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Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows? 2016 2017 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!

Saturday, 26 July 2003
We killed the Hussein brothers. We took pictures of the bodies and showed them to the world. Okay, you might convince me that this was a necessary evil, given the parameters of the ongoing disaster over there. But then we cut the bodies open, shaved them, plastered and painted their faces, and again took pictures and showed them to the world. Well, I’m sorry. I think that Rumsfeld has lost it.

Isn’t it interesting that IslamOnline.net is the only site I can find that is showing the before-and-after shots side by side? Every bit as interesting as the fact that its article was so prominently linked to on Google News
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Monday, 07 July 2003
A school board member in Illinois is in trouble for his advice to others regarding comments at a committee meeting. Sure, his statement is risqué, and therefore probably inappropriate given the setting, but humiliating and degrading? Really? The uncanny thing is, my ninth-grade English teacher — a woman — used the exact same metaphor in explaining how long our essays should be.

[found at the Obscure Store and Reading Room]
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Monday, 23 June 2003
Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Children’s Internet Protection Act is a travesty for many reasons, but above all it demonstrates the bind that we netizens will remain in until all our leaders understand and use the Internet. more...
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Thursday, 05 June 2003
Naomi Watts would like you know that her dog may be sick, but he is no stoner. Please be understanding.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2003
The Netherlands is gearing up to outlaw indoor smoking, California and New York City style. But wait! What about Amsterdam’s coffee shops? Unclear.
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Saturday, 19 April 2003
The harder we fuck with nature, the harder nature is going to fuck with us, period. Case in point.

[found on MetaFilter]
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Wednesday, 16 April 2003
The World Health Organization has confirmed that SARS is caused by the “same virus” that brought you the common cold. If that’s true, then how come every article I read speaks optimistically of a vaccine or even a cure? I mean, if it’s the same virus that causes the cold — which, last time I checked, can’t be prevented or killed off once it’s got you — then aren’t we just fucked?
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Monday, 14 April 2003
I knew this was coming, but I don’t keep up on NYC news as well as I’d like, so I did not know until today that tokens for the New York subway were sold for the very last time this past weekend. [Feel free to use the user/pass pair “gatsby/daisy” if you don’t have a NYT account.]

Back in college, visiting New York was nothing but a dream, and a friend named Anastasia gave me a subway token as a sort of “you’ll get there someday” keepsake. There has been an MTA token on my keychain ever since. Now it’s a relic. Sigh.

I have to admit that Metrocards are nifty and convenient, but I’ve always liked the tokens. The very idea that the transit system was so important as to merit its own currency struck me with awe the first time I found myself in Manhattan. I never knew the subway in the pre-electronic-turnstile era, but I always enjoyed the clink of the token as it slipped into the slot just prior to the distinctive beeeeee emitted by the gate when the green GO appears.

Aaaargh! It has been 205 days since I was last in New York. This is entirely unacceptable.
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Saturday, 05 April 2003
The feel-good story from the front lines last week was the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital. Turns out a very brave Iraqi led the Marines right to her. The story is nothing short of amazing.

Martin Luther King was right: There are people of goodwill everywhere. It’s just tragic that they so rarely end up in positions of power.
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Wednesday, 02 April 2003
If it is a crime to be an Arab-American citizen of these United States, with a wife, three beautiful children, and a successful career, then I suppose Mike Hawash is guilty. But last time I checked, none of these things are a crime. And yet Federal authorities are holding Mike Hawash despite having charged him with no crime. Keep in mind when you ponder this frightful scenario that in John Ashcroft’s America, you can be detained indefinitely without ever being charged with a crime. Please go check this out. The site I’ve linked to is run by a former Intel vice president and friend of Mr. Hawash who is concerned and outraged and trying to reverse this travesty of justice — a type of travesty that is becoming more and more prevalent in our country.
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Thursday, 27 March 2003
Sure, the French hate the war, and the Bay Area hates the war. Sadly, that is not the only commonality between us Bay Area types and our brothers and sisters in France.
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There has been a lot of noise made over the past few days about how the Iraqi forces are disregarding the “rules” of war. Last night on CBS, I heard a Marine whine (yes, I’ll use that word) about how they’ve encountered enemy soldiers who don’t “fight like men” — in other words, don’t wear fatigues and shoot when expected to.

I won’t argue that the summary execution of prisoners of war is justified; it’s not. It’s disgusting. But throughout history, the underdogs in armed conflict have always resorted to tactics that fall outside the generally-accepted rules of engagement. Our country is no exception. Let’s think back to 1776 for a minute. Back then, the accepted way to go into battle was to don colorful uniforms (they didn’t call the British “red coats” for nothing) and march down the road with fife and drum making plenty of racket. But the American Minutemen hid in the bushes and picked off the Brits with their muskets. Not fair!

So if we’re going to fight this damn war, how about we shut up about the actions of our enemy and just fight the war? I thought we’d decided that the time for talking was over.
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My good friend Dave has put together a fantastic gallery documenting recent attacks on McDonald’s restaurants around the globe. Power to the people!
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Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter says that “The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win.” This is an interesting viewpoint you won’t be hearing via our mainstream media.
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Great news for NYC residents and all the rest of us who love the place. Those annoying recorded messages in taxis that remind us to buckle up? Going the way of the dodo.

[found on The Morning News]
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