Monday, December 31, 2007

"Let us vote then, you and I" - a poem

Always like to trot this thing out at vote time...

LET us vote then, you and I,
When the evening news is spreading lies
to the patients etherized upon a fable;

Let us go, through a certain half-deserted mind,
The muttering unkind
A mindless knight in one-night crack-ho tails
And cornpone restaurants with taco-shells:
Sheep that follow like a tedious dittohead
Of insidious portent
To feed you all a dose of healthy koolaid...
Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
Let us go and drink this sh*t...

From the boom we men come aglow
Walking from Los Alamo.

The yellow blog that wipes its back upon our window pains,
The yellow news that rubs our nose in blue dress stains,
Licked its lips upon the money of the evening news,
Lingered upon the fools that stand to gain,
Let fall upon his face the pretzel that falls from skies,
Slipped by the congress, made of sullen lies,
And seeing that it was a soft September morn,
Turned around the plane, and fell to Sleep...

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow dust that billows down the street,
Wiping its ass upon the window-panes;
There will be Time, there will be War-
To prepare a place to meet the presses that you meet;
There will be time for Russ and Rush to bloviate,
And time for all the worthless ways of glands
That lift and drop a dollop on your fate;
Time for Dick and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred distortions and revisions,
Before making toast of Cheney.

In the gloom the warmen come aglow
Talking of Guantanamo

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I care?"
Time to turn my back and nude-descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my chair--
[They will say: "How his chair is growing thin!"]
My morning coke, my dollar mounting firmly to boy Ken,
My bolo is immodest, but inserted by a marking pen--
[They will say: "But how his arms of war are sin!"]

Do I dare
Destroy the universe?

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minuteman will reverse.

For I have blown them all already, blown them up:--
Have known the evening, mourning, darkest noons,
I have mangled up my life with cocaine spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying thup!
Beneath the building from a farther plume.
So what should I consume?

And I have known the ayes already, known them all--
The ayes that fix you in a formulaic phase,
And when I am formulaic, scrawling with a pen,
When I am penned and scribbling on the wall,
Then how should I begin
To spit on all the buttholes of my days and ways?
And who should I consume?

And I have known the arms already, known them all--
Arms that are daisy-cut and grossly unfair,
[Caught in the gunlight, downed without a care!]
Is it blue stains on a dress
That makes me so digress?

Arms that lie are sold at table, with talk of shock and awe.
And should I then consume?
And when should I begin?
. . . . .

Shall I say, I have gunned at dusk through narrow streets
And watched the smoke that rises from the ruins
Of lonely kids in tatters, pouring out of windows...

I am just a pair of ragged shoes
Scuttling across the floors of silent news.

. . . . .

And the afternoon, the evening, creeps so peacelessly!
Scorched by hot zingers,
Asleep ... wired ... or country singers,
Stretched on the floor, here beside you Cheney.
Should I, after koolade, coke and icees,
Have the strength to force the world to its crises?

But though I'm inept and blasted, inept and crazed,
Though I have seen many heads [grown slightly shorn] brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet--and I'm no mad hatter;
I have seen the speeches of that city slicker,
And I have seen the eternal Bushman hold my coat, and Snicker,
And in shorts, I was DeLayed.

And would it have been worth it, after Oil,
After the kegs, the candy bar, the T,
Hugging the porcelain, a lonesome walk with you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have snapped at the batter with a towel,
To have squeezed the universe into a booger
To roll it toward some overstating question,
To say: "I am Nazareth, book of the dead,
Come back to sell you all, I shall smell you all"--
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: "That is not how I vote at all.
That is not it, at all."

And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the fun set and the shipyards and the wrinkled sheets,
After the novel, after the hiccups, after the nose that trails along the floors--
And Kos, and Media Whores--
It is impossible to know just why I'm mean!

But as if a manic slattern slew the pervs on ladders in a screed:
Would it have been with child
If one, settling a pillow or throwing up on call,
And turning toward the window, should spew:
"That is not it at all,
That is not how I vote, at all."
. . . . .
No! I am no Abrahamlet, nor was meant to be;
Petrol attendant, bored, one that will screw
To stifle progress, start a war or two,
Advise the Dick; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to disabuse,
Lunatic, caustic, and supercilioos;
Full of false sentence, can't define "obtuse";
The Times, indeed, almost ridiculous--
I am, for you, the Fool.

I grow old ... I grow old ...
I prefer my money rolled.

Shall I kiss your left behind? Do I dare to be impeached?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and strut upon the stage.
I have heard Travolta singing, to my age.

I do not think that he will sing of me.

I have seen them hiding leeward in the caves
Bombing the dark hair of the slaves blown back
With my thoughts forever white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the star
By star-whores wreathed with seafoam green and crown
Till human votes awake them, and we drown.

- david k beckwith

Thursday, December 27, 2007


hard to imagine anything good coming from this development...

Benazir Bhutto

Bhutto Killed in Suicide Attack on Election Rally (Update1)
(Bloomberg) -- Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister, died of injuries sustained in a suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Rawalpindi.

Benazir Bhutto shot dead at suicide bombing of rally; 20 feared dead - 3 minutes ago
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died Thursday after being shot during a suicide bomb attack on a political rally.

Benazir Bhutto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - The Official Website of PPP Chairperson ...
The Official Website of PPP Chairperson Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

WIC Biography - Benazir Bhutto
On December 2, 1988 Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islamic State.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Stockhausen is Dead

Stockhausen lecture circa 1972
(thanks to Kirk Ross & iLud)

Karlheinz Stockhausen (August 22, 1928 – December 5, 2007) was a German composer, rated by some as one of the most important and controversial composers of the 20th century. He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatoric music, the use of multiple orchestras and other innovations. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music". In other words, he is just like me. Except I have the added advantage of still being alive. So choose me! Choose me! Just not for killing.

My first exposure to Stockhausen was in the '70s, when, after a decade of traditional fare being served and played back for parents and other yawners, I got the itch to remediate my deficits and hurl myself into a pursuit of ethnomusicological studies, coupled with research into what some folks call "contemporary classical", and others, "avant-garde", musics. Specifically, Messaien, Crumb, Xenakis, Subotnick, Elliott Carter, Darius Milhaud Nixon, R. U. Reading, Orr Arendt-Chu, Dee Fibrillator, ah damn, I forgot what I was talking about. Probably the mad cow.

I am delighted to hear that Charlotte and North Carolina schools are going green,
but don't stop with the school grounds. The buses that serve the rule of social mixing, also clogs up our air and vehicular circulatory system. It is unsustainable, unless we create -- and create we should -- green buses. But this doesn't unclog the roads.

How do you envision creating an entirely green system, which INCLUDES the transportation element?

David Beckwith
Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

LiveBlogging the Republican CNN/YouTube debate

Sorry I'm late. Let me jump right in...

Ron Paul: [undiscernible]...thing is, the Republicans have really screwed things up ever since Dick Cheney and the Neo-cons have foisted this fake and illegal war on the American public, and I can tell you this much...the American public is sick of it. (Cheers, loud applause, and general commotion.)

Rudi Giuliani: May I say something?

Anderson Cooper: Go right ahead...

Rudi Giuliani: I was AT 9/11 and I say we did NOT screw things up, or PULL IT, like Mr. Paul and his conspiracy theorists are spewing out there... like so much dross, if I may be frank.

Anderson Cooper: Please, by all means, be frank...

Rudi Giuliani: Like I said, I was at 9/11, you may remember, and now that I think I bout it, I don't remember seeing YOU there.

Anderson Cooper: I was there, sir, you just didn't see me. Maybe if you would have pulled the mask off away from your eyes...

Mike Huckabee: I really must jump in here...

Rudi Giuliani: Shut up, you hick. I've just about had with your Jethro impressions.

Mike Huckabee: I'm rubber and you're glue, and whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you. [Under his breath, although still audible] Stupid asshole!.

Rudi Giulini: Who ya callin' an asshole, asshole?

Fred Thompson: I see what you are doing here. You're not fooling anybody. Chris tried to pull this shit the other day, and I draped it around his neck.

Anderson Cooper: Can we please come to order?

George Allen: Macaca

Ron Paul: By exerting downward pressure on our moral foundation, the neo-cons have converted powdered turquoise into pyramid bricks, and the only way to correct it is to remove taxation as a part of reality, and replace it with what I call "Pocket Constitutions"...

John McCain: Saying nothing, he flail his stubby little arms like a semaphor, but then suddenly blurts out the word, "WAR!".

Mitt Romney: (Holding back snickers and a milky way) Would you please hold my coat and snicker?

John Mccain: A-or-ta

Duncan Hunter: Kill! Kill! Kill!

Tom Tancredo: Those damn immigrants...

Anderson Cooper: And that is all the time we have for round one. When we return, we will hear from actual Youtube viewers.


Whew! Well, you get the idea. Surely there is something better on...

Monday, November 19, 2007

That Sucking Sound: The Clinton Years

When one thinks of the Clinton Years, one often recalls that honorificabilitudinatibus sound of sucking, filling the dark closets of the Oval Orifice. And, of course, the devil with the blue dress.

But one also thinks of ears. Big ears. Far too big for a diatom like H. Ross. Perot. [drumroll please. cue the sucking sound.] But you know what they say: Big ears, big... well let me just explain it this way: "hross" is the Old English spelling of "horse" (at least to the extent that they had any orthography).

Perhaps it was this preternatural disproportionality that disengendered many voters to HRoss, thus allowing the greasy shoehorn of fate to repopulate the White House without a Perot to brag about his Johnson, or a Bush to brag about barb. It was Clinton's turn, Jerry Brown be damned.

But the well-endowed Hross also left a legacy involving a sucking sound...when he bespoke of the jobs being sucked out of America (USA) were NAFTA to become law of the lamb. Did I say lamb? I meant sheep.

Meanwhile, the pigs are getting fatter still, and the dogs of war are all barked out. Jeez this is starting to sound like a Pink Floyd album.

Album, you say?

The moral of the story, if there is one, might resemble this: You can lead a Hross to falter, but you can't blame it on Walter.

"But that makes no sense!", you say.

Welcome to America. And for God's sake don't boo the queen.

(This important message has been brought to you by...ADC: the American Digression Corporation, where sport trumps knowledge.)

This is not a time to replay old tapes or albums.
We need a clear break from the sickeningly nefarious 20th century.

We can start anew, and distance ourselves from all that, by supporting 21st century politicians, artists, writers, bloggers, social networking leisure-cats, and everyone named David.
Or, we can re-open old wounds.

Don't re-open old wounds.
Release the Healer Monsters.

Edwards and Obama.
Healer Monsters.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Green Yorkshire

The images are from satellite pics over Yorkshire, England. Most are in and around Beckwithshaw, and some have family history.
Music composed and performed by David Beckwith.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bush Critic, Harry Taylor, is running for Congress


in the meantime...see below for more information.

Central Park Dancing Sticks

Central Park Bridge, originally uploaded by anonymoses.

Imagine my amazement when, while trundling through Central Park, I stumbled into this...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Harry Taylor, the man who dared to tell the president what America thinks, is running for Congress

Harry Taylor of Charlotte, NC

Bush critic to run for Congress

"I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened, by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency," Harry Taylor proceeded to tell the president. "And I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself." - Charlotte observer

From John Edwards Blog

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Facebook Friends on YouTube

- Jimmy Wales - founded Wikipedia in 2001. Since 2006, he has been Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia reference.

- John Perry Barlow - Founder of EFF, Lyracist for Grateful Dead, Internet Pioneer, and Harvard Professor. Wikipedia reference.

- Chris Bowers - Chris Bowers is a blogger for OpenLeft, and was until July 2007 a front-page blogger for MyDD. His focus is polling and analysis of the political blogosphere. He tends towards data-driven analysis, such as his partisan index, a ranking of how far each state in the United States leans towards a political party. Wikipedia reference.

- Stowe Boyd - an internationally recognized authority on business strategy and information technology, particularly regarding real-time, collaborative, process, and content management technologies.

- David Brock - Author, former conservative, founder of Media Matters. Wikipedia reference.

- Jason Calacanis - Jason McCabe Calacanis is CEO and co-founder of Weblogs Inc., a network of widely read blogs including Engadget – ranked # 1 by Technorati . Wikipedia reference.

- David Sifry - an American software entrepreneur and blogosphere icon known most recently for founding Technorati, a leading blog search engine. Wikipedia reference.

- Elisa Camahort - Co-founder of BlogHer. BlogHer may refer to a group blog and online community, or to an annual blogging conference for women. Three of the 2005 conference organizers, Elisa Camahort, Jory des Jardins, and Lisa Stone, began a company, Blogher LLC, which in 2006 also began a blog ad network. In 2007, BlogHers Act, a political blogging network by and for women, was started by the company. Wikipedia reference.

- Deepak Chopra - Wikipedia reference.

- Juan Cole - is an American professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. As a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, he has appeared in print and on television, and testified before the United States Senate. He has published several peer-reviewed books on the modern Middle East and is a translator of both Arabic and Persian. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment. Wikipedia reference.

- Korva Coleman - In her work as an NPR newscaster, Korva Coleman is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts for NPR's newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She is also a substitute host for Talk of the Nation, Weekend All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday. Wikipedia reference.

- Ed Cone - "Ed Cone writes one of the most useful weblogs by a journalist." If not the blogfather of NC...certainly one of them. He, along with Sue Polinsky are responsible for blogger conferences in North Carolina.

- Robert Greenwald - an American film director, producer and political activist recently noted for his documentaries critical of Fox News and of the Bush Administration, as well as numerous award-winning television movies from the 1980s and 1990s. Wikipedia reference.

- Jane Hamsher - an American film producer, author, and liberal blogger. She produced the major motion picture Natural Born Killers and founded the popular progressive blog Firedoglake. She has also contributed to The Huffington Post. Wikipedia reference.

- Joichi Ito - the chairman of the board of Creative Commons and the chairman of Six Apart Japan. He is on the board of Technorati, Digital Garage, WITNESS, Pia Corporation, Socialtext and iCommons. He is the founder and CEO of the venture capital firm Neoteny Co., Ltd. In October of 2004, he was named to the board of ICANN. In August of 2005, he joined the board of the Mozilla Foundation. He served on the board of the Open Source Initiative. He was a founding board member of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts as well as the Zero One Art and Technology Network. Wikipedia reference.

- Josh Joplin - Josh Joplin Group was an American Georgia-based pop music band led by singer-songwriter Josh Joplin. Joplin, a self-proclaimed "dork" who nonetheless dropped out of school in tenth grade to become a folk singer like his hero Phil Ochs, brought the group its trademark combination of introspective lyrics, catchy melodies, and lead vocals that, to many, sound identical to those of R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (to the point that one Joplin song, "Happy at Last," begins, "I sound like Michael Stipe and I dream like Carl Jung"). Wikipedia reference.

- Carl Kasell - A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Kasell was a student of drama in high school, where one of his mentors was Andy Griffith, then a high school drama instructor. Although Griffith urged Kasell to pursue a career in theatre, Kasell took to radio at an early age as well. During his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he helped launch local radio station WUNC with fellow student Charles Kuralt.
He worked as an announcer and DJ at a radio station in Goldsboro before moving to the Washington, DC area in 1965. He advanced to the position of news director at WAVA in Arlington, Virginia before joining National Public Radio's staff as a news announcer in 1975. He has been the news announcer for NPR's Morning Edition since its inception in 1979.
In 1998, Kasell was finally able to join the phenomenon of radio game shows which attracted him to the genre in his youth when NPR launched its weekly news quiz, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, with Kasell as official judge and scorekeeper. The prize that Wait Wait... offers to its listener contestants is a recording of Kasell's voice for their personal telephone answering machines.
He is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame. In 1999, Kasell shared in the George Foster Peabody Award given to Morning Edition. Wikipedia reference.

- Guy Kawasaki - one of the original Apple employees responsible for marketing of the Macintosh in 1984, is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. He is noted for bringing the concept of evangelism to the high-tech business. Wikipedia reference.

- Jon Lebkowsky - a consultant, author and activist who was cofounder of FringeWare, Inc. Lebkowsky also has a history of activism, and was a co-founder of EFF-Austin, an organization formed to be a chapter of the national Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Lebkowsky joined the WELL in 1990, and became a host or co-host of several forums on the conferencing system, including forums devoted to Factsheet Five, where he had a brief stint as book review editor, and Mondo 2000, where he wrote several articles and formed friendships with editors RU Sirius and Jude Milhon. Through the WELL, he also became associated with Howard Rheingold and Whole Earth Review, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and boing boing, where he was Associate Editor. He had early associations with staff at Wired Magazine and was conducted a regular, weekly series of chats called Electronic Frontiers Forum at HotWired. He was a subdomain editor for the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog and, in 1996, he joined Rheingold's Electric Minds. Wikipedia reference.

- PZ Myers - an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris and a science blogger via his blog, Pharyngula. He is currently an associate professor of biology at Morris, works in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). Wikipedia reference.

- Yoko Ono Lennon - Wikipedia reference.

- Greg Palast - a New York Times-bestselling author and a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation as well as the British newspaper The Observer. His work frequently focuses on corporate malfeasance but has also been known to work with labor unions and consumer advocacy groups. Notably, he has claimed to have uncovered evidence that Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with the ChoicePoint corporation, rigged the ballots during the US Presidential Election of 2000 and again in 2004 when, he argued, the problems and machinations from 2000 continued, and that challenger John Kerry actually would have won if not for disproportional "spoilage" of Democratic votes. He is considered to have begun reporting for the BBC/Observer due to media bias/reporting restrictions in the US. Wikipedia reference.

- Eli Pariser
- Jay Rosen
- Peter Sagal
- Doc Searls
- David Sirota
- Steven Stucky
- Leif Utne
- Paul Waldman
- Jim Wallis
- Woodrow Williams
- Saskia Wilson-Brown
- Joe Trippi
- Bill Tancer
- Helen Mirren
- Juliet Binoche
- Amanda Marcotte
- John Malkovich
- RG Littlejohn
- Lawrence Lessig
- Jon Stewart
- Steve Gillmor
- Jim Gaffigan
- Tina Fey
- Howard Dean
- Peter Daou
- Wes Clark
In progress...

Facebook: More Popular Than Porn

It's all about relationships...

EXCERPTS from TIME Magazine:
"Currently, for web users over the age of 25, Adult Entertainment still ranks high in popularity, coming in second, after search engines. Not so for 18- to 24-year-olds, for whom social networks rank first, followed by search engines, then web-based e-mail — with porn sites lagging behind in fourth. If you chart the rate of visits to social-networking sites against those to adult sites over the last two years, there appears to be a strong negative correlation (i.e., visits to social networks go up as visits to adult sites go down). "

It seems that social-networking sites have not only usurped porn in popularity, but they've also gobbled up time Gen Y-ers used to spend on traditional e-mail and IM. When you can reach all of your friends through Facebook or MySpace, there's little reason to spend time in your old-school inbox. So, if social networking is becoming e-mail 2.0, then perhaps Microsoft's recent $240 million dollar payout for such a small stake in Facebook isn't that ridiculous.

The reality is that Facebook isn't just for kids. Last week — and this was a highlight — my dad, who just turned 75, added me as a friend on Facebook."

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fun Links

TubeMogul - TubeMogul is a free service that provides a single point for deploying uploads to the top video sharing sites, and powerful analytics on who, what, and how videos are being viewed. (beta) is the world's leading videoblogging and podcasting service.

Less crap, more CrapTV!

Welcome to Spot Runner
Spot Runner creates high-quality, affordable television advertising for the local business. Spot Runner offers a total solution for television. "We're revolutionizing TV advertising. Find out how you can put your business on television."

Metacafe – Best Videos & Funny Movies
Metacafe - Get the best internet videos - Funny videos, Amazing clips, Rare movies.

Current TV
Current is a global television network that gives you the opportunity to create and influence what airs on TV. The Al Gore Network. - Self Publishing - Free
Looking for self publishing resources? lets you publish and sell and print on demand books, e-books, online music, images, custom calendars and ...

Twitter: What are you doing?
Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.

Bob Young - The connection between Ibiblio, Open Source, Lulu, and the number 42

Bob Young, founder of,, and Red Hat is coming to speak at UNC. Join us in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tuesday, October 30th from 3:30-5:00pm.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BushWorld o' Fascism: Bushworldofascism vs Islamofascism

With BushWorld and the Pastors of Genocide pushing the term "Islamofascism" in a ploy to piss people off enough that we will agree to the neo-con vision of Armageddon, but which might well actually turn out to be Amerigeddon, one wonders:

What the heck is Fascism anyway?

A number of A+ list bloggers including Juan Cole, Will Bunch, Bora Zivkovic and Jude Nagurney-Camwell have written eloquently on the matter, as elaborated by this post by Jude.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Saint" Tancredo's Wall Spares Mexicans the Fiery Katrina

Tom Tancredo is being hailed as a saint for his visionary mercy when he created the wall that spared the lives of millions of Mexicans from the fiery Katrina that is engulfing much of their northern neighbor.

What kind of blogger are you?

"What Kind of Blogger Are You?"/>

ConvergeSouth Film Festival is now available online!

I love films. Well, many of them. And I loved most of the ones I saw during the ConvergeSouth Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend.
As I was watching, instead of having AFV pop to mind, I had flashes of Bunuel, Rouch, Dziga Vertov, Man Ray, Woman Rhea, Richter, Melies, Lumiere, Cocteau, Cockfinger, Eisenstein, and some of the pioneers of avant-garde cinema whack me across the glasses in Potemkian montage sequences, as my mind tumbled down the steps of ontological approval like a perambulator adrift on the gravity of pregnant steps of Odessa.

(working, working...)

ConvergeSouth: Post-Production

A blogger conference, like a movie, has 3 stages: Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production. We are now in the Post-Production phase...and are seeking the help of those who may not have participated so fully in the other two phases.

Gathering, organizing and archiving photos, words, videos, music and such would be very useful...both for ConvergeSouth '07, as well as for future Converges.

If you were in attendance, and felt like you wish you could have contributed more...this is one way to do it. Another way is to volunteer for ConvergeSouth '08.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rainbloggers Break North Carolina Drought! ConvergeSouth, Fifth Estate, Credited.

nfConvergeSouth was THIS BIG!
(photo of Ruby Sinreich by Iddybud)


(dans progress)

funny thing happened this weekend, beginning on Friday. While the stock market was going to shit, hominids were gathering in North Carolina to break the drought that was long plaguing the state. The impact was instantaneous and widespread.

Rain soaked the area represented by these holy blogger/rainpersons, and earth and heaven were once again speaking.

Here are some of the things unearthed by said rainbloggers...

As the blognoscenti of The Fifth Estate gathered, I realized that it was going to be impossible to spend quality time with everyone, but I am glad that I did get some quality time with some quality folk, in particular, David Hoggard, Jay Ovittore, Dr. Sue, Michael Habib, Bora Zivkovic, David Jordan, Scott and Barbara Nelles, Stew Pittman, Billy the Wordjones, Dan Conover, Lex Alexander, Fec Stench, Brandon Gross, Saskia Wilson-Brown, Robert Reddick, and a few others. Some, like Ben Hwang and Ed Cone were always on the move, and thus hard to trap into a long discussion on what's next.


I am pondering a notion from the mind of Joe Killian, who wondered why these events could not happen twice a year...

UNCC college of Computers and Informatics Campus

Charlotte is typically very lovely in April and May, which is roughly six months from now. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a new campus dedicated to Information Technology, which auspiciousoly lies at the north side of Charlotte, very close to I-85, from whence most people from the Triad and Triangle would be coming. Seems like such an event might serve both institutions well.

University Place, Charlotte

Nearby is University Place, where people can stay, and party...and also NODA, charlotte's vibrant art district, which has venues for music, film, art, and good food. Again, this would serve both institutions well...

Charlotte Arts District (NODA)

Flight from other cities around the world are available, media coverage from the Charlotte Observer, sponsorship from Bank of America, Wachovia, BMW, and other deep pockets might be available...and Lord knows the city is always looking to promote the image of it being a state-of-the-art, world-class city. As I said also to Saskia and Brandon of Current TV and San Francisco...Charlotte's god in chief, Hugh McColl, loved San Francisco, and wanted to bring the best of that city to Charlotte. Among the projects he is involved with is the Echo Foundation, founded by Elie Wiesel and, i believe, headquartered in Charlotte.

Charlotte also has telemedicine, and is making great headway in holistic medicine...with Stewart Brand's recent involvement in the creation of a new holistic, hospital, replete with Feng Shui gardens, waterfalls, and much else besides. Surely an interesting topic for discussion... Perhaps health can be at the center of discussion, but maybe also other aspects of life for which the city is known, like investments, banking, business, sports...and these other quotidian, yet necessary, arenas.

Besides...the mayor is on Facebook.

Rainbloggers Break North Carolina Drought! ConvergeSouth Credited.

World Anthology of ConvergeSouth Reviews: comes to Greensboro - Jude (Iddybud) Nagurney-Camwell has some great pictures of folks at ConvergeSouth, including our guests from San Francisco and CurrentTV, Saskia Wilson-Brown and Brandon Gross, as well as CrapTV's Jason McHugh.

ConvergeSouth: The Buzz That Was - Lenslinger, who writes: "When a shirtless Al Gore first twisted the internets out of molten lava, experts worried it would turn the people of the Earth into agoraphobic laptop addicts. Perhaps they had a point. Still, when used correctly, the series of tubes that is the web can actually bring people face to face - and I‘m not talking about those skeevy dating websites, either. I‘m talking ConvergeSouth. " Wondrous words, my friend!
ConvergeSouth Film Festival stuff
Late breaking news
ConvergeSouth 2008 - Volunteer and the job is yours - Sue Polinsky
Too fast from Greensboro to Milwaukee [A Blog Around The Clock] - Bora Zivkovic
Converging 2007 - Joe Killian
Converged - Ed Cone

ConvergeSouth - all good (except for…) - David Hoggard, "The Man with the Meat", wonders if some of the class leaders did not get the memo about the audience being smarter than you are. Elsewisely put, "zen mind, beginner's mind". Lively discussion!

A Morning’s Worth Of ConvergeSouth 2007 - CMF

2007 ConvergeSouth Coverage - updates by Billy Blog Jones

Twitter updates for 2007-10-20 - Amber Rhea

ConvergeSouth Saturday, Part 2 - Stephanie (NC Inkslinger)

ConvergeSouth - Joe Guarino

Thoughts on ConvergeSouth - Sam Harrelson

Just got back from ConvergeSouth - Angelico (Blue NC)

ConvergeSouth: Day Two Social Networking - Sir Leonard Witt

Saturday morning at ConvergeSouth - Anton Zuiker (with a link to Storyblogging session, which I regrettably missed.)

ConvergeSouth 2007 - Michael Kimsal

Social networks at ConvergeSouth - Ruby Sinreich

ConvergeSouth photos - Radical Georgia Moderate

ConvergeSouth 2007 Day 2 - Guillaume le Blogpoetistan (no lackbeard) keeping track of ConvergeSouthiana while reminding us of the importance of his majoral candidacy and his future mayoralty. May he bring peace and macrobiotic food to Blogsboro.

Don’t Question Us! - The Conservative Alternative

Tidbits from ConvergeSouth - Erik Huey

ConvergeSouth Liveblog III - Mama's Bloggin

Hello world! - David Jordan Jr. (currently inchoate)

ConvergeSouth first looks - Ben (the Wizard) Hwang

Attytood's Southern strategy - Will Bunch (who had graced us from Philadelphia)

BCR at ConvergeSouth today - Bull City Rising (Durham)

dan who?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Gore Peace Prize Stolen by Bush Inc.

Hans W. Bush, a cousin of the Resident, has pulled a few strings, and it appears that the Nobel Peace Prize is now going to go to George W. Bush, kleptomaniac -- who now insists on being called "The Prince of Peace".

When asked what he was going to do with the prize, Mr. Bush said he would like to use it as a pretext to go to war with Iran, Syria, Turkey, Blogistan, Amsterdam, and Paris. Maybe Atlantis. "But first, i think I need to clear some tumbleweeds back in Crawford. Let my brain rest a bit. Peace is hard work. Hard." And when asked what the future might bring, Bush said that he was still hoping for Baseball Commissioner.

Back at CurrentTV headquarters, Al Gore is fending off rumours that he was trying to steal the coveted prize from Bush, and an ad hoc panel of impartial Floridians told Frank Luntz that Gore should just move on. "If Bush has the prize, it's obvious he won it!", said one of the pathetic fascists.

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Hans W. Bush, a cousin of the Resident, has pulled a few strings, and it appears that the Nobel Peace Prize is now going to go to George W. Bush, kleptomaniac -- who now insists on being called "The Prince of Peace".

When asked what he was going to do with the prize, Mr. Bush said he would like to use it as a pretext to go to war with Iran, Syria, Turkey, Blogistan, Amsterdam, and Paris. Maybe Atlantis. "But first, i think I need to clear some tumbleweeds back in Crawford. Let my brain rest a bit. Peace is hard work. Hard." And when asked what the future might bring, Bush said that he was still hoping for Baseball Commissioner.

Back at CurrentTV headquarters, Al Gore is fending off rumours that he was trying to steal the coveted prize from Bush, and an ad hoc panel of impartial Floridians told Frank Luntz that Gore should just move on. "If Bush has the prize, it's obvious he won it!", said one of the pathetic fascists.

When asked if he thought that Bush deserved to award, he candidly revealed that he thought it was actually going to go to John Edwards for his work at ending poverty around the world.

Asked about this comment, and what he thought about Bush's amazing victory, he said "the system is rigged", and then went on to say that he has learned his lesson, and that he will not be chided into allowing Bush to hi-jack reality yet again. "This BushWorld fantasy has got to end."
Besides, Edwards said, today is Iddybud's birthday, and the law of synchronicity favors a Gore victory, as that was what the great blogmeistress had stated as her desired birthday gift...and she is in harmony with the Tao.

I'm sure scientists will be debating these results for decades, maybe centuries. History is, alas, the final fiction.

Lesson 1: Nothing lasts forever.
Lesson 2: Carpe millennium.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Middle East Expert, Juan Cole to Speak at Davidson Tonight

The Iraq Crisis as America's Crisis
When: October 08, 2007 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Speaker: Juan Cole
Ticket Required: No

Dr. Juan Cole, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History at University of Michigan and author of the Informed Comment blog will give a lecture on the situation in Iraq and its spill over effects in the U.S.

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has given numerous media and press interviews on the War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001, as well as concerning the Iraq War and the building conflict with Iran from 2003. He has a regular column at He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite.


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Blue Vision Fund: The Possible America

America is stuck in a ditch.
We need visionaries to get us out.
Blue Visionaries, like John Edwards.
Visionaries who are not content with merely keeping up with “competitors”,
but who are actively creating the future.
The POSSIBLE America.

John Edwards is such a visionary.
But he needs our help.
He needs our support, and he could certainly use your donations.

John Edwards knows that America’s greatest inventions have been Social Innovations, like the Internet, transportations systems, advanced forms of peace…and is eager to foster the research and development of new and green ways of doing things, including tomorrow’s evolutionary technologies.
And he wants to include all people in the development of these new tools, lifestyles and environments.

Look at Cirque du Soleil or Disney World. did someone ask for all those wondrous worlds they created there? No! They were not satisfied with merely giving people what they said they wanted. They were visionary. Still are. They wanted to take it to the limits of possibility, and create the possible show. And they are constantly creating more and more wondrous worlds, manifesting remarkable visions. Blue visions.

Blue Vision Fund: The Possible America is about rewarding this exciting work. But it is also about ending poverty and AIDS, improving and evolving our infrastructure, ending the war, spreading peace and education, ending our dependence on oil and other outmoded forms of energy. It is about using the Internet to give every American child, or adult, a world-class education, and using other online tools, such as blogs and social networking sites to advance democracy, by giving everyone a voice, and by giving everyone the vast world of information.

Please give what you can to ensure that the future is a friend, a garden, good feng shui, and a blessing to hand off to our children and their children for generations to come.

Please make a contribution to this critical cause. Please support John Edwards for the President of the United States of America.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

FOXnews: "Doom for African-American Males"

On Friday, September 28, 2007, FOXnews had this on their website:

Doom for African-American Males

Need I say more?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hillary, Lieberman & Bush: Their Push for War with Iran is Tipping Point

Strange bedfellows

John Edwards said it best. He and Hillary learned entirely different lessons from the Iraq War. And now that Hillary has joined Lieberman, Bush and the PNAC neo-cons to take those first steps toward war with Iran...her departure from real Americans is complete. And Obama's failure to even vote may well serve as a tipping point for him too.


RUSSERT: Senator, are you suggesting that these candidates
suspend their campaigns, go back to Washington, and for 40 consecutive
days vote on the war?

GRAVEL: If it stops the killing, my God, yes, do it.

And, Tim, you're really missing something. This is fantasy land.
We are talking about ending the war. My God, we're just starting a
war right today. There was a vote in the Senate today. Joe
Lieberman, who authored the Iraq resolution, has offered another
resolution and it is essentially a fig leaf to let George Bush go to
war with Iran.

I want to congratulate Biden for voting against it, Dodd for
voting against it.

And I am ashamed of you, Hillary, for voting for it. You're not
going to get another shot at this because what happens if this war
ensues, we invade, and they're looking for an excuse to do it. And
Obama was not even there to vote.

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I want to give you a chance to


CLINTON: I don't know where to start.

RUSSERT: Please take 30 seconds.


CLINTON: Yes. Let me respond.

My understanding of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran is that it is
promoting terrorism. It is manufacturing weapons that are used
against our troops in Iraq. It is certainly the main agent of support
for Hezbollah, Hamas and others.

And in what we voted for today, we will have an opportunity to
designate it as a terrorist organization which gives us the options to
be able to impose sanctions on the primary leaders to try to begin to
put some teeth into all this talk about dealing with Iran.

We wouldn't be where we are today if the Bush administration
hadn't outsourced our diplomacy with respect to Iran and ignored Iran
and called it part of the axis of evil. Now we've got to make up for
lost time and lost ground...

EDWARDS: But I want to come back to a discussion that took place a few
minutes ago to make everyone understands what Senator Gravel is
talking and Senator Clinton was talking about. Because there was a
very important vote cast in the United States Senate today. And it
was, basically, in a resolution calling the Iranian Revolutionary
Guard a terrorist organization.

I voted for this war in Iraq, and I was wrong to vote for this
war. And I accept responsibility for that. Senator Clinton also
voted for this war.

We learned a very different lesson from that. I have
no intention of giving George Bush the authority to take the first
step on a road to war with Iran.

And I think that vote today, which Senator Biden and Senator Dodd
voted against, and they were correct to vote against it, is a clear
indication of the approach that all of us would take with the
situation in Iran because what I learned in my vote on Iraq was you
cannot give this president the authority and you can't even give him
the first step in that authority because he cannot be trusted. And
that resolution that was voted on today was a very clear indication...

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Anonymoses David Beckwith showing Elizabeth the book he calls "How to Win the White House Without Being Evil" -- a gentle reminder to "stay out the darkness". I'm sure they will keep reaching for, and bring us, the light. Photo by CarolinaGirl.

Photo by CarolinaGirl, Photoshop by Anonymoses.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Democratic Response to the one-trick-pony president by John Edwards

Mister Bush once again proved that there is no evolution, or, if there is, he is not privy to it, by, once again, uttering that most stupid of non-words, "nucular". these people just will not learn, and the sad thing is that their cheerleaders don't even care.

Anyway, he yabbed his typical puppetry tonight about Iraq. Bla bla bla. Hand the problem over to the Democrats (eight years to freaking late!) and let them fix it. Heck, we're stupid!

Anyway, John Edwards responded...

Monday, September 10, 2007

CSPAN-3: Too little mic, too much mic

While watching the David Petraeus Report on C-SPAN 3(not unlike the Colbert Report) there was some difficulty getting the good general's microphone to work. So while waiting, Chairman Skelton, who must've forgotten that his OWN mic was ON...said (about some demonstrators); "That really pisses me off, Hunter." to which Duncan Hunter said: "What", to whom Skelton replied "Those assholes".
C-SPAN is not so boring...

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Alex Jones arrested in NYC

Jones predicted the 9/11 attack in a July 2001 television taping when he warned that the Globalists were going to attack New York and blame it on their asset Osama bin Laden. View the clip here.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Republican debate: Is Fred Thompson a Transcendent God?

Face it. Everybody knows that the urge to war is what the Bible calls "The Satanic Urge", and that most of the Republicans are infected with it. Ron Paul is the laudible exception. But alas, he is not so smallweenied as his wan semaphors and toothshiners, who, at best, are lazy on Peace.


So why are the Republicans lazy on Peace? Is it related to the Satanic Urge? Or is it more a matter of the profits they are making off of the acting out of the Satanic Urge?

Last night, while Ron Paul was winning the debate, Fred Thompson was fast asleep, having finished his job at Leno, where he disrespected Jay by walking off the stage in front of him, before the proper time. And why was he hunched over like a cave man? Is he really just a product placement for the new cavemen TV series? Let's ask Chompsky...

GNOME CHOMPSKY: Yes, Nonny, and thank you for asking. Fred Thompson IS a product placement for Cavemen, and we know what those syntactic structures can lead to. By representing the atavists and the simians, Metatron Thompson hovers under, not over, his Republican inferiors, and taunts them with every grunt, which echoes through their hindbrains like Craig and the daily embarrassment.

When all is said and done, "The Republicans who are not Ron Paul" will look back and wish they had the cahones to speak the full truth. Watching them fail to do so is the ongoing tragedy. Thank God for Ron Paul. Long live the Democratic Party!

Luciano More: The Death of Pavarotti

I'm sad to hear that a great man has died today. Luciano Pavarotti, the most famous tenor in the world, and one of the greatest of humanitarians. Before there was Andrea Bocelli, there was Luciano the Light.

Pavarotti annually hosted the "Pavarotti and Friends" charity concerts in his home town of Modena in Italy, joining with singers from all parts of the music industry to raise money for several worthy UN causes. Concerts were held for War Child, and victims of war and civil unrest in Bosnia, Guatemala, Kosovo and Iraq. After the war in Bosnia, he financed and established the Pavarotti Music Center in the southern city of Mostar to offer Bosnia's artists the opportunity to develop their skills. For these contributions, the city of Sarajevo named him an honorary citizen in 2006.[14]
He performed at benefit concerts to raise money for victims of tragedies such as an earthquake in December 1988 that killed 25,000 people in northern Armenia.[15]
He was a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales. They raised money for the elimination of land mines worldwide. He was invited to sing at her funeral service, but declined, as he felt he could not sing well "with his grief in his throat".
In 1998, he was appointed the United Nation's Messenger of Peace, using his fame to raise awareness of UN issues, including the
Millennium Development Goals, HIV/AIDS, child rights, urban slums and poverty.[16]
In 2001, Pavarotti received the Nansen Medal from the UN High Commission for Refugees for his efforts raising money on behalf of refugees worldwide. Through benefit concerts and volunteer work, he has raised more than US$1.5 million, more than any other individual.[17]

His 1982 Movie, "Yes, Georgio" happened to be the first movie I got to be in (I wind up as an extra in this, Black Rainbow, Toy Soldiers, and I think one more -- lotsa fun, you oughtta try it!) Anyway, in "Yes, Georgio", my role was to be an audience member at one of Georgio's concerts, which happened to occur at Boston's Hatch Shell -- named after Orrin and Richard Hatch, the Nudist Survivor. I suspect that if you get an electron microscope, you might be able to spot me in the crowd. I was near Fiedler's Head, although I'm not sure it was even there at the time. If it WAS there, it too was enjoying the music and festive jocularity. That is, if Arthur's spirit had any say in the matter, which, according to Science, it does.

May Luciano's spirit soar higher than the music he has brought to our thirsty earth, and may he rest among kindred spirits.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Man from Hemp


Bill Clinton was known as The Man from Hope, as that was where he grew Hope, Arkansas. John Edwards is The Man from Hemp...and no, I don't mean marijuana. I mean Hemp...a small town in North Carolina whose current name happens to be Robbins.

Hemp was not the first name of Robbins though. The town of Robbins began in 1795 when Alexander Kennedy, a revolutionary war soldier (who happens to be my 5th great-grandfather, and the son of John Kennedy, the immigrant), settled in the area and established what would become the largest gun factory in the South. The promise of jobs drew others to the area, which became known as Mechanics Hill. In 1838, the gun factory closed and the townspeople cleared the land for agricultural purposes. It was during this time that gold was discovered in the area, and the town experienced a minor gold rush.


"At the turn of the twentieth century, the Durham-Charlotte railroad came through, and a depot was built in the town. In 1900, the town registered its name as Elise, in honor of the daughter of the president of the railroad. The railroad brought many more jobs and people to the town. In 1904, Elise Academy, now Elise Middle School, was established to educate the children of Elise. It was at this time that the townspeople applied for an official U.S. post office; they were notified that there was already a town in North Carolina with the name Elise. The post office assigned the town the name of Hemp, and after much argument among the townspeople, the new name was begrudgingly adopted in 1915. However, many people continued to refer to the town as Elise for years to come. In 1935, Hemp was incorporated as a town."

"During the 1920's, the town experienced industrial growth. Hemp was supplied with power in 1923, and the following year, Moore Mills Textile plant, the first textile mill, was established. The mill was purchased by Karl Robbins in 1930 and renamed the Robbins Silk Mill. The textile industry continued to play a significant role in the town until 1990. "

I believe it is this mill that John Edwards' father worked in.

ECONOMY: Kennedys, Guns & Gold

"The economy of Robbins has been marked by periods of growth and decline. In 1795, the Kennedy family opened the largest gun factory in the south in an effort to supply revolutionary war soldiers with rifles. The Kennedy gun factory created 75-100 jobs for the area; the factory continued to grow through the early 1800s, employing 150 people at its peak (Changing the Name of Hemp, 1943). When the gun factory closed in 1838 the land was cleared for agriculture. It was at this time that gold was discovered (City Government of Robbins, n.d.). Mining kept the town alive through the transitions in major industries. The gold mines are now being utilized to mine for talc."

My family still has ties and land in Moore County, where not only one may find Robbins, Elise, Hemp and Mechanics Hill (which are the same place), but one may drive to the southern end of the county and play fine golf at Pinehurst. It is a testament to the American Spirit that a small-town boy can, through hard and good work, rise to become the de facto leader of the world. I, for one, think the world would be well served.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

ConvergeSouth 2007: Where Bloggers Meet and Share

We at anonyMoses Blog Manumissives are extremely pleased to note the approach of this year's blog bash called ConvergeSouth. In order to remind myself, it is quite likely that i will post a few items regardingthe venerable event, so do not be alarmed. Rather sign up before it gets too full. You have waited long enough...

friday theme: "The Fifth Estate"
Owning the news - the challenges of moving from old media to new.
Panelist: Dan Conover
Panelist: Will Bunch
Moderator: Joe Killian
Interactive Panel: WE DO AGREE TO DISAGREE
How community-driven nontraditional news sites have changed the
way we perceive what is news or newsworthy
Panelist: Ruby Sinreich
Panelist: Chris Rabb
Panelist: TBA
Moderator: Ed Cone

To Be Announced
Dr. Abdul Alkalimat
Legal Issues Online
Eric Fink

Affiliate Marketing, Web 2.0 and Social Media
Sam Harrelson
Science Blogging
Bora Zivkovic

We Don't Need No Titles
Billy Jones
Get Your Political Foot in the Door
E.C. Huey

saturday theme: "The Making of the fifth estate"
Creative people and groups are
providing new context to the world around them
Panelist: Anil Dash
Panelist: TBA
Moderator: Sean Coon


Podcasting and Beyond

HOW-TO (part 1)
How to make a Current pod, demo pods, answer questions and take pitches

Videos that Don't Suck

Better Blogging

HOW-TO (part 2)
How to make a Current pod, demo pods, answer questions and take pitches

Riffing an Existence with Lenslinger
PRESENTER: Stewart Pittman

Sustainable Journalism


Hosted dinners throughout downtown Greensboro

Music downtown

Thursday, August 16, 2007

David Beckham's First Goal for America

Becks brings them to their feet with his famously bent futbol.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

AFL-CIO Debate, Chicago, Aug.7, 2007

Here is the entire debate from last night, which was shown to MSNBC customers. The first clip shows Carolina's own, Senator Edwards, as he arrives at the debate.

Senator Edwards connecting with seniors of Iowa

From The Des Moines Register

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Web 2.008 Campaign

By Edward Cone

Web video and social networks are two of the hottest technologies for Campaign '08. Video is ready for prime time, social networking is a relative unknown...


Friday, August 03, 2007

OUTFOXED: Why Democrats Needn't Appear on FOX News

Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism


Exhibit A

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Edwardian Age: John Edwards TV

Start it up, and one video will flow into the next. You can put down your mouse, relax, and enjoy...

The Virtual Bohemia Channel

The Virtual Bohemia Channel

Monday, July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman - July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007

Rest in peace, sweet genius.

A powerful scene from "The Serpent's Egg"

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Pussilanimous GOP afraid of American people & their pesky questions

Ready for the Vagina Monologues?

GOP Won't Play in Youtube/CNN Debate?
by: Matt Stoller

Digby speaks to the Take Back America conference

Ladies and Gentlemen, Digby...

That's Digby in the middle

(Thanks to FireDogLake, TBA, and the Supreme Cogitatrix.)

Hagee, Lieberman & The Princes of War

Pastor Pigboy Hagee will not rest until America bombs Iran, igniting Armegeddon, and providing the catalyst for the removal from this world of the "true Christians" (and converted Jews). And now he has enlisted the convertible Joe Loserman to his satanic and bloody cause.

Watch as the Nation's Max Blumenthal take on these killer "Christians".

(Thanks to Huffington Post and the Nation for airing this, the Supreme Cogitatrix for bringing it to my attention, and Max Blumenthal for his ground-breaking journalism.)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Walk the Earth

"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep."

- "Paradise Lost", John Milton

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

John Edwards - HAIR

The 2nd most popular video on YouTube...

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10 Britain's got Talent : Paul sings Opera Daily Motion 20 new links 15,194,885 views

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Criminal Negligence of Rudy Giuliani

...and you thought he was a hero??

According to a Mr. Dante, there is a ring of Hell reserved for opportunists, and after seeing this report, I can't help but think this one-trick pony is a major candidate for inclusion therein.
Basking in the adoration of the media circus, Mr. Giuliani, it turns out, was little more than, say, Michael Brown, who did a "Helluva job" during Katrina.

Helluva job, Rudy! Step right up!

See also:
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush
He's cashing in on 9/11, working with Karl Rove's henchmen and in cahoots with a Swift Boat-style attack on Hillary. Will Rudy Giuliani be Bush III?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Green-Collar Jobs: John Edwards on Creating the New Economy

MoveOn members overwhelmingly selected John Edwards as candidate with the best plan to deal with the climate crisis.

"Over 100,000 people attended 1300 parties across the country to listen to the Democratic candidates answer questions on how to deal with the climate crisis. John won in a landslide with over 33% of the vote, the next closest candidate receiving only 15%."


"Achieving Energy Independence & Stopping Global Warming Through A New Energy Economy"


Open the Electricity Grids to Distributed and Renewable Generation: Traditionally, electricity has been produced at large, central power plants and transmitted through miles of power lines. Distributed generation of electricity promises reliable, clean, cost-effective production that is less vulnerable to natural disasters and attacks. Farms, factories, schools, and communities ought to be able to establish their own power sources and compete with traditional plants to sell wholesale capacity, as New England has pioneered. [DOE, 2000; New England ISO, 2006]

Expand Smart Meters and Smart Grids to Use Energy More Wisely: By simultaneously displaying energy use and price, smart meters encourage consumers to use less energy and to use energy when it can be generated less expensively. Utilities can also use information technology to monitor electricity demand, allowing them to plan their production more efficiently. [Nemtzow, 2007; Regulatory Assistance Project, 2006]

Reduce the U.S. Government's Energy Use by 20 Percent and Make the White House Carbon Neutral. The U.S. government is the nation's single largest energy consumer, with a $15 billion energy bill in 2005. However, its investments in energy efficiency have been cut in half since 2001. Edwards will overhaul federal buildings and vehicles to emphasize efficiency, reducing the
use of energy by 20 percent, and expand the government's use of renewable sources. After taking energy efficiency steps at the White House, he will purchase carbon offsets to make it carbon-neutral. [DOE, 2006; Alliance to Save
Energy, 2007]

Create GreenCorps: Idealistic young Americans can help fight climate change by conducting volunteer energy audits, weatherizing homes, installing home solar panels, and training neighborhood groups to do the same. Edwards will create a GreenCorps within AmeriCorps to create opportunities for
them to serve.