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July 31, 2004

political fashion

A fashion label with attitude.

July 29, 2004

I love Deadline

In Rare Union, Documentary Finds Itself on NBC:
Mr. Wright said in a statement: " `Deadline' is an exceptional, thought-provoking look at one man's struggle with controversial issues surrounding our criminal justice system. It's about life and death and the power of one decision." David Corvo, the executive director of "Dateline NBC," said he and Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, agreed that "Dateline" was the best place for the documentary. Mr. Corvo said he could not recall a broadcast network purchasing a documentary and presenting it in its entirety, although there have been cases on "Dateline" where portions of documentaries have been used in news stories. Mr. Corvo said his staff saw independent documentary filmmakers not as competitors but as different voices for the program.
"Mr. Wright" is NBC president Bob Wright. I'm such a big fan of Deadline becuase it's the story of an unlikely individual changing his mind after being presented with facts. You'd like to think that all politicians make their mind this way, but of course they don't. It also blows away the myth that politicians are all the same and only act out of self interest - they are people too. This story, luckily, was well documented, and maybe it will inspire others to action.

MediaRights: The Power of Relationships:

MediaRights: The Power of Relationships:

On Friday night, July 30th, indie doc history will be made. Deadline, a Big Mouth Productions film directed by Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson, will air on Dateline NBC. It is rare that a social issue documentary is picked up by a national network and has the opportunity to reach so many viewers. An average of 9.3 million viewers watch NBC’s news magazine—a number usually documentary filmmakers only dream of.

July 27, 2004

Meet Lili and her kneecap

Lili and the Kneecap
Originally uploaded by Lady Macabea.

July 26, 2004

iTMS: Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay Mix

iTMS: Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay Mix because I am such a tool.

There was no surer way for me to get into the spirit of the time (primarily the early to mid 1940s) and the feel of the place (primarily New York City) that gave birth to the comic book than to put on some Ellington or Goodman.

U.S. health care needs a CAT scan

Immigrant's Tale of Navigating Tangled Health Care Maze Is Instructive

Moon Chul Sun, a South Korean, came to the United States 10-months ago seeking better opportunities for his children. He loved to play soccer and had signed up with a local league. Last month, he suffered what seemed to be, at first glance, a minor head injury while playing. A month later he was dead. The story of how Moon Chul Sun and his family attempted to navigate the U.S. health care system is indeed instructive —and appalling. New York City is home to some of the best medical technology in this country but almost one-third of its inhabitants have no access to it.

When corn is king: We

When corn is king:
We structure the subsidies to make corn very, very cheap, which encourages farmers to plant more and more to make the same amount of money. The argument is that it helps us compete internationally. The great beneficiaries are the processors that are using corn domestically. We're subsidizing obesity. We're subsidizing the food-safety problems associated with feedlot beef. It's an absolutely irrational system. The people who worry about public health don't have any control over agricultural subsidies. The USDA is not thinking about public health. The USDA is thinking about getting rid of corn. And, helping [businesses] to be able to make their products more cheaply — whether it's beef or high-fructose corn syrup. Agribusiness gives an immense amount of funding to Congress.

rebecca blood at the DNC

what's in rebecca's pocket?

I am volunteering at the Democratic National Convention this week. I'm looking forward to it: I've never been to a political convention before. From what I know of my schedule, I likely won't have time to update my weblog during the next week. While my duties will leave me little time to post here, the tradeoff should be access to events and areas which would, were I credentialled, be off limits.

Farouk, thank you and goodbe.

As Dru and others have pointed out, the biggest problem with Fahrenheit 9/11 is that it glosses over the racism that has been at the heart of the U.S.' so-called War on Terror.

Specifically, when the movie discusses the PATRIOT Act, Moore makes no mention of the thousands of Arabs and Muslims within the U.S. that have been rounded up, detained illegally and sometimes deported with little or no justification.

The face of the PATRIOT Act is not Peace Fresno, the group that Moore chronicles in the movie, it is Farouk Abdel-Muhti.

Farouk was a Palestinian activist that was illegally detained for more than two years before finally winning back his freedom in April. But while he was detained Farouk, in his 50s, was denied his medication. And sadly on Thursday Farouk died only moments after doing what he's done his whole life — speaking out against injustice.

In yesterday's Philly Inquirer, the mainstream media acknowledges that "Jail may have hastened activist's death".

Democracy Now has a page up on Farouk with a story of his passing and some excerpts of past speeches.

Free Farouk also has much on his life and his words.

(More at my place)

originally posted by zagg

July 24, 2004

It's going to be a wild month.

Guerrilla News Network Republicans Will Feed the Hungry (While Offering a Few Sound Bites). GNN joins rW as founding members of the Jennifer Steinhauer fan club web ring.

librarian.net at the DNC: Margaret

librarian.net at the DNC:
Margaret Cho will not be performing at the Unity 2004 event. She was univited because the organizers feared a "potential media firestorm." This sort of overly-cautious self-censorship on the Democratic side -- while the VP can say "fuck yourself" to my state Senator and Schwartzenegger can call Democrats, union members and lawyers "girlie men" -- really reflects badly on even the idea of leadership, much less the notion of having some backbone and standing up for what you believe in.

July 23, 2004

subway cinema new york: The

subway cinema new york:
The big news this week is that JUON the Japanese horror sensation that sold out at the New York Asian Film Festival in a matter of minutes, is opening theatrically on July 23 at the Angelika. There's a Hollywood remake (produced by indie director Sam Raimi) coming out this October, but wouldn't you rather see the original?
Subway Cinema is blogging - and Finn just reset his "home page" settings.

July 20, 2004

iPod unbundling offsets price reductions

MacInTouch Home Page

[Brian Shaw] Unmentioned on any Mac/Apple web site that I can find is the fact that neither of the new iPods includes the remote control or case. They are both options with both units (see iPod specs). Furthermore, only the 40GB includes a dock.

Since all three of these options have a $39 price tag, it is not correct to state that the new units reflect a $100 price reduction from current models. For example, a 20GB 3rd-generation unit, which included a dock, case and remote, listed for $399. The 20GB 4th-generation lists at $299, but add the optional remote, case and dock, and it costs $416, a $17 price increase!

Put another way, I now can get a 40G iPod without paying for an iPod sleeve and a featureless remote.

I don't know

U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General: Special Reports — why is 2001 missing?


What is the Dicshunary?

Normal dictionaries wait until a word is old and stale before publishing them. They need to have proof that a word has written, published citations, or is in wide popular use.

The Dicshunary aims to provide a home for all the small, endangered werds that might only exist in the language of one neighbourhood, one family or even one person.

Werds for all at the Dicshunary.com. Go there now.

Taser Troubles...

More Stun Gun Fun

Just compare the Taser story with the amount of attention the media has shown to the West Nile virus, a fairly rare disease transmitted by mosquitos which is relatively fatal for the elderly and the already frail. According to the CDC, a total of 246 Americans were killed in all of last year from the disease -- yet there have been many times that the evening newscast opens with the West Nile as the main story of the day. The reason for the difference is obvious: the West Nile virus can strike accross class and racial boundaries, Tasers don't.

July 19, 2004

I wonder if all his clothes are US made

Yahoo! News - Software Engineer Wants Outsourcing Ban

Armstrong, a self-described "independent progressive" who has never gotten involved in politics before, said he began working against "outsourcing" to foreign workers in 2000 after he was laid off twice and saw co-workers going through the same thing. At US West, which is now Qwest, Armstrong said he trained his replacement.

Anyone who cares about labor should stand up against the backlash against "outsourcing," until the discussion in the national media includes wider labor issues. Why is it OK to outsource the production of fancy athletic wear but not computer software?

Jesus was not a patriot

LA Weekly: Jesus and the Patriots by Judith Lewis.

No version of Jesus, be it the "radical egalitarian" who emerges from Dominic Crossan's Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography or the mystic described in The Gospel of Thomas, said anything about what constitutes a marriage. According to Crossan, Jesus was an itinerant Mediterranean peasant who considered the family an instrument of oppression, a microcosm of political hierarchy, and he sought to destroy it. ("From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three," he foretold in Luke 12:52.) The real Jesus is frightening, revolutionary, inimical to the economic doctrines upon which we base our lives. Churches, which as Emerson observed, "are not built on His principles, but on His tropes," are wise to have little to do with Him. Governments should have even less. And the less churches and governments have to do with each other, the better for Jesus' reputation.

But if presidents and legislators can't be persuaded to see Jesus this way and give Him up altogether, then perhaps they can at least start taking the words he allegedly handed down in the Gospels a little more seriously. DeLay, for instance, might be compelled to examine his desire to further slash welfare according to Mark 10:21, "Give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven." Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback could rise up and shout, "Woe unto you who are rich!" And ultra-pious Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma would respond wisely to Bush's assertion that the atrocities at Abu Ghraib were the actions of a "few bad apples" with the Lord's words from Matthew 7:18: "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit."

July 16, 2004


NBC to Air Award-Winning Documentary "Deadline" on July 30

award-winning documentary "Deadline," which takes viewers directly into the emotional and legal storm surrounding former Illinois Governor George Ryan's extraordinary decision to commute the death sentences of all those on death row, will air on NBC during a special 2-hour "Dateline" program at 8 p.m. on July 30th.

Have all your friends over and host a viewing party!

July 15, 2004

the value of a 17,000-square-foot masterwork by a great California architect

The New York Times: In Silicon Valley, Tear-Down Interrupted in which Preservationists dispute Steve Jobs' Impeccable Taste.

In this affluent community west of Palo Alto — where bridle paths wend their way to hitching posts at grocery stores stocked with $800 bottles of burgundy — the woodsy rural life, or a semblance of one, is valued above all. The debate over the Jackling estate has pitted preservationists from Woodside and beyond against those, like Mr. Jobs and many property owners here, who argue that a man's home is his castle and if the castle happens to be an outdated white elephant its fate should be his to determine. Historians say the house qualifies for the California Register of Historic Resources and therefore merits protection under the state's Environmental Quality Act. "It's a significant house and it can continue to serve the community," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "It's symptomatic of a discard society. He ought to buy another lot."

"It was never really a very interesting house to start with," Mr. Jobs, who lived in the house for ten years, explained to the commissioners. "So I think I could build something far, far nicer and far more historically interesting down the road."

At a Web site, Folklore.org, Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original Macintosh designers, describes visiting Mr. Jobs in the house in June 1985: "We knocked on the door and waited a few minutes before Steve appeared and led us inside. The massive house was almost completely unfurnished, and our footsteps echoed eerily as he led us to a larger room near the kitchen, with a long table, one of the few rooms that had any furniture."

"A drunk man will find his way home, but a drunk bird may get lost forever"


Karl Pearson introduced the term "Random Walk". He was interested in describing the spatial/temporal evolutions of mosquito populations invading cleared jungle regions. He found it too complex to model deterministically, so he conceptualized a simple random model.

Pearson posed his problem in Nature (27 July 1905):

A man starts from a point 0 and walks l yards in a straight line; he then turns through any angle whatever and walks another l yards in a second straight line. He repeats this process n times. I require the probability that after n of these stretches he is at a distance between r and r 'r from his starting point.

July 13, 2004

it would be great to go through the streets with a green knife

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda would have been 100 yesterday. I wanted to raise a glass of Concha y Toro in his name, but instead settled for a California Sauvignon Blanc. But I did hear Ariel Dorfman read "Sexual Water" on NPR. And I guide you to "Walking Around", one of my favorite Neruda poems.

July 12, 2004

nyt on graphic novels

New York Times Magazine article on graphic novels. No pithy quote because I haven't read it yet. Seems to me the theme is perhaps three years past freshness date, but I anxiously await consumption.

My New Blog All Open Tabs Technique is Unstoppable

July 9, 2004

Free Speech?

Atrocities (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)
The valedictorian of a Brooklyn high school was escorted out of the building and denied her diploma yesterday because she trashed the school in a scorching graduation speech. The school says it won't give Tiffany Schley her sheepskin until she says she's sorry - but the 17-year-old is unrepentant. "I was speaking for my peers," Tiffany told the Daily News. "We've been living with this for four years." A top student who's going to Smith College on a full scholarship this fall, Schley was brutally honest about the High School of Legal Studies during Thursday's graduation ceremonies in Bushwick.

Regional Homeschool Laws

Regional and World Wide Homeschooling - A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling: a clickable guide to homeschool laws in every state, as well as international.

insurgent, detergent

NPR : Dean, Nader Debate Role of Third Parties

July 8, 2004

Cool Tools

Reviewer: Stewart Brand
Subject: Better than Whole Earth Catalog...
...because 1) it's current, 2) it focuses on real tools rather than books, 3) it's completely Web-active.

Compulsive reading, eager shopping for real value, better living as a result.

Archive.org: Cool Tools 2003

July 7, 2004

now that's hate!

Virginia lawmakers are expected to move swiftly to correct legislation which mistakenly bestowed the right to a weekend day off to millions of Virginians.

July 3, 2004

all Christian citizens need to vote

Churchgoers Get Direction From Bush Campaign (washingtonpost.com) Am I the only one who missed this?

The Bush-Cheney reelection campaign has sent a detailed plan of action to religious volunteers across the country asking them to turn over church directories to the campaign, distribute issue guides in their churches and persuade their pastors to hold voter registration drives.

Campaign officials said the instructions are part of an accelerating effort to mobilize President Bush's base of religious supporters. They said the suggested activities are intended to help churchgoers rally support for Bush without violating tax rules that prohibit churches from engaging in partisan activity.

"We strongly believe that our religious outreach program is well within the framework of the law," said Terry Holt, spokesman for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Please tell me this is not really happening.

July 1, 2004

do not alienate mainstream NPR listeners

NPR's ombudsman says that this Morning Edition piece on hip-hop producer Timbaland was "tough to take, especially that early in the morning," and proceeds to grapple with the issue of NPR's failure to attract a diverse audience — without once mentioning race.