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Friday, October 13, 2006

Today's Digg:

Five Scandals that Could Put Republicans in Jail

How Much Money Do You Make?

Rice: Does anyone really believe I'd ignore terror warning?

Classical Music Downloads

Resolution of the Relativity/Quantum Mechanics Conflict

New motor first to be powered by living bacteria

Islam's Finance Rules

Angelides demands equal time on Leno

Guantanamo detainees go to Afghanistan

A Razor-Sharp Profile Cuts Into a Mile-High Cityscape

Solar Images

We All Work for Google

Coping with the Shrinking Aral Sea

AP: Air America Radio Files Chapter 11

Crash alerts New Yorkers that aircraft are still allowed to fly over their city

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:16 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Enough Already
Vote Angelides

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:40 PM PST [Link]

More Digg

10 reasons you shouldn't go to film school

Federal Deficit Now Lowest in 4 Years. But still $247.7 billion.

Top economists call for U.S. minimum wage increase

The Religious Right's Crusade for 'Decency'

Army is preparing plans to keep the current level of troops in Iraq through 2010

Jenna Bush in Paraguay for UNICEF Plan

Warning over 'broken up' internet

Teenager moves video icons just by imagination

How Sleep Works

What is Work 2.0?

The Social News Faceoff

MySpace Panics: Talks With Google, May Block YouTube

First Antimatter Chemistry

Movie to make millionaires of lost Mexico fishermen

Transcript: Bush's news conference

Mipcom: Interview With The Pirate King - Ashwin Navin Of BitTorrent

Surprise! There's a third YouTube co-founder

Vampire Bats Help Battle Strokes

Cat Cloning Company Closes its Doors

Are These Faces Real Or Computer-Generated?

Link Between Breast-Feeding and Child's IQ Debunked

Habeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom

Schwarzenegger:"To Link Me To George Bush Is Like Linking Me To An Oscar...It's Ridiculous"…

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:02 PM PST [Link]

"As an armchair linguiphile I was particularly interested in hearing about how Matt chose to use Hanguel, the Korean alphabet, as the basis for his fantastical nonsense language. Because the individual characters evolved as representations of the shapes of our mouths, the language seems to be a sort of comic in itself, and the perfect match for Ojingogo’s strange and wonderful world."
Matt and Ojingogo on CBC, Drawn!, October 12, 2006

I never quite got the charm of Ojingogo, but it's more interesting now. I think I'd like it better in book form.

Oh, by the way, the first Pibgorn book is out. I got mine and it's a beauty!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:54 PM PST [Link]

"A waitress just seated a woman next to me, saying "I'm going to put you right here next to this young gentleman." I tried to keep looking like a young gentleman so as not to cause any awkwardness. I got an extremely severe haircut yesterday in Toronto -- perhaps not the best idea in the world when I have to spend three hours in a Midwestern airport, during which time I will almost certainly need to use the ladies' room."
Airport Whine, Alison Bechdel, October 12, 2006

Heh heh heh. At least she called you a gentleman.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:15 PM PST [Link]

Digg du jour

Trapping hackers in the honeypot

"Thriller"... with Legos

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost, by Wil Wheaton

Group Warns Of More Junk E-mail

PKD covers gallery

Film noir is coming out of the shadows

Schools rethink reasons for recess

Carnivorous Plant Eats Mouse At French Garden

FBI Agents Still Lacking Arabic Skills

Middle class needs to fight back now

655,000 Iraqis Died Due to War

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:53 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"For nearly two years - from June 9, 2002 until March 2, 2004, when the Department of Defense permitted Mr. Padilla to have contact with his lawyers - Mr. Padilla was in complete isolation. Even after he was permitted contact with counsel, his conditions of confinement remained essentially the same.

"He was kept in a unit comprising sixteen individual cells, eight on the upper level and eight on the lower level, where Mr. Padilla’s cell was located. No other cells in the unit were occupied. His cell was electronically monitored twenty-four hours a day, eliminating the need for a guard to patrol his unit. His only contact with another person was when a guard would deliver and retrieve trays of food and when the government desired to interrogate him.

"His isolation, furthermore, was aggravated by the efforts of his captors to maintain complete sensory deprivation. His tiny cell – nine feet by seven feet – had no view to the outside world. The door to his cell had a window, however, it was covered by a magnetic sticker, depriving Mr. Padilla of even a view into the hallway and adjacent common areas of his unit. He was not given a clock or a watch and for most of the time of his captivity, he was unaware whether it was day or night, or what time of year or day it was.

"In addition to his extreme isolation, Mr. Padilla was also viciously deprived of sleep. This sleep deprivation was achieved in a variety of ways. For a substantial period of his captivity, Mr. Padilla’s cell contained only a steel bunk with no mattress. The pain and discomfort of sleeping on a cold, steel bunk made it impossible for him to sleep. Mr. Padilla was not given a mattress until the tail end of his captivity. . . .

"Other times, his captors would bang the walls and cell bars creating loud startling noises. These disruptions would occur throughout the night and cease only in the morning, when Mr. Padilla’s interrogations would begin. Efforts to manipulate Mr. Padilla and break his will also took the form of the denial of the few benefits he possessed in his cell. . . .

"Mr. Padilla’s dehumanization at the hands of his captors also took more sinister forms. Mr. Padilla was often put in stress positions for hours at a time. He would be shackled and manacled, with a belly chain, for hours in his cell. Noxious fumes would be introduced to his room causing his eyes and nose to run. The temperature of his cell would be manipulated, making his cell extremely cold for long stretches of time. Mr. Padilla was denied even the smallest, and most personal shreds of human dignity by being deprived of showering for weeks at a time, yet having to endure forced grooming at the whim of his captors.

"A substantial quantum of torture endured by Mr. Padilla came at the hands of his interrogators. In an effort to disorient Mr. Padilla, his captors would deceive him about his location and who his interrogators actually were. Mr. Padilla was threatened with being forcibly removed from the United States to another country, including U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was threatened his fate would be even worse than in the Naval Brig.

"He was threatened with being cut with a knife and having alcohol poured on the wounds. He was also threatened with imminent execution. He was hooded and forced to stand in stress positions for long durations of time. He was forced to endure exceedingly long interrogation sessions, without adequate sleep, wherein he would be confronted with false information, scenarios, and documents to further disorient him. Often he had to endure multiple interrogators who would scream, shake, and otherwise assault Mr. Padilla.

"Additionally, Mr. Padilla was given drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations.

"Throughout most of the time Mr. Padilla was held captive in the Naval Brig he had no contact with the outside world. In March 2004, one year and eight months after arriving in the Naval Brig, Mr. Padilla was permitted his first contact with his attorneys. Even thereafter, although Mr. Padilla had access to counsel, and thereby some contact with the outside world, those visits were extremely limited and restricted....

"The deprivations, physical abuse, and other forms of inhumane treatment visited upon Mr. Padilla caused serious medical problems that were not adequately addressed. Apart from the psychological damage done to Mr. Padilla, there were numerous health problems brought on by the conditions of his captivity. Mr. Padilla frequently experienced cardiothoracic difficulties while sleeping, or attempting to fall asleep, including a heavy pressure on his chest and an inability to breath or move his body."
This is what American torture looks like, Chiaroscuro, The Broad View, October 10, 2006

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:32 PM PST [Link]

More Digg.

The Future of Social Networks

The size zero pill

Stephen Colbert, George W Bush's Words

5 Strategies to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Jimmy jams with Elvis

Scientologists drop Foley from Web site

Skype Founder: Kazaa, Napster Help Music

Gone for Decades, Jaguars Steal Back to the Southwest

Restaurant owner says songs may cost him his business

New D.C. Sex Scandal Looming? Feds target escort service in money launder, prostitution probe

50 Ways to Get Your Stuff Done

Four top doctors arrested over illegal human experimentation

Open Source Madness

Generating Power From Kites

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 02:30 PM PST [Link]

Monday, October 9, 2006

Hey, Jim, didn't you know? Dan Savage recanted. Did he de-recant? And since when doesn't your blog have comments? Just wondering. By the way, here's my original post on it.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:56 PM PST [Link]

Digg is kind of evil (in a good way)

Illegal Immigrants Sue Wendy's

50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Basic Guide to Mortgages

The Last Cigarette

Dodgeit, email designed to elude spam

France: Schoolgirl Stoned In Playground For Not Observing Ramadan

Mercury Poisoning: It's Not Just Fish...

'Manorexia' Is on the Rise

Foley may be able to use campaign funds to pay for legal defense

Researchers Uncover Cell Fusion Mechanism

Why the Frogs Are Dying

How Teleportation Will Work

YouTube reveals politicians unscripted sides

Why It Make Sense For Google To Buy YouTube

Biodefence special: Fortress America?

American Prison Camps Are on the Way

Bill Clinton: I'm Hillary's 'Token Redneck At The State Fair'

A Dying Population (in Russia). The nation is succumbing to a low birthrate, disease and despair. Leaders see the trend as a security threat.

I Am Leaving the Republican Party, by Robert Stokes

Iraqu Uncensored. Kael Alford Photographs

Rahm Emanuel Shuts Down GOP Foley Defense

Buzz: Vista to cost $5,000 per user? No way.

Advice For A Troop Deploying To Iraq

Holy Chalk Drawings, Batman!

Investigation shows FEMA spent millions on puppet shows, bingo, yoga

These have been piling up in my Bloglines. Enjoy!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:43 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, October 8, 2006

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

There are, however, close to 60K women named Ginger in the U.S. May God have mercy on them. I didn't grow into my name until I was 30.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:21 PM PST [Link]

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