Tuesday, May 30, 2006

In a nutshell

Chomsky's eye is clear.
Elsewhere, clarity is sorely lacking.

Us watching them watching us

National Association for Information Destruction

We should all join in.
and can you think of any addresses to send these trucks?

Monday, May 29, 2006

Bearing witness

through the lens. Rather amazing pictures on a variety of subjects including supercomputers.

Last resort


The same old endless war. All of them working under and for the delusion that the future will be just like the past.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Giving the lie

or is it about anything other than greed intertwined with control?
The net neutrality issue would certainly be moot if our oh, so technologically advanced, not to mention wealthy, society decided to compete with the likes of poor Pakistan, home to our nemesis Osama.
Should you need to have it reiterated.

Mission Accomplished

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Planet of Slums

or the white man's burden?
One he's never taken before,

A couple of Dylan links

Ten, nine, eight, ....

No, not here!
P.S. How did I miss this?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Honor among....

thieves, I guess you could call them.

The denouement will be sweet.

Oh, so complicated

on purpose.
Should a historian/accountant ever get to see the books for the past six years, I doubt they would find a socially redeeming reason for 90% of the government's expenditures.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Can you hear me now?

Oh, my.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Twist a few knickers?

or stillborn? Imagine Ed Whitacre waking up in the morning.

Monday, May 22, 2006


They got the goods

and how.
What I wonder is, if they have seined up every email ever sent since most must go through our very own internet nodes, do they have all the spam that we, in our infinite wisdom, have deleted? And, if so, since spam is the definition of scattershot, do you or I stand accused of complicity with terrorism if we got the same come-on for V1a_grruh that Osama got? After all, we are on the same list.

A real righteous maniac

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Just a New York minute

or- Greetings from the melting pot
If immigrants are so overwhelmingly scary and unassimilable, and such a drain on the communities that harbor them, how come my city can kick your city's ass?

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Power Surge

A libertarian perspective. Of course you can never be sure where the folks at the Cato Institute will plug in but at least here they have some voltage.

Writing on the wall

Prescient much?

Friday, May 19, 2006

On the quiet.

If you don't know jack.
I can't imagine if there were enough publicity over this that there wouldn't be a backlash. Of course, this is KY nation.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


as in tumorous. [1.3mb .wmv] Wally World on the march, unchecked, unfettered, unreal.

Did the 4th amendment specifically preclude...


KY Nation...
the lube job.


Speaking of knowing when

to fold 'em. And where.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Oddly reassuring

It couldn't happen to a better herd of dinosaurs.

what a tangled web we weave

Sorry for the synopsis

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

La frontera

No news today

Chicken, or...

the definition of compromise is caving.
In the meantime, maybe some enterprising reporters somewhere could start asking administration officials - and their stalwart Senate allies - why it is that they are so eager to avoid a judicial ruling on the legality of this program if they are so confident that the president did nothing wrong. People who are unjustly accused of violating the law are eager to have their name cleared. Why isn't the president?

When you stare into the abyss...

the abyss stares back at you.
Oh, the keening and wailing. Or- to add- hours later-
There has, in American journalism, been an unspoken calculus of the value of a life and a death on this planet in terms of newsworthiness (which is often, of course, a kind of memorializing, a kind of remembering). Crudely put, it would go something like: One kidnapped and murdered blond, white child in California equals 300 Egyptians drowning in a ferry accident, 3,000 Bangladeshis swept away in a monsoon flood, 300,000 Congolese killed in a bloodletting civil war.


Monday, May 15, 2006

Apropos the prior post

Our ship is coming in

Ready or not.
People have tried to think of ways we could get back to where we were. We keep going further and further into the hole, and it's getting harder and harder to get out of it.

Source here.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Environmental comics

A friend writes...

'I am so reassured:
Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for contacting the Verizon eCenter, where we value you as a Verizon Encore customer. My name is Anonymous, and I will be handling your request today.

This message is in response to your email dated May 12, 2006. You inquired about the NSA news article . I understand your concern and I will be happy to assist you.

We appreciate that the USA Today article and other reports about the possibility that the NSA is able to analyze local call data records is causing concern. Please be assured that Verizon places the highest value on protecting the privacy of our customers.

Anything to do with the NSA is of course highly classified, so we can not comment on whether or not the news article causing concern is even accurate. But we can say that, to the extent that we cooperate with government authorities, we are confident that we are complying with all applicable statutes. We appreciate the continuing opportunity to provide you with service.

We appreciate the special relationship we have with you and we are committed to making your experience with Verizon the best that it can be. Thank you for contacting Verizon.

Sincerely, Anonymous
Verizon eCenter"

So am I. [this is not satire]

Commencement address

Rebecca Solnit at UC Berkeley on TomDispatch.

Net neutrality explained

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Harsh but true

Quote du jour

The NSA would like to remind everyone to call their mother this Sunday. They need to calibrate their system.

From the get go

Cos'e un mostro?

What is a monster?
We'll be finding out more soon and, if it isn't stopped, there will be a lot of forgetting to do.
Original image

Friday, May 12, 2006


Telling all should be cathartic.
I can't explain it to you, but it has a powerful deja vu. When I got up this morning and read the USA Today headline, I thought the future had been a little more evenly distributed. Now we've all got some...
William Gibson [minute 33]

No net?

No right of way.
Shall we rescind their rights instead?

Nothing to tier

but two tier itself
Once again, the administration has broken the law- and if Americans let them get away with it, before you know it, we will all be Guantanamo.

Nothing to tier but two tier itself. Two reiterate.

....by the company you keep,

True or faux?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The good old days

For today

There It Is

And if we don't fight
if we don't resist
if we don't organize and unify and
get the power to control our own lives
Then we will wear
the exaggerated look of captivity
the stylized look of submission
the bizarre look of suicide
the dehumanized look of fear
and the decomposed look of repression
forever and ever and ever
And there it is

Jane Cortez [1] [2] [3]

Lest we forget

and look down. We get to see a bit more of what we are in spite of the incompetents.