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October 31, 2001

Don't worry, at first glance

Don't worry, at first glance these things might look baffling and complex, but they'll quickly become second nature to you once you actually start cleaning up after your disgusting messy self you utter, utter filthy bastard.
fridgemagnet presents: Cleaning the Fucking Kitchen for Dummies. Thanks, Boing Boing.

Hello kiddies...welcome to randomCorpses. The

Hello kiddies...welcome to randomCorpses. The Cryptkeeper, a splendid animatronic device (and member of the extended Xowie family), invites you to check out these fabulous Tales from the Crypt internet "radio" shows, based on the original EC comics. Happy Halloween, creeps!

originally posted by xowie

I am not a liberal,


I am not a liberal, not a conservative, not a believer in gradual progress, not a monk, not an indifferentist. I should like to be a free artist and nothing more, and I regret that God has not given me the power to be one. I hate lying and violence in all their forms... I regard trademarks and labels as a superstition. My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love and the most absolute freedom - freedom from violence and lying, whatever form they may take. This is the program I would follow if I were a great artist.



Since I was Harry Potter last year, here is my halloween costume this year: "Young Anton Chekhov."


I'm not justifying what happened

I'm not justifying what happened on Sept. 11, but it's clear that when Bush said if you're not with us, you're with the terrorist -- when he said he wanted the man dead or alive -- he was calling out the posse, and black people know the posse. They come by and get you in the middle of the night and kill you without due process.
Deep Distrust of Government Still Simmers (washingtonpost.com)

Beetle Bailey? At The World

Beetle Bailey? At The World Trade Center? How weird is this?

There are 11 President Bushes,

There are 11 President Bushes, three Mayor Rudolph W. Giulianis and one National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
The Topps Company has already created a line of "Enduring Freedom" trading cards.

originally posted by xowie

October 30, 2001

Apparently, someone asked Raymond Chandler

Apparently, someone asked Raymond Chandler once what he thought of Hollywood ruining all of his books. And he took them into his study and pointed up to the shelf where they all were, and he said, "Look, they're there. They're fine. They're okay."
The Onion's A.V. Club interviews Alan Moore! Thanks, lia.

Realtime Javascript Editor: "Type your

Realtime Javascript Editor: "Type your code on the left and see the output immediately on the right." Cool!

My wife wants to read

My wife wants to read some ghost stories, so here is the Shadowlands true ghost stories site (recommended on MetaFilter) and many more sites at open directory: ghost stories.

From World New York:US broadcasts

From World New York:

US broadcasts to Afghanistan available at 8700 kHz, shortwave. Or, listen on the Internet by tuning a web-controlled shortwave radio to that frequency.

Hugo de Garis writes: I

Hugo de Garis writes:


I have 2 major life goals.

  1. To build artificial brains
  2. To raise the alarm on a possible gigadeath artilect war.


oldwabbles writes:

our friend hugo is without job!

Hugo de Garis, brain builder, is the biggest freak of our time. If you can track down a cached copy of some of his old writings, you'll know why.

In Jalalabad, the Sultanpur Mosque

In Jalalabad, the Sultanpur Mosque was hit by a bomb during prayers, with 17 people caught inside. Neighbors rushed into the rubble to help pull out the injured, but as the rescue effort got under way, another bomb fell, killing at least 120 people. In the village of Darunta near Jalalabad, a US bomb fell on another mosque. Two people were killed and dozens--perhaps as many as 150 people--were injured. Many of those injured are languishing without medical care in the Sehat-e-Ama hospital in Jalalabad, which lacks resources to treat the wounded.
Precision, My Ass by Maria Tomchick (c/o Ethel the Blog).

originally posted by xowie

Not quite so fashionable now,

Not quite so fashionable now, but once upon a time, blood libels and accusations of poisoning wells were all the rage in Europe. The plague of 1348 killed around 25m people, and by the end of that year, 'the rumor was current that these deaths were due to an international conspiracy of Jewry to poison Christendom.' This account from 1349: In the matter of this plague the Jews throughout the world were reviled and accused in all lands of having caused it through the poison which they are said to have put into the water and the wells - that is what they were accused of - and for this reason the Jews were burnt all the way from the Mediterranean into Germany, but not in Avignon, for the pope protected them there. Source: Fordham Jewish History Sourcebook. I see some sort of parallel here, associating the Other/Unknown with poison and invisible plagues.

October 29, 2001

the hampshire historical society

the hampshire historical society

All Your Base Are Belong

All Your Base Are Belong To Us. Shit! This war is getting weirder.

PRIZE TO REWARD BURGEONING TALENT

PRIZE TO REWARD BURGEONING TALENT FOR VIOLENCE
Stockholm - In a blaze of publicity, the Nobel Foundation yesterday launched a new Nobel prize for war. The prize, which will seek to reward the most committed and violent war-makers in the world today, will be awarded annually. In the judges own words, they are to make the prestigious new award for "innovative, devastating and demonstrably enthusiastic contributions to modern warfare."
Herdofsheep.

"They don't want you to

"They don't want you to hear these other voices out there," McKinney said at a public forum in Clarkston. "Help me come up with a strategy to get through this white noise that's been put out 24 hours a day."
McKinney lambastes media.

originally posted by xowie

There are no mobile phone

There are no mobile phone transcripts of Afghan civilians bidding farewell to their loved ones as the cluster bombs rain down around them, no immediate images of the impact of the wayward missiles on unlucky suburbs. Unlike those who perished in the World Trade Centre, the dead in Afghanistan do not have names, only numbers. And, given the limited access to the area, even those are questionable.
Gary Younge, Peace by precision. Also at the "G": an interview with grumpy Simon Wiesenthal.

originally posted by xowie

October 28, 2001

My new weblog has already

My new weblog has already been hacked! (Thanks adam.)

originally posted by xowie

retroCRUSH presents the worst pre-fab

retroCRUSH presents the worst pre-fab Halloween costumes ever.

This is ridiculous. But not

This is ridiculous. But not as ridiculous as say, owning a bunch of stuff you don't need, or kissing the wide ass of those in power, or maybe even wearing wool when you should just wear cotton, or nothing at all.

Just for the record, I like how ridiculous this is. I would also like to do a ridiculous thing: have someone take a snapshot looking out at the ocean at every seaside town from the tip of Florida to the top of Maine, and then all the way around the Atlantic, on the shores of Greenland, Icleland, Ireland, Cote D'Ivorie, Spain, Portugal, Just to see what the sea looks like from all of those people's viewfinders.

Viefinders are cool. So are non-militaristic laser pointers.


originally posted by DC

woah (from slashdot)

woah (from slashdot)

Many Blacks Have Doubts. Here's

Many Blacks Have Doubts. Here's Why (washingtonpost.com)

A Smarter Web (MIT Technology

A Smarter Web (MIT Technology Review) in which Mark Frauenfelder (BoingBoing) explains the semantic web -- I'm looking forward to reading this.

October 27, 2001

Nowar Collective: Poisoning the Well

Nowar Collective: Poisoning the Well by Rahul Mahajan

Pilgrimage to a Holy Place

Pilgrimage to a Holy Place (washingtonpost.com)

On the northern perimeter of the site, at Chambers and West streets, an elevated walkway over West offers the most panoramic view. From here, the huge wasteland looks like the handiwork of a stupendous meteor.

If only it had been. People could call it an act of God. There would be no one to blame.
CNN.com - Recovery: Toxic chemicals detected around WTC ruins - October 27, 2001
Toxic chemicals have been detected at levels exceeding federal safety standards in the soil and air around the still-burning rubble of the World Trade Center, according to documents compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.


In addition to the dioxins, PCBs, benzene, lead and chromium found at the site, the EPA data released Friday showing low levels of contaminants had been found in the water and sediment of the Hudson River.

The Bomb With A Loaded

The Bomb With A Loaded Message (washingtonpost.com)

"Is taking the picture down the right response?" asks Cathy Renna, GLAAD's New York spokeswoman. "I actually want the picture to run, but with context. It gets to something we need to discuss, which is that it's okay to be in the Navy and to write 'fag' on a bomb and drop it on a terrorist. That word is still okay with some people, and these are the kinds of things you might see if you happened to be gay and were serving in the military. It exemplifies every single reason why our work is as relevant as it was on September 10."
Despite the headline, this article doesn't limit itself to the chalk scrawl and looks broadly at the impact the 9-11 attack had on gays. Unfortunately the Post didn't bother to put the controversial AP photo online; you can see a photo of the HIGH JACK THIS FAGS bomb at the glaad website.

Of Microbes and Mock Attacks:

Of Microbes and Mock Attacks: Years Ago, The Military Sprayed Germs on U.S. Cities

Between Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 of 1950, a Navy mine-laying vessel cruised the San Francisco coast, spraying an aerosol cocktail of Serratia and Bacillus microbes -- all believed to be safe -- over the famously foggy city from giant hoses on deck, according to declassified Army reports. According to lawyers who have reviewed the reports, researchers added fluorescent particles of zinc-cadmium-sulfide to better measure the impact. Based on results from monitoring equipment at 43 locations around the city, the Army determined that San Francisco had received enough of a dose for nearly all of the city's 800,000 residents to inhale at least 5,000 of the particles.

Two weeks after the spraying, on Oct. 11, 1950, Mr. Nevin checked in to the Stanford Hospital in San Francisco with fever and other symptoms. Ten other men and women checked in to the same hospital -- which has since been relocated to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. -- with similar complaints. Doctors noticed that all 11 had the same malady: a pneumonia caused by exposure to bacteria believed to be Serratia marcescens. Mr. Nevin died three weeks later. The others recovered. Doctors were so surprised by the outbreak that they reported it in a medical journal, oblivious at the time to the secret germ test.
Apart from even anthrax and the Current Situation, this has to make you wonder what types of tests the US government has conducted on you.

Thoughts in the Presence of

Thoughts in the Presence of Fear by Wendell Berry.

originally posted by xowie

Frank Rich, How to lose

Frank Rich, How to lose a war.

originally posted by xowie

October 26, 2001

"He's one of the greatest

"He's one of the greatest architects in the world, and you'd expect him to be more enlightened. But then you expected more from Leni Riefenstahl."
To discourage architect Frank Gehry's involvement in the development/rape of L.A.'s Ballona wetlands, artist Robbie Conal plastered psychedelic fucking-frog posters at Gehry's home and office. (The Finger.)

originally posted by xowie

Eight white men discuss the

Eight white men discuss the future of technology.

Lynda Barry: the deep #1-ness

Lynda Barry: the deep #1-ness of life obscured.

Eye witness accounts of the

Eye witness accounts of the US strikes on Kabul courtesy RAWA.

In fact there was a

In fact there was a previous terrorist attack on Congress, in 1954, and it was led by a woman. Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebrón organized a machine gun ambush from the House gallery which wounded five members of Congress. (A few months ago, at age 81, Lebrón was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trespassing at Vieques.) The story is, sadly, familiar:

Because of a desperation which was superhuman, three or four island patriots led by Lolita Lebrón took the road from New York to Washington. They made the trip by bus, because it was cheaper. The U.N. officials who failed to read Lolita Lebrón's poster [This reference by Jose de Vasconcelos is of a picture that appeared of Lolita Lebrón in the N.Y. Times with a picket sign reading "We demand the complete independence of Puerto Rico." (1953)] travel high above in jet planes; they could not discern the humble caravan headed by Lolita Lebrón. The island girl, like her comrades, bought only a one way ticket partly for the economy, no doubt, but also because they realized that they were on a trip from which there was no return.

originally posted by xowie

The Pentagon wants your help:

The Pentagon wants your help: it wants bright ideas on thwarting terrorism and has announced a fun, open competition. Bastardised from Reuters report:

The Defense Department said it was seeking help in "defeating difficult targets, conducting protracted operations in remote areas and developing countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction." The goal is to find concepts that could be developed and fielded in 12 to 18 months, much faster than normal Pentagon purchasing and deployment timetables. Laying out an unusually straightforward, three-step process for entering the competition, the Pentagon called for one-page concept descriptions by Dec. 23. Those retained will be asked to provide up to 12 pages of details in a second phase. The department then would invite those with the most promising ideas to submit full proposals "that may form the basis for a contract," the statement said. "We're open to ideas from just about everybody," added Glenn Flood, a Pentagon spokesman. More information on the process has been posted at www.bids.twsg.gov

Love that logo! Read the adobe info here and get contributing. My suggestion is that evil kittens should be installed on every street corner in the entire world: this would immediately bring an end to rude talk and mucking about of any sort, and thus bring about world peace through a combination of fear and good manners.

October 25, 2001

The Greatest has become our

The Greatest has become our mute, iconic, bloated Buddha. The man with the fastest hands and legs in sports now moves as slowly as though he were under water. The wittiest athlete now whispers inaudibly. His body is ravaged by Parkinson's, a disease that is degenerative and will never get better. Watching Ali on a dais being lovingly fed by his wife, Lonnie, hurts my heart and makes me question my own fandom, my own complicity in his debilitation. Seeing a tape of his epic fight with Joe Frazier in Manila has become a bittersweet experience for me. While it was happening in 1975, I was drenched with sweat, hoarse from screaming and emotionally spent from the ebb-and-flow drama. But today, seeing the aftereffects on both men has made the greatest fight I ever saw no longer such a powerful argument for the sport it once exalted.
Jack Newfield, The Shame of Boxing.

originally posted by xowie

The hour new antiterrorism

The hour new antiterrorism legislation becomes law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Thursday he would direct all U.S. prosecutors and FBI offices to immediately use their expanded powers to wiretap phones, monitor Internet traffic and apprehend suspects.
Bend over and hold on tight... here it comes

originally posted by dm8k

some good news: anthrax can

some good news: anthrax can be transmitted through, amongst other things, bongo playing:

Other scattered fatal cases of inhalation anthrax were reported in the United States during this same time period: a football player who may have contracted the disease from playing-field soil, a San Francisco woman who beat bongo drums made of infected skin, a construction worker who handled contaminated felt, and several gardeners whose infection was traced to contaminated bone meal fertilizer.

I toy with the notion

I toy with the notion of brandishing my tiny sword in the aisle long enough to make a quick statement against our squandering of natural resources in guzzling SUVs, or the disruption of whale habitats with naval sonar exercises. I fantasize about shouting ‘STOP THE BOMBING!’ at the top of my lungs against a backdrop that would secure me a spot on the nightly news. I wonder if I’d do jail time, or whether the other passengers would kill me first.
Next time, they might be women by Judith Lewis.

originally posted by xowie

We have this thing called

We have this thing called Websense at work which blocks us from seeing certain pages. All of sudden beginning today the stupid thing is blocking www.mnftiu.cc with the reason being that it falls into the category "Tasteless."


Whatever.

originally posted by zagg

First check out the Signage

First check out the Signage then check out the rest of this artist's great site -- perhaps starting with the about page. Thanks, riley dog.

Owen Briggs' marvelous Box Lessons

Owen Briggs' marvelous Box Lessons are helping me fix a cross-platform layout problem that has been bothering me for months. The exact bug was identified and solved with help from glish's CSS hacks and, ultimately, Tantek Celik's box model hack. (Add a link to CSS resources at the Web Standards Project and you now have access to the sum of all human knowledge on the CSS box model.) So I think I've finally solved the issue with the sidebar taking on various widths between IE5/Mac and the IEs on Windows, causing that gutter over there to grow and shrink. Unfortunately, there's been this stupid horizontal scroll bar appearing under IE5/Mac lately -- and come to think of it, I'm afraid I might be introducing it to Windows with this latest solution. In any case, if you are seeing something unusual (or ... usual) and want to comment on the layout, please [reply].

"Face it. They're the team

"Face it. They're the team we all wish we had in Boston." (The Globe's most popular story of the week.)

originally posted by xowie

yo, si, yo. Como

yo, si, yo. Como ustad? How does the world find you my friend? May I take this time to convey my deep and utter hatred for the mother fucking new york dick head dildo brain yankees. I'm sorry for my language, I'm just a little raw.
Go Vegan's Mom may have taught him to root, root for the Yankees, but I grew up hating them. The NYT finds "Legions" of Yankee haters switching sides, because NY "needs a lot of loving." I thought we weren't supposed to let the terrorists affect our everyday lives. Rooting for the Yankees is not love. Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump and Roger Clemems in one cute little package.
Addendum: the quote is not from the NYT article, it's an email I got from my former housemate Grr. And any Boston fan who wishes they had the Yankees team is NOT a true Boston fan.

The last time we spoke,

The last time we spoke, we had an argument about punk. I'd gone round to collect from Bob and, on seeing my bondage trousers, he exclaimed: "What ya deal wid Don Letts dem nasty punk rockers, yu look like a bloodclaat mountaineer!" To which I replied: "Dem crazy baldheads are my mates" - or words to that effect.
Don Letts on punk and reggae.

October 24, 2001

Nuclear Power & Terrorism at

Nuclear Power & Terrorism at The Nation. (Now that you have your Cipro, don't you think it's time to pick up some potassium iodide?)

originally posted by xowie

Larry ('Superfly') Ellison getting his

Larry ('Superfly') Ellison getting his wings clipped, hopefully.

originally posted by xowie

So there's a serious attempt

So there's a serious attempt to stifle debate. But, of course, God bless the Net. I keep getting more articles of various dissenting opinions e-mailed to me; naturally, some of them are crazy and some I don't agree with at all. But you can't shut everyone up. The big media have been very intimidated, but not the Web.
Susan Sontag interview, wherein this "confident, orotund piece" by Stanley Hoffmann is cited.

originally posted by xowie

I'd like to buy a

I'd like to buy a MetaFilter TextAd for randomWalks at some point.

This little boy looks just

This little boy looks just like my son. What the fuck are we doing attacking hospitals, mosques, and neighborhoods?

Now try to see yourself

Now try to see yourself leaping to your feet and commanding the rest of the passengers, "I am taking control of this plane! Defy me and you will regret it!" First, you will feel like an idiot. Second, you are unarmed, and the most vulnerable parts of your anatomy have never been more inviting, or accessible, targets.
Safety first! Fly Air Naked. (c/o Unknown News.)

originally posted by xowie

Uh-oh, peaked too soon: reports

Uh-oh, peaked too soon: reports of Afghan heroin 'onslaught' are somewhat premature. British drug laws to be nice and relaxed. Certain selfish pricks claim that there may be 'kudos' for Sinn Fein and the IRA in decommissioning arms, but that there is 'nothing in it' for Loyalists: Guardian weblog on the peace process in Northern Ireland. The question of drug patents when 3 have died of anthrax in the US, and two million die of Aids in Africa every year.

18 months later, European NATO

18 months later, European NATO states may be sued over bombing Belgrade TV station.

ACLU to House of Representatives:

ACLU to House of Representatives: Slow down.

originally posted by judlew

October 23, 2001

when people are catching


when people are catching
what bombers release
i'm on a mission
to never agree

here comes the argument
here comes the argument
here comes the argument
here it comes

UK potheads celebrate reclassification.

UK potheads celebrate reclassification.

originally posted by xowie

The Village Voice just got

The Village Voice just got a fuck of a lot funnier.

I've got a feeling some other publications will also be getting funnier soon!

Check out Realwar model figures

Check out Realwar model figures and then browse the rest of the inflammatory propaganda tucked away here.

Howard Kurtz, How to botch

Howard Kurtz, How to botch a crisis.

originally posted by xowie

Among the more remarkable developments

Among the more remarkable developments since Sept. 11 is that the Western monopoly on global news production has met its first serious challenge from a Third World source. The improbable upstart is Al Jazeera, a 24-hour Arabic language satellite news channel from the tiny Gulf emirate of Qatar. The U.S. may control the Afghani air space, but in this war the airwaves belong to Al Jazeera.

The CNN of the Arab World deserves our respect by Ali Abunimah and Hussein Ibish.
Ali Abunimah has posted a summary of Al-Jazeera's coverage regarding the helicopters the Taliban says were shot down.

originally posted by judlew

Apple release iPod -- updated

Apple release iPod -- updated live

To have your whole music library with you at all times is a quantum leap when it comes to music. And iPod fits in your pocket. Never before possible.”
3 breakthroughs in iPod: Ultra-portable. Ultra-thin hard drive: 1.8 inch hard drive is .2 inches thick. 5 Gigabytes: 1000 songs at 160K bit rate[!]
That's cute how the controls are arranged to look like a speaker. I'm surprised they've used the old System 7 font “Chicago” for the interface. Next thing you know they'll be striping that logo.

Displaying Photographs on the Web

Displaying Photographs on the Web

My purpose here is to give examples of and make suggestions for various presentation options we have when displaying our photographs on web pages. Why bother? Because we don't mount plain photographs directly to our walls, so why place plain photographs alone on our web pages? A gallery or museum will take care in their choice of framing and placement of photographs within a space, don't our online exhibits deserve the same attention? The careful choice of a frame and background color serves to visually seperate the image from the surroundings, drawing the eye toward the photograph without distracting the viewer.

Some food for thought for when I eventually get around to designing a photo site.

One last rumor to drive

One last rumor to drive you mad with desire before you even know what exactly you lust for: SpyMac.com (nope, never heard of them either) predicts the “iWalk,” a combo PDA and MP3 player with handwriting recognition and Airport network access.

Everyone in the West knew

Everyone in the West knew that Felix and Gilles weren't really intellectuals at all. It was common knowledge that they were both Chicken boners at Perfect poultry in Laverton. The only time they ever got philosophical was when they blew all their pay on the pokies. I tried good naturedly slap Delueze on the back to show my pleasure on seeing my mate back from the dead. Forgetting he was a ghost, my hand went straight through him and connected with Jean Baudrillard's chin, sending the post modernist flying against the bar. I never liked Baudrillard that much because his team always won the Trivia competition, and when he won the meat hamper in the Christmas raffle fundraiser, he wouldn't even give me so much as a lowly sausage. However, I felt bad for hitting him seeing I was a peace punk and all, thanks to CRASS. To make ammends I shouted him a double absinthe, and ordered two shandies for Irigaray and Virilio.
A True Story by Tall Paul, a cleaner at The Paper, an Austrialian independent paper.

The goats you buy shed

The goats you buy shed a perfume that makes Marxism so terribly clear to me ... sweet talk from the Surrealist Compliment Generator.

Here is a list of

Here is a list of the countries that America has been at war with - and bombed - since the second world war: China (1945-46, 1950-53), Korea (1950-53), Guatemala (1954, 1967-69), Indonesia (1958), Cuba (1959-60), the Belgian Congo (1964), Peru (1965), Laos (1964-73), Vietnam (1961-73), Cambodia (1969-70), Grenada (1983), Libya (1986), El Salvador (1980s), Nicaragua (1980s), Panama (1989), Iraq (1991-99), Bosnia (1995), Sudan (1998), Yugoslavia (1999). And now Afghanistan.
Brutality smeared in peanut butter by Arundhati Roy.

When I was little, my

When I was little, my mom taught me that the real lyrics to
"Take Me Out To the Ballgame"
are "root, root, root for the Yankees."

October 22, 2001

Why does Kurt Vonnegut keep

Why does Kurt Vonnegut keep blaming God for everything he does?

originally posted by judlew

Pravda: "Old women sell venereal

Pravda: "Old women sell venereal diseases".

originally posted by xowie

Best A List Apart ever:

Best A List Apart ever: “Double Typographic Issue For Your Pleasure.”

The Mac Observer Interview With

The Mac Observer Interview With Online Comics Pioneer Scott McCloud On Comics, His Mac, & Windows

AP: Mexican songs chronicle attacks.

originally posted by xowie

The Ultimate Guide to Shooting

The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands is illustrated and quite comprehensive. Also, Cards as Weapons.

150 arrested at British nuclear

150 arrested at British nuclear submarine base demo. Anti-war Labour MP gets a bollocking from his own party bosses; other Labour MPs critical of the bombing then get compared to appeasers of the Nazis.

While I'm looking for info

While I'm looking for info on its origin, you might want to read an article called the "real" deal about nuclear, bio, and chem attacks.

Before BSE surfaced, no one

Before BSE surfaced, no one had ever accurately assessed just how many uses there are for a dead cow. There had been some guesses. According to the authors of the British inquiry, "it has been said, and not altogether facetiously, that the only industry in which some part of the cow is not used is concrete production." But if the concrete is loaded onto a truck with rubber tires and driven down a paved road, or if the production company's annual report is printed on glossy paper, or if the company office uses plywood in its construction, then cow parts are involved. The paper is probably coated with a gelatinous chemical ultimately derived from tallow. The tires and the pavement are manufactured, in part, with bovine fatty acids, and the plywood is bound together with adhesive made partly of cow blood.
Discover Magazine: Cow Parts via Donkeymon. Meat is murder, rubber is murder, film is murder, soap is murder, medicine is murder, sugar is murder, chewing gum is murder ... "every last scrap gets used somewhere."

October 21, 2001

Proud to be an American?

Proud to be an American? Pledge allegiance to this:

Among the alternative strategies under discussion are using drugs or pressure tactics, such as those employed occasionally by Israeli interrogators, to extract information. Another idea is extraditing the suspects to allied countries where security services sometimes employ threats to family members or resort to torture.
Now see if this don't make you put your hand on your heart.

"What was most noticeable is

"What was most noticeable is your inability to work," she said. "I was trying to read a speech. I could hardly see. The mesh part in front of your eyes is like having 15 screen doors in front of you. You start seeing double."
NY rep Carolyn Maloney gave a speech on the House floor wearing a burqa.

originally posted by xowie

Nothing seems to track: Gov.

Nothing seems to track: Gov. George Pataki said he was taking Cipro but wouldn't get tested. Senator John Breaux said he got tested but might not take Cipro. Dan Rather said he hadn't been tested or taken Cipro. Tom Brokaw ended the NBC news with "In Cipro we trust."
Intense anxiety from Maureen Dowd.

originally posted by xowie

Ralph Nader to Tommy Thompson:

Ralph Nader to Tommy Thompson: nationalize Cipro.

originally posted by xowie

It's Official! Geri Halliwell, AKA

It's Official! Geri Halliwell, AKA Ginger Spice, is a threat to world peace!

October 20, 2001

Attention! People of Afghanistan, United

Attention! People of Afghanistan, United States forces will be moving through your area. We are not here to harm you! We are here for Usama bin Laden, Al Quaeda, and those who protect them! Please, for you own safety, stay off bridges and roadways, and do not interfere with our troops or military operations. If you do this, you will not be harmed. Do not approach United States forces. Stay in your homes! We are not here to occupy you, or to overrun your country. If you see United States forces, you need to find shelter and not leave it until we have left the area. This is for your protection. Roadways and bridges will be unsafe for travel. Your home will be the safest place. Do not listen to the Taliban or Al Quaeda. We will not harm you if you comply with these instructions.
Flyers at CNN.

originally posted by xowie

October 22 actions against police

October 22 actions against police brutality and murder. (via movementbuilding.org)

originally posted by xowie

I reminded the audience that

I reminded the audience that ABC correspondent Cokie Roberts had been asked if there was any opposition to the war. ‘None that matters,’ she replied. ‘Well,’ I continued, ‘would you all care to join me in saying, ‘Fuck you, Cokie Roberts’ when I count three? Okay, one . . . two . . . three . . . ’ And it came at me like an audio tidal wave — thousands of voices shouting in unison: ‘FUCK YOU, COKIE ROBERTS!!!’
Paul Krassner, Take that, Cokie.

originally posted by xowie

L.A. porn stars strike back

L.A. porn stars strike back against terrorism. Also, a day in the life of an adult video store.

originally posted by xowie

Of about 100 still being

Of about 100 still being held, fewer than 10 are suspected of any involvement with the plot that culminated in the September 11 suicide attacks.

Stripes make my house look

Stripes make my house look fat. I keep hoping the government will come out with a flag in a solid, muted earth tone or, if they absolutely have to have a print, a subtle houndstooth, you know, something that'll look good on your average Midwestern house, not just on some skinny, New York brownstones.
Why Bob Woodiwiss does not fly the flag.

October 19, 2001

"I always have men come

"I always have men come up to me afterwards and ask me questions and say: 'Is it true that (Muslim) women have to walk steps behind their husband, is that true?' I say 'Yes, they look better from behind'."
Muslim comic Shazia Mirza.

originally posted by xowie

The effects of drugs and

The effects of drugs and prostitution over time. "This is a series of arrest photographs of the same individual taken over the course of 10 years." Disturbing and fascinating.

Date: Wed, 10 Oct

Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 00:54:57 -0400
From: dr
To: a, jkp, dj, b, gwen
Subject: exciting new wartime comic at mnftiu.cc

A sad new era for our clip-art friends...

http://www.mnftiu.cc/mnftiu.cc/war.html

Peace


These have to be the best cartoons of the war so far. And because we live in the West, we get to view them on some fancy hi-tech piece of hardware (the thing you're reading this on right now).

[Apologies to all readers from East and South]


From 2000 hits a day to hundreds of thousands of hits a day, get your war on has become a phenomenon all its own.


The Register has an article about it, so who knows how many new people are seeing it and e-mailing it to their friends. Before that it was on metafilter, and metafilter five times again. Of course, originally it was on randomWalks. It reached #1 on daypop and #3 on blogdex.

"People are reading," Henry said

"People are reading," Henry said hopefully. When I asked what they were reading, he said, "Nostradamus, and books about germs." Myself, I wanted to buy every book in the store and stack them into a windowless castle for myself, I wanted to stroke their papery bodies, I wanted, a little, to burn the store down. Language is metaphysics, and I hate metaphysics today. I hate the religious and philosophical lies which estrange me from the immediate life in favor of lost or imaginary kingdoms and gardens, in favor of paradisiacal or hellish afterlives, all lies. Today I want to eat and fuck.
Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Lethem in Rolling Stone's 9.11.01 special report via metascene.

The Gap wanted us to

The Gap wanted us to be in a commercial and we said 'no' and everyone said, 'why not'? It's almost as if, if people are willing to give you that much money, you are insulting everyone you know by turning it down. People's opinions about selling out seem to have changed over the years.
New Music Express: Stripe Knows Onions(?) Somewhere in America, Dave Eggers is rocking out to De Stijl, totally oblivious to this delicious news.

In my own English Department

In my own English Department at George Mason University, when the radicals wanted to create a program to push Marxist propaganda under the heading "Cultural Studies," the internal memo describing this new offering had this wonderful defining paragraph:
Cultural Studies can be understood as the working title for an assemblage of theoretical approaches that are often interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary but also anti-disciplinary. Such work focuses on the analysis and critique of culturally constituted cultural forms and practices and on historically constituted social identities and agencies in the context of their imbrication with the asymmetrical relations of power that permeate the production and reproduction of the economic, political, and ideological dimensions of specific societies.
I love that opening: "can be understood." By whom?
In "Empowering or Cowering", David R. Williams would seem to be grinding several axes at once. Let's hope he doesn't slip.

Profiles Encouraged Under the

Profiles Encouraged
Under the cirumstances, we must be wary of young Arab men.
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

originally posted by tragicM

Billionaires for Bush (or Gore).

Billionaires for Bush (or Gore).

Walk for Capitalism.

Walk for Capitalism.

On Sunday and Tuesday of

On Sunday and Tuesday of this week, I boarded planes flying to Oakland and Burbank carrying a Swiss Army knife in my shoulder bag. No one found it, even though my bag was searched. This young man, on the other hand, couldn't get on the plane with an Edward Abbey book.

originally posted by judlew

Www.randomwalks.com will stop working at

Www.randomwalks.com will stop working at some point today or this weekend. You will still be able to reach randomWalks at 216.92.165.104. Things should be back to normal early next week.

And please, Mr Bush -

And please, Mr Bush - on my knees, Mr Blair - keep God out of this. To imagine God fights wars is to credit Him with the worst follies of mankind. God, if we know anything about Him, which I don't profess to, prefers effective food drops, dedicated medical teams, comfort and good tents for the homeless and bereaved, and, without strings, a decent acceptance of our past sins and a readiness to put them right. He prefers us less greedy, less arrogant, less evangelical, and less dismissive of life's losers.

John Le Carré's latest has begun to make the email rounds, but it's beautiful, and sounds so true, and still deserves mention here. From The Sunday Times.

originally posted by judlew

October 18, 2001

"To accuse [Iraq] is to

"To accuse [Iraq] is to misunderstand its ideological foundation, which rejects Islamic fundamentalism as practiced by the United States' top suspect in the attacks, Osama bin Laden, as well as the practical strides it has made in recent years toward improving its position in the world."

Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz on the absurdity of blaming Iraq.

originally posted by judlew

Do some good at Windowbox.com:

Do some good at Windowbox.com: change the world with urban gardening.

All the more reason to

All the more reason to know your dealer.

originally posted by judlew

AT&T has a text-to-speech software

AT&T has a text-to-speech software demo that blows away anything I've ever heard. You can type in up to 30 words and download a small audio sample of either a male or female voice speaking the text. If you're at a loss for what to type, try some favorite song lyrics or cut and paste the following:

God, if only that War on Drugs hadn't been so effective! I could really use some fucking marijuana right now!

My America. Collaborative short story

My America. Collaborative short story by, amongst others, Myla Goldberg and, in my humble opinion, the best executor of the English language today: Aleksandar Hemon.

The US National Imagery and

The US National Imagery and Mapping Agency (Nima) has "assured access to imagery in support of Operation Enduring Freedom", the name for the military campaign against terrorist and military targets in Afghanistan.
US imposes 'shutter control' restrictions, buying all rights to satellite images of Afghanistan. Also, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on non-white commentators' catch 22, and Kabul Drop Zone, Leaflet No. 17, a message from Tony.

October 17, 2001

Mark Green used racist


Mark Green used racist tactics in the last 48 hours of his successful (?) run at the Democratic nomination. I was the only person I know who voted. When I arrived to the polls around 3pm, I asked how many people had voted from my district (Brooklyn Ed. 38) and the volunteer said "Let me see..." picked up a stack of green cards and counted "1, 2, 3, 4... 7 people." "Out of how many?" "This many... " and she held up a stack of 500+ similar cards. I wish this was being covered more.



Now Bloomberg is trying to exploit the outrage and score what would be a major upset. Black and Latino Democratic leaders are squeezing in photo ops with Bloomberg inbetween anthrax scares on the news, serving notice that their votes aren't guaranteed. Neither is mine - at this point I'm so angry at Green I would almost considering voting for a racist, mysogynist and homophobic financial baron in protest, believe it or not. (And no, I won't consider voting for the Green party candidate)

Iron your letters. This problem

Iron your letters. This problem can be solved.
DIY anti-anthrax solution: I don't make this stuff up.

Free Video Rentals from Women

Free Video Rentals from Women Make Movies (via mediarights.org):




One of our distributors, Women Make Movies, is providing FREE rentals on a
select group of titles on the Middle East and Arab culture through December 31,
2001. They simply ask that those who accept this offer pay the minimum shipping
and handling fees.




Read more.


Also:



The human race is likely to be wiped out by a doomsday virus before this millennium is out unless it starts to colonize space, top British scientist Stephen Hawking warned on Tuesday.


Maybe some good will come out of this!

City of Berkeley says stop

City of Berkeley says stop the bombing.

originally posted by xowie

"We are in the process

"We are in the process of putting a proposal together and analyzing what it would take to get to get something running in a matter of a small number of months, like three months, 90 days. We think we could put up this technology very, very quickly."
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and John Ashcroft have been meeting recently about a "voluntary" national ID card. Everything's about to get real nice for us motherfuckers.
"I made this offer not because the government can't afford to pay for the software, but [to] shut up the critics who were saying, `Gee, Larry Ellison wants to build a national database because he wants to sell more databases,' which is pretty cynical and bizarre."

Ellison said that if he does donate the software, maintenance and upgrades won't be free.

Check MacSurfer for links to

Check MacSurfer for links to lots of speculation on just what Apple might announce next Tuesday. The widespread assumption is that it will be a digital music device, but even that seems to be a guess. All Apple has said in their press event invite is that the "breakthrough digital device" is "not a Mac." All I can say is, whatever it is, I want one. (Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin.)

I'd like to know of

I'd like to know of noteworthy writers who have their own websites. Michael Chabon does. So does Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point. (Happily, he archives all of his New Yorker articles on his site.) Then of course there's Billy Wimsatt and John Stilgoe.

Who else?

Everything you ever wanted to

Everything you ever wanted to know about cluster bombs but were afraid you'd find out.

Dear Al: We found some

Dear Al:

We found some more votes. You won. When do you want to take over?



Sincerely,



George W. Bush

From the watch-what-you-say-watch-what-you-do department comes

From the watch-what-you-say-watch-what-you-do department comes an admonition from extremist and patriot John Ashcroft that government agencies must use caution in complying with Freedom of Information Act requests.

The older generation of Inuvialuit

The older generation of Inuvialuit believes that anyone who touches the possessions of the dead after they are buried will be cursed. Some in the younger generation, many years removed from traditional life, are wrestling with both sides of the issue. They want to maintain tradition, but they also do not want to sit back while their ancestors' bones lie uncovered on melting ground.

"Spiritually, we were told never to be around grave sites," says Andy Tardiff, a park ranger, whose ancestors once lived here. "It's a taboo even for us to touch graves. It's a taboo. But we can't leave it the way it is."

DeNeen L. Brown, a consistently top-notch feature writer for the Washington Post, visits Herschel Island in Canada's Yukon, where global warming is having unexpected consequences.

As if you need another

As if you need another reason to visit BoingBoing regularly, they've added a sideblog edited by a rotating guest. This week's editor is science fiction author and school teacher Pat York. Not this Pat York, mind you. A different one.

Read the list of ingredients.

Read the list of ingredients. If you want something that simply looks like a hamburger and has no taste of its own, then a list headed by soy is right for you. But if you want something that actually looks like the vegetables with which it is made, that has texture, taste and appeal, look for an ingredients list that has lots of vegetables and maybe a little rice or cheese as a binder.
The Washington Post considers ten veggie burgers and is pleasantly surprised to find most palatable. Also in this week's Food section, recipes featuring that quintessential fruit of fall, the pumpkin.

October 16, 2001

Steven Baum's Ethel the Blog

Steven Baum's Ethel the Blog has an interesting take on the "powdery substance" sent to dozens of abortion clinics across the country.

On this cool, autumn-hazy day

On this cool, autumn-hazy day in the waning year 2001, the richest country in the world is dropping bombs on the poorest -- America has invoked the right of "self-defense" against Afghanistan. But in that poorest country in the world, winter approaches, and six million people are now living on the razor-edge of starvation. How many will die as a result of America's bombing campaign?

7,000? That would be miraculously few.

When will Americans wake up to the dirty secret that they are even now suffering and hurting other people for the sake of an imperium?
America: The Unconscious Empire at G a r g o y l e via george.

More excellent news for Californians:

More excellent news for Californians: emergency contraception just became lawful here.

originally posted by xowie

You got to do

You got to do something they never got 'em in the world.
Simon Rodia's Watts Towers have been restored and re-opened to the public.

Brutal repression of Muslims in

Brutal repression of Muslims in Uzbekistan.

originally posted by xowie

October 15, 2001

The open circuit is this

The open circuit is this society, and the closed circuit is the world of religious fanatics: Islamic fundamentalists or groups like Aum Shinrikyo. I think they are all the same in a way. Their worlds are perfect, because they are closed off.
Japanese author Haruki Murakami discusses parallels between the events of Sept. 11 and the Aum Shrinrikyo sarin gas attacks in Japan. (For more from Murakami, check out the 9/21/01 episode of public radio's This American Life—it featured actors reading from his interviews with people who survived the gas attacks.) (from rW books.)

oops! I just typed that

oops! I just typed that "yes ?" aim and bloggerbot posted it. Despite some knucklehead warning bloggerbot up to 97%, it's up and working, and fun. I don't like sending passwords over aim, but I don't mind too much. I wonder if AOL could some how turn off warning for poor bloggerbot.

yes ?

yes ?

The open circuit is this

The open circuit is this society, and the closed circuit is the world of religious fanatics: Islamic fundamentalists or groups like Aum Shinrikyo. I think they are all the same in a way. Their worlds are perfect, because they are closed off.

Japanese author Haruki Murakami discusses parallels between the events of Sept. 11 and the Aum Shrinrikyo sarin gas attacks in Japan. (For more on Murakami, check out the 9/21/01 episode of public radio's This American Life—it featured actors reading from his interviews with people who survived the gas attacks.)

Anyone who complains to me

Anyone who complains to me about their job will be forced by me to read this incendiary tract about the nature of work and power structures and false consciousness. This was the first thing I have ever read in the bathtub and worth every soggy page.
From Jessamyn's 1998 book list by way of a google by way of an Amazon.com customer review by way of a metafilter thread on Afghanistan in 1971 ("just another destination for hippie trekkers and backpackers").

BloggerBot is supposed to let

BloggerBot is supposed to let you post to a Blogger-managed weblog via AOL Instant Messenger. Right now it looks like it's been bloggered -- overloaded due to traffic from the Blogger home page.

Hitchens: Loose talk about

Hitchens: Loose talk about chickens coming home to roost is the moral equivalent of the hateful garbage emitted by Falwell and Robertson, and exhibits about the same intellectual content. Indiscriminate murder is not a judgment, even obliquely, on the victims or their way of life, or ours.

Chomsky: That Hitchens cannot mean what he writes is clear, in the first place, from his reference to the bombing of the Sudan. He must be unaware that he is expressing such racist contempt for African victims of a terrorist crime, and cannot intend what his words imply.

In The Nation: Chomsky v. Hitchens. This was described to me as "your two favorite super heroes duking it out."

get your war on |



get your war on | page two

October 14, 2001

It was the loveliest landscape

It was the loveliest landscape I have ever seen: the hypnotic precipices beside us, falling 5,000 ft to jade rivers or lakes of lapis lazuli; the magnificent mountain ranges with the first snow of the autumn lying thinly on them; the gorgeous valleys with their green fields, and willows turning gold and red; the full-bearded men in turbans and green-striped chappans balanced on tiny, out-of-scale donkeys; the village women scurrying like formless ghosts in burkas of blue or white.
John Simpson of BBC is traveling through Northern Alliance territory towards Kabul. The wreck of land that I love.

originally posted by xowie

I was just interviewed for

I was just interviewed for a documentary on queer communities in the aftermath of Sept 11th and realized so much of my experience cannot be filmed because I cannot out other people, including family members. Even so, it was a therapeutic experience, telling my story to a stranger who wanted to listen.
Things I learned in the last month because I am in queer communities: Did you know the revered FDNY chaplain Father Mychal Judge was gay? Did you know Mark Bingham, the man credited with trying to thwart the hijackers, and David Charlebois, co-pilot on American Airlines Flight 77, were gay?
The filmmakers wanted to know, why does it matter? It matters because my co-worker lost his gay cousin in the towers: The cousin's partner of 5 years was locked out of their apartment 1 week after the bombing by the biological family. He has not been allowed back in so he doesn't "steal" anything. I don't know whether he was allowed to be at the funeral.

originally posted by hcog

Editorial balance: - Iron Chef

Editorial balance:
- Iron Chef Morimoto goes to Philly.
- More hype for Salute to America's Heroes week.

originally posted by xowie

October 13, 2001

At last! Media coverage of

At last! Media coverage of 20,000 retaining their names from permission for war!

The enemy in the mirror.

The enemy in the mirror. Not the terrorist kind of enemy, but women's own bodies.

Eddie Haskell goes to war

Eddie Haskell goes to war by James Higdon, and The Utter Failure of Weblogs as Journalism at kuro5hin (both c/o wood s lot)

originally posted by xowie

Cluster bombs are used to

Cluster bombs are used to cover a broad area rather than a single specific target. The bomblets, or "sub-munitions", contain higher explosive than landmines and their normally brightly-coloured casings make them attractive to children... On average, between 5% and 12% of the bomblets fail to explode, according to UN estimates.
Masters of war deploy horrible weapon.

originally posted by xowie

L33t chicks are everywhere, it

L33t chicks are everywhere, it seems.

originally posted by xowie

Zadie Smith on the need

Zadie Smith on the need for writing at the present time.

October 12, 2001

Hey feds! We could really

Hey feds! We could really use some fucking information right now!

originally posted by xowie

Playthell Benjamin: Even in the

Playthell Benjamin: Even in the Ruins, Race Matters.

Bite Me at Chin Chin.

Bite Me at Chin Chin.

originally posted by xowie

I decided that what I

I decided that what I had embarked on was an intensive meditation retreat. It had all the elements, I told myself: the long hours of silent sitting; the walking back and forth, going nowhere; the grueling schedule and sleep deprivation; the hypnotic, enigmatic chants ("…and if that looking glass gets broke/Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat..."); the slowly dawning realization that there is nothing to look forward to but more of the same. And at the center of it, of course, was the crazy wisdom teacher in diapers, who assigned more demanding practices than I had encountered in all my travels in India—like "Tonight you will circumambulate the living room for two hours with the master in your arms, doing a deep-knee bend at every other step, and chanting, ‘Dooty-dooty-doot-doot-doo, dooty-dooty-doot-doot-doo.’" Or "At midnight you will carry the sleeping master with you to the bathroom and answer this koan: How do you lower your pajama bottoms without using your hands?"
Tricycle: Mothering as Meditation Practice.

October 11, 2001

Honoring 9-11, three asteroids were

Honoring 9-11, three asteroids were named Compassion, Solidarity and Magnanimity.

originally posted by xowie

FBI: "the sky is falling".

FBI: "the sky is falling". U: The press release has moved. The original file was named "skyfall.htm"... what the hell?

Get Hen! Enduring Freedom Expansion

Get Hen! Enduring Freedom Expansion Pack: Timely return of the cutting-edge Japanese gameshow in which viewers blast at a computer-generated hen seamlessly inserted into up-to-the-minute news footage. This week: Hen protest Islamabad; hen dance Taleban fuel depot. Get Hen!
TV Go Home.

Gawp, eat, grin, shit, and sleep, knowing you need never have a single thought again - courtesy of Unnovations.

"And the Arabs have

"And the Arabs have a point. Whether it's right or wrong, there's an objection to the way the world is going. There's a lot of hate and revolt in that state. It may continue and although the shoe may drop on the other foot the next time, the point is they're objecting to something. And I say that we're not dealing with that objection on this stage today. There was a breakdown in the '90s, in the system, the world system, the world banking system … it's the new world order, and it's about order and control, but this control comes with a cost."
Oliver Stone connects the September 11 attacks with the consolidation of American media power and the decline of the film industry. I agree - 95% big budget movies have sucked since Rushmore. I'd like to see this movie though:
"I'd like to do a movie on terrorism," Stone said to the packed house. "It would be like The Battle of Algiers in which you'd just go in and show how it works. And it would be a hunt — people looking for them [the terrorists] while they're about to do this. And perhaps it's an old formula, but if it were done realistically without the search for the hero, which is often required, if could be a fascinating procedural.

"If it's well done and real and accurate, you would see the Arab side, you'd see the American side … people will respond and they will go. I don't buy this thing that everybody just wants to see Zoolander."

Deja vu. Play the Pinkslip

Deja vu. Play the Pinkslip Panic game.

The once-humble unlucky tourist page

The once-humble unlucky tourist page has become epic. TouristGuy appears with Bert on page 5.

originally posted by xowie

Like the Americans, the Arabs

Like the Americans, the Arabs didn't want to look for causes. Indeed, the conference hall was a strangely perverse place, in which introspection included neither guilt nor responsibility ... An interesting day, then, for the Islamic conference. We're sorry about 11 September, they said. Please don't bomb Afghanistan more than you have to. Please don't kill the innocent. And please don't bomb us. You couldn't put it simpler than that.
The monarchs and dictators at the Islamic Conference.

One of the stupidest things

One of the stupidest things I've heard over the last couple of days is that bin Laden and Al-Qaeda have an ideology. Beards, the Quran, guns, bombs, pilots' licences and now - an ideology? Cripes alive! Do these muppets have anything else we need to know about? Ideology, however is most powerful when invisible, 'when a 'natural order' is not the subject for debate but the premise on which debate is built.' Before we shit our pants (again), the word 'ideology' should be examined for what it is. From the k.i.s.s. panopticon, nice and short; from some boffin dude, a bit longer; and the ideology-free world of American ideology, a truly big and bouncy discussion.

September 11 Resources is a

September 11 Resources is a directory of several hundred sites pertaining to the Current Situation.

October 10, 2001

the first Global State was,

the first Global State was, in fact, NSK - Neue Slowenische Kunst (New Slovenian Art). Get your passports here.

Who wants to smear poo

Who wants to smear poo poo all over bin Laden?

originally posted by dm8k

The BBC reports that Colin

The BBC reports that Colin Powell asked Qatar's emir to "rein in" Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based TV network that enjoys more independence than most state-controlled networks in the Middle East. (I can't find evidence that the New York Times or Washington Post picked up on this request.) Aren't we supposedly bombing Afghanistan in defense of freedom?

What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture? Look carefully. Read about it here. And here.

originally posted by judlew

And there's more where

And there's more where that came from! Laughter during wartime from mnftiu.cc.

It's as though it's 1937

It's as though it's 1937 and I'm a bandleader named Freddie Hitler. Maybe we should change the name now. A friend suggested 'Basket of Puppies.'
Scott Ian of Anthrax on stocking up on Cipro: "I will not die an ironic death."

Ex-National Security Chief Brzezinski admits:

Ex-National Security Chief Brzezinski admits: Afghan Islamism Was Made in Washington. Interview from Le Nouvel Observateur, January 1998, republished at The Emperor's New Clothes.

In countries which have been

In countries which have been afflicted by a "terrorism'' far greater in suffering and death than the crimes against humanity in New York and Washington, the very language used by President Bush has been a cause for great anger.
Robert Fisk's article on the talking war across the Middle East also includes a summary of Middle Eastern newspapers' opinions. You can also download from this Oxfam page their excellent briefing paper on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and along its borders, the Oxfam letter to Kofi Annan, and a joint Civicus statement on 9-11 and after, focussing on crisis for civil society. All three *very* useful and constructive.

All from today's Grauniad ...

All from today's Grauniad ... Mohammed Heikal interview: 'There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile'. Jonathan Mirsky writes that Orientalism is alive and well in the British conservative press. Why the US must find a more just perspective - Comment courtesy of Arab News, the oldest English language Saudi paper. Finally, why Blair must oppose attacks on Iraq. Fat chance.

"A typical mast generator


"A typical mast generator is around five times less expensive than photo-voltaic solar panels that produce the same power. These panels would also be likely to occupy 10 times as much space."

The New Scientist on the power of a good, stiff breeze.

Also, a U.S. map of the wind.

(Get off the grid for peace.)

originally posted by judlew

October 9, 2001

originally posted by xowie

originally posted by xowie

CNN coverage of UN deaths.

CNN coverage of UN deaths.

I know this text is

I know this text is long, but is was received by a friend of mine this morning who does minefield clearing work with the UN. The name of the sender was removed for obvious reasons. For more information, go to www.landmines.org a little later in the day.


Present Situation In Afghanistan

The present Situation here in Afghanistan is very horrible and it seems that allied forces are missing their targets. The second wave of American attack on terrorist camps and military installations of Taliban were not that much impressive and targeted. Number of Civilian Casualties has been reported. As per the information we received from Kabul that, Site Office of one of the Demining Agency was mistakenly struck by American Aircraft which resulted
in killing of 4 Employees of that Agency and destruction of the whole office building. This took place on 4:50 am Afghanistan time. Other military bases like airport and its surrounding, Nadir Khan Hill, Radio Television hill and other radar systems were targeted and reported to be destroyed. During the reporting period the attacks on Kandahar was continued on targets which includes Baghe Pull, Houze Madad and other military targets in Kanadahar.

In Mazar e Sharif a taliban military installation is completely destroyed which was located near the Air Port of Mazar-e- Sharif.

The northern Alliance also has speed up their military activities in the
outskirts of Kabul City, after Britain and American attacks. If the Taliban were over thrown there will be power vacuum and only northern alliance will be benefited, Which will I think create a big problem for the innocent people of Afghanistan.

As every one knows about what they have done in the past.

The WFP (World Food Program) has also suspended its operations, which is the only source that millions of Afghan people depends on for their survival.

These attacks may leave hundreds of UXO, which will increase the threats to the people of Afghanistan.

So, keeping in view the above problems the international community is required to play its role to take innocent Afghans out from the present situation, which they face at present moment.

I would like to say few words about the supply of Food of USA to the Afghan people through Air. As per the information we received through CNN and other Media, Food was dropped in some parts of Afghanistan through air. The place where Food was dropped was not identified. This seems that it will be much more risky. As you know that Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined country in the world, if the food drop happens, certainly the children and
all people will rush towards this and they unknowingly my enter the
minefield. This will result in the increase of the mine casualties.

This text "outlines the history

This text "outlines the history of Osama Bin Laden and the links of the Islamic 'Jihad' to the formulation of US foreign policy during the Cold War and its aftermath."
Who is Osama Bin Laden?

Sure, The Emmys got cancelled

Sure, The Emmys got cancelled again, and, as a nominee this year, I already found out that I wasn't getting one of those little gold people so who cares if I can't walk down the red carpet in my Bob Mackie gown? I don't even wear a gown -- I wear pants, ill-fitting pants at that! Yesiree, I say, BOMBS AWAY! Rockets red glare! We are all WHITE WITH FOAM!
All Mike is saying is give war a chance.

originally posted by xowie

Wartime Lies: A Consumer's Guide

Wartime Lies: A Consumer's Guide to the Bombing, Alternet via booknotes.

"Think about it -- the

"Think about it -- the person with the most say in determining who holds a broadcast license in the United States is the son of the Secretary of State."

Michael Powell, son of Colin, heads up the Federal Communications Commission. How does that bode for the wartime press?

originally posted by judlew

I mentioned to Joseph Atick

I mentioned to Joseph Atick of Visionics that the City of London was thinking about using his technology to establish a database that would include not only terrorists but also all British citizens whose faces were registered with the national driver's license bureau. If that occurs, every citizen who walks the streets of the City could be instantly identified by the police and evaluated in light of his past misdeeds, no matter how trivial.
Great NYTM thing on biometric cameras in Britain.

originally posted by xowie

October 8, 2001

"Some historians are calling


"Some historians are calling this 'the 12th century against the 18th century' in terms of the contrasting views of humanity in conflict; I tend to think of it as a war between two perversions, the perversion of extreme materialism against the perversion of extreme spiritualism."

Portland playwright Charles Deemer's (heartbreaking, if you ask me) open letter to the peace movement.

originally posted by judlew

Taxonomy of anti-war chants.

Taxonomy of anti-war chants.

originally posted by xowie

Médecins Sans Frontières today rejected

Médecins Sans Frontières today rejected U.S. 'humanitarian' airdrops as useless and dangerous. MSF-USA has photos taken by Afghan refugees at a camp near Peshawar.

originally posted by xowie

are you all listening to

are you all listening to g.w.b. right now?
though completely nuts, it seems grimly appropriate that he's invoking columbus' name over and over. What in the world!!

originally posted by oldwabbles

Wired has done a great

Wired has done a great job of collecting links about Afghanistan.

article re:NY Not In Our

article re:NY Not In Our Name mourning protest and march Oct 7th in NYC

originally posted by hcog

Stocks of private companies that

Stocks of private companies that build and operate prisons for governments have zoomed as high as 300 percent in anticipation of internment camps and new prisons...
The (FBI) has just let out requests for bids for two prisons to hold criminal aliens in Georgia.
"It's going to be the biggest award made this year by the Bureau, and it's generated a lot of excitement," said MacDonald. NY Post, 10/5/01
thanks third world within

originally posted by hcog

Herblock.

Herblock.

originally posted by xowie

There are no Saudi Arabian

There are no Saudi Arabian or Kuwaiti pilots in the night skies over Afghanistan. This is not a Western-Muslim coalition. This is the West on its own, bombing a Muslim country that has a standard of living close to the Middle Ages ... Of course, we will be firing missiles and dropping bombs on at least 12 of Mr bin Laden's training camps. That won't be difficult. After all we — or rather the CIA — built them for Mr bin Laden and his comrades just under 20 years ago. With more time and more work, perhaps we could have cobbled together a bigger alliance but what we are doing now is plunging into the very centre of jihadi culture.
Mr Fisk. Also from today's Independent, what is missing from the charge sheet against bin Laden: proof.

October 7, 2001

Guardian and BBC World Service

Guardian and BBC World Service coverage of current attacks on Afghanistan.

MeFi war thread.

MeFi war thread.

originally posted by xowie

These Go to 11 will

These Go to 11 will give you a random Zen story.

October 6, 2001

Updated info about chemical and

Updated info about chemical and biological terrorism at the Stimson Center.

originally posted by xowie

Gerson, 37, is an owlish

Gerson, 37, is an owlish man who fills yellow pads with doodles when you ask him a question. He says he believes that social justice must be central in Republican thought. ''The great stories of our time,'' he told me, ''are moral stories and moral commitments: the civil rights movement, the War on Poverty.'' He and the president get along well. The president calls Gerson ''the scribe.'' They share an intensely felt Christianity.
How they wrote Bush's big speech. Also Two Towers by Katherine Rose Hawkins. p.s. I did not post "what Bush should have said".

originally posted by xowie

Mark Steel, a dude, pleads

Mark Steel, a dude, pleads guilty to 'foaming malevolence'.

At the beginning of a

At the beginning of a new millennium, some see the foreshadowing of a global society in which everyone will benefit equally from economic and technological progress. Others, on the contrary, foresee a confrontation between various world communities. This vision of the future predicts a disastrous collision between the three greatest religious cultures: Christianity, Islam and Confucianism. The AES Group - Tatiana Arzamasova (Russia, b. 1955), Lev Evzovitch (Russia, b. 1958) and Evgeny Svyatsky (Russia, b. 1957) - want to demonstrate the absurdity of this "theory of colliding civilisations." With the help of digitally manipulated images, they show us the face of cities such as New York, Paris and Sydney in 2006, under Islamic domination. These are ironic, fictional images about the political and social dimensions of urban space.
I saw the AES Group's Islamic Project at an exhibition last year - it was very good then, and is possibly even better/more relevant now?

The Whirled Bank Group have

The Whirled Bank Group have lots of juicy info just for you. The Office of Pipeline Safety, however, does not.

October 5, 2001

The Media Cover-Up of the

The Media Cover-Up of the Gore Victory by David Podvin.

"Wired is collecting Web sites

"Wired is collecting Web sites whose content is posted either by people living in Afghanistan, or by recent expatriates. I've started with these," says senior editor Paul Boutin.

I love printables: posters for

I love printables:

posters for peace

war resisters league anti-war flyers

hate-free zone posters

unamerican propaganda

maps (afghanistan)

free dmitry

adbusters pdfs



Also printable:

better times sustainable living flyers ("make your own snacks')

2001 calendar

october calendar

musical staff paper

dollhouse accessories

mothers against peeing standing up

And with that I think it's time to stop.

Main Entry: dic•tio•nar•a•o•ke Pronunciation: 'dik-sh&-"ner-A-O-ke

Main Entry: dic•tio•nar•a•o•ke

Pronunciation: 'dik-sh&-"ner-A-O-ke

Definition: Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary.

originally posted by dm8k

The Chairman Smiles - Exhibit

The Chairman Smiles - Exhibit of posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba and China.

Vaginal Davis and Margaret Cho.

Vaginal Davis and Margaret Cho.

originally posted by xowie

Leaders at some major

Leaders at some major environmental groups in the region said that a rapid rebuilding in Manhattan had become a paramount objective for them partly out of concern for the city's long-term economic health and also because the alternative could have grim implications for the region: a wave of sprawled office development from New Jersey to Long Island as displaced corporations build permanent new space in the suburbs.

If that happened, the environmentalists said, the overall environment in the nation's most densely congested urban corridor could sharply deteriorate in the decades to come, with worsened air quality because of increased dependence on automobile travel, longer trips to work and a loss of open space.

"The No. 1 environmental concern is that the center holds — all flows from that,"


I couldn't agree more. I like the T-shirts that have a photoshopped skyline with 8 twin towers.

Pick up a jar. Those

Pick up a jar. Those tiny ice-like formations on the bud are THC crystals. Now smell it. If you're a marijuana user, you'll say, "Wow!"
Welcome to Victoria, B.C.

originally posted by xowie

There is nothing anti-American about

There is nothing anti-American about opposing the drive to war by Mike Marqusee.

originally posted by xowie

Dmitry Sklyarov gets a new

Dmitry Sklyarov gets a new lawyer.

originally posted by judlew

In response to the circumstantial

In response to the circumstantial evidence presented yesterday by the Rev. Tony Blair on bin Laden's 'responsibility' for 9-11 attacks, Robert Fisk points out why it will not convince many Arabs. Valley of the Brown Gem, I mean, really. Also, Naomi Klein today on McWorld and jihad, and the importance of TRIPS.

Terry Gross talks to Harry

Terry Gross talks to Harry Shearer about laughing at what makes us scared. Also on the show: Rob Siegel and Todd Hanson of The Onion, walking the post-tragedy-humor line. (They rejected a joke about the "quadragon.")

originally posted by judlew

October 4, 2001

poetry on the subject of

poetry on the subject of virgules and whatever that other thing was.

originally posted by xowie

more poetry from john hegley

more poetry from john hegley on the subect of dogs, and stuff like that:

the former Classics student

asked me about the similarity between

my writings and those of Aristotle.

I said I didn't know there was such a similarity.

When she asked how useful my Sociology degree had been,

I answered that it had taught me how to felt tip

my idea of a potato on to a sheet of transparent plastic,

then compare it with the real world

by placing it over an existing potato, and she said,
'that's Plato'.

award-winning haiku on the subject

award-winning haiku on the subject of mullets.

Two great links from today's

Two great links from today's xblog: 5inch custom CDR media (I especially like the bitmap and fuk blanks) and Nooface, a slash-style site "in search of the post-PC interface".

How did GRAPE-NUTS cereal get

How did GRAPE-NUTS cereal get its name?

In making the world safe

In making the world safe
For US corporations
We have made the world unsafe
For US citizens
9/11 Poem, Newspoetry.com.

One of the very interesting

One of the very interesting side effects of our Freenet is the almost immediate rise of a parallel Internet. Because our community is diversified and technophile enough, after a few days people already had the first Freenet public web pages out targeting fellow Freenet participants. One guy put up a small web page selling his consulting service for people needing help with configuration and installation issues. A student in the neighborhood is starting a Freenet web site (which eventually might become accessible from the public Internet as well) offering to do the shopping for people, including home delivery. Our internal IRC site is pretty much in demand and there are almost always neighbors to find there for chats or discussions.
BYTE.com - A Wireless Neighborhood Freenet.

After weeks of hiding, nomoreprisons.net

After weeks of hiding, nomoreprisons.net is beginning to show signs of life again. Click over to read news about Davey D getting fired from KMEL.

"I'm glad he's dead with

"I'm glad he's dead with the rest of them, and I don't like feeling something like that," Samantha finally said. "But he wasn't just a bad tipper -- he killed people."
Agents of terror leave their mark on Sin City lapdancers.

originally posted by xowie

"Virgulesolidus.com" is available.

"Virgulesolidus.com" is available.

Let's all play "Find the

Let's all play "Find the Terrorist"

originally posted by judlew

I heard this phone call,

I heard this phone call, so I know it's true. While you're there, check out "Garner Buys It."

originally posted by judlew

Know your turbans.

Know your turbans.

United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Nuclear Site Locations: "This site is no longer available."

Why doesn't the government want

Why doesn't the government want you to see these photos of the WTC site? The photographer was detained and his digital storage media nominally erased, but he managed to recover the 72 photos and they're now being mirrored globally. There's nothing especially surprising or shocking in the few I've looked at; what's interesting I suppose is that these photos, like the hundreds posted in the days following the attack, haven't been filtered through the media apparatus of professional photographers who answer to editors who answer to bankers who answer to the almighty dollar.

New York's Daily News seems

New York's Daily News seems to have forgotten to run today's The Boondocks in its print version.

originally posted by zagg

"They had nothing. All they

"They had nothing. All they had was a vocal group. They didn't have any instruments," says Flea, who graduated in 1980, two years after Proposition 13 was passed and school arts programs began getting the ax. At Fairfax, Flea was a member of the jazz band, orchestra, marching band and choir. If those programs hadn't been there, "for me it would have been completely devastating because that was the only reason I went to school." Performing at Fairfax 20 years later, he says he felt "shaken up about it. There was just no music for kids in public schools."
Flea is opening a music conservatory in Silverlake.

originally posted by xowie

My favorite movie NOT released

My favorite movie NOT released on DVD, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, is finally arriving this month. I've seen this movie twice, and both times I cried.

hey you there, you on

hey you there, you on the left, what would you do?

LAW: The rush to Auden

LAW: The rush to Auden and Yeats; also Judith Lewis on our new censorship.

originally posted by xowie

US goes censorship crazy. Robert

US goes censorship crazy. Robert Fisk on conditional Arab support for 'war on terrorism'. A British journalist working for a right-wing, pro-death penalty paper to be put on trial by Taliban for entering Afghanistan illegally.

October 3, 2001

Can we post enough about

Can we post enough about World New York? It's the best site on Internet.

friday is the first anniversary

friday is the first anniversary of slobodan milosevic getting kicked up the flabby, nasty arse and out of power. you can get radio b92 news in english, if i remember correctly, at 1330, 1730 and 2130 Central European Time, i.e. GMT + 2, as well as up-to-date commentary on/live broadcast of the celebrations on the day. - gotov je!

To Autumn Season of mists

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless 
  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees, 
  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; 
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells 
  With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees, 
Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.



--John Keats

"Unmediated.org" is available.

"Unmediated.org" is available.

I only hate N.Y. because

I only hate N.Y. because my parents live there. Waiving the flag by Erin Aubry Kaplan.

originally posted by xowie

Okay funsters, you've earned it.

Okay funsters, you've earned it. I'll leave the gameshows to the experts, and instead share with you my suggestions for the following: (1) the official rW impersonation-based lifestyle of choice; (2) the official rW staggeringly non-PC sport currently enjoying massive popularity in Finland and the States; and (3) the official rW guide to all the hot dance moves. I have endorsed all the above on a personal, a very personal basis, and would urge you all to do the same.

"Chicago has always hated

"Chicago has always hated New York," said Mr. Kass, who writes for The Chicago Tribune. "This has put us in a strange predicament, morally." He was referring, as you may have guessed, to the warmth with which people in other parts of the country (known in some circles as real Americans) have embraced New York.
The New York Times addresses an eventual return to normalcy, which includes the rest of the country hating NYC.

The incredible exhibit Vanished features

The incredible exhibit Vanished features architecture that was never built in Prospect Park or structures that no longer exist there. It can be viewed on-line, or inside the Marble Arch at the intersection of Union St. and Prospect Park West. Check out "Tree Moving Machine" and "Camera Obscura."


Climbing to the top of the Arch you get an incredible view of the skyline:



or the park:



or the library:



or the farmer's market:



and that's highly recommended.

Hold on Tex! Official game

Hold on Tex! Official game show my ass! What happened to Press Your Luck and the Iron Chef? Both of which require no frat game participation for full enjoyment.

The official game show of

The official game show of randomWalks just taped a week of shows with rescue workers and firefighters. Take one bong hit every time Bullard says "Tami".

originally posted by xowie

When the towers went down,

When the towers went down, so did the sense of control that makes us feel like adults. In such moments of regression, we fall back on patterns that provided safety in childhood...Just as children cannot help but love their parents, regressed adults must rally 'round their leaders, and any critique or mockery threatens this bond.
Richard Goldstein, The Price of Unity.

originally posted by xowie

"America's New War," is what

"America's New War," is what they call it on CNN. And of course, as usual, they've got it wrong. Because in our desire to "bring to justice" — let's remember those words in the coming days — the vicious men who planned the crimes against humanity in New York and Washington last month, we're hiring some well-known rapists and murderers to work for us.
Robert Fisk's latest on the West's allies in Afghanistan.

Check out the activities of

Check out the activities of the Women on Waves team. Providing gynaecological and family planning services in locations where these things are not available, they have developed a mobile gynaecological unit which can loaded onto a ship or truck, and then travel worldwide to provide safe abortions. The Women on Waves ship recently anchored at the Irish city of Cork. Ireland's Constitution outlaws abortion and a new proposal under discussion may even exclude suicidal women from getting terminations.

October 2, 2001

Public radio's This American Life

Public radio's This American Life is producing shows about 9.11 and its effects. Check out the excellent 9.21 show, with David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and others.

Simulating an Airport Software Base

Simulating an Airport Software Base Station in Mac OS X.

Persian Lima Bean with Dill

Persian Lima Bean with Dill Rice (Bagali Shevid Polo)

The New Yorker has posted

The New Yorker has posted an excellent article from last year in which William T. Vollman examines life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

More cases of activism in

More cases of activism in danger: Minnesota government workers are striking for better pay, but, according to Gov. Ventura and other Minnesotans, union solidarity is out-of-place in the wake of Sept. 11. Also, some American Muslims now regret past statements in light of the attacks. This seems justified in some of the cases cited in this article, but I hope that our critical voices don't totally silence themselves.

The Washington Post reports that

The Washington Post reports that conservative pundit Ann "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity" Coulter was axed by the National Review for how she handled the backlash to that now-infamous column of hers. By the way, here's a line from her response column, which the Review spared us, thankfully:

We should require passports to fly domestically. Passports can be forged, but they can also be checked with the home country in case of any suspicious-looking swarthy males.

I find myself counseling not

I find myself counseling not only my clients in dealing with the WTC "accident," "bombing," "attack," "tragedy"--we don't know what to call it yet--but also my girlfriend as she has nightmares, our psychotic neighbor who had been stable for years and who is now sure men are coming into her home and tearing her pants in the night, the alternately suicidal couple across the hall. I am not making this up. I feel deeply grateful and helpless counseling clients about their trauma reactions, in the midst of having my own. I have seen clients plummet, those who were retraumatized and had constant panic attacks and agoraphobia, those who went back to the bottle or the last bad boyfriend, all of us seeking solace. I've seen some of the same get back on their feet and make new, significant insights for themselves in their enforced vulnerability. And I have seen clients find inner strength they didn't know they had, reaching out to 12-step meetings, remembering the despair of cocaine, and choosing instead to heave through the pain to get to the other side. I have met with EMTs, one who had 7 inches of metal stuck in his back, another who found himself screaming in bed for no reason. There are heart shaking statements I can't repeat because of confidentiality; views of children I would have never guessed. My friend's five year old, who after she picked him up from school and they were passing televisions on their speedwalk home that day, became terrified and wanted to know why so many buildings were being bombed.

originally posted by hcog

Some countries apparently not interested

Some countries apparently not interested in joining Dubya's mighty coalition. An earlier incarnation: report from Khartoum on the 1998 bombing of bin Laden's 'chemical weapons factory'. Surely the manufacturers of Barbie dolls could capitalise on this theme: bin Laden's arms factory, bin Laden's tank, bin Laden's tent, bin Laden's beard 'n' matching hat.

No strategy in Afghanistan is

No strategy in Afghanistan is assured of success, but there is no notion as naive as that which supposes that you can destroy a tactic (such as terrorism) or an idea (such as fundamentalism) by means of bombs or missile strikes or special forces. Indeed, even the Pentagon now lists its military choices under the heading AOS: All Options Stink. If military intervention succeeded in delivering up Bin Laden and destroying the Taliban, it's hard to see how this could fail to encourage retaliatory strikes all over the world. Nor is it entirely clear that attacking Afghanistan would bring down the berserkers who govern it. Britain and the US have been bombing Iraq for the past 10 years, only to strengthen Saddam's grip.
George Monbiot's latest.

October 1, 2001

NYT: The Eerily Intimate Power

NYT: The Eerily Intimate Power of Poetry to Console.

In his latest link-filled Crypto-Gram

In his latest link-filled Crypto-Gram Newsletter Bruce Schneier takes a look at airline security, biometrics, intelligence, cryptography and steganography in light of the Current Situation. According to his analysis, the airline industry is, perhaps not surprisingly, taking measures aimed almost exclusively at establishing a sense of security among travelers rather than relying on experienced experts to increase actual security. Biometrics are simply not a viable solution to the problem of identifying one suspected terrorist in on the order of ten million travelers, and steganography, practiced properly, cannot be defeated. So what's the good news? A remarkably sane and insightful voice is suggesting rational defense measures that stand a chance of working while preserving the freedoms that define America. It may not be much, but I'll take what I can get these days.

Redesigning the OS X Dock

Redesigning the OS X Dock by Brian Ellis. If Steve can get over his not-invented-here complex this will be the Dock circa Mac OS X 10.5.

"Even the greatest oceans do

"Even the greatest oceans do not shield us; even the mightiest buildings do not shield us; even the wealthiest balance sheets and the most powerful weapons do not shield us. There are only wispy walls and leaky roofs between us. The planet is in fact one interwoven web of life. The command to love my neighbor as I do myself is not an admonition to be nice: it is a statement of truth like the law of gravity."

Tonight is Erev Sukkot, a time to remember the impermanence of civilization's structures, among other things.

originally posted by judlew

Hurry up and drop that

Hurry up and drop that butter.

originally posted by xowie

Suddenly, this terrorist leader displaced

Suddenly, this terrorist leader displaced Pamela Anderson as a popular Internet search term, and a new cluster of domain name registrants tried to seize the remaining unregistered cognates of the name. (Unlike the actual person, the now highly desirable osamabinladen.com was nabbed in 2000, as was the alternate spelling usamabinladen.com, registered to a possibly fictitious Usama bin Cocksucker in Helltown, Penn.)
Salon: Cybersquatting among the ruins.

originally posted by xowie

Two important endings: Veg City

Two important endings:


  • Veg City Diner closed its doors yesterday, allowing us one last Soy milkshake and $3.75 Tofu Scramble, Home Fries and Toast on our way to Yankee Stadium. The original is still open, and vegecyber is a great place to buy fake meat and other yummy morsels.
  • After this year there will be no more cards for Cal Ripken, who is retiring. Go Vegan, seeking "the good life," came into the city for less than twelve hours to heroically accompany me to see Cal's last NY appearance. If it weren't for Sept. 11, this would have been the last game of his career. We sat through 8 rainy innings, 3 in the right field "box seats," where the players look like ants, and 5 right behind home plate where this old lady scowled at us (probably because she spent more money on those tickets then we had, or because her age and money has soured her.) We left after 8 innings and Cal's curtain call for a pop-out. He was 0-4. Everyone left after 15 innings of rain and 1-1 drudgery. Cal's worst offensive day in his career, 0-7, won't count, and neither will that game.


Get me back to Shea!

An article from Asiaweek on

An article from Asiaweek on America's Afghan history, or should that be the other way around?