random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  The time has come for people of reason to say: Enough is Enough! Religious faith discourages independent thought, it's divisive and it's dangerous.

tagged: religion
  —Richard Dawkins

tentacles of copyright paranoia

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Copyright paranoia is, truly, everywhere. Reading a NYT article about websites that track the Iraq war dead, I noticed this: The Iraq Page (iraq.pigstye.net) is the obsession of Tom Willett, a software developer from Bloomington, Ind. The site includes a single news account for each United States service member killed in combat, with a fluttering […]

press subpoenas in Watada case

Monday, December 18th, 2006

In an interesting twist on press subpoenas, Army prosecutors have subpoenaed journalists to get them to vouch for published quotes — not source information or unpublished information. [SFgate 12/18.] The prosecutors hope to use the quotes to prosecute First Lt. Ehren Watada, who denounced the war on Iraq as illegal and refused to deploy. Sarah […]

military bloggers & commentary

Friday, November 4th, 2005

part of a longer post i’m developing on military bloggers, but this to start: another military blogger silenced: discussing all the king’s horses blog and CBFTW [blog]

morning tea reading

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

The Rude Pundit tears it up on comparisons between the Clinton Whitewater-MonicaGate scandal, and the Bush-Cheney Fraudulently-Induced-Then-Bungled-Iraq-War-PlameGate scandal. [link from sideshow] debate over intelligent design: the abstract factory points out that intelligent design advocates, like pretty much every other human being, work within a science-based framework when it really matters to them personally. [link from […]

non-katrina

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

yet more depressing news: iraq: where people keep dying. A friend recently met with her family who lives in Baghdad, who reported a) her elderly aunties regularly have laser sightings trained on them by US soldiers; b) her cousin’s cousin was recently shot & killed by US soldiers; c) they still don’t have power & […]

freedom of info, giblets-style

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Indeed, the Medium Lobster could not agree more: while some in the petty name of “truth,” “accountability” and “basic humanity” might want to open this material to the world, outrage over yet another American atrocity would just fuel more violence. Oh, ACLU, don’t you have enough blood on your hands? Which is why the Medium […]

invade & establish theocracy

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

Great. US officials are admitting what was obvious to many even before the invasion: The US invasion of Iraq will lead to another theocracy. [Wash Post 8/14] [linked from david 8/14 at sivacracy] “We set out to establish a democracy, but we’re slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic,” said another U.S. […]

judith miller, the NYT, and journalism

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

from slate: Programming the Slammer Film Festival – Readers choose the most enlightening fare for Judith Miller. By David Edelstein 7/8 update: here’s a couple more good commentaries: avedon carol [sideshow] and Rosa Brooks in the LAT. Money line from Rosa Brooks: If a source with a clear political motivation passes along classified information that […]

missing WMDs not a problem, says fafblog

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

thank god fafblog is here to explain it all: There were real reasons to go into Iraq, despite the failure and recent quiet drop of the Quest for WMDs. What fool’s errand? [fafblog 1/12] full text below …

media-driven governance

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

regarding the stolen cache of explosives, wonkette reports that rove is upset that it’s even being discussed: Rove: “Kerry, by so rapidly embracing the story, is going to end up being tarnished by it. What would he do as president? Get up every morning and say, ‘I’m going to govern based on what I find […]

The Gadflyer: Believe

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

another one for the scrapbook: Thomas F. Schaller, The Gadflyer: Believe

“Bush’s Big Joke: A Video of Atrocities”

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

“Bush’s Big Joke” — A Video of Atrocities – A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution

hear, hear

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

slacktivist complains about the media:

stories from iraq prisons

Friday, September 24th, 2004

after abu ghraib – the london guardian report on huda alazawi, who was arrested and abused with her family; see also talk left commentary on the incident

manipulating information

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

The Enemy Is Us by Sam Gardiner in salon.com, sept. 22. Gardiner details how the bush administration has been using military information techniques to manage press coverage & release information to the american people. [T]he basic doctrine of strategic information operations: Influence emotions, motive and objective reasoning. Use repetition to create a collective memory in […]

read this: “if america were iraq…”

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

If America were Iraq, What would it be Like? by Professor Juan Cole at Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion. I don’t remember whether it was discussed in this essay or not, but I think it’s important to remember that the US has a policy not to collect data on civilian […]

voting for kerry

Monday, September 13th, 2004

i’m an anarchist, and i’m voting, and more than that, i’m voting for kerry.* here’s why: war on iraq: Will Kerry solve the iraq situation? Will he make it better? Folks might suggest that Kerry will not, or can not. Other folks might reasonably point out that the Democrats are not really better on iraq: […]

O’Reilly Admits Iraq War Was a “Big Screw-Up”

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

Mr. O’REILLY: Look, the Iraq War was a big screw-up, all right? I think every clear-thinking person in the country knows it was. First of all, weapons of mass destruction did not materialize, which was the primary motivator for the war. – from O’Reilly (Fox) debates Krugman (NYT) on “Tim Russert”, CNBC, Saturday, August 7, […]


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