Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is Technology depleting Creativity & The Edge Annual Question

I was having a conversation with a psych friend of my Mother's on the occasion of her 92nd birthday (my Mother's, not the friend's). I was telling her of my current vocation, when I saw the familiar dread overtake her face and I therefore began the hopeless struggle to defend myself and my work-related activities, by explaining that interactive voice response (aka self service) systems could actually decrease the amount of time that you spend accomplishing routine tasks (i.e. balance and payment) by preventing you from having to enter a lengthy queue to wait for the increasingly valuable time of a human to intervene on your behalf. She of course, just wanted to know what she needed to press or say (or not say) to get to that ever more illusive human presence. I tried in vain to inform that the systems are only as good as the developers who implement them, but naturally, no one cared, I might as well have been a bailout recipient at that point.

Fortunately, the conversation evolved into the effect that technology has on communication, and I put forth the premise that faster, more efficient, more direct interaction (whether it's texting, internet/cellular voice, or email) could only have a positive impact on communication, because by definition, it increased the amount of information being successfully exchanged within any sampled time period. This is where the conversation got interesting, as she posited that the speed and increased influx of information and facts decreased creativity of expression because there's no time left to digest and form intellectually meaningful thoughts and ideas that lead to a higher level of expression.

This sounded to me like communication elitism, and I continued with the point that technology has brought communication parity to the masses (well, really those that can afford a device - so the "masses" in this case are delimited on the low end by the lower middle class - whatever that means) but she pressed forth stating the detriment to quality of communication, and the effect on children of "skipping" a previous cultural activity - namely reading and writing, and substituting text messages made up of word fragments, which is an assault on the language(!). Again, I spoke of the the inherent democracy of the internet, and the countless educational opportunities that it provides (given access to access) without regard to economic class...someone interrupted, and the conversation became stale. But the thought carried with me - is technology enhancing creativity, or stifling it? By degree, it could be one or the other, or both in different contexts, of course, and who knows what studies will come to inflate one position over the other. I suppose it's important to know what the effect of the rabbit hole may be as you're falling down it, even if your fall is inevitable.

That's why my interest was piqued when I saw this article in Newsweek posing the question of whether the internet changes the way we think, which is the annual question at The Edge. The last paragraph of the article talks George Dyson's premise that is basically the same as the idea that my Mother's friend was expressing, the idea that technology is altering creativity by "removing or ignoring unnecessary information to reveal the shape of knowledge hidden within" thereby resulting in "Creativity by destruction rather than assembly"...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists on Global Warming with Chris Matthews

Here's a video from today's Hardball show with the articulate and irrefutable Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Definitely worth watching.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

How Stuff Works

Found this site sponsored by Discovery Channel while studying for a certification exam. It...uh...shows you how stuff...works.... Checkitout.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

RealClimate Blog - 6 steps to verify CO2 is the problem

This post from 2007 breaks the science into 6 easy to digest yet comprehensive corollaries that indicate why increasing CO2 is a major problem. From the The RealClimate Blog, a blog about climate science by climate scientists. I found this in an excellent article on Climategate by Sharon Begley in the Dec. 14th issue of Newsweek.

Also, and perhaps even more worth reading is the Power Failure article in the same issue which is an excerpt of the book Storms of my Grandchildren by renowned climate scientist, astronomer, and physicist James Hansen of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Columbia University.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Acid Test - NRDC Movie w/ Sigourney Weaver

Watch this movie, it's only 20 minutes long, and is worth watching just to hear Sigourney's dulcet tones, and inimitable style - oh, and there's also some real science in it too, that could mean the difference between life as we know it, and something very different.

National Coalition of Reason (COR)

The mission of the United Coalition of Reason is to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason, to create a national dialogue on the role of nontheists in American society, and to improve the way that nontheists are perceived by average Americans.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Richard Dawkins Website

All things Dawkins, including his new book "The Greatest Show on Earth - The Evidence for Evolution", and other science-related and atheist-positive material for the thinking human of the modern epoch.

Understanding Evolution - UC Berkeley Website

"Your one-stop source for information on evolution" - Lesson plans, various topics; history, evidence, how it works, etc.

Evolution on pbs.org

A collection of videos, tools for teachers and students, and various topics from Darwin to religion; and the complete NOVA documentary "Judgement Day" which is based on the landmark 2004 court case "Kitzmiller v. Dover School District", in which the teaching of Intelligent Design was shot down by a Federal Judge.

The Scripture Project

Scripture Project Mission
Steve Wells, creator of the Skeptics Annotated Bible, Qur’an, and Book of Mormon has generously donated the full contents of his website to the Reason Project. Using this as a foundation, we intend to make the Scripture Project the best source for scriptural criticism on the Internet.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A World Without Nuclear Weapons - globalzero.org

You'll find Queen Noor, and the rest of the thinking world at http://www.globalzero.org checkitout.

Friday, September 18, 2009

No Country for Sick Men - Article from Newsweek

Excellent and quick article from the producer of two Frontline pieces on Universal HC in other rich democracies, how we kill 22k people / year by denying them the right to healthcare, and the moral issue that it indeed is; how the rest of the world is baffled by our approach and lack of understanding of the moral issues...just read it already.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/215290

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mass of Pacific Plastic Trash Morass More Massive than Ever Expected

Imagine if the fish dumped aerosolized plastic into our oxygen supply...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Dogma Gone Missing for those Of the Mindful Orientation

Sam Harris, who was on Bill Maher last week, is the cofounder of this fantastic project and website. I pray that you'll check it out and join the list, volunteer, or just read the stuff.

http://www.reasonproject.org/

We Need More of This and less of that...

Which came first - the legendary REM song, or the process of awakening that William Lobdell experienced...

http://williamlobdell.com/

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Great tool to Fact Check the Healthcare Bullshit at Politifact.com

TDS - Why do we have to go to TDS to get the facts? Betsy McCaughey gets served by Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Newsweek - The Truth about Obamacare

Read it.

Neal Gabler - Media not doing their job on healthcare

Great opinion piece on how the media isn't focusing on truth but instead is focusing on the sensationalism of the shouting-idiots-at-the-town-hall phenomenon which is being stoked by the lies of Insurance Companies, militant right-wingers, and the appropriated republican party, instead of reporting on the factual truths of the matter, meaning the actual text of the bills that are being considered in congress - which Jon Stewart did so well last Thursday night...video to follow...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Your results:
You are Superman

























Superman
100%
Green Lantern
90%
Spider-Man
70%
Catwoman
70%
Batman
60%
Supergirl
60%
The Flash
60%
Iron Man
60%
Robin
50%
Hulk
45%
Wonder Woman
40%

You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Teabagging Definitions for the less adventurous...

This culled from a 10 second search of the term on the internets:

Wikipedia
Urban Dictionary
Rotten.com
Sex Dictionary
Teenwire

To think that no one on the right bothered to vet the term before starting this misguided mayhem...

Keith-O on Teabagging...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Eat Veggies 1 day/week instead of buying local

From the Jan/Feb '09 issue of Sierra Magazine:


Recently many concerned eaters, worried about the number of "food miles" their meals have to travel between farm and fork, have sought to eat as locally as possible. While there are many fine reasons for doing so, the transportation of food turns out to account for only 11 percent of its greenhouse-gas emissions. According to Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews of Carnegie Mellon University, food production is a much greater factor--especially that of red meat, because of the high energy and fertilizer use required. Switching from beef to veggies one day a week, the researchers figure, would reduce your carbon footprint more than if you bought all of your food locally.

The graph above measures various foods by metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per household annually. Non-CO2 gases include methane, which cows burp, and nitrous oxide, released in the growing of cattle feed. —Paul Rauber

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daily Show - 12/9/08 Mike Huckabee thinks being gay is a lifestyle choice, not an attribute like race, and therefore not worthy of protection

As soon as we can ditch the bullshit tact that "it's a lifestyle choice", we win - all other arguments fall by the wayside and it becomes a true civil rights issue.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sarah Palin Turkey Carnage!

Unbelievable - Pardon a Turkey, then give an interview while they're being slaughtered and blood-drained right behind you? Sheer genius! (of the idiot-savant category), you're a maverick alright - you refuse to conform to the basic tenets of human intelligence!






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Not Changey Enough For Ya?

Get a grip! After 8 years of baffling incompetency, ignorance, demagoguery, and constitutional obliteration, all the change that was talked about for so long is now becoming manifest in cabinet and advisor picks that are the best of the best, based on intelligence, competence, and experience. That's the the change we need, and the change we deserve. Obama is selecting the best people for the job, based on his criteria for getting the job done. Whether or not they served in the current, Clinton or Bush-senior administrations is irrelevant - as long as they're smart, qualified, and not ideologues or "graduates" of Bob Jones or Liberty university...we'll be just fine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

California Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Against Prop 8

San Francisco—The California Supreme Court today denied requests to stay
the enforcement or implementation of Proposition 8, and at the same time
agreed to decide several issues arising out of the passage of Proposition 8.

The court’s order, issued in the first three cases that had been filed directly in
the state’s highest court challenging the validity of Proposition 8, directed the
parties to brief and argue three issues:

  1. Is Proposition 8 invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than
    an amendment to, the California Constitution?
  2. Does Proposition 8 violate the separation-of-powers doctrine under
    the California Constitution?
  3. If Proposition 8 is not unconstitutional, what is its effect, if any, on
    the marriages of same-sex couples performed before the adoption of
    Proposition 8?

In its order, the court established an expedited briefing schedule, under
which briefing will be completed in January 2009 and oral argument potentially
could be held as early as March 2009.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The court battle against prop 8 solidifies

From the Lambda Legal website:

  • "The California Constitution makes clear that a major change in the roles played by the different branches of government cannot be made by a simple majority vote through the initiative process, but at the very least must first go through the state legislature. Changes to the underlying principles of the constitution must be approved by two-thirds of both houses of the legislature before going to voters. That didn't happen with Proposition 8, and that's why it's invalid."
  • Keith Olberman's Special Comment on Gay Marriage and Prop 8

    It's a question of love...Thanks Keith, we love you - you're the hero of the 4th estate.

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    Map of Prop 8 Results by County

    The coastal counties from Santa Barbara north, with the exception of San Luis Obispo, and Del Norte at the top of the state held the line against discrimination and propagation of hate, along with Mono, and Alpine along the eastern center of the Sierra. While abysmal Tulare county had the most haters with 75.4% voting yes on hate.

    Words of wisdom, from a forgotten age...

    In 1948, the California Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right when it became the first state court in the country to strike down a law prohibiting interracial marriage. The California Supreme Court held that:

    Marriage is thus something more than a civil contract subject to regulation by the state; it is a fundamental right of free men. There can be no prohibition of marriage except for an important social objective and by reasonable means. No law within the broad areas of state interest may be unreasonably discriminatory or arbitrary.... The right to marry is as fundamental as the right to send one’s child to a particular school or the right to have offspring. Indeed, “We are dealing here with legislation which involves one of the basic civil rights of man. Marriage and procreation are fundamental to the very existence and survival of the race.” (Skinner v. Oklahoma, supra, at p. 541.) Legislation infringing such rights must be based upon more than prejudice and must be free from oppressive discrimination to comply with the constitutional requirements of due process and equal protection of the laws.

    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Dissembling Sarah - Fox Noise is Nalin' Palin...

    Latest in Palintology - Africa: Country or Continent?






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    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Call the Secretary of State voter hotline, or CNN to report voting problems

    Sec'y of state: 800-345-8683
    CNN: 877-462-6608 (877-GOCNN-08)

    Here's how I'm voting:

    OBAMA!!
    Sam Farr
    Bill Monning
    Todd Hornik
    Measure Z - YES

    Prop1A - YES
    Prop 2 - YES
    Prop 3 - NO
    Prop 4 - NO
    Prop 5 - YES
    Prop 6 - NO
    Prop 7 - NO
    Prop 8 - NO!!
    Prop 9 - NO
    Prop 10 - NO
    Prop 11 - NO
    Prop 12 - YES

    Now go out and Vote!

    Monday, November 03, 2008

    Voter Irregularity Activist Websites from uncounted the movie website...

    If you haven't watched Uncounted yet, it's time you did. Here are some websites to watch today as the results trickle in - Make sure to watch the exit polling, and if the results get wrapped into the counting and forgotten like they did last time...then you know we're screwed

    www.bradblog.com – journalist Brad Friedman
    www.VelvetRevolution.us - a network of more than 120 election integrity and other organizations
    www.freepress.org – journalists Bob Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman
    www.blackboxvoting.org – election consumer advocate Bev Harris
    www.votersunite.org – non-partisan grassroots network for fair and accurate elections
    www.electiondefensealliance.org – national election integrity organization
    www.commonwonders.com – syndicated columnist, Bob Koehler
    www.solarbus.org – packed full of information about election irregularities – 2004-2006

    Sarah Palin Punked by Masked Avengers, convince her (with no effort) that she's talking to Sarkozy...







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    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    Wedding Nots

    With the hate vote polling tightening up on Prop 8, we went and got a marriage license yesterday. I looked up the numerology for the date (don't even know how I got there - I consider myself innumerate), and found out that it was a 6, which is a good number if you're gonna bother. Turns out Halloween is a 6 too, so we're going to get cuffed on Carmel Point before we head down to the H-W party at Nepenthe.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Palin's a corporate raiding commie

    If Obama's a socialist, then Palin's a fascist commie - she stole from the big bad oil companies and "spread that wealth" out to each Alaskan to the tune of $1200. In typical doublespeak playbook stategery you can be assured that anytime they accuse the other side of something, that means they've done the exact same thing in spades.

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    From TAL: The Giant Pool of Money

    Global perspectives on the economelt, episode 355 from May of this year, of This American Life, takes the chaos of the financial morass and rolls it into a consumable and comprehendible story that finally makes a lot of cents...

    Sunday, October 19, 2008

    Colin Powell endorses Obama

    Finally, someone from the right rebukes the inherent racism in the Repub's nonstop attacks of muslimism and the idiocy of the "Ayre's association"

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    Uncounted - How the 2004 Election Was Stolen, and how the 2008 Election may be too...Now on Starz and You Tube

    This has been out for a while, but it's time to really pay attention - you can view the entire movie on Starz and bits and pieces on youtube. This is the trailer from the movie:







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    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Why the Failout Bailed...

    Concise stories from the Washington Post and the NY Times on why the bailout fill failed.

    Recent History - 3 week timeline of the economelt

    Excellent survey of the last 3 weeks from the NY Times. Gives good perspective on what happened when, and how using print stories, video, charts, and porn. Just kidding, there are no charts...

    Bailout Fallout - Who voted how - NY Times Map and List

    Roll call of which house members voted yay and nay on HR 3997. By state, party, in list and map format. Very cool, just the kind of thing I was looking for, and whaddayaknow - found.

    Fact Checking Debate #1

    From FactCheck.org - McCain needs to check his facts on earmarks, Eisenhower, Kissinger, and a host of other issues discussed during the debates. Obama was off on some percentages and amounts relative to his proposed tax cuts, and the Iraqi surplus. Check out the facts at FactCheck.org.

    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    SNL - Tina Fey Sarah Palin Katie Couric

    So similar to the real interview...it's like art imitating life, but in an alternate evil universe

    Daily Show - Thursday, 9/25 - Economic Dive of Death

    Bush 2003 side-by-side with Bush 2008, why is that the DS is the only place where you can get this kind of incisive reporting?

    Friday, September 26, 2008

    Katie Couric Interview with Sarah Palin, Day 1

    See for yourself just how much air there is up there...






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    Katie Couric Interview with Sarah Palin, Day 2

    Continuing with the blatant display of a definitive lack of anything that qualifies her to hold any office beyond her original stint on the PTA...Encyclopedic representation of the Peter Principle in action







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    Huckabee thinks that McCain's narcissism is a "huge mistake"

    John McCain's confusion over priorities and apparent inability to multitask is making even fellow GOP supporters think that he's making a "huge mistake" by even considering not attending the debates tonight. Not only did Mike Huckabee say that McCain was making a "huge mistake", but he also said that a president must be prepared to “deal with the unexpected." McCain seems more intent on manifesting the unexpected, in true temperamental style, than dealing with anything expected or otherwise.

    McCain's blustery attempts to shift the conversation through political theatrics is falling short of fooling the nation. News just came through that, surprise, surprise, McCain will be attending he debate. What a freakin waist of time, and what a joke of a stunt. McCain ends up looking scattered, unprepared to deal with the duties that are required of the President, and just plain incompetent and immature - which is saying a lot, given his advanced experience age-wise in the world.

    McCain must have finally figured out for himself what Huckabee stated last night: “You can’t just say, ‘World stop for a moment. I’m going to cancel everything,”...

    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Palin's Witch-hunting Pastor Anoints her with Anti-witch Prayer






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    Cambell Brown on McCain's Chauvinism and Sexism toward Sarah Palin






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    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    George Will on John McCain's "dismaying temperament"...

    Delightfully written op-ed piece that blasts John McSame's "boiling moralism" and exposition of his "inner queen of hearts", that questions directly McBush's "suitability" for the presidency. With links to the 9/19 WSJ article decrying McIdiot's scapegoating of Christoper Cox, chairman of the SEC, as well as links to stories in the Washington Post, and the NY Times, revealing McPalin's blatant attempts to circumvent his own crowning legislative achievement of McCain-Feingold campaign restrictions.

    Monday, September 22, 2008

    McCain has more cars than houses...

    How many cars does it take to win the Presidency? If America is paying attention, just one. McBush hit it out of the parking lot according to Newsweek, scoring 13 gas-guzzlers of various nationalities to Obama's 1; his Gas -Saving, American-Made, Ford Escape Hybrid. That's right, McPalin has 13 cars, and Obama has 1.

    Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    Carmel's Local Heroine, Tracy Hydorn

    Local maverick, and Carmel High School skateboarding legend,Tracy Hydorn, became an in impromptu sidewalk activist last week when she was accosted by a group of imported extremist homophobics masquerading as Narnia-nerds, in the center of Carmel. As a result of this profane protest, CS Lewis turned over twice in his tomb. Surely, his faith was not the same as that malignant affliction that these cape-clad ogres and apostles of hate suffer from.

    I was likewise accosted two days later, by a couple of haters-in-making, at my front door, after rousing me from a snippet of ever-more-valuable, and ever-more-rare, satisfying slumber. These neophytes were younger than my car, and had a prop-baby in tow, telling me how marriage to my RDP would require that their "son" be taught in school that Gay Marriage is "OK". What a shitty way to start the day. I tried to engage them in a reasoned discussion of the facts, but they would have neither, and stormed off with sickeningly saccharine smiles of false con-damnation on their faces.

    Imagine using kids as props to deny people their civil rights - I'd use them to deny those that voted for Bush twice, the right to vote in this year's general.

    I guess this means I have to now forgive Tracy for standing me up for the Prom in 1976...nah, maybe next time, I like holding a grudge.

    http://www.noonprop8.com

    Senator Hagel Expresses Doubts about Palin's "Readiness"

    From today's edition of the Omaha World Herald:

    "She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

    "I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'" he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."

    Senator Hagel is a Republican senator from Nebraska.

    Daily Show - Sept 5th complete episode; way worth watching

    This is the special episode from Friday, 9/5/08, after the RNC. Watch the whole damn thing, you won't regret it, and you'll be better informed than 98% of the rest of the nation.

    Monday, July 14, 2008

    McBush is a switch hitter

    John McCain switched teams while campaigning in Pittsburgh on July 9th, 2008. In his book, "Faith of my Fathers", and everywhere you search on the internet for stories about his time as a POW, he states that when asked for the names of his squadron, he gave the names of Green Bay Packers defensive linemen. However, when campaigning in PA, he ridiculously geographically realigned his story to say that he recited the names of the Steelers. Either he's strategically challenged for changing such a widely documented story and hoping no one would notice, or worse, his recollection of his personally documented story is fading. We should know by now that a blatant disregard for the truth and/or senility makes any candidate unfit for office.

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    MCW - What really went down on Apple Pie

    Comprehensive report on the Curtis' successful attempt to save their home and the statutes that potentially will back them up when they have their day in court. Great example of independent journalism in action, you won't see this level of detail in the Herald.

    Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Wednesday, 7-9-08

    There will be no meeting on Thursday night, as things are winding down on the Western fire front and the focus is shifting to re-entry and re-building in the Big Sur area. Therefore, this will most likely be the last video that I post up here. There is a meeting planned for Friday night in Big Sur, but I do not intend to tape it.

    I hope that these video updates have been useful to those that were unable to attend the meetings in person. It's been an interesting experience to have found myself fall into the position of playing "capture and release" in the cataloging and dispersal of these meeting videos, and I've enjoyed the opportunity to use current technology to provide access to important information for those that might need it most.

    Best Wishes, and Best of Luck to All

    =James=

    Monday, July 07, 2008

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Sunday, 7-6-08

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Saturday, 7-5-08

    I've been videotaping the Big Sur Fire meetings and uploading them to Google Video for the ridgetop vigilantes who are living in a state of regional house arrest, exiled to the hillsides and forbidden to set foot on Hwy 1; and also for the rest of the world to view too.

    I need someone with a DV Camera who can back me up in case I can't make one of the meetings going forward, so if anyone out there would like to work cooperatively on ensuring that the meetings continue to be available on the web, let me know.

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Friday, Part 3, 7-4-08

    Courtesy Al Hudock

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Friday, Part 2, 7-4-08

    Courtesy of Al Hudock

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Friday, Part 1, 7-4-08

    Courtesy of Al Hudock

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Thursday, 7-3-08

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Wednesday, Part 2, 7-2-08

    Big Sur Fire Meeting Video - Wednesday, Part 1, 7-2-08

    Melaki Timetable

    The tables continue to turn in a timely fashion on McBush, more than a year after the Iraqi Parliament passed a proclamation pushing for US Troop withdrawal, with Melaki now pressuring the US to agree to a timetable for US troop withradrawal. It wasn't that long ago that "timetable" was almost as dirty a word as "liberal". Oh, the stupid wasteful raging idiotic irony of it all.

    Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, where the real enemy continues to grow in strength, the battle is all but lost.

    Red Cross Benefit

    Is this an example of irony, or could it have been portrayed a little differently? I guess they could at least tie it into the fire, then it would be clever instead of just awkward. Either way, they're doing a hell of a job from everything I can see, and I don't mean to cast aspersions...but....oh well. If anyone has any info on anyone organizing a benefit for the Big Sur Fire victims and community, please let me know.

    Turning the TimeTables on McBush

    Just when McBush thought they could start re-spinning their evil web of deceit and instill flowery portraits of the situation in Iraq, and possibly stay there for another 1200 years, Iraq's Prime Minister requests...a timetable for withdrawal of US troops!

    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Nusic

    There's always a lot of garbage on TV, but I spent the earliest part of this day watching some of the best Garbage one can ever wish to see. It's from last year, but so what, I usually find out about shit 2 years after it's happened, so I'm feeling ahead of the curve on this one. I saw them last year at the Cat, and they played 2 hours of legendary material that sent the sound waves wafting over my eardrums in a visceral feast of Shirleygasmic audible assault. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Siouxsie-Sioux will be traveling soon I hope, let me know if you find out first.

    I found Feist annoying when I listened to her at the gym on my shuffle, but now she's everywhere, and I can't seem to get away from her wispy airstrewn tones. I'm just wondering which machine washer/insurance agency/new car commercial her asthmatic vocals will show up on first. She'll probably turn out to be my new fave now, just watch, I always shoot myself in the foot that way. I could've seen SATB so many times when I was living in the City (in dust) but just couldn't quite get it, maybe it had something to do with associating their music to my heroin-addicted roomate, thankfully got that association dissolved, and I can enjoy her animalistic yodeling without having to feel like I'm missing out on something intrinsic because of my virgin veins.

    Check this out, it'll blow your mind.

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Demolution

    We finally have a woman in an undeniably high position of power, and we can see the immediate effect as Rumsfeld goes running, and Bush starts re-arranging the deck chairs.

    Definite cause for celebration, but just long enough to clap, breathe a deep sigh of relief, then jump right back in because the battle's just beginning. The accountability that everyone's been talking about goes both ways. Now that they're elected, they have to do the right thing, and it's up to us to keep their feet on the ground, their heads out of the clouds, and K-street dollars out of their pockets. Power corrupts indiscriminately, as history and futury (I'm applying for a verbal patent on that one) have shown and will continue to show us.

    Some conservative pundit last night criticized Newt Gingrich's proclamation of a "Republican Revolution" in his victory night speech in '94 as too strong a word for Americans distaste for disorderly events, revolution being one such type of event that evoked disorder in the minds of pristine replublicans who prefer their politics to be droll, unsurprising, pre-arranged, fixed, and rigged (same way they like their sex). So, let's not call this a democratic revolution, let's just call it a demolution.

    Here's what's really buggin the hell outta me right now: I happened to be browsing about 1:30am on Saturday when I noticed a brand new story pop up on Yahoo news about the 1999 Iraq war games, and how they showed with great credibility that any attempt to take Saddam from power militarily would require at least 400,000 troops and would still most likely bring about chaos and disorder. The report was declassified in 2004 by the pentagon, and was grabbed via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Geroge Washington University's National Security Archive.

    Hmmm, did anyone in the government have access to this info?

    The real problem is that we may not ever know the answer to that question, because the sentence, placing the noose around Saddam's neck fell at the same time. Everyone thought that was timed to defer attention away from the demolution, and defray the damage done to the administration by the war, but this October Surprise was much more devious and remains mostly in the shadows.

    Bush finally admits that he lies: As Bush finally gives Rumsfeld the Push, he admits to misleading reporters last week (and for months before that) during the runup to the elections by consistently defending Rumsfeld and stating that he would stay in his position while Bush stayed the course.