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Saturday, March 1, 2003

Defendez Tommy Chong!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:27 PM PST [Link]

Does anyone else see some symmetry in this or are things just going right for a change?

Pakistan Arrests Alleged 9/11 Mastermind
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was arrested Saturday in Pakistan, a senior official told The Associated Press.

Turkish Speaker Nullifies U.S. Troop Vote
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) In a serious blow to U.S. war plans, the speaker of Turkey's parliament nullified a legislative vote Saturday that would have allowed deployment of 62,000 U.S. combat troops in Turkey to open a northern front against Iraq. Bulent Arinc voided the vote on constitutional grounds, ruling that a majority of legislators present had not voted in favor.

Iraq Begins Destroying Banned Missiles
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq began destroying its Al Samoud 2 missiles Saturday as ordered by the United Nations and agreed with weapons inspectors on a timetable to dismantle the entire missile program, U.N. and Iraqi officials said.

Go Turks!

Why is AP so hard to link to? Sorry about the pop-ups.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:57 PM PST [Link]

"I have little doubt that the United States will soon go to war against Iraq. I hope I'm wrong. I hope we find alternative and nonviolent methods of kicking the crap out of Saddam Hussein and his sociopathic regime, but I don't think the current president and his administration are philosophically capable of nonviolent action.

"Instead, the latest war with Iraq will last a week or so, a few dozen U.S. soldiers will be wounded or killed in action, tens of thousands of Iraqis will die, and Saddam Hussein will be dead, exiled, or disappeared. The United States will then occupy Iraq for an indefinite period of time as we install a new government and leaders who we hope will become democratic and progressive. However, I have serious doubts about our ability to choose moral leaders, considering the fact that the United States funded and helped create the political and military careers of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and a few dozen other dictatorial Frankensteins."
RELEVANT CONTRADICTIONS: In defense of humor, irony, satire, and a Native American perspective on the coming war on Iraq, By Sherman Alexie, The Stranger, February 27, 2003

Yet another worthy voice that will be silenced after the first field engagement in Iraq. Can't we just have inspections forever and ever, amen? Please?

I know, I should be packing (to move to back to Warszawa).

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:49 AM PST [Link]

Friday, February 28, 2003

BlogTalk - A European Conference On Weblogs: Web-based publishing, communication and collaboration tools for professional and private use

Wish I'd known about this sooner for all your scholars out there becase the deadline for submitting abstracts was today. However, it might be interesting to see if I can get a book of abstracts.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:56 PM PST [Link]

"The cash-balance plan is particularly harmful to older workers, so if you've got any gray hair, you might want to take a look at what they're about to do to you.

"Under fixed-benefit plans, retirement is based on the employee's salary and years of work at the company. This gives older workers a chance to rack up benefits. When companies started switching to cash-balance plans, the AARP, the Pension Rights Center, the AFL-CIO and other groups set up a mighty holler. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 800 age-discrimination complaints. As a result, the IRS stopped approving these conversions in 1999.

"You can call the Treasury Department at (202) 622-6090 or 6030 to find how to submit a comment. The Communication Workers of America Web site also has some how-to advice; it's at www.allianceibm.org/pension/treasuryletters.htm
Cutting up your parachute, by Molly Ivins, Star Telegram, February 27, 2003

Oh my God! Why must I hear about these things from Molly Ivins? Why? I can NEVER stop reading her column. She can NEVER stop writing it. And there are only 13 days left to object to the Treasury about this SERIOUSLY BAD IDEA. And I thought getting older was just tough on the skin.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:27 PM PST [Link]

Aren't we all wondering Is Bush Nuts?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:41 PM PST [Link]

"It is inevitable that during twenty years with the State Department I would become more sophisticated and cynical about the narrow and selfish bureaucratic motives that sometimes shaped our policies. Human nature is what it is, and I was rewarded and promoted for understanding human nature. But until this Administration it had been possible to believe that by upholding the policies of my president I was also upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe it no longer."
U.S. Diplomat John Brady Kiesling, Letter of Resignation, to: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, ATHENS, Thursday 27 February 2003


Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:28 PM PST [Link]

"The new movie, The Two Towers makes up for its lack of on screen sex scenes with some of the most horrifying, blood wrenching violence ever to splatter the silver screen. "That's why, at first glance, the film is very appealing to True Christians®," says Pastor Deacon Fred. "However, we must be careful not to get overly excited about movies that come so close to depicting what our loving Lord Jesus has in store for sinners."
Christian Moviegoers Beware! The Two Towers is Homo Slang For Erect Hobbit Penises, Landover Baptist Warning for Christian Parents

"True Christian™ Star Trek fan, and Sunday School teacher, Geoffrey Mullins, thinks so. Most fans of the popular television series, Star Trek, are already aware that the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry, gathered ideas for his fictional Klingon species during a trip to the Holy Land in the late 1960's."
Can The World of Star Trek Help Americans Understand Muslims and their Culture of Terror? , Landover Baptist Special Media Report

"Even in these times, when something is amusing, we must laugh at it." Thomas Mann, more or less, from Disorder and Early Sorrow

Always leave 'em laughing. Over the next few days I will not be laughing much because I will be packing and moving and packing and moving and packing and moving and all over again. Please think positive thoughts because I might not get to bloggin' until mid-next week, we'll see how it goes.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:10 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, February 27, 2003

"Take Iraq's immediate neighbours. All without exception are in theory opposed to an attack; in practice, most will go along. For Turkey, haggling to the last bazaar bean, war means a bonanza windfall of perhaps $26bn in US assistance - and, perhaps, a chance to zap the Kurds. For Iran, more subtly, it is an opportunity both to see off the old foe, Saddam, and build needed bridges with the Great Satan."
War remains the option of first resort - not last
The US is by no means alone in conniving at conflict with Iraq, by Simon Tisdall, Thursday February 27, 2003, The Guardian

Aaah yessss, something for everyone, especially the Kurds. Sigh.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:44 AM PST [Link]

From today's Media Whores Online regarding O'Reilly's latest show.

O'Reilly said:

"'Once the war against Saddam Hussein begins, we expect every American to support our military, and if you can't do that, just shut up.

'Americans, and indeed our foreign allies who actively work against our military once the war is underway, will be considered enemies of the state by me.

'Just fair warning to you, Barbra Streisand and others who see the world as you do. I don't want to demonize anyone, but anyone who hurts this country in a time like this, well. Let's just say you will be spotlighted.

'Talking points invites all points of view and believes vigorous debate strengthens the country, but once decisions have been made and lives are on the line, patriotism must be factored in.'

'This does not give the government carte blanche to do anything, but it does give the government the benefit of the doubt at least until that benefit is proven wrong as it was in Vietnam.'"

How much death and destruction will it take before the O'Reilly's of the world realize what the peace movement already knows? How many died in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, on both sides, and at Kent State, before our government decided it really couldn't win that war? Of course the death and destruction of other people, near or far, really means nothing to people like O'Reilly.

But he might like his Wednesday show, so lets hit him where he lives. Please use these addresses and quote his remarks above, point out that Mr. O'Reilly and his public statements stand in the way of America ever becoming a democracy again and that it would be impossible to do business with anyone who supports such hateful speech. Then knock them down and kick them in the bottom line. I won't ask you to be nice and polite in your letters because you readers are nice and polite people down to your fingertips. Here's my letter, which I hope has the right tone (you'll have to scroll down a bit, I'm still figuring out this blogging stuff). Thank you, here is the contact information:

Email Hummer:
1-800 REAL 4WD (1-800-732-5493)

Attention: Public Relations
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Morgan Stanley
Email Morgan Stanley: genlfeedback@morganstanley.com

Morgan Stanley
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Telephone: (212) 761-4000
Fax: (212) 761-0086

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Thank you.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering, during Gulf War I, I did support our troops. First I supported not sending them and then I supported bringing them home.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:30 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

"LOS ANGELES: There is a subtext to what the Bushites are doing as they prepare for war in Iraq. My hypothesis is that President George W. Bush and many conservatives have come to the conclusion that the only way they can save America and get if off its present downslope is to become a regime with a greater military presence and drive toward empire. My fear is that Americans might lose their democracy in the process." Norman Mailer: Gaining an empire, losing democracy? Iraq is an excuse, By Norman Mailer (Tribune Media Services), Tuesday, February 25, 2003

As someone who remembers combat marines, some fresh from the Gulf War, in Los Angeles "keeping the peace" or occupying the city after the Rodney King Rebellion, yeah, well I guess we'll get used to it and then we can go ice skating in hell, too. Fuck.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:06 AM PST [Link]

"The Shoah Foundation archive contains approximately 117,000 hours of videotaped testimony from Holocaust survivors and witnesses, recorded in 32 languages and 56 countries. Providing broad access to this archive has been a goal of the foundation since its inception in 1994." Overcoming Intolerance. The Shoah Foundation archive online. More information on the foundation's homepage.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:37 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

"After 9/11, nobody has any rights." Finding Trouble in U.S., Jimmy Breslin, February 24, 2003

Will somebody they can believe please tell the INS and all the other uniformed, government employed frighteners that TEOTWAWKI did not occur on 9/11. God help us all.

*The end of the world as we know it

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:56 PM PST [Link]

"After 9/11, nobody has any rights." Finding Trouble in U.S., Jimmy Breslin, February 24, 2003

Will somebody then can believe please tell the INS and all the other uniformed, government employed frighteners that TEOTWAWKI did not occur on 9/11. God help us all.

*The end of the world as we know it

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:55 PM PST [Link]

"But at the same time, paradoxes abound. The president, slashing taxes despite the looming war, says the ailing economy will soon rebound. In fact, it may be the first American war—maybe the first war ever—where, despite the huge cost, the taxpayers will get money back when it's over. You've got to admit, this is the weirdest Armageddon man has ever seen."
A War Where You Get Your Money Back, Bush's Fairy Tale World, by Sydney Schanberg, Village Voice, February 19 - 25, 2003

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:46 AM PST [Link]

Monday, February 24, 2003

"UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Britain circulated a new U.N. resolution on Monday that sets the stage for war with Iraq by declaring Baghdad had failed to take advantage of its final opportunity to disarm peacefully.

"But no vote on the document was expected for two weeks at the Security Council, where most members at this stage oppose a swift move to war.

"The move opened an intensive period of diplomacy. France and Germany came out strongly against a new resolution and a shift to a "logic of war," circulating a rival proposal which would extend U.N. inspections for at least four months.

"The 12-paragraph draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, does not have a deadline and says simply that the Council 'decides that Iraq has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it in resolution 1441.'"
New US, UK Resolution Says Iraq Failed to Disarm, Reuters, February 24, 2003, By Evelyn Leopold and Irwin Arieff

So, did I imagine all those no war in Iraq protests on Feb 15 in the US and the UK or what?

A million+ protesters in the streets of London is a pretty big clue, Mr. Blair. I mention this because of the two of you, um, world leaders, you're the one with the most salvage potential.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:05 PM PST [Link]

"ON November 7, the day before the United Nations Security Council voted on a resolution that made an American and British attack on Iraq more than likely, Downing Street began issuing warnings of imminent terrorist threats against the United Kingdom."
LIES, DAMNED LIES AND TERROR WARNINGS John Pilger on the evil art of black propoganda, Mirror.uk.com, Week of February 27, 2003

Hmmmmmmmm, remind anyone else of the Burnt Umber alert?

I see the boy-prez who cries wolf has cousins across the pond.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:12 PM PST [Link]

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