March 10th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Young + Nelson + Demme

At 'Heart of Gold' premiere
At 'Heart of Gold' premiere
Neil Young, from left, Willie Nelson and movie director Jonathan Demme arrive for a premiere of the film, "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," in Nashville, Tenn., on March 9. The film, shot over during a two-night performance by Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, is directed by Demme.
(AP/John Russell)
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Documents obtained by investigators for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee show that the second tri

March 10, 2006
$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush
WASHINGTON, March 9 — The chief of an Indian tribe represented by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was admitted to a meeting with President Bush in 2001 days after the tribe paid a prominent conservative lobbying group $25,000 at Mr. Abramoff's direction, according to documents and interviews.
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the United States and Britain are in total breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Non-Prolifera

Former Labour MP Tony Benn on how Britain Secretly Helped Israel Build Its Nuclear Arsenal
Friday, March 10th, 2006
We have an extended conversation with Tony Benn, one of Britain’s most distinguished politicians and the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour party. Benn discusses the new revelations the British government helped Israel build the atom bomb. Benn also speaks about U.S. and U.K. relations, extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, torture, religion, and the state of the media. Collapse )
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she was fired for having a bumper sticker for the progressive radio network Air America.

Protester to Condoleeza Rice: "Blood Is On Your Hands"
A protester was thrown out of the Senate hearing after disrupting testimony by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The protester said " 'It's an Illegal and immoral war - how many of you have children in the illegal and immoral war. Their blood is on your hands and cannot wash it away. Their blood is on your hands and you cannot wash it away."

Woman Fired Over Air America Bumper Sticker
And in California, a woman is suing her former employer after she was fired for having a bumper sticker for the progressive radio network Air America. The woman, Linda Laroca, alleges in her lawsuit that her boss at Advantage Sales and Marketing fired her on the spot after seeing the bumper sticker and then said "The country is on a high state of alert. For all I know, you could be al-Qaida."
Chris Keeley

An LAPD census conducted last month found that there were about 1,300 people living in the tent citi,0,4697903.story?coll=la-home-headlines

From the Los Angeles Times
LAPD's Skid Row Divide
The more radical of two proposals under debate would rid area of 'box cities.' The other would target crime. Bratton is expected to decide soon.
By Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton
Times Staff Writers

March 10, 2006

Top Los Angeles Police Department officials are divided over two proposals for cleaning up skid row — one an ambitious and controversial effort to move thousands of homeless people off the streets, the other focused primarily on reducing crime.Collapse )
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Help for Skid Row


From the Los Angeles Times
Help for Skid Row

October 30, 2005

In response to queries from readers about how help improve things on skid row, here is a partial list of established agencies:

Los Angeles Catholic Worker

Catholic Workers say their mission is to "feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner." They run a skid row soup kitchen.

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Enceladus subterranean environments capable of supporting life

Cassini images of Enceladus suggest liquid water on Saturn moon

Snip from a message posted today on the "captain's log" for the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations:

Our detailed analyses of these images have led us to a remarkable conclusion, documented in a paper to be published in the journal SCIENCE tomorrow, that the jets are erupting from pockets of liquid water, possibly as close to the surface as ten meters ... a surprising circumstance for a body so small and cold. Other Cassini instruments have found that the fractures on the surface and the plume itself contain simple organic materials, and that there is more heat on average emerging from the south polar terrain, per square meter, than from the Earth.

Gathering all the evidence and steeling ourselves for the "shockwave spread 'round the world", we find ourselves staring at the distinct possibility that we may have on Enceladus subterranean environments capable of supporting life. We may have just stumbled upon the Holy Grail of modern day planetary exploration. It doesn't get any more exciting than this.

A great deal more analysis and further exploration with Cassini must ensue before this implication becomes anything more than a suggestion. But at the moment, the prospects are staggering. Enceladus may have just taken center stage as the body in our solar system, outside the Earth, having the most easily accessible bodies of organic-rich water and, hence, significant biological potential...

Link to CICLOPS blog post, and here's the media release. Wowza. Oh, right, and here's the NASA website, and here's the Cassini mission. (Thanks, John Parres!)

Previously on BoingBoing:

- Liquid water discovered on Saturn moon

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley


Frank Kozik was born in Madrid, Spain in 1962. At the age of 14, he moved to the United States and settled in Austin Texas. Credited with single handedly reviving the "lost" art of the concert poster, Frank's creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin's growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Starting with black and white flyers for friends bands posted on telephone polls, his reputation grew as an artist who's work was graphically compelling as well as culturally gripping. With hundreds of full-color, limited edition, silk screened posters under his belt for such renowned artists as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys, he has also been the subject of many magazine articles such as Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, and Details. Not limited to the rock world, Frank has also done work for Nike, BASF, Slim Jim and MTV. His newest venture,, is an interactive site dedicated to creating a place for fans to go as well as purchase his art, both of which are firmly dedicated to producing the ultimate in collectible show posters and prints
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details of mob life, from the induction ritual for Gambino soldiers, which involved burning a pictur

Judge Declares Mistrial in Gotti Case
A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial this afternoon in the racketering case of John A. Gotti, who contended that he had renounced his position as the "heir apparent" to the Gambino crime family,after a jury proclaimed itself hopelessly deadlocked.

The jury in Mr. Gotti's three-week trial deliberated about a day and a half before sending in a note, spiked with capital letters, to the judge at 1:25 p.m., saying that they were making "ZERO headway," that they were "completely DEADLOCKED" and that "no juror can find it in their conscience to change their mind, based on our interpretation of the evidence."Collapse )