Posts tagged #from-blosxom
These posts are from version 1.0 of mahnamahna.net, when the site’s blog was powered by Blosxom. Everything here dates to 2010 and earlier. Expect broken links, and in a few cases, broken/missing site functionality.
[found on Metafilter]
Are you against the war? Willing to vote Democratic? Don’t know much about Howard Dean? You should: He and Al Sharpton are the only two in the running who oppose our actions in the Middle East. Wanna know more? You can start with his official blog.
Martin Luther King was right: There are people of goodwill everywhere. It’s just tragic that they so rarely end up in positions of power.
[found while exploring Deadly Bloody Serious]
I tried grabbing the tracks in various ways. Most of the popular P2P networks are most easily accessible via Windows, which I do not run at home, so I gave it a shot at work. LimeWire, the only Gnutella client I still trust (BearShare being chock full o’ spyware and adware and other nastiness), couldn’t hook me up. eDonkey also failed spectacularly. In both cases, I could see the files I wanted, but I could not download them due to network congestion, latency, and what-have-you. Kazaa got me pulling down data, but the mp3 tracks turned out to be minutes and minutes of silence. … read full post »
And since we’ve mentioned elevators, how about those morons — slightly above krill on the food chain — who arrive at the top of an escalator and then just stand there, oblivious to the domino-esque human catastrophe forming behind them?
[found on kottke.org]
Today was one of those warm, crystalline-clear days that makes the Bay Area just shine. I spent several hours in the City, neighborhood-shopping for my impending move. It was unusually warm over there. I’d worried about being chilled by the usual SF breezes. Not today.
Returning home on BART, I looked out one side to the tree-lined East Bay hills, and out the other to the sparkling bay. And I thought to myself, There is no place I’d rather live.
At any rate, in the dream, I headed down to the hotel with several coworkers. Exploration was our goal, Dark Passage-style. Urban archeology. We broke in—it wasn’t hard—and began poking around. To our astonishment, one of the elevators was in working order. It arrived with a tremendous groaning sound just seconds after LB pressed the call button.
We got in. The buttons for the highest floors did not seem to work, but we were able to get up to the thirty-second floor. The hallway was filled with detritus and kipple, but there was a window at the …!--> read full post »
I won’t argue that the summary execution of prisoners of war is justified; it’s not. It’s disgusting. But throughout history, the underdogs in armed conflict have always resorted to tactics that fall outside the generally-accepted rules of engagement. Our country is no exception. Let’s think back to 1776 for a minute. Back then, the accepted way to go into battle was to don colorful uniforms (they didn’t call the British “red coats” for nothing) and march down the road with fife and drum making plenty of racket. But the American … read full post »
[found on The Morning News]
But on CBS’s 60 Minutes II, a very different picture: our forces facing harsher conditions and tougher fighting than expected, yes, but holding their own and beginning to distribute humanitarian aid in Umm Qasr … footage of civilians in that town (mostly children: beautiful, hopeless, struggling, heartbreaking children) crowding around military water trucks, carrying away the first potable water available there in more than a week, flashing the thumbs-up sign to the camera.
What to believe? … read full post »
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It’s a great American pasttime to bash the French, but Tony Judt, in the first of a fantastic three-part piece about the politics of this war (appearing in the New York Review of Books), reminds us of a few sobering statistics that should make us rethink our view of the French as a bunch of “surrender monkeys” …
In World War I, which the French fought from start to finish, France lost three times as many fighting men as America has lost in all its wars combined. In World War II, the French armies holding off the Germans in May-June 1940 suffered 124,000 …read full post »
Adrien Brody, on the other hand, is a class act. When he won for Best Actor, he did three things that kicked ass, pure and simple: (1) He gave presenter Halle Berry one hell of an unexpected, full-on-the-lips kiss that left the woman stunned, (2) when the orchestra started playing before he was finished, he very forcefully (and successfully!) told them to knock it off, and (3) he delivered a beautiful pro-peace message that was everything Michael Moore’s speech was not: inclusive, noble, heartfelt, touching. Well done indeed.