Friday, November 09, 2001

brent simmons writes "Memes and truth are mutually exclusive. The idea of memes is the idea that there is no truth." i didn't realize i was heading into such a weighty topic when i chose my blog name. in the short time i've been blogging here, i've been accused of being both an absolutist and a relativist. i think i pointed before to what dictionary.com says a meme is: "A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another." to me, that implies neither relativism nor absolutism, because both relative and absolute truths must be culturally informed and communicated. but maybe brent has a (relatively) different understanding of what "meme" means. maybe dictionary.com is not the absolute source of word meanings.
i'm posting this with iblog. it looks useful so far. we'll see how it works when i click 'post'.
i'm moving in with some friends and trying to start up a co-op next month. i'm really looking forward to it. hopefully we'll be setting up DSL, a few weblogs, and some cameras so you can join in all the fun.
today's word of the day:

"acuity \uh-KYOO-uh-tee\, noun:
Acuteness of perception or vision; sharpness.

[T]hey fail to understand how a person can hold beliefs so contrary to theirs and still retain any mental acuity. --Charles Krauthammer, 'Why Bush Will Win.'"

bush: "We value the right to speak our minds; for the terrorists, free expression can be grounds for execution."

george lardner of the washington post writes: "The Justice Department has decided to listen in on the conversations of lawyers with clients in federal custody, including people who have been detained but not charged with any crime, whenever that is deemed necessary to prevent violence or terrorism."
"FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986."

Thursday, November 08, 2001

rachel zimmerman writes "Sixteen years after the so-called love drug Ecstasy was criminalized, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first study of the substance as a treatment for people with posttraumatic stress disorder." sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the good drugs and the bad. luckily our government has all the answers for us.

Wednesday, November 07, 2001

tamara straus on alternet writes: "most RAWA members join through the group's literacy classes (a draw that makes great sense given the literacy rate for Afghan women is 15 percent). Another draw is the skills and income RAWA affords women through its projects, such as weaving carpets...not just because RAWA understands the humanitarian problems of Afghanistan but because they have found ways to remedy it under the worst of circumstances. " in all the discussion over which repressive military dictatorship should be installed in post-taliban afghanistan, this is a wild idea: putting into power the only afghanistan organization with practical experience in education, health care, self-sustained economy, and an honest rejection of terror as a political weapon.
i was hoping to get away from afghanistan for a bit. i think i've probably made it clear how i feel and not much is changing recently. we're still bombing, refugees are still starving, terrorism is alive and well.

so anyway, i thought brazil might have something interesting going on, but all news is afghanistan news these days. what i found at free republic: "The police said this could be the first reported incident of Arabs residing in Brazil who have financed international terrorists using third countries." with everything so tied together internationaly, i have trouble understanding how anyone can believe that anything short of bombing the whole world could ever win a military war against terrorism.
some pictures of refugees. bbc news: "Six million will be dependent on aid in winter. Two million have fled Afghanistan. Many more are stuck in makeshift camps or unable to leave. 10,000 children could die unless food reaches them in the next six weeks."

Tuesday, November 06, 2001

i'm hoping to be in columbus in a week and a half: "For the first time, participants in this year’s funeral procession risk possible arrest by Columbus police as well as by military police at Ft. Benning." i'm also hoping to not be arrested.
the thing about blogging is that when you have the most to write about, you have the least time to write about it. or maybe that's the thing about life.