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Month: August 2007

Finally some good news out of Afghanistan

Finally some good news out of Afghanistan

From Reuters: Afghanistan produced 93 percent of the world’s opium in 2007, up from 92 percent last year, the annual UNODC report said. “No other country has produced narcotics on such a deadly scale since China in the 19th century,” a UNODC statement said.

Fuel for 9/11 Conspiracists

Fuel for 9/11 Conspiracists

I have been thinking about yesterday’s article in the New York Times about the company responsible for the current demolition project at the Deutsche Bank building in NYC. First, a little background on the Deutsche Bank building. This building was originally damaged during the events of 9/11/2001 and is currently being deconstructed/demolished. Just a couple of days ago, the Deutsche Bank building was responsible for the deaths of two firefighters who were killed while attempting to put out a fire…

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Not Bob Dylan

Not Bob Dylan

That looks like Bob but that’s not Bob.  That’s Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan during the Blonde on Blonde years from the upcoming film I’m Not There. Other actors playing Bob in this film are:  Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw.  David Cross shows up in the film as Allen Ginsberg. Each actor plays Bob at some time in his life from his early folk-singer days to his current “never ending tour” days. To…

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Man suffers from world’s worst case of Beer Goggles, eaten

Man suffers from world’s worst case of Beer Goggles, eaten

In what appears to be the world’s worst case of Beer Goggles, a Serbian man at a beer festival over the weekend apparently thought he was about to get lucky with a couple of ladies. He stripped naked and climbed in to an enclosure thinking it was a “Beer Cage”. He was promptly eaten by bears. From Reuters via CNN: A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during…

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An Unimpressive Bunch

An Unimpressive Bunch

Today’s edition of This Modern World reminded me of how I felt when I returned from a ten-day trip away from the good old U.S. of A.  I checked the blog when I got home and found that N.J. Barnes had put up a post about how the Democratic congress caved into the Republicans’ name calling and fear mongering tactics and PASSED a bill that authorized the President to continue with his warrantless wiretaps of American citizens for the next…

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John Gibson Mocks Jon Stewart’s Emotional Reaction to 9/11 Attacks. Obviously Republicans Were the Only Victims.

John Gibson Mocks Jon Stewart’s Emotional Reaction to 9/11 Attacks. Obviously Republicans Were the Only Victims.

As the 6th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, we can prepare ourselves for an onslaught of partisan vitriol and claims of personal victimhood. The Republicans will bend over backwards to remind us that we were attacked by Iraq on that day and that Democrats are tearing the country apart with calls for appeasement and hugs for our enemies. The Republicans are the only ones who suffered that day, the only ones who could see the true threat. And…

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Patti Rocks

Patti Rocks

Patti Smith at The Showbox on Saturday, August 11th.  Peter Buck joined the band for the second half of her mind blowing two-hour set. Patti Smith performs with more intensity than most people less than half her age.  The highlights of the evening were “Southern Cross,” a song she dedicated to Jackson Pollock who died on August 11, 1956.  Words cannot adequately describe the band’s performance of this song.  It was otherworldly. And her cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You…

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Our Government is Broken

Our Government is Broken

From John Nichols’ latest column describing remarks by Carl Bernstein about how Bush’s presidency is far more damaging to our country than Nixon’s presidency. Unlike the often crude and conniving but unquestionably intelligent and highly-engaged 37th president, Bernstein says of Bush: “He’s lazy, arrogant and has little curiosity. He’s a catastrophe…” But that is not the worst part of the Bush era as compared to the Nixon era, explains Bernstein. What has made this time dramatically more troubling, the 63-year-old…

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Pearl Jam Censored by AT&T

Pearl Jam Censored by AT&T

Last Sunday night AT&T “sponsored” a live webcast of Pearl Jam’s performance at Lollapalooza.  Pearl Jam reports on their website that: After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the “Blue Room” Live Lollapalooza Webcast. When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had…

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Bush and al-Qaida in Iraq – Blowing Smoke

Bush and al-Qaida in Iraq – Blowing Smoke

One of the more dire warnings repeated endlessly by George W Bush and other war supporters is that if the United States withdraws, al-Qaida will gain a safe haven in Iraq.  It should not surprise us to hear this nonsense from Bush himself; I mean the man will say almost anything to justify his policies in Iraq –even  something in which he is essentially conceding that the invasion he ordered has allowed al-Qaida to establish a strong presence in the country. What is troubling…

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