13.7.02

Here's the deal: every time I want to post something, I have to re-save my blog and archive templates. This is quite time-consuming and very inconvenient. If the problem continues on Blogger, will have to switch to another weblog service.Posts will be few until a solution is found, but regardless of what we end up doing, this URL will not change unless Brinkster also starts having problems. According to the troubleshooting files, Blogger has yet to even notice the problem, let alone address it.Tech support is virtually nonexistant. Also, I am none too pleased that David Hasslehoff was chosen to play Nick Fury on the Sci-Fi channel.
Guardian Unlimited | Notes and Queries The Taliban impose a very strict version of Islam and Sharia law, with severe punishments for breaking those laws. If a group of Christian fanactics came to power, with a similar doctrine based on Christian scriptures, what would the laws be?
(pinched from Yummy Wakame.)

12.7.02

NOPE. BLOGGER, THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR ME.
I refuse to republish my entire template and archives every time I want to post. Fix it now, or hear about it later,INCESSANTLY. Because of this new glitch, which is not being currently addressed, this site is officially DOWN.
And I Hate Politics So just skip it if you do, too. Nothing fun to see here at the moment.
Oh Shit Dept:Report: China Moves Endanger Taiwan."The report casts China as intent on developing a vastly more potent military, with its training focusing more on America as an enemy. It also estimated that China is spending about $65 billion this year on defense rather than the $20 billion China reported publicly in March."
In other disturbing news, some crazed scientists create POLIO from scratch using instructions found on the INTERNET.
From Busy3:BUSTED! Exerpt:"Based on a review of publicly released Securities and Exchange Commission filings, meeting minutes, memos and correspondence from that period, there is no evidence that Bush, or any of the other directors, raised objections or expressed concern about the Aloha deal.
Experts on corporate governance say that as an independent director and one of only three members of the audit committee, Bush was in a position to exercise an important oversight role but apparently failed to do so."

New Dents in Bush Armor. White House defensive, jittery over economic fallout ."The war on terror won't be enough if people decide the economy's moving in the wrong direction on his watch," one political aide worried.
Bushes Never Learn.
SEC chairman Pitt says he won't resign (OR release crucial Harken documents Bush told us all to review a few days ago.)
See also Bush's business career a study in using connections and World share crisis catches out Bush
.

From LA TImes:As a Board Member, Bush OKd a Deal Like Enron's."They sold to themselves and recorded a profit,"Alfred King said. "That's exactly what Enron did on a number of those off-balance-sheet transactions. On this one transaction at least, it's almost identical."
Don't blame me, I voted with the Majority. If you care, more on that here.
When President Bush sold more than 200,000 shares in Harken Energy Corp. in June 1990, he said he did not know the company was in bad financial shape. But memos from the company show in great detail that he was apprised of how badly the company's fortunes were failing before he sold his stock -- and that he was warned by company lawyers against selling stock based on insider information.
You trusted him when you voted for him, didn't you? Well, anyway, I am fed to the hilt with this story. Let's Move On.
Another sack-of-shit,Perot denies his company taught manipulation of energy market."The Texas billionaire and his company came to the attention of the committee last month after a Perot Systems presentation surfaced among documents subpoenaed from Reliant Energy, a Houston power supplier. The sales pitch to Reliant traders detailed "holes" in the California energy market that "allowed strategies that would destabilize the market."

Britain Gets Quietly Stoned. Crusty ol' England relaxes its pot laws, and America looks even more embarrassed and backwards.
It's about freakin' time:Afghan governors to require U.S. to seek clearance for military operations.

Coolio's New Layout....Damn. Looks Good.

rant
Okay, I am really tired of seeing Ed Smart hold a press conference every single day, crying and pleading and praying and monopolizing the "missing child" sympathy angle. It's sad, yes. but there are hundreds of other missing children that deserve the very same amount of news coverage that this case does. So there's this permanent podium outside the Smart house. Meanwhile, there's a civil war going on in Argentina. So far, no cable news channel has reported on it. No media outlet seems brave enough to break out of the daily sound-byte loop and actually report news outside of Murka. I have to agree with Bill O'Reilly on one point: Ed Smart is abusing the limelight and the media is guilty of saturation. I'm almost tempted to start an alternative news cable access show, but that would require effort. It's far easier just to sit here and be judgemental.
Also, even though Resident Butch is as dumb as a sack of spent light-bulbs, it occurred to me last night, for the first time, that I would do no better if I were president. In fact, not a sno-cone's chance in christian hell I would ever come close to getting elected for any important office, let alone that one. Still, it's my obligation as a US citizen to research and report(sit here and judge) all the misdeeds of the gummint.Like I said, if it were anyone else I would do the same. I really am sick of politics. I never liked it in the first place, but after Butch was appointed by the Supreme Court as Resident, I felt a need to register my outrage.
I am tired of it. But it just keeps coming, and I can't help but get caught up in it. The only solution is to stop looking, and go make a nice summer salad.
/rant
Is Blogger fixed yet? Great. Now my Yahoo account is down. I smell a conspiracy.
Later: Non-political entry.I hope. May need to take a few days off the computer, for a multitude of reasons.
This is a test. Blogger seems to be having publishing problems. This is only a test.
Also, my coffee is tepid.

11.7.02

DID YOU KNOW?
Cleaned up the links frame. Took me all day, and there are more to add, but at least the multiples are gone now. While doing that I found a few more interesting items in addition to today's other entries. Now I'm going to go look for info on the newly discovered "mimic octopus".
Did You Know? WorldCom scandal 'uncovered a year ago'."A class action lawsuit based on interviews with 100 staff alleging a startling array of accounting tricks was filed in a Mississippi court last June, only to be thrown out by a judge who simply did not believe that fraud on the scale claimed was possible."
Did You Know? 'Cruel' Americans stormed homes, filmed naked women.US soldiers stormed the homes of Afghan villagers after they were bombed in a US air-raid last weekend and barred people from treating their wounded relatives, outraged Afghans said here."
Did You Know?Documenting the Massacre in Mazar. "A local taxi driver says he "smelled something strange" when he stopped for gas. 'I asked the petrol attendant where the smell was coming from. He said 'Look behind you,' and there were trucks with containers fixed on them ... Blood was leaking from the containers -- they were full of dead bodies.' An Afghan soldier was present 'when an American soldier broke one prisoner's neck and poured acid on others. The Americans did whatever they wanted. We had no power to stop them.'"
Did You Know?Bush administration hypocritical on terror groups; CNN remains silent. Quote "CNN reported yesterday that the president ?froze the U.S. assets of a Texas-based Islamic foundation?alleging that the organization acts as a front to finance the militant wing of the Palestinian group Hamas.? The group, known as the Holy Land Foundation, is reported to have raised $13 million dollars in the United States; money allegedly used to help fund the militant Hamas. After condemning the foundation, Bush failed to even criticize Saudi Arabia, who according to Britain?s The Guardian, recently gave a grant to Hamas amounting to over $140 million dollars; money which probably went toward purchasing more nail laden plastic explosives. Once again this highlights the Bush administrations hypocritical stance in the war against terrorism. Going after the assets of small foundations will do next to nothing in stopping terror groups when the main supporters are left immune to criticism, as in the case of Saudi Arabia and their support for Hamas."

Did You Know? Huge list of CIA Crimes.
Did You Know?Civil liberties we have lost since September 11.
"If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people He gives it to."
Why are Doggles better than sunglasses for dogs?
Find out what your E-IQ is.
Find out who you were in a past life.
Find out which religious leader said what. Not as easy as it sounds.

Golly, no one's commenting on the Bush Family/Holocaust posts.So I guess we are all in agreement then....
A Strange Kind Of Freedom."We all know about the perils of Islamic fanaticism. But, says Robert Fisk, the biggest threat to liberty in the US may come from other kinds of fundamentalism: Jewish and Christian."
Agreed, Mr. Frisk.
Let's Get Messy Part II
(The fun stuff is at the bottom of this post.)
From October 2000~Why The Media Silence On Bush's Shaky Business Ethics? Quote "At the behest of Bush and his fellow investors, state authorities created the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority, which was given the power to expropriate some private land to build the team a new stadium. When some of the homeowners and farmers refused to sell for the low prices being offered, the Authority condemned their land and expropriated it by force of law. It did this with 270 acres of land, even though only about 17 acres were needed for the ballpark. The rest was used for commercial development that made Bush and his friends rich.
A state judge eventually ruled that the amount paid to the local homeowners had been well under market value and a bit more was paid in a settlement. But Bush apparently didn't care. The team got its new stadium and he walked away with $15 million in his pocket. The entire seamy story, however, as the authors point out, gives the lie to Bush's boast that he wants to 'do everything I can to defend the power of private property and private property rights.'"

George Jr's BCCI Connection.
Quote "Meanwhile, a cloak-and-dagger aura surrounds Junior's business dealings. James Bath, a Texas entrepreneur who invested $50,000 in Arbusto Energy,may be a business cutout for the CIA. Bath also acted as an investment "adviser" to Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs,linked to the outlaw BCCI, which also has ties to the CIA. Bill White, a former Bath partner, claims that Bath has "national security"connections. White, a United States Naval Academy graduate and former fighter pilot, charges that Bath developed a network of off-shore companies to camouflage the movement of money and aircraft between Texas and the Middle East,especially Saudi Arabia.
More on the Bush Family Treason :The author of this web page states that Prescott Bush, grandfather of [Resident] George W. Bush, was a traitor working on behalf of the Nazis when this country was at war with Germany during World War II. The proof comes in the form of four arguments.
From Lobby Watch:Bush, Lay Shielded Errant TX Businesses From Lawsuits."Bush gave Lay and other tort-sensitive big donors a fast payback after he won his first election with just 53 percent of the vote. In his first months in office, Governor Bush fast-tracked tort reform by declaring it a legislative "emergency." Tort laws that Bush signed in 1995 include
Slashing punitive damages (used to punish the worst wrongdoers) to $200,000 or two times the economic damages inflicted;
Ending treble damages to punish deceptive trade practices on sales exceeding $500,000 or involving personal injuries or deaths; and
Raising the threshold needed to be held jointly liable from 11 percent of total re-sponsibility for an injury to 51 percent."

From Conspiracy Planet:George Bush & Harken Energy Stock Fraud. Quote "The Tri­Lateral Investment Group, Ltd. is also one of the deals (one of the very few deals, perhaps only a few dozen deals in that era by this group of guys) that you could connect Jeb, Neil, George, Jr., Prescott, and Wally Bush. All five ­­ you can put in the Tri­Lateral Investment Group, Ltd. You can put Neil in it vis­a­vis Tri­Lateral's dealings with Neil's Gulf Stream Realty. Then you back up a step and put Neil Bush into Tri­Lateral Investment Group's dealings with the Winn Financial Group of Denver run by the infamous former Ambassador to Switzerland, Phillip Winn. You can put George, Jr. in the deal vis­a­vis the Tri­Lateral Group Ltd.'s fraudulent relationship with American Insurance General (AIG) , of which George, Jr. was a part through the same series of fraudulent fidelity guarantee instruments issued on behalf of Harken Energy from American Insurance General.Tri­Lateral Investment Group then sold bogus oil and gas leases to AIG. This is a direct fraud that George, Jr. profited to the extent of (not a lot) $1.6 or $1.7 million.

From Online Journal:George W., the great prevaricator. Quote"Whenever George W. Bush has done something stupid or criminal?a daily occurrence?he has blamed Bill Clinton. Now that he can't blame Clinton for having stuck his hand in the same cookie jar as Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and the latest, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., he keeps reaching into his bag of tricks to divert attention from his own "evil" deeds.
Bluster about how harshly "those" crooks will be dealt with. Lie about your own deeds. If one lie doesn't work, toss out another. For example, Bush initially blamed the SEC for misplacing for 34 weeks the paperwork on his insider trading in Harken Energy stock that netted him a sweet $850,000?and that was after the SEC had come down on Harken for masking $10 million in losses "by reporting a profit on the sale of a subsidiary to a group of Harken insiders borrowing money from the company itself," as the Washington Post reported, and before Harken's stock dropped from $4 a share to $1 several months after George W. sold his shares. Since that tale no longer flies, now he is saying it was the fault of the company lawyers who ate the homework . . . er, paperwork. As for that investigation into his insider trading, why the SEC "fully vetted" him, whatever that means.
The truth is the SEC closed its investigation without taking action. Of course, Poppy Bush being in the White House at the time had nothing to do with that decision, right?"

See also God Is A Capitalist.
I don't care who's in office at any given time- if they've done something wrong, it should be exposed for all to see. It doesn't matter to me if they are Dem or Repub. I go after Bush and Co. because they are the current leaders. If it were Gore or Crazy One-Suit Nader, I would do the same. Sorry, but Daschle's wife's tax returns don't interest me at the moment, but I'll keep an eye on it.
CNN Internet Survey Shows 95% of Americans Want Answers From VP Cheney Regarding Halliburton Accounting.
WTF??Dept:Congressional Republicans Back Church Funding of Campaigns. Quote "Opponents say this is the latest strategy to deepen the campaign pot for Republican candidates and to offset losses from a corporate soft-money ban imposed by Congress last year. The church spending legislation, they claim, favor Republican candidates who have depended heavily on fundamentalist Christian groups as their core constituencies of support. These groups are credited by many political analysts as catapulting Republicans into congressional majorities in 1994.The bill also appears to be a response to legal challenges brought by the Internal Revenue Service against churches and religious organizations that engaged in partisan political activity. Among the organizations targeted by the IRS was Pat Robertson?s Christian Coalition.No matter the motivation, Americans do not support lifting the current ban. A survey released in March by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life found that 70 per cent of respondents said churches should not endorse political candidates.".

WTF??Part II:Murder charge reduced for mother who killed her kids.Statement of ignorance sways judge's decision.After sitting stone-faced while a witness described the vomit-smeared faces of her dead children, Tarajee S. Maynor was finally moved to tears when she heard her own words read in court by a police officer. "I never left my children in the car before. I didn't know -- was too stupid to know they would die. I didn't want them to die."
You should never have been allowed to breed in the first place.
Obscure News:Soldier arrested. At least three others implicated in theft from Robinson Paving Co.He is accused of possessing 151 sticks "which were configured as a bomb or similar to said device or parts of such device," the Columbus police arrest report states.
Reminds me of another story that the mainstream media has apparently forgotten:Fort Stewart soldier jailed in Florida on $5 million bond.Police believe soldier tried to plant explosive device at power plant.
Isn't It Obvious Dept:American elections dictate timing of an attack.Quote "There is an opportunity to strike in the autumn of next year, officials say, but waiting until then risks the fighting spilling over into 2004, leaving President Saddam Hussein?s fate unresolved at the start of a presidential election year, something that Republican political strategists are loath to contemplate."

My ISP,Qwest admits criminal probe.
Interesting Article:Avoiding the Facts of 911. Quote "Before the smoke had cleared from around the stricken South Tower, a mysterious explosion shot 550 feet into the air above the U.S. Customs House at 6 World Trade Center. This unexplained blast at the Customs House has never been investigated or reported in the mainstream media. Despite the fact that the horrible events of September 11 occurred in broad daylight and were widely photographed, significant aspects of the attacks have been completely suppressed by a media blackout. A massive explosion, witnessed by millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated WTC 6, the 8-story U.S. Customs House, although no national newspaper, other than American Free Press, has ever written a word about it."

Speaking of getting messy, My Messy Bedroom.
In other news, Moby Has A Weblog. Not sure if I care yet.
Remember that crop circle in Forest Grove I posted a few days ago?It was faked.
Here's a hair modification/enhancement/extension site:Black&Blue.
A goth band from PDX:Cruelty Pageant.
Another:Ghost Parade.
A new industrial/gothic community to check out:MurkNet.
Found at Everlasting Blort, a dark art site:Image Imagine.
Goth Babe Of THe Week:Rissa Noir. I don't know....
Grow taller with a foot massage!
Yesterday, we linked to the story about the UK ralaxing it's laws on marijauna possession. Today, we discover that Nevada may legalize marijuana.
If it passes, let's hope other states, especially my own, follows suit.
I need this, you need this, the entire country of France needs this:Anti-smell silver shirts going on sale in Germany.
The translations of the jokes are funnier than the jokes themselves:Russian-American Jokes.
Oh goody! Atari Adventure In Flash!
Another game:MIB II:Crossfire.
Fun games include El Emigrante- String and Stick Tricks (check out Moster Lab too!) and Great But Sad Cartoon.....teetering
That's all for the moment, as I am busy updating the links frame.


Let's Get Messy
HEIR TO THE HOLOCAUST."While President Bush publicly embraced the community of holocaust survivors in Washington last spring, he and his family have been keeping a secret from them for over 50 years about Prescott Bush, the president's grandfather. According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush."
GOES ON TO SAY:"Six days after Pearl Harbor and the US declaration of war at the end of 1941,
FDR signed the Trading With the Enemy Act, which banned any business interests with US enemies of war. Prescott Bush continued with business as usual, aiding the Nazi invasion of Europe and supplying resources for weaponry that would eventually be turned on American solders in combat against Germany."
Bush Took Oil Firm's Loans as Director.Practice Would Be Banned in President's New Corporate Abuse Policy."As a Texas businessman, President Bush took two low-interest loans from an oil company where he was a member of the board of directors, ENGAGING IN A PRACTICE HE CONDEMNED THIS WEEK in his plan to stem corporate abuse and accounting fraud."
In other words, Bush should be in chains. Period.
ALSO YESTERDAY, the White House REFUSED TO RELEASE RECORDS of Bush's service on Harken's board. Bush had pointed to those records during a news conference on Monday when asked about his role in the sale of a subsidiary. The transaction later was used by Harken to mask losses.
"You need to look back on the director's minutes," Bush said.
But you won't let anyone look, will you George? Before anyone argues that the White House doesn't have those documents ,"Harken has(ALSO) declined to release board records ever since questions about Bush's record on the board were raised during his first campaign for Texas governor, in 1994.
So Bush knew that no one could look back at those minutes when he said it. HE LIED.
Bush twice took advantage of loans he now seeks to ban. And don't give the "different world" excuse. The only diff between then and now is that people are getting caught for it. And, regardless of what he says,the SEC says he VIOLATED SECURITY LAWS FOUR TIMES. Remember also that Bush Sr. was president at the time and had appointed the SEC chief that headed the investigation.
Te SEC has not changed it's initial position that Bush broke the law. Bush said he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the SEC HE LIED.
When Bush was on the Harken Energy Board of Directors and on the company's Audit Committee, the company cooked the books by using a phony transaction similar to Enron's Raptor scheme to conceal losses from investors.

Suit Claims Fraud by Cheney, Oil Co. The lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch accuses Halliburton of overstating revenues by $445 million from 1999 through the end of 2001. Cheney was chairman and chief executive of the company from 1995 to 2000.
"More scandals are hiding in corporate America," Resident Bush said. "We must find and expose them now so we can begin rebuilding the confidence of our people and the momentum of our markets."
Get those wrists and ankes lotioned up and ready for the shackles, George.
DID YOU KNOW?
"Dick Cheney says it's time for another war with Iraq. He says Iraq is an evil nation. What Dick Cheney doesn't say, is that he sold $23 million dollars worth of technology to Iraq.Beginning in 1998, his company, Haliburton Oil, sold more technology to Iraq than any other corporation. Then Dick Cheney lied about it in a July 23 2000 interview with ABC and only admitted the truth after the facts leaked from his own company."

Cheney Led Halliburton To Feast at Federal Trough.State Department Questioned Deal With Firm Linked to RUSSIAN MOB."One of these (Halliburton) loans was approved in April by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It guaranteed $489 million in credits to a Russian oil company whose roots are imbedded in a legacy of KGB and Communist Party corruption, as well as drug trafficking and organized crime funds, according to Russian and U.S. sources and documents."
Well, that post was no fun at all. It's 1am and the disgust and anger are hurting my eyes.

10.7.02

Heavens AboveMany many posts ago, I predicted that we would begin to see more strange fish species "surfacing" at an exponential rate, due to rapidly changing planetary conditions. The post regarded a "walking-fish", I think, but not this particular species. I have to go find that post.(I have time too, since Blogger's server apparently "went boom", but naw, too much work. Need a site search function.) It's a scary, hungry little monster. I imagine it chasing children around the neighborhood, ala Slippy The Mudskipper.
Georgie's Doodle SizeAnother prediction I made earlier this year was Bush's impeachment. Doesn't look promising, but he may not win re-election. He may have to have his contract renewed by the Supreme Court. What really bothers me is this: Clinton was impeached for lying about having his doodle diddled, yet no one seems to care that Bush, Cheney,Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, military chief Thomas White, and a host of other administration members continually lie about their fraudulent business practices.
More tax money has been spent investigationg Billy's sexual exploits than the Enron collapse. Here's a great quote from our vice-president(emphasis on "vice") regarding Arthur Anderson:"I get good advice, if you will, from their people based upon how we're doing business and how we're operating over and above the just sort of normal by-the-book auditing arrangement" . LOL.
But since nobody cares, let's post some more facts,from actual legitimate news sources, Just For Fun.Remember, the SEC "looked into it, and found there was no case", but the SEC was in Bush Sr's pocket at the time, AND cancelled the investigation before it was completed.
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
-- Julius Caesar

There IS good news today; Jon Stewart will be given his own spot on CNN as host of "The Daily Show:Global Edition."
It's ironic because I often tend to get more relevant news from The Daily Show than from CNN.
It's a comedy show, yet it pointed to all four of the above criminals where no actual news show has come close. I still wonder why no cable news program covers the very troubling events in Argentina.........
All Day Long, Nothing on Argentina. There's a civil war going on there, and they get ZERO coverage in the US media. Reminds me of what happened with East Timor.
Proof Creationists can't refute
It's everywhere else today, why not here? 'Astonishing' skull unearthed in Africa.This is a picture of the recently unearthed human-like skull which is being described as the most important find of its type in living memory.It was found in the desert in Chad by an international team and is thought to be approximately seven million years old. I can't wait to hear Creationists attempt to explain it away without blaming it on deception by D'Evil.
WTF??Keith students shared needle in science class."New Bedford school officials mailed certified letters to the families of 97 Keith Junior High School students yesterday, recommending that they have their children's blood tested for HIV and hepatitis.
They acted after learning that a veteran junior high school science teacher had about two dozen of his students draw blood samples with a single lancet in May 2001." A fucking TEACHER. Of SCIENCE. I tell you, it's either the school food or the flouride in the water that's driving the school-bound insane. Why else would school be compulsory? Naw, it's too hot for my tinfoil hat today.
This country is fucked (I wanted to use that word twice in this post, for some reason):Drunk pilot wisecrack gets woman tossed --America West sees no humor in jokes about its fired workers. She asked if the pilots had taken a sobriety test, and was summarily removed from the plane "for security reasons". They never did answer her question, but put her on "another carrier's plane, which makes obvious it was NOT a security
concern, it was a case of bruised egos. I can understand the "bomb" rule when in an airport or plane, but this is just ridiculous. Joke or not, she had a legitimate concern, IMO.
Need more proof that TCIF?:Austin Police Issue Arrest Warrants For Austin Pastor And His Twin Brother."Police say Joshua Thompson beat the boy with a stick for an hour July 3, 2002 while his brother held him down.The boy remains hospitalized at Brackenridge Children's Hospital. The boy's mother says her son was taken to one of the pastors' private homes last Wednesday and beaten because he wasn't taking his biblical studies seriously."
This country doesn't have to be fucked, you know. We can start by Repealing The Patriot Act immediately, completely.
The snakeWhereas that country has the right idea:Britain Eases Laws on Use of Cannabis.Britons, among the heaviest users of cannabis in Europe, will soon be able to smoke dope without fear of arrest after the government relaxed its laws on the drug in the face of a dramatic rise in its use.
But wait!Study Links Marijuana Use to Schizophrenia.

Well. Here's a juicy little article:Anthrax Attacks-Questions Nobody Wants To Ask. Exerpt: "why was our government convinced from the start that the perpetrator is an American? Why did the White House announce this so early in the investigation?
Although the administration might have learned the anthrax had a domestic origin from genetic studies of the Ames strain, or the makeup of the additive that neutralized the spores' tendency to clump, the White House announcement preceded such studies by months. Did the President receive inside information, which has never been shared with the public? If so, the details should be revealed."
It's a fuckin game. The print is too small, I can't read the rules. Please explain.Transience.
Apparently, I am a porcupine. Or a WildCat. No, I am a snake my chinese horoscope sign. That's according to this.
This was a fun post. Hope you had fun too. I might not even be done for the day, but we'll see how Icon goes tonight.






Weird. Late last night, I watched Vanessa Mae performing in a solo violin concerto on the Arts Showcase. It was really amazing. I had never seen her before, so I told myself to look her up on the net the next day, but couldn't remember her name. Today, I am looking for a Babe-A-Day on a somewhat obscure site, and there she is!! I love it when that happens.
Shows how smart I am, though. There are tons of sites dedicated to her, even a webring. Click the pic on the right to hear some of her music.She combines techno and classical music beautifully.

Dr, Bruce Macabee is a well-known UFO researcher, who approaches his subjects in an unbiased and scientific fashion.Lots of info in there.
Bradley Edwards wants to build a "space elevator", essentially a carbon cable strung from Eath to beyond geosynchronous orbit. Nasa has funded a study of the idea and may fund it's construction. No word on when, I assume long after I've shuffled off my own coil.
Did you know that ants have their own cemetaries? Or that sperm form teams to expedite their route to the egg? Or that there are more species of bacteria in your own garden than in all the world's oceans?


That's an image of a crop circle found in Forest Grove, Oregon, close to where I live. No real story with it, no one claims responsibility for it.
crop circle

From The Inbox: 21 Lines from Star Wars that can be improved if you substitute the
word "Pants"...
1) A tremor in the pants. The last time I felt this was in the
presence of my old master.
2) You are unwise to lower your pants.
3) She must have hidden the plans in her pants. Send a detachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally Commander.
4) These pants may not look like much, kid, but they've got it where
it counts.
5) I find your lack of pants disturbing.
6) These pants contain the ultimate power in the Universe. I suggest we use it.
7) Han will have those pants down. We've got to give him more time!
8) General Veers, prepare your pants for a surface assault.
9) I used to bulls-eye womp-rats in my pants back home.
10) Lock the door. And hope they don't have pants.
11) Governor Tarkin. I recognized your foul pants when I was brought on board.
12) You look strong enough to pull the pants off of a Gundark.
13) Luke. . . Help me take...these pants off.
14) Great, Chewie, great. Always thinking with your pants.
15) That blast came from those pants. That thing's operational!
16) Don't worry. Chewie and I have gotten into a lot of pants more
heavily guarded than this.
17) Maybe you'd like it back in your pants, your highness.
18) Jabba doesn't have time for smugglers who drop their pants at the
first sign of an Imperial Cruiser.
19) Yeah, well short pants is better than no pants at all, Chewie.
20) I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants.
21) You came in those pants? You're braver than I thought.

My self-imposed rule about Dinky Bomb: If I lose more rounds than I win, that's all for the day. Last night, 11-1 before I decided to hit the showers. A lot of time was spent listening to AB while waiting for the Dinky Doorbell to ring.It's gotten so nobody wants to challenge "Them!" anymore.

From The Inbox:
Think about this:
a. The number of physicians in the US is 700,000.
b. Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year is 120,000.
c. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. (US Dept. of Health & Human
Services)
Then think about this:
a. The number of gun owners in the US is 80,000,000.
b. The number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) is 1,500.
c. The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188.
Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun
owners.
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors
before this gets out of hand. As a public health measure I have
withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear that the shock could cause people
to seek medical attention.
According to the SelectSmart.com Belief System Selector, my #1 belief match is Neo-Pagan.
What do you believe?
Visit SelectSmart.com/RELIGION

A little silly, IMO. There was no option for No Religion, which IS different than Atheist or Agnostic.

9.7.02

just a few trifles
Too much time spent researching the last post and probably for nothing, so I only have a few finds tonight.
"Babe-A-Day" is back on track, but.......ew. It's not working out like I'd hoped, so again I post my own. Moving On.
Haven't posted science sites in awhile...........
A site with info on The Fourth Dimension. Also describes how to visualize the dimension.
See also Unfolding The Tesseract.
An interactive applet that describes the properties of a tesseract.
A site that describes the Superstring Theory and M Theory.
The Pickover Report has tons of interesting articles and links regarding science and the paranormal. I once spent an entire day there.
And after all that, you might want to consider investing in the Time Travel Fund. (More TT stuff here and here and here.)

For entertainment.......
Interesting game:Piyo Rod.
Oh yeah, Dinky Bomb fixed it's quirky server problem (for now) AND added another battlefield, a Big Juicy Cheeseburger. Lots more challengers too, now that word's getting out, and I defeated them ALL last night. Ah, satisfaction....
PopOpt is the creator of Nimian Flyer I and II, great games. His two "coming soon" games look exceptional as well.
Larry Carlson, Flash Genius, updates. Too much weirdness.......brain.....swelling............
This doesn't really do anything that I can tell, but the moving heads are cool.
Blah. There's always tomorrow................
Support The Measures, Yes. Consider Past Indescretions, Definitely.
As far as I am concerned, there is one main point of contention about Bush's stock trade in 1990, and that is the high probability that the SEC was biased in the investigation. I am attempting to compile relevant information about it:
From BWN Documents Show Bush Violated SEC Insider Trading Law Four Times."Quote "The SEC investigation of George W. was led by general counsel James R. Doty who, according to a UPI report, mysteriously neglected to interview any of the Harken directors. Moreover, Doty had previously served as George W. Bush's personal lawyer in the deal involving his Texas Rangers purchase. So, in the end, the younger Bush was cleared of insider trade wrongdoing by his personal attorney and by his father's vice-presidential counsel, a virtual impossibility for the average U.S. citizen."

From Salon:Look Out George! Quote "What the president didn't mention -- perhaps because nobody asked -- was that his father's appointees and his own personal attorney were running the SEC when he was investigated. The agency's chairman was an ardent loyalist named Richard Breeden, who had served as a top domestic policy aide to George Herbert Walker Bush. (He is now the court-appointed overseer of WorldCom.) Its general counsel was James Doty, the lawyer who had handled the sale of the Texas Rangers baseball team to Dubya's syndicate only two years earlier."
From The Daily Enron:Time To Exhume The Body? Quote "At the time of the SEC investigation, Richard Breeden was SEC Commissioner. Breeden was appointed to his point by President George H. Bush. Then he was asked to investigate the boss's son. (Previously Breeden had served in the Reagan/Bush administration as deputy White House counsel for Vice President Bush.) Breeden passed this hot potato to his deputy, James R. Doty, to investigate. In private life Doty had been the accused's attorney.Among other things, Doty had negotiated Bush's acquisition of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Letting Doty investigate this transaction was as if the Clinton administration had tasked then Deputy Attorney General Webster Hubble to investigate the Whitewater transaction. Doty quickly slammed the coffin lid shut on the investigation - without interviewing a single Harken board member. And there it has lain buried ever since - case closed."

From WorldNetDaily, dated Feb 00 Bush is no good trade (what a horrible header!) Same thing, with this addition: Quote "When Bush filed late on April 7,1987, SEC filings show he had purchased another 80,000 shares on March 10, 1987. But strangely, two weeks later, an April 22 filing noted that the 80,000-share purchase was backdated to Dec. 10, 1986. When questioned by the media, Bush's attorney said it was the same 80,000 shares but he could not explain the discrepancy regarding the purchase dates or why Bush even reported the trade two times.
Another SEC filing, this from June 6, 1989, showed that Bush purchased another 25,000 shares of Harken but again waited more than four months to report the transaction.
The Houston Post, recognizing Bush's late SEC filings, noted that he "took eight months to notify the government of his sale of stock in a company on whose board he served" and "also missed the filing deadline for reporting other insider trades involving Harken Energy."
Documents obtained by the Post showed "additional instances in which Bush ... ran afoul of the SEC rule requiring notification." And George W. described himself as a "small, insignificant" Harken stockholder; but news reports examining SEC documents identified Bush as the third largest non-institutional investor."

From Common Dreams:Succeeding In Business. Same thing, with this addition: Quote "A group of insiders, using money borrowed from Harken itself, paid an exorbitant price for a Harken subsidiary, Aloha Petroleum. That created a $10 million phantom profit, which hid three-quarters of the company's losses in 1989. White House aides have played down the significance of this maneuver, saying $10 million isn't much, compared with recent scandals. Indeed, it's a small fraction of the apparent profits Halliburton created through a sudden change in accounting procedures during Dick Cheney's tenure as chief executive. But for Harken's stock price, and hence for Mr. Bush's personal wealth, this accounting trickery made all the difference.
Oh, and Harken's fake profits were several dozen times as large as the Whitewater land deal though only about one-seventh the cost of the Whitewater investigation.
Mr. Bush was on the company's audit committee, as well as on a special restructuring committee; back in 1994, another member of both committees, E. Stuart Watson, assured reporters that he and Mr. Bush were constantly made aware of the company's finances. If Mr. Bush didn't know about the Aloha maneuver, he was a very negligent director."

From The Scoop:Harken Energy - Bush's No Good Trade.Same thing, with this addition: Quote " U.S. News & World Report said, "there is substantial evidence to suggest that Bush knew Harken was in dire straits. ... Harken's SEC filings make it clear that the company's directors knew radical steps were necessary." The magazine added that "one informed source says Harken's creditors had threatened to foreclose on the company if substantial debt payments were not made." Shortly thereafter, Bush cashed out of Harken.
The April 4, 1991,Wall Street Journal added that "Mr. Bush didn't return their phone calls seeking comment, and the Bush White House said 'it doesn't comment on the activities of the president's children.'"
According to the Washington Post, Harken's audit committee, of which Bush was a member, met with Mikel Faulkner and auditors from Arthur Andersen & Co., Harken's accountants, on June 11, 1990 -- just 11 days before Bush sold his stock on June 22. When asked for a copy of the June 11 minutes or permission to inspect them, the company declined to make the records available."

From Public I :Bush's Insider Connections Preceded Huge Profit On Stock Deal. Same thing, with the addition of a Timeline.
From New York Press:The Crooks in the White House. Same thing, with this addition: Quote "If anybody violates the law, we go after them," SEC chairman Harvey Pitt told Sam Donaldson on ABC?s This Week. In an earlier incarnation Pitt was one of the guys who successfully lobbied the SEC to make it easier for Arthur Andersen and the other big accounting firms to cook the books on behalf of Enron, MCI/WorldCom and others. Bush, flush with campaign contributions from Enron and MCI/WorldCom ($100,000 last summer), duly signaled his gratitude by putting Pitt in charge of the SEC, where he put the agency in snooze mode amid a ripening cloud of scandal involving the biggest names in corporate America."

From The Village Voice: More of the same, but with attention to Sr. and a concise chronology.
I could probably find tons more, but I figure they will all say the same thing. This information is exceedingly dull in my opinion, but neccessary to understand if getting involved in any discussion about Bush's past business practices, such as the comment I left InsignificantThoughts today, which is really the purpose of this post. The media's questions about this indicate that, had the measures Bush proposes been in place at the time in question, he would probably not be president now, and might have had to serve jail time. I don't know, I don't really care anymore, I'm moving on now......
One last thing though. Bill O'Reilly ("The Factor") claims to have researched the issue, finding that the claim is bogus, but he didn't research further than the 1990 stock sale. We now know, from this research, that it goes back into the early 80's. O'Reilly did not mention Bush Sr's part in the drama, nor the people in the SEC that Sr had appointed during the time in question, either. Not a complete investigation, IMO. So O'Reilly actually did spin this story.



What a great picture.
MWY_POSTER.jpg
Movie looks like it will be pretty good, too.

8.7.02

An article pertaining to the "Vatican Time Machine:Magic Mirrors, TIme Cameras, and Captromancy Part 1.
This is an interesting and funny story:Oldest Woman Still Mad over 1894 Wedding. She's 122! Well, almost.
So Long, America Dept:Many are willing to pay for security with liberty.Few oppose erosion of their rights.Several recent polls, including one in Greater Cincinnati, show that three out of four people favor limiting civil liberties in exchange for more security.
So Long, America, Part II:US Dollar On Verge Of Collapse. Not found on CNN, MSNBC or FoxNews.
Also from BBC:Ancient rock points to life's origin. And that's 2.5 billion years ago, not 6,000. But see, we already knew this by watching the Discovery Channel on thermal vents and sponges.
Which method is less ethical: strapping a bomb to oneself and blowing up innocents, or chasing them down with a tank?
Comments welcome.
The end of fairness: Right-wing commentators have a virtual monopoly when it comes to talk radio programming
From TSTBS:Top 11 reasons to excuse Dubya's well documented insider training.
11. We elected* him because he promised to run the country like a business.
10. Bill and Hillary Clinton cannot be implicated.
9. We already excused Neil for the billions he lost at Silverado Savings and Loan.
8. The alternative is Dick Cheney.
7. It took place before his 40th birthday.
6. It only netted him about $800,000.
5. Insider trading was winked at in the 80's, like cocaine use.
4. He did it to buy into a baseball team, doesn't that count for something?
3. Most of his investors were friends of the family, like the bin Ladens, who were prepared to write it off anyway.
2. Bush Inc. must remain solvent in order to keep the twins out of the pages of Playboy.
1. He was drunk.
*Well, we didn't elect him...unless you're speaking as a member of the Supreme Court

Some actual Good News:Dot-com failure rate slows.Not great. but can we now at least say the worst is over?
Aw shit, more Bad News:A Modern Mass Extinction?"Of all species that have existed on Earth, 99.9 percent are now extinct. Many of them perished in five cataclysmic events. According to a recent poll, seven out of ten biologists think we are currently in the throes of a sixth mass extinction. Some say it could wipe out as many as 90 percent of all species living today. Yet other scientists dispute such dire projections. As our panelists debate the issue, they also consider how one species -- Homo sapiens -- may be triggering a modern mass extinction."
But then this is interesting too:Science For Monks."I believe there is a possibility to bring peace into the world by adding knowledge of Science to that of Buddhism."

Scrollbar Racing.IE only.
I think I'm done. Dull post, IMO, but Fear Factor and Dog Eat Dog are on, also I must create something for dinner.Go back to RobotDuck and play Future Shepherd or Vampire Boy. Both are fun. Found IN MY ARCHIVES at 3am. I hope to get more esoteric links going again, when I can find them.


Last week, we checked to see if this blog fits the criteria for a "lefty-blog".
This week Yellow Times offers advice on how to be a "right-wind pundit in 12 Easy Lessons. A question to start us out:
1.) Claim the moral high ground - and remember, it's the ONLY high ground!
This is important: whatever you decree as The Correct Belief, it must always rest on the bedrock authority of the RWP's "Holy Trinity": God, the Flag, and the Founding Fathers. Everyone who disagrees is a Satanic flag-burning communist troll bent on America's destruction.
You can't let things get murky! They always have to be simple - tell America "this is the way God and the Founding Fathers intended us to run America." There is no other way, after all, because any other way is, well, just wrong.
Say that the president is a wise leader, even when he shoots himself in the foot. And always claim that America is good, wise, and moral, even when American bombs destroy Afghan weddings.

None of the suggestions apply to this blog,and of course I have no interest in applying them. I am just wondering how some of my new BlogFriends will do.
More content later, the sock-puppet press conference is about to begin.
Hehehe. Boy, is he ever touchy about those Harken questions! I noticed also that he's changed his tune from "UBL-Dead Or Alive" to "Dead or Alive--whatever. I don't care about that anymore." While I agree that it IS more than just the one man, he had gone on and on about bringing him to justice, now he seems largely indifferent about it. It just seems odd.

7.7.02


Damn "Babe-A- Day" hasn't changed in two days, so I add my own.
The beauty of this template is, if I get more than 4-5 visitors and the images fall off, it still works.
For News:
Investigator Who Cleared Bush Gets WorldCom Job.Quote:"Interestingly few of the media covering the matter however have yet made the connection between Harken Energy and the father of the World's Most Wanted Terrorist (For more detail see... The GW Bush - Osama Bin Laden Connection).And now it seems more than ironic that a man appointed by George Bush Senior as the SEC chairman, and who cleared George Bush of any impropriety over Harken (in spite of considerable evidence to the contrary) has now been appointed to oversee the largest corporate fraud in US history."

More Selection 2000 Fraud:Hundreds Suspected of Voting Twice.More than 850 people are suspected of having voted in two different states in the 2000 presidential election, including 402 in both New York and Florida, officials said Wednesday.
The Bush Effect:"Europe's crumbling faith in U.S. political and financial institutions ? starting with the installation of George W. Bush as president after Election 2000 through the latest corporate-accounting scandals is sending shivers through a U.S. economy that has grown dependent on $1.2 billion a day in capital from overseas. This withdrawal of foreign investment now is threatening to choke off a U.S. economic recovery."
The new gilded age and its discontents.Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz talks about the corporate looting spree and Bush's woeful mismanagement of the economy.
Short Read:I Do Not Pledge My Allegiance.Quote:"I am a true patriot. I object to demanding that children pledge their allegiance to a myth and a lie, not only because that demand was instituted because of a witch-hunter nearly as evil as the Bush Crime Cabal, but because it is a violation of the principles upon which this once-great country was founded. Those who would demand a child's worship of that myth and lie are traitors to those principles, and as malevolent as any dictator from Nero to Hitler.

In this online poll, where almost 6,000 have voted so far, 48% blame the NWO for 9/11, 22% for The White House, 17% for al-Qaeda/Taliban. Guess how I voted.
Interesting: Holier Than Thou."John Ashcroft believes he is God's messenger. That's great, but should he be attorney general?"
Another article on Divine Experience And Neurobiology. Quote:"Scientific studies have explored the genetic basis of our systems of belief, giving rise to a new discipline. Neurotheology is the study of the neurobiology of religion and spirituality. Its aim is to identify regions of the brain which are most active when we have experiences that seem to exist outside time and space. All religious, spiritual and mystical experiences are associated with activity in one or more specific regions of the brain. The sense of divine presence or God realisation is possible because the human brain is wired accordingly. Belief in God and the human quest for transcendence has been and shall remain an important part of human life as long as the brain?s neural circuits remain unchanged."
Note: This article is from The Times Of Inda, but has been independently reported in many science journals.


Earth 'will expire by 2050'.Our planet is running out of room and resources. Modern man has plundered so much, a damning report claims this week, that outer space will have to be colonised.
Which leads me to read How To Survive Worst Case Scenerios.
For Entertainment:

Play Papal Bowling and some other games at IdleWorm.
Electrotank has a decent mini-golf game.
Yummy Wakame offers this great game, VeggieScuba!
Aberrant News found a pretty fun game:Shag Land.
This Little Flash Movie is cool.
Oh, and check out this great cartoon, PreSchool ProtoCops.
This is unique:Lebonze's Playground.
For now I have become the strangest case I ever saw
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa!

Those resources turned out to not be worth it. Plus I tend to move on before I can completely review a site I've posted.

a new idea I've been playing with this week...
which socks did I wear today?