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July 31, 2001

The Persian wild ass

The Persian wild ass is only one of six subspecies of the Asiatic wild ass that was once common across central Asia and the Middle East. The Syrian subspecies is already extinct.

originally posted by dm8k

July 30, 2001

The Internet Sacred Text Archive

The Internet Sacred Text Archive is a non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.

I ran into nedlog at

I ran into nedlog at Burrito Brothers last night and he urged me to look for this The Philadelphia Experiment story that aired on NPR over the weekend.

"When I get down on

"When I get down on all fours and go up to dogs and go 'hhuhahhuhahhuh,' they get very solicitous."
The lengths to which researchers go in determining whether dogs laugh.

July 29, 2001

"That's racist!" is a record

"That's racist!" is a record of angry asian man's observations and experiences with racism. It's got a lot of sharp insight mixed with a fair amount of humor, but if you disagree with more than about 10% of his accusations, that's racist!

Then, one by one the

Then, one by one the prisoners were asked, in broken English: 'Who is your government?' Norman thought they meant what nationality he was, but then he noticed the replies of the others. Taking his cue from his neighbour, he answered in Italian: 'Polizia'. Anything else would almost certainly have meant another beating.
Don't read these stories about the Genoa detentions on a full stomach. Bastardi!

originally posted by xowie

July 28, 2001

Free Dmitry!

Free Dmitry!

originally posted by xowie

Fabulous little essays on art

Fabulous little essays on art history, from painter Robin Urton.

originally posted by xowie

July 27, 2001

Despite the fact that

Despite the fact that most modern Westerners have collectively agreed on a certain pace at which the world operates, this is by no means a universal perception. Sloths, creatures who have an average body motion of one inch per 2 seconds (try moving that slow!), are a refreshing testament to a worldview based on taking your time, on out-slowing rather than out-speeding danger.
Slow Down For Sloths is one of my favorite web pages of all time, a perfect example of the golden age of web design: 1993-1995. It's now available again for your viewing pleasure.

Challenging White Supremacy resources for

Challenging White Supremacy resources for workshops.

Just a quick note (while

Just a quick note (while I'm on vacation) to say that I saw the premiere of Planet of the Apes here in Portland, and it's good. Real good. As you see it please [discuss] below but please don't spoil the ending.

Simply watch your breath whenever

Simply watch your breath whenever possible.
After few breaths your mind will wander.
Catch this.
No matter how long or short a time you have been away simply come back to the breath.
Don't dwell on what is past.
Be ever present with the breath.
If no other object arises return to the breath.

Vipassana

The Meditation Tip of the Day, daily wisdom from different sources.

I used to be editor

I used to be editor of the Open Directory Project's Race and Racism category. Lately, my login has not been working. I need to look in to that. The ODP is neat; some of you may be interested in looking at a proposed reorganization of the Society: Issues: Race-Ethnic-Religious Relations category. I have had a year to think about it, and am still not quite sure why it doesn't satisfy me, but it doesn't. What do you think?

July 26, 2001

John Kass has emitted some

John Kass has emitted some intense columns lately about the Chicago Mob. Curiosity led me to a cop site full of wild stories. There's tons more about Midwest organized crime at the site of CJ prof. Gary Potter.

originally posted by xowie

G4G4.com

G4G4.com

originally posted by xowie

Plague upon your house, Rice.

Plague upon your house, Rice. Damn you for introducing me to Bejeweled. I can't stop playing. I'm addicted. CURSES!!!!

originally posted by dm8k

But that, of course,

But that, of course, should not be the issue. The first issue to be addressed is the non-economic value — one would hope it would be a high value — that we ascribe to human beings based solely on the fact that they exist. But even if the discussion is limited to economic matters, there is a problem with Philip Morris's contention that countries can derive benefits from the early demise of smokers. It flies in the face of accepted economic theory, which argues that the benefits of a free market flow from rational decisions made by consumers who, when spending their money (and only their money), understand the risks and rewards of the choices they make.
I'm astonished no rW editor has yet posted anything about Phillip Morris's incredible assertion that smoking is good for poor countries because their citizens die earlier. Especially since we have some editors who feel there are somehow positive things associated with drugs and because we have one editor who thinks all people (especially smokers) should die in a firestorm.

July 25, 2001

Lebanon brawls with China.

Lebanon brawls with China.

originally posted by xowie

Ananova's Amazing Science page includes

Ananova's Amazing Science page includes links to some, um, weird stories. Headlines include:

Biker gets new penis from arm muscle

Menopause makes cockroaches desperate

Left-handers at greater risk of bowel problems

originally posted by zagg

July 24, 2001

There are some things the

There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
Undernews, the daily news service of the Progressive Review, attributes this quote to Katharine Graham.

Our Song is by far

Our Song is by far the best movie I've seen this year. Here's an excerpt for director Jim McKay's appeal to the MPAA to NOT give it an R rating:


Our Song is a realist-style film with mature themes. Because our society is filled with mature teenagers whose choices at the movie theaters are extremely limited when seeking work that does not belittle or speak down to them, trivialize their dilemmas, or objectify them as reckless, uncaring airheads, we believe that teens deserve access to Our Song.

It is true that, by the MPAA's count, Our Song contains 9 (nine) "fucks," 2 (two) "motherfuckers," and one humorous English-language translation of the word "pussy" refering to the act of cunnilingus. But it is also true that the film contains 0 (zero) uses of the word "nigger," a word that, in this filmmaker's opinion, is far more degrading and harmful than any of the above words. In fact, for a realist film, the absence of this word is glaring and a close reading of the film makes the word not simply absent, but meaningful in its absence. Furthermore, it is also true that Our Song contains 0 (zero) incidents of nudity, 0 (zero) guns, 0 (zero) murders, and in fact, 0 (zero) portrayals of violence of any kind, another absence glaring enough to pierce the reality of the story for many young, innercity teens who have watched the film and discussed it with me ("that was a good movie, Jim, but it shoulda had some fights in it, then it woulda been better").


I truly believe that a young person growing up in the 21st Century will encounter more images of lewd sexuality, glamorized violence, and the denigration of women and girls in ten minutes of viewing of MTV or E! or numerous PG-13 rated films on the market now than they will in an entire viewing of Our Song.



The rest is at the site.

In an unexpected turnaround,

In an unexpected turnaround, Adobe Systems called yesterday for the release of a Russian programmer accused of violating American copyright law after he helped create software that can crack Adobe's security software for electronic books.

originally posted by dm8k

Slice of life in a

Slice of life in a leather bar.

originally posted by xowie

July 23, 2001

Washington Post: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Washington Post: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Eudora Welty Dies at 92.

State terrorism in Genoa International

State terrorism in Genoa International action appeal
List of solidarity demonstrations
WP photos 7/20 - 7/21

IMC print 7.22.01
The wild boy who became a martyr
Police seek Black Bloc who brought mayhem to city
Leaders Start to Rethink the Big-Summit Format

G8: Still tension after the violences that have upset Genoa
G8 halts 'super summits'
Aftermath in Genoa
Prodi defends demonstrators
"Truncheons rained down on me..."

originally posted by xowie

sigh. Is nothing sacred? Steven

sigh. Is nothing sacred? Steven King is going to remake Lars Von Trier's 10 hour masterpiece "The Kingdom."

stephenpratt.com/weblog

stephenpratt.com/weblog

Saw Before Night Falls this

Saw Before Night Falls this weekend and realized how little I know about Cuban history. Made me want to know if things have changed. While there is nearly universal praise for Cuba's healthcare system, its services to people with HIV, and incredible literacy rates, I'm still wondering about the mandatory HIV/AIDS education program for HIV+ people and the current day-to-day treatment of gay men:

There are few places for gays to socialize and the police constantly harass gays wherever they gather. There is system where the police give tickets to Cuban gays who congregate. A third written warning or ticket can mean a 6-month prison term or re-education camp. The penalty for a Cuban interacting with tourists is 1,500 Cuban pesos ($75), nearly 4 months wage for most. The fine is high due to the presumption that the offender has some sort of illegal trade or is a prostitute.

I'm looking forward to hearing from my friend, an HIV worker and a lesbian, travelling in Cuba as I write this...

originally posted by hcog

July 22, 2001

I’ve got to stop now.

I’ve got to stop now. We should be safe if we can make our way back to where we’re stayiing. Call the Italian Embassy. Go there, shame them! We may not be able to mount another demonstration tomorrow here if the situation stays this dangerous. Please, do something!
Agents of the Italian government beat a bunch of sleeping dissidents bloody yesterday in the defense of my access to cheap consumer goods. I believe that if they could simply beat a few dozen people bloody to prevent this firsthand account of the Genoa IMC raid from reaching my eyes, they would not hesitate to do so.

See also an account of the day before in Genoa:

A whole lot of people have been badly hurt, people who clearly and unmistakably are not rock throwing, streetfighting youth, people who believed they were going to be in a peaceful and reasonably safe place. Lisa and I had done a training for the women, trying to give them some sense of what they might face on the streets from our experience in other actions. But there’s no real way to prepare for a cop beating a peaceful, non-aggressive, midde-aged woman on the head.

July 20, 2001

Some very bad things are

Some very bad things are happening in Genoa. At least one person is dead, but there's conflicting reports on how they were killed. The mainstream media is saying he was shot with a bullet and run over by a van. Indymedia is reporting he might have been killed after being shot in the head with a tear gas cannister. Check Italy's Independent Media Center for reports. Check out why 100,000 people are protesting the G8 summit and find out exactly what the Summer of Resistance is all about.

originally posted by zagg

Percentage of Americans who would

Percentage of Americans who would allow "churches and other houses of worship" to seek federal funds for charitable work : 75
Percentage who would allow "Muslim mosques" to do so : 38
From the July Harper’s Index.

July 19, 2001

We are currently negotiating with

We are currently negotiating with Springer's producers over a proposed "brand" showdown in which a young female representing the WTO "brand" would face-off against a young male representing "Anti."....In focus groups, 59% of teens reported that they would consider purchasing WTO product if associated with friendly talking frog.
Leaked Memo Reveals WTO Plan to "Sell" Itself to American Youth.

originally posted by xowie

This one goes out to

This one goes out to Mimi Fariña.

originally posted by xowie

High Windows When I see

High Windows

When I see a couple of kids
And guess he's fucking her and she's
Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm,
I know this is paradise

Everyone old has dreamed of all their lives—
Bonds and gestures pushed to one side
Like an outdated combine harvester,
And everyone young going down the long slide

To happiness, endlessly. I wonder if
Anyone looked at me, forty years back,
And thought, That'll be the life;
No God any more, or sweating in the dark

About hell and that, or having to hide
What you think of the priest. He
And his lot will all go down the long slide
Like free bloody birds
. And immediately

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

--Philip Larkin

July 18, 2001

ConnectNet.org takes your zip code

ConnectNet.org takes your zip code and shows you places nearby where you can connect to the Internet for free.

Why Boycott Adobe? Because Adobe

Why Boycott Adobe? Because Adobe Systems (creator of Photoshop) has leveraged the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to sic the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a Russian graduate student presenting a research paper in Las Vegas this week. You, too, can violate the DMCA (and risk Adobe's wrath) if you just decode the following cipher: enaqbzJnyxf ybirf lbh. Am I an accessory if I give you a hint?

Part of the Jim Crow

Part of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Dr. David Pilgrim's The Tragic Mulatto Myth is a marvelous survey of American film and literature. See also The Meaning of Mulatto by Erin Bannister:

By the end of twelfth grade, I had adopted the word mulatto, a term that originated from the Spanish word for mule, the ungainly, stubborn, and sterile offspring of a donkey and a horse. Which one of my parents, I wonder, is the donkey?

While the Society is not

While the Society is not a "crackpot" group, it is opposed to the fashionable, politically correct Spherical Earth theory, which is expounded every day by so-called "scientists", the media and political leaders. The Society asserts that the Earth is flat and has five sides, that all places in the Universe named Springfield are merely links in higher-dimensional space to one place, and that all assertions are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true false and meaningless in some sense.

If nothing else, the Flat Earth Society explains why it is never revealed which state the Simpsons' Springfiled is in.

originally posted by zagg

If you can't watch the

If you can't watch the MacWorld New York keynote currenty in progress, check out this MacNN text feed or this pbzone text feed.

Bottle Village, Cadillac Ranch, Carhenge,

Bottle Village, Cadillac Ranch, Carhenge, Chandigarh,
Dickeyville Grotto, Heidelberg Project, House Sculptee,
Las Pozas, Milkovisch House,
Owl House,
Palais Idéal, Pasaquan,
Rainbow House, Roden Crater,
Salvation Mountain, Tarot Garden, Villa d'Este, Watts Towers.

originally posted by xowie

July 17, 2001

Preventing image 'theft' with Apache.

Preventing image 'theft' with Apache.

Memo to those true Mets

Memo to those true Mets fans: do not get boastful in your calls to sports talk-radio stations. Do not treat a decent stretch that has lasted five days as if it has lasted five weeks. Do not calculate where the Mets are in the wild-card and division races because the deficits are daunting. Do enjoy seeing the Mets playing a crisper style of baseball. Do have hope. You are allowed.

After last night's victory, Jack Curry reminds Mets fans not to get excited over our recent good fortunes. I estimate they need to go 48-18 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which is definitely possible. On Friday night I finally caught a good picture of a batter's swing, and it was a Mike Piazza 9th inning home run. I've been trying all year but because my seats are so far away, the batter's box is well out of range of my camera's focus. Perhaps this stroke of luck bodes well for the rest of the Mets' season.

Effects were present in twenty

Effects were present in twenty minutes, and I took my portable radio into the garden at forty minutes just to pull weeds. Each weed had special significance, and my cat Ms. joined me and agreed with me. This is excessively strange.
Sasha Shulgin's 5-MeO-DiPT (aka foxy).

originally posted by xowie

July 16, 2001

Mac OS Rumors is hiding,

Mac OS Rumors is hiding, but the rumors are sweet like candy.

washingtonpost.com: Floridans Protest Street Cameras

washingtonpost.com: Floridans Protest Street Cameras

NYTM: (1) hilarious portrait of

NYTM: (1) hilarious portrait of a 15-year-old intern attorney expert. (2) advertising infiltrations.

originally posted by xowie

July 15, 2001

I've begun collecting mushrooms, and

I've begun collecting mushrooms, and they're mighty good on pizza. I haven't grown my own wheat yet, but I have ground whole organic wheat into flour. I've done it on a stone mortar and pestle, but I prefer to use a metal grinder. I don't grow my own olives yet, but when I do I'll press them for oil. And now I can bake them in an oven made completely by hand from raw materials.
It's been too long since I've read Kestrel's Nest. Look at him go! If the Earth were doomed and I could choose 3 people to put on a rocket and send into outer space, Eric Wagoner would be on there for sure.

Or maybe I should save that guy who's building pyramids with kites? Damn, is this hard.

Mother Jones' Debt to Society

Mother Jones' Debt to Society special report. It includes an interactive atlas of incarceration stats in the US. This is what the web is for. I really wish I made this. I should have.

originally posted by tragicM

Phase 2 Sim continues.

Phase 2 Sim continues.

originally posted by xowie

The Detroit page.

The Detroit page.

originally posted by xowie

news.bbc.co.uk: Q & A: Son

news.bbc.co.uk: Q & A: Son of Star Wars

It's one thing to send

It's one thing to send thousands of soldiers to attack another army on a battlefield. But an engineering project requires everything to be put precisely into place.I prefer to think of the technology as simple, with relatively few people involved.
Caltech professor Mory Gharib plans to demonstrate that simple machines and kites built the Egyptian pyramids. So far he's got four tons and fifteen feet of vertical concrete that says he's right. thanks, q daily news.

July 14, 2001

Diagnose disorders of tomato fruit,

Diagnose disorders of tomato fruit, leaves, and stems with these photos.

Exiled poster artist Julio Eloy

Exiled poster artist Julio Eloy Mesa.

originally posted by xowie

July 13, 2001

Q: How many pennies are

Q: How many pennies are there? A: There are this many.

Salon is now publishing weekly

Salon is now publishing weekly comeeks by the superlative Lynda Barry. Dig it and dig it well. Thanks to boing boing for the heads up.

Global City Transit Navigation Design.

Global City Transit Navigation Design. "These maps capture our imagination by the way in which each solves a similar problem in a unique and culturally appropriate manner."

The incredible Springfield Interchange Improvement

rendition of future springfield 95-395-495 interchange
The incredible Springfield Interchange Improvement Project is underway not far from here. I should go take some more photos.




I just hate using my

I just hate using my own hands to consume snacks. Oh how I wish there was a better way.

originally posted by dm8k

Sinkers.org posters for S30: DC.

restore your planetwe can do it
Sinkers.org posters for S30: DC. Read more about September's World Bank/IMF convergence at abolishthebank.org.

Down with Randomwalks!

Down with Randomwalks!

originally posted by zagg

Friday, July 13, 1951: Kansas

Friday, July 13, 1951: Kansas City, Kan.

originally posted by xowie

July 12, 2001

No time for love, Dr.

No time for love, Dr. Jones:

This article argues that wealth

This article argues that wealth is a zero-sum game in more, or more important, ways than it is not. It sounds right, but I need to learn me some economics to be sure.

The 34-year-old former gymnast says

The 34-year-old former gymnast says China's athletes and public deserve the glory of hosting the world's premier sporting event. But ask Feng, muscular and 6 feet tall, how he became a wheelchair athlete, and what emerges is a disturbing tale of state-sponsored violence, discrimination, and suppression.
Chinese outcast wonders if Games would help or hurt.

originally posted by xowie

The New York Times' Thomas

The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, is pretty much the megaphone of corporate globalization. Mark Rupert, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University, does an excellent job in debunking Friedman's claptrap on behalf of institutions such as the World Bank.

originally posted by zagg

July 11, 2001

Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred

Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred MIrrors.

originally posted by xowie

monsteratomic writes: You've all seen

monsteratomic writes:


You've all seen them lying around at bus stations and maybe some of you
have even tried to collect them. well now they are online. Read about how
D&D will have your friends hanging from the rafters in Dark Dungeons (bwa
ha ha ha ha!). Learn how gay men tried to rape angels in Doom Town (ooh,
scandalous!)! See the secret life of sex ed teachers as they try to
convince you to kill your babies in Baby Talk! So start fearing the world
and get gabbin with god today!

Dean Chamberlain's color-saturated photos of

Dean Chamberlain's color-saturated photos of LSD heroes.

originally posted by xowie

When I want to get

When I want to get up to speed on what's happening around the world and why, I turn to the following current events primers:

So, while it might be

So, while it might be comforting to dismiss McVeigh as a maniacal, one-of-a-kind deviant, he was, in fact, just a particularly apt student of the very government he hated.
Barbara Ehrenreich on Timothy McVeigh.

There is the overwhelming sense

There is the overwhelming sense among most whites that things can't possibly be as bad as black Americans say they are.
washingtonpost.com: Misperceptions Cloud Whites' View of Blacks. I own a mansion and a yacht.

Chemistry opens you to receive

Chemistry opens you to receive another being; you grow to enlarge yourself beyond what you would otherwise be, know and perceive.
latimes.com: Couples With Right Chemistry Have Love Down to a Science. I've always been a fan of chemistry.

I bet riding a broom

I bet riding a broom is a lot like riding a motorcycle -- you really gotta lean through those curves.

July 10, 2001

Insane precautions for the G-8

Insane precautions for the G-8 summit include snipers, 200 body bags and "little" missiles.

originally posted by xowie

Dr. Menlo is now hosting

Dr. Menlo is now hosting abuddha's memes! I should have offered to host that great site when it first occurred to me.

One evening when she was

One evening when she was two, lying in bed waiting for her story, Greta started singing the words, "My tushy feel good, my vagina feel good." The tune was quite pleasant, and she sang it for about ten minutes, the same words, the same tune, over and over. Then, with one last "My tushy feel good, my vagina feel good," rising to a kind of crescendo of pure well-being, she looked up at me and said, "Know that song?"
From An Open Letter to Superintendent Grimmel, which I have taken the liberty of retitling Please Excuse My Daughter From School Today: A Homeschool Manifesto.

The Poynter Institute's excellent Diversity

The Poynter Institute's excellent Diversity Digest, linking to rare and important journalism that covers underserved communities in non-formulaic ways, finally has a permanent URL.

Career women 'rent' wombs to

Career women 'rent' wombs to beat hassle of pregnancy.

originally posted by xowie

July 9, 2001

"Dot com types" are

"Dot com types" are to blame for the violence at recent gatherings of the World Trade Organisation, according to WTO director general Mike Moore.

Moore made his remarks in Geneva, in an appeal for citizens groups (NGOs) to distance themselves from "masked stone-throwers who claim to want more transparency, anti-globalization dot.com-types who trot out slogans that are trite, shallow and superficial," he said.

Which came as news to us. We thought "dot com" types were too busy braying into mobile phones and snorting enormous quantities of Bolivian marching powder as they vandalised a communication infrastructure created at great public expense for research purposes, with marketing plans that would get a six year old suspended from kindergarten for frivolity.


Dot-commers to blame for anti-capitalist violence, says WTO boss.

In Western ideology, freedom is

In Western ideology, freedom is the freedom to make money, to own a corporation, it's the freedom of private capital. There are other models of freedom: freedom to decide -- what is made, how it's made and to whose benefit -- and how we establish parity between different communities.
The Washington Post profiles British director Ken Loach.

World's largest cave system discovered

World’s largest cave system discovered in China. (People like caves in China.)

originally posted by xowie

Update
Here’s a bit of news from November 2006 about Soaring Dragon Cave, mentioned above.

July 8, 2001

We hold these truths to

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all energy is freely and democratically provided by Nature, that utilities both public and private have no monopoly on the production and distribution of energy, that this century's monopolization of energy by utilities threatens the health of our environment and the very life of our planet.
  • We, the Solar Guerrillas of this planet, therefore resolve to place energy made from sunshine, wind, and falling water on this planet's utility grids with or without permission from utilities or governments.
  • We resolve to share this energy with our neighbors without regard for financial compensation.
  • We further resolve that our renewable energy systems will be safe and will not harm utility workers, our neighbors, or our environment.
signed Solar Guerrillas of Planet Earth

"Hot Tuna" (Houttuynia cameleon). tricolor

"Hot Tuna" (Houttuynia cameleon). tricolor ground cover. All parts are edible. The gingery taste and herbal scent are good in oriental cooking and good for medicinal purposes too!
Tasty.

originally posted by xowie

Root beer reviews

Root beer reviews

The Pancake Galleries

The Pancake Galleries

Concrete ghost town.

Concrete ghost town.

originally posted by xowie

Beautiful essay on human consciousness.

Beautiful essay on human consciousness.

originally posted by xowie

Edible Landscaping (Edible Landscaping Gardening

Edible Landscaping (Edible Landscaping Gardening Fruit Trees Apples Asparagus Bamboo Banana Blackberry Blueberry Che Cherry Citrus Chestnuts Chinquapin Coffee Cranberry Currants Dogwood Elderberry Figs Filberts Gingko Gooseberry Grapes Ground Cover Heartnuts Herbs Honeysuckle Hot Tuna Jostaberry Jujube Juneberry Kiwi Lingonberry Mayhaw Medlar Mulberry Passionflower Paw Paw Peaches Pears Pecan Persimmon Pine Nuts Plum Pomegranate Quice Raspberry Rhubarb Roses Shiitake Strawberry)

We bought a tea kettle

We bought a tea kettle today and the whistle turned out to be shrill and unpleasant. Should we learn to live with it, or endeavor to listen to 18 tea kettle whistles in hopes of finding a fun (or at least pleasant) one we'll look forward to hearing?

"The good thing is, it's

"The good thing is, it's solid," he said, rapping the shed's metal walls. "It doesn't leak at all."
Zephania Nyabanga speaks four languages, earned a bachelor's degree in Kenya and a master's in Indiana, and lives in an abandoned shed in the woods of Northern Virginia.

By any measure, Prince George's

By any measure, Prince George's County Maryland police have shot and killed people at rates that exceed those of nearly any other large police force in the nation.

In 1995, police shot and wounded a man who allegedly tried to run over an officer with a Chevy Blazer. A jury acquitted the man of assault after he and other witnesses testified that the vehicle was not moving and that he had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot.

In 1997, police said they shot and killed a distraught college student because he attacked them with a knife. When his family sued years later, the officers admitted under oath that the dead man never touched the alleged weapon — which turned out to be a butter knife sitting on a kitchen counter.

In 1998, two officers said they fatally shot a Landover teenager in self-defense after he tried to grab their guns. In fact, records indicate he was shot 13 times in the back while he was unconscious and lying facedown on the floor.
washingtonpost.com: Police Shootings. This same-old story ought to earn the Post a Pulitzer.

Sources of RSS feeds.

Sources of RSS feeds.

Looking around my kitchen, I

Looking around my kitchen, I see that I can make tarragon pills, salt pills, heavy cream pills and breadcrumb pills. You can pipe frosting into the capsules, or fill them with caramel sauce or melted chocolate, for a dessert you don't even have to taste.
Flak Magazine: Review of "empty vegetarian capsules"

If you've never been to

If you've never been to Disinformation, it's worth a visit.

Did I mean: let's wig

Did I mean: let's wig out at danko's? No.

Map: The Colombian Connnection

Map: The Colombian Connnection

July 7, 2001

When we see a red

caution: sittingWhen we see a red light or a stop sign, we can smile at it and thank it, because it is a bodhisattva helping us return to the present moment. The red light is a bell of mindfulness. We may have thought of it as an enemy, preventing us from achieving our goal. But now we know the red light is our friend, helping us resist rushing and calling us to return to the present moment where we can meet with life, joy and peace. Even if you are not the driver, you can help everyone in the car if you breathe and smile.
Driving Meditation by Tich Nhat Hanh

Gothic gardens, corpse compost, naturist

Gothic gardens, corpse compost, naturist naturalists, world wide weeding? The New York Times Magazine: Extreme Gardening

The dreaded summer newsletter.

The dreaded summer newsletter.

originally posted by xowie

July 6, 2001

World New York: Most people

World New York: Most people who claim they live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, don't.

Smoking pot and tripping your

Smoking pot and tripping your brains out.

originally posted by xowie

July 5, 2001

from Reuters: a trove

from Reuters: a trove of cave art found in France.

The first two poems on

The first two poems on this page were written for my daughter. You may skip them and scroll to the third poem, "MERCY" where my Poems to God begin. I have left the poems I wrote for Rachel here in case she ever finds these pages. I want her to know I still love her and am sorry for the mistakes I have made.
Christian Poems by Jay L. Zumbrum.

A meeting of two great

A meeting of two great minds: Billy Wimsatt interviews Ira Glass, of public radio's This American Life.

July 4, 2001

Love your country: ride









Love your country: ride a bike | support Sarah Jones, and free speech | stop the ACA | read a book | recognize white privilege | eat a hot dog

Fillmore West (once called Carousel)

Fillmore West (once called Carousel) shut its doors on July 4, 1971.

originally posted by xowie

July 3, 2001

Next week the Olympics will

Next week the Olympics will probably go to Beijing. I have mixed feelings about this - the PLA freaks me out 'cause of where I live. I wish they would get rid of the Olympics.

originally posted by xowie

July 2, 2001

Mike Godwin on the horror

Mike Godwin on the horror of DMCA.

originally posted by xowie

Required reading for parents (and

Required reading for parents (and not just moms): Mothering magazine. They don't put new articles online, but the website does feature some older ones. A subscription is well worth the money.

There's lots of fun stuff

There's lots of fun stuff to see at Milky Elephant, but use with care. I inadvertently terrified my 21-month-old daughter last night with one of the little Flash cartoons. As she fell asleep, she woke up several times, sobbed, and said, "Bye-bye, computer!" I felt awful about it. You have been warned. But thanks anyway to William Fields.

July 1, 2001

When we with Sappho.

When we with Sappho.

originally posted by xowie

Don't know how it happened,

Don't know how it happened, but I got an e-mail telling me about the existence of the Bureau of Public Secrets. Seems to be a monster archive of lots of interesting writing--Situationism, Kenneth Rexroth, other countercultural stuff. The Rexroth alone could get me lost for ages. I'll post a good poem of his when I've had a chance to read more.

New York Times: Death Penalty

New York Times: Death Penalty Ignites a Musical Coalition. Features Michael Franti of Spearhead, whose new album focuses on the issue.