This weekend, am going to Washington DC for the `Stop the War on Iraq Before it Starts' demostration.
Today I found the Iraq Peace Team web site.
Posted on 23 Sep 2002
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Evolution got a great review on PC Magazine.
Posted on 19 Sep 2002
Pilger's Documentary available as a web page. It was broadcast yesterday in the UK on ITV.
Wish this got some coverage outside the UK though.
Salon is running an article on the War on Drugs and Jeb Bush regarding the different treatments that his daughter gets, and what other ten thousand drug offenders get.
Posted on 17 Sep 2002
See the movie trailer for Occupation 101.
So a few thoughts for the coming weeks:
remember the days when Saddam was America's friend; remember
that Arabs committed the crimes against humanity of 11
September last year and that they came from a place called the
Middle East, a place of injustice and occupation and torture;
remember "Palestine"; remember that, a year ago, no one spoke
of Iraq, only of al-Qa'ida and Osama bin Laden. And, I
suppose, remember that "evil" is a good crowd-puller but a
mighty hard enemy to shoot down with a missile.
Posted on 16 Sep 2002
I found this history of the Iran-Iraq war very enlightening about the real reasons behind a war against Iraq. I will summarize it for you: US control over the oil in the Middle East.
The control is not required because a need on the Middle East oil, but because Japan and Europe are highly dependent on it. You want *your* companies profiting from that oil, and not someone else.
It also explains why Britain wants to get some piece of the action. In fact, they have always wanted to get a piece of the action.
Posted on 15 Sep 2002
My University acquired the rights to the photographies from the 1968 student movement in Mexico and released the digitized pictures to the government. They will be making the material available on line.
Edward Herman does --of course-- a much better job than I do at showing all the international laws violated by Israel on his Israel Approved Ethnic Cleansing article.
Direct from Indymedia. More civilians being shot.
Posted on 13 Sep 2002
Posted on 12 Sep 2002
So all my pictures for the best part of the day turned greenish. A phenomenon that can only be explained by the multitude of settings that the camera has, compounded with my random knob moving.
By the end of the day, I had figured a few things, but now everything is turning out red. The automatic mode in the D60 is not as simple as the one in the S40, not to mention that there is no way to get flash-less automatic.
Nelson Mandela warned Bush and Blair about war against Iraq.
Posted on 11 Sep 2002
Today the Boston Film Festival showed Das Experiment. The movie was very intense and disturbing. Intense as very few movies I have seen in my life, indeed, it is hard to tell when was the last time I got so scared.
Anyways, we learned while leaving the movie (from a German girl that had seen the movie before) that they had removed from the end the subtitles that said `The events of this movie aren based on the Stanford Prison Experiment.'
It is even more scary that this actually took place.
I feel uneasy reading the experiment description from the professor, because to him it was only an experiment. The only place where he redeems himself a bit is where he ponders a number of questions at the end about the prison system.
From this site, I ran into the Peace Psychology papers, I have not checked them all yet, but there are some interesting bits.
This makes the need for strong rules where human rights can be violated not only extremely important, but they have to be carefully monitored.
Just found a reviewat FilmCritic.
Today I met a very nice photographer called Rick Friedman who was carrying a Canon D60. I was shocked to see someone carrying that camera, as it is just about impossible to get your hands on that, I have tried, and I have looked every web site on the Internet, and that camera is just unavailable.
Well, Rick was nice enough to actually call a friend of his in the area that actually carries the camera and was able to give us one. So today after work, Peter and I went to check out Zeff Photo this store, which was about 20 minutes away from the office.
Now the next step is to get either a compact flash with 512 megs of ram and 24x access speed, or to get the IBM 1gig Microdrive, decisions, decisions.
I just got DSL at home, but it seems to be slower than the public Newbury Open Wireless network that I was using before. Although with the DSL I can actually use irc and https POST (I have no idea why https POST did not work with the open network)
Quick status report: Martin is working on a C + CIL Debugger that we should be able to use very soon; Paolo and Dietmar are fixing our existing bugs in the runtime, and working on new optimizations for the JIT engine; Dick and Duncan are fixing bugs on the underlying class libraries and finally Gonzalo is working on the ASP.NET code.
Posted on 10 Sep 2002
Israel has kept three million people under curfew for 79 days now. The article goes on to describe how Israel is seizing illegaly more Palestinian land.
That means roughly since late June.
How did the summer treat you? Some nice vacations on the beach? Did you get to travel around the world? Maybe have a challenging summer internship?
I know I got a lot of fun, and traveled a lot this summer. In the meantime, a nation was ketp under house arrest, some of them shot, some of them do not have food, and no access to medical facilities.
The war against terror in Israel and Palestine is nothing but a smart spin on ethnic cleansing.
How is this any less evil than the worst attrocities in humanity?
A few days ago, I made a list of Human Rights that are being violated by Israel, here is the list:
Posted on 09 Sep 2002
Today I went to see a movie to the Copley Place movie theater, which I try to avoid, as the seats are far from great, but seems like every bad movie is playing on the comfortable theaters, and all the good ones are playing either here or Kendall.
I noticed that the Boston Film
Festival was going on, and got a ticket for Interview with the
Assassin>. Not only good, but the director introduced the
movie and there was an questions and answers session at the
Great performance from Raymond
Barry as the asssassin.
Great performance from Raymond Barry as the asssassin.
Posted on 08 Sep 2002
Darts in the chest: just following orders.
A new piece from Howard Zinn talks about the ignored issues after September 11.
This reminds me I also found something interesting from the Freedom of Information Act a few days ago. This includes the Church Report that describes the covert operations of the US in Chile, and the financing of anti-Allende activities including the organization of the 1973 State Coup.
The State Coup was carried out on on September 11 1973. Estimates range from six thousand people killed to ten thousand during the first few weeks of the dictatorship.
Posted on 07 Sep 2002
New Interview with Chomsky on Iraq
Posted on 06 Sep 2002
of his weapons of mass destruction... -- From the Independent.
Microsoft Research released their prototype CLR and C# compiler with support for generics
Posted on 05 Sep 2002
30 of 49 Palestinians killed by Israel in August were civilians and other stories of Israel state terrorism.
Hardly a controversial view, here is Noam Chomsky addressing the same question
Girlfriend Ana has setup a new web page
Posted on 03 Sep 2002