Friday, May 09, 2008

friday reads

Glenn Greenwald: CNN, the Pentagon's "military analyst program" and Gitmo

Hizbollah fighters impose control on Beirut

Teh Homeless Are Causing Global Warming

Republicans vote against Mother's Day

Colossal Squid Guts

A Tiny Revolution: More On Purported Bush Sr. Assassination Plot

The Colbert Report: Oil Profiteering

friday random ten

Photo by Ryan McManus

Bears - Bears
"Stay" - Bears

Tommy James & the Shondells - I Think We're Alone Now
"I Think We're Alone Now" - Tommy James and the Shondells

Rainer Maria - Catastrophe Keeps Us Together
"Burn" - Rainer Maria

The Troggs - With a Girl Like You / I Want You
"With a Girl Like You" (live) - Beulah [Troggs cover]

Nick Gilder - City Nights
"Hot Child in the City" - Nick Gilder

The Metasciences - Pencils Down
"Four Color Love Story" - Metasciences

Tigarah - Tigarah
"Roppongi-Dori" - Tigarah

Sons of Freedom - Sons of Freedom
"Super Cool Wagon" - Sons of Freedom

Asobi Seksu - Walk on the Moon
"Sooner" - Asobi Seksu

Holly Golightly - Painted On
"Snake Eyed" - Holly Golightly

Bonus tracks:

The Chameleons - Strange Times
"Caution" - The Chameleons

Social Distortion - When the Angels Sing
"When the Angels Sing" - Social Distortion


Thursday, May 08, 2008

thursday reads

Burma today finally let in the first major international aid airlift for survivors of the cyclone that may have killed more than 100,000 people.

Clashes between Ethiopian troops and Islamist insurgents have killed more than a dozen people in southern and central regions of Somalia, residents said.

FBI agents investigating government watchdog Scott Bloch have subpoenaed any records that would reveal whether concerns about the 2004 elections prompted him to clear Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of ethics violations.

Internal Draft Document Reveals Bloch-Headedness

The FBI has withdrawn an unconstitutional national security letter (NSL) issued to the Internet Archive after a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). As the result of a settlement agreement, the FBI withdrew the NSL and agreed to the unsealing of the case, finally allowing the Archive's founder to speak out for the first time about his battle against the record demand.

Helen Thomas: A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

A monster sinkhole the size of several football fields continues to grow and is causing serious concern in the Liberty County [Texas] town of Daisetta.

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: The Land of the Almost Free to Speak Up

Sean Bell Protest
Originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Betty Page

wednesday reads

Tomgram: William Astore, Coming Down to Earth

Three weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, former U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then Undersecretary of Defence for Policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions.

Dan Froomkin: Laura Bush's Disastrous Diplomacy

FBI Agents Raid Special Counsel’s Home, Office In Corruption Investigation

Spencer Ackerman profiles King David

With hundreds of concerned residents looking on, the Vallejo City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to file for bankruptcy, making the city the first of its size to seek protection due to unaffordable labor contracts.

A substitute teacher in Florida loses his job for practicing "wizardry".

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

new release tuesday

Lykke Li releases her Little Bit [EP] today.

1. Little Bit
2. Dance Dance Dance
3. Everybody But Me
4. Time Flies


Marcel Feldmar, drummer for the LA dream /shoegaze band Black Kites has informed me that their first official video is now up. The video was directed by Michael Grodner (Cursive, Kill Me Tomorrow) and the Director of Photography is Justin Coloma (Smashing Pumpkins).

"Paper Heart" - Black Kites

Download their All Wrong EP from Filthy Little Angels

tuesday reads

Officials today raised the estimated death toll from Burma's devastating storm to nearly 22,500. But no one really knows how high the figure could rise when the full horror of Cyclone Nargis's destruction is made clear.

The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said.

WWII Vet Commits Suicide infront of VA Clinic

Somalia forces 'out of control'

R.I.P. Mildred Loving

Dan Froomkin: The Disconnected President

Political moves are being floated which would extricate the arms company BAE from corruption investigations in the US, in return for a financial settlement without admission of liability.

Ramengate Comes To A Boil

Monday, May 05, 2008

monday reads

Tom Engelhardt: The Last War and the Next One

Bill Moyers: Beware The Simplifiers

Welcome To Al Queda's Next Recruitment Poster.
New Orleans on the Euphrates.

Maybe the reason the misperception persists that there are no atheists in foxholes is that nonbelievers must either shut up about their views or be hounded out of the military. (h/t Digby)

Tens of thousands of people rioted over high food prices in Somalia's capital today, hurling stones that smashed car windows and prompted hundreds of shops to close.

Summit County [Ohio] judge orders Taser references deleted from medical examiner's rulings. (via Raw Story) Also read this post from Lotus - A shocking return to the death penalty.

Violet Blue is at the Maker Faire

Liz Phair - Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 04, 2008

sunday reads

May 4, 1970
Kent State shootings

Giant agribusinesses are enjoying soaring earnings and profits out of the world food crisis which is driving millions of people towards starvation, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. And speculation is helping to drive the prices of basic foodstuffs out of the reach of the hungry.

The State Department has lost track of as many as 400 laptop computers, an internal audit ordered by the Inspector General has found.

KBR Still Electrocuting Troops

Send flowers to Helen Thomas

Peaches - "Fuck the Pain Away", sung by Miss Piggy