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March 23, 2009

BREVITAS

ELITE ETHNOGRAPHY

Politico -
Washington's power-lunch set. . . say economic downturn be damned - some conversations need to be had over a white tablecloth, or at least accented with some fresh-ground pepper. . . "The three-martini lunch is out, but the power lunch is still on," says Republican strategist and consultant John Feehery. . . At The Palm on 19th Street, for example, manager Tommy Jacomo says business is off "a little bit" - but not nearly as much as it is elsewhere in the country. "Instead of a $150 wine, they might order a $100 bottle, but other than that, it's pretty much status quo," he says.

GREAT MOMENTS IN RELIGION


Information Age Prayer is a subscription service utilizing a computer with text-to-speech capability to incant your prayers each day. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your prayers will always be said even if you wake up late, or forget. We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying. Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen. Information Age Prayer is careful to point out this service should be used as a supplemental prayer, not to replace your own prayers (particularly with respect to the Muslim Salat. Fees depend on religion and type of prayer. For example, for Catholics, The Lords Prayer (Daily) is $3.95 a month. A Hail Mary is $0.07 each. . . Are prayers blasphemous when voiced by a computer? We recommend you contact your local clergy for a personal answer, however we think that Information Age Prayer is a new and exciting way to connect with God.

THE MIX

Advocate
- Findings released by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law show that gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are as likely or even more likely than heterosexuals to live in poverty. . . Same-sex partners are more likely to be poor than their heterosexual counterparts because they lack access to safety nets such as a spouse's health insurance coverage and Social Security survivor benefits. . . Lesbian couples are more likely to be poor than married heterosexuals, and that children of same-sex parents have twice the risk of living in poverty compared to children of married heterosexual parents.

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