Thank you again for all you do to restore faith in our democracy.
RU Sirius interviews punk prototype Richard HellOn this week's RU Sirius Show, they give a hearty thumbs up to the recent, scandalous police video and interview punk rock legend Richard Hell. And on NeoFiles, conceptual artist and Wired columnist Jonathon Keats talks about extraterrestrial art and locating god on the phylogenetic tree of life.
RU Sirius: The video definitely increased my respect for the police. A pretty well done cheesy video. The Charlies Angels parody was more like a parody of the soft core porn films that, in turn, parodied Charlies Angels in the 1970s. Very hip, self-referential, post-modern attempt by these members of the San Francisco Police Department.
Free 411 service
I know this has been around for a while, but I finally added 1-800-FREE411 to my cell phone's speed dial. My wife and I were spending up to $30 a month on Cingular's 411 service, which charges $1.29 per call. I'll never pay for 411 service again (it works on landlines, too). The catch? You have to listen to a 12 second advertisement if a related business has bought advertising. I'm willing to put up with that. Link
Vintage Al-Anon Comics + happy liver-in-a-bagThese late '60s - early '70s comics promoting Al-Anon resemble ordinary dramatic strips of the era, but tell true tales of misery, desperation, and high-flyin' boozejinks. Link to comics gallery.
Bonus round: Why yes, my replacement liver will have another eggnog. An ad agency in San Francisco is sending out a grosser-than-gross holiday-party invite: a replacement liver in a bag.
Last Gasp holiday party snapshots
Scott from Bookmans says,
Both Laughing Squid and Bookmans have posted flickr sets from the holiday party at Last Gasp [Ed. note: one of the world's largest, oldest, greatest publishers and sellers of underground comix].
From the Laughing Squid blog -- "Ron and Colin let us into the hall of oblivion early and we got some great shots of the collection....even the back room. Later, V. Vale and Charles Gatewood stopped by and party started and a great time was had by all for a good cause."
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WWW inventor Tim Berners-Lee starts a blogSir Timothy "Tim" John Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, now keeps a diary on the intermablogomosphere. Snip:
In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and save it back to the web if one had access rights.Link
Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn't demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discource through communal authorship.
Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn't crazy to think people needed a creative space.
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Vincent Gigante, who feigned mental illness for decades to camouflage his position as one of the nation's most influential and dangerous Mafia leaders, died yesterday at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. He was 77.
Mr. Gigante was serving a 12-year prison sentence imposed in 1997 after he was convicted on federal charges of racketeering and conspiring to kill other mobsters. The exact cause of death was unknown, said Al Quintero, a spokesman for the medical center, who noted Mr. Gigante's history of coronary disease.
Mr. Gigante, whose nickname was "Chin," painstakingly maintained the fiction that he was mentally incompetent until April 7, 2003, when he appeared before Judge I. Leo Glasser in Federal District Court in Brooklyn and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Specifically, he acknowledged trying to outsmart the legal system and delaying his racketeering trial from 1990 to 1997 by pretending that he was deranged.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Gigante, while in prison remained the Genovese boss, wielding power until 2003. Soon after Mr. Gigante entered prison, a guard, Christopher Sexton, asked him if he needed protection form other inmates because of his age and physical infirmities. "Nobody messes with me," Mr. Gigante said defiantly.
In the Chaos of Homelessness, Calendars Mean Nothing </nyt_headline>
I knew from a note left by her case manager that the homeless woman I was waiting to see had a history of trauma, terrible mood swings, past suicide attempts.
I had booked an hour for an intake evaluation. She arrived 35 minutes late, sat down and shook out long braids. She was plump, and wore what looked like someone else's ill-fitting button-down shirt. She opened her pocketbook, eyeliner, loose cigarettes, Kleenex tumbling out.
By ANAHAD O'CONNOR
THE FACTS What if you woke up every day and your eyes were a different color?
As bizarre as it may sound, some people claim that their eyes shift hues from one day to the next, or even, at times, from one moment to the next, depending on their moods or their outfits.
Experts say the phenomenon exists, but it may be to some extent an illusion.
People perceive colors based on the light that bounces off objects, and some of that light - for instance, the red light from a red jacket - is going to be reflected in the eyes, said Dr. Norman Saffra, the chairman of the ophthalmology department at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
In a person with black or brown eyes, the reflected color is hard to notice. But in a person whose eyes are lighter - particularly hazel or blue - light hitting the colored part of the eye, called the iris, creates an illusion that the eye has shifted colors.
Clothing can have this effect, Dr. Saffra explained, but so can a different pair of glasses or even a new hair color.
"Anything that is physically closer to the eyes can do it," he said.
This phenomenon also stems from other sources.
For example, any emotion that dilates the pupil, which determines how much light reaches the back of the eye, can make a person's iris appear to change color.
THE BOTTOM LINE Eye color can be affected by clothing as well as mood.
The answer is Spiritual not Chemical!
A Sudden Shift in Moods
With Cyclothymia, a Milder Form Of Bipolar Disorder, Life's Little Ups and Downs Can Loom Large
By Stacey Colino
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 20, 2005; HE01
Like most teenagers, Andrew Solomon was often at the mercy of his moods -- but in his case this situation persisted into his thirties.
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Boxer Asks Presidential Scholars About Former White House Counsel's Statement that Bush Admitted to an 'Impeachable Offense'
December 19, 2005
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean's statement that President Bush admitted to an "impeachable offense" when he said he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a warrant from a judge.
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Tribune, whose members & contributors are generally to the left of
parent site DailyKos:
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going straight to hell in order to bring everyone else with you?
Fafblog's Medium Lobster on the Zen of Iraq:
"Today's koan comes to us from none other than the aged master George Bush,
bodhisattva of gratuitous bloodshed:
One day a young monk came before Bush and said to him, "There were no
weapons of mass destruction. There was no threat from Saddam. Why then is
there a war?"
Bush replied, "True, there was no threat to justify the war. But still there
was a threat, and the war is justified."
A moment, now, to pause and reflect on the teachings of the war-buddha.
Like many of Bush's parables, this one plays with the contrast between
reality and illusion: the tax cuts will shrink the deficit but the deficit
is bigger than ever, America does not torture but America must keep torture
legal. The worldly eye sees these as contradictions, lies, and distortions;
the enlightened mind sees them as multiple facets of the same transcendent
To those bound to the material world, there must be a material cause for a
material war: physical weapons held by a physical enemy, actual ties to
actual terrorists, a palpable and existing threat. The enlightened mind,
however, sees past the facade of the Real to the broader world of
Hypotheticality that lies beyond it. Thus, the enlightened man does not
inspect the world of matter for physical weapons. He searches, deep within
the unscapes of the mind, for Weapons of Mass Possibility, hypothetically
ready to be used by imaginary terrorists on the helpless pretend citizens of
the world. Bush does not invade Iraq to destroy weapons that aren't there,
but to not-destroy the non-weapons that could have been there if things were
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