Saturday, April 05, 2008

said the shark

I got your flowers and balloons at the salon
Your lovey-dovey cards and shitty poems
It's good of you to share
But what the fuck should I care?
My shaky heart's
Never skipped a beat

Said the Shark
Silly Killings - 2008
(Iwave Records)

Shaky Heart

Said the Shark are:
Maya Saxell and Kim Oxlund
with Rasmus Kabellka, Mikkel Langlo Gelting and Hans Kjelstrup


Friday, April 04, 2008

wingnut rants against polar bears

Think Progress

Last night on his CNN Headline News show, right-wing pundit Glenn Beck hosted global warming skeptic Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Beck allowed Inhofe to rant about how — with “all the liberals” running the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works — he was forced to sit through hearings on “that nice white fuzzy polar bear.”

Inhofe argued that the polar bear population isn’t endangered. “[I]f anything, it’s an overpopulation problem,” said Inhofe. Beck then jumped in and claimed that, in fact, the extinction of polar bears may be a good thing:

They eat people! For the love of Pete, they’re big, angry bears. They eat people. Not that I say we go out and kill all of them, but I mean, it doesn’t seem to be a problem here. Senator, I can’t take the — I can’t take the lies anymore.

Suck a Polar Bear's Dick - Wesley Willis

highly recommended

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63

Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65 (America in the King Years)

At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.


Forty years after King was gunned down by an assassin in Memphis, it is this sharper-edged figure who has come into focus again. To mark today's anniversary, several scholarly reports have been released charting the nation's uneven social and economic progress during the past 40 years. Some scholars and former King associates are using the occasion to zero in on the two issues -- war and poverty -- that were consuming him at the time of his death.

The Mugabe regime launched a crackdown targeting opposition leaders and foreign journalists last night ahead of a key meeting of its inner circle this afternoon expected to end a week of speculation over the outcome of elections.

A CBS News-New York Times poll released Thursday showed 81 percent of respondents said they believed "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track."

80,000 jobs slashed and unemployment rate up to 5.1% in March.

Glenn Greenwald: Why doesn't the 9/11 Commission know about Mukasey's 9/11 story?

China's Instant Cities

Dubai is Nuts!

Don't Ask The Angels How They Fly

Knowing there's only so much time,
I don't rejoice less but more.
Knowing how many things will now
not happen, I wish them Godspeed
and pass them on to someone
down the line. I honor my
regrets, the part of me that
never happened or happened wrong
and proceed on course though
the course is not known. Only
the end is known and some days
it's a comfort. We live on
love, whether it's there or
not and rejoice in it even in
its absence. If I had known,
I'd have come here better equipped -
but that's another one of those
things you can't change - as we
can't alter that part of us
that lives on memory, knowing
all the while that time is not
real and that what we are we
never were in the light of that
timeless place where we really
belong, have belonged always.
And what's left then is only
to bless it all in the light of
what we don't and will never
know or at least not here where
the light is only a shadow of
that light we almost see sometimes -
that light that's really home.

Albert Huffstickler
On my 69th birthday - Dec 17, 1996

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

wednesday reads

Marty Lederman: The Torture Memo that Makes the August 2002 Memo Look Like Objective and Thoughtful Legal Analysis

Scott Horton: The Green Light

Glenn Greenwald: John Yoo's war crimes

Justin Raimondo: NATO Marches Eastward

Howard Zinn: Empire or Humanity?

Mark Morford: A hooker for every senator

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

tuesday reads

Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

Alphonso Jackson's resignation Monday as secretary of Housing and Urban Development didn't wipe away allegations that he had repeatedly steered contracts to cronies and urged underlings to let politics guide decisions

A study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that those who are homophobic are much more likely to to be aroused by male homoerotic imagry than those who are not. (h/t Violet Blue)

Wired: A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers."

Dell Inc. said Monday it will close its desktop computer manufacturing plant in North Austin by the end of this year, cutting 900 jobs as part of a global cost-cutting campaign.

Nation's Gentrified Neighborhoods Threatened By Aristocratization

Deb Milbrath
Apr 1, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

monday reads

The writing's on the wall for Mugabe.

The delay in official results of Zimbabwe's presidential vote today fuelled international fears that Robert Mugabe was resorting to electoral fraud to hang on to power.

Scott Horton: Gitmo and the G.O.P. Election Effort

Nick Turse: Weaponizing the Pentagon's Cyborg Insects

Burnt Orange Report has the Texas Presidential Primary Convention Results.

Hypatia opens up an interesting dialogue about race and (trans)gender over at Pam's House Blend.

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded