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Saturday, June 07, 2003

to war Is lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense? A study in law regarding the current political situation in US politics warmongering.
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The Secret Service Test Are You Spy Enough? Put your skills to the test. [Via Bifurcated Rivets. Flash required.]
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Reasons Why American Taste in Music Sucks Harder Than Your Mother Two reasons: Supergrass and the Libertines

Dot-Communism: The smell of pretension in the morning As an intensely struggling college student I find that the presumption of websites and blogs, especially blogs, that not only...

Gonzo Marketing for the Matrix


"The Matrix Describes Coporate America," via Highwater: Alternatively, corporations are reliant on the construction of a reality that can simply cease to exist if, collectively, we choose to become aware. I believe it is in bringing this to human consciousness in films like The Matrix that society holds it greatest hope. Now who would like popcorn with that?

Supreme Court Vacancy May Occur in Next Few Weeks There may be a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court as early as the end of June, when the Suprme...

Protecting the Bill of Rights New Yorks rally to defend the Bill of Rights: Nat Hentoff's latest on anti-Ashcroft protests....

NYT: Leadership at The Times


Leadership at The Times. Journalism is an imperfect business and like all human enterprises, journalism is not perfectible. But it should always be heading in that direction. [New York Times: Opinion]

Poles vote on whether to join the EU - Sat Jun 7, 01:42 pm GMT
UN inspectors slam US, UK for misleading - Sat Jun 7, 04:07 pm GMT
Congress Supports Doubling Special Ops Funding - Thu Jun 5, 02:06 pm GMT
Government readies euro decision - Thu Jun 5, 06:38 pm GMT
In Texas Feud, a Tale of Intrigue - Sat Jun 7, 03:45 am GMT
Daley turns tables on media over N.Y. Times scandal - Sat Jun 7, 05:20 pm GMT

Friday, June 06, 2003

Life Support Life Support is an online help desk for everyday life. It operates like a tech support web site (with tickets, responses, etc.), but the issues are about religion, love, and politics instead of printers and device drivers. I got some interesting and/or entertaining responses to the issues I posted.
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Bush shows off high-tech Air Force One "Any baseball game in America," says Bush, "including the one in your backyard, Timmy. Mwahahahahahah!"

Flying to Qatar from Jordan yesterday, President Bush showed off to the press some of the high-tech gadgetry installed on Air Force One after September 11.

Was that arrogance or was it just a slow news day on Air Force One?
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Ghost for Sale How much would you pay for a ghost? At the time of posting, the bidding for this "Ghost in a Jar" had reached over $750,000. Given the seller's stated experience with the ghost, would you buy this?
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Running on Empty? A scathingly humorous look at the Dems' 2004 presidential candidates. This from the guy who, just last week, called Bush a "raging powerholic"...

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Teen girls train FBI to pose as teen girls The FBI is hiring teenage girls to teach its undercovers to convincingly impersonate jailbait in chatrooms and catch pedophiles.
"They, like, don't know anything," said Mary, 14, giggling.

"They're, like, do you like Michael Jackson?" said Karen, 14, rolling her eyes at just how out of it adults can be.

Probably the youngest instructors ever in an FBI classroom, the girls have become an invaluable help to Operation Innocent Images -- an initiative that tries to stop people from peddling child pornography or otherwise sexually exploiting children, FBI officials said. The Washington Post agreed to withhold the girls' last names to protect them from harassment on the Internet and elsewhere.

Link Discuss (via Kottke)

Bizcard origami Great instructions for folding six business-cards into a self-contained cube. There's a project to fold 64,000+ of these things and build a fractal shape called a Menger's sponge. Link Discuss (Thanks, Jonathan!)

A Threat to Everyone's Rights The Government's treatment of suspected "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla threatens all of our rights.

Martha Stewart Writes a Letter After her Indictment was disclosed today, Martha Stewart posted a letter on her website, that included the following: To My...


Well, shit, don't tell me, because I've only seen the last few minutes of it. Gotta wait to get home and hope that the VCR taped it! ;)

One wedding and two funerals. The third brilliant season of "Six Feet Under" comes to a messy close, resisting easy narrative "closure," as all the characters must face the weight of the decisions they've made. []


Update on the Mass Grave with 200 children found in northern Iraq: It seems the children might have been buried alive.

If it was ever all about oil, then it changed after the war.  It is now clearly about liberating the Iraqi people.  I just hope they have the strength to stay liberated. 

Raw Data: Ashcroft's Remarks to House Judiciary Committee - Thu Jun 5, 05:24 pm GMT
EU ratifies U.N. biosafety protocol - Thu Jun 5, 03:50 pm GMT
Euro Rises 2 Percent on Session Vs Dollar - Thu Jun 5, 04:18 pm GMT
Double Special Ops Funding - Thu Jun 5, 03:07 pm GMT
Martha Stewart fights back with media campaign - Thu Jun 5, 03:17 pm GMT

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Morbid Art serial killer art I was doing some research on the Rockefeller Laws when I came across this little pet project. Disturbing?
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Sketchbook: Part 3 of a Series Pondering pens + mulling over Moleskines = scouring a sketchbook.
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jesus loves you, but not in that way Walt Disney World's recent designation as a no-fly zone has had an additional consequence: Christian extremists can no longer harass gay tourists from above.
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What an awesome title for a post!
Brown Bunny Saga When Vincent Gallo's "Brown Bunny" debuted at Cannes the fuvor over the sex scenes gave way to outright boos. In fact, the filmmaker later apologized for making the film. Or did he? Now, Gallo says the apology never happened and that Roger Ebert made it up. Ebert says he'll respond on-air on his next show.
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Outrageous: Prior Restrainst on Internet Speech A battle of images: The beauty queen and the cad both have Web sites. Katy Johnson, who was Miss Vermont...

Homeland security honcha has phony PhD A senior technical official in the Homeland Security Department has a phony Ph.D. from a diploma mill. I'm thinking that I'd like to get one of these and join my parents (Dr. and Dr. Doctorow) as Dr. Doctorow, Jr.
Laura L. Callahan, now senior director in the office of department CIO Steven Cooper, states on her professional biography that she "holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Hamilton University." Callahan, who is also president of the Association for Federal IRM and a member of the CIO Council, is commonly called by the title "Dr."...

Hamilton University, according to an Internet search, is located in Evanston, Wyo. It is affiliated with and supported by Faith in the Order of Nature Fellowship Church, also in Evanston. The state of Wyoming does not license Hamilton because it claims a religious exemption. Oregon has identified Hamilton University as a diploma mill unaccredited by any organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Cutter!)

Cracking the "Bible Code" In his books The Bible Code (1997) and its sequel, the Bible Code II (2002), Michael Drosnin claims that there are secret prophecies encoded in the Hebrew Pentateuch, readable using software that takes every nth letter and helps you search the text blocks for patterns. In the first book, Drosnin claimed that the code predicted Yitzhak Rabin's assasination, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the end of the world in 2000 (ooops!). The sequel highlights predictions of "more current" events like the Bush/Gore election controversy and, natch, 9/11.

Physicist Dave Thomas applied the same technique to an excerpt from the Bible Code II he grabbed off and discovered this important message:

More on this Bible Code crap in Michael "The Skeptic" Shermer's latest column in Scientific American.... Link Discuss

Hillary Writes About Bill and Monica Hillary Clinton's memoirs hit the bookshelves Monday. The New York Times details the section about her learning her husband had...

Saving Martha Stewart If you're for Martha, and want to express yourself, here's how, according to this article from Reuters: John Small, who...

Google gamers' word pairings a creative addiction - Tue Jun 3, 02:31 pm GMT
Jacko vid online - Tue Jun 3, 03:18 pm GMT
Internet innovation has changed `value of information' - Tue Jun 3, 04:22 pm GMT
Court allows human tests for pesticides - Tue Jun 3, 05:31 pm GMT
Martha Stewart Would Fight Charges, Lawyer Says - Tue Jun 3, 04:48 pm GMT
12 arrested outside law enforcement seminar in Seattle; activists cite fear of 'secret police' - Tue Jun 3, 04:10 pm GMT
Bush-Putin Sessions Seen Primarily as Fence-Mending - Mon Jun 2, 10:58 pm GMT
Blair returns to WMD crisis - Tue Jun 3, 12:29 pm GMT
Chirac insists on Europe, Russia, U.N. Mideast roles - Tue Jun 3, 06:03 pm GMT

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Bookplates Heraldic Bookplates While everybody knows about book collecting, bookplate (ex libris) collecting has a somewhat lower profile. But those seemingly utilitarian bookplates can be a source of endless fascination, whether for the aesthetics or the owner association. For images, see Early American Fiction (U. of Virginia), Estonian Bookplates, the Murray Collection (U. of British Columbia), and the Bookplate Directory (Notre Dame). Joseph Manzano has proposed ex Webis (some female nudes, possibly NSFW). For more information, visit the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers, which among other things links to a site devoted to Beethoven bookplates (warning: prepare to hear the Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major). Or go ahead and read some articles.
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"Move Over Big Dog. . ." Six Feet Under's season finale reflected both the highs and lows of its third year.

Keanu gives Matrix F/X guys millions each Keanu Reeves says he has enough money to last him "for the next few centuries." So he is giving ¿50 million to the 29 people on the special effects team behind The Matrix: Reloaded. Each will get ¿1.75 million. What a cool guy! Link Discuss

Rave Act Enforcement in Montana On the 30th of May the Billings chapter of Montana NORML/SSDP had organized a highly publicized and expensive benefit concert featuring a number of local acts, the proceeds from which would have gone to help the medical marijuana campaign in Montana in 2004. Read what happened.

Where is Bush Leading Us? In a new op-ed, Gary Hart asks, Where is Bush Leading Us? "When the Bush administration decided to go after terrorism everywhere it fundamentally defined a new role for America in the world."

Defiant Rudolph heads to court - Mon Jun 2, 06:12 pm GMT
US must fight for Europe's soul - Mon Jun 2, 04:09 pm GMT
Europe Ready To Launch Mars Mission - Mon Jun 2, 04:14 pm GMT
150 Years of Legal Disputes - Mon Jun 2, 05:04 pm GMT
'Reward' would keep file-sharing legal - Mon Jun 2, 05:14 pm GMT
Supreme Court rules against 20th Century Fox in Hollywood copying case - Mon Jun 2, 04:51 pm GMT
Government defiant over WMD - Mon Jun 2, 12:25 pm GMT
Bush, Chirac Pledge to Move Beyond Iraq - Mon Jun 2, 01:31 pm GMT

Monday, June 02, 2003

Be careful with what you write Here's an interesting story for people who like to write and post stuff on the internet Judge Diana Lewis of Circuit Court in West Palm Beach issued an order that forbids Mr. Max to write about Ms. Johnson. That prohibition is not limited to his website. She ruled on May 6, before Mr. Max was notified of the suit and without holding a hearing. She told Mr. Max that he could not use "Katy" on his site. Nor could he use Ms. Johnson's last name, full name or the words "Miss Vermont." The judge also prohibited Mr. Max from "disclosing any stories, facts or information, notwithstanding its truth, about any intimate or sexual acts engaged in by" Ms. Johnson. Finally, Judge Lewis ordered Mr. Max to sever the virtual remains of his relationship with Ms. Johnson. He is no longer allowed to link to her Web site. ... All this as a result of a lawsuit in which Ms. Johnson maintained that Mr. Max had invaded her privacy by publishing accurate information about her.
[via MetaFilter]  Finally, somebody (the law) checks this guy's amusingly unchecked ego.  But will they be able to make him stop drinking?
John Barth on Calvino and Borges wood s lot points to the Dalkey's reprinting of "The Parallels!" Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges by John Barth,...
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Italo Calvino on Musil and Gadda John Barth's article also mentioned Calvino's essay on "Multiplicity." It's a short piece on novels that spawn ever outward and...
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Brazilian swarm-muggers Brazilian crooks are using stolen cellphones to coordinate the actions of underage crooks and create dead-end double-blinds that can't be traced by the cops. The crooks recruit a roper and hand him a parcel of stolen mobiles; then the roper recruits a gang of children and distributes the phones to them. The crook finds a target -- a tourist in a hotel -- and calls his roper, who deploys the children to swarm the tourist and rip him off, and then uses the cellphone to arrange for a dead-drop for the loot. If a kid is caught, he can only point to the roper; the roper only has a bogus cellphone number for the crook -- everyone gets off scott-free.
Xenky's sources say that similar uses of "swarm" architectures are becoming more common in online Web attacks, forming meeting times and exact locations for terrorists, and arranging narcotics transfers.

Law enforcement organizations in Brazil and elsewhere are facing more "social" crime that is enabled by wireless devices, network connections, and a highly-distributed approach to planning, executing, and sharing the "loot" from a crime.

Link Discuss (via Smart Mobs)

Up in Smoke: U.S. Bucks Trend on Marijuana Laws While Canada is moving to decriminalize marijuana, the U.S. is becoming stricter than ever. Don't miss this insightful and informative...

Key to Reducing the Murder Rate A criminal justice professor in Chicago has hit on a key factor to reduce the murder rate: provide affordable housing:...

U.S. Overtakes Russia - In Number of Prisoners From Atrios we learn that we've won--we've finally overtaken Russia. The U.S. now has the largest prison population largest in...

Key to male pill? Key to male pill?
National Post, Canada - They had a theory that removing the gene, Fkbp6, would unlock the secret of preventing heart disease. Instead, it prevented sperm. Now, a team of University of Toronto scientists is wondering if it has stumbled on the world's first effective birth control pill for males.

Dispute over Linux proves profitable Dispute over Linux proves profitable
International Herald Tribune - A recent campaign of litigation and warnings by a US software marketer against companies that use Linux has helped make the marketer profitable for the first time ever, it said this week.

Online banking needs wake-up call - Sun Jun 1, 12:34 pm GMT
Chechen Rebels Flag New Campaign Against Russia - Sun Jun 1, 03:58 pm GMT
People responding to new gun law left, center and right - Sun Jun 1, 03:05 pm GMT
Jewell's Lawyer: Arrest Doesn't Undo Harm - Sun Jun 1, 02:19 pm GMT

Bush Lauds French Role in War on Terror - Fri May 30, 07:48 am GMT

What will our bread-basket French-haters think of this development?

Blair: WMD dossier claims 'absurd' - Fri May 30, 12:13 pm GMT
Can Bush Deliver Mideast Peace That Eluded Father? - Sun Jun 1, 04:53 pm GMT