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mon 17 mar 03

+ history brings interesting thoughts, of an evening. good night.

+ thomas jefferson:

"war is as much a punishment to the punisher as it is to the sufferer."


+ randolph bourne, the state:

"in your reaction to an imagined attack on your country or an insult to its government, you draw closer to the herd for protection, you conform in word and deed, and you insist vehemently that everybody else shall think, speak, and act together. and you fix your adoring gaze upon the state, with a truly filial look, as upon the father of the flock."


+ maj. gen. smedley butler (former commandant, u.s. marine corps), recipient of two congressional medals of honor, common sense, november 1935:

"i spent thirty-three years and four months in active service in the country's most agile military force, the marines. i served in all ranks from second lieutenant to major general. and during that period i spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for wall street and the bankers. in short, i was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

i suspected i was just part of a racket at the time. now i am sure of it. like all members of the military profession i never had an original thought until i left the service. my mental faculties remained in suspended animation while i obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. this is typical with everyone in the military service.

thus i helped make mexico, and especially tampico, safe for american oil interests in 1914. i helped make haiti and cuba a decent place for the national city bank boys to collect revenue in. i helped in the raping of half-a-dozen central american republics for the benefit of wall street. the record of racketeering is long. i helped purify nicaragua for the international banking house of brown brothers and co. in 1909-1912. i brought light to the dominican republic for the sugar interests in 1916. i helped make honduras 'right' for american fruit companies in 1903. in china in 1927 i helped see to it that standard oil went its way unmolested.

during those years, i had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. i was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotion. looking back on it, i feel that i might have given al capone a few hints. the best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. the marines operated on three continents."


+ cnn: marriage is not a 'cure all.' the fact that it's marketed as a fairy tale, ups the divorce and single-parent statistics. unfortunately.

+ ananova: grannies for peace.

+ dc.internet.com: senate wants oversight of the capps II program. "... the airline computer reservation system will automatically link to the tsa for a computer background check on the traveler that can include a credit, banking history and criminal background check." credit history? afraid we're going to be skipping the country over charge card debts, i assume.

+ new scientist: deadly pneumonia has spread globally.

+ expatica.com: u.s. and france gave iraq anthrax. and botulism, too.

+ businessweek: greenspan's course ... steady, but ready. read the last couple of paragraphs about oil stocks.

+ boston globe: oliphant, eliminating 'choice' in iraq war politics. "they [the leaders of the democratic party] have connived with bush to avoid a full congressional debate mirroring the discussions at the united nations." seems we can't trust any of our politicians.

+ cnn science: ancient brits mummified their dead, too. in peat bogs.

+ os news: gentoo vs. the noob. that's even better than 'newbie.'

+ the register: wrox hits the rocks. i should go out and fill out the holes in my professional library, before they're gone.

+ wired: media watchdogs caught napping. "as a journalist, i find it quite strange that there's not more criticism of the bush administration in the american media ..." or at least other perspectives.

+ bloom county returns. well, reruns anyway. "pear pimples for hairy fishnuts," and "commie ducks."

+ guardian.uk: beethoven's search for a more robust piano.

+ bioethics.gov: human nature and its future.

+ philadelphia inquirer: war boosts magazines that offer real news. atlantic monthly, harpers and the new yorker are mentioned. only left-leaners?

+ independent.uk: bob moog, original synth.

+ obviously, we're going to war. you'll read enough about it elsewhere.

+ ny times letters to the editor: abortion, back in the spotlight.

+ ny times: a decision made, and its consequences. "the very fact that mr. bush had to come here this weekend, to an island free of protesters for a meeting with the previously convinced, is evidence that he has also failed, as some of his own aides acknowledge."

+ ny times editorial: humanity's slowing growth.

+ uh-oh. client emergency. back later.

+ santa fe new mexican: santa feans join worldwide peace vigil. but not just downtown; there were others in smaller satellite communities, as well.

+ reuters: beds in u.s. homes are hoppin' with dust mites. and here you think you don't have any pets ...

+ reuters: spiegel files for bankruptcy protection. credit card ops.

+ this is horrible. in america, during protests, dozer operators routinely turn off their machines and simply call the authorities. it's too dangerous to operate with humans in the vicinity. that is the *responsible* answer to the situation. noone would intentionally throw themselves under a dozer, but power equipment operators have a long, tragic history of poor judgment, losing their cool, or just plain becoming murderous ... and causing injury and death. as with guns, those with power equipment like to play god, choosing life and death for others.

+ we had rain last night. rain!