very busy lately…work’s been demanding, preparing for wedding, soccer’s been nuts, the beer festival (as a consumer) was pretty engaging, an so on and on, so light blogging lately and the near future.
cpr and AED (automated external defibrillator) training today in the office so did that instead of interesting posts. Also listened to the Rogue Hour this morning, pretty good stuff, I’ll tune in again next week. And the beer fest is this weekend, so I’ll be downing a pint or 2. or so. I expect to see all my favorite blogland friends down there, brett, emma, fred, rob and have no idea which you are. How fun, eh?
via TBOGG, an article which describes research into the underlying psychological characteristics of conservatives. Funny, the points apply pretty directly to our current prez. They also explain a lot about the national (local is generally owned nationally too) media, if you care to note that so much of its reporting is designed to instill fear and oversimplify complex problems.
Last night, I was listening to the strongly Republican-slanted liberal media, a local station (normally it’s satellite, but not my car) and heard the following snippets…loosely quoted, but pretty close to what was said.
Shawn Steele (CA Republican party chair): speaking of the democrat presidential hopefuls, how they’re a bunch of nobody’s who will embarass the democratic party. In the next sentence, regarding the recall of Gray Davis, and how he’s not sure what they’re going to do now that [arnold] Schwarzenegger has [likely] withdrawn.
I found this staggeringly hilarious. I can envision him bowing out of the race (is that what you call this thing…it’s more like jackals stalking prey)…”and while I will continue to be the brawn of the Grand Ole Party, I will not pursue the role of the brains this time around. Thank you for your support, and I tell you this in all seriousness….I’ll be back.” But the really funny part was the juxtaposition of his statements, and how serious he was that an action star is a much greater candidate than Dean or Kucinich. Without my seatbelt I may have fallen out of my seat.
Check out “The Rogue Hour” Friday morning 9am-10am on KBOO. Emma and BigAir Fred and some others have put together a radio program, and I’m sure it’ll be up to their high standards. I plan to be listening over the interweb. These are two of the best Oregon local bloggers, full of great info and arguments and rants and such, so I’ll expect a lot from their radio project ;)
Jever is a town in northern Germany, home to the Friesian Brewery. They have been around since 1848 and brew a pilsener called Jever. I found Jever, while sitting on a balcony in Hamburg overlooking a farmer’s market, to be slightly sweet and pretty bitter–a contrast both crisp and refreshing. The beer itself is gold and clear, with a silght amber tint. The beer has a medium body with light carbonation, giving it a very liquid sensation. Jever is a fine beer for outdoor drinking on a hot day, and especially fine for cooling off after sports or labor.
embarked on this little mental exercise: “imagine the world without google.” The freaky part was when I moved from going forward to backward. When I came out of my space-out I shuddered.
It’s amazing, the spin that can be put onto an observation. With the ‘just sixteen little words’ stance, the right-wing spin has been that ‘oh, how can you point to those sixteen words and say that we went to war based on them?’ It’s really frustrating to see people gettting sucked into the sixteen words argument, because that’s not what it’s about at all. This particular statement is more a fulcrum than a lever. What it is indicating is not that we went to war based on lies, but that the Bush administration was scraping for every little shred of evidence to justify going to war and occupying Iraq.
Let’s step back a bit and remember the opposition to the war in the first place. It was on principles far more lofty than the veracity of this statement can ever aspire to. The fact that it was false, and stated like so many other words of this administration with the intent to mislead and manipulate, supports the idea that people within the President’s administration had war as a goal for which they sought support (top-down), not as the necessary conclusion of a body of evidence. Do not fall into the subtle tactical traps of the republican spinners, be sure that you do not weaken the original rights.
Pretty informative LA Times article takes a freaky twist at the end. Read it to the end. Or just skip to the end, but the rest is good too.
Sean over at Ojingo Blog has written a nice bit on My Presidential Life. It’s a good little piece, and I’m particularly pleased because it seems partially inspired by my come again? post. yay. Oh…and we appear to be having a bit ‘o trouble with the anchor links so you may need to scroll down a bit to get to his…it was on the 15th.
Update: permalinks happy now. No scrolling necessary! I’m still trynig to figure out if my simple method is ‘clean’ but it worked, so I’m happy.
Just got word that Ashcroft is paying a sneaky sneaky surprise visit to Puddletown, probably to buy some grass. Here’s the scoop:
John Ashcroft will be in Portland tomorrow.
[US Attorney General John] Ashcroft also plans to meet with the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force and hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, Duckett said.
That’s the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse at 1000 SW Third Avenue in downtown Portland. He’s speaking at 11:30; probably wise to start gathering at 11.
Let’s make it a peaceful, powerful statement of our patriotic support of civil liberties and the Constitution of the United States in the face of his the Department of Justice’s misguided agenda!
Well, I’ll see if I can make it down for the fun. This guy really has been full-bore on tearing down civil liberties since day one.
It is little known that the Bush family refrigerator holds the key to many pieces of neocon poilicy. On a small cream-colored magnet decorated by hand with a rainbow, above a photo of the girls, are the words, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, cherish it, if it doesn’t it was never meant to be.” There you have it, the Bush economic and environmental policies. “What about foreign policy?” you ask. Well, back at the Bush compound is a printed piece of paper, held to the fridge with a ladybug magnet, with lines of quips familiar from around the internet. One line is highlighted: “If you love something set it free. If it doesn’t come back, hunt it down and kill it.”
Emma has posted an interesting bit on Oregon’s refusing of federal assistance in a few areas…to the tune of twenty-some million. The problem has to do with our legislature being bull-headed egomaniacs who are oblivious to the problems in the state. But read the article, it’s much more eloquent than that, and pretty brief too. You can get a few details at The Oregon Blog, which left my head spinning. There’s some business about the Republican from Lake Oswego and how he feels bad about how the national gumment has gone haywire with spending and doesn’t want to impose on them for a few buck here and there to create jobs and alleviate pain for some people who need it. And then we’d have to match some of the dollars, and you know what a bloat that can put on government, which is too freakin big already mark my word. What an ascetic. Knowing how Lake O’ is the center of neediness in Oregon (well…with all the neediness around it, just not in the chewy middle) and how he can turn away all this dough and the jobs it can create, he really is a giver down to the liver.
This is probably out there already, but I have to use the voice that I have to warn people. Some sick bastard is poisoning dogs at Laurelhurst Park by leaving poisoned meat in the bushes. If you have a dog, beware. As a dog-lover and companion, all I can say is that death is too good for this person or group.
Update: here is KOIN’s story.
Type ‘French military victories’ into Google. You feel lucky. So press the button that says so. It’s work-friendly in most of the world. Let it be funny, no matter how you feel.
I saw in the PDX Tribune that the good people at Enron have rejected Portland’s bid for PGE. I’m sure Jack Bog is full of glee about this, and I’m going to go over now and see if he’s redefined his intention to not talk about various issues based on this info. I don’t have too much of my own opinion on this, thought his viewpoint seems pretty reasonable.
Wal-Mart is one of my most hated corporate entities. They drive local business out, create horrible jobs, and are an eyesore and blight. Shopping there makes a person pasty. In compter-fake-internetland a DOS is a denial of service attack, in which a hax0r does something to make a server unusable by others for a period of time, generally without actually cracking the system.
The other day, while munching on tacos at Cha! Cha! Cha! and watching a lady rummaging through her purse to find the wallet that wasn’t there I got to thinking about Wal-Mart and some of their nastier practices, such as lowering prices below cost to drive others without massive reserves out of business, I wondered how best to hurt them. To me it seems that the DOS is the best method. How does one take what is learned from the info-super-freeway and apply it to brick-and-mortar reality? Well, my thought is that one could shop Wal-Mart and fill a cart or two with their cheap crap, wait in their hateful lines, and upon reaching the front realize that ‘oh! I left my wallet in the car!’ Then never come back. Time is lost to them because they need to check you out and return the merchandise. There’s a slim hope that the people behind you will become so annoyed that they go somewhere that treats them like humans, but they’ve already demonstrated that saving a few dollars from the bottom line is more important than a dignified community and self-respect. Disclaimer: this is a purely philosophical suggestion, possibly to be used later in a work of fiction, we all know that among those actions which are immoral and illegal, most of all must or should be the intentional hurting of the international bringer of shitty jobs and lowering of standards.
go to this article.. Read it. Do what it says. McChesney’s a sharp cookie, and Nichols is no slouch. The FCC is ganging up with the media giants against the people, don’t let them get away with it.
Matt Baldwin (of Defective Yeti fame) has written an interesting piece about copyright laws and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Basically, he discusses how the League was made possible by copyright laws allowing works to fall into the public domain (originally 28 years), which is being made more difficult now as congress regularly extends the copyright periods (now 70 years posthumous). to me extending copyright periods seems like the wrong way to go. If anything, our world happens faster now, so the scale should be shortening. Similar to so many of the other significant laws passed by congress and the like (read FCC deregulation…please let them roll this back) they seem bent on preserving the corporate interests, not those of individuals. By keeping knowledge, ideas, art, and icons out of the public domain the people of our country are deprived of the ability to expand and strengthen ideas. My understanding is that the creator rarely keeps ownership of their idea anyway. Let’s open up the ideas. I am not suggesting the abolition of copyright and intellectual property laws, but a significant inspection of their intent is necessary, which if done smartly and honestly, I believe that the only outcome will be a shortening of the copyright limits. Imagine a world in which all of the classic Atari video games were available free and legal, where schools could put Garfield in their yearbooks without lawyers, and that handsome man from About A Boy no longer lived off of royalty checks from his father’s xmas jingle.
I’m heading down to Bend tomorrow to play in a soccer tourney with some friends. If I can arrange it I’ll have no access to the internet. Looking like a nice trip…camp out, drink beer, play soccer, get sunburned. A very dehydrating weekend. Jake has suggested some nice happenings down in Bend, so my itinerary is getting fleshed out: get in car, drive, find camping, setup camp, register team, drink beer, sleep, play soccer, drink beer, sleep, play soccer, drink beer, go home, sleep, wake disoriented wearing 1-2 shoes, shower. good times.