Thursday, May 31, 2007
The same folks, however, will under no circumstances tolerate false positives when ID'ing cows.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
To be fair, responsibility for the war's continuation now rests no less with the Democrats who control Congress than with the president and his party. After my son's death, my state's senators, Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, telephoned to express their condolences. Stephen F. Lynch, our congressman, attended my son's wake. Kerry was present for the funeral Mass. My family and I greatly appreciated such gestures. But when I suggested to each of them the necessity of ending the war, I got the brushoff. More accurately, after ever so briefly pretending to listen, each treated me to a convoluted explanation that said in essence: Don't blame me.
To whom do Kennedy, Kerry and Lynch listen? We know the answer: to the same people who have the ear of George W. Bush and Karl Rove -- namely, wealthy individuals and institutions.
Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing. By comparison, the lives of U.S. soldiers figure as an afterthought.
Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.'s life is priceless. Don't believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier's life: I've been handed the check. It's roughly what the Yankees will pay Roger Clemens per inning once he starts pitching next month.A must-read belated Memorial Day letter from a father who lost a son
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Every once in a while, someone from the despicable Bush administration crawls out of the isolation of his information-proof bunker and hears what the public really thinks.
Card last made press when it was revealed that he pressured a then-critically ill John Ashcroft - in his hospital bed - to reauthorize Bush's illegal secret domestic wiretapping program.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Red Raven animated records
Friday, May 25, 2007
Pic courtesy of moteldemoka, where you can hear some great music.
The crack editorial staff at the Daily Jive is always out looking for oddball audio clips... Despite the pervasiveness of youtube and the gazillion or so audio blogs, true weirdness is getting harder and harder to come by. What promises to be interesting often turns out to be half-assed attempts at cutesy irony, or annoying geek humor.
So - we were delighted to find The Shemp Tapes on WFMU's blog.
Here's the description:
A microphone pointed in the general direction of a TV set unspooling videotaped Shemp-era Three Stooges two-reelers, quarter-inch reel-to-reel Ampex tape running down the hallway at seven and a half inches per second--Mousetrap-like, speeding past pencils sticking out of thread spools held down to the floor with duct tape, bounced into two reverb guitar pedals, ricocheted into a Radio Shack 4-track mixer and then knocked back into the Old Man's reel-to-reel Sony Furshluginner from Nineteen-fifty-something. What led to and what happened after that, I couldn't tell you--especially today. I was on a sleepless Shempified mission back in my clueless youth and fully under the impression that I was not alone. I listen back to these tapes and wonder what the hell I was thinking about. I realize now that neither mind nor flesh could resist the ethereal Eee Beee Beee Beeee--the calls to arms for chucklefucks everywhere to rise and to conk their collected coconuts to the funny sound effects glory of OW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!
I'm warning you - this is the most batshit-insane audio you'll ever hear.
Shemp in Pain: http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/MS/PAIN.mp3
Put it in the mix at full clockwise at your next barbeque, and watch the fun blossom.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
A series of articles on the Summer of Love from the San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Mingering Mike - Imaginary Soul Superstar
I just checked out the new book that catalogs the 1968-1977 discography of Washington D.C.'s Mingering Mike, and I'm blown away by the man's commitment to a career that never existed. I've known people that never worked half as hard at jobs they were paid for. Mingering Mike created an astonishing array of artwork for singles, albums, and soundtracks - none of which he ever recorded, or even intended to record. Through his magic-marker artwork, you can trace the career of a would-be showbiz dynamo, as he cruises effortlessly from soul to funk to disco to the white satin champagne jams that drive ladies wild. We should all minger so well. I wonder what his imaginary backing band is doing these days?
NPR covers Mingering Mike
Friday, May 18, 2007
Sen. Robert Byrd, D, WV, prior to the Iraq invasion.
From the forthcoming book "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore, excerpted in Time
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
50,000 MyFootballClub members are about to bid for an English football club. They will make history together, voting on team selection and on which players to buy and sell.
Members will attempt to guide the club up the leagues, sharing equal ownership and control. Just like a football management game – but for real
Tinky, you're too kind. Good riddance.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Well worth reading.
And here's a nugget of that Ballmer charm we've all come to expect:
In the meantime, with Microsoft seemingly barred from striking pacts with distributors, only one avenue appears open to it: paying more friendly visits to its Fortune 500 customers, seeking direct licenses.
If push comes to shove, would Microsoft sue its customers for royalties, the way the record industry has?"That's not a bridge we've crossed," says CEO Ballmer, "and not a bridge I want to cross today on the phone with you."
No wonder software developers with a soul hate Micro$oft so fiercely.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
It is a fact widely accepted by biologists but little known by the population at large. By the end of the century, half of all species on Earth may be extinct. Who will survive the world's dwindling biodiversity, and why?
Some brilliant cartoon illustration at DanBobThompson's blog
Fernando - If you're reading this, change your bic! It's out of ink.
Banksy profile in New Yorker
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
New York gets its Gehry (Vanity Fair)
They're bringing back H.R. Pufnstuf?
Monday, May 07, 2007
Including the $124.2 billion bill, the total cost of the Iraq war may reach $456 billion in September, according to the National Priorities Project, an organization that tracks public spending.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
If you're in or near Philly tonight, come see my band Jet Weston and his Atomic Ranch Hands play at Whiskey Dix on N.7th tonight at 10PM! Say hey! I'll be the guy on upright bass.
A collossal flickr pool (~4000 images) of tiled space invader guys
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
“When a person is in a space with a 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly,” said Meyers-Levy. “They might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be more likely to focus on specifics.”