Friday, June 15, 2007

when squirrels go bad


BERLIN (Reuters) - An aggressive squirrel attacked and injured three people in a German town before a 72-year-old pensioner dispatched the rampaging animal with his crutch.

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my favorite albums of 2007 so far

Barry. Pure mintit
The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

"Talking With Fireworks/ Here, It Never Snowed" (listen)

Inspired. Layered. Splendid.
The National
The National

"Start a War" (listen)

Hauntingly Beautiful.
The National Lights
The National Lights
The Dead Will Walk, Dear

"Swimming in the Swamp" (listen)

Luscious shoegazy goodness.
Sun Come Undone

"Aidan Quinn" (listen)

Dunedin, NY.
My Teenage Stride
My Teenage Stride
Ears Like Golden Bats

"Ears Like Golden Bats" (listen)

Virtuosic revelations.
Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
Armchair Apocrypha

"Dark Matter" (listen)

Colorful. Dynamic. Manic.
Frog Eyes
Frog Eyes
Tears of the Valedictorian

"Reform the Countryside" (listen)

Melodic muscular math-rock.

"Tonto" (listen)

Mark E.
The Fall
The Fall
Reformation Post TLC

"Fall Sound" (listen)

Gutbucket garage.
Black Diamond Heavies
Black Diamond Heavies
Every Damn Time

"Fever In My Blood" (listen)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

quote of the day

"I guess there's no one more qualified to talk about the possible dangers of homosexuality than a blown-out asshole."

Bush Nominates Anti-Gay Surgeon General

Mistakes were made


An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than was documented in a Justice Department report in March that ignited bipartisan congressional criticism.

The new audit covers just 10 percent of the bureau's national security investigations since 2002, and so the mistakes in the FBI's domestic surveillance efforts probably number several thousand, bureau officials said in interviews. The earlier report found 22 violations in a much smaller sampling.

The vast majority of the new violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect. The agents retained the information anyway in their files, which mostly concerned suspected terrorist or espionage activities.

Mistakes were made

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

America's Progressive Majority


The façade of conservative political dominance is crumbling. The disintegration runs deeper than public disaffection with the Bush administration’s catastrophic failures and is more fundamental than the political realignment of the 2006 election. The notion of America as a “conservative nation” was always more fiction than fact, but the nation’s rejection of President Bush’s brand of “you’re-on-your-own” conservatism and wedge-issue divisiveness is so broad that today the façade is simply unsustainable.

An exhaustive review released today of decades of public opinion research by the Campaign for America’s Future and Media Matters for America, using the most reputable, nonpartisan sources, leads to a simple conclusion: America is more progressive Common Sense Conversation than people think—or, more precisely, than the conventional wisdom would lead them to believe. From the economy to social issues, terrorism to trade, Americans want politicians who recognize that we’re all in it together.

wednesday morning reads

For the first time since the Iraq war began, the Army is notifying thousands from a special category of reservists that they must report this summer for medical screening and other administrative tasks.

Another proud moment in government brought to you by the Bush administration: the Department of Transportation has been accused of working as an auto lobby.

Barbara Ehrenreich - The Rich Are Making th Poor Poorer


Onion Radio News - New Total-Fucking-Mess Czar To Oversee America's Total Fucking Messes

Monday, June 11, 2007

Good Copy Bad Copy

"Good Copy Bad Copy" is a documentary about copyright and culture, directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It features interviews with Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Lawrence Lessig, and many others with various perspectives on copyright.

h/t LadyC