June 2nd, 2006

Chris Keeley

'Mad Max at the Wal-Mart parking lot' kind of way

Amazing "Mad Max" vehicles in Iraq

Picture 3-8 Todd Lappin says: "There's a soldier in Iraq who's been posting some crazy pictures of American SUVs and pickup trucks that have been modified by civilian security contractors for use as gun trucks. They're insane, in a 'Mad Max at the Wal-Mart parking lot' kind of way."

Ford SuperDuty pickup (and here), Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Expedition, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Avalanche, Chevy pickup, Another Ford SuperDuty, In convoy, Yet another Ford 




Regarding the post about the Mad Max cars in Iraq, Death Guild/Thunderdome, my Burning Man group is doing our annual fundraiser this weekend. We have our full battle dome set up, and all of our mad-max style art cars at it. We even have a little video of the sort of mayhem we create on the site. We'll be running bungee fights all night.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defensorfortis/143322630/

Chris Keeley

Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illeg

Rolling Stone on the stealing of the 2004 Presidential election

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote a long article about the fraudulent presidential election of 2004.

George "I'm The Decider" Bush has been quoted as saying his job would be easier if he were a dictator. After reading this, it's clear that he already is one.

After carefully examining the evidence, I've become convinced that the president's party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004. Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election. A review of the available data reveals that in Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004 -- more than enough to shift the results of an election decided by 118,601 votes.
Link

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10432334/was_the_2004_election_stolen

Chris Keeley

More than 100 million women worldwide have undergone genital cutting, mostly in childhood, often wit

More than 100 million women worldwide have undergone genital cutting, mostly in childhood, often without anesthesia or sterile technique. Pain, bleeding and infection are immediate consequences. 

Genital Cutting Raises by 50% Likelihood Mothers or Their Newborns Will Die, Study Finds

The first large medical study of female genital cutting has found that the procedure has deadly consequences when the women give birth, raising by more than 50 percent the likelihood that the woman or her baby will die.

Rates of serious medical complications surrounding childbirth, such as bleeding, also rose substantially in women who had undergone genital cutting, according to new research being published today in The Lancet, a British medical journal.

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Chris Keeley

The American Rifle Association says that weapons are not dangerous in themselves, only the people wh

Fmr. Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix Calls for Permanent Worldwide Ban on WMDs

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

The American Rifle Association says that weapons are not dangerous in themselves, only the people who hold the weapons. And I can see a sort of echo on that in the view also of the nuclear weapons, that the nuclear weapons are not dangerous, per se, only dependent on who has them. Now the commission does not accept that argument. We say that, yes, governments, individuals can be more or less reckless in this world, but the weapons, per se, are dangerous anywhere, anytime. If you look at the U.S., there are lots of weapons on hair trigger alert, and the same applies to Russia.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/02/1414244

Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix called for a permanent worldwide ban on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons on Thursday. The recommendation is the central finding of a major report issued Thursday by the independent Weapons of Mass Destruction commission, which was headed by Blix. [includes rush transcript]

 

The Commission concluded that "there has been a serious, and dangerous, loss of momentum and direction in disarmament and nonproliferation efforts."

Blix also cautioned the United States against attacking Iran and North Korea. And he estimated Israel has a total of 200 nuclear weapons even though the country has never acknowledged it even has a nuclear weapons program.

At a press conference at the United Nations, Blix said it is too dangerous for any country to have nuclear weapons.

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Chris Keeley

Noe was named a “Pioneer” by Bush’s campaign for raising over $100,000 dollars.

Ohio GOP Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Laundering For Bush Re-Election
In Ohio, a former Republican fundraiser has pleaded guilty to illegally funneling thousands of dollars into the campaign to re-elect President Bush. On Thursday, Tom Noe admitted he used several conduits – including Ohio politicians and former aides to Gov. Bob Taft -- to funnel around $45,000 dollars to the President’s campaign. At the time of his indictment, Noe’s case was described as the largest campaign money-laundering scheme since new campaign finance laws were enacted in 2002. Noe was named a “Pioneer” by Bush’s campaign for raising over $100,000 dollars.

US Gov Asks ISPs For Web-Surfing Data
The US government has asked Internet service providers to keep the records of the Web-surfing activities of their customers. The government says the records would be used solely for efforts against terrorism and child pornography. FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales reportedly made the request at a meeting with a group of senior executives representing the country’s major online firms. Executives who attended the meeting told the New York Times they were also asked to retain records about whom their customers exchange e-mails with, but not the contents of e-mail messages.

Chris Keeley

"15 Step" started with an all-percussion backdrop for Yorke's vocal, which proceeded to adopt a Midd

Radiohead recharged

The publicity-shy band previews new material before an adoring crowd in Pennsylvania.
By Richard Cromelin
Times Staff Writer

June 2, 2006

PHILADELPHIA — Few rock acts have worked harder to elude the scrutiny that comes with being a great band than Radiohead, but sometimes you have to face the inevitable. All eyes were back on the English quintet as it opened its U.S. tour at the Tower Theater here on Thursday, but at least this time the focus of curiosity was something even the band members could appreciate: a preview of Radiohead's first new songs in three years.

In the late 1990s, when they were neurotically suspicious of adulation and sensitive to expectations, the attention might have fallen more on their potential for stardom or for breaking up. But the group has managed a remarkable adjustment in recent years, carving a space and establishing a pace that accommodate personal lives and creative freedom.

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