...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Little surprise, then, that he classified almost a third of the English prisoners as "mental retards". Another third were deemed to be suffering degenerative mental illnesses that were turning them into schizoids, paranoids or psychopaths. Their fall into Marxism was, in turn, exacerbated by the fact that 29% were also considered "social imbeciles".

"Once more we see confirmed that social resentment, frustrated aspirations and envy are the sources of Marxism," he added. "The persistence of the ideological attitude of the English Marxists is the result of their closed minds and lack of culture."

The results, predictably concluding that Marxists really were mad, tell us more about the mindset of those who, with Franco at the helm, would run Spain for the next 40 years than about the British and other men at San Pedro de Cardena. They also reinforced the use of one of Franco's preferred political solutions for his opponents - the firing squad

The 15-year-old just wanted to raise money for her new squad, which can't afford to travel to national competitions or hire an assistant coach. So Boyes hit upon what she thought was a bright idea: to sell bottled water bearing a label with her school logo at school events. She got a $750 donation for startup costs, designed a label, had 6,000 printed, found a supplier and ordered 15 cases.

Then Pepsi, which has an exclusive 10-year, $5 million contract with the district, got wind of the deal. The contract allows only Pepsi products, including its Aquafina brand water, to be sold on school grounds. The district also has exclusive contracts with food-service, furniture, athletic-equipment and computer dealers. "It was really disappointing," said Boyes, who had hoped to net 55 cents in profit for every $1 bottle sold. "I guess now we'll just have more car washes."

George Hall, the school district's purchasing director, said he has been working with Pepsi officials on a compromise that would help the cheerleaders raise money, perhaps by letting the group sell Aquafina water and keep the profit that otherwise would go to the school.

Puritans thought sex on Sunday was a sin. They believed every baby was born on the same day of the week on which it was conceived, nine months later. So they punished the mother whose baby was born on Sunday.


along the way

Last month on the floor of the House of Representatives, Republican Congressman Henry Hyde asked: �How is it that the country that invented Hollywood and Madison Avenue has such trouble promoting a positive image of itself overseas?�

His president and brother-in-arms, George W. Bush, has responded to this question with the creation of the Office of Global Communications (OGC), a beauty salon of sorts through which the ugly image of the-U.S.-as-empire will begin passing this October.


She has been an outstanding dancer since she began

Harvey the cube

Plane waif link wage

Students, parents, and savvy educators praised Alcott, but others weren't ready for his ideas and he subscequently lost all of his infant schools. The final blow came in 1837, when he enrolled a Black child into his Boston school.

Alcott was a man with a mission, a man without bigotry, and one who rejected the accumulation of material goods, and for this he was misunderstood, without a school, and a way to earn a stable income.

The Alcott family had financial burdens. Not that Bronson Alcott didn't work hard: he chopped wood, he built his friend Emerson summer house, he shared his intellect with his friends and through the books and articles he wrote, he grew an apple orchard, and throughout his life he ventured near and far delivering his "Conversations" to anyone who would listen.These were talks, largely presented in parlors, but also in halls and churches, on topics ranging from Plato, God, and education, to vegetarianism and animal rights. Sometimes he was paid a handsome amount for sharing his thoughts, other times very little. He could have been called a preacher without a permanent parish.

It has been oft claimed that Alcott "lived off" his daughter Louisa May, author of Little Women. If there had been no Bronson Alcott, there could have been no Little Women. Those familiar with the Alcott family know that the children's' novel was based largely on reality. The Transcendentalism that runs throughout the novel, and its sequels, including Little Men, is the result of the loving atmosphere Bronson Alcott created for his family that was supported by his wife.

We don't have $34 million to save the lives of poor women, but Bush wants to spend $135 million on abstinence education, which doesn't work.

According to that fountain of misinformation, the Rev. Jerry Falwell: "This announcement angered school sex educators, who concentrate on teaching our nation's students that they should explore their sexuality and ignore the consequences. But Mr. Bush said government can teach children how to exhibit sexual control."

Actually, sex education is entirely about the consequences of "exploring sexuality," and it works. The Guttmacher Institute published a report last week showing that the abortion rate is down by 11 percent precisely because young people are getting more education about sex. One would think the anti-abortion forces would be grateful.

America's legal drug pushers are once again free to offer their potent concoctions for our kids' consumption without having to prove that they are safe or effective for pediatric use.
This is no small matter, given the skyrocketing number of children being prescribed heaping helpings of powerful mood-altering drugs.
For instance, 1.5 million kids are currently taking Prozac and its equivalents even though the FDA hasn't approved these drugs for use by anyone under 18.

In making his ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. made it clear that the problem wasn't the FDA's attempt to protect our kids, but Congress' failure to authorize them to do so. He pointed out that earlier this year Congress considered but passed on the chance to require drug companies to make sure that products designed for grown-ups but regularly given to kids are, in fact, safe for children to take. But Capitol Hill is not the only pharmaceutical industry-friendly place in Washington. The drug companies also appear to have found an ally inside the highest echelons of the FDA.

In keeping with the White House's habit of assigning foxes to guard the henhouses they used to stalk -- including the tres-vulpine Harvey Pitt and Gale Norton -- last summer the president appointed lawyer Daniel Troy as the FDA's general counsel. While in private practice, Troy had successfully challenged the agency's power to regulate drug companies -- particularly the companies' ability to freely promote and market their products.

It probably shouldn't come as too much of a surprise then that, from his lofty post, Troy has overseen a dramatic decrease in the number of drug companies that have been reprimanded for running false or misleading commercials -- even as the drug ads filling our TV screens and magazines have multiplied. Of course, it could just be that the drug companies have all joined the Boy Scouts and are now being meticulously honest and trustworthy.

"Beebopterismo" comes just before movements named "Planet Elf Sindoori" and "Earth Whistlers," Riley said.

"Sun Rings" directly incorporates some recorded sounds from Gurnett's scientific instruments into the live performance and also uses string instruments to mimic and build upon those elements. Riley added parts for a choir "to further emphasize that this work is largely about humans as they reach out from Earth to gain an awareness of their solar system neighborhood," he said.

Foreman said, "This pilot project should be dumped in the garbage along with the dirty chickens it produces. The only reason for the administration to go forward after the GAO report is to give in to the poultry industry's pressure to run their production lines faster. Faster line speeds result in more fecal matter on poultry. Consumers do not want poop on their poultry."
So who's in favor of poop on poultry?

Surprise -- it's the meat and poultry industry!

Industry officials have argued for years that food-poisoning bacteria are natural constituents of raw meat and poultry and that they have no obligation to control them. It's up to the consumer to cook them properly. That would be fine except, as CFA points out, cooking doesn't stop cross-contamination. The pathogens get on everything that the raw meat and poultry touches -- cutting boards, utensils, hands and other foods.

In December of last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the industry in a case that gutted meat and poultry inspection laws. In the case of Supreme Beef (I'm not responsible for the irony), the court ruled that "because cooking kills Salmonella organisms, the presence of Salmonella in meat products does not render them injurious to health."

Which brings us right back to politics, because guess who appoints the judges? After the decision, the Consumer Federation called on Congress to immediately rewrite the 1967 Federal Meat Inspection Act. Sen. Tom HarkIn, who is in a tight race in Iowa, is the leading member of Congress on meat safety issues and is chairman of the relevant committee.

And why would politicians take chances with the very lives of their constituents?

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that 82 percent of the meat industry's political contributions, $4.5 million since 1990, went to Republicans. To labor the point, it does actually make a real difference in your daily life who winds up in public office.

So to all of you who "just don't care about politics," take another bite of chicken and think about it some more.

Sharp forms CPU on glass substrate
The first technology of its kind in the world was developed jointly by Sharp and Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, on the basis of their jointly developed continuous grain (CG) silicon technology. The technology could lead to the development of notebook personal computers and 15-inch TVs as thin as 1 mm and weighing only around 300 grams.
Nov 5, 2002 Kyodo News

In four years and three months, he traveled to 43 countries around the world, putting 55,000 kilometers on his Cannondale bike. He began in London, then traveled through Africa, the Middle East, China, southeast Asia, and both Americas.

''I wanted to see how people live around the world, what they feel and what they think,'' Sakamoto said

A baby-sitter, Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, was shot dead on Oct. 3. Bush was unheard. The next morning he flew to Boston to raise a million dollars for the Republican candidate for governor, Mitt Romney. The bus driver, Conrad Johnson, got up at 4 a.m. and made lunch sandwiches for his school kids, then got to work early so he could have a breath of air and maybe talk to one of the other bus drivers. He was standing in the well of his bus, early for work, when he was shot dead. George Bush was in Texas and flying to North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama for Republican Congress candidates.

His idea of a federal disaster emergency is a flood in Louisiana. He was absent for most of the year from the World Trade Center. It was obvious that he and his people despise New York because of our people. The least he could have done was like Washington. But while the shots rang out, he reveled in fund-raisers in far states.

He keeps crying war to keep people from realizing how many of us are broke.

Here on Merrick road the other morning, one of the people from the music business told me that Mizell apparently died in money trouble.

The same as Queens people who were lined up at a check cashing store next door to his studio. The line went out onto the sidewalk.....

{and more Breslin:}
Missing in court at yesterday's hearing on the five young men convicted in the Central Park jogging case was Donald Trump, who at the time of the crime perpetrated as lousy an act as he knew how, and that he can do.

The five want their charges scrubbed from their records because there are so many facts now saying they were not guilty.

Trump was seen yesterday on television in McDonald's commercials. Here he is, dead on the screen, with hair of swirled cement and strange color, and with a bad chin. That's up to the director. But his record shows he ran full-page newspaper ads that inflamed a city over race when the jogger was attacked. If McDonald's likes its Trump commercials then send them a message. Stay out.

Sometimes you have to settle for what's available, not what's best, because otherwise you won't get anything at all.

That's the basic argument in favor of giving vast deregulatory freedom to some of America's telecommunications giants. Unless they can control who has access to their lines and at what price, say the cable and regional phone companies, they won't deploy the high-speed data access that the nation wants and needs.

In a move as craven as any we've seen lately, the technology industry seems to have signed onto this corporate extortion. Since broadband deployment is so crucial to the future of the tech companies, they're willing to jump into bed with anyone who'll make it happen sooner than later -- and the heck with the public interest.

And despite opposition from telecom competitors who fear being frozen out and do-gooders who understand the consequences, official Washington is leaning toward decisions that could make today's media concentration seem modest.

I say we should hold out for what's best, not what's expedient.

What's best? We could embark on a crash program, funded by taxpayers, to bring broadband to every home and business in America. Maybe it should be a build-out of networks using fiber and wireless technologies. Maybe it should be subsidies that allow end users to buy what they want, spurring industry innovation along the way.

This is a national security issue, if we understand it correctly. Broadband everywhere isn't just about vast new economic opportunities. By decentralizing the workforce, we are increasing our collective safety, too.
The danger of letting the telecom monopolists control the information that moves on their lines should be equally obvious. In an Information Age, giving such power to businesses with a history of abusing it seems bizarre.

At the very least, we must have laws -- and yes, that means hard-nosed regulation and enforcement -- ensuring that the cable and phone companies cannot discriminate against any content. For example, SBC Communications, which has a business partnership with Yahoo to provide DSL service, shouldn't be allowed to give customers slower access, or no access at all, to another portal site.

What would we lose by calling the telecom giants' bluff? Maybe a couple of years of rapid broadband deployment, though what they're deploying now -- DSL and cable modem connections -- runs at such a slow speed that it can only be called broadband if you stretch the definition. In South Korea and other places where deployment is going strong, speeds are much faster and prices much lower.

There's another party at this table, by the way. Local governments can and should be building their own fiber networks, as some already have done. Unsurprisingly, the phone companies have been lobbying state legislatures to forbid this practice. We need a federal law that explicitly allows municipalities to bypass the monopolists.

The net difference between Republicans and Democrats in fiscal policy, then, is this: Democrats favor policies which, on balance, shift money from the rich toward the poor. Republicans favor policies which shift money from the poor to the rich. Of course, that leaves people who are simply opposed to any income redistribution at all with no obvious preference. So there's one last thing I'd like them to remember:

On matters concerning personal liberty, and the right of people to conduct their private lives as they see fit, the difference between the parties is quite real. The Republicans have clearly allied themselves with fundamentalist Christians who are determined to impose their views, and their lifestyle, on the rest of us. Well after September 11th, John Ashcroft is continuing to devote substantial federal resources to the fight against medical marijuana distribution, even in states where it has been put to a referendum and endorsed by the voters.

You know how a mother porpoise burps her baby?
Taps its underside repeatedly with her nose. She nurses the little rascal for a year and a half.
L.M. Boyd

and there was no long charge that day

we trotted

through the valley of death. Trotted

through grape, great shot, volleys that plumed

in gristle.

But we would not hustle.

The Lancers, Dragoons, the Light Dragoons,

the 8th and 11th Hussars!

There goes the hand of Shewell! flying back

into the west!

There goes Beltel's head like a magnificent crow

flapping into the hoof-mud!

Until finally the men, blast them, broke

the canter,

and between the Fedioukine Hills and Causeway Heights

we cantered in reducing numbers

toward the battery wall of smoke white booming

where, tomorrow, the sun will rise. And Oh

at 80 yards we were all frightfully ready to kill, really,

And we charged,

just so,

Gabriel Gudding

A Defense of Poetry

2001 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press
in Poetry Daily, Nov. 4,'02

His father was a Wobbly, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Like Orwell, whom he admires, Pilger has a direct style. For example, he uses the term "imperialism" and does not hesitate to attach it to the adjective "American."

He was a featured speaker at the mass peace rally in London on September 28. He told the crowd, estimated at between 150,000 and 350,000, "Today a taboo has been broken. We are the moderates. Bush and Blair are the extremists. The danger for all of us is not in Baghdad but in Washington." And he applauded the protesters. "Democracy," he told them, "is not one obsessed man using the power of kings to attack another country in our name. Democracy is not siding with Ariel Sharon, a war criminal, in order to crush Palestinians. Democracy is this great event today representing the majority of the people of Great Britain.

Spurred to action by the hostage crisis, the State Duma on Friday approved a broad array of anti-terrorism legislation -- from far-reaching restrictions on media coverage to secret burials for slain terrorists. At the same time, lawmakers rejected the idea of an independent parliamentary commission to investigate the handling of the crisis, which left at least 119 hostages dead.

The most controversial piece of legislation was a bill limiting press coverage of "anti-terrorist" operations, a term applied not only to missions like the Oct. 26 hostage rescue but to the war in Chechnya as well. The bill, passed Friday by a vote of 231-106, is expected to get approval from the Federation Council and President Vladimir Putin.
Late Friday, law enforcement officials raided the Moscow offices of Versia, a muckraking weekly newspaper, and took away a computer and server containing the contents of a coming issue devoted in part to the raid to free the hostages, news reports said. Versia editor Rustam Arifdzhanov said the official reason for the seizure was a criminal investigation linked to an article published in May on top-secret facilities, Interfax reported.



the execrable McCarthy

Rachel Carson testifying

the drowned king

his eyes as honest as a wolf's. uncompromised integrity.

living beyond right and wrong

it's not camping when it's how you live all the time




Uncle Paul's Hand-Me-Downs

Fr. Coughlin I believe


C. Chavez early days

silken valley

Although they live in a wealthy nation, 13 million children in America live in households with uncertain or limited access to food. The majority of these children are white and have at least one parent who is working; nearly half live in two-parent families. Food hardships are even more pronounced among certain groups of children: about 30% of Black and Hispanic children, and over 40% of low-income children live in households that do not have access to nutritionally adequate diets for an active, healthy life. According to growing scientific evidence, hunger and food insecurity among children are significant risk factors for poorer health, diminished psychological well- being, higher levels of behavioral problems, and lower academic achievement.

Childhood hunger and food insecurity are linked to a number of health problems that can impede normal growth and development. These include:

  • Poorer overall health: Studies indicate that children who live in households lacking access to sufficient food are more likely to be in poorer health than children from other households.
  • Compromised ability to resist illness and elevated occurrence of health problems: Food-insecure children are more susceptible to certain infections and illnesses, including iron deficiency anemia, sore throats, colds, stomach aches, headaches, ear infections, and fatigue.
  • Greater incidence of hospitalization and frequent doctor visits: Compared to their peers, hungry and food-insecure children are more likely to have been hospitalized since birth and to make frequent doctor visits.

    Recent studies indicate that children in food-insecure and hungry households experience more psychological and emotional distress. Food hardships have been shown to adversely affect children�s well-being in the following ways:

  • Increased behavioral problems: Food insecure children exhibit higher levels of aggressive and oppositional behaviors (hyperactivity, aggression, irritability, anxiety) as well as more withdrawn and distressed behavior.
  • Difficulty getting along with other children: Impaired psychosocial functioning associated with food insufficiency has been linked to social difficulties such as getting along with peers and making friends.
  • Increased need for special services: Food-insufficient children are more likely to have received mental health counseling and educational services than their non-hungry peers.

    Even mild to moderate malnutrition can be a developmental risk factor for children. In particular, undernutrition can limit a child�s ability to grasp basic skills and can diminish concentration and overall learning potential. Recent research provides evidence of the following impacts:

  • Lower test scores and poorer overall school achievement: Children from households that report food insufficiency generally do not perform as well on tests of academic achievement as children from food-sufficient households.
  • Repeating a grade in school: Elementary school-aged children from food-insufficient families are more likely to have repeated a grade in school.
  • Increased school absences and tardiness: Elementary school-aged children from food-insufficient families are more likely to have increased school absences and higher rates of tardiness, factors that can ultimately affect overall academic performance.
  • Higher risk of school suspension: A recent study found that food-insufficient teenagers were almost twice as likely to be suspended from school.

  • The remarkable toolmaking talent of a New Caledonian crow called Betty has challenged the chimpanzee's reputation as the most proficient toolmaker in the animal world.
    The bird, one of two kept at Oxford University's zoology field station, fashioned a hook from an ordinary piece of wire - something even a chimp cannot manage.
    This species of crow are remarkably adept at both using and making tools. "It's incredibly impressive for something with such a small brain," says Jackie Chappell, one of the scientists studying the birds' behaviour

    Materials scientists have long been interested in diamond as an alternative to silicon. Diamond is harder and more heat-resistant than silicon, which is useful at higher power levels and frequencies. For example, silicon components become unreliable at 150�C but diamond should cope with temperatures in excess of 400�C.

    Like silicon, diamond can be doped with traces of other materials to control how electrons flow through it. But in its natural form diamond contains too many impurities, while synthetic diamonds are made up of many small crystals whose borders interfere with electron flow.

    Now British and Swedish researchers have managed to create a synthetic diamond thin film made up of a single crystal, with few impurities and all of the characteristics that will make it useful for electronics.

    A way of keeping slices of living brain tissue alive for weeks has developed by a biotech company. This will allow drug developers to study the effect of chemicals on entire neural networks, not just individual cells.

    "We are building stripped-down mini-brains, if you will, directly on a chip," says Miro Pastrnak, business development director of Tensor Biosciences of Irvine, California.

    He says the "brain-on-a-chip" could help drugs developers find better treatments for a host of neurological and psychiatric disorders, from Alzheimer's disease to schizophrenia. Tensor may already have found a more effective treatment for anxiety this way.

    Vibrating shoes that use random noise to amplify subtle signals to the brain could keep stop people unsteady on their feet from losing their balance.

    When someone leans or sways to one side, pressure on the soles of the feet increases on that side. Normally the nervous system detects these changes and automatically corrects posture. But some people, particularly the elderly, have trouble picking up these signals and sway much more than normal even when they think they are standing still.

    Jim Collins and colleagues at Boston University wondered if such people could benefit from "stochastic resonance" - an effect that makes a weak signal easier to detect when it is superimposed on a background of random noise.

    Teacher Rhonda Schafer gave students in her early childhood development class an unexpected lesson Monday when she gave birth to a daughter in her classroom at Bear Creek Elementary School.

    With little time to prepare -- the baby was born about five minutes after the first sign of labor -- Schafer got her students, all ages 3 and 4, out of the classroom and called for the school nurse.

    Just that morning, Schafer had told school librarian Cynda Mast that she was due "in about a week or whenever she [the baby] gets ready."

    "I guess she got ready this afternoon," Mast said.

    The school nurse arrived at the classroom just in time to help Schafer as she gave birth to the baby behind her desk about 2:30 p.m.

    "They wrapped her in a co-worker's sweater," Mast said.

    Teachers had gathered in the hall outside the classroom by the time Euless emergency medical workers arrived at 2:38 p.m., minutes after the birth, Euless Fire Department officials said.

    "The medics were there in time to cut the cord," Fire Department spokeswoman Christine Cox said.

    "It was a very nice, quiet environment, if you can imagine that at an elementary school," she said.

    Mother and daughter were in "perfect health" at Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine, Cox said.

    Celebrated Canadian author Rohinton Mistry has canceled the second half of a U.S. book tour, complaining of "unbearable" humiliation as a result of racial profiling, the Globe and Mail reported on Saturday.
    "He (Mistry) has been extremely unhappy about the way he has been treated in airports around the U.S. in the first half of his tour," the Globe reported a representative of Mistry's U.S. publisher, Alfred. A Knopf, as saying in a memo sent to affected bookstores.
    Mistry, who was born in India, has had three works short-listed for the Booker Prize, including "Family Matters" this year. He and his representatives were unable to be reached for comment.
    Canada's government last week urged Canadian citizens born in Middle Eastern and Muslim countries to think carefully before entering the United States, after Washington said anyone born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen would be subject to extra scrutiny.
    Mistry is not Muslim and was not born in one of the affected countries, but said that he had been treated badly during the first half of his U.S. book tour.
    "As a person of color he was stopped repeatedly and rudely at each airport along the way -- to the point where the humiliation for both he and his wife has become unbearable," the newspaper quoted the memo as saying.

    Most of the men were born in Mexico; the only exception identified so far is Daniel Vargas Baena, a 19-year-old from Ecuador. When the consulate phoned a Mexican woman whose number was jotted on a slip of paper in the dead man's pocket, she said she sneaked with Vargas Baena into the United States. The Border Patrol caught them, though, and the pair lost touch.

    Two of the slain men were locked up for drug charges in the same cell of the county jail last summer. And in two of the killings, the gunman fired a .38 Super, a gun that used to be a weapon of choice in Mexico. Beyond those faint connections, the victims are a baffling assortment. Tracking down their families is tough; convincing them to talk is even more difficult.

    It was this very phenomenon that inspired the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ignore the immigration status of witnesses who came forth with leads during the hunt for the Washington, D.C.-area sniper. Looking on from Arizona, Arpaio's temper smoldered.

    The sheriff sat down and penned a letter to the INS. In it, he asked that tipsters who could feed his investigation be given the same protection granted to potential Washington witnesses.

    "The loss of life in Maricopa County is no less regrettable than the murders along the East Coast freeway system," he wrote. "Our intelligence resources indicate that illegal aliens with potential information are reluctant to come forward." The INS agreed to look for ways to cooperate with the sheriff.


    Der Starke unter den Leichtgewichten

    Scientists said they had recorded a series of tremors around Etna yesterday measuring up to 3.2 on the Richter scale, but they were nonetheless upbeat.

    "Etna is stable and the situation is under control," civil protection official Luca Spoletini said. "But that doesn't mean we are letting down our guard.

    "We still have to make sure that the 1,000 or so people who have been left without homes are comfortable for now."

    Hundreds of firefighters, rescue workers and military troops struggled around the clock to attend to the residents, put out forest fires with water planes and divert the streams of lava.

    Rescue workers in Linguaglossa, a ski town about 8km from the biggest lava flow, said they were still on alert.

    Continuing a decades-old tradition, Linguaglossa residents have paraded a statue of their patron saint from the town's church to the train station and left it there to ward off danger.

    GREG PALAST SOUTHERN EXPOSURE - In 2000, Katherine Harris, Florida Secretary of State, ordered county elections officials to purge 57,000 citizens from voter registries as felons not allowed to vote in Florida. In fact, about 95 percent of these voters were innocent of crimes -- but 54 percent were guilty of being African-American. No guess there: a voter's race is right there on the voter form. So there was the election: BBC Television, for whom I conducted the investigation of this black-out operation, figures Al Gore lost 22,000 votes this way.

    But I was wrong. The company that put together this racial roster that fixed the election, DBT On-Line of Boca Raton, has now 'fessed up, having been sued by the NAACP for violating Floridians' civil rights. They have turned over to the NAACP's lawyers a report indicating that the state ordered the purge of 94,000 voters and that, according to the company's data, no more than 3,000 are likely illegal voters.

    In April of this year, Harris wrote that my reporting was "twisted and maniacally partisan" - but not, in the main, wrong. The Secretary of State, now candidate for Congress for Sarasota, settled with the NAACP, agreeing that legal voters had been mistakenly purged, but admitting no wrongdoing.

    Here's where it gets nasty. Harris and the state admit that tens of thousands of black voters had been wronged, and with plantation noblesse have agreed to return them to the voter rolls -- at the beginning of 2003. In other words, the votes seized in November 2002 will not be emancipated until after the ballots are counted in the race between Governor Jeb Bush and his Democratic opponent Bill McBride.

    Progressive, Oct. 29

    Well, I think doing the job has changed me for the better. I think it has made me more knowledgeable, more able, probably a little more wise. I will leave the office more idealistic about America and its possibilities than when I entered it. And because I labored from the first day I was in office, and even in the campaign, under a virtually unprecedented barrage of attack, both political and personal, it helped me to develop a certain discipline and a certain humility about�that it made me sort of get up and go to work every day no matter what else was going on. And it was hard, it didn't come easily. There were days when I was angry and days when I gave myself a pity party. But I worked through it, and it was, on occasion, almost surreal. But it also enabled me to learn all those old lessons�it's not what happens to you, it's how you react to it; no matter what people say to you, you can't define how you view the world�all those old lessons I really had to learn on a daily basis.

    And so I think that it helped me personally to be a better person, to be constantly judged and condemned and torn apart, then to have to confess error and be publicly humiliated and all that�it really helped me a lot, because I think that one of the greatest sins of character almost everybody is vulnerable to is pride. And we all tend to look at other people who do things we don't agree with or think are bad things and say, well, whatever is wrong with me, at least I'm not that. And I think sometimes we are too harsh on other people because it's like a crutch, we don't have to deal with whatever is going on in our lives


    boing boing to Voynich to Flavin: what's on second?

    {Flavin's got a valiant and erudite Mormon expose happening at his main site, vis a vis the run for Mass. gov. of this Romney creature. I've said elsewhere, but it bears repeating, and I wish I could get some solid research in on this, that the FBI and CIA at least in the 60's and 70's, were/are way overpopulated with Mormons. that is, the percentage of Mo's per Fed is way too high compared to the general pop.
    I've had this thing in the files for years now about the 'Sons of Dan' as a Mo thug agency, from whence cometh the aforementioned G-Mo's. but it may no longer be extant.
    or it may.
    regardless,anyone who thinks it's ok to believe any of the steaming horseshit promulgated by Mo International, or Catholic International for that matter....well....
    well, let's just leave it at 'don't be surprised when your whole world goes to shit, ok?'}

    where is everyone

    thought the policeman

    cold night on main street

    go-carts revving in the park

    a handful of gems

    in the Chinese movie

    working late on a school night

    I discovered astronomy

    in a small town with half a tank of gas

    you can still be King


    Welcome to Life As A BlackMan the Game. You are an 18-year-old Black male entering society. You must travail the treacherous Districts of GlamourWood (The Entertainment Industry), Black University, Military, Ghetto, Corporate America, and PRISON as a BLACKMAN and reach FREEDOM first! But beware the Police lurk everywhere, Crime runs rampant, and Life throws many unexpected curves. RACISM is prevalent, but yet you must try to use your talents to find a good Career and hit the big Payday! Don't fret CHURCH is always available to strengthen you.

    A stone inscription reading "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" was unearthed in Jerusalem on a limestone burial box. Rumors that a graffiti prankster had inserted the word "older" in front of "brother" have proved unfounded.

    Stevie Wonder is apparently unmoved by the devotion of President Bush.

    Back in March, when the soul legend played at Ford's Theater in D.C., the First Fan was spotted excitedly waving to him - until Bush appeared to remember that Stevie couldn't see him and sheepishly lowered his hand.

    In spite of that adulation, Wonder has now declared himself firmly opposed to Bush's desire to invade Iraq.

    "I can't believe how we can be a part of this war and destruction," he said Monday at the Beacon Theater benefit for the Artist Empowerment Coalition.

    There is prestuplyeniye here, transgression, a stepping-over--deliberately, with open eyes, with forethought, planning, and conscious will--of lines that should never be crossed. Acting in deadly symbiosis with rage-maddened killers, God-crazed ranters and those supreme "sub-state actors," the mafias, Bush and his cohorts are plunging the world into an abyss, an endless night of black ops, retribution, blowback, deceit, of murder and terror--wholesale, retail, state-sponsored, privatized; of fear and degradation, servility, chaos, and the perversion of all that's best in us, of all that we've won from the bestiality of our primal nature, all that we've raised above the mindless ravening urges and impulses still boiling in the mud of our monkey brains.

    It's not a fight for freedom; it's a retreat into darkness.

    And the day will be a long time coming.

    Chris Floyd is a columnist for the Moscow Times

    I'm on a conference call with several state attorneys general, and if I'm hearing it right they're throwing in the towel. They're apparently not going to appeal, though they say they haven't decided on this for sure.

    The AGs are claiming a partial victory. Ridiculous. They got skunked in almost every way, and so did competition.

    Message: If you are sufficiently rich, mean and unethical -- qualities that fit this monopolist to a tee -- you can get away with anything, especially when you're in cahoots with a government that shares these attributes.

    Kollar-Kotelly all but ignored evidence that persuaded eight other federal judges of Microsoft's propensity for lawbreaking. She even decided to let Microsoft itself judge whether it's complying with a deal that has almost no teeth, though she did say she'd keep an eye on things. Sure.

    Effectively, she's saying that antitrust law really doesn't apply to technology (though I don't think she would agree). But let's be clear. There's no way to punish a lawbreaker if you can only look backwards in time, and that's what this judge says is required.
    Dan Gillmor

    Measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, this active-matrix display combines cutting-edge Kodak proprietary small-molecule organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology with conventional thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) technology.

    Since OLED pixels are self-luminous, this display technology requires no backlighting � unlike LCD displays. Therefore, new OLED displays are flatter and lighter than comparably sized LCD displays. They also consume much less energy.

    Other advantages:

  • Unlimited viewing angle
  • Faster response (100 to 1000 times faster than LCD)
  • Brighter display (150cd/m2)
  • High-contrast picture (>100:1)
  • Wide operating-temperature range
    (-80�C to +80�C)

  • Journal of My Forty-Fifth Ascension

    all further pictures will be @dirty beloved unless they contain social and/or political interest

    California Indians catching salmon (while one dude has a wonderful time doing something interesting)

    Mrs. Murphy says the wolves are about to dig up the dead bodies at her shanty

    der Indianer in der Mission St. Jose

    Hollister, The Great American

    pantometria(lately reviewed by the author)

    L.A. 1873
    L.A. 1857?
    S.F. 1873


    grumpy Fr. Mendel w/pitchfork

    San Francisco early on

    ballistic knight

    Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir in their element

    drugs and toilet articles and time

    Dick Cheney's heaven looks just like this

    the beginning of the 60's in the middle of the 60's

    what is obscene here is her poverty

    her poverty

    Ishi I think


    many small machine tools are repaired by women

    By the time a girl is 16 years old, she will have spent more time watching television than going to school (Basow) Television is, by far, the most influential force in the lives of children today.


    According to the NOW report:

  • 87% of all sound bites from "experts" are from men. ~ 92% of those men are white.
  • 90% of children's educational programs have male leading roles.
  • Television programming emphasizes male characters� strength and skill; for women, it focuses on attractiveness and desirability.

  • virtual desktop for windows

    At worst, sentimental; at best, like a New Yorker cartoon wrapped round a knife.

    Mr Read showed how, stage by stage, OK was spread throughout North America and the world to the moon, and then took on its new form AOK, first used by space people and frowned on by purists. This being an exercise in the academic world, there remain some doubters. Some believe that the Boston newspaper's reference to OK may not be the earliest. Some are attracted to the claim that it is of American-Indian origin. There is an Indian word, okeh, used as an affirmative reply to a question. Mr Read treated such doubting calmly. �Nothing is absolute,� he once wrote, �nothing is forever.�

    Police arrested a Gulf War veteran and his teenage Jamaican sidekick in the Washington sniper case, ending a media frenzy that included a request by CNN to interview actors from the CBS series "Crime Scene Investigation." Lengthy footage was broadcast of a tree stump being dug up and hauled away. Experts and profilers who had spent untold hours on television speculating about the killer were forced to admit that their prophecies had been worthless. "My predictions were not that close," one expert said. "But the average American was hungry for information. And when there isn't real news, people make up their own. People wanted a story of who this guy was. What we did, by providing it, comforted them."

    Harper's Weekly

    War! Hunh! Good God Y'all!

    Natives Harvesting Beans

    Madera 1906

    The earthquake does not have to do however according to expert opinion anything with the heavy outbreak of the Aetna, which began on Sunday. "the central Apenninen is its own geological area, which stands, said with the Aetna not in direct reciprocal effect" the Seismologe Peter Bormann of the geo research center potsdam. Earthquakes of the strength five would occur in central Italy all three to five years. "the whole Apenninen is an earthquake region."

    The main Iraqi Shia opposition group, which is based in Iran, did not believe that to be the case on this occasion.
    But it pointed out that the fires would not have been possible had the Baghdad government not dried out much of the marshes of south east Iraq by huge drainage schemes in recent years.
    The marshes were a globally important wetland, sustaining a huge volume of wildlife, especially birds, as well as a unique way of life for the marsh dwelling people.
    The United Nations environment programme has said that about 90% of the marshes have been destroyed, describing it as an environmental catastrophe and a major loss to all humanity.
    Wilfred Thesiger The Marsh Arabs

    Artists under itself: Mutual inspirations

    Washington - the franzoesin, 56, had participated in Indiana in the wedding of her nephew and was on the return flight to France, when she was examined of the testers. According to witness data the scanner of the official beeped again and again with control, to it "at the beginning of cooperative" woman became too multicolored and it down from annoying the sweater, blouse and despite violent Gegenwehr of the tester also the BH finally put. Despite striptease was not found anything, but the excitement led to a zehnminuetigen locking of the airport.
    When the responsible judge in Evansville informed it about the possible maximum penalty, the woman broke down. The judge appointed himself thereby to the new anti-terror law, which was passed after 11 September 2001 and with "criminal offences" at airports up to three years detention plans

    Extrapolating this data to the entire world suggests that from 22 percent to 47 percent of all of the Earth's plant species are in danger of becoming extinct, Jorgensen said. The range of the estimate varies because botanists are uncertain how many plant species there are.
    Estimates range from 310,000 to 422,000, Jorgensen said.
    Of all the plant species, most live in the tropical belt and "in many tropical countries, our knowledge of the plant species is very sketchy," he said.
    The demand for new farm land to feed a growing population in tropical countries is the biggest cause of global plant species extinction, he said.
    "The natural forest is being cut down and burned and the land converted into pastures and fields for crops," said Jorgensen.
    A gradual global warming may aggravate the species loss, he said, because wide open, cultivated areas prevent the natural migration of plants in response to climate change.


    The 19-year-old has earned 37 merit badges, been a quartermaster and three-time senior patrol leader, and now he's an assistant Scoutmaster and a field leader in training as part of the Search and Rescue Program. In his senior year in high school, he racked up more than 1,000 hours of community service.

    He doesn't believe in smoking or taking illegal drugs. His mom offered to take him out for a drink when he turns 21. But he doesn't believe in drinking alcohol.
    And he doesn't believe in God � not since the ninth grade. And even before then he was unsure.

    "You need to have a recognition of a supreme being," said Farmer. "We as the Boy Scouts do not define what that is, but you need to have a recognition."

    Paul Wellstone was the only progressive in the U.S. Senate. Mother Jones magazine once described him as, "The first 1960s radical elected to the U.S. senate." He was also the last. Since defeating incumbent Republican Rudy Boschowitz 12 years ago in a grassroots upset, Wellstone emerged as the strongest, most persistent, most articulate and most vocal Senate opponent of the Bush administration.
    Various White House figures made numerous recent campaign stops in Minnesota to stump for the ailing campaign of Wellstone's Republican opponent, Norm Coleman. Despite being outspent and outgunned, however, polls show that Wellstone's popularity surged after he voted to oppose the Senate resolution authorizing George Bush to wage war in Iraq. He was pulling ahead of Coleman and moving toward a victory that would both be an embarrassment to the Bush administration and to Democratic Quislings such as Hillary Clinton who voted to support "the president."

    Then he died.

    Wellstone now joins the ranks of other American politicians who died in small plane crashes. Another recent victim was Missouri's former Democratic governor, Mel Carnahan, who lost his life in 2000, three weeks before Election Day, during his Senatorial race against John Ashcroft. Carnahan went on to become the first dead man to win a Senatorial race, humiliating and defeating the unpopular Ashcroft posthumously. Ashcroft, despite his unpopularity, went on to be appointed Attorney General by George W. Bush. Investigators determined that Carnahan's plane went down due to "poor visibility."

    Cronkite, who began anchoring the CBS Evening News in 1962, said the country is at a very critical point in its history. The only other decade that compares, he said, is the 1960s, which saw the beginning of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement come to the forefront and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers.
    �That was a tough 10 years,� he said. �But this period, with the threat of war with Iraq on tap, economic difficulties and terrorism are something we must be terribly concerned about.�
    Cronkite said he fears Americans are learning less and less about what their government is doing, and worse, they do not seem to care.
    He cited recent presidential elections that have seen less than half of registered voters go to the polls. The result has been leaders who are chosen by about a quarter of the electorate.
    �That means we don�t have a democracy,� he said. �We�ve got an oligarchy here, not a democracy. Our democracy is in some danger if we don�t concentrate on educating the populace.�
    Educating Americans should rest with the media, he said. But more often than not, nightly newscasts and the networks� magazine-style shows focus more on entertainment than hard news. Cronkite said this approach is the result of directives from the companies that own the networks to make things more �interesting.�
    He said the ability to get the news, especially during times of war, also is becoming more difficult.
    Since the Vietnam War, Cronkite said, the media has not been allowed to take its cameras, pencils and notepads into the field with the soldiers to give an accurate account of what is happening.

    There was only one giant golden spruce in the world, and, until a man named Grant Hadwin took a chainsaw to it, in 1997, it had stood for more than three hundred years in a steadily shrinking patch of old-growth forest in Port Clements, on the banks of the Yakoun River, in the Queen Charlotte Islands. his rented kayak was punctured en route, and he lived off the land for twelve days before he was rescued by the Coast Guard. Later that summer, Hadwin was stopped at the United States border with three thousand hypodermic needles in the trunk of his car. He talked his way through Customs and proceeded to Washington, D.C., where he distributed the needles on the street along with condoms, presenting himself as an advocate of needle exchange and safe sex. In July, with two thousand needles remaining, he caught a plane to Moscow; from there, he continued eastward, donating needles to children's hospitals as he went. He was arrested by the police in Irkutsk, Siberia, but apparently finessed the interview and parted on good terms....

    When Hadwin came back to Kamloops, a town of eighty thousand in south-central British Columbia, where his wife and children lived, people who knew him were alarmed by what they saw. The guerrilla-theatre dress he wore on his travels (running shorts, boots with spurs, and a baseball cap festooned with needles and condoms) raised questions about his mental state. After an altercation with a truck driver, he was sent to a forensic hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Hadwin was interviewed extensively by several doctors...

    Research by the Defence Intelligence Agency into the possibility of genetically engineering a new strain of antibiotic-resistant anthrax...
    � A programme to produce dried and weaponised anthrax spores, officially for testing US bio-defences, but far more spores were allegedly produced than necessary for such purposes and it is unclear whether they have been destroyed or simply stored....
    In each case, the US argued the research work was being done for defensive purposes, but their legality under the BWC is questionable, the scientists argue.

    {There's a army base north of here a ways. abandoned mostly or so it appears, or appeared anyway. within the last couple months signs have appeared at either end of the strip of 101 that you pass by the base on. the signs say "DO NOT PICK UP HITCHIKERS NEXT 13 MILES" it's funny cause the signs are in non-standard colors. non-standard for around here anyway. I was thinking today when I drive by maybe it's from back east that color, kind of a dirty orange. the army base still has boarded up windows and stuff, though across the highway is a brand new sort of Xfiley beige warehouse, with humvees and stuff. it's too far away to see very clear. it was a big base at one time there's like churches with plywooded windows and lots of barracks and other army-type buildings, all looking pretty well abandoned.
    the only live human I've mentioned this to said she knew the area and there was a prison nearby and a state mental hospital. which on paper is true. but the fact is the mental hospital though housing the criminally deranged and dangerous is further down the highway, a good 20-30 miles and very close to a town and there's no signs of the type we're speaking of anywhere near it. the prison is miles away and though a road goes right along within spitting distance of it there are no signs of warning there. so.
    we have a mental hospital whose inmates are deemd too dangerous to society to be anything but locked up, and a state prison, and neither of them have any warning signs on the major thoroughfares they sit near. and we have an abandoned(sorta) army base and at least three signs each direction warning the unwary. do not. pick up. hitchikers. from whence might those hikers be hitching one wonders. and from what?}

    First, it establishes a secure computing space, which means that as a computer starts up, the software will verify that the hardware components such as hard drives can't be read by unauthenticated programs under any known circumstances. Palladium will also check the computer�s central processing unit�s serial number before kicking into operation; both Intel and AMD have already said they're willing to include such identification. Before any program is run, Palladium will make sure it's authenticated via a digital certificate. Stored data will be encrypted and will only be decrypted by authenticated programs.

    The drug's localised effect may explain why it increases wakefulness without triggering the "wired" feeling of stimulants such as coffee and amphetamines. Surprisingly, tests also found that when the drug wore off, there was no noticeable need for an extended sleep to recover.

    Critics of more widespread use of Provigil fear that the drug might give people a false sense that they can cheat their need for sleep, while in reality they may be accumulating a sleep debt that will ultimately harm them.

    designed to provide a rapidly deployable, extended-range surveillance capability for a variety of operations and missions, including: fire control, force protection, tactical security, support to counterdrug and border patrol operations, signal/communications relays, detection and assessment of barriers (i.e., mine fields, tank traps), remote assessment of suspected contaminated areas (i.e., chemical, biological, and nuclear), and even resupply of small quantities of critical items


    In real life Paul Wellstone was fighting against heavy odds in the cynical, decadent capital of Absurdistan. As John Nichols wrote in the Nation: "Paul Wellstone is a hunted man. Minnesota's senior senator is not just another Democrat on White House political czar Karl Rove's target list, in an election year when the Senate balance of power could be decided by the voters of a single state. Rather, getting rid of Wellstone is a passion for Rove, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the special-interest lobbies that fund the most sophisticated political operation ever assembled by a presidential administration. 'There are people in the White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone,' a senior Republican aide confides. 'This one is political and personal for them.'"

    {Sam Smith's Progressive Oct. 28/02-shortlife link}

    End of waiting: she models her 7" heels made by LSB {!}

    was dumbfounded. Well over 100,000 Americans were barred from anywhere close to the White House, the home of their nation�s ostensible president, to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, yet these British tourists could walk right up to the fence. That didn�t make sense to me. It still doesn�t.

    And so, while George Bush continues, without much success, to attempt to strong arm other nations into going along with his intention to make war on Iraq, Americans by the hundreds of thousands from Washington to San Francisco are saying no. Bush isn�t paying any attention to them. Even worse, the news media that can speak the truth because of the same Constitutional guarantees that demonstrators attempted to exercise, chose to say little, if anything at all.

    What is going on here?
    Regis T. Sabol is contributing editor to Intervention Magazine

    We are advisers to the President of a very powerful country, and we are prominent in a group of so-called hawks urging him to wage war on Iraq. Like every other member of the group, we evaded the war in Vietnam. Some people see an ethical problem in this; they refer to us as chicken hawks. But we figure that if we had gone to Vietnam we could have been killed, and then who would be here to urge the President to wage war on Iraq?

    D.C., R.P., P.W.,Washington, D.C

    Calvin Trillin @The New Yorker

    f Al Qaeda is serious about recent threats to strike at U.S. Economic interests, we could end up waging war on two�or even three�fronts, from the Middle East and Asia all the way to Latin America. That's because, in our government's view, U.S. interests start and end with oil.

    Already, we have spent billions upon billions of dollars, and sacrificed no small number of lives, protecting supplies of crude in remote corners of the world. Though we lean heavily on stable sources like Canada, our biggest supplier, we're also dependent on several volatile nations. Saudi Arabia tops that list, followed by Venezuela and Mexico. West Africa is a growing exporter, with Nigeria now our No. 5 provider. Despite continued sanctions, Iraq remains our sixth-biggest supplier.

    One figure, from the Sydney Morning Herald, tallies U.S. expenditures on troops and advisers in Central Asia at $200 billion. The real aim is to secure the region for more pipelines. American companies are involved in an enormous venture with the Chinese to build a pipeline more than 3000 miles long, stretching from the Caspian Sea to Shanghai; a second consortium would open a pipe from the Caspian to a Turkish port. The U.S. also has an interest in Russian oil rigs and pipelines. The war in Chechnya has left the Russians facing a constant specter of terrorists blowing up any network. Thus U.S. Special Forces stand by protectively in the former Soviet republics, while the meter runs.

    Bush's supporters have tried to shift the blame for this unsettling development to President Clinton, by claiming that a 1994 agreement to stop North Korea�s nuclear program was too weak. But the evidence now is that North Korea cast aside that agreement this year and sped up its quest for nuclear weapons in direct reaction to Bush�s threats and rhetoric.

    The collision course with North Korea was set early in the Bush administration. In 2001, shortly after taking office, Bush cut off talks with North Korea and snubbed South Korea�s President Kim Dae-Jung over his d�tente strategy. Kim Dae-Jung, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, found himself humiliated during a state visit to Washington.

    After the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, Bush began counting North Korea as part of his �axis of evil,� along with Iraq and Iran. Apparently, Bush's reasoning for putting North Korea into the "axis" was to avoid fingering only Islamic countries. So his speechwriters added North Korea as a kind of politically-correct multiculturalism in reverse.

    ancient lift-off launchpad


    Billy, is that you?

    old raver dude

    Dream Requiem

    "He was just smooth," says Estria. "Like, someone would do an E, and do it kind of loopy. It just sits there. Dream would make it flow." Once, he says, Francisco painted a piece entirely in yellow that was so vibrant it attracted bees.

    Dream Lives





    Vidal's highly controversial 7000 word polemic titled 'The Enemy Within' - published in the print edition of The Observer today - argues that what he calls a 'Bush junta' used the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a pre-existing agenda to invade Afghanistan and crack down on civil liberties at home.

    Vidal writes: 'We still don't know by whom we were struck that infamous Tuesday, or for what true purpose. But it is fairly plain to many civil libertarians that 9/11 put paid not only to much of our fragile Bill of Rights but also to our once-envied system of government which had taken a mortal blow the previous year when the Supreme Court did a little dance in 5/4 time and replaced a popularly elected President with the oil and gas Bush-Cheney junta.'

    Vidal argues that the real motive for the Afghanistan war was to control the gateway to Eurasia and Central Asia's energy riches. He quotes extensively from a 1997 analysis of the region by Zgibniew Brzezinski, formerly national security adviser to President Carter, in support of this theory. But, Vidal argues, US administrations, both Democrat and Republican, were aware that the American public would resist any war in Afghanistan without a truly massive and widely perceived external threat.
    These procedures, says Vidal, determine that fighter planes should automatically be sent aloft as soon as a plane has deviated from its flight plan. Presidential authority is not required until a plane is to be shot down. But, on 11 September, no decision to start launching planes was taken until 9.40am, eighty minutes after air controllers first knew that Flight 11 had been hijacked and fifty minutes after the first plane had struck the North Tower.
    By law, the fighters should have been up at around 8.15. If they had, all the hijacked planes might have been diverted and shot down.'
    Vidal, 77, and internationally renowned for his award-winning novels and plays, has long been a ferocious, and often isolated, critic of the Bush administration at home and abroad. He now lives in Italy. In Vidal's most recent book, The Last Empire, he argued that 'Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief ... the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250.'

    muerto seco


    ursus in arborus

    even then

    Ladies Rest Room Death Valley

    plague rat

    and motherhood

    and the rat catcher {what's up with that can?}

    TWO rat catchers, bigger can

    burley at work


    The City Council of Santa Monica and San Francisco voters had no authority to approve identical laws in 1999 banning a bank from charging an ATM fee to a customer who was not a member of the bank, said the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Federal banking regulations allow banks to charge fees for ATM usage.

    Ian Dawson's plastic art @James Cohan

    China 1995
    Shanghai 1998
    The Literary Mind Carves Dragons

    Although recalling the past may make you happy, it may sometimes also make you lonely, and there is no point in clinging in spirit to lonely bygone days. However, my trouble is that I cannot forget completely, and these stories have resulted from what I have been unable to erase from my memory.

    -- Lu Xun (1881-1936), from Call to Arms

    CHINA Fifty years inside the People's Republic, Asia Society, Richard Yee

    A word has abolished another word

    a book has issued orders

    to burn another book

    a morning established by the violence of language

    has changed the morning

    of people's coughing

    -- Bei Dao (b. 1949)
    from "The Morning's Story"

    Keeping a weblog of your reading on the Web forces you to commit to some opinion on each link, and publishing that opinion forces you to take full responsibility for it.

    The widespread campaign to dismiss webloggers as narcissists is a clearcut demonstration of how the self-knowledge taboo is currently being enforced. Capitalism (in the broadest sense) has no use for original, authentic, self-discovering individuals, because they naturally opt out of the conformist consumer culture. So the profiteers of that culture actively propagandise against self-knowledge, encouraging instead self-distrust and self-hate. ("Ewwww, if you don't fit in with us, you're not hip!")

    Because weblogging takes place in an infinite 'namespace'-- ie, nobody is squeezed out even if you take up gigabytes of space-- there's comparatively little territorial harrassment, as compared to traditional publication on paper... and proportionally greater opportunity for experimental risk-taking. (The harrassment you'll get will be limited to email, and will take them a lot more effort to send than it takes you to ignore it!)

    {barger is the original template for this, for me. I read about robotwisdom in the ragmulch version of the New Yorker, back in '99. and followed through to blogger, eventually, some months later.
    everything changes, everything evolves, and at the exponential rate of change of online things like blogging it isn't possible now for any living person to speak with any accuracy whatsoever concerning the nature of, nor the effectiveness of, what these journals are, and are doing. Dan Gillmor, floating wreckage, Barger's robotwisdom, Tom Tomorrow, Through The Looking Glass, Sam Smith's Progressive, which is essentially a blog, and many others I haven't seen yet, these are beacons, light in a time of darkness. the coast is rocky, the storm is worsening. it's true there are thousands of narcissistic and useless blogs, some of them from people who were involved in Internet evolution from the get, and there are many hundreds of vicious ranting blogs, but all that's necessary to subvert that is not reading them, not linking to them. to pretend that that's all there is, is like falling back on the patchouli oil/bell bottom cliched images editorial writers clung to when the 'hippy' phenomenon became too large, and too scary, to ignore. there was so much more happening then, some of it vital to the continuation of the human spirit, noble and liberating, and sincerely, deeply, compassionate.
    key word that.}

    {and I'll say again here, there's no adherence to any protocols, and certainly no attempt to plagiarize, I'm way too vain to plagiarize anybody, it's about the links, if you want to know who wrote the text, hit the link, my stuff is between the brackets {...thus...} or even {}

    So claims that we've entered a second Gilded Age aren't exaggerated. In
    America's middle-class era, the mansion-building, yacht-owning classes had
    pretty much disappeared. According to Piketty and Saez, in 1970 the top 0.01
    percent of taxpayers had 0.7 percent of total income -- that is, they earned
    ''only'' 70 times as much as the average, not enough to buy or maintain a
    mega-residence. But in 1998 the top 0.01 percent received more than 3 percent
    of all income. That meant that the 13,000 richest families in America had
    almost as much income as the 20 million poorest households; those 13,000
    families had incomes 300 times that of average families.

    And let me repeat: this transformation has happened very quickly, and it is
    still going on. You might think that 1987, the year Tom Wolfe published his
    novel ''The Bonfire of the Vanities'' and Oliver Stone released his movie
    ''Wall Street,'' marked the high tide of America's new money culture. But in
    1987 the top 0.01 percent earned only about 40 percent of what they do today,
    and top executives less than a fifth as much. The America of ''Wall Street''
    and ''The Bonfire of the Vanities'' was positively egalitarian compared with
    the country we live in today.

    Canadians can expect to live about
    two years longer than Americans. In fact, life expectancy in the U.S. is well
    below that in Canada, Japan and every major nation in Western Europe. On
    average, we can expect lives a bit shorter than those of Greeks, a bit longer
    than those of Portuguese. Male life expectancy is lower in the U.S. than it is
    in Costa Rica.
    A few months ago the conservative cyberpundit Glenn Reynolds made a splash
    when he pointed out that Sweden's G.D.P. per capita is roughly comparable with
    that of Mississippi -- see, those foolish believers in the welfare state have
    impoverished themselves! Presumably he assumed that this means that the
    typical Swede is as poor as the typical resident of Mississippi, and therefore
    much worse off than the typical American.

    But life expectancy in Sweden is about three years higher than that of the
    U.S. Infant mortality is half the U.S. level, and less than a third the rate
    in Mississippi. Functional illiteracy is much less common than in the U.S.

    How is this possible? One answer is that G.D.P. per capita is in some ways a
    misleading measure. Swedes take longer vacations than Americans, so they work
    fewer hours per year. That's a choice, not a failure of economic performance.
    Real G.D.P. per hour worked is 16 percent lower than in the United States,
    which makes Swedish productivity about the same as Canada's.

    But the main point is that though Sweden may have lower average income than
    the United States, that's mainly because our rich are so much richer. The
    median Swedish family has a standard of living roughly comparable with that of
    the median U.S. family: wages are if anything higher in Sweden, and a higher
    tax burden is offset by public provision of health care and generally better
    public services. And as you move further down the income distribution, Swedish
    living standards are way ahead of those in the U.S. Swedish families with
    children that are at the 10th percentile -- poorer than 90 percent of the
    population -- have incomes 60 percent higher than their U.S. counterparts.
    Kevin Phillips concludes his book ''Wealth and Democracy'' with a grim
    warning: ''Either democracy must be renewed, with politics brought back to
    life, or wealth is likely to cement a new and less democratic regime --
    plutocracy by some other name.'' It's a pretty extreme line, but we live in
    extreme times. Even if the forms of democracy remain, they may become
    meaningless. It's all too easy to see how we may become a country in which the
    big rewards are reserved for people with the right connections; in which
    ordinary people see little hope of advancement; in which political involvement
    seems pointless, because in the end the interests of the elite always get

    { ok. guy in a limousine, guy driving the limousine, stopped at a stoplight, homeless guy with cardboard sign on traffic meridian. guy asks chauffeur to give the homeless guy a $20. chauffeur makes $65K a year. guy in back makes $12.5 mil. homeless guy might hit $5K, including food stamps etc. ok average income for all the people in that transaction is....$12.57 mil divided by 3. which is...let me think here...$4.19 mil annually. cool. America. way to go.}

    edison's ark

    patent office litter salvation crew

    The purpose of this chronology is to show plainly and clearly that:

    1. President George W. Bush did indeed have material non-public knowledge of adverse financial conditions at Harken Energy Co. prior to the sale of his Harken stock and therefore violated 15 U.S.C. � 78u-1 , insider trading of securities based upon material non-public information.

    2. The Securities and Exchange Commission was indeed aware of Bush�s insider trading violation and chose to stand down.

    3. While serving on the Board of Directors at Harken Energy Company, George W. Bush�s performance, motives and ethics were no different than those of the corporate executives and officers of Enron, Worldcom or any other national corporation being criticized by Bush for doing what he did.

    4. The Aloha Petroleum sale was an act of fraud and Bush was in a position to know it and prevent it.

    One of the most successful business promotions in U.S. history was sponsored by the International Apple Shippers' Association in 1930. It recruited 6,000 peddlers. Within months, ragged street figures selling apples became a standard Depression picture.
    Miners don't kill rats underground.



    When the railroad work he undertook proved too strenuous, his life deteriorated, and he became an indigent in Los Angeles. Having lost the power of speech, Ramirez was picked up by authorities in 1930, placed in a local mental institution, and transferred seven months later to DeWitt State Mental Hospital in Auburn, where he spent the remaining thirty years of his life.

    After twenty years of hospitalization, Ramirez commenced making remarkable drawings and collages on sheets of paper formed of scavenged scraps glued together with mashed potatoes. Having hidden his drawings from the hospital staff, whose policy it was to confiscate and burn such works in order to keep the wards clean, Ramirez in 1954, presented a bundle of them to Dr. Tarmo Pasto, a psychology professor at Sacramento State College, who was conducting research at the hospital. Recognizing the mastery of artistic craft, Pasto asked the staff's permission to keep the drawings. Pasto regularly visited Ramirez thereafter, bringing art supplies and saving the drawings, some of which he used in his classes. In 1968, while teaching at the college, Chicago artist Jim Nutt discovered Ramirez's work in the storage bins of the audiovisual department and with the assistance of Pasto organized the first exhibition of Ramirez's work.

    The Bard's earring

    troubletown- a nod to Harry Bridges

    while slowpoke wags the dog

    The Council on Foreign Relations in New York released a report arguing that the Bush Administration will never succeed in cutting off funds to Al Qaeda and other terrorists until it confronts Saudi Arabia, where most of such funds are raised. It was reported that the CIA has begun covert operations in Kurdish Iraq, and American officials acknowledged that the CIA had put the wrong man's face on its wanted poster for Mullah Muhammad Omar, the former head of the Taliban. Maulvi Hafizullah, whose picture does appear on the poster, has been forced into hiding. An American soldier in Afghanistan accidentally blew up a giant container of Coca-Cola

    {ok. here we go again. the 'sniper' has killed how many people? 13? 15? say 20. it's less than that but say 20. ok. that's really scary. random death. you never know when or where. so the military's on it, and people all around the country are on it and the news is on it.

    ok. in 2001 according to MADD. in the combined areas of Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., around 1600 people died in traffic fatalities.
    now this is a very tender area for some folks, those who've lost relatives to drunk drivers are real sensitive about this especially those who had to fight for years to get the public aware of the 'acceptance' of drunk driving, and the long struggle to change that.
    BUT. MADD's statistics point to around a consistent 40 per cent or so of 'alcohol related' fatalities. obviously there's no accurate way of pinpointing alcohol as cause so it's about post-accident blood alcohol levels for the drivers involved. which we're just going to accept, that still will leave us with 60% non-alcohol related deaths. 60% of 1600 is over 900 (and I've shortened these numbers, underestimating for rhetorical effect, the real figures are way higher, plus the area affected by the sniper-paranoia is much wider than Maryland/Virginia/D.C.).
    ok. 900 deaths a year. that's over 70 a month. or roughly 2 a day. these numbers are WAY under the real ones. plus there's no reason not to include the alcohol related ones because as far as we're concerned here, it's the random unpredictable nature of the deaths involved, so both types of traffic fatality have the same effect. but still. 2 a day, since the 2nd of October. it's now the 23rd. that's 42 people. let's say folks are staying at home a whole lot more. let's cut that number in half. 21 people. random violent death. with no reason, no cause but the chance presence of the victim in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    remember, these figures are reduced, dramatically. a statistics major could give you far more accurate numbers. they would be much higher. much higher. and no one gives a shit. every single day all over the country. 40,000 plus human lives every year ended violently for no purpose, and no one says a word, except about the drunk on the highway, as though the rest of it is perfectly acceptable.
    but hey, that sniper, man. they gotta stop him. people are scared. oh yeah. terrified to go out of the house. oh yeah. because what if it's you, or one of the kids next time.}

    "pato," which is now played in Argentina with a partially buried ball with handles, but which originally was played by burying a duck up to his neck and attempting to yank it up while on horseback.

    from News of the Weird

    and this

    A medical toxicologist testified that Tom's lead levels were still so high in January 2000 that at the time of exposure he had to have received doses that could easily have killed him. Co-worker Karl Moll is sick. Inmate-worker Janis Horton has suffered kidney failure, which can be caused by lead poisoning. Other inmate-workers -- who were quickly dispersed throughout the prison system when they developed lead-related health problems -- have alleged that they, too, were contaminated.

    Judy Charles' health also has been affected by lead. And Moll has testified that his wife died suddenly of no apparent cause four days after the project ended.
    Prison officials' response? There was no lead in the room. Or if there was, it wasn't dangerous.

    Officials refused to provide the immediate medical care that could have saved the workers' health. The bureau has successfully fought off workers' compensation and administrative law claims. Records show that, when the Charles brothers became too ill to work, they were fired for abusing their sick leave.
    Tom Charles testified that his boss, Terry Davis told him it was a rush job: Convert the long-unused room on the prison hospital's fifth floor into a laundry room for chronic-care patients in time for the hospital to pass its first inspection by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Care Organizations. The hospital needed the independent group's stamp of approval to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, and it needed the laundry room to get the approval. The visit was scheduled for mid-October.
    On that morning in 1999, he hadn't received a work request for the laundry room re-fit. He was told to start without one. When he asked Davis how he and his crew should charge their time, Charles testified, he was told to "put it on the mental health project" -- an ongoing maintenance job in another part of the hospital.

    This job, Charles thought, isn't going to have a paper trail. No work order appeared until February 2000.

    Taking apart and removing an old set of stainless-steel cabinets shouldn't be a problem, Charles figured -- until he examined them, and discovered that they were almost entirely encased in lead. He asked Davis what the room had been used for and was told that no one knew.

    Safety engineer Randy Vaslik testified later that he had examined the room earlier and discovered "about 1,000 pounds" of lead bars in a corner of the room. He had them picked up by the nearby Naval Air Reserve recycling center. Vaslik said he wasn't even curious about what the room had been used for.
    This whole nightmare started, Charles believes, with a hospital administration that had run out of time to come into compliance with the Joint Commission's regulations. They decided to bypass the law to get the job done quickly and cheaply, with no clue as to the consequences of their actions.

    "They didn't set out to kill me and endanger all our lives," he said. "I truly believe that." But when it began to be obvious that that was exactly what they had done, he said, they scrambled to cover up their liability.

    "There was just a few of us," he said. "We were expendable, don't you see?"

    ....whether to go after the longshoremen's union based on a federal court order that reopened the ports last week after a 10-day lockout.

    Officials with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union pounced on Friday's delay as evidence the association was scrounging for a case � and unable to grasp one because workers are doing their best to move cargo under difficult and dangerous conditions.

    But a spokesman with the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies and port terminal operators, dismissed that suggestion....

    Consider my experience: I'm a recording artist who has sold multiple platinum records since the 1960s. My site,, began offering free downloads in July. About a thousand people per day have downloaded my music, most of them people who had never heard of me and never bought my CDs.

    Welcome to 'Acousticville'

    On the first day I posted downloadable music, my merchandise sales tripled, and they have stayed that way ever since. I'm not about to become a zillionaire as a result, but I am making more money...

    Janis Ian continues to resonate

    Ol' Sparky

    drugs and/or medicines

    s'up t'you


    the terrifying Black Panther Party, back when

    Listen to King Kong�s mighty war cry, thundering across the jungle: "The United States and our allies call on North Korea to comply with its commitments under the nonproliferation treaty and to eliminate its nuclear weapons program in a verifiable manner."

    Gee, that�ll scare the bejeezus out of the NorthKoreans. And that came right after George Bush was thumping his chest at Saddam Hussein. Of course there are differences. Sharon isn�t on the phone every day, ordering Bush to please hurry up and raze Pyongyang.....

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