American Samizdat Guernica
Saturday, March 30, 2002
some choice linky nuggets mined this evening...
seeking assistance in mitigating my ignorance;
first, The Murder of Arafat
from The Palestinian Chronicle;
this site new to me: Project Underground;
there we delighted in perusing
Greasing The Machine: Bush, His Cabinet and their Oil Connections;
the very interesting National Security Archive from G.W.U.;
where we came across this bit of history
Declassified Record of Ambassador Otto Juan Reich;
also like to point out this collection,
PBS Newshour Middle East Backround Reports
and, in some very interesting & serendipitous way,
the oldest link in that group, from 10.24.95: PLO Chairman Arafat
and this could come in very handy sometime,
U.S. Government Documents Foreign Policy Resources Search
more good stuff later...
Friday, March 29, 2002
The War has Begun: News Update

Editor's Note: Following an Israeli security cabinet meeting today, Israel declared an 'extended war' on the Palestinians, a war that doesn't abide by 'geographic borders'. The war has in fact begun.[more]

Background / PM locks up Arafat, but what is his endgame?

Two decades after overseeing the eviction of Yasser Arafat from Beirut, Ariel Sharon came within a step Friday of exiling him from the West Bank, as the prime minister sent IDF troops smashing into the Palestinian Authority Chairman's compound in Ramallah, seizing the building in which his office is located, and literally confining him to a single floor.

"If Arafat wants to go to the bathroom," said one Israeli commentator, only half-joking, "he now needs Israeli permission."[more]
Stations of the Cross - an exhibition of 14 paintings by self-taught artist Chris Woods (January 11 - February 10, 1996). One of many brilliant collections of Works by Chris Woods at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
Thursday, March 28, 2002
Nuke 'em into the Stone Age...
NOT a point of view you'll get from yourstruly,
(although I could end up feeling that way about Floridians,
no sorry, I should say "one particular Floridian...")
nor from Jon Carroll, again, saying what many of us think
this next item sorta in the vein of contemplating nuclear madness:
map a nuclear blast

Maybe it's different in your community. Maybe where you live there's a diverse array of radio stations, each with distinctive programming visions, run by people motivated by nothing but their love of music and the possibilities of the medium.

But in my city we have three or four cookie-cutter formats for dozens of mindless stations clogging up the airwaves... which interestingly enough tend to be owned by a handful of broadcast conglomerates, the same corporate leviathans that also have concert promotion and the record industry in their synergetic clutches.

Wherever I go in North America, it's as if these radio stations follow me. I mean, they're identical. The same narrow, repetitive and dreary playlists, the same idiotic (not to mention jingoistic and sexist) DJ patter. A dime-store Marxist wanting to demonstrate that capitalist hegemony leads to a sterile cultural wasteland need only turn a couple dials...

As any online listener knows, it's hard to overstate what an improvement internet radio represents. We all have our favorites (mine is WFMU) that provide us with the alternative sounds and voices that barely exist on the airwaves. But the real miracle that these stations perform is to allow passionate programmers to elevate the form into an art -- usually on a shoestring, often commercial-free. The technology has scaled down to the point that world-wide reach is available to anyone. It's one of those rare cases where the utopian promise of the net is close to being realized.

Simply put... THIS is the golden age of radio.

And it's about to end. The same corporate weasels who ruined broadcast radio are determined to work their magic on the net. They've got their lapdogs in government ready to do their bidding.

One report suggests that stations currently paying about $1000 per year in royalties could see that rate jump to $1000 per day. Another article quotes an executive predicting "the Webcasting landscape will be a moonscape in six months.''

Save Internet Radio
there's this fool on the east coast...
in Florida, to be a little more precise,
who posted the following at his weblogthingie this AM:
Those handwringers and EU-nuchs who oppose American action against Iraq are latter-day Neville Chamberlains, wanting to use diplomacy to get a piece of paper that would guarantee "peace in our time." Well, there is NO paper, no treaty, that guarantees peace. If you want a guarantee of peace, look to your arsenal. If you want peace, prepare for war. Nations (and terrorists) attack other nations that appear to be weak. The 9/11 terrorists thought that we were weak and degenerate; their compatriots have learned to their chagrin that we are not.

so, oncet upon a time, this, ahhhhhh, (well, let's be charitable) moron
got under my skin in a big way, maybe I'll link to the exchange we
had w/him later, but for now, isn't that kind of thinking what we should
be avoiding. Isn't that just the same old shit all over again? It fills me
with dread and dismay to come across this mindset, again and again,
& to contemplate that it is a majority opinion, well, personally, I find it
heartbreaking. Anyone want the link to this fellow's site, Email Me
Russian Prison Tattoos. "...It is not known when tattooing first became a common practice in Russian prisons and Stalinist Gulags. Soviet researchers first discovered and studied this underground activity in the 1920s; photographs of prisoners from that period suggest an already elaborate and highly developed subculture. More than simple decoration, the images symbolically proclaim the wearer's background and rank within the complex social system of the jailed."
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Letter From Israel
Against Negotiations
by Ran HaCohen

"Negotiations", "peace talks", "Peace Process" and the like are nothing but Newspeak which literally means "occupation goes on; meanwhile, let's have a chat." For seven long years (1993-2000), Israel was holding "peace talks" with the Palestinians. At the outset, both Palestinians and Israeli citizens thought the "talks" were about ending the occupation. In fact, during all those years, not a single settlement was dismantled, but dozens of new ones were established. Not a single settler was evacuated: actually, their number was doubled. That's what "negotiations" mean. The Palestinians cannot be expected to stop the Intifada for this trap they know so well.

The whole concept of "political negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians is absurd. What "negotiations" can there be between occupier and occupied, between jailer and prisoner? Either the jailer wants to set the prisoner free, or he does not. In both cases, there is no room for "negotiations".
American Electronic Journalism at it's Best...

even el residente looks askance

CNN: Now hiring California High School Graduates.
good nite, Uncle Miltie...

if you're going to be a sheep, be a black sheep
Mark's back from New Mexico, & we couldn't resist the
opportunity to share link provided via his wood s lot
and thanks to Al J. for digging up that N.Y.'er link
The Great Terror
Across the city, other families were making similar decisions. Nouri Hama Ali, who lived in the northern part of town, decided to lead his family in the direction of Anab, a collective settlement on the outskirts of Halabja that housed Kurds displaced when the Iraqi Army destroyed their villages. "On the road to Anab, many of the women and children began to die," Nouri told me. "The chemical clouds were on the ground. They were heavy. We could see them." People were dying all around, he said. When a child could not go on, the parents, becoming hysterical with fear, abandoned him. "Many children were left on the ground, by the side of the road. Old people as well. They were running, then they would stop breathing and die."

Nasreen's family did not move quickly. "We wanted to wash ourselves off and find water to drink," she said. "We wanted to wash the faces of the children who were vomiting. The children were crying for water. There was powder on the ground, white. We couldn't decide whether to drink the water or not, but some people drank the water from the well they were so thirsty."

They ran in a panic through the city, Nasreen recalled, in the direction of Anab. The bombardment continued intermittently, Air Force planes circling overhead. "People were showing different symptoms. One person touched some of the powder, and her skin started bubbling."
first off, let me say I'm proud to be a contributor here
so Gracias, Dr. M., for the invitation to be included.
L.A. Times editorial re Bush's Arctic Obsession
& now, for something completely different:
(albeit also from the LAT)
"the most underappreciated comedian of all"
American Terrorism is American Tradition
The greatest acts of terrorism are not committed by furtive gangs of masked desperados in foreign lands. The most horrific acts of terrorism in world history have always been committed by governments and their militaries.

The government and military of the United States of America have committed massive acts of international terrorism and brutal genocide -- throughout the 20th century.

Official FBI definition of terrorism:

"Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."

By its own definition the hypocrite U.S. government is guilty of terrorism -- on a massive, international scale. And for over 100 years!

The U.S. government has broken international law and the Geneva Convention many times with its brutal use of force and horrific violence against persons and property, to intimidate and coerce governments, civilian populations, and many segments thereof, in furtherance of political, social and especially economic objectives.
[read more]
We Die Alone. "...a series of collages pasted together inside one of the most depressing books in the english speaking world." From Bad Taco.
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
The International Solidarity Movement is a group of international students, activists, and regular people who are taking part in non-violent demonstrations in Palestine. The group consists of Americans (Jewish, Muslim, and Christians) and representatives from several other countries. So far they have stopped tanks, removed roadblocks and even suspended the operation of one checkpoint, all by nonviolent means. They have the support of both the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, and need all the help they can get. Check out their site and write your local newspaper or television station to do a story on people laying down their lives in non-violent protest.
NSA possibly has broken most PGP keys. Lucky Green:
a 1024-bit RSA factoring device can likely be built using only commercially available technology for a price range of several hundred million dollars to about 1 billion dollars. Costs may well drop lower if one has the use of a chip fab. It is a matter of public record that the NSA as well as the Chinese, Russian, French, and many other intelligence agencies alloperate their own fabs.

Some may consider a price tag potentially reaching $1B prohibitive. One should keep in mind that the NRO regularly launches SIGINT satellites costing close to $2B each. Would the NSA have built a device at less than half the cost of one of their satellites to be able to decipher the interception data obtained via many such satellites? The NSA would have to be derelict of duty to not have done so.(...)

In light of the above, I reluctantly revoked all my personal 1024-bit PGP keys and the large web-of-trust that these keys have acquired over time.

Citizens in Action
from the New Yorker of 3.25:
Reba from Ocean Parkway;
the Basho of Honk;
small steps, folks, and the courage to make them...
Remember the pain, heal the wounds

Given the current carnage in the Middle East, it may seem arbitrary - perverse, even - to alight on one bloody episode from 54 years ago. But the events that took place in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin in April 1948 are so symbolic that they might almost serve as the DNA of the Arab-Israeli conflict. And the decision to memorialise them in England, Scotland, and elsewhere around the world on April 7 is highly charged and, to some, downright inflammatory.

The bare facts are beyond dispute. Early in the morning of April 9 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and Lehi guerrilla groups, with the help of a small elite unit from the main Jewish defence organisation, the Haganah, led an attack on the Arab village of Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem. Some 100 Palestinians (mainly old men, women and children) were killed.
Monday, March 25, 2002
Normon Solomon: "The Liberal Media" -- A Poltergeist That Will Not Die

See also via FAIR: Fear & Favor 2001: How Power Shapes the News.

" . . . incidents of outright censorship occurred, and even more self-censorship, as many outlets confused independent inquiry with a lack of patriotism.

"At the same time, there was no let-up in pressure from the more usual sources: media owners and advertisers. Corporate media owners increasingly see using their media outlets to promote their other businesses and the perspectives they favor as simply standard business practice; and advertisers, in a time of recession, appear to feel freer than ever to demand a favorable context for their ads, which are, after all, mediaís main revenue source. Further consolidation in the industry, abetted and encouraged by a deregulatory FCC, only promises more to come." [more]

When Star Trek Was New: Rare William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy Interviews from 1966. "...It's this timing that makes the interviews so fascinating: both Shatner and Nimoy are talking about a show that the public had yet to see. There is the sound of uncertainty in Shatner's voice - he's hoping Star Trek will be a success and that it will be exciting. He is not talking about what the show was about, as has been the case for the past 35 years."
Sunday, March 24, 2002
Rome.The Berlusconi government has irritated alot of people for alot of reasons. One reason being their efforts to modify Articolo 18, a Workerís Rights article which protects employees from being fired without a justifiable cause. Obviously workers and unions are in an uproar. So Sergio Cofferati, general secretary of CGIL, the largest union in Italy, declared a National Day of Protest. A few days before the scheduled manifestation, Marco Biagi, economist and collaborator of the labour minister working against Articolo 18, was murdered in front of his home one evening coming home from work. The Brigate Rosse (Red Brigade) are presumably responsible for his death. Some members of the Berlusconi government then insinuated that Biagiís death was due, in part, to Cofferati who, in his efforts to organize such a large protest had triggered off a kind of Bad Karma provoking feelings of hostility. And this hostility resulted with the reanimation of the Brigate Rosse and thus Biagiís death. As if dissent were a gun. With this accusation the government probably had hoped for the cancellation of the manifestation. Instead, hundreds of thousands (some estimate even 3 million) people showed up in Rome this past Saturday to protest not only against the Berlusconi government but to protest against terrorism as well. In other words, to defend democracy. It was A Family Affair....couples walking hand in hand, fathers carrying kids, grandparents wearing tennis shoes peacefully walked the streets of Rome in protest. Many wore signs like: TU SI TU NO NO CI STO while others carried red CGIL flags. There were so many of these flags that the streets looked like A Red River Flow.The protesters walked to Circo Massimo where Cofferati gave his speech. It was A Beautiful Day and many sat on the grass, took out sandwiches from their knapsacks and ate while the crowd near Cofferati periodically cheered. Protest and Picnic. I was happy to be there.
she was happy to be there
he touched her with his flag

yah, ok, it may seem like we tootin' our own horn...
but in order to avoid filling up this place w/my own ramblin' ways,
we'll instead point you to what was on our mind this weekend;
your feedback & commentary appreciated

Self improvement:
Emergency medical supplies: your head gets cut off. The pack (spread throughout your skull) stabilizes your brain. Or you get massive bleeding: it shuts down blood supply to that area temporarily, improves clotting, and grows a bandage over the wound.
Wings: most useful in low-gravity habitats, or when skydiving.
Controllable fingertip suction cups (for picking up paper stuck to the desk).
Nhon Nguyen... Bus Stop Series Two (Route 7, Seattle Metro). "...I first started out putting my work on buildings along Route 7. The pieces didn't stay up for very long, people would snag them up after a few hours or so. A lot of the pieces went down with the buildings in downtown as they were demolished for reconstruction. I then started noticing these new bus stops that were being constructed all over the place. I then started throwing up my pieces on these bus stops. I was restricted to only one size and format for these bus stops but that just made my design more challenging." From Route 7 Gallery. Public art, installations, and paintings on canvas by Nhon Nguyen, a.k.a. Nhon9.

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