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Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Endangered Future of Privacy in bushie Amurika, Orcinus, November 20, 2004

Thanks, David, there goes my four year snooze.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:06 PM PST [Link]

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this guy should have stayed in the gene pool?
Calendar of Sexy Catholic Priests

Hey, somebody in the Vatican's got a cruel sense of humor. Click on the different languages for different clerical hotties. (Thanks, Brooke, at Bitter Shack de Resentment for this eye-candy find.)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:39 PM PST [Link]

A research team at UC Berkeley will report that irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 - 260,000 or more excess votes to President George W. Bush in Florida in the 2004 presidential election.

Goes with this

EDIT 12/09/04: Florida E-Vote Study Debunked, Wired News, December 7, 2004

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:38 PM PST [Link]

Things to do when your co-worker goes on vacation. (via Blogdex)

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

Iraq War Topping $5.8 Billion A Month.

Is this what all those bush voters voted for?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:36 PM PST [Link]

"But events in Fallujah have set the political landscape on fire - with the AMS urging all Iraqis to boycott the January elections. At the lavish golden-and-marble Umm al-Qura Mosque in Baghdad - built by Saddam and previously called 'Mother of all Battles' - the AMS managed to rally 47 political parties, not only Sunni Islamist but eight Shi'ite parties, one Christian, the Iraqi Turkmen Front and the Communist Party. Their joint communique condemns the elections as 'imposed by the US-backed interim government and rejected by a clear majority of political and religious powers'; stresses that 'the US raids against Najaf, Karbala, Samarra, Mosul, Baghdad and more recently Fallujah represent an obstacle to the political participation in the occupied country'; and qualifies the attack on Fallujah as 'genocide'. The whole idea comes from Sheikh Jawad al-Khalissi, a Shi'ite, who is a descendent of one of the leaders of the 1920 revolt against the British colonial power. In Iraq, history does repeat itself in many ways."
The Sunni-Shi'ite power play, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, November 20, 2004

The bushies are backing the wrong horse. Gee, what a surprise.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:35 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, November 18, 2004

My mother joined a subcult of a schism of a fringe religious denomination in 1966, and one of their rules was that you never, ever vote. They believe that God wants us to ignore Earth while living on it.

So she never voted. Arguments, we had arguments, we had lots and lots of arguments. But until 2004, she held out.

Two things changed her mind: finding out in 2003 that she had terminal cancer, and George Bush. She couldn't bear the thought of leaving the world without doing something to stop the Bush Empire.

She registered to vote in the summer of 2004. Up until the Sunday before Election Day, she kept asking me how we could get her to the polls. She was unconscious by the 2nd, and she died on November 11th. But she tried.

I sent this entry to www.sorryeverybody.com today; I'll be interested to see if they run it.

Love you, Mommy.

Lynn Loper

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 05:46 PM PST [Link]

"Steven Waldman at the religious Web site BeliefNet.com has an article up on why he thinks liberals and conservatives 'misunderstand' and talk past each other, along with five truths he thinks each side needs to recognize about the other. Give him credit: He at least is trying to get the two sides in a highly polarized nation to talk to one another, to address one another as human beings and individuals rather than a faceless 'other,' to behave as God would have us behave toward one another."
Carl Kolchak, ThoughtCrimes.org, November 17, 20004

Nice try, Steven, but I'm with Carl; the communication/belief gap is more like the Grand Canyon.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:53 AM PST [Link]

Dr. Max explains it all:

"You might think it incredible for the Administration to inaugurate a special tax on residents of New York, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and other states whose electoral votes went to John Kerry, but that's what is in the works."
The Bush Blue State Tax, MaxSpeak, November 18, 2004

Speaking as an Angeleno who pays a Sales Tax of 8.25% AND State Income tax: Fuck you Texas and Florida.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:25 AM PST [Link]

Whew! Democratic Veteran is smokin' today. Go read.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:16 AM PST [Link]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:10 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

"On the humanitarian front, Fallujah is a tragedy. The city has virtually been reduced to rubble. Remaining residents, the Red Cross confirms, are eating roots and burying the dead in their gardens. There's no medicine in the hospitals to help anybody. The wounded are left to die in the streets - their remains to be consumed by packs of stray dogs. As Iraqresistance.net, a Europe-wide collective, puts it, 'World governments, international organizations, nobody raises a finger to stop the killing.' The global reaction is apathy."
Counterinsurgency run amok, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, November 18, 2004

But I'm beginning to wonder what will happen if or when their fellow Arabs and Moslems decide to rescue their brothers and sisters in Iraq. What then? Or even an oil embargo would kill us; I remember the nightmares of 1976 and I really don't want to go through that again. It wasn't that gas was expensive, it was that there just wasn't much available and lines for it went for blocks. Don't forget, most of our food comes on trucks, I've no idea how far the walk would be to get any if push came to shove.

U.S. out of Iraq now. Please.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:16 PM PST [Link]

"It's the secular version of a recent open letter addressed to Bush by Rev. Bob Jones of Bob Jones University: 'You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ.'"
Embattled faith needs enemies for focus, by Gene Lyons, Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 (click on LINK for the rest)

Well, isn't that lovely. I wasn't aware I despised anyone's Christ, except when someone is trying to shove Him down my LIBERAL throat.

Is this really the cost of appreciating other people's points of view? Obviously no good deed does go unpunished.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:37 AM PST [Link]

"With continuing war in Iraq and U.S. armed forces dispersed to so many other locations around the globe, Americans may be wondering if compulsory military service could begin again for the first time since the Vietnam War era.

"The Selective Service System (SSS) and the U.S. Department of Education now are gearing up to compare their computer records, to make sure all men between the ages of 18 and 25 who are required to register for a military draft have done so.

"The SSS and the education department will begin comparing their lists on Jan. 1, 2005, according to a memo authored by Jack Martin, acting Selective Service director."

So, if, as bush said, there isn't going to be a draft, why is this happening?

"Under federal law, a military draft cannot be started without congressional support."
Government looking at military draft lists, by Alma Walzer, The Monitor, November 15, 2004 (via WTF is it Now?)

I think, by the time they get there, congressional support will be a given. Sorry, kids (and world), I voted for Kerry, good luck.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:05 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

"Had these machines used a voter-verified paper ballot, the problem could have been rectified by counting the paper ballots. As it is, there is no backup to protect against software problems, so Carteret County voters will have to go to the polls again to vote in a new election."
Lack of Paper Trail Ruins North Carolina Election, eVotingExperts.com, November 9, 2004

At least they get a new election. But I wonder what that costs.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 03:26 PM PST [Link]

If anyone is wondering why the Iraqis are fighting so hard, they might want to remember this:

It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:21 AM PST [Link]

Um, excuse me, are these the troops everyone wants me to support?

Video shows Marine killing wounded Iraqi

From the Department of Worst Case Scenarios, PR division

It's a little more than a PR disaster.

Has our Marine Corps always been like this and I just never noticed? Or has something horrible happened to them? What the fuck is going on? Where the hell was his officer? Or any officers?

Bring these guys home NOW.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:01 AM PST [Link]

I've been seeing blogs raving that we should all read A Handmaid's Tale because that's what's going to happen (!!!) and I think they're all wrong. I've always thought A Handmaid's Tale was farfetched because we're too violent for that to happen. I think Jack Womack's Random Acts of Senseless Violence, one of the most unsettling books I've ever read, is way closer to the mark of what might happen if things really go to hell in the US.

I mean, as William Gibson said of Random Acts of Senseless Violence: "If you dropped the characters from Neuromancer into Womack's Manhattan, they'd fall down screaming and have nervous breakdowns". And they would, too.

I like Jack Womack, his take on post-Soviet Russia in Let's Put the Future Behind Us was dead on, funny and scary. "Satirical romp", yeah, right.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:28 AM PST [Link]

You know, with Condilair Rice poised to squat down in the Secretary of State position and Abu Gonzalez (Thanks, DemVet) ready to rape the DOJ, I'd say for the foreseeable future the world should screen its calls and I must say to the poor and helpless of the world and the U.S. that we cannot help you and those in power are probably going to hurt you and there's not a damn thing I can do about it.

I have never been so ashamed of my country. I guess I've joined a sadder, but wiser tribe.

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


Boondocks, November 16, 2004

You know, now that I think about it...

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:26 AM PST [Link]

Monday, November 15, 2004

"Most Americans who listened to the radio or surfed the net on Election Day this year, sat down to watch the election night coverage expecting that John Kerry had been elected President. Exit polls showed him ahead in nearly every battleground state, in many cases by sizeable margins. As usually happens in close elections, undecided voters broke heavily toward the challenger, and the Democratic Party, possibly better organized and more committed than ever in their history, generated extraordinary turnout."
Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy, by Steven J. Freeman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, November 10, 2004 (Thanks, William)

I don't kid myself that this wrong will be righted, we are living in the reign of witches after all. But I don't kid myself that bush won this election either, anymore than I kid myself that there's a damn thing I can do about. Except blog the data and hope history, at least, gets it right.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:52 PM PST [Link]

New reviews at J LHLS:

10/31/2004: Book Review: The Mirror of Love

11/09/2004: Interview: Esard Ribic

11/09/2004: Comic review: "Conversations #1"

11/09/2004: Comic review: "American Elf"

11/13/2004: Yaoi manga review: Passion, vol 1

11/13/2004: Book Review: When A Fan Hits the Shit

11/14/2004: Yaoi review: Only the Ring Finger Knows

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:48 PM PST [Link]



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