Annalee Newitz nailing Rumsfeld's DoD and its effort to regulate wireless digital communications to eliminate the possibility of open networks:
"Somebody doesn't like the idea of unregulated communication. WiFi is scaring the government not because it's a tool of terrorism but because it's a tool of unregulated political dissent."I hope Annalee is spending some of her time at MIT with a couple of my old profs, Sherry Turkle and Gene Skolnikoff.
And Lisa Rein points me to Michelle Goldberg's "Salon" piece on the Shrubbyist Right, which asks at the end "...why the right hates so very many Americans." Exactly! Ms. Goldberg, in "IT'S A RIGHT-WING HATE FEST BABY!" discusses the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Com) conference across the Potomac from the White House
"a world where passionate worship of the president is part of a brave rebellion against government, where Sweden is a hellish dystopia and Tom Daschle a die-hard Marxist. ... (where) right-wingers still fancy themselves an embattled minority facing an army of wily, ruthless leftists, who they hate with the righteous fury of the downtrodden."Here is the link to full text of the Salon article in case Lisa's link goes bad, it's worth reading:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are these words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again: but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?
|"Kabul" by Mimi Hirsh is just out in paperback, and has been reviewed
by Homira G. Nassery in an email. Ms. Nassery is a native of Kabul
now working for the World Bank; her review is available at this link: http://www.jimpivonka.com/unpublished/KabulBkRev.html
And here is the cover and link to the Amazon.com order
I found the review deeply touching in itself, and look forward to reading the book.
Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 "Patriot
(Repression) Act II" --Unreleased proposed legislation -- The
next step in the Shrubbyist program of fascist repression in the US (from
The Bush Dictatorship is preparing a bold, comprehensive sequel to the
USA Patriot (Repression) Act which will give the government broad, sweeping
new powers to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and
law enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review
and public access to information.
in full text (.pdf 12 MB)
Reports out of the White House indicate that the administration hopes to use a quick victory in Iraq to push through this radical agenda.Based on today's postings, HNN should be on your daily reading list, if you want real news, rather than Faux News, the CNN "Censored News Network", and the rest of US TV news organizations' right wing propaganda programming.
Yes, I know some of these indicate the print media is doing better than the TV networks - if only anyone read any of it.
Why haven't we heard about this in the U.S. TV news? (TEN NOBEL LAUREATES IN ECONOMICS ATTACK W'S ECONOMIC PLAN) Or the Shrub's Reagan style jobless "exxonomic recovery"? Or how the Shrubbyists are restoring the secretive pre-Watergate Imperial Presidency? (HNN1, HNN2) The Beth Daponte Case? Bet you have been following that on TV! (It has finally made MSNBC! After coverage by Business Week (a McGraw Hill #40 publication), following weblog coverage) Read the BW article! And reliable analysis of public opinion? Compare the usual BS to Public Opinion Watch
have no economic plan other than war, every part of their domestic
agenda depends on perpetual war.
It is the Shrubbyist political agenda that drives their need for perpetual war,
not oil and not terrorism.
The Changing of the Guard: Looking for Alan Bisbort's piece on the WWW led me to very interesting weblogs and sites - these are NOT institutional, nor are they provided by members of the "60's" generation, the boomers.
I have, until proven wrong, given up on the boomer generation's ability to ever effectively grasp, use, or utilize the internet and web. Their slowness and resistance in these matters is mind boggling - uh, y'know, mind blowing I guess is the right phrase, y'know? WTF is going on with them/us? FOLKS, IT IS JUST NOT THAT DIFFICULT! It is useful, and it is important. And the new learning will help you stave off senility! Get with it.
Here are web sites, indicators of where hope for the future may lie:
Material by Bill Mandel and myself which was originally posted on the 5th and 6th of February has been moved to the 'Drafts' section at the end of today's weblog.
I will eventually move the material to a separate file after revising and editing both my original posting and my response to Mr. Mandel's letter. My rewrite may combine and reconcile (and possibly expand, lest we forget the greats - Borah, La Follet, Norris) my postings. Fair notice!
Pentagon nutcase: France
'no longer ally' According to the head of the Pentagon's top advisory
board, Richard Perle, France is no longer an ally of the United States.
The NATO alliance "must develop a strategy to contain our erstwhile ally
or we will not be talking about a NATO alliance" Perle said in Washington
The effects of the Reagan/Bush and Shrub deficits on the availability of money for any public purpose (other than war and assassination campaigns overseas and spying on and suppressing domestic opposition at home) is readily apparent (example here). Allen Sloan, of Newsweek, has more: "Bush’s Depressing Economy - Everything will work out just fine, the president says. But a close look at his economic record so far suggests that he has a ‘fuzzy math’ problem."
Bush's Only Economic Plan is
"We, the Challenger children and all the children
of public disasters, are hearing your hearts break.
Kathie Scobee Fulgham, daughter of Challenger Commander, Dick Scobee
Media Concentration: "Take
Back the Media" is a web site that exposes the concentration of
media ownership in the hands of private and right wing ownership groups,
and provides suggestions and tools to counteract this trend. If you
wonder why the US public is so ill informed, and so misinformed, spend
some time here.
It is only those who have neither
fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who
cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell."
William Tecumseh Sherman
Tom Tully <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This was a very bad day.
Space Shuttle Columbia
Lost in Service
February 1, 2003
William McCool, Pilot
Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist
Mike Anderson, Mission Specialist
David Brown, Mission Specialist
Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist
Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist
A marvelous example of life in that "freedom loving democracy", our
ally in the Mid East, Israel, is found at "Liberating
the Wall" See also "Oprah,
Dr. Phil, Playboy--and Me "
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