Monday, May 31, 2010

they dont hate us for our freedom

Given that the Israelis refuse to allow anything other than the most minimal "necessities" to enter Gaza, I'd love to know what "non-provocative and non-confrontational mechanisms" exist to deliver humanitarian assistance? And it's extraordinary that we refuse to condemn a blockade that, as classic "collective punishment," is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, and even refuse to condemn today's violent seizure of ships in international water. But, of course, the central rule of American politics is that Israel cannot be criticized, even as the rest of the world condemns it. How do you think the rest of the world will perceive the U.S.'s extreme, out-of-step protection of the Israelis, while subtly (or not-so-subtly) heaping the blame on the victims of its aggression?

this will end well...

Thursday, May 27, 2010


me: you know
me: before it even starts
me: i can see how moot and the gang will ruin this one
Jake: god i hope so
me: i can see boxxy with a badge... and the most upvoted idea being get rid of age of consent
Jake: lololol...yes
Jake: repeal the 14th while you're at it

didnt see this coming

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


at least someone has claimed ownership of this mess - you sure as hell wont see our asshole president put his name onto the 'responsible for cleanup' list anytime soon...

They rake the oil and sand into big piles; other workers collect the piles into big plastic bags, and still other workers take them to a plant where the sand is separated out and sent to a hazardous-waste dump and the oil goes on for processing. Then the tide comes in with more oil and everybody starts all over again. Ten dollars an hour. Twelve hours a day. When I joke with one worker that he should pocket the solid gobs of oil he's digging up to show me how far beneath the sand they go, he stops dead and asks me if BP's still trying to use the oil they all collect. "Aw, I knew it!" he says. Another leans on his rake to ask me, "Have they at least shut the oil off yet?" He randomly picks three spots in a three-foot-wide expanse of sand that he's already raked clean and drops his rake in an inch deeper to show me how the oil bubbles up from underneath. He can't count how many times he's raked this same spot in the 33 hours he's worked it since Thursday, but one thing he's sure of, he says, is that he'll be standing right here tomorrow and the next day, too.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

walled gardens

on one hand you have apple - with their 'everything needs to be on my proprietary format' bullshit approach to everything (leading to absurdist infighting with adobe which will NOT help them in the end)...


because the 'dont be evil' folks are willing to do things like this

you dont beat that... you really dont...