is Monday’s Meme

  1. I think you mean 2008, but whatever.

    Five books that impressed me this year
    1. Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenberg.
    A description of the damage to the environment caused by a lack of large predators.

    2. China Syndrome:The True Story of the 21st Century’s First Great Epidemic by Karl Taro Greenfeld
    The story of the SARS epidemic and the way it was finally conquered by a correspondent for Time magazine stationed in Hong Kong.

    3. The Great Mortality: The Story of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of all Time by John Kelly
    The title says it all. Although I think the 1918 influenza epidemic may have killed more people, the Black Death brought with it a lot of societal changes.

    4. Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman
    Krugman won the Nobel Prize for Economics this year, and a lot of his predictions since I’ve been reading his columns have been right on. Now let’s hope the powers that be listen to him to get us out of this mess.

    5. The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate, and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
    A good overview of the science of climate change. If you didn’t believe in it before, you will after you read this book. Explains all the Earth’s climate cycles, and why it’s different this time.

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