"It was hot as blazes as we tore through the south side, pulling up at lights all the people laughing at the white kids doing their little dance in the car." John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats performs 'The Sign,
' by Ace of Base, interspersed with a story about the song and hand-signal dancing.
posted by kaibutsu
on Mar 17, 2012 -
Do-it-yourself film manufacturing.
"Can't buy the film you want any more? Just make the stuff!
In this set you will find random photos and information on a project a friend has undertaken - a machine to make his own camera film.
Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking."
posted by ethel
on May 9, 2008 -
Snakes on a Base!
In the wake of today's announcement that Raul Castro will be 'temporarily' taking power in Cuba while Big Brother (did I say that?) has an operation for some GI bleeding, The Smoking Gun has published some declassified Spec Ops planning cover sheets from the 60s and 70, listing plans to destabilize Cuba. Operation Bingo, on page 3, is especially amusing.
posted by baylink
on Aug 1, 2006 -
Robert Novak gets it wrong again.
Predicting that Ellsworth Air Force Base
in North Dakota would fall victim to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission
(BARC) thus damaging the political career of Republican John Thune
, Novak argued that the White House was "ignoring Thune" contradicting "the image of a White House that puts politics first. Instead, the Bush team looked like tone-deaf, old-fashioned Republicans interested more in going by the book than winning elections." Thune promised that only a Republican senator could save Ellsworth, South Dakota's largest employer, from closure. That promise played a prominent role in his campaign. In defeating senate minority leader Tom Daschle
, Thune's victory marked the first time since 1952 that a party leader in the senate was defeated.
When Ellsworth was nevertheless put on the list for closure
, Thune's politcal future appeared doomed. As promised, Thune went into action.
Yesterday, Thune announced Ellsworth is saved!
Contrary to Novak's opinion, the image of a White House that puts politics first is as strong as ever.
posted by three blind mice
on Aug 27, 2005 -
Washington Secures Long-Sought Hemispheric Outpost, Perhaps at the Expense of Regional Sovereignty
This press release from the Center for Hemispheric Relations is just about the only reporting I've found about the establishment on July 1 of a new US military base in Paraguay. There was a short article
in Prensa Latina on July 11, only 3 days after it first published a story that Paraguay had denied the establishment of the base
There are a very few stories here and there online, but nothing in the American press about this development. You have to know the story exists to find out anything about it. Which is more disturbing, that the US military is on the verge of establishing a new foothold in another sovereign nation or that the US media is not reporting it at all?
I really can't decide what I think about this.
posted by elgoose
on Jul 22, 2005 -