Friday, April 25, 2008

Eeyore's Birthday

Eeyore's Birthday Party

45th Annual Birthday Party

Saturday, April 26, 2008
11:00 a.m. until dark.
Children's Area from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Pease Park
Austin TX USA

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

Demo Mix

"Starship" - Spacemen 3
"Dry On Ice" - The Shapes
"TV Show" - Shorty Cat
"Poisoned Arrows" - Meat Puppets
"The Greys" - Frightened Rabbit
"Great Expectations" - The Ballet
"She Always Goes Down" - Havana Guns
"Worlds End" - Hanna Hirsch
"I Wanna Fuck You" - The Ponys
"Slash Your Tires" - Luna

Bonus Tracks:
"Mondays Tune" - My Broken 101
"I Turn My Camera On" - Spoon

friday reads

fubar on Disaster Capitalism in action.

The head of the United Nations nuclear agency is criticizing the United States for withholding intelligence the U.S. says shows North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear reactor.

Juan Cole: Syria Reactor Story a Diversion; But From What?

Limbaugh dreams of DNC riot
"Riots in Denver at the Democrat convention would see to it we don't elect Democrats. And that's the best damn thing (that) could happen for this country as far as anything I can think."

Commentary: All Spin Zone, Booman Tribune, Suburban Guerrilla, Crooks and Liars

Republican politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives failed last month to persuade Democratic leaders to back a spy law rewrite that would immunize telecommunications companies that cooperated with allegedly illegal government spying. Now they're trying to force the issue.

Nick Turse: The Pentagon Invades Your Life

Since Rupert Murdoch took over The Wall Street Journal, the paper has seen a marked increase in political and general interest coverage and a decrease in business reporting, which is down more than 50%, according to a new study released Thursday.

Asian rice prices have almost trebled this year and prices on the Chicago Board of Trade have risen more than 80 percent to hit successive record highs as export restrictions by leading suppliers fuel insecurity over food supplies.

Dr. Zaius on Rice

Pinche Red Wings

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Red Wings and Avs Resume Rivalry

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will rekindle one of the NHL's best rivalries on Thursday night in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal. Detroit and Colorado met in five post-seasons between 1996-2002 - with the Avs advancing three times - and the franchises combined to win five Stanley Cups during that seven-year stretch.

"We pushed each other to be the best," Red Wings forward Darren McCarty said Wednesday before facing Colorado for a sixth time in the playoffs. "It was a slugfest back and forth - figuratively."

Literally, too.

Blood, brawls - involving even goaltenders - and broken bones made the matchups that much more interesting.

Avalanche vs. Red Wings (Western Conference semifinals)

Game 1, Today at Detroit
Game 2, April 26 at Detroit
Game 3, April 29 at Colorado
Game 4, May 1 at Colorado
Game 5, May 3 at Detroit
Game 6, May 5 at Colorado
Game 7, May 7 at Detroit (not neccesary. Avs in 6)

Blood on the Ice

March 26, 1997

April 1, 1998

thursday reads

Asia Times: Petraeus' rise lets Cheney loose on Iran

The global food crisis reached the United States yesterday as big retailers began to ration sales of rice in response to bulk purchases by customers alarmed by rocketing prices of staples.

Scott Horton interviews Phillippe Sands, the author of The Torture Tapes.

Could Alabama bring back the whipping post or brand the skin of a thief with a scarlet T, and not run afoul of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment? Such a proposition may seem outlandish, but it is what opinions signed last week by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in Baze v. Rees would seem to sanction.

Mark Fiore: America Decides Network

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

wednesday reads

Steve Fraser: Our Guilded Age and Theirs

Showdown at Knox College: Daily Kos diarist Elsinora vs. War Criminal John Ashcroft.

The Brad Blog takes a look at e-voting, registration and polling place problems in th Pennsylvania Primary

Bob Herbert: Clueless in America

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.

An 84-year-old U.S. Army veteran was charged with revealing secrets about America's nuclear weapons, fighter jets and missiles to Israel more than 20 years ago in a case linked to an earlier spy scandal that strained U.S.-Israeli relations.

David Foster Wallace stranded on a desert island (h/t Bookslut)

Monday, April 21, 2008

monday reads

Former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was elected president in a landslide victory Sunday in Paraguay, putting an end to 61 years of rule by the Colorado Party.

The former head of interrogations at Guantánamo Bay found that records of an al-Qaida suspect tortured at the prison camp were mysteriously lost by the US military, according to a new book by one of Britain's top human rights lawyers.

Scott Horton: John Yoo's legal opinions and questions about culpability and timing.

My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) Michael Moore

DownWithTyranny!: Impeaching Bush and Cheney Has Never Only Been About Retribution

World-O-Crap: Anti-Wankers of the Day

Matt Bors
Village Voice, Cleveland Free …
Apr 21, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

sunday reads

The Pentagon's Hidden Hand: Rent-a-General

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Zimbabwe's opposition alleged widespread irregularities as the partial recount begun yesterday of votes cast in the presidential and parliamentary elections held three weeks ago, including ballot boxes with seals broken before they were delivered for the count or with no seals at all.

Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia Muslim leader, has threatened to declare "open war" if a security crackdown by Iraqi and US forces against his loyalists is not called off.

Sunday’s elections will mark a watershed in the history of Paraguay, where the "bishop of the poor" is front-runner in the polls and the ruling party is at risk of losing its hold on power for the first time in six decades.

Three music professors have outlined a method called "geometrical music theory" that translates the language of musical theory into that of contemporary geometry.