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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Monday, July 29, 2002

Learning to love Big Brother / George W. Bush channels George Orwell "His approval ratings remain remarkably high,
and his minions have worked hard to
cultivate an image of infallibility. Nowhere
was that more apparent than during a recent
commencement address Bush gave at Ohio
State, where students were threatened with
arrest and expulsion if they protested the
speech. They were ordered to give him a
"thunderous ovation," and they did. "
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Saturday, July 27, 2002

The Village Voice: Features: Buying Trouble by Erik Baard "supermarket records have been seized by Drug Enforcement
Agency investigators looking for purchases of small plastic baggies, often used in the drug
trade, Albrecht observes."

After crunching those numbers through the algorithm, he says, its creators fed in the files
of the 9-11 terrorists as a test. "The model showed 89.7 percent accuracy 'predicting'
these people from rest of population," Ponemon reports.

Oddly enough, "one of the factors was if you were a person who frequently ordered pizza
and paid with a credit card," Ponemon says, describing the buying habits of a nation of
college students.
Let me get this right..if I put my sandwiches in a plastic bag, or order pizza out, my terrorist profile is heightened?
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Catching Out: Cast film about people who hop freight trains.
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Virginia Lee Hunter Photography - Home Great photography. train-hopping images featured in the preceeding blog. Carnies, portraiture, and links.
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"The grizzled old hobos may be dying off, but they're being replaced in boxcars and on the porches of grain cars by street kids, gutter punks, dreamy anarchists and eco-warriors, train-obsessed professionals, all held loosely together by a vision of freedom as old as the nation itself, an America of movement and self-reliance, of mythic vastness and silence, of discovery, escape, rebellion. It's an America that was offered long ago and never delivered, that we're all supposed to love but not allowed to look for, that's just around the corner and always out of reach".The Hobohemians
.."by 1960, Jack Kerouac was blaming the hobo's death on the still-fledgling rise of the security state: "Today the hobo's made to slink -- everybody's watching the cop heroes on TV." Though nearly every book written about hobos since then has mourned them as a dying breed, and despite all the cameras and infrared gadgets, thousands still manage to slip through Kerouac's "cop-avoiding night" to steal a little fast freedom from a shrink-wrapped world."
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Here is a direct link to a great new mp3 Moon Pillow from catinside and fiddler Bob. Recorded in one take yesterday afternoon in my apartment. Awesome!
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Is my Blog HOT or
I got stuck here a while looking at and rating other blogs. Why not?
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Friday, July 26, 2002

RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter Internet Radio Fairness Act. "The bill is designed to make the copyright royalty arbitration process more fair for smaller entities, and will go before the House of Representatives' Judiciary and Small Business Committees...
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The Consortium In the 75-year existence of the S&P 500, no president
has seen the stock market index fall as much as one-quarter, before
Bush’s decline of more than one-third.

Bush presided over
a 36.9 percent decline, almost twice the percentage drop
of Herbert Hoover, the president who led the nation into
the Depression.

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AP Wire | 07/25/2002 | Ashcroft Touts Citizen Vigilance Plan So...we will feel safer when our neighbors are all operation TIPS operatives, yet Ashcroft continues to propose that no records be kept any longer than a day on people who purchase firearms???
Ashcroft also defended his proposal to immediately destroy government records of people who
buy guns, disputing a congressional report that said his idea could help criminals get firearms

Ashcroft last year suggested shortening from 90 days to no more than one business day the
time during which the government keeps records on people who try to purchase firearms.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002

New State Coin This was forwarded to me. I don't know where it originated sorry to say, but it was my best laugh of the day.
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Speaking of internet radio, it would be nice to have some visitors at my station and have a few more people rate the station. MusEek at the Mousepad An Independent station featuring Craig's music. Free and a nice stream for 56K
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Independent Music Owners in Favor of Internet Radio Gotta make sure this gets support. Also blogging as a reminder for the catinside
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

I was clicking around on Mark Eitzel's evolving webpage. Yep, he's putting it together himself while learning html. It's fun watching it evolve. I hope he's a quick learner so he doesn't get caught up too diligently and forget he has a bunch of fans waiting for his next recording. I am wondering about this link Final Meal Requests I found on his page though..It gives me a lot of information I never really wanted to know like the fact that since 12/07/82, in a little less than 20 years, 274 prisioners in TEXAS made their final meal requests on death row.
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Monday, July 22, 2002

The Doc Searls Weblog : Re: Saturday, July 20, 2002- LOOK, JUST LOOK! I have to LOOK...." 1] Community-based recording studios that provide free recording services for
musicians and artists. Every major city, towns across the country, villages, communities with
small populations, can have one. 2] Creative Commons up and running to assist with
registration and legal assistance free, to musicians and artists to register their works. 3]
Enough volume to provide as many webcasters as there are communities, and more, with
quality music and arts materials to play."
posted by Cyndy | link |   | | - Of Presidential Assholes... - David Steinberg David Steinberg has a wonderful way of bringing to light events and lifestyles I would not ponder without his prodding. He sends out a monthly (or so) column via email. At the end of this article is a blurb for subscribing.
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Friday, July 19, 2002

Suspicious helicopter prompts shooting Paranoia in full force. Everyone is a terrorist. Let's just shoot first and ask questions later. It's nice to know that if I am anywhere near a tree, someone may think I'm hiding behind it.
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Thursday, July 18, 2002

Snitch Report
Of course it's satire. Nothing like this could ever happen in the land of the free. We trust our neighbors and even our money says 'in god we trust'. Why would government want to foster paranoia?
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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

AlterNet -- Hormonal Outrage With the release of the Women's Health Initiative report
on the dangers of hormone replacement therapy, the
medical establishment's most marginalized critics are
finally proven right.
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Ananova - Oral sex can help lose the calories
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Planned Volunteer-Informant Corps Elicits '1984' Fears
Critics say that having Americans act as "domestic informants" is reminiscent of the infamous Stasi,
the new-disbanded communist East German secret police service that snooped on dissidents and
ordinary East German citizens for more than 40 years, compiling a huge catalogue of notes.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

I too read the article from the Sydney Morning Herald US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans
as citizen spies

I guess Tom Tomorrow's comments speak it best:
This Modern World "Facism is a term thrown about too freely, and I don't believe we're at a point that its use is justified--but an oppressive and
intrusive government, however you want to label it, does not ride into town wearing the uniforms and waving the flags of
recognizable evil. It creeps in slowly, wrapped in the flag of your own country, and speaking the language of patriotism and duty.
and at each step along the way, its actions seem plausible and defensible--until one morning you wake up and realize the gulf
between the way things were and the way things are has grown so wide that there is no going back. Sinclair Lewis tried to point
this out more than a half century ago, and given the current climate, It Can't Happen Here is well worth re-reading (or reading
for the first time, if you've never come across it before).
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Ashcroft's iron will molds the lawIn his confirmation hearing, John D. Ashcroft assured skeptical senators that they could count on him to observe the limits of the job of
attorney general. He would, he told them, enforce the law, not reshape it to fit his own political or moral code.

I found this via
This Modern World who found it via Ashcroft's interventions are particularly evident on a handful of highly charged issues: The role of women in society, the rights of gays and the
debate over when life begins and ends. And they help explain how the attorney general, one of the most powerful people in
government, is also one of the most polarizing, disliked and applauded with equal intensity.
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Monday, July 15, 2002

Halliburton primer Wow...can you say *exposed*?? The bottom has fallen out of the bucket and it's even worse than I could have imagined. Cheney's dealings with Libya and Iraq in the name of corporate profits...violating US ban on exports to Libya..exporting oil drilling equipment which could be used to detonate nuclear weapons.

During his chairmanship of Halliburton, Cheney criticized US sanctions against 'rogue' nations such as Iran and Libya in a 1998 speech....
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Rights watchdog bans workplace drug tests
"What I do outside work hours does not have to have an impact on what I do during work
hours. That's a violation of my privacy rights and my human rights."

This is a Canadian federal policy, retroactive to June 11,2002. Yet, here in the US we are imposing drug tests on all students. State employees non-work time is monitored. What a terrible violation!
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Sunday, July 14, 2002

Environmental Working Group || Nuclear Waste Route Atlas See how close you are to a route headed to Yucca MT.
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GOP Figure Behind Greens Offer, N.M. Official Says ( Does this seem slimy to anyone else besides me?
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Friday, July 12, 2002

Judicial Watch - Because no one is above the law!
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Are You a Freak? Ok..I'm 77% freak. Actually that's easier to take than the results of my personality disorder test. I won't even divulge those results. Suffice it to say I'm weird and belong in my own cave.
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AlterNet -- The Mix Is the Message V: Drug War Explosions "The latest crushing blow dealt by the Feds came on July 12 in Sacramento, Calif., where Bryan James Epis, a 35-year-old electrical engineer, was convicted for conspiracy and manufacturing of pot. Epis says he smokes pot for his own chronic pain and was cultivating it for other sick patients. He faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years."

When are the voters going to be heard?
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Freed From Jail Despite His Pleas, 92-Year-Old Is Found Dead in a River I find this so sad. At what age do we become throwaway people? His only friends in the world were in jail. People like to stay where they're comfortable. Even throwaway kids find more comfort on streets that others might consider seedy because someone has accepted them.
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CARP Battle John Jeffrey, aLive365 executive who manages the business development and legal affairs teams for the streaming media firm, was among the anti-CARP crowd, dismissing the CARP decision as a "terrible result that is strangling an industry in its infancy." The ruling set royalty rates at 0.07 cents per performance for Internet-only broadcasts and AM/FM retransmissions.
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Rep. Boucher Outlines 'Fair Use' Fight "The music industry needs to take off the brakes," on copy-prohibiting tecnnologies, Boucher said. "The vast majority of the Internet consuming public is honest" and would be willing to pay for online music, especially if "the music industry would agree to put its entire inventory online."
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DeepLinking A good overview and resource page that attempts to get the wrinkles out of the Danish law deeming deeplinks illegal.
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Thursday, July 11, 2002 : Teens' Life at Home Worse Than on Road? He said in the past it was more common to see runaways who went out on the road seeking something — whether it was a bohemian lifestyle, a chance to make a new life for themselves or just the adventure they thought they could find on their own.
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Harry Smith Archives I found this on metafilter and wanted to make sure others see it while having a good place to stash it.
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Risk-Benefit Profile of Commonly Used Herbs "Right now, in spite of polls
showing that most Americans support allowing patients medical
access to cannabis, the major health risk of using marijuana in the US
is being arrested. This is inhumane in a civilized society. Period. "
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Partner swapping comes out of closet
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Reasons Why Men Suck I really don't think men suck btw, but there's always room for improvement guys!
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FBI uneasy about plan to deregulate fast Net "The FBI and Justice Department are concerned that the Federal Communications
Commission's decision to classify broadband as an "information" service could
disrupt their ability to trace the e-mail and Internet activity of terrorists and other

Only "telecommunications" services are required by law to design their networks
so that the government can easily tap into suspects' communications."

I guess I just don't understand..A library is an information service, and that isn't stopping the FBI.
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ACLU says cable could close Internet "Freedom of speech doesn't mean much if the
forums where that speech takes place are not free."
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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

If this is going to happen Senate Gives Final Approval to Nevada Nuclear Waste Site then it only stands to reason that Marijuana Laws Could Go From Strict to Lenient in Nevada. If the federal overseers can impose a nuclear waste dump on Nevadians then the least that can be done is to allow the voter's wishes to legalize marijuana. Leave the grubby federal mitts off the medical marijuana laws already passed in Nevada and elsewhere. Too much federal imposition and not enough democratic process lately.
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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Anti-angiogenesis Overview I want to keep an eye on this research. It seems logical to me.
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Monday, July 08, 2002

American's Knowledge of the Constitution a survey. Example question: Does the Constitution include the following statement about the proper role of government: “From each according to his ability, to each
according to his needs.”
35% say yes 31% say no and 34% don't know
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Sunday, July 07, 2002

What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? I'll vouch for a low carb diet. Not being a huge meat eater it's a little tough, but protein smoothies, and making a concerted effort to cut refined carbs is a good thing. There is really something to be said about saiety that fat can give versus the hunger that soon kicks in after eating a pasta meal.
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Latest War on Smoking May Really Win"New York City this week hiked the price of a
premium pack of cigarettes to more than $7."
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Tea May Be Cup of Life gotta go brew some.
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Friday, July 05, 2002

REPEAL THE PATRIOT ACT! United we stand for freedom or nothing! I'm not sure if this can help but something has to
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Weblogs Compendium - Tools Wow! I had no idea there were so many different ways to blog. I think I'll keep it simple because my brain is about to explode from just looking at the possibilities.
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Monday, July 01, 2002

"I think it's time for me to fly"..
I hate it when I get those lyrics in my head. It seems to be the story of my life.
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