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:: Monday, March 31, 2003 ::
Excellent article outlining a European perspective on American ultra-right conservatism.
www.iusedtobelieve.com - Things that you believed to be true when you were a small child. Courtesy of the netfreak alert.
A few days back I made the claim that I was going to eat a Tastykake French Apple Pie every day until the 'Give-Me-Freedom-and-Give-Me-Fries-With-That' movement relented. That wasn't idle lipservice - I was really going to follow through. However, today I learned that the Wawa here in University City stopped carrying them. Hey- I went down swingin', France (unlike your boxer Morrade Hakkar this weekend against Bernard Hopkins)
["I have seen the enemy... and he is us!"] With the war in full swing, there's only one side that can be 100% proven to be manufacturing and stockpiling chemical weapons, and that's the U.S.A. Check out this handy map to see how many thousands of tons of skin-devouring blistering agent, deadly nerve agent, totally unsporting chemical mines, and spray cartridges that your tax dollars are buying to stockpile in your state! Check out the most dangerous double-standard in the history of civilization. (I know it seems like a lot, after all - how many tens of thousands of tons of good ole made-in-the-U.S.A chemical and biological agent does it take to wipe out 'evil', right? Think before you mouth off: "moral clarity" don't come cheap, brother!) This doesn't even touch nuclear weapons, which are apparently also something only America is allowed to own.
Donald Rumsfeld, an expert in putting people other than himself in harm's way, (NYTimes) unflinchingly defends his war plan, apparently citing its approval from numerous bobble-headed yes-men, fellow warmonger cheerleaders, and his own reflection in the mirror. What were your readers looking at, Don? The groovy cover, or the stack of purchase orders slated for the private advisors' defense contractor associations tucked under the title page?
In 'Clearing the Air', Richard Perle (a.k.a. the 'Prince of Darkness') writes a defense of his position that sounds rather more like an advertisement for himself and his services.:: Friday, March 28, 2003 ::
Great sites dedicated to 60's 'Supermariontronics' shows Captain Scarlet and the Thunderbirds (both 100% Flash navs.):: Thursday, March 27, 2003 ::
More French madness. I can't say I'm head-over-heels about the French. I used to work for a French company, and they never kept their disdain for Americans a secret. I've heard everything from the typical arrogant insults to outright paranoid anti-American rants (e.g. the CIA is trying to steal the company's secrets). I just didn't understand it. I never had any problem with any of them. In fact, most of the people who didn't immediately distrust me because of my citizenship were really decent folks. In the U.S., this imbicilic jingoistic crusade that the mouthbreather isolationist/patriotic contingency has gotten themselves wrapped up in is really starting to reek of bona fide fascism, and frankly, its getting embarrassing. Now (and here's proof that I'm not making this up) French's mustard feels compelled to publicly dissociate themselves from their brand name Stop. Please. Just stop. Yer killin' me over here. Who are these people that think 'Freedom Fries' and 'Freedom Toast' are a clever bon mot? Where?! I want to see one. What other witty barbs do they have? In protest, I'm going to eat a Tastykake French Apple Pie every day until this idiocy stops.
Don't miss GMT+9's Avant Garde Czech photography links compilation today!
DIY: How to build a microphone for $4.:: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 ::
Rebuilding contracts awarded for Iraq. In a sickeningly brazen display of fat, backroom-dealing, corrupt hubris, Cheney's old cronies at Halliburton, Co. are early winners of the Republican destruction sweepstakes. Is somebody making this up? This can't be real. Where are the Democrats in all of this? At the buffet table?:: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 ::
[More independent art under attack] This 'terrorist' branding bullshit has gotten out of hand. The band Godspeed You Black Emperor was detained and held for questioning as suspected terrorists. They're Canadian. Their music is instrumental. They have a cellist. How couldn't they be terrorists, you ask? Please support them for the disturbing treatment they've been submitted to as guests in the U.S. and pick up one of their fantastic records (I personally recommend 'Lift Your skinny fists..'). You can also check them out on tour, but their shows sell out extremely quickly. They also have a new song, "Albanian", available for download on their official website. Check these guys out before the regime declares their music illegal. Their sound is somehow perfect for our times.
This disturbing, neofascist event is sponsored by Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
Major Label Contract Critique courtesy of the Future of Music Coalition
[Charlie, you're getting a Dell!] Computerized tuna.
Congrats to Michael Moore for his clearly articulated speech that neatly sums up Bush's illegitmate fiasco in Iraq. His blunt appraisal only highlights the mass media's abject cowardice in their failure to accurately report what a majority of the world feels about the Bush administration's warmongering ideologies.
[Coming invasion of the international carpetbagger force] Details of BushCo's oil war are emerging which indicate that the U.S. is going to run Iraq (NYTimes) after the war.:: Monday, March 24, 2003 ::
There's a neat kids toy called the Wild Planet Radio DJ, which lets kids run a radio station (AM 1610) with transmissions up to 30 feet. It's got a built-in tape player, mic, and cute 'On Air' light, and it runs around 20 bucks. Of course there's also a hack that tells older, soldering gun-slinging, schematic-reading kids how to mod it to broadcast independent radio up to a mile. For anyone living in prime broadcasting space, say midtown Manhattan, this would be a great countermeasure to the dastardly, ultraconservative ClearChannel company, who is apparently now sponsoring pro-death rallies in their major markets. It looks like unsanctioned 'pirate' radio is shaping up to be the only viable outlet for uncorrupted radio communication. Anyway, I hope that at least a few kids are plunking down thier $20 for the WPRDJ with an eye toward positive, conscientious 'hacking' rather than emulating the idiotic neofascist, right-wing garbage thats filling the airwaves thanks to monopolies like Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
The can-struction of famous buildings. The world's finest examples of architecture modelled using beer and soda cans. Get it?! CAN-struction!?
Are you a protestor who lives in Oregon? Republicans from that state are calling you a terrorist.
The philosophical roots of Islamic terrorism. (NYTimes):: Friday, March 21, 2003 ::
When did the Small Faces release "All or Nothing" in England? Check out The 1960s British Rock and Popular Music for this and every other 60's britpop release you'd want to know about. (August 6, '66)
Surfmobile models: Woodies n' Wagons from around the globe.
Support the Dixie Chicks.
Blind dating. New Yorkers seek soulmates in total darkness. Waiters wear night vision goggles.
Protesters nationwide stop business as usual. Info is here for taking part of the massive rally to be held THIS SATURDAY, March 23, In NYC.:: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 ::
BushCo's war on America is starting to get ugly. According to this, a red-alert means house arrest for everyone. Bush isn't just damaging to people who need to work for a living (almost 3 million have been canned since this imbecile took office). He doesn't just want your job, he wants your basic human rights.:: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 ::
But I would also like to remind the member countries of the United Nations, and especially those who make up the Security Council, that the use of force represents the last recourse, after having exhausted every other peaceful solution, in keeping with the well-known principles of the UN Charter.
A link to this great site came in my inbox today. Californiacoastline.org lets you visually browse the west coast from Oregon to Mexico via beautiful arial photographs of the coast.
And the "No shit!" award goes to... Ari Fleischer! (This one is a close runner up):: Monday, March 17, 2003 ::
Resignation speech of British ex Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.
One step closer to photonic ink.
Remember that Cheers where Cliff Clavin had a potato in the shape of Nixon's head? (it was one of those bad "Carla" episodes) Well, a woman now has an aubergine thats seeds spell Allah.
Modelling mathematical surfaces with a link to the coolest Klein bottle you've ever seen.
Bush snubs press-corps traditions in briefings.
As companies face tough choices during our prolonged economic recession, Matching 401K programs are getting eliminated (NYTimes). With an aging population and too little retirement saving occuring anyway, the effects of this may be drastic and far-reaching.
College students getting 33 Months in a Federal Penetentiary for music file sharing? That's what John Carter (R, TX) wants.:: Thursday, March 13, 2003 ::
A sign of a true leader, or the pinnacle of political phoniness? George Bush won't speak without a guarantee of a standing ovation. What the hell?!:: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 ::
As I heard the news that the Supreme Court blocked the 300th execution since Texas brought back the death penalty in 1977, I thought of my home state, Delaware, where they still hang people. More pics in the gallows gallery.
Hey! That's a nice surprise. In this day of divisive politics, here's something pretty much anybody with a pulse can get behind. Bush signed the National Do Not Call list into law today.
At the House, Freedom Toast sounds more like a noun/adjective headline than a menu item.
A Traditionally black college in rural Mississippi tackles racial diversity by hosting a "thriving pod of Russians" (NYTimes):: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 ::
Did Rumsfeld forget to take his medication or is there a sane, rational reason for him pissing off even the British?:: Monday, March 10, 2003 ::
Excellent conspiro-paranoic rants at TimeCube
This stuff has to end soon: It's Friday, and we have rising sea levels, multi-million dollar political corruption, ever increasing jobless rates (NYTimes), and a 10 day threat to start a war that makes no sense. Bush is piling up the largest troop and ammunition buildup ever assembed in the history of mankind, and they're bickering over a few missles that Iraq would need to defend itself against this brutality. Entire Australian cities want to defect to France. I'd say these were sure signs of the end of the world if the Weekly World news didn't chime in with an exclusive on a Super Beer that Cures Cancer.
I mentioned this 8th of March guy in the blog some time last fall, and lo and behold, the day is almost upon us. What's gonna happen? Biblical events or hoax? Tune in at 5 after midnight (EST, I think) and find out.:: Thursday, March 06, 2003 ::
Saddam translator is an SAG member who affected a fake accent.
Republican Senator Bill Frist has a "Should we go to war?" poll on his website. Right now, the respondents are overwhelmingly pro-war.:: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 ::
A guy was arrested for wearing a "Peace" T-shirt. We're the good guys in this soon-to-be war, right? Not only was he insulted by being asked to remove his clothing in public, but he was asked to do so by mall security. These redneck idiots actually had the poor guy taken away in cuffs.
The tiniest electro-mechanical combination lock used for data security.:: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 ::
The Thirty Year Itch - The U.S.'s current warmongering psychology in a historical context
Michael Jackson put a voodoo curse on Spielberg. I wonder what constitutes bad luck for Spielberg? Tripping over piles of cash in his den that he didn't have room for anywhere else? Major champagne spill in the hot tub? There's no word on how the rest of us can get Jackson to send some bad voodoo our way. Spabooks? Is that like Spizz-ooks or something? Can't this man be stopped? I guarantee you that nose ain't prosthetic, though. Any second grade art class clay session could work up something better than that.
Return to the Batcave!!!!
HR Background Check data exchange standards have been approved. This means a greater loss of privacy for job seekers and more corporate snooping into irrelevant, personal matters. This is, of course, done in the name of National Security. I wonder what the RPM reading of Jefferson spinning in his grave is?
Would you like to be assigned your very own threat assessment color? On the spot? Without your accusors disclosing how they arrived at their decision? Then Fly Delta!! Boycott Delta - In response to the airline's complicity in the federal attack on privacy by using CAPS II.:: Sunday, March 02, 2003 ::
Ub Iwerks: Animator and Walt Disney's first business partner.     (w/ link to first Mickey strip)