Friday, June 12, 2009

friday random ten

[Note: This is a randomized list of some of my favorite albums of 2009 so far...]

Gurf Morlix - Last Exit to Happyland
She's a River
Gurf Morlix
Last Exit to Happyland (Rootball)

Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back
Dirty Water
Shemekia Copeland
Never Going Back (Telarc)

Soap&Skin - Lovetune for Vacuum
Turbine Womb
Lovetune for Vacuum (Play It Again Sam)

Dos Fridas
The Diamond Center
My Only Companion (self released)

I Was a King - I Was a King
Norman Bleik
I Was a King
I Was a King (Hype City)

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell 'em What Your Name Is!
Get Yo Shit
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Tell 'em What Your Name Is! (Lost HighwayRecords)

Ruthie Foster - The Truth According to Ruthie Foster
Dues Paid In Full
Ruthie Foster
The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music)

Pikelet - Not So Still
Hallway Master
Not So Still [EP] (Special Award)

In a Day
Girl in a Coma
Trio B.C. (Blackheart Records)

The Mummers - Tale to Tell
Lorca and the Orange Tree
The Mummers
Tale to Tell (Big Bass Drum)

bonus track:

Fuck Your God
The Callas
The Callas (Out of Tune Records)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

thursday reads

Right-wing advocate for domestic terrorism arrested (Hartford Courant):

Internet radio host Hal Turner — accused of inciting Catholics to "take up arms" and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official on a website — was taken into custody in New Jersey late Wednesday after state Capitol police in Connecticut obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.

"Mr. Turner's comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech," Capitol Police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. "He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct."

The Rachel Maddow Show: Red Alert

E.J. Dionne Jr. gets it:
A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.

Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media, consider which arguments you hear regularly and which you don't. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda.

The power of the Limbaugh-Gingrich axis means that Obama is regularly cast as somewhere on the far left end of a truncated political spectrum. He's the guy who nominates a "racist" to the Supreme Court (though Gingrich retreated from the word yesterday), wants to weaken America's defenses against terrorism and is proposing a massive government takeover of the private economy. Steve Forbes, writing for his magazine, recently went so far as to compare Obama's economic policies to those of Juan Peron's Argentina.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Welcome to a Dying Industry, J-School Grads

America's Best Christian takes time to explain to less informed Christians the curious details of the Lord's concept of marriage.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

wednesday reads

Emptywheel: Why Did CIA Hide Dick Cheney's Role in Briefing?

Alaska, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas opt-out of national academic standards.

Tom Engelhardt: To the Graduating Class of American Empire, 2009

New Zealand is ranked at number one, the United States is 83rd and Iraq remains at the bottom of the ne Global Peace Index.

John Cole: The Genius of Zero Tolerance

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

tuesday reads

Greg Palast: Grand Theft Auto

Pratap Chatterjee: Is Halliburton Forgiven and Forgotten? Or How to Stay Out of Sight While Profiting From the War in Iraq

BLDGBLOG: Saddam's Palaces: An Interview with Richard Mosse

Bernard Chazelle: From the Oubliettes of History: the Negligibles

Monday, June 01, 2009

monday reads

Domestic terrorist assassinates Dr. George Tiller.

Jesus's Jihadis

McClatchy takes a look at the domestic right wing terrorist suspected in the assassination of Dr. Tiller.

Michael Moore: Goodbye, GM

Saturday, May 30, 2009

saturday reads

Amnesty International called Saturday for an independent probe into the number of civilians killed in the final weeks of Sri Lanka's civil war and also urged the UN to reveal its own estimates. (AFP)

One Pissed Off Liberal: GBCW

Violet Blue: Don't Marry Me, Bro

Man who tracked Che for CIA awarded $1 billion in lawsuit (McClatchy)

Car-driven society poses health risk for Americans (Reuters)

Lucky duckies and perverted pandas

Friday, May 29, 2009

friday reads

Scott Horton on the torture photos coverup.

The commander of Fort Campbell army base in Kentucky has ordered a three-day suspension of regular duties to focus on a spike in suicides among his troops amid concern over a wider trend across the armed services. (AFP)

Dispatch from Mogadishu: One week in hell

Foreclosures, mortgage delinquencies climb at record rate.

Tomgram: William Astore, Educating Ourselves to Oblivion

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

wednesday reads

Sibel Edmonds: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Recently declassified documents obtained by investigators Jeremy Bigwood and Eva Golinger reveal that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested more than $97 million in “decentralization” and “regional autonomy” projects and opposition political parties in Bolivia since 2002. (Bolivia Rising)

Andy Kroll: The Greatest Swindle Ever Sold

Scott Horton: Cheney Prepares the Twinkie Defense

Robert Reich: Sotomayor and the Republicans

'Western Germany Wants Stasi's Influence to Remain Hidden' (Spiegel Online)

The revelation that the policeman who shot Berlin student Benno Ohnesorg in 1967 was a spy for the Stasi East German intelligence service has led to an intense historical debate in Germany. Ohnesorg's death radicalized many students and is seen as one of the factors that lead to the 1968 student protest movement and the emergence of the far-left Baader-Meinhof terrorist group.

Now Germany is asking itself what would have happened if people had known that Karl-Heinz Kurras, the policeman who fired the fatal shot and became the epitome of what students saw as an authoritarian West German establishment, was a communist and a Stasi informant? Would 1968 have happened? Would the country have been terrorized by left-wing urban guerrillas for over a decade?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

wednesday reads

Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Unexceptional Americans

Emptywheel: The CIA's Comedy of Briefing List Errors

America's poor are its most generous givers (McClatchy)

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.

"The lowest-income fifth (of the population) always give at more than their capacity," said Virginia Hodgkinson, former vice president for research at Independent Sector, a Washington-based association of major nonprofit agencies. "The next two-fifths give at capacity, and those above that are capable of giving two or three times more than they give."

Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest survey of consumer expenditure found that the poorest fifth of America's households contributed an average of 4.3 percent of their incomes to charitable organizations in 2007. The richest fifth gave at less than half that rate, 2.1 percent.

Darwinius masillae

Monday, May 18, 2009

monday reads

Chris Hedges: The Disease of Permanent War

A record number of suicides has prompted Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli to launch a massive house-cleaning plan with orders to garrison, installation and medical commanders to revive lapsed health and welfare programs, and restore discipline in the barracks.

Glenn Greenwald: The myth of the parasitical bloggers

Torture News Roundup

Unpaid wage claims on the rise in Austin.

Will Patrick Roy return to the Avs as head coach?

Friday, May 15, 2009

friday reads

The Luis Ramirez Murder: A Logical Step in the Process of Establishing a Subhuman Class

Glenn Greenwald: Obama's kinder, gentler military commissions

What makes military commission so pernicious is that they signal that anytime the government wants to imprison people but can't obtain convictions under our normal system of justice, we'll just create a brand new system that diminishes due process just enough to ensure that the government wins. It tells the world that we don't trust our own justice system, that we're willing to use sham trials to imprison people for life or even execute them, and that what Bush did in perverting American justice was not fundamentally or radically wrong, but just was in need of a little tweaking. Like warrantless eavesdropping, extreme secrecy doctrines, concealment of torture evidence, blocking judicial review of executive lawbreaking, one can now add Bush's military commission system, albeit in modified form, to the growing list of despised Bush Terrorism policies that are now policies of Barack Obama.

Training a new generation of brown shirts.
The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!

Paul Krugman: "I have seen the future, and it won't work."

The MPAA is a 'price-fixing cartel'.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

wednesday reads

Tamil war zone hospital hit again.

Glenn Greenwald on Jesse Ventura and the massive expansion of America's "Hard Left.

Conservatives Leading the World Headlong into the 18th Century

Pepe Escobar: Pipeline-Istan

More Than Nuremberg: Thaousands Prosecuted For War Crimes After World War II

Matt Taibbi: Being anti-torture doesn’t make you pro-terrorist

Friday, May 08, 2009

friday reads

Scott Horton: The Bush Era Torture-Homicides

Pentagon’s Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion

Paul Krugman senses that prospects for fundamental financial reform are fading.

Naomi Klein on the bank bailouts.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

thursday reads

Dan Froomkin: Complicity -- and Accountability -- on Torture

Scott Horton: Bolton's Spanish Delusions

Glenn Greenwald: What 'Oversight' Means in Washington

The "Churchill gene"

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

wednesday reads

Jane Hamsher: Bailout Recipients Spent $13 Million Lobbying Against Consumers, For Their Own Bonuses in 1Q 2009

Clear Channel implodes.

U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan kill over 100 civilians.

Taliban takes control of Pakistan's Swat valley.

Spencer Ackerman: Send Warlords, Guns and Money

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New Star Trek Movie

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Friday, May 01, 2009

friday reads

Supreme Court Justice David Souter to retire.

May Day riots start a day early in Berlin.

Orcinus - The Far Right's First 100 Days: Shifting Into Overdrive

The Rude One: Arlen Specter, Tuesday Morning, First Light

Violet Blue: Why the SF Weekly should be 'whipped and gagged'

Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard

Thursday, April 30, 2009

thursday reads

In a ruling in Madrid today, Judge Baltasar Garzón has announced that an inquiry into the Bush administration’s torture policymakers now will proceed to a formal criminal investigation.

'Probable' case of swine flu closes Austin school. Flu panic sweeps Texas.

Condi Rice pulls a Nixon

Monday, April 27, 2009

monday reads

Could the swine-flu outbreak be linked to a factory farm?

Europeans urged to avoid Mexico and US as swine flu death toll exceeds 100

Scott Horton: Broder for the Defense

Nick Turse: A Tsunami of Hunger

Jürgen Klinsmann sacked.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

thursday reads

War Criminals

A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration's advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Ray McGovern: Obama Plays Hamlet; Shredders Hum

Terry Jones:If Dick Cheney can trumpet the 'success' of his torture policies without fear of retribution, why can't us ordinary criminals?

Lukery: First Merchant Bank exposed

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

wednesday reads

McClatchy - Report: Abusive tactics used in effort to find Iraq-al Qaida link

The Bush administration put relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist.

Such information would've provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. No evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and Saddam's regime.

The use of abusive interrogation — widely considered torture — as part of Bush's quest for a rationale to invade Iraq came to light as the Senate issued a major report tracing the origin of the abuses and President Barack Obama opened the door to prosecuting former U.S. officials for approving them.

Spencer Ackerman: Senate Armed Services Document Outlines How Pentagon Used Torture Resistance Training in Interrogations
A wealth of new details emerged Tuesday about how techniques designed to help captured U.S. troops resist torture formed the basis for the post-9/11 interrogation policies of the Bush-era Pentagon.

Instructors of those techniques proved to be eager in 2002 and 2003 to disseminate them to an emerging crop of inexperienced military interrogators facing the prospect of wresting information out of new captives. “I believe our niche lies in the fact that we can provide the ability to exploit personnel based on how our enemies have done this type of thing over the last five decades,” said Joseph Witsch, an instructor for the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), a component of U.S. Joint Forces Command that oversees the so-called Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Evasion (SERE) program for U.S. special forces, during a 2002 training session for U.S. military interrogators, according to a newly released report.

Emptywheel: Did Cheney Order Up Abu Zubaydah’s 83rd Waterboarding?

Moon of Alabama: The Sadism Report

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Colbert Coalition takes on NOM

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Colbert Coalition's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest

Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you know the difference between a rollergirl and a snack food?

Crackerjack vs. Frito Lay (via Texas Rollergirls)

"Plano-based snack company Frito-Lay North America, Inc. recently put the corporate kibosh on local rollergirl Colleen "Crackerjack" Bell's attempt to trademark her nickname for roller derby competitions. In their opposition, filed April 8, Frito-Lay essentially alleges that their tasty caramel popcorn treat runs the risk of being confused with a bunch of tough ladies who try to bruise each other while skating around a circular rink."Austinist

Frito-Lay claims in their opposition of the roller derby-specific trademark that Crackerjack is merely descriptive, not a proper name; they claim there is a great likelihood of confusion between the candied popcorn and the rollergirl; that use of the word crackerjack by a rollergirl dilutes the connection between the words Cracker Jack and candy popcorn, and/or tarnishes the image of the snack; and finally they claim that Crackerjack is falsely suggesting a connection between herself and candied popcorn, and the insinuation is causing harm to Frito-Lay.

Crackerjack talks about her trademark on Austin Fox and CBS affiliates:
on Fox -
on CBS -

The story has also gotten coverage in the Madison, WI local press

Balderdash. Or should we say, Poppycock. If you still don’t get it, watch this:

We think that people are generally smart enough to tell the difference between a rollergirl and a snack. If we’re right, please tell Frito-Lay and encourage them to drop this opposition.

friday reads

Glenn Greenwald on Obama's release of the OLC torture memos.

Didgby on "professional" courtesy.

Christy Hardin Smith asks: Which language is from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn's seminal work The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956 and which is from US Department of Justice OLC memoranda issued in the last few years.

Spencer Ackerman on OCL's medieval documents.

$40M fuel theft prompts global manhunt

Thursday, April 16, 2009

thursday reads

Can Paraguay's President Survive a Scandal?

Gov. Goodhair, jackass.

TMP interviews New York Time's Eric Lichtblau on the ongoing warnetless wiretapping program.

General Growth Properties Inc, the second-largest U.S. mall owner, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday in the biggest real estate failure in U.S. history.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

tuesday reads

Spanish prosecutors will seek criminal charges against Alberto Gonzales and five high-ranking Bush administration officials for sanctioning torture at Guantánamo. (Scott Horton)

Frankin Wins Again!

Legalize drugs, reduce violence.

#@%*! thieving dwarves

teabagger blowback

Monday, April 13, 2009

monday reads

Soldiers close in on anti-government protesters after day of running battles in Bangkok.

A 5-day standoff with Somali pirates comes to an end.

Scott Horton: Upholding the red Cross

Longer Unemployment for Those 45 and Older

Paul Krugman on those crazy Republicans.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

thursday reads

A landmark human rights lawsuit, accusing Royal Dutch Shell of complicity in the execution of author and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa some 14 years ago, will proceed to trial in a New York courtroom.

billmon: Scalia's Nightmare

Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it was the electroshock therapy. But I've suspected for some time that conservatives would eventually have serious reservations about where Norm and his mouthpieces are trying to take them. Maybe it's finally dawning on some of them that making a federal case out this election contest risks a long-term disaster for the GOP -- one that would completely outweigh the short-term benefits of depriving the Democrats of their 59th vote.

After all, what Norm is threatening to do -- if he can't get his way in state court -- is to demand that the US Supremes go storming through the equal protection door they opened just a crack, and then promptly tried to close again, in Bush v. Gore.

Berlin's Admiralspalast theater will break new ground in May by staging the first production in Germany of the Mel Brooks musical "The Producers."

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
Full Metal Budget
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Economic CrisisPolitical Humor

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

wednesday reads

Tom Engelhardt - Terminator Planet: Launching the Drone Wars

Army doctors pressured to not diagnose PTSD.

A military team sent to evaluate electrical problems at U.S. facilities in Iraq determined there was a high risk that flawed wiring could cause further “catastrophic results” — namely, the electrocutions of U.S. soldiers.

Pirates overboard

Cat Shit One - The Animated Series (h/t Truthdig)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

tuesday reads

[An] ICRC report describes "three principal roles" played by medical professionals in the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

A newly leaked terrorism assessment from a law enforcement fusion center in Virginia shows that police and feds are targeting "historically black colleges" as "radicalization nodes" for terrorists.

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Boom Times for Criminal Syndicates

The Great State of Piffle

Monday, April 06, 2009

monday reads

Powerful Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

Glenn Greenwald: There are no excuses for ongoing concealment of torture memos

Moyers Journal: Maddoff Was A Piker -- America's Big Banks Are a Far Larger Fraudulent Ponzi Scheme

Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Librarium. (h/t watertiger)

Take the 2009 State of the Republican Party Survey.

Friday, April 03, 2009

friday reads

The U.S. unemployment rate soared to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since 1983, as employers slashed 663,000 jobs and cut workers' hours to the lowest on record, government data showed on Friday.

Joseph Stiglitz: "It's going to be bad, very bad"

Michael Lewis: Wall Street on the Tundra

James Wolcott: What's Wrong with Washington

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New NIN Album!


track list:
1. intro skit
2. everybody's doing it (featuring chris martin, jay-z AND bono)
3. black t-shirt
4. pussygrinder (featuring sheryl crow)
5. coffin on the dancefloor
6. this rhythm is infected
7. slide to the dark side
8. even closer (featuring justin timberlake and maynard james keenan)
9. on the list (she's not)
10. clap trap crack slap
11. laid, paid and played (featuring fergie of the black eyed peas and al jourgensen)
12. feel like being dead again
13. still hurts (featuring alicia keys)
14. outro skit

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

drop me

Amanda Palmer - A Song for Roadrunner Records

tuesday reads

Scott Horton: Cheney's Snuff Squad


Now the homeless unemployed have Mylar tents and air mattresses and plastic chairs for their camps, whereas in the '30s those things hadn't been invented yet.

Also the pictures are in color, instead of black and white.

So it all looks very, very different.

Stan Marsh takes us through the mortgage crisis.

Monday, March 30, 2009

monday reads

Scott Horton: Information Secured Through Torture Proved Unreliable, CIA Concluded

Chris Hedges: Obstruction of Justice

Juan Cole: Obama's Domino Theory

Jeremy Scahill: Why you'll be paying for the occupation for years to come, withdrawal or not.

Spiegel Online: US Used by Afghan Drug Clan to Take Out Rival

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

wednesday reads

Pepe Escobar - Liquid War: Postcard from Pipelineistan

Israel's military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.

EU without a Leader after Czech Government Collapses

Legal expert Michael Ratner calls the legal arguments made in the infamous Yoo memos, "Fuhrer's law."

CREW: Keeping tabs on all things TARP

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Violet Blue - Stands Smoking & Drinking Gasoline, in a Lasso Shaped Circle of Matches, in The Kitchen, With Explosives in The Oven, on The Stove & in The Fridge While an Open One Gallon Can of Karate Lies Open on The Floor

Violet Blue - Stands Smoking & Drinking Gasoline, in a Lasso Shaped Circle of Matches, in The Kitchen, With Explosives in The Oven, on The Stove & in The Fridge While an Open One Gallon Can of Karate Lies Open on The Floor
Originally uploaded by merkley???

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Real Scandal of AIG

Robert Reich

The real scandal of AIG isn't just that American taxpayers have so far committed $170 billion to the giant insurer because it is thought to be too big to fail -- the most money ever funneled to a single company by a government since the dawn of capitalism -- nor even that AIG's notoriously failing executives, at the very unit responsible for the catastrophic credit-default swaps at the very center of the debacle, are planning to give themselves over $100 million in bonuses. The scandal is that even at this late date, even in a new administration dedicated to doing it all differently, Americans still have so little say over what is happening with our money.


This sordid story of government helplessness in the face of massive taxpayer commitments illustrates better than anything to date why the government should take over any institution that's "too big to fail" and which has cost taxpayers dearly. Such institutions are no longer within the capitalist system because they are no longer accountable to the market. To whom should they be accountable? As long as taxpayers effectively own a large portion of them, they should be accountable to the government.

But if our very own Secretary of the Treasury doesn't even learn of the bonuses until months after AIG has decided to pay them, and cannot make stick his decision that they should not be paid, AIG is not even accountable to the government. That means AIG's executives -- using $170 billion of our money, so far -- are accountable to no one.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

thursday reads

Executive Assassination Ring (Raw Story)

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an "executive assassination ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The remark came out seemingly inadvertently when Hersh was asked by the moderator of a public discussion of "America's Constitutional Crisis" whether abuses of executive power, like those which occurred under Richard Nixon, continue to this day.

Hersh replied, "After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet."

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, How Shovel-Ready Is the Pentagon?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FDA Approves Salmonella

WASHINGTON—Calling it "perfectly safe for the most part," and "not nearly as destructive or fatal as previously thought," the Food and Drug Administration approved the enterobacteria salmonella for human consumption this week.

The federal agency, which has struggled in recent years to contain the food-borne pathogen, and repeatedly failed to prevent tainted products from reaching store shelves, announced Monday that salmonella was now completely okay for all Americans to enjoy.

Friday, March 06, 2009

friday random ten

Dark Stormy Night
The Coolies
The Coolies (2001)

Sandra - Ten on One (The Singles)
Everlasting Love
Ten on One: (The Singles) (1987)

Swallow - Blow
Follow Me Down
Blow (1982)

Schnell Fenster - The Sound of Trees
Schnell Fenster
The Sound of Trees (1988)

The House of Love - The House of Love
Beatles and the Stones
The House of Love
The House of Love (1990)

Shemekia Copeland - Turn the Heat Up
Ghetto Child
Shemekia Copeland
Turn the Heat Up (1998)

Pas Chic Chic - Au contraire
Vous comprenez pourquoi
Pas Chic Chic
Au contraire (2008)

Linus Pauling Quartet - All Things Are Light
She Bad She Throwed
Linus Pauling Quartet
All Things Are Light (2007)

Hamell on Trial - Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs
Inquiring Minds
Hamell on Trial
Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs (2006)

The Easybeats - It's 2 Easy
I'll Make You Happy
The Easybeats
It's 2 Easy (1966)

bonus track:

Ruthie Foster - The Truth According to Ruthie Foster
Dues Paid In Full
Ruthie Foster
The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (2009)

Thursday, March 05, 2009

thursday reads

Naomi Wolf: Yoo and the Subversion of Liberty Narrowly Averted

The Rude One :John Yoo and His Merry Band of Traitorous Lawyers

Bloodbath in Ciudad Juarez.

Rove and Miers to testify under oath.

Rush Limbaugh, last asshole standing.

Unhappy with kosher salt, wingnut plans to market "Christian" salt.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

wednesday reads

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

This is "a great leader for conservatives"? Media Matters looks back at some of the worst of Limbaugh.

Digby: The Smoking Wreckage of Limbaugh Nation

Companies cut 697,000 jobs in the U.S. in February as the recession’s grip tightened, offering no sign the pace of the decline in payrolls is easing.


All of the government's pesky market intrusions have people snapping up copies of Atlas Shrugged like they were bailout packages. Since it's not like Ayn Rand's laissez-faire fantasies got us into this mess.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

tuesday reads

Fourteen masked, heavily armed gunmen remain at large today after launching an audacious commando-style attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, killing six policemen and injuring seven players and officials.

Documents reveal that Bush gave himself sole power over terror suspects.

Rush Limbaugh really is the leader of the Republican Party.

Chip Ward: Rethinking National Security on a Sinking Planet

The building housing Cologne's municipal archive collapses.

Monday, March 02, 2009

monday reads

Tomgram: The Dictionary of American Empire-Speak


Socializing loses.

Astroturf "tea parties"

Wingnuts freak out

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Prepare to be horrified

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on what's to come...

Friday, February 27, 2009

friday random ten

Evil Stig - Evil Stig
Activity Grrrl
Evil Stig
Evil Stig (1995)

Blondie - Picture This / Fade Away and Radiate
Fade Away and Radiate
Singles Box [Disc 4] (2004)

Captain Beefheart - The Spotlight Kid
I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
The Spotlight Kid (1972)

The Budget Girls - Miso Hornie
Welp, He's Gone
The Budget Girls
Miso Hornie 7" (1999)

17 Pygmies - Captured in Ice
17 Pygmies
Captured In Ice (1985)

The Handclap Shake
Thee Almighty Handclaps
Make You Mine 7" (2006)

The Lords of the New Church - The Lords of the New Church
Question of Temperature
Lords of the New Church
Lords of the New Church (1982)

The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow
Mr. Evasion
The Pretty Things
S.F. Sorrow [Remastered] [Bonus Tracks] (2003)

The Act - Too Late at 20
The Art of Deception
The Act
Too Late at 20 (1981)

The Bob Crewe Generation - Barbarella
The Black Queen's Beads
Bob Crew and Charles Fox
Barbarella OST [Bonus Tracks] (2002)

bonus track:

Television Personalities - I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives
I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives
Television Personalities
I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives 7" (1981)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

album meme

1 : Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 : Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3: Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 : Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

My result:

1. Jola Sigmond

2. Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
--Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893 - 1986)

3. Geat cover by attina

(h/t Echoes In The Wind)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

wednesday reads

Tomgram: Michael Klare, A Pandemic of Economic Violence

The Senate is quietly preparing plans to investigate allegations of torture under President George W. Bush, according to comments published Wednesday by Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Pirate Bay prosecutor altered the copyright-infringement charges Tuesday to make it easier to convict the four defendants who co-founded the world's most notorious BitTorrent tracker.

Report sharply criticizes sex education in Texas schools

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

tuesday reads

Paul Krugman: Banking on the Brink

American Insurance Group, the insurance giant that is 80-percent owned by the US government, is in discussions with the government to secure additional funds so it can keep operating after next Monday, when it will report the largest loss in U.S. corporate history, CNBC has learned.

Scott Horton: "The Stupid Party"

Greg Anderson
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing to determine whether Barry Bonds' former trainer, Greg Anderson, will agree to testify when the home run king's perjury trial begins next month in San Francisco, although Anderson is not expected to change his mind about helping the government prove its case against Bonds.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston, who will preside over Bonds' trial when it is set to begin March 2, ordered Anderson to appear at a morning hearing Wednesday. Illston told the United States Marshals Service to notify Anderson about the hearing, and to provide him transportation to the courthouse if necessary.

Anderson's attorney, Paula Canny, told the Daily News last week that it is unlikely that the trainer will agree to testify at Bonds' trial, as he has refused to do in the past. Anderson spent more than a year in prison for contempt of court rather than testify against his former client, and if he refuses to testify next month, he could be jailed for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks.

Karl Rove
For the third time, the former Bush official – and newly crowned king of D.C. TwitsTwitterers – failed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his alleged involvement in the firing of U.S. Attorneys and the alleged political prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Rove's no-show Monday is not surprising – especially to Siegelman, who said Monday in an exclusive Raw Story interview that Rove will never testify under oath "because he is guilty as sin." Rove's attorney has vehemently denied that his client was involved in the prosecution of Siegelman.

Will the House hold Rove in contempt before March 4?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lance Link

Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp is an American television show that originally aired on ABC from September 12, 1970, to September 2, 1972. The Saturday morning live-action film series featured a cast of chimpanzees given apparent speaking roles by overdubbing with human voices.

The Reluctant Robot

The Royal Foil

Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution - Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution

Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution
Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution
(ABC S-175 [1970])

A1 Sha-La Love You
A2 Teaser
A3 Wild Dreams (Jelly Beans)
A4 Kissin' Doll
A5 Magic Feeling
A6 Live
B1 Rollin' in the Clover
B2 Yummy Love
B3 Vibrations
B4 Daydreams
B5 Blind Date
B6 The Evolution Revolution

Saturday, February 21, 2009

saturday reads

Sam Quinones writes in Foreign Policy about Mexico's State of War.

Threat Level: With Landmark Trial Half Over, Pirate Bay Crew Celebrates Early Victories

“We’ll hire clowns from Wall Street”

Republicons investing heavily to keep Al Franken from being seated as Senator.

Bob Herbert: The Invisible War

Charges will not be filed against 323 people who were arrested on the Marion Street and Cedar Street bridges during the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, the St. Paul city attorney’s office announced today.

What Digby said.

Friday, February 20, 2009

friday reads

Scott Horton: Our Voyage to Brobdingnag

Michael Hudson: The Oligarch's Escape Plan

Joseph L. Galloway: Afghanistan has the smell of South Vietnam in 1965

Rastî: Capitalists, Mercenaries, and the Same State Secrets Privilege

Prosecution Baffled by Pirate Bay's Anarchic Structure

The British government has banned Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the United Kingdom.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele, beyond cutting-edge.

friday random ten

Camper Van Beethoven - Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead. Long Live Camper Van Beethoven.
All Her Favorite Fruit (Orchestral Version)
Camper Van Beethoven
Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead. Long Live Camper Van Beethoven (2000)

Old Time Relijun - Songbook Vol. 1
Baby Dragon
Old Time Relijun
Songbook Volume 1 (1997)

I Was a King - I Was a King
Weighing Anchor
I Was a King
I Was a King (2009)

Regina - Puutarhatrilogia
Sinun tässä salissa
Puutarhatrilogia (2009)

The Boonaraaas!!! - Go Get Goo Goo
Bad Time
The Boonaraas!!!
Go Get Goo Goo (2003)

Jaks - Here Lies the Body of Jaks
Here Lies the Body of Jaks (2005)

Autoramas - Vida Real
A história da vida de cada um
Vida Real (2001)

You're My Girl
The Cavestompers!
The Cavestompers! (2008)

Beefeater - Plays for Lovers / House Burning Down
Manic D
Plays For Lovers / House Burning Down (1992)

The Miracle Workers - Inside Out
You'll Know Why
The Miracle Workers
Inside Out (1985)

Bonus track:

The March Violets - Natural History
Crow Baby
The March Violets
Natural History (1984)