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June 30, 2002


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McDonald's and Animal Rights -

McDonald's and Animal Rights - or the end of the world as we know it?

Animal rights groups have said for decades that methods like these are cruel. Farmers and industry executives have said for decades that the activists are kooks. So the agriculture industry was stunned recently when McDonald's delivered its verdict: The company declared that every farm that supplies its eggs must raise the hens more humanely. They gave farmers less than 18 months to comply. In fact, McDonald's told farmers they had to change by January 1, 2002, or the company wouldn't buy their eggs anymore—and McDonald's buys more eggs than any other company in America. The egg industry was furious. Industry leaders told McDonald's, "You can't make farmers change that fast," but McDonald's wouldn't budge. The brothers who run this farm don't want to talk about the conflict. They will say that they're doing what McDonald's wants and it's going to cost money.

"The movement against globalization was taking off. Protesters wanted McDonald's to leave their countries alone. They firebombed its restaurants in Belgium; they set off stink bombs in Poland. Meanwhile, McDonald's business started to stumble, for various reasons. Competitors like Wendy's and Burger King chipped away at its market share; McDonald's profits and stock started slipping. And company executives started doing some soul-searching. According to industry magazines at the time, executives wondered how they could rejuvenate McDonald's and save the company's legacy as the most popular food business in the world. Just as company executives were mulling that over, the animal rights issue came back to bite them."


"The Tabasco bottle is particularly

"The Tabasco bottle is particularly intriguing because of what it implies about African-American cuisine and the development of the West," said Kelly Dixon, administrator of the Comstock Archaeology Center who is supervising the dig about 20 miles southeast of Reno.

"This was an exotic product and Comstock African-Americans were apparently the ones breaking this new ground," Dixon said.
130-Year Old Hot Sauce Bottle Found

June 29, 2002

Dear Dude,    I like my job.

Dear Dude,

    I like my job. How is the move going? I know you can email from work, a word or two. I hope the weekend isn't too stressful. Call us if you need to talk!
    We're excited about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Silk Road, it will be great. Look at the Food section from this week: The Flavor Of the Silk Road. Just like we always talk about!
    Listen, this question might change your life: have you heard Aim's Hinterland? Hello to E.



The Plot Ripens (washingtonpost.com)

The Washington Post on community gardens.

acrylamide a 'serious' risk

The overriding thing the committee concluded is that, given that we know acrylamides are cancer-causing in animals and probably in humans, it is intolerable that they are in foods at the levels found and we have to find a remedy. But there is not enough information to make any consumer recommendations because we need more research.
Washington Post: Panel Calls Acrylamide in Food a 'Serious' Risk. How about no more potato chips? Quit with the french fries, too. Looks like beans and rice for everyone, I guess.

June 28, 2002

[B]lind patriotism can make cowards

[B]lind patriotism can make cowards of us all. What could be sadder for the country than the sight of a unanimous Congress voting in favor of God and the flag. What courage! Or should Doc say, "What courage?"
The Poynter Institute's Dr. Ink on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Oooh those skeery Ay-rab hackers!

CNN went so far as to declare a crushing al-Qaeda cyber blood-fest inevitable. The Washington Post went one further, liberally quoting the eternally alarmist Richard Clarke, Ron Dick and John Tritak, and publishing a six-page FUD tome by staff twinkie Barton Gellman, who lapped up every word. (He's a Pulitzer Prize winner, kids.)

I've been suspicious of the Business Software Alliance ever since they started raiding impoverished school districts for ancient unlicensed versions of Word (and bragging about it, to boot). This article hints at an agenda behind the latest fear campaign out of Silicon Valley and Redmond.

originally posted by judlew


sfbg.com on John Sayles' Sunshine State.

the real thing is always an imitation

wood s lot reverentially observes the recent passing of Beat poet, novelist, and Zen priest Philip Whalen. Two links I may and may not have stolen from the woods:

Live From Ethel's

Good bands make good live albums. Bands that are not so good can make albums that initially sound okay, but which become increasingly sterile the more you listen to them. Here are some of the great live rock and/or roll albums.
Ethel the Blog tells it like it is.

Oh, goody -- the show has been held over for a second night.

If I may call your

If I may call your attention to Warblogger Watch, in part to note the stylish (but too w i d e?) redesign, but mostly because it's the first and best site bold enough to flip the script and pay the warbloggers the only kind of attention they deserve.

Adam is committed to collaborating

Adam is committed to collaborating with other relevant initiatives
Adam is going to kill you
Adam is a singer, songwriter and pianist whose music embodies the fierce and tender spirit of Women's Music
Adam is renowned for his fine buildings, both public and private
Adam is unable to respond at this time
Adam is also active in the field of acting
Adam is the ideal human male with his rippling muscles and elegant contours
Adam is almost ready
Adam is never as funny and clever as it thinks and/or hopes itself to be
Adam is on TV, Wednesdays 7pm
Adam is famous
Adam is a polo shirt wearin sleep mo fo
Adam is a square

Adam is a complicated man
Adam is... by Google.

steal this link

NPR has revised its linking "policy." The revision seems like an improvement, but it's not -- it's just as bad as it ever was. NPR still maintains that people who link to NPR's site require permission -- the new policy merely conditionally grants that permission.

I'll say it again: The most harmful lie you can tell about the Web is that permission is a prerequisite for linking. There is no copyright interest in controlling how people reference your work.

I'm sending fresh mail to Jeffrey Dvorkin, NPR's ombudsman, to tell him what I think of this. I recommend that you do the same. I will also be withholding my donation from NPR until this policy is reversed. Much as I hold public radio dear, NPR's policy has the potential to irreparably damage the Web. I would give up a thousand NPRs for the WWW.

The latest on NPR's boneheaded linking policy from Cory at Boing Boing.

June 27, 2002

there is power in a union

It looks like, maybe, the U.S. labor movement is waking up. The International Longshoreman's Union is on the verge of shutting down West Coast ports. You should support them.

In related news, The Charleston 5 are free, and are actively building solidarity with the ILWU. More information on them.

Also, What is Taft-Hartley?

originally posted by zagg

June 26, 2002

"Some people think I'm an

"Some people think I'm an aging black jazz singer ... I get that all the time. There's a lot of racial ambiguity in me, and we are so ridiculously hyper-conscious racially in this society. When I was growing up, I was the target of racial epithets like the N-word. But Spanish people start babbling in Spanish to me. And I also seem to have an affinity with Sicilians. And I recall one guy from Ethiopia who swore I was Ethiopian. ... As far as I know, I'm Caucasian -- from a non-observant Jewish family in Teaneck, New Jersey."
Snow? White. Voice of an angel, coming soon to a record store near you.

it's hot this summer, let's use the flag for a hammock...

cnn reported that the feds have outlawed the pledge of allegiance in schools. the federal court decision said, in part:

"To recite the pledge is not to describe the United States; instead it is to swear allegiance to the values for which the flag stands: unity, indivisibility, liberty, justice and -- since 1954 -- monotheism."
it also says that no child is forced to say the pledge. um, hello? where did you go to school? here's a couple of my favorite new versions:
I pledge blind obedience to the corporate flag, nd the ruling class in america, and to the to Government for which it stands, one corporation enforced by God, with injustice and brutality to all
and then my favorite, from matt groening:
i pledge alienation, to the drag, of work and school in america; and to the repugnance for which it stands: all nations, under guard, with liberalism and justifications for all.
teach em to the kids! yay!

originally posted by elihu

WorldCom Off By $3.8 Billion

The math doesn't even work anymore.
Washington Post: WorldCom Says Its Books Are Off By $3.8 Billion. What was it that lookout on Titanic said? "Iceberg, right ahead!"

Village Voice: Best Undistributed

Village Voice: Best Undistributed Films
Millennium Mambo (Chie shi man po) (2001) 119 min NY Premiere!
Directed by Hou Hsaio-hsien. 
With Shu Qi, Kao Jack, Tuan Chun-Hao. 
 In Chinese with English subtitles. 
Sat, June 29 at 4, 6:30*, 9:30pm
Q&A with film critic Mark Peranson will follow the 6:30pm screening.

I have to miss Millenium Mambo at bam, but that doesn't mean you do.

Cyclone turns 75

While it may be one of many coasters that has existed on Coney Island, the Cyclone has a pretty fascinating history.

The first wooden roller coaster in the U.S. turns 75 today. Happy birthday to the Cyclone!

originally posted by Chris

Ms. Smith goes to Queens

Ms. Smith said that she was simply trying to underscore that 12 of 14 of the Queens' shelters were already in Community Board 12, where the proposed new one would go, and that she did not like the way Mr. Bloomberg's bodyguard spoke to her.

"Well, darling, I get elected just like the mayor," the state senator said. "And I have the right to stand up for my community. So if he can't take the heat, he can get out of the kitchen."
Ms. Smith goes to Queens: A state senator, upset at the concentration of homeless shelters in her district, almost traded blows with Mayor Mikes' bodyguards yesterday.

Also by Jennifer Steinhauer today: Who let the dogs out? and Bus Strike in Queens Continues.
Will she be mad that I changed her headlines? Is that allowed?

June 25, 2002

The Post on Hip-Hop and

The Post on Hip-Hop and politics; the Times on Hip-Hop and theater.

Pardon me, but may I

Pardon me, but may I see that book you are reading?

FBI Checks Out Libraries

originally posted by DC

The Psychopath's Favorite Playground

Of course, the consequences to the average citizen from business crimes are staggering. As criminologist Georgette Bennett says, "They account for nearly 30% of case filings in U.S. District Courts -- more than any other category of crime. The combined burglary, mugging and other property losses induced by the country's street punks come to about $4 billion a year. However, the seemingly upstanding citizens in our corporate board rooms and the humble clerks in our retail stores bilk us out of between $40 and $200 billion a year." (1987, p.104)

from The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children -Crime Prevention

June 23, 2002

The Destruction of Palestinian Media Centres

It appears that Israel assumes that the other media does what its media does, so they must be quick to act.

Bomb! Bomb! Take over radio/television station!

originally posted by DC

Save the Press!

Did anyone know that India has an Official Secrets Act?

A letter written to the Home Minister of India about a journalist, Iftikhar Gilani, a journalist who was arrested in his home in New Delhi.

The story is here: CPJ Protests: 2002

But if you want more about freedom of the press and advocacy for striken, dead, or arrested journalists, you should go here:

CPJ Online

originally posted by DC

June 22, 2002

New resource available: Understanding Prison

New resource available:

Understanding Prison Health Care: Fostering Competence and Compassion in Treating Prisoners

originally posted by elihu

You don't know anything except

You don't know anything except what's there for you to see. An act. Lies. Device. Not the pure heart, the pumping black heart.
A few of us saw Amiri Baraka's Dutchman, "one of the high marks in postwar American drama," at the Source Theatre last night. Amiri Baraka was first known as LeRoi Jones and associated with the Beats.
When I wrote that play Dutchman, I didn't know what I had written. I stayed up all night and wrote it, went to sleep at the desk and then woke up, and looked at it and said "what the [f---] is this?" And then put it down and went to bed.
If Baraka showed up in Richard Linklater's "Waking Life", his monologue might go something like this: [Kalamu ya Salaam speaks with Amiri Baraka].

June 20, 2002

and on a decidedly

and on a decidedly lighter note, there's been some interesting updates at EI. iron on!

originally posted by elihu

"I get into a zone,"

"I get into a zone," says Mr. Ince. "I can see them bopping their heads as they walk past. They don't see me, but I can see them hearing it. It's beautiful."
On a musical tour of the New York subway for The New York Times, Jesse McKinley meets Ayo Ince playing DJ at Grand Central with equipment powered by a car battery. The wonderful thing about street musicians is even when they're bad, they're good.

Hernandez outlined her daughter’s repeated

Hernandez outlined her daughter’s repeated reports to the Sheriff Dept. of Avelino’s multiple felony crimes including his sexual assaults of Teresa and her children, his constant obsessive stalking, repeated threats to kill, and restraining order violations. The Sheriff’s Dept. never once arrested or cited Avelino. After deputies ignored more than twenty reports in just the last few months of her life, Avelino fatally shot Teresa, then shot and seriously wounded her mother, Sara on April 15, 1996.

20 June 02: In the first ever monetary award by law enforcement for their failure to protect a domestic violence victim leading up to her homicide, the
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department agreed to pay a million dollar settlement in this landmark civil rights lawsuit.

originally posted by elihu

Hear that blue jay? Totally

Hear that blue jay? Totally wrong.
Salon.com: The birds of Hollywood: An unnatural history. Rest my ears?

June 19, 2002

"My Father Addresses Me on

"My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age," by Grace Paley.

"Thirty Tools for Writers" from

"Thirty Tools for Writers" from the Poynter Institute's Roy Peter Clark. Good advice for anyone who puts words to paper or screen.

June 18, 2002

"June Jordan, an award-winning poet

"June Jordan, an award-winning poet and UC Berkeley professor who became one of the country's most prominent contemporary black women writers, died Friday...Best known for her powerful and direct poems articulating struggles against racism, Ms. Jordan was a prolific author in many genres. She published 28 books of poems, political essays and children's fiction. She also wrote a regular column for The Progressive, and wrote the libretto to the opera, 'I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky," directed by Peter Sellars with music by John Adams."

san francisco chronicle article

originally posted by hcog

"You can't imagine a cat playing poker."

But it is with his masterpiece, "A Friend in Need," that Coolidge struck a pitch low enough for humans everywhere to hear. The painting, in which two small dogs cheat in a card game with five bigger dogs, has been reproduced countless times, appearing on posters, poker chips, playing cards and some of the finest neckties. It has become a point of reference, firmly planted along the gaudy midway of the American psyche, next to corn dogs and black-velvet Elvis paintings.

As if to add a dash more insult to Coolidge's anonymous lot, few call his seminal work by its given name. Instead, most people refer to "A Friend in Need" — indeed, the majority of the Coolidge oeuvre — as "Dogs Playing Poker," which is not unlike referring to one of Van Gogh's self portraits as "Guy Missing an Ear."

You probably don't know C. M. Coolidge by name, but his paintings are another matter.

Sixth-grader Logan Thrall is white,

Sixth-grader Logan Thrall is white, lives in a comfortable middle-class home in suburban Reston and describes himself as the most "ghettoish person in this neighborhood." When he was at Safeway and saw a vending machine full of Homies -- that he thought looked just like the gangsters in his favorite rap music videos -- he had to buy some.

"I started cracking up when I first saw them," Logan said. "It's so 'me' to have something like that in my room. It fits me perfectly or something."

Jeff Miller, a firefighter from Greenbelt, collects the Homies with his 4-year-old son, Jeff Jr. He said he thought that some of the Homies characters looked like gang members, and that the female Homies -- in midriff-baring T-shirts and hot pants -- looked like prostitutes.

"Me and my son like the girls because they're very healthy and they wear skimpy clothes," he quipped.

And yet there is some controversy over whether these figurines play into existing stereotypes of Latinos.

"It's not fair"

Mr. Chin met his assailants, Ronald Ebens, a supervisor at Chrysler, and his stepson Michael Nitz, who had recently been laid off, at a strip club in Highland Park, a small blue-collar city surrounded by Detroit, where Mr. Chin was having his bachelor party.

A dispute started inside the club about a stripper. Then a dancer heard Mr. Ebens hurl profanities at Mr. Chin, blaming him for the loss of American jobs. Moments later, according to court documents, Mr. Ebens and Mr. Nitz chased Mr. Chin down the street and crushed his skull with a Louisville Slugger.

Asian-Americans called the killing a hate crime. But a judge ruled the death was no more than the tragic end to a barroom brawl. The two pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, and as part of the plea agreement, were sentenced to three years of probation and $3,780 in fines and court fees.

"It sent a chilling message that it didn't matter if you worked for American companies and spoke English without an accent, you still weren't regarded as a red-blooded American worthy of rights," said Frank Wu, a law professor at Howard University and author of "Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White."

"The tragedy marked our political coming of age," said Helen Zia, a writer who helped found American Citizens for Justice in response to the Chin killing. "But we also need to consider where we go from here."
New York Times: A Slaying in 1982 Maintains Its Grip on Asian-Americans.
We're talking here about a man who's held a responsible job with the same company for 17 or 18 years and his son, who is employed and a part time student. These men are not going to go out and harm somebody else. I just didn't think that putting them in prison would do any good for them or society.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Charles Kauffman, defending his outrageous sentence of a fine and probation for the murderers.

June 17, 2002

today's papers

It didn't take us long to realize we had a huge hit. In fact, it took less than 24 hours. The first day Today's Papers appeared, we got a message from Bill Gates asking when we were planning to make it available by e-mail. (...)

Scott Shuger was, in a way, the first complete Internet journalist, in that the Internet was essential to both his input and his output, and the result was something new and useful that couldn't be done before. Without the Internet, Scott couldn't have read five newspapers from across the country—and done it before the paper editions were even available.
Slate: Scott Shuger: A pioneer of Internet journalism. Mr. Shuger died Saturday in a scuba diving accident.

I would like to point

I would like to point out that uffish is on fire!

May I post to this

May I post to this site something that is a wonderful idea for the future of education?
(personal opinion)

Ambulatory Race Education

All you do is get kids in white suburbia to travel over the river in a bus to a black community and figure out, "What is Race?" And then you keep them in email contact with each other.

Then, maybe things get better?

originally posted by DC

monsteratomic alerts me to several

monsteratomic alerts me to several summer NYC concerts:

Golden Boy with Miss Kitten

June 18th Tribeca Grand


June 22nd Centro-Fly


July 6th

IndiePopRadio Party (FREE)

Sunday June 23, 2002, 9PM-2AM

at Bar 13, 3rd Floor, 121 University Place (Near Union Square)

with DJ sets from:

  • Amelia Fletcher & Rob Pursey (Tender Trap/ Sportique/ex-Marine Research/Heavenly/Talulah Gosh)
  • Calvin Johnson (K Records/ Beat Happening)
  • Gail O'Hara (Chickfactor)
  • Phofo (Phofo)
  • Shirley Braha (Indiepopradio.com/ Little Shirley Beans Records)
  • Jason Korzen (ex-Barcelona)



June 24th Maxwells

June 26th Hudson River Rock


VHS or Beta

Aug 1st Knitting Factory


Aug 9th Bowery Ballroom


October 9th and 10th Bowery Ballroom

Today it may be

Today it may be Padilla. Tomorrow it might be you.
Bob Herbert asks: "Isn't Democracy Worth It?"

rW belatedy nods to Bronx

rW belatedy nods to Bronx week. (thanks, NY1)

June 16, 2002

The Asian-American rights organization cited

The Asian-American rights organization cited the behavior of the Queens poll workers - as well as similar complaints against workers in Chinatown and Brooklyn's Homecrest and Sunset Park sections - in a report released yesterday that disclosed a wide range of problems Asian-American voters faced last year.

Hostility to Asians Cited at Polls.

Also on Model Minority:

"If it was defeated at the polls it would be a monumental setback for civil rights in the state and some thought it would be better to let sleeping dogs lie and not take the chance," he said. Florida is the only state that hasn't acted on the restrictions.

States respond to push to eliminate racist laws.

originally posted by beXn

We won't deny our consciences

Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression. The signers of this statement call on the people of the US to resist the policies and overall political direction that have emerged since September 11 and which pose grave dangers to the people of the world.

We believe that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion by great powers. We believe that all persons detained or prosecuted by the US government should have the same rights of due process. We believe that questioning, criticism, and dissent must be valued and protected. We understand that such rights and values are always contested and must be fought for.

We believe that people of conscience must take responsibility for what their own governments do - we must first of all oppose the injustice that is done in our own name. Thus we call on all Americans to resist the war and repression that has been loosed on the world by the Bush administration. It is unjust, immoral and illegitimate. We choose to make common cause with the people of the world.

We too watched with shock the horrific events of September 11. We too mourned the thousands of innocent dead and shook our heads at the terrible scenes of carnage - even as we recalled similar scenes in Baghdad, Panama City and, a generation ago, Vietnam. We too joined the anguished questioning of millions of Americans who asked why such a thing could happen.

But the mourning had barely begun, when the highest leaders of the land unleashed a spirit of revenge. They put out a simplistic script of "good v evil" that was taken up by a pliant and intimidated media. They told us that asking why these terrible events had happened verged on treason. There was to be no debate. There were by definition no valid political or moral questions. The only possible answer was to be war abroad and repression at home.

In our name, the Bush administration, with near unanimity from Congress, not only attacked Afghanistan but arrogated to itself and its allies the right to rain down military force anywhere and anytime. The brutal repercussions have been felt from the Philippines to Palestine. The government now openly prepares to wage all-out war on Iraq - a country which has no connection to the horror of September 11. What kind of world will this become if the US government has a blank cheque to drop commandos, assassins, and bombs wherever it wants?

In our name the government has created two classes of people within the US: those to whom the basic rights of the US legal system are at least promised, and those who now seem to have no rights at all. The government rounded up more than 1,000 immigrants and detained them in secret and indefinitely. Hundreds have been deported and hundreds of others still languish today in prison. For the first time in decades, immigration procedures single out certain nationalities for unequal treatment.

In our name, the government has brought down a pall of repression over society. The president's spokesperson warns people to "watch what they say". Dissident artists, intellectuals, and professors find their views distorted, attacked, and suppressed. The so-called Patriot Act - along with a host of similar measures on the state level - gives police sweeping new powers of search and seizure, supervised, if at all, by secret proceedings before secret courts.

In our name, the executive has steadily usurped the roles and functions of the other branches of government. Military tribunals with lax rules of evidence and no right to appeal to the regular courts are put in place by executive order. Groups are declared "terrorist" at the stroke of a presidential pen.

We must take the highest officers of the land seriously when they talk of a war that will last a generation and when they speak of a new domestic order. We are confronting a new openly imperial policy towards the world and a domestic policy that manufactures and manipulates fear to curtail rights.

There is a deadly trajectory to the events of the past months that must be seen for what it is and resisted. Too many times in history people have waited until it was too late to resist. President Bush has declared: "You're either with us or against us." Here is our answer: We refuse to allow you to speak for all the American people. We will not give up our right to question. We will not hand over our consciences in return for a hollow promise of safety. We say not in our name. We refuse to be party to these wars and we repudiate any inference that they are being waged in our name or for our welfare. We extend a hand to those around the world suffering from these policies; we will show our solidarity in word and deed.

We who sign this statement call on all Americans to join together to rise to this challenge. We applaud and support the questioning and protest now going on, even as we recognise the need for much, much more to actually stop this juggernaut. We draw inspiration from the Israeli reservists who, at great personal risk, declare "there is a limit" and refuse to serve in the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

We draw on the many examples of resistance and conscience from the past of the US: from those who fought slavery with rebellions and the underground railroad, to those who defied the Vietnam war by refusing orders, resisting the draft, and standing in solidarity with resisters. Let us not allow the watching world to despair of our silence and our failure to act. Instead, let the world hear our pledge: we will resist the machinery of war and repression and rally others to do everything possible to stop it.


Michael Albert

Laurie Anderson

Edward Asner, actor

Russell Banks, writer

Rosalyn Baxandall, historian

Jessica Blank, actor/playwright

Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange

William Blum, author

Theresa Bonpane, executive director, Office of the Americas

Blase Bonpane, director, Office of the Americas

Fr Bob Bossie, SCJ

Leslie Cagan

Henry Chalfant,author/filmmaker

Bell Chevigny, writer

Paul Chevigny, professor of law, NYU

Noam Chomsky

Stephanie Coontz, historian, Evergreen State College

Kia Corthron, playwright

Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange

Ossie Davis

Mos Def

Carol Downer, board of directors, Chico (CA) Feminist Women's Health Centre

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, professor, California State University, Hayward

Eve Ensler

Leo Estrada, UCLA professor, Urban Planning

John Gillis, writer, professor of history, Rutgers

Jeremy Matthew Glick, editor of Another World Is Possible

Suheir Hammad, writer

David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology, CUNY Graduate Centre

Rakaa Iriscience, hip hop artist

Erik Jensen, actor/playwright

Casey Kasem

Robin DG Kelly

Martin Luther King III, president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Barbara Kingsolver

C Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist!

Jodie Kliman, psychologist

Yuri Kochiyama, activist

Annisette & Thomas Koppel, singers/composers

Tony Kushner

James Lafferty, executive director, National Lawyers Guild/LA

Ray Laforest, Haiti Support Network

Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine

Barbara Lubin, Middle East Childrens Alliance

Staughton Lynd

Anuradha Mittal, co-director, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First

Malaquias Montoya, visual artist

Robert Nichols, writer

Rev E Randall Osburn, executive vice president, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Grace Paley

Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter

Jerry Quickley, poet

Juan Gumez Quiones, historian, UCLA

Michael Ratner, president, Centre for Constitutional Rights

David Riker, filmmaker

Boots Riley, hip hop artist, The Coup

Edward Said

John J Simon, writer, editor


Michael Steven Smith, National Lawyers Guild/NY

Bob Stein, publisher

Gloria Steinem

Alice Walker

Naomi Wallace, playwright

Rev George Webber, president emeritus, NY Theological Seminary

Leonard Weinglass, attorney

John Edgar Wideman

Saul Williams, spoken word artist

Howard Zinn, historian


[daypop: "we won't deny our consciences"] [mefi: would you sign?]

Bloop -- monster of the

Bloop -- monster of the deep?

I got a 10-disc unabridged

I got a 10-disc unabridged reading of On the Road from the library this week -- it was like a gift. I mean, I have to give it back, but who knew that such a thing existed, and at my library? This one is read quite well by Frank Muller (a renowned audio book narrator) but to my surprise there are also unabridged readings by Tom Parker and actor Matt Dillon available.

June 14, 2002

Making connections.

I found this on Quin Parker's blog. I especially appreciate the positioning of "The Pope,' "Disneyland" and the NRA.

originally posted by judlew

This Be The VerseThey fuck

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

--Philip Larkin

Two from the Washington Post:

Two from the Washington Post: Bourbon, Straight and The Search for the Perfect Hash Browns.

Because we don't say, "White men shredded those Enron papers."

Despite the amusing protests from some who claim "I don't see color" when it comes to affirmative action or equal opportunity, as soon as something negative happens, many suddenly see color in all its vivid detail.

Yet, like fish who get aroused by certain hues while ignoring others, we see it only in certain contexts. And we extrapolate it in certain contexts to stereotype entire groups while never doing that to other groups.

Rod Watson, a columnist in the Bufflo News, makes a very good point.

originally posted by judlew

If only I had a

If only I had a cake like this for one of my favorite people. Happy Birthday, Gwen!

June 13, 2002

Niem's 3-d Acme Toy Gallery,

Niem's 3-d Acme Toy Gallery, via cheesedip.

June 12, 2002

The vast majority of news

The vast majority of news I receive over prison activist lists is depressing and/or hopeless - either an urgent action, pen pal request or expression of frustration for the lack of resources available to those whose lives have been ruined by the 'criminal justice' system in this country. But this morning the first thing I read in my inbox had the subject: WE WON!!!

The jury in the Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney federal civil
rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers
awarded plaintiffs $4.4 million for violation of the activists'
Constitutional rights and returned a verdict largely in favor of Earth
First! activists Cherney and the late Judi Bari. In a legal victory of
historic proportions against the FBI, the jury found that six of the
seven defendants violated the First and Fouth Amendments of the
Constitution by arresting the activists, conducting searches of their
homes, and carrying out a smear campaign in the press, calling Earth
First! a terrorist organization and calling the activists bombers, in
the aftermath of the explosion of a bomb that was planted in Judi Bari's
car in 1990. This verdict finds unlawful the actions of those in charge
of the bombing investigation, and vindicates Bari and Cherney.

More information is available from judi bari.org and sf indymedia. Also recommended: Timber Wars on Common Courage Press and The COINTELPRO Papers on South End Press.

via Prison Radio.

June 11, 2002

Trembling Before G-d

Check out coverage of
Jerusalem's first gay pride parade
Haaretz English Edition.

You are cordially invited to...

Defense Ministry director general Amos Yaron said the Defense Ministry will use land expropriation orders to take the land needed for the fence, but landowners will be invited to discuss compensation for the land. But he added nobody should think about getting rich from the land - and the ministry won't waste time on unnecessary disputes with the owners.

Haaretz English Edition:
Construction of 360-kilometer security fence begins near Jenin

death and destruction

"You have literally the smoking gun ... the weapon that killed the symbol of Tejano pride ... How often do historians wish they had evidence of things that happened 100 years ago?"
Pistol used to kill Selena destroyed

Elsewhere: Ratt guitarist Crosby dead at 42 of AIDS complications.

david hasselhoff

Smashingly amazingly jawdroppingly GREAT!, May 23, 2002
Reviewer: A music fan from Count Dooku, Geonosis
Eskimos have over 500 words for snow, and I have over 500 words for Hasselhoff being FANTASTIC. I think his vocals are so smooth and amazing, especially after finding out that he used to be the voice of the old Fat Albert cartoons back in the 70's. The musical compositions that he weaves from his abdomen like a spider are silken and complicated, yet oddly touching, so poignant when he sings about unrequited love. It breaks my heart to hear the song "Flying on the Wings of Tenderness" to this day, and not just because my husband and I used this as our first dance at our wedding. God bless Hasselhoff for his gifts, and I hope he has another greatest hits compilation in the making. The song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.
Did you know that there are more than 500 words to describe how fantastic David Hasselhoff is? And it just gets better here.

washington and riyadh are pretty much tied

My perspective isn't particularly that of a New Yorker (though that's where I moved from, so that's where my habits were most recently molded). I've lived for extended periods of time in (alphabetical order) Amsterdam, Ann Arbor, Athens, London, New Haven, New York, Riyadh, San Francisco, Sydney, and now, Washington.

Each of these cities has something to offer. Each has aspects that make them less desirable. Each reaches balance somewhere. New Haven's certainly the worst of the bunch. Ahead of that, Washington and Riyadh are pretty much tied. Riyadh is more affordable and has more interesting neighborhoods; Washington has public transportation and we're allowed to wear shorts.
Subject: Re: Dinner in another time-zone [was: Re: SmarTrip is here... But is it worth it?]
Newsgroups: dc.general

Have you ever had blueberry

Have you ever had blueberry wine?

June 10, 2002

protest music

"At its best ... hip-hop represents truth, real reality, not made-up reality. In the heyday of hip-hop, it was about being the best, making the best possible hip-hop. I believe that in a few years a lot of today's artists will be embarrassed by what they're doing now. My engineer once explained it like this: 'I can make a chair that's a work of art, or I can make a chair you can sit your ass on.' That's the difference between an artist and a craftsman."
I love Paris in the springtime. (*bumps "What Would You Do?" loudly*)

Lost in translation: Gadafy, Gaddafi,

Lost in translation: Gadafy, Gaddafi, Gadafi, Gaddafy, Qadhafi or Qadhdhaafiy?

Is George Lucas the new Oscar Wilde?

Exemplified by Wilde in his own colorful personality and such plays as "The Importance of Being Earnest," camp has been described by writer Joshua Glenn as "engaged irony." It is a unique and incisive way to expose problematic human behaviors while simultaneously having empathy for the subjects of the critique. Now it has achieved a new kind of meaningful prominence in "Attack of the Clones." Although camp is often humorous, it can also be unsettling, even dark, and always has something serious to say at heart. In "Attack of the Clones," Lucas uses camp in subtle ways to comment on the attitudes and actions of his characters.

Los Angeles Times: "Real Threat of 'Clones' Is Its Campy Perspective"

originally posted by Chris

June 9, 2002

Do you remember the bills you have to pay, or even yesterday?

"I don't even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don't think it's going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way ... The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing.

"Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity ... So it's like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You'd better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that's really the only unique situation that's going to be left. It's terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn't matter if you think it's exciting or not; it's what's going to happen."
David Bowie, 21st-century entrepreneur.

Finally, a "digital rights management" scheme that makes sense!

I humbly suggest the most cost-effective and reliable solution to the copyright industries' troubles will be DRM helmets, bolted onto each dutiful consumer at the neck. When these helmets sense watermarked audio or video within earshot/eyeshot, they check their local license manager and instantly "fog up" if payment has not been delivered.

Gordon Mohr's got a plan.

originally posted by judlew

nyt: nyc gems

Not too far from the Diana Ross Playground at West 81st Street, we examined a huge outcrop of bedrock called mica schist. This is the rock that underlies most of Manhattan and provides the foundation for its skyscrapers. Using the "Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils," we determined that the schist contained the following minerals: flashing bits of muscovite, a white mica that gives almost all of Central Park's outcrops a glittering sheen; and biotite, a black mica that gives the rocks their dark color. There were also flecks of pinkish feldspar. But most interestingly, we found shining, millimeter-size grains of red garnet.
New York Times: Scratch Manhattan, and It's a Big Jewel Box:.

June 8, 2002

wp: hindu temple

In the way cathedrals are built in the shape of a cross, most traditional Hindu temples are laid out to suggest a god in human form lying on his back and looking toward the heavens
Washington Post: Big Enough for Two: Dedicated to the Hindu Gods Siva and Vishnu, Lanham Temple Achieves Harmony and Growth.

did you hear?

Thursday night's storm finished off the ailing oak, which began its life around the time the first European colonists settled in this region. Centuries later, the area around the tree hasn't actually changed that much. Route 662 -- itself a descendant of an ancient trail used by Native Americans -- runs next to the tree, and a steel grain tank sits across the street. But mostly, there are acres upon acres of farmland and pristine woods.
Washington Post: Mourning a Fallen Giant: Maryland's Landmark Wye Oak Draws a Respectful Crowd.

It got on our menu

It got on our menu kind of as a joke. When we were about to open last year, we were all stressed out, and they asked me, 'What do you really feel like eating?' and I said, 'Macaroni and cheese.'
Los Angeles Times: Mac & Cheese Forever. (Even vegans love their macaroni and Chreese.)

white americans getting whiter

A former head of the Census Bureau said, "The longer you are here, the more it makes you American."
Associated Press: Fewer Americans Remember Ancestry. I'm glad we cleared that up.

the warblogger's mantra

Your opponent is evil and evil only and nothing rational could describe their evil evil evil acts of evil, negotiation is useless (they are, afterall, subhuman and quite evil), there are no root causes to disputes, force works and people don't mind our civilian casualties because we're the good guys, blowback doesn't exist and my favorite: We don't care what the world thinks. Bombs away and that Ted Rall/Noam Chomsky/Mike Moore he's no good!
The Warblogger's Mantra, Philip Shropshire.

June 7, 2002

Today's Public Interest featured a

Today's Public Interest featured a thoughtful discussion about the ties between hip-hop and activism. (The entry for the show, with a link to the audio, is at the very bottom of the page.)

Marmite, food of the gods

Marmite, love it or hate it?

Take a look at these

Take a look at these images. Some of them are taken from racist BNP marches, who believe that anyone who isn't as English as a bowler hat should be deported back to wherever their great-great-great grandfathers came from. The others are merely English/British sporting fans, occassionally gone haywire after mixing the 'passion of the game' and alcohol. But can you tell - Supporter or Deporter? It's not as easy as it looks - just ask any Leeds UTD manager.
Supporter or Deporter?

tabbed browsing key shortcuts

Subject: Re: Tab Browsing Update
Newsgroups: netscape.public.mozilla.general

> > while using tabbed browsing, are their keyboard
> > shortcuts for swithing tabs?

> The shortcuts are Ctrl-PgUp, Ctrl-PgDown

So now you know.

June 6, 2002

Wonder Twin powers, activate!

Wonder Twin powers, activate!

Those regular, everday terrorist attacks.

'I have a cell phone myself and I know the importance of safety,' said student Samantha Carter. 'I've been through some of the regular everyday mishaps and emergencies that we face, so I think it's something that I should have - that every student should have.'
Board Of Ed To Consider Allowing Cell Phones In School

In the course of her

In the course of her set, she led the band in funk with the snapping beat of Washington's go-go music and funk that oozed like a bubbling tar pit. She led funk that twinkled with jazz chords on electric piano and funk that bristled with fuzz-tone guitar. She led funk that throbbed deep and low, funk that rolled in as smoothly as a fog bank and funk that slithered with rattlesnake cymbal accents.

Meshell Ndegeocello can groove on my cd player anytime. "Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape" has so much going on that I've been listening to it for the past couple of days and I feel like I've only heard a fraction of what is there.

on driving hybrids

It works on every level. I'm doing something good, and my wife has sex with me more often.
Larry David and lots of other Hollywood types are driving hybrids. I want one, too!

Beer-chan are fairies and always

Beer-chan are fairies and always says it's so good !! Try to get Beer-chan surprised, and you'll see Beer-chan blowing their barm. Green soybeans are Beer-chan's favorite. Keep it away from Beer-chan if you don't want to miss it.

June 5, 2002

Two in the Times: a

Two in the Times: a South African wine called Goats do Roam and the growing presence of women among sushi chefs.

jubilee japes

I voted with my feet and got the hell out of the country for the jubilee, unlike Banksy and his anti-jubilee party, MA'M, Throne Out and all the other party people at b3ta: I put this last link in rW flux but heck, can't have too much of a good thing.

The winner of the best

The winner of the best newspaper name that kinda makes you think about pooping goes to Creative Loafing.
Sounds like Dan Savage's audience at the awards lunch for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies had a good time. (Via MediaNews.)

The years have seen a

The years have seen a world of changes since Vanunu was convicted of treason and sentenced to 18 years in Israel's highest-security prison. In 1986, the former technician at the desert plant near the town of Dimona leaked photographs of and information about Israel's nuclear facilities to the Sunday Times, destroying Israel's policy of "nuclear ambiguity". Using his pictures and testimony, nuclear experts estimated that Israel had the world's sixth-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons - about 200 warheads.

Israel's revenge was swift. Vanunu was lured from Britain to Italy by a female Mossad agent, kidnapped, drugged, put on a ship to Israel, and tried in a secret court. His first 11 years were spent in solitary confinement in a tiny cell, with a canvas cover over the window to shut out the tiniest glimpse of grass or trees.
Suzanne Goldenberg meets the American couple who adopted Mordechai Vanunu, who is nearing the end of his 18-year sentence.

Many were enlivened by Professor

Many were enlivened by Professor Bloom's robust views: that Toni Morrison is a wonderful person "whose last three books" weren't very good, that Harry Potter is "horrific rubbish" and that President Bush is "semiliterate."

"To call him a fascist is to flatter him," he added.

Catalan gave Harold Bloom its somewhat obscure literary prize, never mind that he seems to have little currency among the region's inhabitants.

For the summer, a guide

For the summer, a guide to using fresh herbs.

Ariadne Colon, an investment

Ariadne Colon, an investment banker who grew up in Queens, said: "He'll never be as good as he used to be. But I'll always come. He's one of ours. He's a freak, but he's one of our freaks."
Woody Allen 'had intended that he and Ms. Doumanian would remain friends and actually enjoy the lawsuit, like playful adversaries in a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn film. He said he thought that she would find the suit "amusing" and that they would be "having dinner at night at Le Cirque and facing each other by day."'

What a freak!

"I don't see a difference

"I don't see a difference between a chimpanzee," he states unequivocally, "and my 4 1/2-year-old son." (...)

Some talking points: Chimps have complex social interactions. They use tools. Research by Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham, among others, has shown that, even in the wild, they demonstrate an idea of the future and remember the past. They can count. And they can communicate in sign language at the level of a 3- or 4-year-old child.
Washington Post: A Law Professor Says It's Time to Extend Basic Rights to the Animal Kingdom.

June 4, 2002

The Self Education Foundation has

The Self Education Foundation has updated their web site.

Pounding the pavement on the

Pounding the pavement on the pot beat, courtesy of the WashPost: For starters, the DARE-endorsed line that it was OK for Ma and Pa to toke, but today's product is too potent, is bunk.

Comparing marijuana strength through the years is "absurd," according to Lester Grinspoon, an emeritus professor at Harvard Medical School, who consults patients, many of them elderly, on using marijuana to relieve pain and nausea. "The whole issue on potency is a red herring," he said. "The more potent the pot, the less you use."

Grinspoon said that studies have shown -- and his patients' experiences confirm -- that marijuana users smoke until they feel high -- or, as he prefers to say, "achieve symptom relief," -- and then stop, whether it took two hits or an entire joint. In this regard, today's higher-potency pot is no more "dangerous" than the bunk weed of yesteryear, he said.

Also, pollster John Zogby is recruiting subscribers to the Marijuana Policy Project's online mailing list:
Even some of his professional colleagues wonder what Zogby had been smoking when he signed on the Marijuana Policy Project to recruit poll respondents. "You wonder if they'll remember the question long enough" to answer it, chuckles Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Construction of my first

Construction of my first tower took almost a year, begun in April 2000 and completed in February of 2001. The exterior contained over 12,500 pieces, or about 500 pieces per floor! (The walls were 3 studs thick and contain mostly small white 1x1 and 1x2 pieces.) The building was 6 feet 6 inches tall, including the 1 foot antannae.

The world-famous Twin Towers were two of the tallest buildings in the world, and stood as the tallest buildings in New York from appx 1970 to 2001. New York's World Trade Center was actually comprised of seven buildings, an open-air plaza, and an underground shopping mall. My model of The World Trade Center was limited to just this one tower, but will eventually contain all 7 buildings.
The World Trade Center, courtesy of The Brick Apple.

June 3, 2002

Matt Haughey is giving away

Matt Haughey is giving away 5 free copies of Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself, mefi login required.

p e a c e

Apparently, when Laura Ingalls Wilder

Apparently, when Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her loosely autobiographical series of novels, she left out two pivotal years -- years she and her family spent in Burr Oak, Iowa. The family moved there after a grasshopper invasion pushed them into poverty and out of Walnut Grove, Minn.
Seattle Times: New 'Little House' book fills in the missing years.

June 1, 2002

New York Times: Books for

New York Times: Books for Summer Reading.

Movie Title Screens Page -

Movie Title Screens Page - "A unique catalog of movies on video...specifically, screen captures of movie title screens! What good is it? Whatever use you put it to." Kind thanks to xblog.