Sun-Oct 30 2005
"The United States is now the third most unequal industrialized society after Russia and Mexico. This is not a club we want to be part of. Russia is a recovering kleptocracy, with a post-Soviet oligarchy enriched by looting. And Mexico, despite joining the rich-nations club of the Organization for Economic and Community Development, has some of the most glaring poverty in the hemisphere.
Billionaires R Us
In 2004, after three years of economic recovery, the U.S. Census reports that poverty continues to grow, while the real median income for full-time workers has declined. Since 2001, when the economy hit bottom, the ranks of our nation's poor have grown by 4 million, and the number of people without health insurance has swelled by 4.6 million to over 45 million.
Income inequality is now near all-time highs, with over 50 percent of 2004 income going to the top fifth of households, and the biggest gains going to the top 5 percent and 1 percent of households. The average CEO now takes home a paycheck 431 times that of their average worker."
Via Craig's BookNotes
Sat-Oct 29 2005
Dude, I've Got It Covered
I got a big charge out of the concern the Circuit City clerk
showed about me carrying my new stereo receiver out of the store. He warned me TWICE that one end was heavier
than the other. I just looked at him like he was advising me to continue
breathing. I think I delivered something like 2000 pounds of books that
day-unless Sony is making their stuff out of solid depleted uranium I think
I can handle it. They must get a lot of clumsy customers.
I'm Going To Have To Spend Some Money
"Thanks to badly needed remastering, the eight-disc Brick box-including all the studio albums, plus a handful of bonus tracks, video footage, and surround-sound mixes-shines rich expository light on arguably the greatest four-record run in rock history. Starting with 77 and continuing through More Songs About Buildings And Food, Fear Of Music, and Remain In Light, Talking Heads exploded with ideas that could snap with a tiny turn of phrase or a big rethink of what could be done with rhythm and sound. It was less a run than a series of lurches, each album falling upward with all the controlled chaos of a Buster Keaton bit. In its new remastered form, 77 sounds like a wholly different album: The guitars ring with mystery and muscle that at least suggest their grounding in punk, and songs spin out newly crisp marimba and piano figures that would gain higher status in time. Buildings And Food sounds even better. The dense grooves of producer Brian Eno cover more ground with improved depth of field; jammy excursions laced into Tourettic songs like "Found A Job" and "Stay Hungry" still stand as some of Eno's best work. Eno famously stayed on through the murkier, moodier Fear Of Music and Remain In Light, which imagines some anxious idea of African funk for the coming age of Max Headroom."
Talking Heads: Brick
Sun-Oct 23 2005
Interesting collection of pictures of
the mural in station 3
, along with some
theories about images contained within.
Via Black Rock
"Jen who you don't know" reports in a comment that
producers have confirmed that it was the DeGroots on the boat
Fri-Oct 21 2005
Dark And Stormy
The best in bad SF writing:
"`Gosseyn's intestinal fortitude strove to climb into his throat, and settled into position again only reluctantly ...' -- A.E.van Vogt, The World of Null-A
`He put the stomach back and began to feel around for the small intestine ... That's when something bit him.' -- Simon Ian Childer, Worm
`I had to fight with myself every time circumstances forced me to put it down.' -- P. Straub of R. Campbell's Incarnate
`Speak! You've got a civil tongue in your head! I know you have, because I sewed it there myself.' -- Kenneth Langtry, screenplay for I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
`... a small piece of an asteroid that had been floating around in the Big Empty for a length of time that had more zeroes in it than even Carl Sagan could imagine.' -- Simon Hawke, The Reluctant Sorcerer
`The sea was lit by a diffused golden haze that lent it a queer other-worldly aspect but which was very pleasant to the blackened, sun-seared eyes of those who had been so close to the fires of the Solar star.' -- Karl Mannheim, When the Earth Died
`The green fur made it look like a Terran gorilla more than anything.' -- Michael Kring, The Space Mavericks
`Most of the buildings around us were like towering boxes, almost phallic in their heights.' -- Michael Kring, ibid
`The flight of F-104's moved up to the apron. Nasty silver birds with wings like sawn-off shotguns.' -- Peter Heath, The Mind Brothers"
"A Dutch court blocked the extradition to the United States on Wednesday of a man with Dutch and Egyptian nationality suspected of links to al Qaeda, citing insufficient guarantees over the suspect's basic rights."
Dutch court blocks Egyptian's extradition to US
Thu-Oct 20 2005
Lost/Ep 205-"...And Found"
*Jack had his wedding ring duplicated. I'm just so
into the whole weird twin thing. If Alvar Hanso is a Nazi,
don't forget that Dr. Mengele experimented on twins.
*According to the Tailers, the Others come from inland.
*Mister Eko-Mister Echo. There have been suggestions that
Mr. Eko came to the island via the heroin plane. This plane's
radio echoed Boone's distress call. And echoes are
a form of duplication. Spoooooky
*According to Mr. Eko, the Others don't leave tracks. According
to Locke, Desmond doesn't leave tracks. All very strange, because
if you move through the jungle you leave tracks, even if
*Assume that the Others are inherently hostile. It seems
like that they've killed 18 or so of the Tailers. But they
haven't staked out the Dharma station the Tailers are
camped out in. Ergo, the Others do not know about the
station. So the Others aren't from a devolved Dharma
1: The writers screwed up
2: There are more than one group of Others.
3: Something Else.
What did they do with that dead polar bear? That would
have been a lot of stink and flies.
"The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.
The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect "total accuracy" from the Bible.
"We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision," they say in The Gift of Scripture."
I for one am shocked, just shocked.
Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible
Wed-Oct 19 2005
New Orleanians often are slow to get to the point: in my youth it was not unusual for someone to call my mother, keep her on the phone for 20 minutes, hang up, then call back because she never got around to what the call was about in the first place. The point is never really the point. Conversation in New Orleans is not a tool but a pastime. New Orleans stories are given perhaps too much room to breathe; they go on and on so entertainingly that only later do you realize that there were things in them that made no sense.
At some moment, I realized that Haywood Hillyer's story made no sense. Why, really, had he stayed? The first time I asked him, he replied: "These other guys had children, so they felt it wasn't worth the risk. I didn't have children." This may have been true as far as it went, but it didn't really answer the question: childlessness is not a reason to risk your life. Just three months earlier, he married a lovely young woman who was reason enough to live. He wasn't by nature defiant, or belligerent. He was just different, in some hard-to-see but meaningful way.
The fourth time (in four days) that I put the same question to him - Yeah, but why did you stay? - Haywood stood and, with the air of a man ready to make his final statement, said: "O.K., I'll tell you why I stayed. But this it totally off the record."
"Fine, it's off the record."
"Totally off the record."
"O.K., totally off the record."
"There were these feral kittens under my house," he began, and off he went, explaining how these little kittens had come to depend upon him, how three of them now live with him but two still refuse to let him near them, even though he feeds them. There's a long story that he swore was interesting about how these cats got under his house in the first place, but the point was this: If he left, there would be no one in New Orleans to feed the cats.
Haywood Hillyer stayed and, for all anyone knew then, risked being skinned alive or worse to feed cats. And the cats didn't even like him.
Two days later, as he was pulling out of town, I explained to Haywood that he just had to let me put his story on the record. "It'll make me look like a wuss," he said. I convinced him that in view of the fact that his bravery exceeded that of the entire Police Department and possibly the Armed Forces of the United States, the last thing he would look like is a wuss.
"All right," he finally said, "but then you got to get the story exactly straight. There was one other reason I stayed. It wasn't as important as the cats. But it wouldn't be a true story unless you mentioned the other reason."
"What's the other reason?"
"It took my wife 12 hours to drive from New Orleans to Jackson on Sunday," he said. "She left Sunday at 1 p.m. and arrived in Jackson at 1 a.m."
"That's usually a two-and-a-half-hour drive."
"Right. So what?"
"You don't understand: I hate traffic."
Great article about life in New Orleans, pre- and
post-Katrina: Wading Toward Home
Utility Fog Blog is proud to present Osedax mucofloris
aka the "bone-eating snot-flower"
a worm that lives on dead whale bones.
I discovered today that my recent addition of subdirectories to my main blog-entry directory
broke the comments system. But now I can report that everything should be fixed-at least I
haven't found any new problems. I won't bore you with the arcane technical details, but it was
a pretty simple fix.
P.S. Thanks Walt!
Tue-Oct 18 2005
29 Double-Bacon Geniusburger
35 Flupid Bloroplope
36 Flunjers, Capdabblers, Smendlers
44 Groin-Grabbingly Transcendent
49 I, for one, welcome our new (insert word) overlords
Made-up words in The Simpsons
Via Boing Boing
Sun-Oct 16 2005
"We're talking about doing a Saturday-morning spinoff, though, called Locke and the Monster. [It would be] an animated show, and Locke rides around on the monster's shoulders, and they solve crimes and that sort of stuff."
...and they fight crime
I rented Sahara and I'm happy to report that it's
a fun action flick. But there was one bit that bugged me.
At one point our heroes are lost in the desert and come upon
a crashed light plane. Hero #1 bets that there is a tool kit
in the wreck. The next scene starts with a moving shot across
the sand showing us the discarded tools and then the land-yacht
the plane has been converted into "sailing" off into the distance.
What bothered me was the left-behind tools. Our heroes are very smart,
capable fellows, and I couldn't believe they would just abandon perfectly
good tools they might easily need later.
Lost/The Master Plan
From a deleted blog-post by Lost
Supervising Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach:
"this is what i know to be true...
- we know what the island is.
- we know the function of the monster.
- we know who built the hatch and why.
- we know who the others are and how they wound up on the island.
- we know the back-stories of our characters and the past transgressions that they will be working out in the crucible of the island.
- we knew how the first season would end well in advance and already know how the second will end as well.
- we know that we can't hinge the endings of the third and fourth seasons on any particular revelations yet because we don't know how long the series will last and have to time our disclosure of our secrets accordingly.
- we know why oceanic 815 crash landed on the island.
And the ass-kicker for any Lost
"- we know the show will end when we reveal the true makeup of the island and why our characters landed there."
Hmm. One way they could keep these two details secret is that no one else on the Island
knows it's true makeup either AND that the "true makeup" was involved in bringing our heroes to the island. Or it's something else.
Lost and found
I learned 2 things from overseeing my 3-year-old niece for a couple of hours
1: Sometimes the best toy is just your basic push-broom. You give a little
kid who occasionally seems to be channelling John Belushi,
circa Animal House, a big heavy stick and room to swing it around
and you're talking big fun.
2: My impression of a cranky Toshio Mifune is endlessly amusing.
I Need That Job
"On that show (The Pretender, and later on Charmed, I was kind of the creepy guy.
More so on Charmed -- I'd be sitting in my office and somebody would knock on the door and say, "we need some really creepy thing" and I'd say, "sides of beef and they're bleeding milk." They'd say, "that's great!" and then they'd leave. I'd sit in my office for another couple of hours and somebody would ask, "what's a really cool way for somebody to die?" "The monster opens its mouth and a high-pitched sound comes out and the guy's organs liquefy." "That's great!" The thing is -- they'd always close the door when they'd leave.
Why am not surprised to find that Grillo-Marxuach (Supervising Producer for Lost
worked on 2 of my favorite shows, The Pretender
? I'm giving him a pass for Charmed
Javier Grillo-Marxuach: The Creepy Guy
1000 Things Made Of Bamboo
Back in college I used bamboo to make a kickass....ah, nevermind.
Via Boing Boing
Fri-Oct 14 2005
Lost / Ep204-"Everybody Hates Hurley"
I've got to say, this episode was a big letdown after the massive clue-download
of last week show. I like Hurley as much as the next Lost fan, but all I learned
was that his mother has a mouth on her and Hugo doesn't like change or responsiblity.
*New Dharma Logo, with a what looks like a cross instead of a swan.
*Desmond doesn't leave tracks.
*There was only enough food in Station 3 to last 3 months
assuming 1 person eating 3 meals a day.
*The same actor who played Hurley's boss at Clucky's also played
Locke's boss at the cardboard company. Both characters are named Randy
*Who dug the pit the Tailers put the raft trio in, and why? That
was a pretty big hole, so it represented a lot of effort, especially if
you add in the bamboo cover. If the Tailers are being hunted by the Others
why would they go to all that trouble? It must have been dug before the
raft trio washed ashore. Maybe the Others dug it, but then why would the
Tailers be hanging around it?
*Why was all the food in Station 3 specially marked with the Dharma/Swan
logo? Why not just use regular food?
Irks, I got mad Irks
*This episode takes place 36 hours after the previous one. But in all that
time nobody thinks to make up a cover story for where they've been. And
Hurley cannot lie worth a damn. It's a good thing his game is backgammon,
*Now Charlie wants to know where everybody was and what was down the
hatch. Nobody gave a damn a day ago.
*It's been noted by other people on the web, but now the massive incuriosity
of the survivors is starting to bug me. Granted, Jack and Sayid try to open
the sealed magnetic door, but that is the only investigating we see in this
episode. If I had been in Station 3 I would have been all over it with the
proverbial fine-tooth comb. And nobody talks to any one else in an effort
to figure out what the hell is happening. Kate and Jack saw the "black smoke"
together but they never discuss it. Nobody wonders where the polar bears
came from. It it were me I would be constantly going on and on with variations
of "What do you think is going on?". It's enough to make me seriously wonder
about the possibility of mind control.
Interesting Stuff via MSNBC: An ocean of new mysteries on "Lost"
*Insanely complete set of maps and screenshots of Station 3/The Swan
*On the orientation film, Dr. Marvin Candle's left arm never moves
*"Hanso" is Sanskrit for "Swan" and "Alvar" means "He who Masters the World
Through the Worship of God".
Link: Who is Alvar Hanso
, the "Swan Knight". Oh yea, he's also a Grail Knight and
he has a twin. I have no idea if this means anything.
from TV Guide/Spoilerfix/Lost-Media.com.
Clears up the "2 Helens" question and raises serious doubts about when Flight 815
crashed. I'm working on the assumption that anything the writers/producers reveal
in interviews is gospel. The show is confusing enough, why would they have to resort
Under their white fur, the skin of the polar bear is black
Wed-Oct 12 2005
JacobAtWork pointed out another bit of evidence for my theory that Jack and Desmond
are connected or related somehow. In Ep #201 Desmond says to Jack
"I was almost a doctor once."
And I thought of another possible piece of evidence. In the stadium, not only are Jack and Desmond doing
exactly the same thing (running the steps), but you could say that they were
running in parallel
I don't know what the link is, whether they're clones, twins, brothers, or what. But with the
all the spooky connections between the Flight 815 survivors, twins on the Other's boat,
the Hanso Foundation's interest in "Juxtopositional Eugenics",
and the almost universally accepted notion that the all or most of the survivors were brought
to the island by someone or something for some purpose I think my theory that Jack and
Desmond are versions of each other looks very plausible.
Tue-Oct 11 2005
There's a new "script-page"/easter egg
, an official ABC/Disney/Lost site.
As before, click on the barcode and enter "theislandiswaiting". This one has Michael
and Jin loading guns in a room, preparing to defend themselves against zombies. Now
the last "script page"
had a terrified Jack running from the hatch only to be tackled by his doppleganger. This
clearly didn't happen, so we can't believe anything the "scripts" say.
Or can we?
run scared from the hatch, pursued and finally caught by Jack: Desmond
*Desmond called Jack "brother"
*When we first saw Desmond, he and Jack were doing exactly
the same thing, running stadium steps.
*Desmond and Jack's age, hair color, facial shape, and build are very similar.
*The picture on the desk in the hatch shows a younger Desmond with a blond woman who resembles
*Jack's wife Sarah.
*Desmond also called Locke "brother". Now it looks like Jack and Locke have taken responsibility
for entering the numbers, which was Desmond's job. I wonder if Jack knows the answer to
the snowman riddle?
Hanso Foundation Projects:
Foundation Electromagnetic Research Initiative
Quest for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
Mathematical Forecasting Initiative
Cryogenics Development Imperative
Juxtapositional Eugenics Development Institute
Accelerated Remote Viewing Training Facility
There is enough high-tech hoodoo here to drive a show for years. God
only knows what "Juxtapositional Eugenics" is.
Mon-Oct 10 2005
The DeGroots may
have been on the boat that kidnapped Walt. I can certainly buy into the Dharma Initiative devolving
into the "Others". Now to explain why they lost control over Station 3 and are cut off from the outside world.
I think I got this off the Alt.Tv.Lost newsgroup. I know
there are at least 2 versions of this graphic floating around.
I wonder if other stations have gone rogue or rebelled. There's no reason the bad guys have to be a cohesive group.
Networked tribes, infrastructure disruption, and the emerging bazaar of violence. An open notebook on the first epochal war of the 21st Century.
Via Kung Fu Monkey
Hammer Heading To Slammer?
"Thus began what historians will regard as the single most corrupt decade in the long and colorful history of the House of Representatives. Come on, you say. How about all those years when congressmen accepted cash in the House chamber and then staggered onto the floor drunk? Yes, special interests have bought off members of Congress at least since Daniel Webster took his seat while on the payroll of a bank. And yes, Congress over the years has seen dozens of sex scandals and dozens of members brought low by financial improprieties. But never before has the leadership of the House been hijacked by a small band of extremists bent on building a ruthless shakedown machine, lining the pockets of their richest constituents and rolling back popular protections for ordinary people. These folks borrow like banana republics and spend like Tip O'Neill on speed.
Tom DeLay's House of Shame
I have no idea if DeLay has technically broken the law. What interests me is how this moderate, evenly divided nation came to be ruled on at least one side of Capitol Hill by a zealot. This is a man who calls the Environmental Protection Agency "the Gestapo of government" and favors repealing the Clean Air Act because "it's never been proven that air toxins are hazardous to people"; who insists repeatedly that judges on the other side of issues "need to be intimidated" and rejects the idea of a separation of church and state; who claims there are no parents trying to raise families on the minimum wage-that "fortunately, such families do not exist" (at least Newt Gingrich was intrigued by the challenges of poverty); who once said: "A woman can't take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure." I could go on all day. Congress has always had its share of extremists. But the DeLay era is the first time the fringe has ever been in charge."
Via Ghost in the Machine
Sun-Oct 09 2005
Two thoughts on the whole Lost phenomenon:
1: Watching the show embodies the Lost theme of Faith vs Science. We have faith that the
writers will provide a rational explanation for all the mysterious events.
2: After seeing promos for Season 2/Episode 4 (longer than the ones shown at the end of S2/E3) and
watching an Alias re-run it occured to me that the producers/writers might actually answer
most if not all of the questions soon. Then they could use smaller scale dramatic devices (mind control,
doubles/evil twins/impersonation, moral choices, conflict w/ the "others", etc) to maintain our interest.
Sat-Oct 08 2005
I'm putting my observations/nitpicks/etc. on Season 2/ Episode 3,
"Orientation" in the comments to avoid spoilage.
Thu-Oct 06 2005
I'm watching Season 2, Episode 3 and I see the film about
the "Dharma Initiative". So I do a Google search for it
and the Google Ad/Sponsored Link that pops up is for
the "Lost" season 1 DVD from Amazon. Just "dharma"
doesn't produce any ads at all.
Wed-Oct 05 2005
Any bunch of geniuses can build a robot car. It takes real casabas to make a robot
Via we make money not art
Mon-Oct 03 2005
You're Doing A Great Job
"The objective of this blog is to find an important government job occupied by a person with no apparent qualifications other than strong personal, political, or business ties to a member of the administration.
Find The Brownie
Candidate: Vice-Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Credentials: charter member and a chairman of GOPAC, the Republican fundraising
group used by Newt Gingrich to engineer the GOP takeover of the House
in 1994. Interior decorator by training."
Sun-Oct 02 2005
HOVERBOY COMICS #3 (1957)
"HOVERBOY VERSUS THE DOCTOR DEATH"
Considered one of the most rare HOVERBOY comics,
HOVERBOY COMICS #3 went directly from the printers
to the incinerators. The cover alone contains a violation
of just about every CCA restriction possible! This issue
sees HOVERBOY fighting "The Doctor Death", his zombie
minions, and even an knife wielding Asian-amputee-midget!
I love the zombie minion smoking a cigarette. This site must be seen to be believed.
It's All About Nuance
, an interesting blog about a
subject I know nothing about.
Via More To Life Than Kitchens
And apropos of nothing, if scooters (the Vespa kind)
are street-legal why aren't atv quads? Is it because
they flip over too easily? They can't be any worse than
those 3-wheeled "interceptors" used by parking enforcement.
Ring Of Fire
I'm lifting this wholesale from Daily Kos because I'm over-caffeinated, I'm cranky, and I love a good rant
"At Blogs For Bush, which bills itself as the Whorehouse... er, "White House" of the Blogosphere, the ever effervescent Mark Noonan writes about the DeLay indictment:
As our Sister Toldjah noted earlier, the "indictment" of Tom Delay is entirely bogus - from what I've read, Tom Delay didn't know about the perfectly legal transaction he is accused of conspiring to make. We have now left entirely the field of normal political conflict and entered a twilight world where fantasy is presented as fact and the only standard of conduct is "will it work?". This is not the actions of a political Party engaged in seeking a majority - it is the action of a Party determined to destroy its opponents entirely and sieze all power for itself...it is, in short, the stuff from which civil wars are made...
Mark... may I call you Mark? I feel when someone has shown me the insides of their own rectum, we're pretty much on a first name basis... I have some words for you.
I really do urge our Democrats to step back from the edge - you are sitting in a lake of gasoline and you are playing with fire. We on our side will only put up with so much before we start to pay back with usury what we have received. If you can't defeat Tom Delay in the electoral field, then you will simply have to accept him as Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives - and you'd better start accepting political reality before things get really bad.
Whitewater. Rush Limbaugh. "Drug Dealer" Bill Clinton. Swift Boats.
Vince Fucking Foster.
Playing with fire, you say? Because the indictments ringing Tom DeLay finally reached up that one, final step from his ring of closest advisers to DeLay himself? Because the SEC has launched a formal investigation into the same behaviors by Bill Frist that put Martha Stewart recently in prison? Because one of the single most visible, highest profile Republican money men has been indicted for fraud, is being investigated for client shakedowns, and has his close business associates being investigated for a mob-connected murder?
What utter cowardice. What pathetic anti-American pedantry. What laughable protestation. The crimes of campaign money laundering, of fraud, of conspiracy, the violation of the laws of the nation, to be answered with stern visions of potential gunfire if Democrats have the audacity to pursue it.
This is the world of the Republican Party, split open like a rotting pumpkin. Crime after crime after crime being investigated, all revolving around the Republican money machine. Every seed connected by the strands of money they share between them. Barely-laundered campaign money passed in the palm of every flabby handshake. Every player in boldface, underlined print in the Rolodex of every other.
And still, this same bottom-tier world of flag-waving supporters still obsessed over an extramarital sex act, but offended to the point of sad, blustering threats at the notion that crimes by gilded and worshipped Republicans are really still crimes.
Your party has set aflame the entire political landscape, and now, once burned, you warn sternly from the branches of a burnt-out tree about "playing with fire". You used the ashes of one of the great liberal cities of America, New York City, as war paint for your own sick, racist dreams. You shudder at a burning flag, yet are willing to snip-and-cut basic tenets of the Constitution as needed or convenient.
And now, you're outraged, not by any of the rest of it, not by anything that has come before, but because a few prominent Republican faces have -- shock of shocks -- been indicted in probes that have spanned years of investigation, and interrogation, and deposition. That, you say, represents the underpinnings of a civil war.
You poor, hollow, blood-painted clowns. Cheering the trials and failures of your country with the same pennants and giant foam hands that you wave at your favorite sports teams. Willing to accept the most outrageous of lies, if they are spoken from your favorite talking heads, and soothe your own notions of America for you, and only for you.
And as for the audacity of Democrats speaking up during this process... the redfaced, flatulent fury with which you declare Republicans off-limits to that which you so gleefully hurl yourself...
Welcome to the world of the politics of personal destruction, you tubthumping, chin-jutting, Bush humping gits. Welcome to the nasty and partisan world that Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and a legion of insignificant lowest-rung toadies like yourselves nurtured into fruition daily with eager, grubby hands, and now look upon with dull-faced faux horror.
I know you hate me, and anyone else who dares disturb the thin strands of alternate reality in which George W. Bush is an intellectual giant, Saddam really was responsible for 9/11, the economy is getting better by the minute, and we capture the most very important members of al Qaeda on a weekly basis.
But here's some advice. You'd better start hating me more. This is the world you forged and, unfortunately for you, I'm beginning to take a fancy for it. Welcome to the politics of your own party, finally sprouting from the ground on which you planted the seeds and shat upon them.
Step back from the edge? You poor boy, asleep in the back of the car the whole trip, finally waking up and wondering where you're at.
Swift boats. Aluminum tubes. Niger uranium. "Mushroom clouds". Whitewater.
Vince Fucking Foster.
You can't even see the edge from here. You left it behind a hundred miles back.
So don't give me chest-thumping crap about civil wars, if your politicians are indicted. Don't give me visions of a lake of fire, if all those who find you loathsome refuse to suck at your teats of scientific ignorance in the name of religion, racism in the name of freedom, and corruption in the name of the New World Order.
Get used to the world you have created, and the stench your worshipped heroes have unleashed."
Everything You Know Is Wrong
"Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.
It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.
Many liberal Christians and believers of other faiths hold that religious belief is socially beneficial, believing that it helps to lower rates of violent crime, murder, suicide, sexual promiscuity and abortion. The benefits of religious belief to a society have been described as its ?spiritual capital?. But the study claims that the devotion of many in the US may actually contribute to its ills.
The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: ?Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.
?In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.
?The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.? "
Sat-Oct 01 2005
I like Oregon
"The Oregon Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional yesterday a state law against conducting live sex shows and a local ordinance regulating conduct of nude dancers.
Oregon Supreme Court overturns laws on sex shows, dancers
Both restrictions violate the Oregon Constitution's guarantees of free speech and free expression, the court said in a pair of 5-1 decisions."
Meanwhile, in Seattle:
"Tough new restrictions on Seattle strip clubs were approved by a City Council panel yesterday, including a "four-foot rule" to separate dancers from patrons.
Council panel OKs rules for strip clubs
Jack Burns, an attorney for Déjà Vu in downtown Seattle, said the city had produced no evidence that the clubs were linked to crimes such as prostitution or illicit drug use.
Of 190 arrests inside clubs in recent years, none involved prostitution or drug dealing, Burns noted.
Instead, the charges were virtually all related to violations of the current law governing conduct of dancers. That law prohibits sexual contact with patrons, but does not force dancers to keep a certain distance away."
"Every single name on the show has purpose and meaning"
- Sayid Jarrah
- Sa'id: Arabic for 'happy' or 'lucky'
Jarrah: 1: The Australian Jarrah tree: When fresh, Jarrah is quite workable but when seasoned it becomes so hard that conventional wood-working tools are useless.
2: General Al-Djarrah ibn Abdullah (700 A.D.): In 730 a Khazar army led by Barjik invaded northeastern Persia. At the Battle of Marj Ardebil in 730 al-Djarrah was defeated and killed by the Khazars, who thereafter captured the city of Ardebil. Al-Djarrah's head was mounted on Barjik's throne, a tactical error which enraged the Arabs at the subsequent Battle of Mosul (731) and contributed to their victory there, and Barjik's death.
- Claire Littleton
- Clare: Medieval name derived from Latin clarus "clear, bright, famous".
Littleton: My guess, 'little town'
- Dr. Jack Sheppard
- Jack: Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval pet form of John
- John: English form of Johannes, which was the Latin form of the Greek name Ioannes, itself derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "YAHWEH is gracious".
- Sheppard: One who tends a flock
- Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
- Hugo: Latinized form of Hugh.
- Hugh: From Germanic hug, meaning "heart, mind, or spirit".
- Reyes: From the Old French "rey," meaning king, Reyes was often bestowed as a nickname for a man who carried himself in a regal, or kingly, fashion. Alternative meanings include "one who plays the part of a king in a pageant" or "someone who works in the king's house."
- Shannon Rutherford
- Shannon: Gaelic: old or wise river
Rutherford: Derived from the Welsh Ruthr, rushing, swift, and fford, a ford or way.
- Boone Carlisle
- Boon: A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request.
- Carlisle: The curse of Carlisle was first invoked by Archbishop Dunbar of Glasgow in 1525 against cross-border families, known as the Border Reivers, who lived by stealing cattle, rape and pillage. For the millennium celebrations, the local council commissioned a 14-tonne granite artwork inscribed with all 1,069 words of the curse.
- James "Sawyer" Ford
- James: English form of the Late Latin Jacomus which was derived from Iakobos, the New Testament Greek form of Ya'aqov (Jacob)
- Jacob: From the Latin Jacobus, which was from the Greek Iakobos, which was from the Hebrew name Ya'aqov which meant "holder of the heel" or "supplanter". The biblical Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Sawyer: 1: One who saws wood
2: A river snag
- Ford: One who lived near a ford or river crossing, from the Old English ford, meaning "pass or crossing."
- James Ford was an American civic leader and business owner in southern Illinois at the turn of the 19th century. Despite his clean public image, he was also secretly a river pirate and the leader of a gang that would come to be known as "Ford's Ferry Gang". His gang was the river equivalent of highway robbers; they would hijack ferries and flatboats with tradable goods from local farms coming down the Ohio River. At one point, they used the "Cave-in-Rock" as their headquarters, on the Illinois side of the lower Ohio River, which is about 85 miles below Evansville, Indiana.
- Walt Lloyd
- Walter: From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald "rule" and heri "army".
LLoyd: From a surname derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey".
- Jin Dynasty (265-420)
- Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) (Jinn)
- Jin, a state in China during the Spring and Autumn Period
- Later Jin Dynasty, founded in 1616 by Nurhaci
- Jin, a ruler of the Xia dynasty
- The Jin state of late Bronze Age Korea
- Jìn, an abbreviation for Shanxi province in the People's Republic of China
- Giant Korean gorilla like monster
- The traditional Chinese unit of weight, defined in the twentieth century as half of a kilogram
- Jin or Jin-yu, a subdivision of spoken Chinese, spoken over most of Shanxi province of China, as well as adjourning areas in Hebei, Henan, and Shaanxi provinces.
- The mythological creature jinn, see genie.
- Sun Kwon
- I Got Nothing
- 1:Hekateros was the GOD of rustic dancing, and skillful hands.
Hekateros also means each of two, or with both hands.
- 2:Hecate-Greek goddess of witchcraft, tombs, demons, and the underworld
Goddess of the Moon, protector of sailors
- Short form of Augustine: Early Christian church father and philosopher who served (396-430) as the bishop of Hippo (in present-day Algeria). Through such writings as the autobiographical Confessions (397) and the voluminous City of God (413-426), he profoundly influenced Christianity, arguing against Manicheanism and Donatism and helping to establish the doctrine of original sin. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace.
- Another Saint Augustine was the Italian missionary sent to England to convert the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th century.
- Charlie Pace
- Charles: From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word which meant "man". However, an alternative theory states that the name is derived from the common Germanic element heri meaning "army, warrior".
Pace: Step or Peace
- John Locke
- John: See Jack Sheppard
- John Locke: (August 29, 1632 - October 28, 1704) was a 17th-century English philosopher concerned primarily with society and epistemology. Locke's notions of a "government with the consent of the governed" and people's natural rights (life, liberty, and property) had an enormous influence on the development of political philosophy. His ideas, which formed the basis for the concepts used in American law and government, allowing the colonists to justify revolution, are often contrasted with his practice of investing in the English slave-trade. Locke's epistemology and philosophy of mind also had a great deal of significant influence well into the Enlightenment period. Locke has been placed in a group called the British Empiricists, which includes David Hume and George Berkeley. Locke is perhaps most often contrasted with Thomas Hobbes.
- Michael Dawson
- Michael: From the Hebrew name Miyka'el which meant "who is like God?". This is the name of one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible. In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament he is portrayed as the leader of heaven's armies, and thus is considered the patron saint of soldiers
- Dawson: Son of David.
- David: Hebrew for 'Beloved'. King of Israel
- Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Anna: Latinate form of HANNAH. It appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
- Lucia: Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse who had her eyes gouged out.
- Lucius: Roman praenomen, or given name, which was derived from Latin lux "light". Two Etruscan kings of early Rome had this name as well as several prominent later Romans, including Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known simply as Seneca), a famous statesman, philosopher, orator and tragedian.
- Cortez: Hernando Cortés conquered Mexico for Spain.
- From the Roman name Vincentius, which was from Latin vincere "to conquer".
- In part it means simply "rose" from the word for the fragrant flower (derived from Latin rosa). However, it may have originally been a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element hros meaning "horse".
- Dannielle Rousseau
- Dannielle: French feminine form of DANIEL
- Daniel: From the Hebrew name Daniyel meaning "God is my judge". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.
- Rousseau: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712 - July 2, 1778) was a Franco-Swiss philosopher, writer, political theorist, and self-taught composer of The Age of Enlightenment. Rousseau's political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of communist and socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism. His legacy as a radical and revolutionary is perhaps best demonstrated by his most famous line, from his most important work, The Social Contract: "Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains."
- Old Irish language name which roughly translates to "mystically handsome". It is drawn from a Celtic tale of a dark haired mystical man who used to visit rural villages and seduce local women. The tale goes that the man drew power from the Blarney Stone found in the Desmond County. His conversation was considered intoxicating and hypnotic leaving women powerless.