Saturday, October 07, 2006

TSA No-Fly List

Lindsey Beyerstein

The Transportation Security Administration's secret no-fly list includes some very unlikely terror suspects -- Bolivian president Evo Morales, 14 of the 19 dead 9/11 hijackers, and every single person named "Robert Johnson."

Journalists Susan and Joseph Tentro recently obtained a copy of the 44,000-name no-fly list and collaborated with CBS's 60 Minutes to investigate the names on it. They found thousands of inaccuracies and ambiguities on the list, not to mention some shocking omissions.

"The airlines get a list that's out of date," Joe Tentro said. "The list includes dead people and people in prison, but not dangerous terrorists whose names appear on other public lists of terror suspects."

The no-fly list is supposed to be a centralized roster of suspects compiled by various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies. Inter-agency rivalry and mutual suspicion often trump cooperation. Officers will withhold the names of their high-value targets because they don't want their counterparts in other agencies to have the information.

The original no-fly list was hastily compiled after 9/11. Now, five years later, the list is no closer to being functional. So far the government has spent $144 million to clean up the database, but little progress has been made.

Friday, October 06, 2006

what is the preznit's job?

Sioux Falls Derby Dolls

Here come the roller girls?

I regularly hear people say the cultural trends of Sioux Falls are five years behind those found in the rest of the world.

While the statement isn’t completely wrong, its tone is often curiously gleeful. It’s as if people here enjoy the fact that we live an atmosphere of apathy and inertia so thick that the latest fashion can’t get to us as quickly as the rest of the civilized world.

Well, if you’re proud of our delayed response syndrome, I’m about to destroy the illusion: Sioux Falls could soon be the home of an all-female roller derby league.

Right on schedule. Five years behind Austin.

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

1. "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" - Of Monteal [Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?]
2. "Do It 93! (Live in Rio)" - Death From Above 1979 [You're a Woman, I'm a Machine (bonus disc)]
3. "Sparkle Spit (Alternate Mix 3.1)" - Je Suis Animal [Je Suis Animal]
4. "Diamonds" - Mercury Rev [Secret Migration]
5. "I Think We're Alone Now" - The Pipettes [Demot O'Leary Session]
6. "You Really Got Me (live)" - 13th Floor Elevators [The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators]
7. "Hate Then Love" - The Dears [Gang of Losers]
8. "Lovelife" - Lush [Split]
9. "End of the World" - The Sweethearts [Looks Could Kill]
10. "Everybody Knows" - James [Laid]

Bonus #11. "Stratus" - Billy Cobham [Spectrum]

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Day Against DRM


Monday, October 02, 2006

Bill Moyers on Capitol Crimes

The fall of Jack Abramoff has exposed a huge web of corruption that still remains vastly unreported by the broadcast media, even as investigators continue to chase down leads and quiz insiders and witnesses. This clip is from the upcoming PBS documentary "Capitol Crimes" from Bill Moyers, airing October 4 (check local listings), which untangles emails, reports, interviews and facts on the record to provide viewers with a coherent pattern of criminal and political chicanery.

PBS airdate: Wednesday, October 4 at 9 p.m. (check local listings). For more visit

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Russia Wins 2006 Homeless World Cup

The 2006 Homeless World Cup results from Cape Town, South Africa.


Homeless World Cup Champions 2006 - Russia
Runners Up - Kazakhstan
3rd - Poland
4th - Mexico

City of Edinburgh Cup Winners - Ireland
Runners Up - Finland

City of Cape Town Cup Winners - Zambia
Runners Up - Lithuania

Big Issue Cape Town Cup Winners - Scotland
Runners Up - Slovakia

INSP Trophy Winners - Burundi
Runners Up - Argentina

Premier's Cup Winners - Kenya
Runners Up - Ukraine


Best Fair Play Team - Slovakia
Best Mixed Team - Paraguay
Best Female Player - Lindsay Cooper, Scotland
Best Male Player - Ronald Siame, Zambia
Best Newcomer - Kazakhstan
Best Goalkeeper - Elliott Clow, Canada