Saturday, December 08, 2001

pants cam is too funny: "Please be courteous and give others a turn to see the inside of my pants --  thanks!"
will pitt writes "I intend to challenge, at every opportunity, the assertion by Mr. Ashcroft that dissention is equal to terrorism. I intend to continue my questioning of his contra-Constitutional program of restrictions until they are stopped. I beg you to do the same." (via unknown news) after reading some comments from those who have joined pitt, i've joined myself.
frank rich on the new york times (free login required) writes:

"The attorney general keeps boasting that he is winning the war on terrorism at home and keeping us safe. But he provides no evidence to support his claim, even as there's much evidence that he's antagonizing his own troops (the F.B.I., local police departments) and wasting their finite time and resources on wild goose chases that have pumped up arrest numbers without yielding many (or any) terrorists.

If questioning our leaders' competence at a time of war is treason, take me to the nearest military tribunal. But the one thing we learned on that Tuesday morning, I had thought, is that it's better to raise these questions today than the morning after."
the ashcroft absurdity continues.

unknown news runs the appropriate headline "Ashcroft criticizes people who claim he criticized people" and links to this story: "Anyone who reported this morning that he criticized anyone who opposed him was absolutely wrong and in doing so became a part of the exact problem he was describing."
wendell berry on common dreams writes a good summary of how and why war doesn't work. Some clippings: "We cling to the hopeless paradox of making peace by making war...Acts of violence committed in “justice” or in affirmation of “rights” or in defense of “peace” do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation...though our leaders in war always assume that there is an acceptable price, there is never a previously stated level of acceptability. The acceptable price, finally, is whatever is paid...How do we escape from this absurdity?"

soa watch has updates on the soa demonstration, and a lot of great pictures. bianca jagger on common dreams writes
"the killers of the thousands of Latin and Central America dead have never been apprehended."

Friday, December 07, 2001

so now that the war is over, can i have my rights back?
the guardian news writes "Taliban forces were surrendering" so now america won. but wait a minute - wasn't the entire military action based on the assumption that the taliban could not be dealt with through negotiation, diplomacy, or reason? and now these supposedly terror-crazed people are just surrendering.
soren swigart reminds us how freedom disappears: "Hitler was asked by a corespondent of the Daily Express whether the suspension of liberties was permanent. He answered in the negative saying that full rights would be restored as soon as the Communist danger was over." (via scripting news)

Thursday, December 06, 2001

Tuesday, December 04, 2001

i've had a cough for two weeks. i went to see a nurse today. she told me i have a cough because i had a cough. i guess the stress of coughing constricts the throat, which then causes one to cough more. so coughing causes coughing. is this also how war self-perpetuates?
david ruppe of abc news writes "America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: 'We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,' and, 'casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.'" what are we going to be reading about forty years from now?
"It appears that women, regardless of sexual orientation, respond to everything." that is, women reacted similarly to both straight and lesbian porn viewing, while men reacted differently, depending on their sexual orientation. (via flutterby)
linus torvalds, linux creator, writes: "Software evolves. It isn't designed. The only question is how strictly you _control_ the evolution, and how open you are to external sources of mutations. And too much control of the evolution will kill you. Inevitably, and without fail. Always. In biology, and in software." but too little control also kills a species (or software).

Monday, December 03, 2001

"a terrorist is someone who owns bombs, but not an airport." i'm not sure who said that.
hot water doesn't tast like water. just so you know.
not to be outdone by the other big guns, israel has begun it's own "war on terror". sharon states "Arafat has chosen the path of terror ... to try to make diplomatic gains through murder." sharon, on the other hand, is...well...trying to make diplomatic gains through murder.
so this sounds neat: "it can carry the average rider for a full day, nonstop, on only five cents' worth of electricity." what's missing: how fast does it go? it's hardly worth $3,000 to wheel around at much less than 10 mph.
i'd never been to before reading this. summary: this war is different. first question: why bother buying if you don't believe in no more war?

there is a difference between establishing the root cause of a problem (injustice) and suggesting that this in some way justifies the problem (terrorism, world war II, etc).

"we see that there are no injustices at all." i feel like i'm stating the obvious saying this, but america is not perfect just because it is a democracy (in form, at least).