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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Civilian death toll in Afghanistan is being under-reported.
7:39 PM

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

"Let the snake that does not bite me live for a thousand years"
US attitude towards terrorism and Turkey
2:47 PM

Thank you for flying Air Paranoia!
A Sacramento journalist is taken into custody by police and forced to destroy photos
12:39 PM

Thursday, October 25, 2001

The Gandhi Nobody Knows by Richard Grenier
According to Grenier, Ghandi advocated collective suicide on the part of the Jews in response to the threat of the Nazi holocaust. He also advocated British surrender, and called Hitler "not a bad man".
11:33 PM

An eminently educational speech by Noam Chomsky on the history of terror.
9:14 PM

A little homegrown American terorism:

   Aug 6th, 1945 -  Hiroshima:
                                76,000 building destroyed
                                200,000 innocent civilians murdered in one day
   Aug 9th, 1945 -   Nagasaki:
                                140,000 innocent civilians murdered in one day
American reaction: Celebration

Kyoto, the beautiful ancient city of Japan, was originally scheduled to be destroyed. The decision to bomb Nagasaki instead saved at least 800,000 innocent people.

General Leslie Groves was dissapointed:

"I particularly wanted Kyoto as a target because, as I have said, it was large enough an area for us to gain complete knowledge of the effects of an atom bomb. Hiroshima was not nearly so satisfactory in this respect."
7:13 PM

"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells."
2:30 PM

"One picture taken shortly after the Taliban takeover says it all: a trembling woman covered in a head to toe veil, her face completely obscured, sobs as she speaks with a Western reporter. Who is she?  An impoverished peasant?  A homeless woman? No, she's the recently removed chief surgeon at the country's largest hospital!"
U.S. Policy Has Betrayed Afghan Women for 20 Years
12:42 PM

Florida, home to Big Borther Bush, is the first state to propose moving to a secret government
12:36 PM

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

"Jean Joseph Rive will have that a bibliophile is one who reads for pleasure; but he is opposed by Locker-Lampson, who maintains that 'your true bibliophile rarely reads anything: he contemplates, he examines bindings, criticizes illustrations, and scrutinizes title-pages or pagination.' Others, as G.H.Powell, have dilated upon the difference between reading and 'the refined curiosities of the bibliophile,' and Gleeson White, in express words, affirms that your book-lover must gaze at books 'mutely, with a satisfied joy in being near enough to caress or abstain.' A book need not even be 'in a particular language, nor on a particular subject, to be the book of a book-lover.' You love a book first because it is a book, however much you may particularize afterwards: 'He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odour, its form, its title.' You love it inwardly and outwardly, soul and body..."

"'It does not follow at all that a person devoted to reading is fond of books. It is often the other way: the most learned men, the most gluttonous of readers, may not have the smallest love for books.' They know nothing of their value or how to treat them; using them for their 'selfish purpose' and casting them aside as useless: 'Ten people care for a book--but they are apostles. A thousand enjoy another book, but when they have sucked it on a hot afternoon, they have finished.'"

                                --The Book About Books,
                                  The Anatomy of Bibliomania
                                  Holbrook Jackson

5:38 PM

Monday, October 22, 2001

"A Middle East fit for heroes"
2:58 PM

Friday, October 19, 2001

Domestic censorship, deciet, and oppression. 1984, here we come.
2:29 PM

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

A detailed account of American hypocracy in the face of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
9:15 PM

"The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars to prevent western media from seeing highly accurate civilian satellite pictures of the effects of bombing in Afghanistan," possibly because "it would be possible to see bodies lying on the ground after last week's bombing attacks."
12:28 PM

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

300,000 people marched for peace in Italy
10:22 PM

BabySmasher
4:44 PM

Living Dead Dolls
...because dead is better
4:37 PM

Port Scan of the Month (DANGER: of interest to security geeks only)
4:30 PM

The really big button that doesn't do anything.
4:27 PM

Technology infrastructure disaster recovery logistics inadequate to deal with 9-11 fallout.
4:24 PM

Ronald bin McLaden

4:18 PM

Origami Underground
'erotic (and generally "objectionable") origami diagrams'
4:14 PM

Chupacabras has a moment of clarity

4:05 PM

Informative graphic of the NYC 9-11 damage.
4:03 PM

People detained in the wake of 9-11 are suffering beatings and other violations of human and civil rights, while often being denied even minimal contact with their defense lawyers.
3:09 PM

Monday, October 15, 2001

"As usual, the U.S. opposes the creation of a war crimes court; Now Congress threatens invasion of the Netherlands if the rest of the world goes ahead with the court."
2:06 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2001

"What could possibly motivate the propping up of repressive non-democracies like the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families or murderous regimes like that of Reza Pahlevi, Shah of Iran? Or pouring billions into the coffers of Saddam Hussein in the '80s, or even creating the monster who is the mastermind of these attacks, Osama Bin Laden, beneficiary of CIA lucre and training?"
It's the oil, stupid
3:25 PM

Oil War II: The Empire Strikes Back in the Caspian
Caspian Oil and Gas and the Afghanistan Pipeline Connection
3:22 PM

Friday, October 12, 2001

If you're going to be pro-war, at least be sarcastic about it!
1:42 PM

An excellent point-by-point comparison of the police-state legislation designed to demolish civil-liberties.
12:06 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2001

Disturbing portents for freedom from the US Supreme Court.
1:03 AM

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

chequerboard of oil and minefields
1:44 PM

The Empire Strikes Back
12:39 PM

Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Metaphor and War makes explicit the myths and assumptions of the public perceptions of war.
It is the skillful manipulation of these myths and assumptions that makes for effective propaganda.
9:47 PM

Oppressive regimes in the Middle East propped up by the US.
11:50 AM

Doctors Without Borders calls US food drops "propaganda"
11:47 AM

Monday, October 08, 2001

The Cave is a Lovecraftian story I wrote back in 1989, for a freshman college English class.
7:32 PM

Sunday, October 07, 2001

Is massive starvation and death in Afghanistan inevitable?
5:54 PM

Into the valleys of death
Insight in to the roles of Pakistan and the United Front (Northern Alliance).
3:18 PM

Saturday, October 06, 2001

The US government had plans to commit terrorist acts against America itself and blame a politically convenient enemy.
11:17 AM

Friday, October 05, 2001

On the use of the word "terrorist" in the media.
3:46 PM

Thursday, October 04, 2001

"It is a sobering thought, that better evidence is required to prosecute a shoplifter than is needed to commence a world war"
Tony Blair releases allegations against Bin Laden and calls them "evidence". Apparently the public isn't supposed to know the difference, or care.
Commentary, more commentary, and yet more commentary on the flimsy allegations.
12:05 PM

Testimony of civil liberties defenders censored, and even the presense of censorship was censored.
1:17 AM

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

"This may be the first war where an American reporter is killed or garroted by a Green Beret for getting in the way." --The Return of Censorship
5:17 PM

'Mainstream journalists in the United States often function more like a fourth branch of government than a feisty fourth estate. If anything, the patterns of media bias that characterize sycophantic reporting in "peacetime" are amplified during a war or a national security crisis." --13 Questions for Bush about America's Anti-terrorism Crusade
4:23 PM

Know Your Rights
4:15 PM

"To maintain public support for a war... a government should sanitize the visual images of war; control media access to military theaters; censor information that could upset readers or viewers; and exclude journalists who would not write favorable stories." --Desert Storm Disinformation
3:59 PM

Five arguments against the war.
(print as a flyer or a poster)
3:17 PM

"As we hear talk about the United States engaging in diplomacy, we must remember this:. the U.S. conception of diplomacy does not mean seeking to avoid war, as the U.N. charter requires. It means coupling a 'principled' refusal to negotiate with threats and verbal provocations designed to stiffen the spine of an enemy, so that situations cannot be resolved peacefully. It means lining up allies -- sometimes by naked coercion, sometimes by bribes of debt-restructuring or trade favors -- so that military actions can begin." --No News is Bad News
3:11 PM

Participate in LinkBack to keep track of what blogs link back to your blog, and to facilitate discussion.
12:34 PM

A personal diary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Highly recommended.
11:58 AM

Tuesday, October 02, 2001

Ten Things to Know About U.S. Policy in the Middle East
1:04 PM

The newly created Office of Homeland Security can and has shut down websites without evidence or trial.
12:02 PM

Monday, October 01, 2001

"Having decided that readers and viewers in post-Cold War America cared more about celebrities, scandals and local news, newspaper editors and television news executives have reduced the space and time devoted to foreign coverage by 70% to 80% during the past 15 to 20 years"... more here
1:15 AM

The Fire This Time
1:03 AM



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