Thursday, August 21, 2003

boycott the RIAA

http://www.boycott-riaa.com/article/7241

Whereisthemoney.org

Dru Blood of http://randomwalks.com/drublood/ and http://randomwalks.com/

Natalie Davis of All Facts and Opinions

Have You Forgotten 9/11? - Police distracted by peaceniks, lives endangered.

Protesters trying to prevent the removal of the Ten Commandments Monument.



The Sentimentalist.

Resource Shelf

10 Commandments appeal fails Monument ordered out of Ala. building - By Larry Copeland of USA TODAY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea from Alabama's chief justice to allow a monument of the Ten Commandments to remain where he had placed it in his court building.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr, who says he is "strongly in favor of wind energy production at sea," doesn't want a wind farm on Nantucket Sound, where his family might see it from their elegant compound in Hyannis Port. News anchor Walter Cronkite is also a NIMBY (not in my back yard) and said "Our natural treasures should be off limits to industrialization and Nantucket Sound is one of those treasures."

Isn't it possible to build a few wind towers where it wouldn't be a huge hiderance to the sight lines on the coast, but still get energy. Someone is going to have to realize that by blocking this kind of construction it just means they are going to build polluting energy plants else where. Hey I wish we could have it all, but you have to give up something to get something.

Big experimental music fest in Minneapolis. ;

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oct 4 / 5 2 pm – 2 am
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aaron dilloway
arthur doyle
bridget st. john
burning star core
chris corsano/ paul flaherty / thurston moore action unit
dead machines
devendra banhart
emil beaulieau
erika elder / matthew valentine
espers
ian nagoski
friends forever
fursaxa
jackie o motherfucker
jack rose
jim o'rourke
major stars
metalux
michael yonkers band
neil michael haggerty
nmperign
no neck blues band
kevin drumm / tom smith
no doctors
no neck blues band
pengo
rev. dwight frizzell's black crack revue
tony conrad
trad gras och stenar
wooden wand and the vanishing voice

The Destijl/Freedom From - Festival of Music program will be 5" x 10" and read by nearly 2,000 Festival attendees. This years festival will take place over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of October in Minneapolis MN, with festivities starting on the 3rd. The Festival will be attended by persons all over the World; from Europe, Australia, Japan as well as North America. For record labels, bands, magazines and other mail order businesses, this means many new customers. For Downtown/Minneapolis businesses, this means that people looking for areas to eat, shop and stay will seek you out, heavily. In it's first year of existence (2002), it was voted the Best Music Festival by the City Pages

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"If I'd known what old was like I would've stayed a blonde and fucked myself to death in the '70s." -Byron Coley

"And the moral of the story is never lean on the weird. Or they will chop your head off. And perverts will eat your brains." -Hunter S. Thompson

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty." -Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

This site is for Republicans Against Bush. It's about fucking time some of the righties come to their senses.

Greg Palast's Observer article points out that Chile's success was due to Keynesian policy and socialist measures such as the nationalized copper industry and agrarian reform, not neoliberalism.

Criticisms of Neoliberalism, Capitalism, and Free Markets. - Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.

Libertarians are unabashed free marketeers, and generally can see no wrong with the market, either historically, philosophically, or economically. In this they overlap strongly with neoliberals. The rest of the world can though. Libertarians generally hysterically reject anything criticizing capitalism, such as the notion of classes, despite the fact that capitalism is well known to have severe problems.

These criticisms range from the cogent to the ludicrous. Judge them for yourself.
http://world.std.com/~mhuben/critcfm.html

Salon article on Dean

http://www.correspondences.org/archives/000001.html

* John P. Hoke - John P. Hoke's Asylum - http://john.hoke.org/
* John Williams - ThudFactor - http://www.thudfactor.com/ -

When I get around to it, write this guy; m_hanson76@hotmail.com about this entry about Greg Palast from this site. So sure about Palast? Then find the comment in print straight from the source. What are you afraid of?

The Head Heeb : Knocking Down 4000 Years of Icons in a Fair and Balanced Way - a Jewish website. Dig the name.

Monday, August 18, 2003

Why is it that Republicans are always advocating deregulation for every avenue of the economy and trusting individuals (aka corporations), and yet they are always touting tort reform. This is totally hypocrisy since you are saying "We trust big business to police themselves, but we dont trust citizen juries to hold those corporations accountable when they do break the law." Total hypocrisy.

Why are conservatives so hostile towards the UN, a body of politics that means the US loses some sovreignty, and yet they never bring up the fact that the NWO is completely hostile to Democracy. NWO boards that fine countries blocking certain goods thru laws (as in that product is illegal because it is a proven carcinogen). They both do they same thing in that they usrup certain national laws. However the UN pusues human rights and peace, while the WTO benefits multinational corporations. I guess there is really no mystery to that one, is there?

http://www.idealist.org - The Idealist website

Norman Finklestein's site. - I'm not sure I agree with him, but you need to hear what everybody has to say, right?

Homeownership in a Bubble: The Fast Path to Poverty? Dean Baker and Simone Baribeau - August 13, 2003

The Progressive Case for Howard Dean - By Nico Pitney, AlterNet on August 12, 2003

Paul Bunyan Or Big Timber.

Saturday, August 16, 2003

Ocean wave power from Scotland - pretty amazing, huh?

Practical Ocean Energy Management Systems Inc.

Friday, August 15, 2003

From this entry

Ok. point by point. And note to all other readers…. Politeness counts.

RE: “Where did the terrorists come from? Why are they pissed about? Where did they get their weapons?… generally when really bad stuff starts happening to this country, it's not because of what The President or Congress did last week or last month or even last year but the effects of many years past” ------

OK, now this is one of the things about what, umm, well, the Left (Oooo! Booga booga booga!) teaches and believes that drives me nuts. If I look hard at what Americans and Republicans have done to cause the above, I ask you and others to re-read what I said above… There ARE forces in this world that are not American that play a role here.

“Where did the terrorists come from.” ------ How about…. the UN’s decision to allow the State of Isreal to be born. The UN’s decision to drive Saddam out of Kuwait and sanction him for twelve years. (That WAS the UN, hence it must have been correct.) The role of European powers in Middle East a hundred years ago. The nature of Islam (at least Arab Islam) that appears to just not deal with modernization and democracy very well at all. The role of German Nazis in the Middle East in the 40’s, and Stalinists later, in directly forming the foundations of Ba’ath parties in Iraq, Syria, and Arab totalitarianism in general. The relentless harping on the Israel-Palestine issue by Arab leaders, who find that immensly more important than improving the lives of their people. The Arab peoples for letting them get away with it… decade after decade. The appeasement of terrorism by Western politicians, Democrats and socialists included, that led terrorists to believe it was an effective and low-cost method to achieve their goals. And on and on.

I don’t see a lot of Republicans on that list. Please tell me what I have mentioned above that is NOT a factor in today’s Middle East.

“Where did they get their weapons?” ----- Well… from the US. And Britian. And Russia. And France. And Germany. And China. And Brazil. And Chile. And Czechoslovakia. And more. I wish I had the link to the Stockhom Peace Institutes study, but basically Iraq got 50% of it’s weapons from Russia, 20% from France, 27% from elsewhere, and 3% from the US. That’s why the US fought twice
against Migs, T-55’s, Mirages, etc. Yet of course… “The US armed Saddam.” ----- No one else matters. The desert is littered with Russian tanks, and no one seems to notice. My point entirely.

“One party ‘approved for the spending and CIA training of the Mujahadeen to fight the Soviets’, ‘ushered in a terrible sick symbiotic relationship with Saudi Arabia’, made Iraq an "Ally" to get to our new enemy Iran’…etc. ------

Nope. Just not so. Americans did…. not “one party”. President Carter did quite a lot. See the video on Ted Turner’s ‘Cold War’ series of Carter NSA Zbignew Brzinski addressing the mujahadeen. Carter sold the Saudis AWACS and more, much to Israel’s consternation.
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Nope. Just not so. Americans did…. not “one party”. President Carter did quite a lot. See the video on Ted Turner’s ‘Cold War’ series of Carter NSA Zbignew Brzinski addressing the mujahadeen. Carter sold the Saudis AWACS and more, much to Israel’s consternation. Carter’s reign saw Iran become that enemy that, whatever you think, threatened a hell of a lot more Arabs than just Saudis, Arabs who then asked for our help, and we responded. Rightly or wrongly in hindsight? Sure, well worth exploring, but FAR from just a Republican issue. Meanwhile, the aggressive environmental and social catastrophe called the Soviet Union loomed over all, which I note goes unmentioned in your post.

“Financial benefits to Republicans.” ---- Extremely complex. Suffice to point out that Europe gets 60% of the oil it uses from that region, Japan about 80%, the US about 25%. And of course, it is ONLY greedy US capitalists that care. Everyone else (again) are innocent lambs. Not mentioned is the reality that, aside from any money, yes, it is (or at least was) VERY much in the US interest that European and Japanese economies not crash due to oil supply cut-offs. One wonders if our willingness to forestall that will still hold true five years from now.

RE: “Osama was pissed to have infidels on holy land, and we all know who authorized the first Gulf War”. ----

Yes. The United Nations Security Council. More to the point, we all know whose ass was left flapping in the breeze when the ‘International Community” approved waging war, and then hightailed it for home while leaving a hostile and angry dictator in place to be contained by two and only two countries.

“Bill didn't have the balls” ------ Unfortunately true. That fact was noticed by Mr. Bin Laden. He said so, on video, in reference to Somalia, the embassy “retaliation”, and the USS Cole. His assessment was a DIRECT, not indirect, cause of 9/11. In fairness, as I wrote, if Clinton HAD done what really needed doing, many of us on all sides would say “what the hell is this??”. Kind of why I say 9/11 had to happen, and those people died for a reason, to wake us all up.

“Heck, we're still in a mess and I don’t see a way out.” – Well, Mr. Bush does. Radically applying a two by four to the skulls of Middle Eastern leaders, and people, to get them to change a massively “fucked up” way of doing business. Many don’t agree with him. I got that. What I don’t get from the critics is, as you say, “a way out”. At some point, certain folks have to stop yapping about why Bush is wrong, and start telling us THEIR “way out”. I heard Mr. Gore the other day. I’ve heard the candidates. I’m reading, to my credit, blogs like this, I’m still waiting.

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OK, now this is one of the things about what, umm, well, the Left (Oooo! Booga booga booga!) teaches and believes that drives me

nuts. If I look hard at what Americans and Republicans have done to cause the above, I ask you and others to re-read what I said above… There ARE forces in this world that are not American that play a role here.


Andrew we very much agree on this, quite strongly actually. Despite being a self identified liberal, I myself get annoyed with politicians who think and act as if everything the US does is in a vaccuum. You know what I'm talking about, a sort of "If the US stopped doing what it was doing everything in the world would be a better place" mentality. This is why I find myself generally annoyed with some of the libs at the college radio station I work at. This is why I will never vote for Kucinich. Moving right along.....

“Where did the terrorists come from.” ------ How about…. the UN’s decision to allow the State of Isreal to be born.

This is in fact part of, but not the whole problem. This does not mean I agree with everything Israel does. I'm actually pretty knowledgable of the whole situation, and while Israel absolutely deserves to exist, the current policy of supporting Sharon with more settlements going up is making things work. There is in fact an extraordinary amount of hypocrisy on the parts of Arab nations, etc.

Of course Osama had set up network way before Sharon was PM. Barak was in office talking peace plan, albeit flawed, but it isn't just Israel. Someone like Osama envisioned a restored Caliphate including Spain for that matter, so no it isn't just US's bad foreign policy. Murderous zealots are a problem and they are not the fault of Dems or Repubs for that matter.

But SA was the theocratic represive regime before and after 9.11. As a matter of fact the House of Saud is in power largely due to the UK and ourselves. And considering all the problems that SA has caused the fact they we continue to support them is a conflict of interest with Israel. Why do we maintain this fucked up relationship? Oil.

“Where did the terrorists come from.” ------ "How about
-the UN’s decision to allow the State of Isreal to be born.
-The UN’s decision to drive Saddam out of Kuwait and sanction him for twelve years. (That WAS the UN, hence it must have been

correct.)


First and foremost I have a lot of problems with the UN, and wont defend everything they do. Dont lump me with those types. Liberal

I am, but pacifist or "everything the US does is wrong, lets listen to the UN" type I am not.

-The role of European powers in Middle East a hundred years ago.
-The nature of Islam (at least Arab Islam) that appears to just not deal with modernization and democracy very well at all.
-The role of German Nazis in the Middle East in the 40’s, and Stalinists later, in directly forming the foundations of Ba’ath parties in

Iraq, Syria, and Arab totalitarianism in general.
-The relentless harping on the Israel-Palestine issue by Arab leaders......
-The Arab peoples for letting them get away with it…


There have been a lot of problems from that part of the world for some time now. But the act of hijacking, suicide and whatnot is a very recent phenomenon. Appeasement by not smacking the bejesus out of terrorists? You're missing something. Even the most biased conservative will tell you that Saudi Arabia is corrupt and repressive. Unfortunately they are afraid to say anything to the
people in charge, in the White House and those who profit from the profits they pocket from our business relationship with our crude oil dealers. The SA have stolen billions from the people of SA thru the parceling of oil rich land and revenue.

And who looks the other way while we demanded "democracy" for Communist states? You can blame everyone since Nixon for making the situation worse, Bill and Jimmy included.

But for all the criticism deserved of Nixon, at least he was smart enough to recognize that we have to become energy independent. Nixon, Ford and Carter all reiterated that - until Reagan and his oil buddy VPO Bush got into office and pulled the solar panels off the roof of the White House.

Reagan put us on this path, Bush continued it and Bill saundered down, too high on the American economy to say anything about the situation.

Ya know, I'm a pretty forgiving guy, and had Bush been honest (is that even possible) looked us in the eye after 9.11 and said "we've made a terrible mistake, and we need to correct it - We need to change our oil policy" I'd give him a small amount of credit. But it is getting worse, and while he paid lip service to hydrogen IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN while he and Cheney are in office. We need to be energy independent.

And if you are going to feed me the bullshit line about ANWAR drilling dont even try it, there is 288 days worth of oil in Alaska, and it aint worth drilling unless the price is almost $2.00 a gallon at the pump. There are a lot of other alternatives to oil, but they'll never make it to market and be able to compete as long as oil continues to be subsidized. Without US military help and a slew of other federal funds, oil prices would be more than $3.00 a gallon in this country.

Take a look at our policies with China - we used criticize their anti democratic policies for years but it has been weakening for quite a while. However since they started making cheap shit for Wal Mart, in turn making them the number one retailer in America, we now say nothing. I don't know about you, but this sends the message that we really dont give a fuck about Democracy unless your goverment is acting against our interests. We continue to support a corrupt and repressive regime in Egypt as well, the other source for 9.11 hijackers. The terrorists (Osama and much of Al Qaeda) initially rebelled against those governments (Egypt and SA), but the governments of those nations had too tight a reign on the country, so they decided to what they saw was the source of the problem, the country that those people felt were keeping those governments in place. That would be us, since we give Egypt about 2 Billion in aid for playing nice with Israel, and the money ties between us and SA are so wide and deep that I have no idea just how much money is involved.

Andrew, WE have been letting them get away with it. WE have kept our mouths shut or rather many people who have occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, including Bill. However Clinton was in office for 8 out of the last 22 years. And Bill didn't profit the way Bush Sr and JR, people around the Reagan Administration, and all their contributors have in the past and conitue to profit at this very moment.

They are far more responsible for the policies of the last 22 years, and the last 22 years are far more responsible for 9.11 than anything Carter or anyone else for that matter. Carter, while he provided weapons to the mujahadeen in Afghanistan, did not set up the Shah in Iran. Iran's revolution took place because we were basically supporting & controlling the repressive Shah in Iran, till 1979.

Then we had to partner with Iraq & Saddam to fight a mess that we in part helped create. It wasnt all our fault, but if we had pushed harder for democracy and human rights in Iran, the Ayatollah might never have had a way to galvanize Iraninans and taken power.

Yes, other nations are responsible for selling weapons, but we shouldn't have sold chem/bio weapons to a known brutal dictator after he had gassed a bunch of people. The very same people who made the case for war against Iraq by citing the Geneva conventions violations for using chem weaps (Cheney, Rumsfeld) were the assholes who used taxpayer money to sell those weapons
in the first place, not to mention the fact that they and their close friends actaully profited from some of those very same deals. They sold the disease, and then they sold the cure.

I hate running thru future scenarios about what would have been. I know this post started off as a pro-Gore thing, but I can't and wouldn't predict an alterative future with Gore in the White House. 9.11 may have happened anyway... maybe something else if they Berger plan had been implemented, but that's all meaningless now.

All I know is there was a plan on the table to try to take out Osama. It never happened, and Rice felt it was more important to write a new report about how to take care of Osama, and it wasted time. I think it was a mistake. Hindsight is 20/20, and I wont trash Bush on this point when there are so many other more significant reasons to be pissed at him.

AS far as Bill I'm more pissed at Bill for not raising CAFE standards, but it would have never happened anyway with Gingrich in charge of the House as well as Michigan Democrats who would whine for GM and Ford about the cost to their industry and lost union jobs and blah blah blah. He was dealt this hand by all these slimy bastards and decided not to make a big deal about all the questionable stuff going on in SA.

As for Bush, this is where we totally disagree. Osama was hold up in the mountains and instead of sending US troops we sent the Northern Alliance who in turn let them go. The book Bush at War chronicled how the White House decided to use the least amount of force in fear of American casualties, read that very passage. We spend more on defense than all other nations combined, and we send a bunch of ragtag soldiers to go after those bastards, who in turn let them go. I dont want to see US service people die, but if ever there was a reason to risk American lives this should have been it.

Paul O'Neil left the CIA before 9.11 because he felt the Bush administration had compromised our security for oil. He'd be telling us this right now if he hadn't died while doing security for the WTC.

And to make matter worse we continue to kowtow to the Saudis. We continue to make a slew or Arabian princes filthy rich when we drive our SUVs and those bastards in turn donate American dollars to "charities", front groups for terrorists. 28 pages classified in the 9.11 report? They normally only black out a phrase or paragraph for methods and sources, not pages. And so the Saudi government says "Release the documents, we want the truth to come out!" That is the oldest PR ploy in the book my friend. And of course the Prez plays along - no report is released, no report will ever be released. That might jeopardize profits for all of Dubya's contributors, and we cant have that now, can we?

Do you want terrorism to end? First make the US energy self sufficient - it would be like a heroin addict cleaning up going thru detox, but it is the only way. Ethanol, biodesiel, anything. Start subsidizing alternative fuels and cut big oil off completely. Try to be a little more even handed about Israel (I'm Jewish, but Sharon has got to go. Arafat was only half the problem... well 1/3, the other terrorist groups being 1/3 and right wing Israelis moving into the territories another 1/3.) Push for democratic reforms, but only after the Israeli issue is solved since most of the aformentioned nations would vote in theocratic repressive fundamentalist regimes if Democracy was available to those people now.

One more thing - every conservative cited the lesson of Hitler and appeasing evil as a terrible mistake. While this is absolutely true, no one ever seems to remember the other lesson of WWII - don't humiliate a people like France and the rest of the allies did to Germany post-WWI. You create the atmosphere for a Hitler to rise to power. We helped the Afghans fight the Soviets, but once the USSR fell we didn't do a damn thing to win the peace. You have to win the peace. I don't know how much aid it would have taken to help bring a little peace and prosperity to Afghanistan after the USSR pulled out, but in the long run it was way more costly to us considering all we've spent fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda. I'm not against winning the war, but you have to win the peace afterwards, and we didn't do that.

I'm looking forward to your response. This was way longer than I had expected, it's a bit sloppy, but 3 hours on this book report and I've had enough. Forgive any spelling and grammar errors, I am too spent to proofread the damn thing.

The Securities and Exchange Commission, NASD and the New York Stock Exchange Permanently Bar Henry Blodget From the Securities Industry and Require $4 Million Payment.

Merrill Lynch, the top brokerage firm in the U.S., settled a lawsuit on Tuesday that alleged it misled investors. Three experts discuss the deal and what it might mean for other Wall Street heavyweights.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

From this site, Rush Limbaughtomoy.

Andrew - since you're not an across the board "one party is always right, the other is always wrong" kinda guy, and I respect and appreciate that, even if we dont agree, I'm going to do my best to not be an ass here. My political ideaology is probably pretty evident in my previous post, and there are certain things we can agree on, but let's get one thing straight;

B) In terms of “who let this happen”, our answer is clear. AMERICANS let this happen. Both Republicans and Democrats for twenty years have pissed around with these people, responded to terror with handwringing and half measures which probably hurt us more than helped, by implying to our enemies a lack of seriousness. Carter, Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton were all guilty, and I guess Bush II though he was only in 9 months and we didn’t really get attacked until 9/11.


Yes, there are a lot of people guilty and America did let this happen - but your assessment of the situation is I think WAY OFF. Where did the terrorists come from? Why are they pissed about? Where did they get their weapons? I guess to sum up comes down to this; generally when really bad stuff starts happening to this country, it's not because of what The President or Congress did last week or last month or even last year but the effects of many years past. 9/11 was the result of a lot of things one that most people dont want to acknowledge.

You know I'm not going to sit here and exonarate Clinton as if he's not responsible and say the world would be a better place if Al was President. BUT if you really open your eyes and see what has happened you may notice a pattern;

-One of our Presidents approved for the spending and CIA training of the Mujahadeen to fight the Soviets. Coincidentally the people who we trained (Osama and many others) came to form Al Qaeda.
-After getting spanked by OPEC at least three times during the 70's, one of our Presidents let us go right back to our oil dealers like nothing ever happened making us dependent on cheap oiol and in turn being subservient to the Saudis, ushering in a terrible sick symbiotic relationship with Saudi Arabia.
-Someone made Iraq an "Ally" to get to our new enemy Iran. We sold a madman (Saddam) chemical and biological weapons. -Someone approved the financing of those deals purchased thru the import export bank. We never got that money back, mainly because of Gulf War I. Our "ally" was now our enemy.

The list is very very long, and I dont have the time. But one party, or more specifically a handful of individuals in that party that held power for quite a while have (a)helped fund, train, organize and create those monsters (b)profited IMMENSELY whether it be oil or defense while dealing with these evil bastards and just to put whip cream on top (c) benefitted immensely financially and otherwise when the US was forced to take those very same monsters out. Guess which party that is Andrew?

The Theocracies and dictatorships we cater to were corrupt before and after 9.11. We did not invent Islamic Fascists, but we sure gave it a lot of money. The powers that make huge sums of money to keep this sick symbiotic relationship going have somehow managed to bury the real problems. They've even managed to blame others who aren't nearly as responsible as the ones who are getting away with murder.

You know what Slick Willy was most guilty of? Not telling this country the truth about SUVs and our oil consumption and maintaing what can be only comparred to as a "drug habit", cheap oil. The economy was doing so well, everybody was happy, there was really no incentive. And then oil prices went thru the roof, the California energy crisis, and then 9.11.

So yeah, both Dems and the GOP deserve a share of the blame. But one party has made literally hundreds of billions of dollars by making deals with these people, and onr party is WAY MORE GUILTY of the fucked up situation that led up to 9.11. Heck, we're still in a mess and I dont see a way out.

I can't force you to see what you wont see, but if you really look at why things are the way they are you would know that hand wringing in the face of terrorism isn't what paid for the plane tickets that were used by the terrorists that made 9.11. Freedom isn't free, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper when you're not funding the enemy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Nerd Girl


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Monday, August 11, 2003

"Life if all about Priorities"

This is the most valuable piece of advice my Dad ever gave me. Heck, it might be the most valuable piece of advice I've ever gotten. The whole phrase holds a lot of meanings; don't sweat the small stuff....you can't do everything, and you need to decide what is important in life. Much like Neosporin, I apply this phrase as it is necessary.

We all have to prioritize what is most important in our life. It's applicable in many ways, large and small, be it the small tasks you engage in everyday or where you want your life to lead. As for everyday activities sleep is high on that list – although it has been known to be downgraded when a deadline is fast approaching and I’m behind on a projects due for school or work. It relates to everything, be it family and friends, society, money, religion, and politics.....

Especially politics. I am regularly in awe, considering the current chaotic and unbalanced state of the world, how much time people worry and fret and talk about the stupid shit that goes here and abroad when far more grave and serious issues are at hand. There’s a time to talk about and fret about stupid shit. Now is not that time. I hope the day arrives when with all the really important things in this world are resolved (it’ll never happen) and we can dwell on really mundane things like Illinois passing a bill declaring that Popcorn is now the new statewide official snack.

I know our media sucks, and I've blogged about it on more than one occasion but I can't help but think just how completely fucked up the priorities of so many of our instituitions and individuals everywhere. I gotta confess, my own stance on gay marriage and gays in the church aside*, the fact that this is receiving such prominent media coverage is absolutely ridiculous. We have soldiers dying in Iraq, a window of opportunity to bring peace and democracy in Iraq is getting smaller by the day, the deficit is now the size of Antarctica, unemployment, homelessness and poverty are on the rise, environmental catastrophes loom on the horizon, and yet our local news coverage didn't touch the crisis in Iraq till they covered the minimum quota of 3 local tragedies.

With all this shit going down, the White House is wasting valuable resources sending lawyers to work within the framework of the constitution to outlaw gay marriages. Last time I heard they were toying with idea of pulling Air Marshals from flights because of the cost. How hard could it be to take the salaries of those stupid wing-nut lawyers that are working with Cheney in his 'undisclosed location' trying to ban gay marriage and put it towards the goddamn air marshal program. I’ve already suggested we scrap The Pentagon Intelligence Division because no one in the White House is using it.

The Vatican started their campaign against gay marriage. It would be nice if the Catholic Church put this much effort into resolving the current mess with sex abuse scandals way back when.

Colorado Luis

Here's mention of that famous Ledeem comment from Bertram Online.


The Principles of LRC
- Lew Rockwell, founder and president of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Ala., and vice president of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, Cal., is an opponent of the central state, its wars and its socialism.


US puts price tag on restoring Iraqi oil.
.... and guess who gets the money in oil contracts ....and guess who pays, for a loooong time, at the gas pump ... and guess who's subsidizing the rebuilding with their tax dollars. Cost is now at $1.14 billion and remember, that's just for rebuilding the oil and gas industry in Iraq. That's the kind of information that could have come in handy before the war.

US puts price tag on restoring Iraqi oil - From correspondents in Washington 06aug03


George W Bush's scorecard of evil

Ahnuld has been very naughty! I don't think it's true, but ya never know!

08/11/2003 Entry: "Anti-Catholic Bias"

UNDERNEWS EXTRA-THE COALITION OF THE SHILLING. The Iraqis will have to learn democracy someplace else. By Sam Smith May 5 2003 The Progressive Review.

"Life if all about Priorities"

This is the most valuable piece of advice my Dad ever gave me. Heck, it might be the most valuable piece of advice I've ever gotten. The whole phrase holds a lot of meanings; don't sweat the small stuff....you can't do everything, and you need to decide what is important in life.

For example sleep is high on that list - unless it is surpassed on the list by something more important, like when I would fall behind on projects and school work at college. We all have to prioritize what is most important in our life. It's applicable in many ways, large and small, be it the small tasks you engage in everyday or where you want your life to lead. It relates to family, friends, society, money, religion, and politics.....

Especially politics. I am regularly in awe, considering the current chaotic and unbalanced state of the world, how much time people worry and fret and talk about the stupid shit that goes here and abroad when far more grave and serious issues are at hand.

I know our media sucks, and I've blogged about it on more than one occasion but I can't help but think just how completely fucked up the priorities of so many of our instituitions and individuals everywhere. I gotta confess, my own stance on gay marriage and gays in the church aside*, the fact that this is receiving such prominent media coverage is absolutely ridiculous. We have soldiers dying in Iraq, a window of opportunity to bring peace and democracy in Iraq is getting smaller by the day, the deficit is now the size of Antartica, unemployement homelessness and poverty are on the rise, enviromental catastrophes loom on the horizon, and yet our local newscoverage didn't touch the crisis in Iraq till they covered the minimum quota of 3 local tradgedies.

With all this shit going down, the White House is wasting valuable resources sending lawyers to work within the framework of the constitution to outlaw gay marriages. Last time I heard they were toying with idea of pulling Air Marshals from flights because of the cost. How hard could it be to take the salaries of those stupid wingnut lawyers that are working with Cheney in his 'undisclosed location' trying to ban gay marriage and put it towards the goddamn air marshal program.

The Vatican started their campaign against gay marriage. It would be nice if the Catholic Church put this much effort into resolving the current mess with sex abuse scandals way back when.

And just when I think I have seen it all, I manage to be shocked and amazed. It doesn't happen much, but it is still an occurence from time to time.

*(fyi - I'm pretty much pro-gay on almost all issues)

Michael Ledeen google search reulsts.

http://216.239.39.104/search?q=cache:7_tgN7AwulQJ:mailman.lbo-talk.org/pipermail/lbo-talk/Week-of-Mon-20030331/005663.html+michael+ledeen+american+enterprise+institute+%22Every+ten+years%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Quoted from this article on Bertram online;

Do people know Michael Ledeen? He's a neo-con foreign policy big-wig, associated with the American Enterprise Institute, writes often for Commentary and National Review, and was a key player in the Iran-Contra scandal. Anyways, in National Review online, he was quoted as saying "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." Now I ask you, isn't this the voice of empire? (Tactitus said something similiar in one of his histories: that small nations like Ireland need to be defeated as an example for the world.).


Here's where we can all introduce ourselves. I'll get the ball rolling, but please don't limit yerself to the topics I'm introducing (or feel the need to include as much as I did).

Name: Jeremy Puma (it's not after the cat, it's actually a derivative of the Latin word for "Apple" via my Sicilian blood.)

Age: 27 (28 on Sept. 2-- gifts of cash, booze or dog treats are welcome)

Hometown: St. Augustine, FL, "The Oldest Permanent European Settlement in the United States." I left Florida after 22 years of ghastly heat, mosquitoes the size of B-52 bombers, forest fires, fire ants, commercialism, racism and Republicanism (apologies to our Florida bloggers, but I ain't never livin' in that right-wing death sauna again ).

Currently residing: Seattle, WA (*sigh of relief*) AHHHHH-- perfect! Temperate, fun, mountains mountains mountains.

Employment: I work as a desk monkey at a local newspaper union doing things like fighting media consolidation, organizing workers, basic graphic and web design, and making coffee for my boss. I have also been: a tour guide at "The Fountain of Youth," a music store manager, a radio disk jockey, a wedding disk jockey, a painter (house and art), and a "customer service agent" for Amazon.com.

In my off time, I go to parks, read like the devil, watch many films, drink/"smoke" myself into a stupor, listen to lots of music (I have about 1500 CDs), translate ancient Christian texts from the Coptic. I also continue to paint and have shown work in Seattle, London, Orlando and Germany. For the curious, you can find some of my stuff at www.jeremypuma.com (original, no?).

I took up blogging for a number of reasons, but mainly because I felt as though my degree in philosophy/religion was starting to stagnate. I wanted to offer up what meagre skills I have to a general reading public, and blogging seemed like the perfect way to do it, especially since the world really needs independent voices right now, and blogging is (in my humble opinion) the closest thing the world has ever had to a free press.

I am an heretical Christian Gnostic (if'n you wanna know what the heck that means, go here), and consider myself an ideological Anarchist, though enough of a realist to know how silly it is to consider oneself an ideological Anarchist, so I'm willing to settle for affecting change through whatever works. I am also 100% pacifist, opposed to any, every, all war and acts of violence, including the death penalty. I won't budge one bit on this position.

I have no interest in endorsing any candidate yet (though I'm keen on Kucinich), and I'm one of those stinkin' "Vote Your Conscience" types who can't stand W but also couldn't stand Clinton. I would rather choke to death on a transistor radio tuned to Rush Limbaugh featuring Ann Coulter than cast my vote for someone like Joseph Leiberman.

However, I like to think I have an open mind that changes all the danged time, and I love listening to other opinions, so . . . er, so there.

Okay, that's all I can think of for now, so if there are any questions, please ask. I look forward to reading everyone else's info, too!
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Name: Sam Foster

Born: 07/23/1979 - 24 years old

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Currently Residing: Altamonte Springs, FL (just north of Orlando)... I live in conservative Seminole County. I'll be moving to Tampa just as soon as this contract my company is working on goes through. I agree, this is a serioiusly right-wing death sauna with more rebel flag flying than I care to be around.

Employment: I work as a broadcast editor for Mobility Technologies. I'll soon be a mid-level manager (along with the move). I'm like the Jeffersons, man... movin' on up, finally gettin' that piece of the py-yiiiiiiiiiiiiie!

My political stance, in case you don't know from my blog, is quite liberal, especially on social issues... I've been accused on many an occasion of being a socialist.

I'm a Sufi Muslim, which I'll direct you here to learn more about... I've explained myself a jillion times on what it means to be Sufi to friends/family, so I'm just exhausted with typing it out...

I'm a huge fan of hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, r&b, reggae, Afropop, Trip-hop, ambient, house, and so called "chill out" music. Favorite artists include Portishead, Mos Def, Les Nubians, The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Rage Against The Machine, Jill Scott, Lizz Wright, Norah Jones, Zero 7, etc...

I like music, movies, working out, cooking, fine dining, long walks on the beach... oh wait, I forgot this isn't a personal ad.

Although I'm serious most of the time on my blog, I'm a big goofball. I like watching cartoons (The Simpsons, Family Guy, Adult Swim, Dexter's Lab, Cow & Chicken) and I love comedy shows like The Chappelle Show and SNL.

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