This is it
Afghanistan worthless as a natural gas pipeline
Groundbreaking UN speech by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
First, hear the Bush cutup, then, roll your own
Stepford Citizen Syndrome
Just don't ask...
Red Dwarf: the movie
(click on "Movie Deck")
SILC: Secure Internet Live Conferencing is like IRC+SSL and then some
"A new analysis has found that in the majority of trials conducted by drug companies in recent decades, sugar pills have done as well as -- or better than -- antidepressants"
Top Ten Conservative Idiots
South Carolina's and Oklahoma's tattoo ban on trial
Four Modern Irrationalists
A troll and his point...
"Even more serious concerns have been raised by the discovery of secret biodefense projects that push against the limits of international prohibitions. It was recently revealed that an Army laboratory in Utah has been secretly making weaponized anthrax for some years. Another secret project involved the construction of bomblets designed for dispersion of biological agents, although the Biological Weapons Convention explicitly prohibits developing, producing or possessing "means of delivery designed to use such agents or toxins for hostile purposes." Such projects have raised suspicions abroad that the U.S. continues to develop biological weapons"
A Right to Argue the Justness of Laws
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UN Security Council resolutions get violated all the time
America vs the International Community
"True courage is often nothing other than the expression of a metaphysical conviction, so to speak, of our own superfluousness." --Arthur Schnitzler
Master's Thesis on Genetic Programming Unreal Tournament Bots
Question: "What were the circumstances that led the U.N. weapons inspectors to leave Iraq in December 1998? The Bush administration and the media often repeat that Saddam "kicked out" the weapons inspectors, and that's why we face the necessity of war today."
Answer: "Nothing could be further from the truth. The Iraqis did not kick the inspectors out in December 1998. The Americans ordered the inspectors out, and then bombed Iraq using intelligence information gathered by the inspectors to target Saddam Hussein and his security apparatus."
From an interview with the chief weapons inspector from 91-98
US 'backed Saddam's use of chemical war on Iran'
"Right-wing governments may sap some people's will to live and result in more suicides, conclude studies in Britain and Australia. The researchers speculate that losers are more likely to kill themselves in the individualistic, "winner-takes-all" societies favoured by right wing governments, because they are left to fend for themselves. Wide disparities in wealth also sharpen any sense of hopelessness, the researchers argue..."
What's your pleasure?
"De Certeau sees ordinary people as developing 'tactics' (an 'art of the weak') that he contrasts with the 'strategies' of the dominant élite, tactics for carrying out 'raids' on the dominant culture... Tactics are the response of the powerless. De Certeau sees ordinary people as 'poachers', pinching the meanings they need from the cultural commodities which are offered to them."
The Truth For Youth
Real Estate - Mati Klarwein
The Crowbar and The Egg
Bad Kitty - R.S. Connet
Joel Peter Witkin
Piss Christ - Andres Serrano
"Mr. [Alfonse] D'AMATO [of New York]. . . . Mr. President, several weeks ago, I began to receive a number of letters, phone calls, and postcards from constituents throughout the Senate concerning art work by Andres Serrano. They express a feeling of shock, of outrage, and anger... They said, "How dare you spend our taxpayers' money on this trash." They all objected to taxpayers' money being used for a piece of so-called art work which, to be quite candid, I am somewhat reluctant to utter its title. This so-called piece of art is a deplorable, despicable display of vulgarity. The art work in question is a photograph of the crucifix submerged in the artist's urine."
Privoxy: an improved Junkbuster
How to spy on your neighbor, American-style
"Nearly 170 million people probably have been murdered by governments in the 20th Century, 1900-1987; over four-times those killed in combat in all international and domestic wars during the same years. What are the statistics of this global bloodbath and what governments have done this? What about the United States?" --20th Century Democide
The truth about witch burnings
Hate in the News
"I do not understand this sqeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes." --Winston Churchill
"A candidate in Sweden's general election has called for
pornography to be broadcast on television every Saturday to encourage people to have more sex..." "I want erotica and porn on television every Saturday and all day,"
"Conservatives are fond of telling us what a
wonderful, happy, prosperous nation this is. The only thing that matches their
love of country is the remarkable indifference they show toward the people who live in it. To their ears the anguished cries of the dispossessed sound like the
peevish whines of malcontents. They denounce as "bleeding hearts" those of us
who criticize existing conditions, who show some concern for our fellow
citizens. But the dirty truth is that there exists a startling amount of
hardship, abuse, affliction, illness, violence, and pathology in this country..."
Learn music theory online, interactively, free, without registration
Trax Weekly: 1995-1998
Catchall "national security" excuse wearing thin
"This administration is the most secretive of our lifetime,
even more secretive than the Nixon administration..."
"We are moving from a right to know to a need to know society"
Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc
"Police are asking businesses to voluntarily participate in a program to take customers' fingerprints if they pay by check."
"America thinks it must control the world," said Saddam Hussein, "America thinks if it controls the oil of the Middle East then it will control the world"
"By destroying Iraq, America thinks it could control the oil of the Middle East and force the prices it wants on clients like France, China, Japan and other countries of the world," One reason for the continuation of U.N. sanctions imposed on Iraq since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he added, was to "prevent former Soviet Union countries from cooperating economically with Iraq."
(Thanks to Mike)
"We live in an age of non-response..." --Jacques Ellul
Submit and critique poetry at the Poetry Free For All
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
"We can already speak today of a lost generation. The consequences of this will affect society for the next 20 to 30 years. Reports from different organs of the UN, human rights organisations, aid agencies, members of parliament and researchers all say the same thing: the sanctions programme is devastating..."
"'The only authentic artworks produced today are those that in their inner organization measure themselves by the fullest experience of horror.' But as T.S. Eliot wrote, 'human kind cannot bear very much reality.' Most listeners want only to be distracted and entertained, and so they flee from music that offers a full experience of horror... popular music is anti-music, a product shoved down the throats of passive consumers by a culture industry devoted to profit. It is not just a substitute for good music but a drug, a poison..."
A Hot Summer of Generative Psychogeography
Think Tanks which influence the Bush Cabinet