Monthly Archives: February 2003

IF YOU THINK THE VOLUNTARY ‘HUMAN SHIELDS’ ARE NUTS, PLEASE READ THIS

(AP Photo/Jerome Delay) The LA Times today tells the story of 68-year-old Godfrey Meynell , MBE, a British aristocrat who has lived and worked in Yemen and has a lifetime of experience as an activist. Part of the first red … Continue reading

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ON HYDROGEN, FASCISM AND POWELL’S VIEW OF VIETNAM

AlterNet explains why hydrogen is not , at least in the short run, a clean or renewable energy alternative, and may in fact detract from important renewable energy programs already getting traction. In the International Herald Tribune, 80-year-old Norman Mailer … Continue reading

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MEANWHILE, IN OTHER NEWS

The U.S. supreme court just sent the case of a black Texas death row inmate back to a lower court, ruling that the judge and the lower court unfairly allowed systematic racial bias in jury selection to go unchallenged. Three … Continue reading

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CAN WE TALK?

CNet is praising new blogging tools that will allow bloggers to phone in an audio clip to their blog (audioblogging) and/or post wirelessly (moblogging or mobile blogging). Since one of the critical elements of blogs is links, I’m not sure … Continue reading

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THE NEWS THAT’S NOT (APPARENTLY) FIT TO PRINT

From this week’s report by the World Food Program, as reported by Relief Web : North Korea: additional distribution cuts will have to take place from May onward, with primary school children affected in the first instance; [resolving the acute … Continue reading

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THE WORLD WE WANT

Philosopher Mark Kingwell ‘s inspiring and well-written book, The World We Want: Virtue Vice and the Good Citizen , was written during the euphoric first days of the new millennium, just before Bush stole the election and his coalition of … Continue reading

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TWO THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND

Can someone please tell me the answers to these simple, naive questions: Why isn’t Robert Byrd, who wrote this relatively eloquent and competent speech , running or being urged to run for the Democratic nomination for President in 2004? Why, … Continue reading

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WE HAVE A COMEDIAN IN OUR MIDST

Not posting to Friday Five this week. Unlike last week when the questions were really interesting , and several Sloggers ‘fessed up , this week’s questions are kind of silly. Besides, I’d never be able to top Mercurial’s brilliant and … Continue reading

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DO NOT ENTER

Atrios has picked up on the story , reported only in the Canadian media, of a professional woman of Indian descent and Canadian citizenship and residency, a loan officer at a major Canadian bank, who was harassed and barred entry … Continue reading

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I’M A STRANGER HERE

Listening to some old anti-war songs trying to get some inspiration to write a poem for Rayne’s & VO’s special edition on Sloggers on War , when I came to this one, written in 1973 by the Five Man Electrical … Continue reading

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