BERLIN: BICYCLING BEAR MAKES A BREAK FOR IT
Animal and labor rights conflate as a bicycle riding bear tries to leave the Berlin circus.
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Animal and labor rights conflate as a bicycle riding bear tries to leave the Berlin circus.
This letter is a gem.
Yahoo! News - Bush Reverses Himself, Says Terror War Can Be Won
Nice anecdote from Dr. Z's Mailbag:
How can I tell you this? I'm not the kind of person to nurse prejudices based on country, but I'll give it to you straight. For quite a while, the sound of the Australian dialect set my teeth on edge. You see at one time I worked for an Australian. His name was Rupert Murdoch. The place was the NY Post. The office was filled with his Australian henchmen. Journalistic thugs, we called them.
Toward the end of my tour of duty, it looked like a strike was in the offing. So Murdoch imported a team of strike breakers from his San Antonio paper, again, mostly Australians. Presumably we were supposed to "teach them the ropes" so that they could scab it up while we were on strike. That's the way these people thought. More journalistic thugs. One morning I found one of them going through my mailbox.
"What the hell are you doing!"
"Oh, right, mate."
"I'll right mate you!" I hollered and went for his throat. They pulled us apart.
The FBI investigation expands to cover unauthorized back channel covert operations, in the sense of working for peace by destablizing Syria AND Iran! From the Boston Globe.
What happens if neither candidate gets 270 electoral votes? Clarence Thomas gets to decide, right?
Reported by the estimable Joshua Marshall:
Ha ha, just kidding. McCain and Giuliani, of course.
This actually helps, somewhat.
What can I say. It's a jet-powered wheelchair.
When asked "Can we win?" the war on terror, Bush said, "I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are — less acceptable in parts of the world."
Newly published article on the Washington Monthly web site by Josh Marshall (the guy who downed Trent Lott with his blog, Talking Points Memo) and Laura Rozen, author of the War and Piece blog, and the American Prospect article Dr. X linked to in an earlier post.
THIS MONTH - Similiar Israeli art scam in Winnipeg, Edmonton and other Canadian locales, but directed to ordinary sort of rich Canadians. Like the Winnipeg sun is making this up - complete with a weird "counter intelligence" statement that these guys are raising money for fundamentalist Islamists? Now what?
NYT - it was half a million diverse New Yorkers who, peacefully, in the largest demonstration in 20 years, and the largest convention demonstration ever, told the GOP to kindly fuck off.
From that partisan journal, USA Today:
This intelligence dust-up - where Israel is denying any US espionage- reminded me of an odd story I read a while back: there were dozens and dozens of suspected Israeli agents posing as woe-be-gone art students, caught and deported from the US post 9/11, where they apparantly went around to lots of semi-secret DEA offices tried to sell small paintings.
This just might be the sound bite we need to take any punch out of the Republican convention.
Click here for the Israeli spy scandal org chart.
My last meaningful stretch of time up there was in the summer of 1981. I was gone before Weird Al Yankovic kicked off a tour there, before Hickel got elected on the secession ticket, before they found oil at ANWR.
Amazing? You ask. Actually yes. In spite of the complete avalanche of support for K within the city of Seattle, the Times is a Republican newspaper, and has been for many years. They endorsed W last time, and their breathless if self-preserving contrition is why I post this editorial.
Again, me citing the ultimately irreplaceable NYT - the apparant Israeli pentagon spy is a guy named Larry Franklin, described in my google "larry franklin pentagon" search as a top aide to Leith (rather than a guy with no ability to affect policy as described in some stories. - there's even Wolfowitz thanking him in a speech). Franklin may be remembered from a recent meeting, oh a little too post 9-11 recently, with IRAN-CONTRA notable Ghorbanifar - sleezebag Iranian arms dealer.
I got to shake Kerry's hand at a huge rally of around 20,000, located of all places, at the Tacoma Dome parking lot. An energetic and exciting deal, - I immediately went out and registered the random kid I bought my burrito from. (I cannot recommend keeping a couple of registration forms with you enough - I've signed up about six people in the last couple of weeks. It feels great, they appreciate it, and you can more or less multiply your vote legally.)
The Alaska (correction) Court of Appeals FINALLY strikes down search warrants for small amounts of marijuana - in the run up to the passage of marijuana criminalization (thanks largely to NORML's hippie antics), I had said in the Daily News in 1990 that "constitutionally, it was dead on arrival."
Well, now this is an interesting googlization. Someone on Pentagon undersecretary Feith's staff is being invesigated as an Israeli spy. Check this out from the WSJ's hand-job on neo-con ideas man Feith, 2003-08-05:
I had hoped that we could keep negativity out of this little online fireside chat we have, but apparently I was mistaken. I have decided to address this in an open letter to the perpetrator:
Kenai my dog and I took another of our famous walks down the inside of Ediz Hook, the spit that cuts out into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. We had the beach all to ourselves except for the seals and some sea lions (the arrival of the sea lions is a sure sign that fall is coming). Not far down the beach, Kenai spotted a huge Malemute, husky and made immediate friends with the big dog. His name was "Kodiak" the son of an Iditarod sled dog. Kenai was completely smitten with the blue-eyed monster and they played on the beach until exhausted and covered with sand, salt.
Apparantly, an Israeli spy has been nabbing our plans for U.S. policy regarding Iran from the desks of Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. (The Israelis deny it. Since they never spy on us, I guess.)
This Annenberg poll in the NYT, on the perception of Bush involvement in the Swift Boat ads, gives an interesting impression about the relationship between media events and the time lag in public opinion. Which is why I'm concerned but not horribly worried about the damage done to Kerry with the most naked, despicable lies we've seen in presidential politics since 1972. That must be their best shot, but now a plurality of Americans believe that the Bush campaign was behind a really vile attack.
The New York Times: Argentina Beats U.S. Men's Basketball Team: "The US team will play for bronze Saturday against the Italy-Lithuania loser."
According to this website, Today's Tomorrow's Headlines is #45 in the top 100 blogs in Seattle. Although this site, which somehow makes trading pretend money on the incoming links to blogs more fun than I can imagine, is rather curious, I am strangely honored.
Instant coincidence - NYT: Kissenger winks and nods 30,ooo Argentinians to death.
Today is the 101st birthday of the late Jimmy Rushing.
W with the New York Times in small room, sounding like a minor league baseball manager explaining away a shittythree or four seasons, and underconcerned that this year's playoffs feature a pitcher with a 100 mph fastball and a nutty right fielder with thermonuclear weapons.
An immediate effect today from posting Gerhart Richter's creepy and depressing photo-realist naked girl painting on Today's Tomorrow's Headlines - traffic tripled. Which is interesting - Richter's work is the dark german anti-Warhol, a minutely accurate painter's recording of well-choosen damaged or "poor" quality photographs (I quote my flip review of his SF MOMA show "It was brilliant, but it wasn't wonderful.")
Ranks of Poor, Uninsured Rose in 2003: "It was the third straight annual increase for both categories. While not unexpected, it was a double dose of bad economic news during a tight re-election campaign for President Bush."
Long ago (1992) I read an article in The New Yorker about a couple of Russian mathematicians who built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to help calculate pi. I just thought about the article, "The Mountains of Pi", again today, though I can't say why.
...that I HATE Pennsylvania Nazis?
The copyright's lapsed, so kiss my _____....
Shockingly Large Anti-Bush NYC Rally 3-2
Yes you've been showered in human waste, but that was Dave Matthews' human waste. Turn that effluent trauma into an eBay opportunity!
I've finally recovered from this weekend's festivities in Las Vegas (for those who don't know, I was throwing a bachelor party for a friend, let's just call him "Dr. O"). For those who know me well, you know how much I hate Las Vegas. It may come as a disappointment to you, but I no longer hate it -- nor do I love it. I just understand it better, and at the same time am more mystified by it.
I suppose that what all conservatives say about the media is true. Just look at this news story published by the Korean Central News Agency of the DPRK.
To KSAN San Mateo (107.7 The Bone - "Classic Rock That Rocks") for playing this set during my drive home tonite:
Yes, I'd like to make an appointment to have these here brain toxins drained...
Thank God Woodward & Bernstein didn't have to contend with cat fleas!
Could this be the opening of an exit strategy for the veep shortly before the convention? I believe Dr. X was the first to float this idear. A fine Guinness to him if he is correct.
Chaplin's speech from the Great Dictator.
"I have never under any circumstances made the slightest effort to do anything original." - Mozart
Will Ferrell doing a fake Bush ad for the benefit of America Coming Together.
"I think we are genetically programmed to be fearful of BMW drivers in the same way that we are programmed to be just a little bit frightened of Scottish people in pub lavatories."
Barbara's practice chanter has arrived.
I knew right away who had lent it to me unbidden. Having the right co-workers can really make a job.
Here is the plot of the Icelandic movie mentioned below, which is called A Man Like Me, and is, according to a reviewer at IMDB, "Best Icelandic film ever":
Relegated as I am to the periphery of cinematic enjoyment by my refusal to watch anything made in Hollywood since 1980, I go a bit further afield. Arguably the finest Chinese actress to appear in a recent Icelandic movie, Stephanie Che Yuen Yuen has also been a mainstay of the legendary Virtues of Harmony Hong Kong television series. In the original VOH, set in medieval China she played the evil concubine - in the second series, set in modern Hong Kong, she plays...the evil office manager. Them VOH guys are geniuses.
Senator Robert "Fightin' Bob" LaFollette defends free speech in wartime, Washington, D.C., October 6, 1917 [he voted against U.S. entry into WWI - full speech is here]:
Lithuania? Lithuania!? Lithu-fucking-ania??!! Lithuania.
Time to patch the patch, guys.
An odd, almost endearingly old-school bomb plot possibly involving Berlusconi, splitter anarchists, Tony Blair, and, the supposedly "unrelated" story of Berlusconi's hair transplant surgeon. I believe it involves an actual Wile-E -Coyote stick of Acme dynamite.
This interesting article points out that winners need not be jerks, even in a chess, a game notorious for its disfiguring effect on the egos of its practitioner. There are very few classy winners left in western culture, so the author offers some Russian role models: "Those who insist that only super-arrogant, insufferable egotists triumph in the real world overlook the beloved Mikhail Tal for one, the calm and assured Boris Spassky for another. Does anyone think Paul Keres was a conceited, churlish oaf? [No! -Dr. X] Is Smyslov an abrasive, abusive whiner? [NO!!! - Dr. X]"
The Bear that drank 36 beers and passed out here in Washington tried Busch first and didn't like it, then moved on to delicious Rainier.
Here's NYTs fairly devastating history of the swift boat ad. It's had a small effect, but I still think that this ad is likely to backfire in a big way, particularly now that its run is through - forcing Bush's service to the agenda and more careful examination of the despicable Republican machine, just as Iraq re-re-explodes, the economy stumbles, and the 800 pound $50 crude oil gorilla is set to unleash during the GOP convention.
New for Halloween.
Recent BBC story captures, I believe, the fundamental erosion of trust by ordinary Republicans in the presidency that that has been underreported, and is likely to be decisive.
The disposal of primary campaign funds issue came up briefly during the recent salon in Seattle. There's a nice summary of the rules here, from Cox news service. I know what you're thinking: they should trade names.
(Following the success of the Rush Limbaugh characterization, I am moved anew to attack Karl Rove, so, to wit:)
Microsoft has announced that certain popular software "may behave differently" after the application of Service Pack 2. I submit a a partial list here in the name of hillarity. Note the prevalent Microsoft applications listed Read the full list and knowledgebase article here.
The addition of Windows XP Service Pack 2 to the automatic updates feature of windows has been delayed at least a week. Review the details here
The face of tyranny.
I cannot recommend this slim volume highly enough. As I have perhaps mentioned in this blog, Dierdre McCloskey (formerly Donald) is arguably the finest conservative transsexual economist writing today.
Watching Keith Olberman right now. The guest, Sarah Bardwell, works for the American Friends Service Committee. She just had a nice visit at her home from the FBI and Denver Police, who wanted to know if she was planning any illegal activities to disrupt the political conventions.
WASINGTON, Aug. 15 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning political demonstrators across the country, and in rare cases even subpoenaing them, in an aggressive effort to forestall what officials say could be violent and disruptive protests at the Republican National Convention in New York.
List of world religions by popularity. A little hard for me to believe there are 2 billion Christians though.
I log onto my Mac about once a week for music and web surfing purposes. Tonite: 6 software updates totalling 70 mb+, each requiring that I type my password (hint: it's "password") and requiring that I click some bogus "accept" box attached to a billion words of legalese.
In these dark and uncertain times it's nice to know that some things are valued. In this one case, the universe is exactly as it should be.
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
Recent tax cuts, according to the NYT, apparantly, now get this, overwhelmingly favor the very wealthy, while not helping poor people very much. Not great for the economy, exactly, but stand up business for banking in the Caymans, I'm assuming.
In a stunning declaration, Gov. James E. McGreevey acknowledged that he had an extramarital affair with another man and announced his resignation Thursday. "My truth is that I am a gay American," he said with his wife by his side at a televised news conference.
Leon Golub has died - a rare breed of serious painting and effective politics, and an early inspiration from a 1984 show in Portland - a voice that will be sorely missed in dark, lying times. His paintings are enormous, on raw, unstretched linen, and have a kind of gut shock impact in person.
Gene Therapy to make monkeys work harder.
(Abstracted from an email I received on Tuesday.)
Petition: Invisible Rage Synthesizer
I cannot find the last Rage Synthesizer in the the "Defeat all Tsoo in the Rage lab" mission. From what I've read on the CoH official bulletin board, I'm not the first to have a problem with an invisible rage synthesizer. Could you help?
Cool chart, too.
Kerry unveils One-Point Plan for a Better America.
Since Dr. X's post peaked my interest, I have done some looking into Windows XP Service Pack 2 issues and here is what I have found so far:
Flight Turns Back After Cat Scratches Pilot
IBM advises employees not to install the new Microsoft service pack (also known as "where compatibility goes to die").
Minimally employed and sick, this came in handy:
Sitemeter catches some of the search terms that resulted in a visit to your site, under "referrals."
Can the moon be knocked out of orbit?
9/11 Commissioner’s Report
half-life of sodium pentathol
ed gillispe sued
Shania twain wedgie
nostradamus raises alert levels
cures for pulled inner thighs
pussy wagon sticker
Even I'm tempted. For $1000, you can get a question on the Zogby national poll.
Edgar Martinez Announces Retirement
I am not pleased to introduce you to our immediate future, making a debut at the Olympics.
Ardentian Prince: We, the people of Ardentia, we have suffered since you blasted our kingdom. I can offer you nothing this year except my loyalty
This Man, finally coming into his own will lead his team to the Superbowel. The Viceroy has spoken.
Giant wave to wipe out eastern seaboard. SF real estate investment lookin' better and better.
Um, sorry about that sack of Constantinople 800 years ago.
August 29 will mark a full year since the first post on this blog.
Netherlands puts foot down, bans toe-licking. Parlement conservatives slip up, leaving toe-sucking loophole intact.
[GOP auditor candidate] Baker, a 41-year-old roadside flower salesman and self-styled political activist, has been arrested at least 19 times since 1992, mostly for refusing to stop speaking at Tacoma City Council and Pierce County Council meetings. He was last released from jail less than two months ago.
And the subject of a heroic rescue...
"...but his campaign said Saturday it will keep trying to get the consumer activist's name before the state's voters in November."
Slowdown in terror chatter prompts fears. As opposed to an increase in terror chatter which causes fears and a stability in terror chatter that causes fears. Small gerbils cause fears. Popcorn causes fears and lets not forget the dreaded, beany baby plot to destroy America. Here is my list of things that cause fears:
You can't make this stuff up.
A promising earthquake prediction hypothesis that has to do with the amount of metals in subsoil water.
Napa wine must be made with Napa grapes (mostly). Bakersfield is right out. However I am told that, contrary to what you might think, Bronco Wine Co. makes excellent wine.
Many more days like today and it becomes very unlikely Bush will recover from the small but solid democratic bump. Iraq is sinking, badly - (note Coulter's nightmare Robert Fisk), and if I may use a painting metaphor, the varnish is peeling in such a way that further application of varnish will only lead to additional cracking. Fair or not, recent terrorism warnings only contributed to the totally fair mistrust of the administration.
Based on email impliing a terrorist threat, the Coast Guard seizes a bunch of lemons.
They're sexing up Archie comics.
Finishing up a few pleasant hours of sailing today, I brought the Nutmeg in far more handily than I lead her out, tied her off, retrieved the trailer (by hand, as required) and snappily arranged the Nutmeg above her trailer.
The great photographer has passed. Having not seen work from him for decades, I was shocked that he was still alive - apparently he quit photography at 75 to take up drawing...
Did anyone else, upon reading the CNN headline "Al Qaeda suspect reveals Web strategy" think: "mindshare"?
I don't splutter often, but this...have you ever...I have never...in all my life...[begins spluttering].
Pauline joins the language of construction sites, the logic of the 1980s video game Donkey Kong, and themes of love and death.
And for a bit of alarming local news, some clown is burning down my neighborhood, hitting a dozen spots in three days.
USA Basketball Team is handed lunch in a hat--I guess solid defense and teamwork really does trump selfish, narssistic, lazy-ass, cherry picking, dunkmunsters.
Confused by bounce headlines? Take note of this analysis from Slate.
The New York Times: Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say
The Laird will soon post an update on the latest super-guy taking the City of Heroes by storm:
From The New Republic:
"Thousands of Chinese troops will parade in Hong Kong on Sunday in a show of might aimed at boosting Chinese nationalism and the appeal of pro-Beijing candidates ahead of key legislative elections in September.