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"Life expands or shrinks in proportion to one's courage."    ~Anain Nin

{ Thursday, 31 July, 2003 }

"July's Last Entry"

In haiku...

July's last entry
Stuff of strange search requests
Bots, spiders, crawling.

Referer logs hot
Busiest month yet right here
Jaybird thanks readers.

Not on the A-List
Content in the Blogosphere
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Still some kinks on site
Just fixed the XML output
It will have to do.

Fat cat on keyboard
Always is real life to live
Wait cat stop don't 99IKUKHJHFHJ!!!!!

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Bush, the rainforest and a

Bush, the rainforest and a gas pipeline to enrich his friends The plan will enrich some of Mr Bush's closest corporate campaign contributors while risking the destruction of rainforest, threatening its indigenous peoples and endangering rare species on the coast.

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VICTORY! Poindexter to Quit Pentagon

VICTORY! Poindexter to Quit Pentagon Post Amid Controversy

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Search for web's favourite colour

Search for web's favourite colour
The site in question is here.

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Austrian birdman falls to earth

Austrian birdman falls to earth -- from England to France

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{ Wednesday, 30 July, 2003 }

Chechnya claims 'oldest living

current recordholder from Japan

Chechnya claims 'oldest living person' Health officials in the separatist Russian republic say great-great grandmother Zabani Khachukayeva is 124 years old.

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Robin forwarded this to me

Robin forwarded this to me about Bush's visit to Senegal three weeks ago... grrrr!


As you probably know, this week George Bush is visiting Africa. Starting with Senegal, he arrived this morning at 7.20 PM and left at 1.30 PM.
This visit has been such an ordeal that a petition is being circulated for this Tuesday July 8th be named Dependency Day. Let me share with you what we have been trough since last week.

1- Arrestations : more than 1,500 persons have been arrested and putin jail between Thursday and Monday. Hopefully they will be released
now that the Big Man is gone
2- The US Army's planes flying day and nigh over Dakar. The noise they make is so loud that one hardly sleeps at night
3- About 700 security people from the US for Bush's security in Senegal, with their dogs, and their cars. Senegalese security forces
were not allowed to come near the US president
4- All trees in places where Bush will pass have been cut. Some of them have more than 100 years
5- All roads going down town (were hospitals, businesses, schools are located) were closed from Monday night to Tuesday at 3 PM. This means that we could not go to our offices or schools. Sick people were also obliged to stay at home.
6- National exams for high schools that started on Monday are postponed until Wednesday.

Bush's visit to the Goree Island is another story. As you may know Goree is a small Island facing Dakar where from the 15th to the 19th century, the African slaves to be shipped to America were parked in special houses called slave houses. One of these houses has become a Museum to remind humanity about this dark period and has been visited by kings, queens, presidents.
Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and before them, Nelson Mandela, the Pope, and many other distinguished guests or ordinary tourists visited
it without bothering the islanders. But for "security reasons" this time, the local population was chased out of their houses from 5 to 12 AM.

They were forced by the American security to leave their houses and leaves
everything open, including their wardrobes to be searched by special dogs brought from the US. The ferry that links the island to Dakar was
stopped and offices and businesses closed for the day. According to an economist who was
interviewed by a private radio, Senegal that is a very poor country has lost huge amount of money in this visit, because workers have been prevented from walking out of their homes. In addition to us being prevented to go out,
other humiliating things happened also.

Not only Bush brought did not want to be with
Senegalese but he did not want to use our things. He brought his own armchairs,
and of course his own cars, and meals and drinks. He came with his own journalists and ours were forbidden inside the airport and in place he was visiting. Our president was not allowed to make a speech. Only Bush spoke
when he was in Goree. He spoke about slavery. It seems that he needs the vote of the African American to be elected in the next elections, and wanted to please them. That's why he visited Goree.

Several protest marches against
American politics have been organized yesterday and even when Bush was here, but
we think he does not care.We have the feeling that everything has been done to convince us that we are nothing, and that America can behave the way it wants, everywhere, even in our country. Believe me friends, it is a terrible
feeling. But according to a Ugandan friend of mine, I should not complain because it Uganda one of the country he is going to visit, Bush does not intend to go out of the airport. He will receive the Ugandan President in the airport lounge.
Nevertheless, I think I am lucky, because I have such wonderful American friends. But there are now thousands of Senegalese who believe that for all Americans the world is their territory.

Love to you all
Codou

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Web version of the classic

Web version of the classic Black Elk Speaks "Behold them yonder where the sun goes down, the thunder beings! You shall see, and have from them my power; and they shall take you to the high and lonely center of the earth that you may see; even to the place where the sun continually shines, they shall take you there to understand."
And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.
Now there was a wooden cup in his hand and it was full of water and in the water was the sky.
"Take this," he said. "It is the power to make live, and it is yours."

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Interesting argument: George Monbiot: America

Interesting argument: George Monbiot: America is a religion US leaders now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world of its demons

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Playtarot Gallery Major arcana of

Playtarot Gallery
Major arcana of the tarot a la PlayMobile. An esoteric hoot with no small parts.

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THREAT ALERT JESUS

THREAT ALERT JESUS

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Challenging the Quran discusses the

Challenging the Quran discusses the possibility that the Muslim holy book was first written in Aramaic, and subsequently mistranslated. Much like the Bible, but more on that later, I'm late for work.

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Responses to Bush deconstructs themisrepresentations

Responses to Bush deconstructs themisrepresentations of the State of the Union, line by line. via somebody, I forget who.

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"Joslin et al vs. Devil Rooster"

Dear Neighbors,

Iím writing this to respectfully inform you of the activities of the rooster that you care for. First off, let me state that I love birds of all feathers, including this rooster. However, this birdís increasing penchant for early morning crowing has strained my feelings of affection.

You may know that the rooster hops along the fence and travels around a bit when it is crow time. In the evenings, I enjoy watching the rooster hop up in the tree and cockle-doodle-do as the sun sets. Heís usually right on time. Unfortunately, he travels in the mornings too, but his sense of timing is not as impeccable. He hops into the branches of a pine tree and faces the house and has at it for at least an hour.

His record for early crowing is 4:15 a.m., with his average solo beginning around 5:30. This would be fine with me if the rooster was not twenty feet from my bedroom window and I had to be awake at that time. The fact is, I wake up for work around 7:30, but once the crowing starts I rarely can get back to sleep. My other neighbors are similarly beset with these issues. Iím sure that you can imagine that this can be a very frustrating experience.

Hopefully, there is a simple solution to this problem. I would be happy to brainstorm with you on ways to forestall the early crowing. In the meantime, any means of curtailing his morning travels would be deeply and gratefully appreciated.

Respectfully,

A Fellow Human Being Driven Quite Batty Indeed.

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{ Tuesday, 29 July, 2003 }

Oh F***! This could be

Oh F***! This could be the best legal defence, EVER!

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Follow-up to this: 'Terror' Market

Follow-up to this: 'Terror' Market dropped! The Pentagon has abandoned plans to set up a 'terror stock market' in which investors could bag cash by successfully predicting terrorist attacks.

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"In Distinctions"

Yesterday was an unexpected day off... which I enjoyed by watching the film Whale Rider, and taking a jaunt in the woods with no clear direction or inclination. The path I took led me to a part of the forest where it seemed no one ever went; virginal, pure, footprint free forest. It was amazing. I knelt by a pine tree and my body sank a few inches into the blanket of leaves, a feeling of the earth molding around me. I let the ants scurry over me and the silence overtake my senses.

I thought for a moment of form and image; how separate and sleek each body appears, little islands surrounded by churning mystery. Even words seem worn by this tide. Yet, at the same time, form, shape, body... all of these things are temporary shelter, crystallizations of primordial energy, the exhalation of galaxies. Seeing that way, there are no distinctions. Change focus slightly, and you have islands wading in the current, being shapen by it. Then the mosquitoes discovered me, a merry band of pirates shouting "land ho!"

It's weird, in the best sense of the word. Science is evolving to tell us that the world and everything in it are just variations of energy and frequency. Yet my sensuality is deeper and deeper beset with curiosity and wonder over these sleek forms that house our souls, from my fingertip to hungry ant to the brave daisy that dares to tempt bees from the wind. It's a conundrum I can live with.

When I left the spot, the impressions of my knees and the thoughts I left behind were contoured in the soft earth. For a few pleasurable moments, I felt all the goodness of being a distinct species of life, walking along a forest path made of the dreams of stars.

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Poll indicates increasing intolerance toward

Poll indicates increasing intolerance toward being human, researchers say.

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Global warming a weapon of

Global warming a weapon of mass destruction, says British scientist John Houghton, a former key member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said Monday that the impacts of global warming are such that "I have no hesitation in describing it as a weapon of mass destruction."

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{ Monday, 28 July, 2003 }

Nude bikers rally in Tennessee

Nude bikers rally in Tennessee

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This weekend was Asheville's

belechere.jpg

This weekend was Asheville's annual social crisis, Bele Chere, bringing in over half a million drunkards and tourists in ill-fitting mumus to celebrate nothing in particular. What I love about it is the cross-section of people; way out of towners, mountain folk from way in the mountains, spontaneous conga lines of lesbians, bikers and hikers, kids with cotton-candy smeared faces, new age or old age rapscallions and gurus, and that great undistinguished frothing mass called Middle Amercia... one of the above categories I'm certainly a part, though which one I'm unsure. The streets are filled with jugglers and folk-artists, gangstas and fly chicks, one-man bands and free sample people, contest promoters and hawkers of every stripe. As messy and manic as it gets, I love it.

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This is just plain wrong:

This is just plain wrong: News - Defense Dept. Program Taking Terror Bets A new Department of Defense program allows traders to bet on the likelihood of future terrorist attacks.

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Note the key word in

Note the key word in this headline: Vatican offensive against gay marriages

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But is it art? [chuckle]

But is it art? [chuckle] Rat-brained robot does distant art ...researchers have created what they call a new class of creative beings: "the semi-living artist".

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Lost City studied for life's

Lost City studied for life's origin The "city" atop an underwater mountain nearly as high as Mount Rainier was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean about three years ago.

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Unlocking the brain's secrets The

Unlocking the brain's secrets The mysteries of how the brain controls everything from language to movement could be explained by a "map" created by scientists.

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{ Sunday, 27 July, 2003 }

Visembryo is an interactive spiral

Visembryo is an interactive spiral map of fetal development, via MeFi

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Doesn't this count as desecration?

Doesn't this count as desecration?

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{ Saturday, 26 July, 2003 }

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver "You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting..."

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July's Questionable Seaches

Time to dip into ye olde referrer logs to find the gems of human curiosity:

  • tidy bowl surfing... Vicarious leisure for the oceanically impaired.
  • gay bird watch hungary... A Googlewhack?
  • absurdity or grimes or inertness or corporal or besieger... Yet another?
  • wank holiday... Sounds like fun, where do I sign up?
  • painted fire hydrant fun... Always a blast at parties!
  • gay mummy dearest book covers... If wire hangers were so offensive I've no idea about gay book covers.
  • I'm no longer going to report the *daily* queries about the mammary glands of a pop icon (initials BS) nor requests for images of this Asian starlet.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:28 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    "Me Guttyworks"

    Thanks to Joshua and Robin, who brought me some much needed elixirs for a sudden and acute illness that came on this afternoon, I can now report that I can sit up without fatigue and feel that tentatively my guttyworks have accepted my proposal for a roadmap to peace. I've been trying to sleep off and on since leaving work, and now I think I can finally rest easy. Thanks, guys.

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    Salzburg statue not fit for

    Salzburg statue not fit for a prince Called l'Arc de Triomphe, Mr. Man has a two foot member penetrating the sky. Dang.

    jaybird found this for you @ 04:15 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    { Friday, 25 July, 2003 }

    "Elevate"

    I've always had lots of elevator dreams, but last nights was very strange, indeed. The elevator I was waiting for was at the bottom of this grimy concrete slab. The screech of metal on metal from far above was heard, and a corroded metal capsule slid through the shaft, red dust and dirt emptying into the lobby. I knew I was trying to get to the 11th floor, but all of the buttons had labels; "under repair," "non-existent," "failed," and the buttons themselves did not seem to work. I seemed to wind up at the end of the line, though there was much more building above me and I could not find a staircase nor any other doorway. I just waited there, taking in the open air view of an impossible landscape until the alarm clock went off.

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    Whales' recovery 'vastly overestimated' Several

    Whales' recovery 'vastly overestimated' Several great whale species were once far more abundant than records suggest, geneticists say.

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    "Book of Jobs"

    I didn't say much about how the play went, mostly because I've been awed by the incredible work these exceptional kids put into making the dream come to life in a packed house. Some of the cast had only days to learn lines because of cast changes. Some of them can't remember simple rules of anger management but they can recall every cue and take the stage in one unbridled moment of magic. I can't deny my tears; this has been an utterly exhilarating process and now a layer of accomplishment is shed and the process will continue in so many ways. From a coworker: "It touched my heart to see the kids sincerely devote their entire being to the magick of your play when it counted the most. I am so proud of all of them, as well as our director." Thanks again, everyone, and thanks to the Universe for your confluence of energies and possibilities to give these children something firm to hang on to in a world of oft tattered memories.

    I've been down with a migraine since 6... just now emerging and catching up. I had to cancel plans that I was all jiggly with excitement over. It's still hanging on, like a shadow lurking inside my cranium. Today was very difficult at work; not in the 'work' part but in the heart part. It's very painful to see a teen make choices so desperate that it makes all of the adults working with her turn away in disbelief and shock. Of course, due to confidentiality, there's nothing more I can say, other than I'm trying not to feel so haunted.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow we wrap up the camp experience with a blowout at a waterpark and then we're back (me for the first time} to the clinical and educational ends of the occupation we call therapeutic mentorship for at-risk youth. I've had so many quite odd jobs in my day and so many moments of feeling, if only for a fleeting second, good about what I do, even if it's standing in a chicken costume waving at passerby ['97] or working the counter in an indie videostore while the owner plays with his gun and drops acid [also '97]. But my work with these kids surpasses in feelings of achievement the nearly five years I'd spent with the mentally challenged. It may not pay the best, but it rewards the most.

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    { Thursday, 24 July, 2003 }

    Let's get illusory. via MeFi

    Let's get illusory. via MeFi

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:42 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    Recent adventures in medicine... Polar

    Recent adventures in medicine... Polar Bear Turns Purple After Medication while Man survives near-decapitation with sheer grit as the guvmint considers banning Ephedra.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:07 in Health, Medicine & Bio-Happiness | | permalink



    Zeus bug is ultimate male

    Zeus bug is ultimate male chauvinist As life goes, it doesn't get much better than for male Zeus bugs. The tiny water bugs that are common along Australia's east coast have an easy life. Their female partners provide free food, transport and unlimited sex whenever they want it.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:26 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Gay Rebels without a Cause

    Gay Rebels without a Cause "We are using the words privacy, sodomy, even marriage in this debate. But no one wants to use the word that gets to the central issue Ė love."

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:22 in Gay, Lesbian, Queer & Free | | permalink



    Monkey clue to male sex

    Monkey clue to male sex appeal Rosy cheeks seem to be crucial in the dating game, for monkeys at least.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:10 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    "Does novelty ever eclipse itself?"

    Does strangeness ever get stranger? Does novelty ever eclipse itself?

    The long awaited birthing of the play happened today, beautifully... the first time actors were impeccable, everything was smoother and more vibrant than I could've ever imagined. Except that a lead actor (my client) had to go home sick and I had to suddenly play his character. But a nice long standing ovie was won, and some amazingly inspiring comment. Thanks, everyone.

    But, this is not the novel weirdness part. After several hours of debauch at a local pub, we were invited to the hot tub of a policeman who gave a speech at the camp earlier in the day... bare ass naked, publicly, in front of a guest speaker who happens to be an arm of the law, and rather toasted too.

    The story is very complicated and I'd have never imagined this particularly unusual means of careening into reality. But I had a great time, and when the wind is unburdened by caution, you just gotta go for it.

    jaybird found this for you @ 03:01 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Wednesday, 23 July, 2003 }

    "Phantasmagoria on a Stick"

    Shortly the children's play I wrote "How Long 'til Sunrise?" will be performed (at this theater), over and done with. I've loved the experience, but it will be a huge relief to finally wrap up this experiment in controlled chaos. The kids have really lit up... this is for all of us a magical release. We're going to run it through one more time, then let it go. I will sit back, relax, and enjoy the hard work of these kids, acting for the first time on a professional stage.

    The night before, all I could dream about was various play related debacles. Last night, my soul found itself wandering in Mongolia, looking for swamp creatures (!), which I did find in the form of a vastly oversized otter that received mail on the weekends from a relative in Haiti. A band of locals came through with a peacock on a divan, with whom I discussed the present Mongolian state of free speech, lit a firecracker, and was on my way.

    And a jolly way it was, taking "the long way home."

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:03 in | | permalink



    This caused an uproar on

    This caused an uproar on MeFi (and surely elsewhere) yesterday. Is this appropriate given the circumstances or just CNN showing it's true tabloidal colors?

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:34 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    Guest drops trousers at Queen's

    Guest drops trousers at Queen's party The Queen got an unexpected view of one of her subjects...

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:24 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 22 July, 2003 }

    Interview with Patch Adams "I

    Interview with Patch Adams "I experimented with friendliness by calling hundreds of wrong numbers, pretending to be a sociology student, or anything that would help me draw people out. Out in public I engaged strangers in conversation as much as possible. For example I rode elevators to see how many floors it would take to get the occupants introduced to one another, and even singing songs."

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    Astronomers count the stars Astronomers

    Astronomers count the stars Astronomers in Australia say there are 10 times more stars in the visible universe than all the grains of sand on the world's beaches and deserts.

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    L'Ayiti m'en prie: Tragedy in

    L'Ayiti m'en prie: Tragedy in Haiti... Fifteen are killed due to faulty electrical system.

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    42-38=everything: Answer to the mystery

    42-38=everything: Answer to the mystery of life is four Scientists have found a simple mathematical relationship that connects the whole of nature, from the tiniest cell to the vast forests of the Amazon.

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    Dismayed Americans contemplate Canada, and

    Dismayed Americans contemplate Canada, and why not? Their national symbol is a leaf, ours is a flag choked with the colors of conquest. BC looks better every day, but how?

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    { Monday, 21 July, 2003 }

    A Pattern Language for Sustainability

    A Pattern Language for Sustainability Together, the patterns form a visual and conceptual framework that can be used to inspire innovation, focus planning efforts, and document emerging best practices. A conservation economy comprehensively integrates Social, Natural, and Economic Capital to demonstrate that a sustainable society is both desirable and achievable.

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    "Expeditious Mayhem"

    I mostly "grew up" in a small former colonial town on the banks of the Delaware River that deeply enjoys it's history and pageantry. Just before waking up from a fairly uncommon "great sleep" I had this dream about a parade happening there. First, a color guard passed by, then a horse driven carriage, then a troupe of blue sparkly majorettes, twirling batons and such. Just as the parade started, the horse became uncontrollable and went into full trot ahead. The color guard, stuck in the predicament of being chased by this horse and the startled occupants in the carriage, ran in formation with with flags and ceremonial rifles at olympic speeds. The majorettes forsook their batons and chased after the carriage. This expeditious mayhem blew by the reviewing stand, sending many a pompous hat flying and much disdain from the crowd. All the while, I had been trying to retrieve my lunch from the roof of a courthouse nearby.

    I took Vitamin B just before sleep to see if it would have any effect on dreaming. Apparently! Jung, Freud, Dr. Ruth, anybody?

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    { Sunday, 20 July, 2003 }

    Where Everything is Music

    by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

    Don't worry about saving
    these songs!
    And if one of our instruments breaks,
    it doesn't matter.

    We have fallen into the place
    where everything is music..


    The strumming and the flute notes
    rise into the atmosphere
    and even if the whole world's harp
    should burn up, there will still be
    hidden instruments playing.


    So the candle flickers and goes out.
    We have a piece of flint, and a spark


    This singing art is sea foam.
    The graceful movements
    come from a pearl
    somewhere on the ocean floor.
    Poems reach up like spindrift
    and the edge
    of driftwood along the beach,
    wanting!

    They derive
    from a slow and powerful root
    that we can't see.


    Stop the words now.
    Open the window
    in the center of your chest,
    and let the spirits fly in and out.


    To praise is to praise
    how one surrenders
    to the emptiness.

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    White House Didn't Gain CIA

    White House Didn't Gain CIA Nod for Claim On Iraqi Strikes "...did not seek CIA approval before charging that Saddam Hussein could launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes..."

    Dean responds to [p]Residential bungling with 16 questions: "...we need to know why Secretary Rumsfeld created a secret intelligence unit at the Pentagon that selectively identified questionable intelligence to support the case for war including the supposed link to al-Qaeda while ignoring, burying or rejecting any evidence to the contrary."

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    "Mystical Business"

    It's too late for words, so these few keystrokes must suffice; I have experienced an epiphany of sorts, the nature of which cannot be communicated perfectly here, so let me say that through the power of love, there is one more smile in the world tonight. Welcome to the world, you sprite, I can't wait to meet you.

    Meanwhile, I've just spent a few hours at a party thrown by people I really don't know, and it was a surreal location for mystical business, which showed up in a way that cannot be adequately explained. It's a way of saying; "watch out, the Universe is here, alive and unpredictable!"

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    { Saturday, 19 July, 2003 }

    I so want to sleep

    I so want to sleep in... but I'm piddling around, the next best thing when you have to work. Wait, scratch that; I didn't have to work, I volunteered to. Yuck.

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    { Friday, 18 July, 2003 }

    Ok, I'm stumped. I'm laughing

    Ok, I'm stumped. I'm laughing like crazy and quite confused. While I am a confessed anglophile, I must also confess that [unless this is a clever hoax] the English are a bit dotty. They actually hav a food product called Mr. Brain's Faggots. Dr Faggot and the Mr Brainís Faggot Family will accompany you aboard a double-decker bus for your personal tour of the Black Country. I can't handle it... MeFi is to blame.

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    Pentagon may punish GIs who

    Pentagon may punish GIs who spoke out on TV "It went all the way up to President Bush and back down again on top of us. At least six of us here will lose our careers."

    But wait, there's more! Not only is Guvmint retaliating against the troops, but also against the reporter that carried the original story! Some folks in the White House were apparently hopping mad when ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman did a story on Tuesday's "World News Tonight" about the plummeting morale of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq. So angry, in fact, that the next day, a White House operative alerted cyber-gossip Matt Drudge to the fact that Kofman is not only openly gay, he's Canadian.

    Meanwhile, the alleged-Administration is in even more of a scandalous pickle with emerging details from Cheney's "Energy Task Force" show that long before the war or 9/11, they were very thristy for some black Baghdad tea; "...contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.'"

    But at least poor George isn't feeling the heat alone... his sidekick and apologist Blair is enduring not only a huge PR debacle, but the overly mysterious death of a goverment scientist and former Iraq weapons inspector is stirring up very strange waters, indeed.

    So it brings me much happiness, though tentative, that the [p]Resident's poll numbers are sharply diving, according to Zogby. Are we finally waking up and smelling the shit that secretly replaced our coffee?

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    Viva Madiba! Nelson Mandela is

    Viva Madiba! Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 85th birthday on Friday

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    This is just a little

    This is just a little too suspicious: Body found in Iraq expert search Police searching for the weapons expert named as the possible source for a BBC story on Iraq say they have discovered a man's body. Government adviser David Kelly, 59, went missing from his home in Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, at about 1500 BST on Thursday. "
    He allagedly is the guy that spilled the beans on Blair's "sexed-up" dossier on WMD. Conspiracy bees are starting to buzzzzzz

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    Let's roll: Democrat Eyes Potential

    Let's roll: Democrat Eyes Potential Grounds for Bush Impeachment

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    { Thursday, 17 July, 2003 }

    "Ursula down the Rabbit Hole"

    The cats have been signaling their readiness to begin blogging, but I've held fast against the idea because they're still stuck in simple HTML. I tried explaining XML and CSS and was ignored with a tail-bat. They're so old school. But, they're been working hard in making the news here in this oddly shaped, pine-bordered place that contains the effects of my our lives. Last night Ursula decided that she wasn't getting enough media attention, so when there's no news, you make it.

    Out in front of the building, there's a small island of grass surrounded by the gravel driveway... quite a serene little patch. No flowers save dandelion and clover, nothing special defines it other than the island's recent inhabitants; a warren of rabbits. There's a little hole, you'd barely notice it, lined with dried grass and very soft hair leading to their den. Ursula reckoned in a way that might possibly be anthropomorphic and projected, that the very idea of a rabbit-hole in front of the house would simply be too inviting of metaphor. So, last night as my best friend Joshua and I conversationally careened through topics such as crime and punishment, systems archetypes, the 'woffingness' of hair and how we've aged, we heard a squeaking and upon opening the door I was shocked to find Ursula gloating over a stunned baby rabbit. After returning the little one to the edge of some dense brush, I brought Ursula in and she quickly zipped out th back door... I thought that this one would-be tribute would be a fluke and that would be the end of that.

    I know, I know, it's her instinct, but a bird could land on her head and the girl could care less. She's about as interested in catching things as she is in the Sports section (we share that peculiarity, in general). So it was a total surprise to find her, of all cats, having the inclination to pull from the warren at least two baby rabbits, commending their spirits in so many brutal ways to the March Hare in the Sky.

    Were these publicity stunts? Is this ultimate feline media savvy? Or were these indeed sacrificial tributes... she didn't make a meal of it, she just killed for the sake of it, whatever her motivation. As a human who is quite fond of rabbits, her tributes didn't win my praise. But, after all, the animal hasn't been bred out of her, nor from we bipeds either. We can roll over endless reasons to kill, and as she winks her green eyes and purrs, fresh from the hunt, hers evade capture. We just don't know why. She's not telling.

    Trite observations temporarily aside, her display comes at a time when the cycles of life are bearing quite heavily upon my thoughts. The motivation to make more life, from the ethers, and it's ultimate resolution, dissolving back into the ethers. We begin with an inhale and end in an exhale; from the ethers and back to the ethers we go... a sudden mote of dust dancing on a sun beam. Along the way, we breeze through a few rituals, float by necessary undertakings, and these temporary casings that hold our spirits age more or less according to plan. The plan is subordinate to fate, just like for the two little rabbits Ursula found. All this great flowing and no one, despite millenia of wrangling and rustling, has the slightest idea why. I shudder to think that a reason is ever found... I rather enjoy, or savor, the mystery and unknowing of it all. I don't want to get a clue. I want to live the puzzle rather than solve it.

    Back to the cats. They're both inside tonight; despite their animal natures, there's a moratorium on further adventures in depopulating the wildlife. There will be successive generations of rabbits, if not on the driveway 'island' than nearby. Just as there lightening bugs that thrill me nightly from this window will be gone next summer, but will be replaced by the fruits of their light-play tonight.

    The cycle may appear at times vicious, but in it's spinning, it's really about being vivacious. This is our carnal, fleshy world; in all it's beauty a gnashing of teeth turns and returns our matter. Ursula's exploits help turn the cycle, even if the evidence turns my stomach. As humans, our gnashing is masked so as to appear polite and civilized. Indeed. With her, it's just nature, unrestrained as it is surprising, rising through her docile coquettishness with the ancient memory of the wilderness.

    Or maybe she really is just trying to get my attention. She just might want to see her name in lights... or webmaster a blog all her own. OK babe, here's more publicity for the presumed Queen of the house:

    ursi_web.jpg

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    Only in my homestate: four-legged

    Only in my homestate: four-legged chicken born in Del.

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    The spies who pushed for

    The spies who pushed for war ... the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force

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    Alrighty then: Wank for Health.

    Alrighty then: Wank for Health. Suppose I'll be alright then... Frequent masturbation, particularly in the 20s, helps prevent prostate cancer later in life, according to new research. Australian scientists have shown that the more men masturbate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop the disease that kills more than half a million men each year.

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    Bionic Eyes Benefit the Blind

    Bionic Eyes Benefit the Blind More than just the stuff that $6 million men are made of, several types of "bionic eyes" are beginning to make their presence felt in the area where they are most needed -- restoring sight to the blind.

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    2003 Results of the Bulwer-Lytton

    2003 Results of the Bulwer-Lytton international literary parody contest, the competition honors the memory if not the reputation of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), who has just enjoyed his bicentennial. The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels. Although best known for The Last Days of Pompeii (1834) and the phrase, "the pen is mightier than the sword," Bulwer-Lytton opened his novel Paul Clifford (1830) with the immortal words that the "Peanuts" beagle Snoopy plagiarized for years, "It was a dark and stormy night."

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    Bill Would Put Internet Song

    Bill Would Put Internet Song Swappers in Jail Internet users who allow others to copy songs from their hard drives could face prison time under legislation introduced by two Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday.

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    { Wednesday, 16 July, 2003 }

    'Junta' declared in Sao

    'Junta' declared in Sao Tome A man in civilian dress surrounded by armed soldiers read out the announcement on state television hours after the dawn coup, which appears to have been largely bloodless

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    Sea floor survey reveals deep

    Sea floor survey reveals deep hole Scientists have identified a region of the sea floor whose depth rivals that of the Challenger Deep which, at about 11,000 metres (36,000 feet), is the lowest spot on Earth.

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    "How Long?"

    The children's play I've written and have been directing for the past six weeks finally has a name: How long 'til Sunrise? Today is one week from opening; I have two actors on the verge or replacement, and I've already lost one understudy. Being that a majority of these kids are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, PTSD, ODD, RAD, and too many other disorders, this has been quite a piece of work. Stress levels are moderate now, but as time slides into next Wednesday, I expect a profound level of theatrical craziness. But, it will all come together. Right?

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    West Nile Spreading Rapidly

    West Nile Spreading Rapidly

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    { Tuesday, 15 July, 2003 }

    Happy Birthday Metafilter!

    Happy Birthday Metafilter!

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    A not-entirely too painstaking

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    A not-entirely too painstaking self-portrait thanks to the Mini-Mizer! via the Coffee Sutras

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    China's 'Loch Ness Monster' Resurfaces

    China's 'Loch Ness Monster' Resurfaces China's legendary "Lake Tianchi Monster" has surfaced anew, with local officials reporting sightings of as many as 20 of the mysterious and unidentified creatures in a lake near North Korea.

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    Former Inspector Ritter's Book Rips

    Former Inspector Ritter's Book Rips Bush In the book, Ritter notes that the Bush administration's stated reason for launching the war was to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. The book argues that there is no evidence that Iraq possesses, produces or concealed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Therefore, Ritter argues that "the United States carried out an illegal war of aggression."

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    Oh God... Creation Science Fair

    Oh God... Creation Science Fair 2001 I need only cite the below quote to convey my exasperation: 2nd Place: "Women Were Designed For Homemaking" [YIKES! These people are for real!]
    Jonathan Goode (grade 7) applied findings from many fields of science [such as...?] to support his conclusion that God designed women [and field tested them with research ggroups] for homemaking: physics shows that women have a lower center of gravity than men [because biologically their bodies must support pregnancy], making them more suited to carrying groceries and laundry baskets [while deadbeat hubbies are more physically inclined to sleep on the couch with their Budwiser and remote within arm's reach]; biology shows that women were designed to carry un-born babies in their wombs and to feed born babies milk [as with all mammals, kid], making them the natural choice for child rearing [because most women have twenty times more emotional sense]; social sciences show that the wages for women workers are lower than for normal workers [because free market capitalism is for chumps], meaning that they are unable to work as well [bullshit! Imagine America with 50% unemployment! Where's your precious infrastructure then?] and thus earn equal pay; and exegetics shows that God created Eve as a companion for Adam [culled from many other choices available at Genesis personals], not as a co-worker [I don't recall that any multinationals were operable at that time].

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    Rapid brain growth seen linked

    Rapid brain growth seen linked to autism Infants whose heads suddenly begin to grow rapidly appear to be at risk of autism, perhaps indicating the increasingly common disorder may be traced to missed connections in fast-expanding brains, researchers said on Tuesday.

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    Weird... Family Believes White Spot

    Weird... Family Believes White Spot In Photos Is Boy's Guardian Angel If 3 different types of film were indeed used on 3 different cameras, this might be a genuine phenomenon.

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    Robertson Calls for Justices' Retirement

    Robertson Calls for Justices' Retirement Religious broadcaster Televangelist Pat Robertson urged his nationwide audience Monday to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court so they could be replaced by conservatives.

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    Search engine developed by MIT

    Search engine developed by MIT for poor and developing countries with slow net connections

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    Puzzle of empty galaxies The

    Puzzle of empty galaxies The Universe may be teeming with starless galaxies inhabiting its most isolated regions, says an Australian scientist.

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    Cuba mourns Buena Vista maestro

    Cuba mourns Buena Vista maestro Segundo - who starred in Wim Wenders' film Buena Vista Social Club - died on Monday at the age of 95.

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    { Monday, 14 July, 2003 }

    "The Soloist"

    Last night, in a parking deck in downtown Asheville, I for a short time entered a convolution of space-time... something akin to Hesse's "Magic Theatre" in his novel Steppenwolf. Or maybe I entered a fevered vision of Escher, with a dream composition by Coltrane for a soundtrack. The odd and quite literal stumble into this swift chthonic reverie was purely accidental. As far as any reality juggling elixirs go, I only have those synaptic tides stewing inside my vexed cranium to blame.

    My companion Gustav and I were ambling the sparse and subdued city streets, chatting tangentially of life and it's presently elusive pursuit of romance when the golden wind from a saxophone blew by... not just any idle playing, but serious sweat-inducing unrestrained passion song, leaving behind a cave-like echo that rolled on long after the note. Where was it coming from? It sounded like it was the air itself doing improvisation, birthing, bellowing a swoon song from the in-betweens of it's molecules. It had to be coming from the parking deck.

    Escher would have loved it. The angles of that deck are reminiscent, in that buzzing orange light, of a hall of mirrors; everything reverting to it's point of origin. The windows are pentangular, and it's stories are not easily distinguished from the other. The stairwell at it's core seems to take pleasure in confusing you. Then again, it's just a parking deck, for the love of God.

    We wandered in to seek out the fugue amidst the shadows. As I went up one level it would intensify, and I would search the whole area out and find nothing, and it would slip away into the ethers. It took some time to find it, but that time was marked by blazes of giddy confusion as I would lose the song as soon as I thought I was warm. With each level looking the same, and the sonorous serenade fading in and out, like some distant transmission, it was a hide-and-go-seek game with jazz itself in a disorienting corral of lonely cars. When the source was finally found, I was joyful for the absurdity of the chase.

    He was leaning near the toll booth by the exit, blowing the music into the concrete Chapel Perilous to make the echo, using it as some giant amplifier. His glasses were steamed, and he was so lost in his work that he didn't notice two demi-Bohemians doing the limbo at the gates of this strange garden of aural pleasures and illusions, and our peals of laughter that the singular and weird moment extracted from us. Out of the deck for free.

    No hat for tips, and no audience... this man was saxing for the heck of it, and sounding from those brass keys a short term dreamworld. This was his spell, his time, and after I lost my head to the ephemeral dissolution of light and sound, we quietly parted and continued on our way, walking in silence until the golden wind was absorbed by the full moon lit night.

    Maybe I missed the sign that warns "for madmen only!" as in Hesse's theater (it figures that Hesse has a Magic Theatre and I wind up with a parking deck). And maybe I'm completely and utterly crazy for making such a big deal over a guy playing saxophone in a concrete car cavern, while I, in childlike goofiness, run and play and get dizzy in search of the soloist. Yet in Hesse's theater, the protagonist becomes separated from his earthly identity (ego) to reveal his transcendental nature (soul). For a few brief minutes last night, as I ran amok, I felt a very real stripping away of my humanity, and without words for those minutes I was a soul, running through a mythic confluence of energies. I forgot everything, and all that truly mattered was the tide of stirring song reverberating through my soul's own chambers, structures, and staircases. When I did the limbo at the gate, I was me again. Off to a bar with a friend, to chat about Cupid's lax arrow flinging over pale ale and pizza, suddenly detoured by one man's music making.

    Perhaps I make too much out of the commonplace. But there's magic to be had out there, even if it's momentarily embodied in a gruff guy with a saxophone, bewildered by wandering weirdos getting lost in a parking deck.

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    A defining chant of Buddhism:

    A defining chant of Buddhism: Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

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    Jazz Giant Benny Carter Dies

    Jazz Giant Benny Carter Dies Jazz man extraordinaire Benny Carter, a big-band leader, multi-instrumentalist and one of the first black composers to find success in Hollywood, died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to a notice on his Website. He was 95.

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    UK makes a bold step

    UK makes a bold step ahead for wind power: Boost for offshore wind power ... thousands of turbines to be built off the British coast [will] generate as much energy as around six nuclear power stations.

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    A toutes les visiteurs francais,

    A toutes les visiteurs francais, enjoyez bien les celebrations pour l'independance de la republique! Vive la France! Bastille Day

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    The Art of the Tibetan

    The Art of the Tibetan Healing Mandala

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    'Nemo' fish a transexual CHILDREN

    'Nemo' fish a transexual CHILDREN who rush out to buy a clownfish, the cute little star of the new Disney cartoon Nemo, may be getting something that their parents may not have bargained for: a piscatorial transsexual.

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    { Sunday, 13 July, 2003 }

    "Available"

    While riding around doing errands with friends, I saw a great horned owl perched atop a large billboard, looking something like this simulation quickly assembled by the bird on the moon re-enactment team:

    The metaphor happening here does not need explanation. Or does it? The owl, harbinger of wisdom and esoteric knowledge, is available. All I need to do is ask for it. Or, perhaps, such wisdom is already present, and it's high time I use it. Or, there is an owl resting on a billboard in the middle of the bustle in a commercial part of town. Sound interpretations? Like a dream, it's up for grabs. Either way, I'm looking into taking it up on the offer.

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    Cave that time forgot Only

    Cave that time forgot Only a chance discovery by bushwalkers in 1995 revealed the 203 striking examples of Aboriginal rock art Ė from hands stencilled in a vivid red ochre to half-human, half-kangaroo creatures.

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    Tribe of 'sea gypsies' discovered

    Tribe of 'sea gypsies' discovered "They have found that children of the Moken tribe, who wander among islands scattered off the coasts of Thailand and Burma, can see submerged objects more than twice as sharply as European children."

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    Trading on Fear: From the

    Trading on Fear: From the start, the invasion of Iraq was seen in the US as a marketing project. Selling 'Brand America' abroad was an abject failure; but at home, it worked. Manufacturers of 4x4s, oil prospectors, the nuclear power industry, politicians keen to roll back civil liberties - all seized the moment to capitalise on the war... We should ask ourselves whether we have made the mistake of believing our own propaganda, and whether we have been fighting the war on terror against the wrong enemies, in the wrong places, with the wrong weapons.

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    Wonderful old photographs from the

    Wonderful old photographs from the Bakumatsu-Meiji period of Japan

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    Bush's Data Dump - The

    Bush's Data Dump - The administration is hiding bad economic news. Of course every administration likes to trumpet its good news and hide its bad, but what's remarkable about the Bush team is its willingness to stifle data that had been widely released and to politicize data that used to be nonpartisan. But that's alright because what comes around goes around: the administration faces trouble on credibility and casualties alike. Meanwhile Ted Rall is raising eyebrows: ...by any objective standard he has already gone way too far, but for many it would take the cancellation or delay of the elections to confirm that we are trading in our wounded democracy for a fascist state.

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    Bill Moyers Interviews Jon Stewart

    Bill Moyers Interviews Jon Stewart Of course, our show is at a disadvantage compared to the many news sources that we're competing with - at a disadvantage in several respects. For one thing, we are fake. They are not. So in terms of credibility uh uh - we are, well, oddly enough, we're about even. Doesn't seem like it should be that way, but it is.

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    Why America is Running Out

    Why America is Running Out of Gas I dunno, could it be greed?

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    Twenty Distortions About Iraq Falsehoods

    Twenty Distortions About Iraq Falsehoods ranging from exaggeration to plain untruth were used to make the case for war. More lies are being used in the aftermath.

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    Love Parade Draws Techno Fans

    Love Parade Draws Techno Fans to Germany Hundreds of thousands of techno music fans - many in costume, others in not much at all - jammed into the German capital Saturday for the annual Love Parade.

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    "Busking for Rainbows"

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    It was earlier that I waited out the rainbow
    Wooing and crooning in the downpour, by the waterfall,
    Seducing with love the burgeoning of sunlight
    For one vision in the mist of that heavenly bridge.

    The storm was unrelenting, drenching, a deluge
    I stood under a precipice of rock beholden to the echoing thunder
    These mountains give power to the slightest rustle
    And lightening here is not shy.

    It was a billion thoughts pouring down the falls
    Bearing the memory of rain downstream
    When golden light caught the spray
    And I tiptoed into a dream.

    With me, even now, is that slender arc of color
    That trick of eye in the whirl of water unabashed
    Seeking out it's destination, grinding stones along the way,
    I put it in my pocket when the storm had passed.

    I carried the rainbow to the city
    It tinted my gaze in the cafť where I found a lost wish
    Sitting in the corner pensive, aloof, so close I could almost touch
    As my heart raced, I did not tell him about the light riding with me.

    I've set it free now,
    From this illusion I'd begged for I've gotten so much,
    As I write I see it in the moon glow, which stirs the pangs of birth.
    The spectrum is manifest in even the dimmest of hopes.

    Today, I busked for rainbows and hustled for moonbeams
    And thank the Holy I've gotten to hold both, in their fleet ways.
    Yet more elusive still was sitting in a cafť chair
    It was I that withheld the grasping.

    Words are mere substitutions of energy;
    If I could pass along the prismacolor phantasmagoria that is life, I would;
    But you, like me, flowing through the vast whoever,
    Must divine your own way of enticing the heavens to drop a dime
    along your own stretch of street.

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    { Saturday, 12 July, 2003 }

    "Traipsing and Wandering"

    I'm off for a few blessed hours of traipsing and wandering in the forest, probably one of my favorite places in the Universe, Coleman Boundary. It's a magical place, and seems to maintain a cautious balance between brusque verdant wildness and fairly tame human pursuits. Last time I was there, my socks were knocked off quite efficiently.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:19 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    After 19 years at sea,

    After 19 years at sea, sweet synchronicity: Message in a Bottle. It was an old glass Pepsi bottle, and the cap had been sealed with electrical tape. I took the cap off, and basically the note said, `To whomever finds this, would they please write me a letter and let me know.' And it had this address on it, and down at the very bottom in the right-hand corner it had like the date. . . . [link is streaming audio file]

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    It's not over, and this

    It's not over, and this could be a very big deal, indeed: Fla. May Fine GOP Figure for 2000 Recount Actions As Florida's presidential recount raged in December 2000, a newly created political group spent $150,000 attacking three pro-Democratic state Supreme Court justices who threatened George W. Bush's hopes for victory.

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    Van Gogh Rising If you

    Van Gogh Rising If you go out this Sunday evening and look up at the Moon, you will see not only our closest celestial neighbor, but a piece of art history as well. The rising full moon will appear exactly the way it did 114 years ago, when Vincent Van Gogh captured the scene in his famous painting "Moonrise."

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:10 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    Rubber Duckies' longest 'bath' ever

    Rubber Duckies' longest 'bath' ever is coming to an end A consignment of thousands of rubber ducks is expected to wash up any day on the coast of New England - after more than a decade at sea.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:19 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    "The Whispering Hours"

    Avatar the cat just woke me up, presumably to be let outside. He's all about luxury; there's a cat door that he can use anytime, but the boy likes a doorman. He's watching me through the window now, but it's after hours... he can let himself back in.

    His squeaky little meow is about the only sound right now. For some reason, my little home in the pines is the quietest place I've laid my head... it's so quiet and still right now it may as well be a vacuum outside. Not a single branch is twitched by breeze. No mockingbirds, no big rigs on the highway, not even the sigh of a ghost.

    After letting Avatar out into the inky hush, I started brushing the other cat Ursula... and found that I was whispering to her. That's the best I could manage, and perhaps for a reason. The stillness demands whispering, if you're going to talk at all. Even thinking too loud could shatter the deep peace the night has worked so hard to attain. It's almost as if the very night around me is sitting Zen, not moving, not thinking, not perceiving, just being.

    I could be getting better at being silent. I used to surround myself with noise wherever I went and whenever I went there. I slept to the late night broadcasts of the BBC, worked under the dronings of more radio, partied with crackly old LPs and thin conversations, and in much former years made love to funky and soulful CDs. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I just couldn't cope with stillness, sound reassured me that I haven't slipped into the abyss and that the rusty anchor of reality was held fast into the deep.

    Now, with tentative arms I welcome the abyss, the drifting, the hours that murmur so little I can actually hear myself breathe and my own heart beat, and that's about it. Constant jabber and rocking rollers are no longer security that I am sane and safe. I treasure this; for surely in a few hours that ever-present rooster will part my consciousness with his scratchy cockledoodling, the phone will ring, fat ass trucks will rumble carelessly down the highway, and the cats will remind me (like the little Zen monks they are) that their bowls are empty... I will be obliged then to make noise and receive it in equal measure. There are no guarantees that I am sane and safe, but this thick quiet that lords throughout this time at least makes a deal; whisper and be still if you must be awake, and I'll give you a vast peace to rest your din soaked world.

    jaybird found this for you @ 04:08 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Friday, 11 July, 2003 }

    I can't believe I've found

    I can't believe I've found it: Ali and his Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay, a classic bizarre album featuring none other than Muhammed Ali, Lily Tomlin, Jimmy Carter, Howard Cossell and a drunk sounding Ol' Blue Eyes. My friend Dennis had one of these, I guess about 11 years ago. We listened to it constantly, usually while toasted by various means, and I thought the record was all but lost. Not! Check out the mp3, Ali's Historical Theme:

    "Who put the crack in the liberty bell? ALI! Who really gave that bell a smack? ALI! Who punched it so hard that the bell did crack, hit it so hard with an awful whack? MUHAMMED ALI! Chorus: Ali's always getting blamed for things he didn't do, just because he like to scrap, and maybe sometimes feud. People want to blame the man, although he wasn't there, maybe we should take a look, the blame could well be shared!"

    The blame for what, putting the crack in the liberty bell? Ali just admitted to it! Why share the blame? But then again, his supporters are saying he wasn't there. I'm so confused!

    jaybird found this for you @ 22:22 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    Stonehenge riddle 'solved.' It's a

    Stonehenge riddle 'solved.' It's a girl Stonehenge is a massive female fertility symbol, according to Canadian researchers who think they have finally solved the mystery of the ancient monument in southern England.

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:14 in History, Civilization & Anthropology | | permalink



    This is utterly stupid and

    This is utterly stupid and probably some sick agitprop from the Bushies: Al-Qaida targeted Western forests, memo says.
    So, terrorists have a "strike a match for the Jihad" campaign? What beloved American institution is next, Smokey the Bear? I don't buy it... forest fires just plain happen, sometimes with a careless camper involved. The next time some kid playing with matches blackens a few hundred acres, will he be sent to Guantanamo? Little Billy must've been IMing Osama all along, goldarnit.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:41 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Ballooning 25 Miles High To

    Ballooning 25 Miles High To make the record attempt possible a balloon has been built which is seven times larger than any other ever made. The balloon will be visible from 600 miles away.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:16 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex

    Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex Sites

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:57 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    { Thursday, 10 July, 2003 }

    Thabo Mbeki: The Icy Ideological

    Thabo Mbeki: The Icy Ideological Grip The recognition that global poverty constitutes the deepest and most dangerous structural fault in the world economy is not the preserve of progressive politics. All thinking people agree that the elimination of this structural fault requires sustained economic growth and development in the poorest areas of the world. Thinking people also agree that various macro-conditions - democracy, rule of law, property rights - have to be met to create the possibility for such growth and development to take place, and they agree that the first driver of growth and development is capital investment. Further, all these thinking people would agree that in contemporary society, the capital needed is privately owned, and that publicly owned capital is but a tiny proportion of the stupendous volume of capital in the global economy.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:35 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    NASA: Oldest Planet Formed 13

    NASA: Oldest Planet Formed 13 Billion Years Ago

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:20 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    WaPo: Media and Dems Begin

    WaPo: Media and Dems Begin Serious Questioning of Bush's Credibility The former Vermont governor, who opposed the war, added: "The only other possibility, which is unthinkable, is that the president of the United States knew himself that this was a false fact and he put it in the State of the Union anyhow. I hope for the sake of this country that did not happen."

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:19 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    On Goree Island, Bush Visit

    On Goree Island, Bush Visit Sparks Anger

    N'diaye and other residents of Goree, site of a famous slave trading station, said they had been taken to a football ground on the other side of the quaint island at 6 a.m. and told to wait there until Bush had departed, around midday. "It's slavery all over again," fumed one father-of-four, who did not want to give his name. "It's humiliating. The island was deserted."

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:16 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Kim Jong-il's appetites are ingredients

    Kim Jong-il's appetites are ingredients of book
    Sordid tales of power and premium cognac in famine stricken N. Korea.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:13 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Wednesday, 09 July, 2003 }

    One of the best post's

    One of the best post's I've ever read in the blogosphere over at field notes. "I'm listening for ways to become weirder."

    jaybird found this for you @ 21:14 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    Parable of the Monkeys... track

    Parable of the Monkeys... track this favorite meme of mine chronologically, via MeFi.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:53 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    How To Rig An Election

    How To Rig An Election In The United States

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:47 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Meteorologist spots suspect oil pipeline

    Meteorologist spots suspect oil pipeline "I think we're in bed with Kuwait. I think we're pumping oil out of Iraq to pay for this war.... It's amazing to think about going to war with a country that's so bloody poor," Brandli says. "It's empty, it's vacant. They've got nothing. Not even electricity."

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:11 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Big Brother Gets a Brain

    Big Brother Gets a Brain "Right now, this may be a military program," added Lewis. "But when it gets up and running, there's going to be a huge temptation to apply it to policing at home"óto keep tabs on ordinary citizens, whether or not they've done something wrong.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:59 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    He's only human: Scientist Hawking

    He's only human: Scientist Hawking hangs at the strip club...

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:55 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Feel good: Man wakes after

    Feel good: Man wakes after nearly two decades in coma, greets mother and has a lot to learn.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:47 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    With this ring I thee

    With this ring I thee befuddle: strange black ring seen in sky over Texas, odd explanation.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:38 in High Weirdness | | permalink



    Man Held as 'Combatant' Petitions

    Man Held as 'Combatant' Petitions for Release "The president lacks constitutional or other legal authority to unilaterally designate an individual captured on American soil as an enemy combatant, to detain such person without charge or judicial review, to deny such person his due process and other constitutional rights," or to circumvent the courts, the filing said.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:10 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    9/11 Commission Says U.S. Agencies

    9/11 Commission Says U.S. Agencies Slow Its Inquiry The panel also said the failure of the Bush administration to allow officials to be interviewed without the presence of government colleagues could impede its investigation, with the commission's chairman suggesting today that the situation amounted to "intimidation" of the witnesses.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:06 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    White House 'warned over Iraq

    White House 'warned over Iraq claim' The CIA warned the US Government that claims about Iraq's nuclear ambitions were not true months before President Bush used them to make his case for war

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:02 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 08 July, 2003 }

    "Weird Room"

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    I mow the lawn for reduced rent. I've never explored the unfinished part of the house where the mower is kept. Just adjacent to my apartment, I found this strange little room that gave me a bit of a chill. The weeds growing up toward the window, plus the still moldy air and the vault-like silence were enough to halt my explorations and turn tail. It didn't seem like it was part of the house, and I certainly didn't expect it.

    Just like if I had the chance to hike through my own subconscious mind; it's right there all the time but operates so independently, interprets in it's own bizarre way that seldom is it connected with my waking perceptions. Consciousness can be a downright haunting thingamajigger, so full of shadows and strange rooms and sudden angles... the behind the scenes reality of routine.

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    British Columbia ends wait for

    British Columbia ends wait for same-sex marriages "He says the couple "ran" to get their licence as soon as they heard the news. "

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:01 in Gay, Lesbian, Queer & Free | | permalink



    The Incredible Bulk SHOCKED six-year-old

    The Incredible Bulk SHOCKED six-year-old Leah Lowland checked out a mystery bulge on her Incredible Hulk doll ó and uncovered a giant green WILLY.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:29 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    Whoops: White House Backs Off

    Whoops: White House Backs Off Claim on Iraqi Buy [P]Resident Bush should not have alleged in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Africa to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:03 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Floods leave one million homeless

    Floods leave one million homeless in India's northeast In Assam, the mighty Brahmaputra River burst its banks at several places Saturday washing away homes and breaching roads and mud embankments.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:01 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    { Monday, 07 July, 2003 }

    Astronomy Picture of the Day

    Astronomy Picture of the Day provides an amazing graphic of the sun. Feeling warm and fuzzy?

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:04 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Crop Circles in California "I

    Crop Circles in California "I feel vacillations," said Connie Pearson, who came from New Orleans. "Low vibrations. I feel reality, which is a function of agreement. It's very exciting to be here."

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:46 in Conjecture & Speculation | | permalink



    Strong editorial: Bring reality on

    Strong editorial: Bring reality on "...an American president needs to do better, much better, than: 'Bring 'em on.'"

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:30 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Yep, I'm a bleedin' heart

    Yep, I'm a bleedin' heart liberal: Which candidate matches your views best?

    Results:

    1. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH - Democrat (100%)
    2. Green Party Candidate (93%)
    3. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (83%)
    4. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (81%)
    5. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (77%)

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:26 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    More on Redmond Resignation

    I hate to reprint a whole story, but this will likely be buried in the US media. The last sentence seems to be key. For more on Inslaw and the Promis software, visit disinfo.com

    RIDDLE AS US SPY CHIEF QUITS
    Sunday Express [UK]
    July 6, 2003
    **Exclusive**

    AMERICA'S top spy catcher, Paul Redmond, has suddenly resigned in the middle of his secret investigation into how Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden allegedly obtained US computer software, the SUNDAY EXPRESS claimed this weekend.

    The software is said to enable the two most wanted men in the world to avoid capture because it can pinpoint every move in the global manhunt.

    Redmond's departure last week was accepted "without discussion" by President Bush, the man who had brought the spy catcher out of retirement to conduct the investigation.

    Hours after Redmond had cleared his desk, Bush ordered a GBP 25million bounty on Saddam's head. He wants Saddam "dead or alive" and the same goes for bin Laden. Already Bush has agreed to either man forgoing a trial and being shot after interrogation. The official reason given for Redmond's abrupt departure was "health reasons." But stunned colleagues in the Homeland Security department in Washington, where Redmond had his office, insist the former Associate Director of the CIA was in perfect health. His departure has led to intense speculation that he may have begun to uncover embarrassing details of how the software came into the hands of Saddam and bin Laden.

    Documents obtained by the respected International Currency Review, a London-based newsletter for the financial community, allege that the software was provided for Saddam on the authority of President Bush's father when he was in the White House - a time when relations between Iraq and Washington were close during Baghdad's war with Iran. The Review's publisher, Christopher Story, a former financial adviser to Lady Thatcher, said: "The documents are extremely sensitive and raise some very serious questions."

    He confirmed that they had originally been in the possession of Barzan alTakriti, Saddam's half-brother, when he was managing Saddam's estimated GBP 40billion fortune.

    A Paris intelligence source said the documents were copied by operatives of DGSE, the French intelligence service, earlier this year when al-Takriti made a visit to several banks in Geneva.

    He is now in American hands, one of the key names on the famous "deck of cards" list.

    Shortly after the documents reached Washington on the eve of the war with Iraq, President Bush brought Paul Redmond out of retirement.

    Redmond was a legendary CIA spy catcher who helped unmask some of the most infamous spies before he retired in 1998.

    He was told to investigate how Robert Hanssen, the renegade FBI computer specialist who was a longtime Soviet agent, had handed over a copy of the software - known as Promis - to his KGB controllers for $ 2million.

    Hanssen, now serving a life sentence, has yet to reveal all he knows about how the KGB sold on a copy of the software to Osama bin Laden for $ 4million shortly before the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

    "But until Redmond's abrupt resignation, increasingly the documents relating to Saddam's use of Promis - and his relationship with President Bush's father - were what Redmond had begun to focus on", said a source close to the departed spy catcher.

    Originally developed by a small company in Washington called Inslaw, there are now a number of versions of the software. One was installed by MI6 early in the 1990s. After Hanssen's arrest it was removed.

    William Hamilton, president of Inslaw, said that top Bush aides and FBI director Robert Mueller had met to discuss the "implications" of Redmond's investigation.

    "Redmond has said that Hanssen did hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage. I have been told that Redmond's health is fine and there is a much more important reason for his resignation", said Mr Hamilton.

    Like Mr Story, Mr Hamilton did not want to elaborate. ***But both men conceded that Redmond's investigation could have caused embarrassment to President Bush and his family.***

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    Smut: US complains about brothel

    Smut: US complains about brothel called The White House

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:05 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    "Some of the opposition expressed

    "Some of the opposition expressed to Canon John's appointment has been very unsavoury indeed. A number of the letters I received displayed a shocking level of ignorance and hatred towards homosexual people. Our official policies and resolutions as Anglicans commit us to listening to the experience of homosexuals and recognising that they are full and welcome members of the Church, loved by God. "

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:06 in Gay, Lesbian, Queer & Free | | permalink



    Unelected bonehead yearns for yet

    Unelected bonehead yearns for yet more destructive power: (Bush) pushes for next generation of nukes

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:57 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Sunday, 06 July, 2003 }

    Oh my: THE MIRROR MIND

    Oh my: THE MIRROR MIND OF THE CYCLIC UNIVERSE... "The latest Big Bang theory proposes a cyclic universe --driven by colliding membranes. The new model supports analysis that a human-like mirror mind created our universe. The wall in science is coming down." via Incublogula

    jaybird found this for you @ 22:27 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    "A Fallen Tree"

    I was late getting out of the house this morning, and was taken aback by what I saw: an old apple tree, laden with fruit, had during the night given up and simply fell. It's apples were reddening, and a bumper crop it would have been. At the trunk, it's a clean break. Inside, at the center, the wood is soft, brittle, an old bone too weak to stand. Under the bark, you can see the live wood; it looks and feels like flesh. It withstood as much as it could, and some moment under the foggy and quiet night, a strange combination of weight, moisture, and possibly breeze brought it down. Perhaps a mockingbird alighted in it's branches and the tree waited for one last song. Or, perhaps the mockingbird's perching was just enough to topple an old, prodigious bearer of fruit, and it flew off startled.

    Fortunately, some thin shoots of young, taut branch have budded from the trunk. It's leaves are bright green, the tree's nutrients diverted to those sprigs of hope. Some year, they too will blossom and someone will catch a bright sweet apple and taste, without knowing, the diversion.

    The lesson of the fallen is obvious; the lesson of the rising is even more clear and needs no explanation. Nature is teaching with more clarity and articulation than any human confabulation of theories and exact words. Were a Botanist, a Zen master, a Sufi mystic, a Pagan Priestess, Franciscan Friar and davening Hasid gathered around it, and were silent together, touching the bark, testing the new growth and even biting the scattered ripening fruit, maybe they would all find some wisdom in it. Or maybe they would look at me and say, "fallen diseased tree, big deal!" and wander off for further signs and simulacra from the divine. It is just a fallen tree, after all. But maybe there's some other loon out there who might just see it as important and moving as some ancient scribble of scripture, immense senses illumined by words and creeds no longer known to modernity.

    Newton, gravity does exist, and is proven yet again by this: there's a hundred apples spilled on the yard, and I haven't the strength to move the dead. Eris, among this spoiled harvest there may be an apple worthy of giving to the most beautiful among thee, or I could throw it over the fence to likely be pecked by rooster beak. Eve, the tree is fallen, not you; the knowledge of good and evil will melt into the ground, for it wasn't ready yet and is gone before it's time. There is rising and falling, and none can predict the vagaries of when and where. Our lives in all their immortal want are evidence that taut young branches can grow from, and because of, the dead and gone before. From my trunk, one day broken and moist and moldering in the ground, a diversion of energies will shoot new life from my surrendered form, and so on. I am here, now, because of countless succession of the fallen and the rising. Blessed with season, I must shed branches, and leaves, and fruit.

    But then again, it's just a fallen tree, leaving tiny scratches in the paint of my neighbor's car. A tree service will be coming soon to finish the job. A minute's inconvenience, an hour's labor, tomorrow's mulch. And maybe somewhere in the surrounding green canopy, there perches one confused mockingbird.

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    Visit this little cathedral from

    Visit this little cathedral from which radiates endless tendrils of speculation and mystical mystery: Rennes Le Chateau Gallery

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:06 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    Oooh, I like it: BlogChatter

    Oooh, I like it: BlogChatter

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    { Saturday, 05 July, 2003 }

    Gujarat troupe returns to roots

    Gujarat troupe returns to roots This is Sidi Goma, a group of musicians and dancers who trace their roots back to the Swahili coast of East Africa. It is their first trip to Africa and is something of a homecoming, according to drummer Muhamed Yunus.

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:09 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    Drudge is reporting that a

    Drudge is reporting that a top spy catcher has stepped down at the "Homeland Security Tent Revival" for this reason: "[Redmond] suddenly resigned in the middle of his secret investigation into how Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden allegedly obtained [Promis] US computer software." Conspiracy buffs will note that shady dealings with Promis and Reagan-era goons led to the questionable death of Danny Casolaro, and possibly Vince Foster. I tend to not get all hot and bothered over such speculation, but there appears to be way too many interconnections in these cases. Then again, I'm looking for them. Seek and ye shall find.

    jaybird found this for you @ 21:24 in Conjecture & Speculation | | permalink



    Combat veteran responds to Bush's

    Combat veteran responds to Bush's taunt: "Bring 'Em On?" "Even chauvinist paranoia has a half-life, it seems."

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:07 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Friday, 04 July, 2003 }

    Mouse unmasked as gem thief

    Mouse unmasked as gem thief "A thief who had made a series of raids on a jewellers in north Wales has been tracked down to his lair - under the floorboards. "

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:53 in High Weirdness | | permalink



    Dung beetle on the Moon:

    Dung beetle on the Moon: The African Dung Beetle "uses the pattern created when moonlight strikes tiny particles in the atmosphere (polarisation) to orient itself and travel in a straight line. "

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:48 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Meet the People of the

    Meet the People of the Peacock Angel, the Yezidi. Theirs is a religion and culture centered near Mosul, Iraq, as well as Syria, the Caucasus, the via the diaspora in Germany. Seclusive and secretive, the Yezidi have often been maligned by outsiders due to misinterpretations of the nature of their primary Deity, Malak Taus (once a rebel angel who recreated the world and doused the fires of hell with his tears). Gurdjieff (pt. I, pt. II) may have been heavily influenced by them. Unlike other middle-eastern religions, the Yezidi have rejected dualism and, therefore, the ideas of sin and evil. Various versions float around of the Black Book of the Yezidi and other works that form their sacred literature. Wars, political pogroms and proselytizing have placed this beautiful, complex and misunderstood tradition in jeopardy.

    "I have allowed the creation of four substances, four times, and four corners, because they are necessary things for creatures."

    MeFi thread

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    Extreme weather prompts unprecedented global

    Extreme weather prompts unprecedented global warming alert "In an astonishing announcement on global warming and extreme weather, the World Meteorological Organisation signalled last night that the world's weather is going haywire."

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:27 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Our system digs your system,

    Our system digs your system, baby: Alien Solar System Much Like Ours "Our solar system just got a little less special, to the delight of those hoping to find life elsewhere in the galaxy. British astronomers say they found the first sun-like star with a giant gas planet in an orbit similar to Jupiter's, which leaves plenty of room for worlds like Earth and Mars."

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:18 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    The Cost of War "To

    The Cost of War "To the right you will find a running total of the amount of money spent by the US Government to finance the war in Iraq. This total is based on estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. Below the total are a number of different ways that we could have chosen to use the money."

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:05 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Thursday, 03 July, 2003 }

    "Reddening Moon"

    Tonight my companero Gustav and I watched a reddening, waxing, sliver of a moon against a bright backdrop of stars over trees that pulsed with lightening bugs... it was quite a sight. We laughed until our sides split.

    Tomorrow morning he leaves for Hawaii, and we parted with silliness and blessings of "Aloha!" Neither of us remembered exactly what the word means, but now I've found "...the joyful sharing of life energy in the present."

    I'm rather tired, and my work week is increasingly increasing. I've seen some pretty hard things today at work, and I'm taking time to process and transcend the severity of hurt people are willing to inflict on children. I can't legally talk about it, but I'm bursting with empathy and not knowing what to do.

    I'm off to bed now, feeling a little worry but much hope. Aloha.

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    Giant sea creature baffles Chilean

    Giant sea creature baffles Chilean scientists "Chilean scientists were baffled on Tuesday by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen. "

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    Cannot find Weapons of Mass

    Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction

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    You get what you ask

    You get what you ask for: Lightning Strikes Preacher Who Asked For Sign "...services resumed for about 20 minutes until the congregation realized the church was on fire. The building was evacuated."

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    The Beethoven Mystery - Why

    The Beethoven Mystery - Why haven't we figured out his Ninth Symphony yet?

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    { Wednesday, 02 July, 2003 }

    "Three Dreams"

    It was a topsy-turvy night in sleepworld last night, generating these bizarre recollections of dreams:

  • For some inexplicable reason, I had to drive to Detroit for this car race. I got there by driving this bus while lying down across the driver's seat while using one hand to work the pedals and the other the wheel, occasionally looking up to see where I'm going. I changed strategies when I encountered this ultra thin, long and high bridge with a sign that hung over it "Built in 1955AD in the Great State of New Jersey." I can't recall if I made it across.
  • I was moving again and my new apartment was at the bottom floor of a very high building festooned with an elaborate looking penthouse at the top. I went up there and the penthouse door was open, and the place was a dive. Hideous wallpaper, nasty carpet, and a general feeling of sloth. Whoever lived there and moved on left a full cupboard of antique glassware, and I held one ornate piece in my hand, rolling it over and over, while watching a flashflood through huge windows down below.
  • Some kind of bike chase through a lush and rather raunchy tropical environment, complete with profuse sweat, somehow involving an international conspiracy to release germ weapons at a swimming pool over which (don't ask me how) a really terrible heavy metal concert was going on. I got to the pool and went for a swim, and that managed to foil the plot in a rather illogical way.
  • My best friend decided to "change his look," and underwent this procedure to turn himself into an Irish lad. I met he and his wife at a restaurant and sure enough, he was red haired, freckle faced and green eyed. Robin similarly had her new red do tied up in a bun and was wearing this black frock, both speaking with a hint of brogue.

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    The United States gets all

    The United States gets all persnippity
    with 35 other countries because of the ICC Worpd Court. Gosh, we can't let Americans face prosecution for war crimes, the pseudo-Administration said yesterday.

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    Sometimes, you just need another

    Sometimes, you just need another subatomic particle: Behold the pentaquark! Physicists have discovered a new class of subatomic particle that will provide unexpected insights into the fundamental building blocks of matter.

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    { Tuesday, 01 July, 2003 }

    My friend Tabetha just sent

    My friend Tabetha just sent me this nice Zen quote after visiting the site: "View the world not as the eye sees, but rather what the mind knows." If she's reading, I would reply with the Taoist edict; "Do nothing and there is nothing you cannot do."

    As an aside, we both work at a summer camp, but nothing quite like this.

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    The page link may say

    The page link may say Disappearing Clouds in Carina but what we've got here is some flippin' simulacra.

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    Frankly, I don't know what's

    Frankly, I don't know what's so super about using space to kill, but alas: America to build super weapons Allies to become less important as new generation of weapons enables America to strike anywhere from its own territory

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    Wandering Ghost

    The rain is soft,
    Opaque streetlight, a pale imitation of moon,
    Shines through the pine near the window that catches my stare
    Old branches breathing night haze.

    Cat curled in my lap
    The same one I found under shelter roof years ago
    We two empty spirits needing filling
    Iíd like to think this moment is thankful.

    Earlier in the day I chased shadows
    Through halls that echo far too long
    I watched children play the games Iíve lost
    How I remember those impetuous steps.

    If given no reason
    We would be slipping across river rock
    Reaching out in our tumble for a hyperbole
    Stronger than words, some feeling like clenched hands.

    If given no sense
    We could laugh at the stars with disembodied gods
    We could disregard time and all weíve learned
    And dash creek water across the sky.

    The cat, in a time before we met, wandered
    and is now found in this fascination
    The boy, in a time before he ever thought,
    knew emptiness and only that, shrugging it away like a cold.

    There is a little lamp in the window, shining outward
    The occasional moth finds it, dances in reverie, then seeks out more brightness.
    It holds reflections, tricks of light, ghosts...
    Who else is waiting, watching at the glass?

    Ramble this quiet minute
    Down some road of your choosing
    You have veins, creases, and memory in your bones
    And still get lost. It's alright.

    Darkness mesmerizes because it conceals the apparent
    Look for this simple lamp, be filled, be thankful
    Do not try to understand
    Just refuge in this feeble glow.

    Be unburdened by destiny,
    Listen to the rain that drop by drop fills the summer creek,
    Say nothing and let us be still,
    Together.

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    Just finished watching "Spirited Away"

    Just finished watching "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki. Wow. I'm staggered by the intracacy, imagination and the vision for this film. It's powerful, moving, and spiritually endearing. It's two in the morning and my mind is spinning in thoughts raised by this great story.

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    2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and youíll find that when itís your turn to be in the night that thereíll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .

    3. The rewards of being true to yourself  are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met with nothing.

    4. Youíll also see that  knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but yours is the power to choose it.

    5. Youíll find that some of your choices couldíve been better, or at times were downright stupid. Thatís okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldnít have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.

    6. Your growth will be a mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing minutes. Donít count on second chances.

    7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and whatís left wonít go right, donít forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament youíre having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that thereís a little of each one hidden in both.

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