214 MetaFilter comments by Seth (displaying 1 through 50)

Moebius, I Love You. Even if you will only let me get 384 points playing your game.
comment posted at 2:09 PM on Dec-22-04

Mosul attack - heart-warming? I never figured I'd hear heart-warming in relation to the aftermath of a missile attack, but I heard the quote on the radio yesterday, and it just seems wrong. "It was a heart-warming experience to see the wounded soldiers caring for those who were more severely wounded." said Brig.-Gen. Ham.
comment posted at 11:45 AM on Dec-22-04

"With 1.4 million employees worldwide, Wal-Mart's workforce is now larger than that of GM, Ford, GE, and IBM combined. At $258 billion in 2003, Wal-Mart's annual revenues are 2 percent of US GDP, and eight times the size of Microsoft's. In fact, when ranked by its revenues, Wal-Mart is the world's largest corporation." The real cost belongs to the taxpayer, as this report (PDF or HTML through Google), by the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, makes clear. A "total annual welfare bill of $2.5 billion for Wal-Mart's 1.2 million US employees."
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comment posted at 12:31 PM on Dec-20-04

The War on Christmas. "What we are witnessing here are hate crimes against Christianity." Angered by perceived attacks on the Christ part of Christmas, Christians are taking a page from GWB and staging pre-emptive cultural strikes around the country. Or are they? Is this effort a bigger attack against Judaism and the rest of the nonbelievers/scapegoats, an honest attempt by Christians to "save" the holiday, or a media-manufactured controversy? (Air out your holiday spirit, but save your own personal grievances for December 23.)
comment posted at 2:38 PM on Dec-16-04

Oh yes - what i have been looking for, via odinsdream which btw, negates what i've said previously
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comment posted at 12:00 PM on Dec-9-04

If we were having this conversation in 1985, and I had said to you, “Four years from now the Soviet Union will collapse and in six years it will disappear,” you would have thought, “This is not a reliable observer.” But the U.S.S.R. is gone -- disappeared -- and we didn’t predict it. Russia today is a much smaller country than the former Soviet Union. The CIA had all the wrong data. We also made a mistake when we concluded that we had won the Cold War. We had almost nothing to do with what happened in the Soviet Union: there were internal issues and it certainly wasn’t Star Wars. We now know in detail how Gorbachev brought Sakharov out of exile in Gorky to address the Politburo on, “What would you do about a ballistic missile defense?” Sakharov said, “It’s easy to overwhelm it with missiles. I wouldn’t spend a ruble on it.” And they didn’t. But in mistakenly thinking that we won the Cold War, we strongly imply that we did something to cause that. Instead, the Soviet Union collapsed because of overstretch, a case of imperial overstretch.   An Empire of More Than 725 Military Bases
An interview with Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback and The Sorrows Of Empire (More Inside)
comment posted at 11:54 AM on Dec-1-04

Rummy talks straight for once, (nyt) although he probably didn't mean to: "I'm a part of this administration. If I didn't want to support the president's position, I wouldn't be in the administration, and I do intend to support him," Rumsfeld added.

Oh yeah, the article is about Rumsfeld secretly lobbying agaist Bush's intelligence overhaul.
comment posted at 2:26 PM on Nov-23-04
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comment posted at 2:38 PM on Nov-23-04

The Okinawa digital archive is a collection of images, video and narrative about the rich culture, history and ecology of the Ryukyu Islands. There's so much more to karate's birthplace than the famous, landscape-dominating military bases -- from music and dance to castles to a language and identity distinct from mainland Japan. Be sure to check out the picture gallery, searchable and sorted by region. [MI]
comment posted at 1:57 PM on Nov-23-04
comment posted at 1:59 PM on Nov-23-04

Edison spoke: "Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best..."

Auditory Antiquity as Anachronism.

Does One fancy the Sonic Cylinders and Spindled Spirals of Edison? are the Victorians' crackling gramophones what Ought to be? could it be the Transitory Teens for a treat in Tonality? perhaps One is enamored by the Resonance as Reasoned by the Roaring Decadence of Decade, the fret of Jitterbug Fears, and some Hopped-up Lindys instead?

Why not Then and Then to be found at Once?

( Fully formed Fondness recommends the abilities of a Reality Playfulness, the oddish Ogg, and an M.P.-third to boot. )
comment posted at 1:41 PM on Nov-22-04

G-CANS Project. A look at the massive storm drains under Tokyo, that took twelve years to build. [this is cg]
comment posted at 1:53 PM on Nov-23-04

French Soldiers Machine-gunning Civilians. NOTE: 100Mb video download, very graphic content. So much for the "moral high ground" of the French, as they slaughter civilians in the Ivory Coast.
comment posted at 1:49 PM on Nov-23-04

The European Union is the world's largest superpower: of course, militarily the US is still dominates, but this article (Salon day pass required) argues that in terms of economy, personal freedom, the welfare of its citizens and human rights the EU is far and away number one. Via DailyKos.
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Colin Powell resigns. He'll be missed.
comment posted at 8:22 AM on Nov-15-04

Letter from Fallujah. From an anonymous Army medic's journal entry.
comment posted at 12:53 PM on Nov-12-04

Outing Closeted Republicans, part 1,574 --Ken Mehlman, the leading contender to become the head of the RNC, and one of the architects of Bush's anti-gay election campaign, has some secrets, it appears. And it was supposed to come out during the convention: Two New York newspapers received calls from the Bush-Cheney campaign during the Republican National Convention urging them not to run a story suggesting that the campaign manager and public face of the campaign was gay, RAW STORY has learned.
comment posted at 12:03 PM on Nov-12-04

A little over the top? I know some people are depressed but......this?
comment posted at 2:15 PM on Nov-8-04

Kerry Won... Greg Palast presents information on how votes were "spoiled," and thus never counted, in states like Ohio and New Mexico, resulting in Bush's re-election. Unfortunately, he concludes by saying that there will probably be nothing done about it.
comment posted at 11:51 AM on Nov-4-04
comment posted at 11:58 AM on Nov-4-04

Just Coffee art is art made with, um, just coffee.
comment posted at 12:01 PM on Nov-4-04

Is this for real? I got this off the (blocked to us in the UK) official George W Bush website. But I can't believe it is real. I got to the site by entering "georgewbush.org" without the www.
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comment posted at 9:46 AM on Oct-28-04

World (er... MLB) Champions once more. The last time the Boston Red Sox lost was in the 86 World Series. The last time they won was 86 Years Ago, when they beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1918 World Series. (The Cubs finished that season with 86 wins.) This year, after retiring the Anaheim Angels 8-6, they lost three straight to the New York Yankees in the ALCS and seemed to be on the verge of failing once again. Eight straight wins later, they finally manage to eighty-six the Curse of the Bambino.
comment posted at 7:16 AM on Oct-28-04

Georgebush.com site blocked to viewers outside the United States. Surfers outside the US have been unable to visit the official re-election site of President George W Bush. The blocking of browsers sited outside the US began in the early hours of Monday morning.
comment posted at 1:32 PM on Oct-27-04

Jesus Videos (Scroll All the way down). Vintage 21, a "community of God seekers, God followers, and God doubters" has made a series of excellent videos which take a satirical look of what Jesus is NOT like.
comment posted at 12:02 PM on Oct-12-04

Dazed and Sued. Three Huntsville residents who say they went to high school with Austin film director Richard Linklater accused him of using them as the basis for the girl-chasing, drug-taking characters in his film "Dazed and Confused" in a lawsuit filed last week, 11 years after the movie was released
(Universal Studios, also included in the suit, is scheduled to release a special edition DVD of the movie Nov. 2.) More inside.
comment posted at 12:06 PM on Oct-12-04

The Lone Star Iconoclast, local newspaper of Crawford, Texas, switches sides and endorses Kerry for president. (Via Daily Kos).
comment posted at 5:00 PM on Sep-28-04

The maven of midwestern gentility weighs in on today's GOP.

How did the Party of Lincoln and Liberty transmogrify into the party of Newt Gingrich’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk?
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comment posted at 10:02 AM on Aug-30-04

A letter from the wife of one of the commanders of the three Swift boats, killed in action later, reports on her husbands's views. (via NYT)
comment posted at 11:34 AM on Aug-27-04

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