Tuesday, July 31, 2007

404: Clever Headline Not Found (July 31)

Body Politic
a rundown of the YouTube debate:
(debates, YouTube, Democrats) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Citadel_CNN_YouTube_Democratic_debate_0723.html

show me the money!
(election, fund raising) http://www.philly.com/dailynews/columnists/john_baer/20070725_John_Baer___Are_Dem_candidates_sellouts__Follow_the_money.html

are the Republicans scared of You...Tube?
(YouTube, debates, Republicans) http://www.newsday.com/news/elections/ny-usrudy0728,0,6331768.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

can the Internet give marginalized politicians the platform they can't buy?
(internet, elections, Ron Paul, Mike Gravel) http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-ronmike25jul25,0,667006.story?coll=la-politics-campaign

Senate Wars: Return of the Judiciary
(Gonzales, Senate hearings) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Gonzales_returns_to_Senate_Judiciary_Committee_0724.html

Gonzales: "what I meant to say wasHEY LOOK OVER THERE!"<flees the Senate floor>
(domestic spying, Gonzales, Congress) http://thinkprogress.org/2007/07/25/harman-intel-activities/

showdown at the OK Congress:
(executive privilege, Congress, courts) http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2007/07/25/reasons-to-doubt-conventional-wisdom/

Tony Snow accuses Congress of making up controversies about Gonzales, "just leave him alone! he didn't hurt anybody!"
(attorney firings, Congress, Gonzales) http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/27/gonzales/

the DoJ doesn't have to prosecute contempt charges, or to put it in another way, Congress has bark and no bite:
(Congress, Dept. of Justice, subpoenas, contempt charges) http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/003779.php
I'd like to argue that my traffic citations should be equally unenforceable
and Tony thinks Congress is pathetic, I'm not inclined to disagree with him but for other reasons:
( White House, contempt charges, Congress) http://rawstory.com/news/afp/White_House_assails_lawmakers_over__07252007.html

Congress has special powers over the Court, it can add, subtract, multiply and divide; kinda like a calculator that runs on old men:
(Congress, Supreme Court, checks and balances ) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/26/opinion/26smith.html?ex=1343102400&en=cd4a1c051d3c7c96&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
I'm waiting on the assertion of "judicial privilege"

more accusations of inappropriate political maneuvering by the White House:
(political influence, White House, Hatch Act) http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/07/24/855383-white-house-defends-political-briefings

al Qaeda, Iraq, Bin Laden, Iraq, Bin Laden, al Qaeda, Iraq, Bin Qaedaraq, Iral Qaeden:
( Bush, speech, hidden messages) http://www.politics.ie/viewtopic.php?t=24815

guess what? Steven Colbert does prophecy on the side:
(Colbert, election 2000, prophetic) http://blog.throwawayyourtv.com/2007/07/prophetic-colbert.html

so we've heard it for years, but can income tax finally be proven to be a fraud?
(income tax, court, Constitution) http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56855

(Sen. Stevens, bribery, FBI) http://www.adn.com/news/politics/fbi/story/9179115p-9095789c.html
free the tubes!

this lady alleges that she was gagged for political gain, I could make a crass joke here but I'm above that:
(corruption, cover-up, Congress) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/30/82055/9504

The Corporate Mind
can a corporation love? can it bleed? can it feel the wind on its face?
( corporate personhood, legal status) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/30/22953/7787

let's go fly a kite, up to the highest heights:
(energy, wind power) http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/17/flying-wind-turbines/

even more breakthroughs in solar cell technology, and I'm still driving my gas-powered car and living in a coal-powered house:
(solar power, energy, science) http://www.physorg.com/news104501218.html

look! its a giant floating windmill!
(wind power, magnetic levitation, energy) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/colossal_magnet.php

here's your chance to work with scum of the earth and be all the better for it:
(energy, pond scum, biofuel) http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=3418334&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

News of the Odd
can you not only think outside the box but rethink the box as well?
(thinking, mind, personal growth ) http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-ways-to-develop-independent-thought/

cross the Meow-mix commercial with The Ring and you get this cat:
(freaky, cat, death ) http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEATH_CAT?SITE=CTNHR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Monday, July 23, 2007

The More You Don't Know (July 23)

dearest readers, say it ain't so! I hope that I have helped you be more informed on the subjects and goings-on, but sadly many of your neighbors don't have access to such awesomeness, so remember to pass it along!
I understand that we live in a time of media-bombardment.  it is difficult to find the time to investigate the world around us while we have our day-to-day mundanity to deal with.  most times all we want to do is come home and have a beer while the sports highlights run (or in my case whatever sci-fi my DVR has picked up).  but we can only bury our heads in the sand so long before the wolves come.  so the problem becomes one of motivating ourselves and our fellow citizens to stop filling up on media twinkies and ho-hos and instead turn return to the idea of yesteryear's morning or evening paper at the dinner table, chock full of informational goodness and updated for our 21st century lifestyle.  but the news of today is a world-wide web of information and navigating to the relevant bytes can be as frustrating as driving on any highway come rush hour.  but we're getting better.  we've now seen the rise of social news sites and citizen journalism and I have the hope that as these tools are continually refined in the coming years we will see a more complete world-view, succinct in it's delivery, sublime in its message. 

Body Politic
once we had remember the Alamo or the Maine, but it may be prudent in days to come to remember the Reichstag or so a former Reagan man has warned us:
( Bush, Republicans, terror attacks) http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07162007.html
and lest you doubt such a thing might happen, again it is those who don't learn from history that are doomed:
but the victors write the history books so who watches the watchers?
and lest you further doubt the idea of political intrigue in America, here's another conspiracy:

this has to be one of the most well written pieces on Iran that I have read and makes the most convincing case for taking action against Iran.  I was honestly surprised by my reaction to it:
(Iran, sanctions, war) http://economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9514293

does the dog drool when the terror bell goes off?
(CNN, al Qaeda, Bush Administration, terror) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/CNN_reporter_Bush_AlQaeda_warnings_come_0717.html

thanks to the efforts of the Bush Administration we are safer now than....oh...well, nevermind then:
(terrorists, Bush, NIE) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_carlson&sid=alIrC8kDjpf0

so apparently all Congress has to do is lure Bush into the chambers, perhaps with a doughnut or a taco, and they've got him:
(Congress, Bush, subpoenas) http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2007/07/contempt.html
legal expert baffled at all the executive privilege flying around.  executive privilege is another name for Cheney's army of flying monkeys:
(executive privilege, Bush, law) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Law_scholar_baffled_by_Executive_Privilege_0716.html
and here's some suggestions about how to deal with those pesky privileges:
(Congress, executive privilege, showdown) http://www.slate.com/id/2170479/fr/rss/

404: Building not found:
(photography, national security) http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2007/07/secret_buildings_you_may_not_p.html?nav=rss_blog

and the Administration feels that you shouldn't be able to sue your telco provider because they spied on you, they were just doing their patriotic duty:
(warrantless wiretaps, AT&T, spying) https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=293&pg=makeACall&JServSessionIdr011=tzvyvuu0r2.app2a

Dick Cheney and the Chamber of Secret Energy Meetings:
(energy policy, secrecy, Cheney) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/washington/19energy.html?ex=1342497600&en=104ae8e59c92bf92&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
I can see where this one is going...
Gonzales: "I do not recall receiving that list of questions"
(attorney firings, Gonzales, Congress) http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200707/071807a.html

a timeline of Bush's service record, interesting read:
(Bush, military service) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zLu4BngHZVU/RqJKrgURfUI/AAAAAAAAATU/GeEI5n839bg/s1600-h/reserves.gif

want to know where your candidate stands on something? just move your mouse around:
(campaign '08, political issues) http://www.2decide.com/table.htm

the YouTube debates are tonight, is it a step forward for democracy? or is it a sham?
(youtube, debates, election) http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6197916.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=zdnn

one of my personal favorites for the election, the man who wants to get rid of half the government, Dr. Ron Paul:

The Corporate Mind
the death of ebay?
(ebay, litigation, corporate control) http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2007/07/leegin-and-ebay.html

a question to ponder, does making money off of sick people make sense?
(health care, corporate interests, business) http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070730/ehrenreich
and a side note, did the new rules for postal rates screw over everyone but the Big Dogs?
(mail, postage rates, corporate favoritism) http://www.thenation.com/itr/?o=%2Fdoc%2F20070730%2Fehrenreich

The French laugh and fart in your general direction from their beaches:
(work, vacation, corporate mindset) http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=why_we_dont_vacation_like_the_french

tada! when you do the numbers, corn won't work.  now, what reason would politicians have in investing in such a scheme? hmmmm...
(energy, corn, ethanol)

ethanol backlash is mounting, this guy says corn ethanol can only be good because its American(tm):
(ethanol, science, politics) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19874792/site/newsweek/

obviously Prius-owners are violent, terrorist types who hate our gas-guzzling freedoms:
(Hummers, Prius, vandalism) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19818804/

another group claims development of supercheap solar cells, I ask where is my flying solar-powered car?
(solar power, energy) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070719011151.htm

will wonders never cease? in the future you could be flying thanks to your poop:
(alternative energy, aviation, poop) http://www.stuff.co.nz/4132048a13.html

an article that puts it in black and white, its not a race to save Mother Earth, its a race to make sure we can still live here:
( environment, conservation, global warming) http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2007/07/16/stop-worrying-the-planet-will-be-fine/

ultracapacitors are on the way, get ready for your electric car:
(science, energy, capacitors) http://www.physorg.com/news104161454.html

Techno Beat
would you like to play Global Thermonuclear War?
(computer overlords, checkers, technology) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19839044/

I can has superpowerz?
(superpowers, technology) http://www.autoadviceoffl.com/superpowers/

the view from on high, its all about the cosmic oneness:
(overview effect, spirituality, God) http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/davebrody

this message brought to you from the future in a galaxy far, far away: "don't kill grandpa!"
(science, faster-than-light, communications ) http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/17/274531.aspx

wireless broadband continues its push forward:
(technology, wireless, internet) http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/archives/118321.asp

News of the Odd
remember the disappearing bees? another explaination comes to light:
(bees) http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/43163/story.htm

durrrr, I can has downloads?
(humor, torrents, email) http://torrentfreak.com/hilarious-mininova-support-e-mails/

a collection of things that don't belong on anyone's body:
(tattoos, bad art, humor) http://www.grupthink.com/topic/2517/Worst_Tattoos_Ever

LOLZ!!1one Jezus m4k3z teh funniez!1
(humor, Bible, internet meme) http://www.notablogtm.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/lolcat_bible_sml.jpg

this one has to be seen to be believed:
(frozen, half-eaten deer) http://hostmyjpg.com/#27bf11552b8eb15df4c854518e75e9e6.jpg

Monday, July 16, 2007

Lord of the Email: Return of the Newsletter

having battled with my own personal demons for the last few months, I'm going to attempt to get back into the groove of things and even attempt an update of the format.  I know not all of you read this religiously (even though it IS a religious experience, can't you feel the wonderment?) but its cathartic for me.  I'm adding tags to the links now that summerize the content, I'll try to be as unbiased as possible. ;)  those will be in green.

so here we go:
    I think we are living in times that can be described both as amazing and perilous, and I have the hope that we may use our talents and understanding to build a better future.  for the last six years we have lived the embodiment of FUD (for the uninitiated geeks, that's Fear/Uncertainty/Doubt) as we are told that the world is out to get us and we ought to be looking over our shoulders.  well there is one fundamental flaw with such reasoning, we're probably going to run into something unexpected because we're not paying attention to where we're going.  one of the thoughts I've had on this subject is the lack of vision we seem to be experiencing these days.  gone are the days of the Nuclear Age or the Space Age and their accompanying boosts of the imagination.  to be fair, we do have the internet, but I can only watch so many videos of people getting their genitalia abused by a dog riding a Mentos-n-Coke-powered skateboard before I have to wonder if its really helping us have any inspiration for the future.  I mean, its great and all that I can superpoke someone (where's the porn reference now?) or see photos of cats, dressed up by nutjobs, being in my whatever doing something to my stuff; but where is the enlightenment of the masses we were promised in the 90's?  I think Al sold us a highway to Tardtown based on some of the stuff I've seen on here.  But there is hope, even if the majority of internet users seem content to upload compromising photos/videos of themselves, there is still a multitude of useful information that can be used to improve life and communication.  and maybe, just maybe, as this grand forum continues to evolve and grow, a few people will be inspired and can use this tool to better the world around them.  the most any of us can do is try, and so try I do.  that being said....


Body Politic
Republicans are faltering in their presidential support, methinks '08 is a little too close for some of them:
(Iraq, Republicans, war spending) http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/07/a_lastditch_plea_to_a_wavering.html
but why worry about Iraq when you can invade Iran?
(Iran, war, Cheney, Bush) http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2127115,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

oversight? what oversight? we don't need no stinking oversight!
(spying, Bush ) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/US_intelligence_watchdog_silent_for_over_0715.html

lying to the courts? $250000. obsruction of a federal investigation? 30 months in prison. setting up your fallguy but giving him a ticket out of it and buying his silence? priceless...   there are some things money can't buy, this isn't one of them:
(Scooter Libby, Bush, court) http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/07/10/leahy-bush-bought-scooters-silence-with-commutation/
and Libby's judge feels hurt that Bush doesn't value his opinion:
this just in, 1 does not equal 1, Tony Snow claims "well, you can't be entirely sure.  is 1 apple like 1 orange? the President feels that it would be wrong and counterproductive to make the comparison.  and besides, apples and oranges have nothing to do with this case.  next question, please":

Obama wants you to know "I'm totally not like those other guys":
(election, Obama, Hillary, Edwards, debates) http://www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2007/07/15/news/top_story/7707886f0e8106e086257319001422c9.txt

Rep. Scott calls the Justice Dept. a bunch of hypocrites, the Justice Dept. responds that he is a "doodiehead":
(Congress, Justice Dept, executive privilege ) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Justice_Department_hit_for_limiting_attorneyclient_0716.html

you may like your gun, but the government...not so much:
(gun laws, Second Amendment, court) http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/archives/2007/07/second_amendmen.html

Iraqis aren't the only ones who can't be adequately protected by the military:
(women, rape, military) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/08/1443232

there are rumors of the New World Order; I don't believe there is a vast, all-encompassing conspiracy, but we would do well to remember that intrigue is old hat the world round:
(conspiracy, NWO) http://www.freedomdomain.com/nwoquote.htm

Peak Oil may be upon us, or maybe not.  Big Oil responds "move along, nothing to see here":
(Peak Oil, energy) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/iea_sounds_peak_1.php

Big Oil: "look, we said NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG!"
(solar power, energy) http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/14/korean-researchers-develop-uber-cheap-solar-cells/

Big Oil:"oh come on! we started in Texas! how can you do that to us?"
(wind power, energy, Texas ) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/houston_gets_in.php

Techno Beat
congratulations, one in three of you is an iSheep:
(Apple, iPhone, marketing) http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070715/tc_pcworld/134594

can you hear me now?.......hello?......
(cell phones, nutjob, tank) http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/call-of-duty/man-takes-out-6-cell-towers-in-tank-rampage-278637.php

and in case you didn't hear (heh, puns are fun), internet radio may go off the air but there's hope yet...if you'll allow the media companies to tell you what you can and can't do with the music:
(internet radio, DRM, legislation) http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070715-net-radio-compromise-hinged-on-drm-adoption.html

space...the final frontier....for profit...
(space, NASA) http://www.kiplinger.com/businessresource/forecast/archive/after_space_shuttle_070713.html

Sony is in ur tubez, buyin ur vidz:
(Sony, web video) http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/15/business/sony16.php

News of the Odd
awww, rich people can't have sex in their submarines without being interrupted by dolphins, boo hoo:
( sex, submarines, dolphins) http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=278856

rubber ducky, you're the one...you make bathti.....OH MY GOD!! RUN!
(giant rubber duck) http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/07/florentijn_hofmans_rubber_duckie.html

are you a thinker? do you find yourself thinking two, three times a day? or maybe even more? don't worry, help can be had now!
(humor) http://thejaywalker.com/pages/thinkers.html

diamonds are forever, espesscially a diamond the size of the freakin moon:
(huge ass space diamond) http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=9219