Posted on 09 Dec 2002
* Perpetual War Portfolio
Death is the best investment: The Perpetual War Portfolio.
* Open Secrets: how is the government ran
Democracy today is not ran by the people, but by corporations that purchase their own leader. http://www.opensecrets.org has the data on contributions to the ellections.
* The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:
I contributed this post to a thread on slashdot.
* Pentagon Papers
I have been fascinated by the process through which Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Vietnam study that was commisioned by McNamara to the New York Times.
The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers talks about why five American presidents lied about Vietnam -- and how to get the truth on Iraq.
Audio from the Nixon phone conversations when the Pentagon Papers were leaked out to the New York Times. Amazing recordings. The call with Kissinger actually started the "plumbers" mess that would eventually lead to Watergate, and later to his impeachment.
* Found the National Security Archive
Lots of information on US National Security. Including information from the Pentagon Papers incident.
* Operation Enduring Fredom: Best Bloopers
Can be found: here
My friend Adam gave me a link to this interesting story on oil
* Am I a terrorist or Not?
Am I a Terrorist or Not. Not funny.
* What the world thinks in 2002.
An interesting poll about what people think in 2002.
* Mozilla 1.2.1 and new Galeon
Am using a set of RPMs compiled by Duncan, and the Xft packages for Ximian and am loving my web browsing experience with the new Xft2-based Mozilla and Galeon.
Mozilla 1.2.1 is significantly faster, and the Typeahead features of it are a delight to use.
Posted on 08 Dec 2002
Posted on 27 Oct 2002
Duncan and myself flew down to Washington DC to join the rally against the war in Iraq. I took plenty of pictures, some are available here.
The pictures had to be scaled down to 900x600 because the original files were too big to upload. If you want a particular picture in high resolution, mail me.
Posted on 26 Oct 2002
Very interesting read from CommonDreams:
Posted on 25 Oct 2002
An awesome report on how media reports: Now and Then
Sean Penn paid 56,000 dollars to publish a full page open letter to president Bush.
Also make sure you listen to the follow up discussion with Howard Zinn.
Loving my new Peter Gabriel UP CD.
Posted on 20 Oct 2002
The Monty Python on bombing for peace
This is priceless.
There is a common error being spread among those who support the Israeli policies towards the invaded territories of Palestine: that the Israel administration is the only democracy in the middle east.
In fact, a quick look at the CIA Factbook shows that Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey are all republics. and Jordan is a constitutional monarchy.
But even if Israel were the only democracy has nothing to do with how the nation behaves. Its government repeatedly violates human rights of the Palestinian population. Of course, there are two ways of looking at the palestinian issue:
Either way it does not look very possitively on the Israeli administration: either they are violating UN regulations and international law, or they are guilty of crimes against humanity (obMeme: Ariel Sharon was found responsible for the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, he is a sanguinary man).
Reading this article it is clear that Israel is fighting a war against the Palestinian population. The United Nations should intevene, deploy forces and restore the peace.
Anyways, the point is that we need to distinguish democracy from justice. The fact that you have a democratic process does not ensure justice. The popular proverb sums it up nicely: `The US has the best democracy money can buy'. That and corruption.
Israel's prime minister is a war criminal, how is this man going to even vaguely give peace to this region? The man is a monster.
I grew up with the image of my country having a terrible problem of corruption (which it does) and a lack of justice (which it does) and having a lot of injustice between the powerful and the poor. But the more I learn about the rest of the world, the more petty Mexico's offenses seem. My country is just an amateur when it comes to high grade corruption.
Oh, something else. The term `anti-semitism' is miss-used all the time, semites are:
Semites are peoples who speak Semitic languages; the group includes Arabs, Aramaeans, Jews, and many Ethiopians. In a Biblical sense, Semites are peoples whose ancestry can be traced back to Shem, Noah's eldest son. The ancient Semitic populations were pastoral Nomads who several centuries before the Christian Era were migrating in large numbers from Arabia to Mesopotamia, the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, and the Nile River delta. Jews and other Semites settled in villages in Judea, southern Palestine.
Present day speakers of Semitic languages are as diverse in physical, psychological, cultural, and sociological characteristics as are speakers of Indo European languages. The most prominent Semites today are Arabs and Jews. They are different in many ways, and they have absorbed a variety of European traits through centuries of migration and trade. The origin of Semitic languages, however, and many similarities in the stories of Islam and Judaism reflect a common ancient history.
So the term anti-semitism is being misused to mean `people who hate the jews' and by some clever propaganda extension to mean `people who dislike the Israel administration policies' .
Racially, those Palestinians that the Israel administration is happilly disposing of their flesh are just as semitic as those pulling the trigger.
Found these trading cards. Pinochet's card is interesting, and contains the following quote: "Democracy is the breeding ground of communism,".
The Church Report from the Freedom of Information Act contains all the fun details!
Posted on 15 Oct 2002
Richard Cumming's interesting background
Posted on 11 Oct 2002
Posted on 06 Oct 2002
Introducing the Chicken Hawks!
Posted on 03 Oct 2002