The Brick Testament (previously: 1
), created in 2001 by the Reverend Brendan Powell Smith
, has just reached The Book of Revelations
Rundgren/Utopia Filter: Two Obscure Gems. Emergency Splashdown
. Umbrella Man
. [more inside]
Farewell to All That
An illuminating and depressing Oral History of the Bush White House from Vanity Fair
Former US Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell
, a controversial, if reluctant
supporter of the war on Iraq, offers his endorsement
) of Senator Barack Obama for the office of President of the United States. [more inside]
is a photographer based in Antarctica. In addition to his photography, he's shot some excellent time-lapse video of the Southern Lights
and a Day in the Life of Antarctica
Three of the giants of Brazilian guitar were Laurindo Almeida (1917-1995; wiki here
), Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001; wiki here
), and Baden Powell (1937-2000; wiki here
). Here is Laurindo Almeida w/the MJQ playing One Note Samba
; here is Luiz Bonfa playing the theme from Black Orpheus
(which he composed); and here is Baden Powell playing Samba Triste
. [more inside]
Even if he was a world-class weirdo (or, if you take his words literally, three world-class weirdoes
) who spent time in Bellevue
, enlisted his psychotherapist to write his liner notes,
and allegedly taught his cat to use the toilet
(h/t to MeFi's urbanwhaleshark
), I'll best remember Charles Mingus
for giving me his 1960 take on "I'll Remember April"
, featuring the most exciting four minutes of music in my entire collection (starting at the 9:25 mark of the video). [more inside]
Turns out Colin Powell was actually fired.
In other administration news, it looks like one of the pre-9/11 anti-terrorism meetings wasn't mentioned
to the 9/11 commission. According to Bob Woodward's new book
, where we also find out
that Bush meet with Henry Kissinger at least once a month, and Kissinger's theories on Vietnam inform Bush's reasoning on Iraq.
The administration's latest innovation in its effort to export democracy: Soviet-style gulags
, a network of secret C.I.A. prisons known as "black sites." [From the Washington Post
]. Meanwhile, SecDef Rumsfeld says no thanks
to the idea of U.N. inspectors talking to detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
It just keeps unravelling
...Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made".
I suppose now we have extra proof of the bumbling and fumbling of GWB, but now it's almost overkill.
The mice that roar.
"According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group." We already know
what a few people can do to your television viewing... is this man
effectively in charge of the FCC's indecency monitoring?
Powell declares a genocide in Darfour
, marking a turnaround in America's appraisal of the situation in Sudan. Will something finally be done? And is Powell off the ranch on this, or this actually the policy of the Bush administration? Previously discussed in a number of threads
Y... M... C... A!
Um... er... did I miss a memo or something? (Via, yes, Fark.)
Statesman or Skatesman
"Last Christmas my Dad and me had a big argument. He'd found a picture of Enoch Powell
on a pogo stick and claimed that politicians weren't as interesting as that any more ... " Jason Whiley disagreed and wrote to as many politicians as he could asking them if they'd ever used similar transport, such as skateboards, gokarts, BMX bikes and Space Hoppers. Over Eighty responded including "three Prime Ministers, five Chancellors, six Foreign Secretaries, four Home Secretaries, and three Speakers of the House of Commons. " [via B3ta
powell to ease fcc media ownership caps
is this move, one that is right for your community?
and the country? many are saying no
. yet the fcc has made public commentary
at best difficult
, major media outlets have virtually ignored the issue.
Powell's address to the UN.
In a direct, long and rich presentation, Colin Powell has laid the cards on the table, and presented what's likely to be our most explicit case for war. While it's difficult to separate the larger issue of War on Iraq from just this presentation, I'm interested in other takes on Powell's speech. Anything substantially new? Truly irrefutable? Strong enough to justify immediate action? Does this have more heft coming from Powell (considering he's more trusted
than Bush on this issue), or is he acting as a mouthpiece? Or, to be succinct, did Colin change anyone's mind? At the very least, he satisfied my need to know more about why our administration is acting so urgently.
In what might be a preview of Secretary of State Powell's address to the United Nations tomorrow, Jeffrey Goldberg takes a look at how the Intelligence Community is re-thinking it's analysis of the Iraq/al-Qaeda connection
James Woolsey, who served as President Clinton's first C.I.A. director, said that it is now illogical to doubt the notion that Saddam collaborates with Islamist terrorism, and that he would provide chemical or biological weapons to Al Qaeda. "At Salman Pak"-a training camp near Baghdad-"we know there were Islamist terrorists training to hijack airplanes in groups of four or five with short knives," Woolsey told me. "I mean, hello? If we had seen after December 7, 1941, a fake American battleship in a lake in northern Italy, and a group of Asian pilots training there, would we have said, 'Well, you can't prove that they were Japanese'?"
FCC chairman Powell urges overhaul of radio airwave policy.
Did the universe of available media just get smaller again? AP says "consumer advocates praised [powell's] position", but did the AP talk to the right consumer advocates
There are those slaves who lived on the plantation, and there were those slaves who lived in the house... Colin Powell was permitted to come into the house.
Harry Belafonte starts out with a flame but then shows himself to be a more eloquent and tenacious critic of Bush policies than any Democrat on the scene. What does it tell us about the state of our two-party system that we have to rely on Rat Pack era crooners to speak out like this in public?
Colin Powell: Planning for an exit
Plans to leave but claims he will wait out the Bush first term. Is this good or bad new for administration?
Powell Announces Mideast Conference
Could this, a world-wide conference, finally resolve the mess in ;the Middle East?
Colin Powell has a vision:
"We have a vision of a region where Israelis and Arabs can live together in peace, security and dignity. We have a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders. We have a vision of a region where all people have jobs that let them put bread on their tables, provide a roof over their heads and offer a decent education to their children. We have a vision of a region where all people worship God in a spirit of tolerance and understanding. And we have a vision of a region where respect for the sanctity of the individual, the rule of law and the politics of participation grow stronger day by day."
Bush, Powell pushing Peres into Peace Talks
“Bush urged the prime minister to make progress with the Palestinians on ending the violence in the Mideast, White House spokesman Sean McCormack said.” war : diplomacy :: problem : solution
Powell won't serenade his peers at Asian meeting
The U.S. Secretary of State has finally found something that's above and beyond the call of duty. And it's a shame, really. I mean, what would his singing voice sound like? I must know! Would it put Vietnam Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien's folk song to shame? Would he have a dusky, husky Barry White purr or a silky Harry Belafonte rasp?
Sensible policy toward Cuba developing, or the beginning of the end for Colin Powell? "He's done good things for his people," Powell told Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., who called the embargo of Cuba senseless. For most of his 42 years in power Castro has fomented revolutions and insurgencies, "but he is no longer the threat he was," Powell said.
This certainly breaks with what appears to be a fairly hawkish international stance by the administration, but maybe it's punishment aimed at Florida for not delivering a decisive victory? Poor Jeb.