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October 3, 2002
. Stefan Wirz and Hideki Watanabe pay homage to their favorites. Check out Hideki's Muscle Shoals
page for another slice of his Americana pie
. Or click on a name--Eric Von Schmidt
, say--on Stefan's completist, slow loading page and wallow in pictures and stories... Then there's the Richard & Mimi Fariña website
. Jan Hoiberg's Band
site is another. I love labors of love.
And don't forget the Bauls of Bengal
or the secrets of John Wesley Harding revealed!
And note, newsfilterians, you can now order Mickey Jone's home movies
from the '66 tour, too. I'm going to see the Bobster tomorrow, so I've been thinking of these things.
posted by y2karl at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments
In spite of his promise that human rights would take precedence over concerns of state sovereignty, Kofi Annan's
philosophy of neutrality and nonviolence in the face of genocide and dictators, costs over 7,000 lives at Srebrenica, and 800,000 in Rwanda alone.
posted by semmi at 6:46 PM PST - 18 comments
The eXile's Gary Brecher,
as offensive and amusing as usual, pondering the future of war: "The only enjoyable wars will be the mismatches, when the machine armies are unleashed on the savages. We've seen some of them lately: the NATO air forces working out on Serbia, the US and British planes playing with the Iraqis like a couple of kittens with a half-dead mouse. They're the wars people will enjoy, because the targets are so easy, so undefended, that there are lots of good gun-camera shots. But these wars have a little weakness: they never solve the problem."
posted by GriffX at 5:17 PM PST - 16 comments
"The Antipsychiatry Coalition
is a nonprofit volunteer group consisting of people who feel we have been harmed by psychiatry - and of our supporters. We created this website to warn you of the harm routinely inflicted on those who receive psychiatric 'treatment' and to promote the democratic ideal of liberty for all law-abiding people that has been abandoned in the U.S.A., Canada, and other supposedly democratic nations." Hours of reading, but their report to President Bush
is a good summary.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:14 PM PST - 44 comments
The power of Western culture
illustrated with the story of Miss World 2001. Agbani Darego
of Nigeria is single-handedly responsible for a radical change in the feminine beauty ideal in her native country: voluptuous women are out, thin girls are in. A stunning illustration of the cultural power of the West, and a good example to think about what it means - for the better and for the worse - to those under its spell.
posted by ugly_n_sticky at 1:55 PM PST - 14 comments
Blue man runs for Senate
Stan Jones, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Montana suffers from argyria
, a condition in which the skin becomes stained a permanent shade of blue. How do you come down with it? You drink lots of colloidal silver
. Jones started mixing his own shortly before Y2K to help boost his immune system in the antibiotic-short apocolypse he was sure was coming. No word if he is now engaged in weird behavior
involving metal tubes.
posted by agaffin at 12:44 PM PST - 27 comments
A Sad Day.
seems like all the people I admire die before their time. It's a long list: Dan
, Ned Gillette
, (plus many others), and now: Goran
, died a few days ago. "The Crazy Swede" became famous for
riding a bicycle from Stockholm to Everest, climbing it solo and without oxygen,
and riding back. This story is told in Ultimate
High:My Everest Odyssey
posted by ig at 12:25 PM PST - 7 comments
if you're in California you're undoubtedly aware of the bitter intrastate rivalry. if you're not here, now you can get caught up: Slowcal vs. NOcal
posted by donkeysuck at 9:59 AM PST - 30 comments
Another child-bakes-in-car story,
but this one is especially heartbreaking: single mother trying to keep her temp job has no child care for her developmentally disabled daughter and leaves her in the car out of desperation. Every summer there's a rash of these cases, with some
eliciting more hatred and disgust than others. What gives -- the general decline of parenting/morals/personal responsibility, or should we get serious about child care in the land of "family values"? (Thanks to Jim Romenesko.)
posted by serafinapekkala at 9:44 AM PST - 41 comments
Rumsfeld's Rules [For educational use only]
Donald Rumsfeld's Management Rules. Once available via the DOD website; now all copies have been pulled from government servers. This is one of the only copies still online. Read it ... while you STILL can... Soon available for sale in a print edition. Does it contain Hidden War Strategies? Can a US offical make money on the sale of "management techniques" developed and revised while serving as a government agent? Is not everything Rumsfeld produced in his capacity as a government agent owned by the US public? Discuss.
posted by mfoight at 9:25 AM PST - 28 comments
Evolution Robotics has just released the ER1 kit
, which allows laptop owners to turn their machine into a robot. Users can point-and-click to link pre-defined behaviours together in order to "train" the robot for specific tasks (such as fetching a beer from the fridge) and can share these tasks with other robot owners by posting them on the company's website
posted by sanitycheck at 9:10 AM PST - 4 comments
Only in Iran, kissing a mid-age actress
on an award ceremony could be so politically effective, both actress and the young director are in court now
. Hardliners gathered at a mosque and ranted against reformists and western culture. The day after, a high-rank official was arrested
because he had let those guys go after the ceremony. What would happen if Oscars was held in Iran?
posted by hoder at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments
A Gentleman's Battle
Sounds like a good idea to ME.... seems a bit more fair than the "World's Strongest Military" versus an army on it's last legs.
posted by Espoo2 at 8:08 AM PST - 45 comments
US Foreign Policy Goals
- Condoleeza Rice. Only $29.95 from C-SPAN, well worth it. Will clear up many misconceptions. Unfortunately, thanks to macho chest thumping and grunting by prominent talking heads on camera, the Rice message isn't getting across
. (Free transcripts instead of $29.95 tapes might help.) Intelligent criticism of the sea change in foreign policy, from elder statesman George Kennan.
What good does it do us to have information available on the web if we can't afford to buy it?
posted by sheauga at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments
CNN Headline News general manager Rolando Santos told the San Francisco Chronicle this week that he's looking to mix "the lingo of our people" -- words like "whack" and "ill" -- into newscasts to attract young people.
posted by pizzasub at 7:19 AM PST - 54 comments
KPMG Consulting is now BearingPoint
"Employees briefly rallied behind the chief executive's surname, Blazer, but that's also the name of a Chevrolet sport-utility vehicle. The name BearingPoint is based on navigational terms that signify 'setting a direction to an end point,' the company said." It seems like this one's going to last a bit longer than Monday
posted by dayvin at 6:12 AM PST - 16 comments
Barbra Streisand misquotes Shakespeare. She recited the lines believed to be from the play Julius Caesar, as she urged the party to oppose the Republican stance on Iraq and the erosion of civil liberties under President George W Bush.
This coming after the rumor that her recent letter
to House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt was ridden with typos and misspellings. Oi vey!
posted by gwong at 4:48 AM PST - 48 comments