Saturday, June 22, 2002
To follow-up up on the previous story, the Fugs are back, are recording their final album, and have a website TheFugs.com. And they haven't mellowed a bit. The Fugs were, uh, a major formative influence on my tender young psyche, and I thank them for it.
Kill kill kill for peace
If we don't kill them
then the Chinese will
and you don't want America
to play second bill
so, kill kill kill for peace
(From, obviously, Kill for Peace, by the Fugs)
We Hate War
We Love Sex
Twos or threes
Four or Fives
LSD A dimethylatr
(from We're The Fugs)
The Fugs. "...Named after a Norman Mailer-coined sexual euphemism, The Fugs were easily the most lyrically outrageous band of their era with songs explicitly documenting sex, drugs, and radical politics and were formed in New York in late-1964 as a vehicle for the satirical talents of two beat poets, Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg." From Fuzz Acid & Flowers by Vernon Joynson. A guide to U.S. psych and garage music, 1964-1972.
an NYT editorial,
Sacrifice Is for Losers;
oh yah, we almos' forgot,
it is the American Way, isn't it...
inspired by the tireless effort of our alter ego...
whilst visiting the marvels at the Daily Bleed
we chanced upon this old, yet timely, interview w.L Pauling,
which happens to be part of a marvelous & large collection of same,
which you can peruse at your leisure by visiting
Conversations with History,
from the Institute of International Studies, U.C. Berkeley
Cabinet in Israel Endorses Seizure of the West Bank
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's security cabinet followed through on a plan for all-out seizure of the West Bank today, scrapping a tactic of intermittent raids in favor of a permanent armed presence as tense Israeli soldiers in armored columns poured into Palestinian cities, towns and refugee camps, military officials said. [more]
But this has been the Israeli Generals' goal for some time. This link is worth repeating as their plan unfolds.
Israel: the generals’ grand design
In conventional political discourse, Israel’s recent attacks on Palestinian civilians, villages, and governmental institutions are described as “retaliatory acts”. They are justified as a “response” to the latest wave of terror attacks on Israeli civilians. In fact, these “retaliatory measures” are part of a systematic assault on the Palestinian Authority that was carefully prepared long before the current “war on terrorism.” As far back as October 2000, at the outset of the Palestinian uprising and before the terror attacks had started, military circles in Israel had prepared detailed operative plans to topple Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. [more]
Gulf War vets have "damaged" brains, London Times
Brain scans on Gulf War veterans in the United States who are suffering from debilitating diseases may have resolved why 130,000 US and British servicemen and women complain of mystery illnesses. Research discovered that disabled veterans of the 1991 war suffered chemical changes in their brains, similar to the onset of Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.
The damage to the brain was likely to have been caused by the use of organophosphate pesticides to kill desert flies and lice at the American and British tented camps in Saudi Arabia; the anti-nerve gas tablets and vaccines given to frontline troops and inhalation of chemicals after the Americans bombed an Iraqi chemical weapons store.
To view full story, go to London Times, then search for 'Gulf war'
Friday, June 21, 2002
Drug war strategy fatally flawed
America's drug war is such a spectacular failure that a visitor from another planet might conclude that it's intentionally that way.
Suppose that we asked President Bush if, for $8 billion or so each year (plus another $12 billion in state and local enforcement), he would be willing to finance a system that would ensure a violent black market network extending from virtually every U.S. urban neighborhood all the way to Mexico, Colombia and other parts of the world? Meanwhile, an additional goal would be, at least in the United States, to crowd our courts and prisons with people having health problems and those who prey on them.
Jordan's King: Arafat losing control of extremists
Jordan's King Abdullah said in an interview published on Friday that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat had substantially lost control of militant groups and warned that even worse violence lay ahead in the Middle East.
"What I can say is that over the years I always thought Arafat was capable of controlling Palestinian public sentiment and extremism," the king was quoted as saying in an interview with the Belgian weekly Le Vif/L'Express. "I think that is no longer the case today." [more]
Hope's Burial Ground
The Slide Show That Moved Cherie Booth Blair
But understanding of the depths of desperation which can lead to the decimation of humanity by suicide bombers came with the two youngest cases. When Maysoon, aged twenty one, went into labor during the night, her husband set off to drive her to the hospital. At a checkpoint, he was shot dead, Maysoon was shot twice in the back, stripped naked and left in the road for two hours, until an ambulance finally arrived, her screams having been heard by locals. Her baby was born in the hospital elevator. Her survivor guilt and trauma are so severe that her family fear she will commit suicide or become a suicide bomber.
Ahmed is twelve: "calm, together and determined to kill Israelis." His best friend was shot dead in front of him by an Israeli soldier. Fifty three percent of Palestinian children suffer from trauma symptoms. MAP aims to build a network of councilors and reach the affected within twenty four hours. In Gaza, almost certainly the next place to be massively targeted, they aim to establish one hundred first aid posts so the injured no longer bleed to death where they lie. [more]
Impunity and Its Discontents
The Israeli army jeep with several soldiers pulls up to the corner where we all stand, and Teenage Soldier 1 (I'll call him TS1) gets out of the passenger side and playfully tosses a soda can at the family. Then, still having fun, he tosses a concussion grenade in the same direction, prompting the father to grab his children and run. The Voice reporters, unused to dodging explosives, stare dumbly at the smoking orange cylinder a few feet away, and then it blows up. Concussion grenades can break bones. Everyone gets off easy this time, slightly disoriented and temporarily deaf.
But TS1 is not done. He hops back into the jeep, and the soldiers tear off for 100 feet to the concrete blocks that mark the checkpoint proper, where a Palestinian van waits for permission to pass. TS2, sporting the same peroxide-blond coif as his partner, asks the driver a question, and then the two soldiers charge over to the passenger side, pull out a Palestinian teenager, and while TS1 steadies the lethal end of his M16 an inch from the boy's nose, TS2 kicks the shit out of him with his boot. I look at Jehad, whose usual thirst for bang-bang has fled; his camera stays in his bag, and he whispers, "They're going to shoot him." But they don't shoot him, instead hauling him off, shackled, blindfolded, and surely bruised, to the waiting jeep. [more]
Sharon & the Senators
by Robert Novak
"We need many more Jews to come to Israel, a million more Jews," Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doors last week. Here was something entirely new even for well-informed senators, and their facial expressions conveyed surprise. Massive immigration to a country of 6 million signified no interest by Sharon in negotiating a settlement with the Palestinians.
Indeed, speaking off the record to mostly uncritical American politicians, the old soldier-statesman was even more blunt than he is in public. Sharon pointed to no Israeli-Palestinian deal for at least 10 years and talked of a hundred years struggle with Arabs. Warning of Egyptian and Saudi duplicity, he informed the senators that removal of Saddam Hussein from Iraq would be the best way to deal with Palestinians.[more]
Canadian journalists classified as security risks. "Three Canadian journalists are baffled by an RCMP decision to classify them as security risks and deny them access to the G-8 Summit. The journalists say the RCMP won't tell them why they've been denied media credentials."
The Spies Who Came In From The Art Sale
The most grotesque use of International Art Machine I have ever seen.
UK E n v i r o n m e n t
Environmentalism for real people
Thursday, June 20, 2002
No hard evidence pointing to impending Hezbollah attack
Increase in deliveries of missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon? More Iranian Revolutionary Guards training Hezbollah? The American and Israeli media are full of warnings. Again.
Nick Blanford in the Beirut Daily Star:
Some of the claims may be true, particularly allegations of long-range rockets. Yet not one piece of hard evidence has ever been made public to support them. South Lebanon and the Bekaa are relatively small areas and completely open to aerial surveillance, either by Israeli warplanes, drones or via satellites. But no photographs or video footage of training camps or rocket positions have been shown to the public.
Certainly, Hizbullah poses a potential threat to Israel. The party has developed a military infrastructure along the border, and its fighters are well armed highly motivated. Hizbullah has deliberately sought to keep the Israeli Army on edge - overtly, through its periodic attacks in the Shebaa Farms and its cross-border anti-aircraft firings; and covertly, by attempting to supply the Palestinians with weapons and allegedly organizing the March 12 ambush near Shelomi in northern Israel, in which six Israelis were killed by two gunmen who apparently crossed the border fence from Lebanon.
But Hizbullah’s actions along the border are carefully calibrated according to the regional situation. The party is not expected to take any action that could jeopardize its position in Lebanon, such as an unprovoked and overt assault on towns in northern Israel.
Results of the rhetorical claims: Strengthening of stereotypes and political myths, an increasingly obscured view of reality, demonization of countries and people... (More comments on Shou?)
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
a Greenpeace weblog...
Banners and Us;
the heads up provided to yourstruly by
G. Turnbull & his gorjuss mailing list;
and now for something completely different...
we'd made mention of the head-butting we'd had w/self-described BarCodeKing
months ago, & recalled his words (his comment's first in that section)
upon reading the article linked below,
Rebuilding Afghanistan: Promises, promises, promises, by S. Salter, S.F. Chronicle.
and minor aside here re the sour grapes espoused by F.Lapides,
a careful reading of the event chronicled in the American Samizdat archives
would hardly indicate his being drummed out, seems that F.L. simply cannot
handle some criticism & disagreement about his opinons, as misguided as they may be...
Some water links:
EPA says toxic sludge is good for fish. "The Army Corps of Engineers' dumping of toxic sludge into the Potomac River protects fish by forcing them to flee the polluted area and escape fishermen, according to an internal Environmental Protection Agency document."
Thousands of mysterious objects land on shore. "The soft, spongy balls, the size of golf or tennis balls, appeared with the incoming tide along a 300-yard stretch of sandy beach beginning at Northside Beach, just north of Plaice Cove, Friday or Saturday."
Human Feces may be killing Carribbean coral. "This is the first time, to our knowledge, that a bacterial species associated with the human gut has been shown to be a marine invertebrate pathogen."
UFO Washes Up on S.C. Shore. "Authorities marked off an area around the orb with crime-scene tape and tried to identify it. They turned to members of the Air Force bomb squad, the Coast Guard and state officials for help, but no one could identify the strange object."
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
How Jews Can Support Israel
Support the People, not the Government
by Ran HaCohen
Now you may think that the Israelis inside the Green Line support dismantling settlements, but those in the settlements oppose it. This sounds logical, but it is not true. Remember that by far not all settlers are ideologically motivated. Some moved to the occupied territories for promises of better life: fresh air, beautiful view, rural serenity. Many others, probably most of the settlers, were transferred to the occupied territories by the dull coercion of economy: while flats within Israel are extremely expensive, houses in the settlements are generously subsidised. Having to choose between an unaffordable small flat in Jerusalem and an almost-free spacious house in a nearby settlement, with a generous state mortgage, a generous state bonus, a generous reduction on income-tax as well as generously improved public services (education, health, infrastructure), many lower middle-class families opted for the latter. One can hardly blame them for that.
In view of the Intifada, non-ideological settlers – probably a majority in most settlements, especially in the bigger ones – now find themselves both cheated and doubly betrayed.
War on terror little to do with terror
By Thomas Walkom
"...given that Iraq appears to have had nothing to do with either Al Qaeda or the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S., the Bush regime's fixation with Saddam seems, at the very least, odd.
Bush's explanation is that Iraq is stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Scott Ritter, a former member of the United Nations inspection team charged with looking at these matters, insists this isn't true.
But even if it were, one might be tempted to ask why Iraq is being singled out. The U.S. itself has weapons of mass destruction. So do Russia, China, France, Britain, India, Pakistan and Israel.
Yet so far, the only nation that has allowed such weaponry to fall into the hands of terrorists seems to be the United States. "
whilst perusing bloggos & sitios favoritos...
we found this: A Buddhist between The Israelis and The Palestinians,
at the wee marvel we'd also like to share with you, Ralph
Monday, June 17, 2002
BushSpeak. "Freedom of speech, just watch what you say"
In an event that Big Brother would have been proud of, dissenters at their own commencement were told that even silently protesting Bush by turning their backs could get them arrested. Then, possible silent protesters were forced out by police before Bush spoke. Then, in a bizarre coincidence, the (remaining) crowd cheered wildly for Bush.
Bush was invited to speak at the Ohio State commencement by representatives of the graduating class. But immediately before class members filed into the giant football stadium, an announcer instructed the crowd that all the university's speakers deserve to be treated with respect and that anyone demonstrating or heckling would be subject to expulsion and arrest. The announcer urged that Bush be greeted with a "thunderous" ovation.
One student reported on the would-be protestors being forced to leave their own commencement.
Stop ExxonMobil : "ExxonMobil is the world's #1 global warming, human rights, and environmental villain."
FBI Tries to Stop Jury from Reading Constitution (May 20, 2002)
Mideast Plan a Tough Sell
Policy: An expected Bush proposal for an interim Palestinian state could be risky, experts say. It also raises a host of difficult issues.
Palestinian Elections Now
by Edward Said
A dispatch from Shatila
American journalist gets a ground-floor view of Palestinian refugee life.
A Tale of Two Middle East Villages
Israelis turn to Berlin for refuge from conflict
more administration shenanigans...
When Conservatives Sue Conservatives;
Harley Sorensen, from the S.F. Chronicle/SF Gate
Alaska, No Longer So Frigid, Starts to Crack, Burn and Sag
In Alaska, rising temperatures, whether caused by greenhouse gas emissions or nature in a prolonged mood swing, are not a topic of debate or an abstraction. Mean temperatures have risen by 5 degrees in summer and 10 degrees in winter since the 1970's, federal officials say.
While President Bush was dismissive of a report the government recently released on how global warming will affect the nation, the leading Republican in this state, Senator Ted Stevens, says that no place is experiencing more startling change from rising temperatures than Alaska.
Among the consequences, Senator Stevens says, are sagging roads, crumbling villages, dead forests, catastrophic fires and possible disruption of marine wildlife. [more]
Sunday, June 16, 2002
Al Jensen noted the great new weblog Asiafirst last weekend. If you didn't check it out, you might want to at least take note of the blurb at the top which reads,