September 13th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Christopher Buckley, Let's Quit While We're Behind--Wash Monthly, Oct. '06

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/The Washington Monthly/, October 2006


*Let’s quit while we’re behind*

By Christopher Buckley

“The trouble with our times,” Paul Valéry said, “is that the future is
not what it used to be.”
This glum aperçu has been much with me as we move into the home stretch
of the 2006 mid-term elections and shimmy into the starting gates of the
2008 presidential campaign. With heavy heart, as a once-proud—indeed,
staunch— Republican, I here admit, behind enemy lines, to the guilty
hope that my party loses; on both occasions.
I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. In 2004, I could not bring myself to
pull the same lever again. Neither could I bring myself to vote for John
Kerry, who, for all his strengths, credentials, and talent, seems very
much less than the sum of his parts. So, I wrote in a vote for George
Herbert Walker Bush, for whom I worked as a speechwriter from 1981 to
’83. I wish he’d won.
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The logic is deviously Rovian, and we are trapped in the circularity.

September 13, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist

Vice Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work


I called Tim Russert to ask if Dick Cheney had washed his hands after their interview on Sunday.

“No-o-o,’’ he replied, sounding confused.

Any sort of scrubbing, I wondered? Antiseptic wipe, Purell, quick shower on the way out?

No, Tim assured me, the vice president did not stop at the basement shower at NBC, or even drop by the men’s room you pass on the right as you head out to the parking lot.

According to The Times’s health section yesterday, Lady Macbeth and Pontius Pilate were not alone in wanting that “damned spot” out.

“People who washed their hands after contemplating an unethical act were less troubled by their thoughts than those who didn’t,’’ Benedict Carey wrote about a new study on the “Macbeth effect,” published in the journal Science.

“In one of several experiments among Northwestern undergraduates, the researchers had one group of students recall an unethical act from their past, like betraying a friend, and another group reflect on an ethical deed, like returning lost money,’’ the article said. “Afterward, the students had their choice of a gift, either a pencil or an antiseptic wipe. Those who had reflected on a shameful act were twice as likely as the others to take the wipe.’’

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fantasy rooms inhabited by brides, unsuspecting subway riders, anime characters who jump on the bed

Tokyo's fetish-clubs - photo-essay

Radar has posted a photo-essay on the fetish-clubs of Tokyo's red-light district, where you can hire out fantasy rooms inhabited by brides, unsuspecting subway riders, anime characters who jump on the bed and giggle, Nascar babes, or whatever tickles your fancy. Mildly NSFW Link (Thanks, Mario!)

Update: Xeni points out that these photos are excerpted from a forthcoming book, Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs, by photographer Joan Sinclair, which comes in a PVC slipcase.

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a similar ban for her city's show unless it could find a solution to "sick" looking models.

Heroin-chic models banned from Madrid fashion show

Madrid's fashion week has banned runway models who are "underweight," as determined by their body-mass index, and Milan is threatening to follow suit. The move is applauded by groups that advocate for people with eating-disorders:
The Madrid show is using the body mass index or BMI -- based on weight and height -- to measure models. It has turned away 30 percent of women who took part in the previous event. Medics will be on hand at the Sept. 18-22 show to check models.

"The restrictions could be quite a shock to the fashion world at the beginning, but I'm sure it's important as far as health is concerned," said Leonor Perez Pita, director of Madrid's show, also known as the Pasarela Cibeles.


Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health.

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anatomically modern Homo sapiens migrated to Europe from Africa by 35,000 years ago and over time th

September 13, 2006

Neanderthals’ Last Stand Is Traced

An international team of scientists thinks it has solved the ultimate mystery of the Neanderthals: where and when they made their last stand before extinction. It was at Gibraltar 28,000 years ago, some 2,000 years more recently than previously thought.

The archaeologists and paleontologists reported yesterday finding several hundred stone tools in Gorham’s Cave, on the rugged Mediterranean coast near the Rock of Gibraltar. They are artifacts of the Mousterian technology, usually associated with Neanderthals. So far, no fossil bones of the cave occupants have been uncovered.

The researchers said, however, that the tools established the survival of a population of Neanderthals, a people closely related to human ancestors, in the southernmost point of Western Europe long after they disappeared elsewhere.

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Greetings From the Salton Sea,” from Kim Stringfellow’s Web site, which is viewed via a monitor at t

Ecotopia” is the center’s second “triennial of photography and video,” and like the first, it is purposefully germane

“Ecotopia,” the edifying, entertaining and ecologically aware exhibition that opened last night at the International Center of Photography, means to get your attention. Near the entrance a looming, oozing black form threatens to engulf the show, like some leftover Valdez sludge trucked down from Alaska.
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the 'King of Indiscretion,' Dr. Erich Salomon (1886-1944) was one of the world’s first photo journal

... Erich Salomon: Vintage Work

was one of the world’s first photo journalists and the inventor of candid camera photography. With his fast, extremely light-sensitive camera, he turned the numerous conference rooms of international politics into 'unsafe territory' during the interbellum

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Kathleen Christison: "The Coming Collapse of Zionism"

Kathleen Christison: "The Coming Collapse of Zionism"

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is the latest COUNTERPUNCH article by Kathy
Christison, who is among the growing number of those (including myself)
who believe that a "one-state solution" (a democratic, non-racist state,
with equal rights for all who live there, in all of Israel/Palestine)
offers the best (and probably only) hope for all concerned -- which is
all of us.


*September 12, 2006*

 /The Moral Bankruptcy of //Israel//'s Founding Idea/

 The Coming Collapse of Zionism

Former CIA Analyst

Is it only observers outside the conventional mainstream who have
noticed that by its murderous assault on Lebanon and simultaneously on
Gaza, Israel finally exposed, for even the most deluded to see, the
total bankruptcy of its very founding idea?

Can it be that the deluded are still deluded? Can it truly still be that
Israel's bankruptcy is evident only to those who already knew it, those
who already recognized Zionism as illegitimate for the racist principle
that underlies it?

Can it be therefore that only the already converted can see coming the
ultimate collapse of Zionism and, with it, of Israel itself as the
exclusivist state of Jews?

Racism has always been the lifeblood of Israel. Zionism rests on the
fundamental belief that Jews have superior national, human, and natural
rights in the land, an inherently racist foundation that excludes any
possibility of true democracy or equality of peoples. Israel's
destructive rampage in Lebanon and Gaza is merely the natural next step
in the evolution of such a founding ideology. Precisely because that
ideology posits the exclusivity and superiority of one people's rights,
it can accept no legal or moral restraints on its behavior and no
territorial limits, for it needs an ever-expanding geography to
accommodate those unlimited rights.
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