July 16th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Zimbabwe crisis: a view from South Africa on data intercept laws

Zimbabwe crisis: a view from South Africa on data intercept laws


Following up on a previous BB post about internet-related aspects of the current meltdown in Zimbabwe, BoingBoing reader Bretton Vine writes:

I'm in from South Africa, currently experiencing what the popular media calls a 'human tsunami' of illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe across our borders for everything from work to medicine and even basic foodstuffs which are smuggled back into Zimbabwe for resale.

The recent enforcing of price controls has left Zimbabwe shelves empty, militia going ape, major cross-border escape (5000 captured in last two weeks, and that's barely a dent in the number that make it though).

Add to this is bittersweet irony that the 'Rainbow Nation' of South Africa is experiencing a form of African xenophobia historically unparalleled despite more than a decade since apartheid become the past. But this is another heated discussion not related to my email.

I just wanted to point out that the Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa hosts an annual free Internet conference every year, with this year being out 6th.

Back in 2004 we had Declan McCullagh out for one of the talks[1, 2]. While he certainly seemed to enjoy himself, he also left a huge impression over interception issues (and made some government people quite uncomfortable in the process). At last year's event (10th anniversary for ISPA, 5th for iWeek) we even had vendors for lawful intercept technology exhibiting and giving talks [3] along with talks from Wim Roggeman[4], Prof Michael Rotert[5] and representatives from the OIC (central interception spooks, not clearly functional yet) trying hard to remain inconspicuous in their suits among geeks of varying shapes and sizes.

With regard to the whole Interception in Zimbabwe issue it's a little bit of a non-event given so few people have access to either phones or the Internet in that country, and that no Zim ISP can afford to purchase the equipment necessary to implement anyway.

It's a slightly similar situation here in South Africa, except for the following...


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posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Pygmies at the zoo

Pygmies at the zoo

A group of Pygmy musicians were temporarily lodged in a Republlic of Congo zoo while visiting Brazzaville for a music festival. Visitors to the zoo snapped photos as the 22 pygmies collected wood from the zoo forest and cooked their meals. From the Associated Press:
Congolese officials, who invited the band of Pygmy musicians to perform at the Festival of Pan-African Music, or Fespam, said their intention was to place them in a "familiar setting."

"It's not a case of discrimination," said Yvette Lebondzo, the director of arts and culture for the Republic of Congo. "We lodged them in the park near running water and a forest simply because that will remind them of their usual surroundings — which is the forest." Link

Spurred by protests from civil rights groups, the pygmies were moved this weekend to a local school. According to a Reuters article, "All the other musicians playing at the July 8-14 pan-African FESPAM festival were provided with hotel rooms." Link

 Programs Atc Features 2006 09 Ota Benga Bronx200 Interestingly, this isn't the first time that tourists have come to a zoo to see real, live pygmies. Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman puts this latest bizarre episode in historical context. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo opened a new exhibit in the monkey house featuring a 22-year-old pygmy named Ota Benga. According to a National Public Radio profile of Benga last year, "it's estimated that 40,000 visitors a day came to see him."
Link to Cryptomundo, Link to NPR profile


UPDATE: BB reader Chris Zable says, "My first question when I read the item about the pygmies lodged at the zoo instead of a hotel was, has anyone asked THEM what they want?" He found the answer in a BBC report:
"It's not good for men, women and children to all be in this one tent. We need some space," dancer and musician David Motambo told the BBC. "We can't live here where there are so many mosquitoes. Here in the city we can't stay in the forest."
Link
Chris Keeley

Stop trying to "save" Africa

Stop trying to "save" Africa

Emeka Okafor points us to an interesting op-ed in the Washington Post today by "Beasts of No Nation" author Uzodinma Iweala:
Last fall, shortly after I returned from Nigeria, I was accosted by a perky blond college student whose blue eyes seemed to match the "African" beads around her wrists.

"Save Darfur!" she shouted from behind a table covered with pamphlets urging students to TAKE ACTION NOW! STOP GENOCIDE IN DARFUR!

My aversion to college kids jumping onto fashionable social causes nearly caused me to walk on, but her next shout stopped me.

"Don't you want to help us save Africa?" she yelled.

It seems that these days, wracked by guilt at the humanitarian crisis it has created in the Middle East, the West has turned to Africa for redemption. Idealistic college students, celebrities such as Bob Geldof and politicians such as Tony Blair have all made bringing light to the dark continent their mission. They fly in for internships and fact-finding missions or to pick out children to adopt in much the same way my friends and I in New York take the subway to the pound to adopt stray dogs.

This is the West's new image of itself: a sexy, politically active generation whose preferred means of spreading the word are magazine spreads with celebrities pictured in the foreground, forlorn Africans in the back. Never mind that the stars sent to bring succor to the natives often are, willingly, as emaciated as those they want to help.

Link.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Glen E. Friedman's new photo book: Fugazi - Keep Your Eyes Open

Glen E. Friedman's new photo book: Fugazi - Keep Your Eyes Open


Photographer Glen E. Friedman, best known for chronicling formative years of American hardcore, skateboarding, and hiphop, has a new book out soon: Link to "Fugazi: Keep Your Eyes Open."

Fugazi fans, make ready thy drool rags, because it includes never-before-published photographs of the band from back in the day -- including the shot above.

"The book comes out September 3rd, which is 20 years to the day of Fugazi's first show," Mr. Friedman tells BoingBoing.

"Anyone who orders the book from now until the end of July will recieve it postage paid and shipped within 2 weeks (that's at your door as much as a month before the official release)."

(spotted first on Sean Bonner's blog)

Chris Keeley

Lens Culture... Photographic notes from a madhouse - photographs and text by Lauren E. Simonutti. ".

Lens Culture... Photographic notes from a madhouse - photographs and text by Lauren E. Simonutti. "...The problem with insanity is that you can feel it coming, but when you tell people you think you are going crazy they don’t believe you. It is too distant a concept. Too melodramatic. You don’t believe it yourself until you have fallen so quickly and so far that your fingernails are the only thing holding you up, balanced with your feet dangling on either side of a narrow fence with your heart and mind directly over center, so that when you do fall it will split you in two. Split equally. So there’s not even a stronger side left to win." Also... lauren.rabbit's photos - photographs by Lauren Simonutti at Flickr.



http://www.lensculture.com/simonutti.html
Chris Keeley

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman to censure not Saudi Arabia but Iran for complicity in the killing

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman to censure not Saudi Arabia but Iran for complicity in the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Lieberman said the Senate has a "choice between turning a blind eye to the murder of our troops and confronting those who are murdering them." 

Bush to Veto Bill To Extend Health Insurance to 3.3 Million Children
In news from Washington, President Bush is threatening to veto a bill that would extend health insurance to an additional 3.3 million low-income children. Last week Senators reached a bipartisan agreement to add thirty five billion dollars to the Children's Health Insurance Program over the next five years by increasing federal taxes on cigarettes. Senators said the extra funding would help cover some of the nation's eight million uninsured children. But on Saturday the White House said President Bush would veto the bill. 

Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader Corbin Harney, 87, Dies
And the Western Shoshone Nation spiritual leader Corbin Harney is being buried today. He died last week at the age of 87. He campaigned against nuclear weapons, opposed nuclear testing on indigenous lands and fought the federal government's attempt to place nuclear waste inside Yucca Mountain. He was the author of the book "The Way It Is: One Water, One Air, One Earth." 

Report: Nearly Half of Foreign Militants in Iraq Are Saudi
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that nearly half of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops in Iraq have come from Saudi Arabia – one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East. Of the 19,000 prisoners being held by the U.S. in Iraq only 135 are foreign-born fighters and half of them are Saudi. U.S. officials have so far refused to publicly criticize Saudi Arabia's role in Iraq. Meanwhile in Washington the Democratic-led Senate has unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Independent Senator Joe Lieberman to censure not Saudi Arabia but Iran for complicity in the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Lieberman said the Senate has a "choice between turning a blind eye to the murder of our troops and confronting those who are murdering them."

Chris Keeley

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Ir

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Iran. Last month in an interview on CBS" Face the Nation, Lieberman said "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq." 

As Cheney Pushes Bush To Attack Iran, U.S. and Iranian Activists Call For Peace

Monday, July 16th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/16/1330225

CodePink member Leslie Angeline recently staged a 24-day hunger strike to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iran. We speak to her and Ali Nasri, a representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. They both met Senator Lieberman last week to discuss his stance on Iran.

 


Is the stage being set for a US attack on Iran? The Guardian newspaper of London is reporting that the balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has reportedly shifted in favor of military action before President Bush leaves office in 18 months.

The Guardian quotes what it calls a "well-placed source in Washington" as saying: "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in Limbo." The source also said Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney did not trust any potential successors in the White House, Republican or Democrat, to deal with Iran decisively.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led Senate unanimously passed a resolution last week sponsored by Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman to censure Iran for complicity in the killing of US soldiers in Iraq. Lieberman opened debate on the measure by saying the Senate has a "choice between turning a blind eye to the murder of our troops and confronting those who are murdering them." The measure passed by a vote of 97 to zero.

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Iran. Last month in an interview on CBS" Face the Nation, Lieberman said "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq."

Lieberman's comments prompted one person to take action. Leslie Angeline, a member of the peace group CODEPINK, decided she would go on hunger strike until Senator Lieberman agreed to meet with her. She went to his office every day to ask for a meeting and every day she was refused. But she persisted. On the 22nd day of her hunger strike, Leslie was hauled out of Lieberman's office in handcuffs after she refused to leave. A photo of Leslie getting arrested appeared the next day on the front page of the Capitol Hill paper, "Roll Call." The next day, Senator Lieberman relented and granted Leslie a 5-minute meeting for the following day under the conditions that she come alone and without press. The next day, the 24th day of her fast, Leslie appeared in Lieberman's office for the meeting. She was not alone, though. She brought with her Ali Nasri, a young Iranian who happened to be in DC with a group of 13 Iranians cycling around the US for peace. The Senator met with both of them in his office.

  • Leslie Angeline, CODEPINK member who went on a hunger strike to demand a meeting from Senator Joe Lieberman about his statements on attacking Iran. She fasted for 23 days, fainted in his office, and was arrested before he agreed to meet her for 15 minutes.

     

  • Ali Nasri, Representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. He met Senator Lieberman with CODEPINK members last week.
Chris Keeley

My Candidate

My Candidate  - the press has ignored

Richardson Collected $7 Million in 2nd Quarter
N.M. Governor Ahead of Biden, Dodd

Associated Press
Sunday, July 15, 2007; A04

 

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) raised $7 million from April through June for his presidential campaign and had an equal amount in the bank at the end of the second quarter, according to detailed financial reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.

The money raised is far short of the amounts amassed by Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it pushes Richardson well ahead of rivals such as Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.).

It also places Richardson within sight of John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential nominee. Edwards has not filed his full second-quarter report, though his campaign has said that he raised $9 million during the period.

Richardson spent $5 million in the three-month period, half of it on direct-mail and television advertising designed to build up his name recognition and reach out to donors. One-fifth of his contributions came from his home state.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) also filed his presidential financial report yesterday, indicating $757,000 in contributions for the quarter and $213,000 cash on hand. Kucinich has raised $1.1 million since January.

Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudolph W. Giuliani filed their financial reports on Friday. The remaining candidates from both parties have to file their reports by midnight today.

Chris Keeley

On Saturday, Lohan was reportedly seen partying at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas with several friends.

On Saturday, Lohan was reportedly seen partying at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas with several friends. 

Lindsay Lohan

5:58 AM PDT, July 16, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan has checked out of a Malibu rehab center after a stay of more than six weeks.

The "Mean Girls" star, who turned 21 on July 2, left Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility on Friday, according to a report on People magazine's Web site Sunday.

She will voluntarily wear an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet as part of an intensive outpatient program, said her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, in a statement.

On Saturday, Lohan was reportedly seen partying at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas with several friends.

"In part she is wearing the bracelet so there are no questions about her sobriety if she chooses to go dancing or dining in a place where alcohol is served," Zelnik said.

Lohan checked into the swank facility after a wild Memorial Day weekend during which she crashed her Mercedes Benz into a curb, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was photographed slumped in the passenger seat of a friend's car.

Her outpatient program includes going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, taking daily tests and receiving therapy.

"She's doing great," Zelnik said. "Lindsay is working hard on her sobriety and we are all supporting her."

It was the star's second stint in rehab this year. She said in January she had checked into a rehabilitation center for substance abuse treatment.

Chris Keeley

Mr. Black said of his wife: “The attempt to portray her as a Marie Antoinette and me as a supine lov

Mr. Black said of his wife: “The attempt to portray her as a Marie Antoinette and me as a supine love-struck spouse, like most comment on the subject, is a complete fiction.”



Their marriage was also at issue during the 15-week trial as days of testimony focused on a vacation the Blacks took to Bora Bora and Seattle on the company plane as well as a surprise birthday party he held for her at La Grenouille in New York in December 2000 for her 60th birthday. The seating chart for the event, showing the proximity of A-listers to the Blacks, was among the exhibits entered as evidence. 

She married Mr. Black in 1992 at a time when his career as owner of Britain’s largest quality newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, as well as scores of other papers around the world, was ascendant. It was his second marriage, her fourth, and has been a subject of gossip and speculation ever since — in part because Ms. Amiel can be as theatrical, erudite and bombastic as her husband. 

Regardless of what happens to Mr. Black’s appeal, Ms. Amiel still faces, as a former company director, civil litigation stemming from the Hollinger International scandal. And in identifying various assets of Mr. Black’s for potential forfeiture, prosecutors have already focused on a $2.6 million ring and other gifts Mr. Black bought his wife, claiming that he transferred assets to her as the trial approached.

Chris Keeley

Adam Horovitz wears his own Fashion First suit, exclusively for Keene’s Klothes and Boot Shop. The I

Adam Horovitz wears his own Fashion First suit, exclusively for Keene’s Klothes and Boot Shop. The Inn Shop Penneys Towncraft shirt. Selco hat. Vintage tie. Thermometer tie pin. Moog pen. Mike Diamond, right, is in a Lord Douglas suit “expressly tailored for Bonney & Gordon, Sacramento, California.” Brooks Brothers shirt. Vintage tie. Mother-of-pearl tie clip and cuff links. More Photos » 



Suitable Boys 







Chris Keeley

How I Look on My Mistakes,” by George W. Bush

How I Look on My Mistakes,” by George W. Bush

Who’s Sorry Now?

WASHINGTON

There’s not much lately that we’d like to import from China.

Certainly not the yummy steamed buns stuffed with shredded cardboard soaked in a caustic agent used to make soap. Or the tasty toothpaste laced with an antifreeze ingredient. Or the scrumptious seafood with a chemical kick. Or those pet foods with kibbles and bits of poison.

But there is one thing made in China we could use: mea culpas of high officials.

Zheng Xiaoyu, a top regulator who helped create China’s Food and Drug Administration, accepted $850,000 in bribes from drug companies and became enmeshed in the mistakes that flooded the market with dangerous drugs. Before he was executed Tuesday, he wrote a short confession titled “How I Look on My Mistakes.”

“Thinking back on what has happened these years, I start to see the problems clearly,” he wrote in prison. “Why are the friends who gave me money all the bosses of pharmaceutical companies? Obviously because I was in charge of drug administration.

“I am confessing here that I loosened self-discipline, ignored the bottom line,” he said, adding that he had to confess his mistakes “as an act of saving my soul.”

We would skip the execution — although perhaps there should be ranch arrest for W., and Cheney could do community service passing out condoms at Gay Pride festivals.

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Chris Keeley

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Remember the exemplary narrative arc your high school English lit teacher drew on the board, a line of tension pulled upward by intensifying conflict to a peak representing that conflict’s climax, and then descending once resolution has been achieved? The typical addiction/recovery memoir has a different, inverse shape: a U whose line plunges, plateaus and climbs arduously up and out of substance abuse. Given the adhesive nature of addiction and the human tendency to backslide, some of these stories are a series of ups and downs. “Gone to the Crazies,” by Alison Weaver, has two U’s — deep and, after a brief intermission, deeper. 

GONE TO THE CRAZIES

A Memoir.

By Alison Weaver.

Illustrated. 245 pp. HC/HarperCollins Publishers. $24.95.


Weaver begins at the beginning, before the first dive; her parents are wealthy and unsympathetic, if not exactly monstrous. In fact, part of the teenage Weaver’s torment is that she can’t take the damage they’ve done her quite seriously enough. She’s wounded, but a life “largely deficient of harrowing events” has left her suspicious of wounds she considers possibly fraudulent. Weaver’s therapists, she reports, conclude that her father, 28 years older than her mother, his third wife, is “offensively critical, degrading and a complete narcissist.” Affectionate when his daughter is very young, he’s too old to relate to her effectively by the time she’s a troubled teenager and leaves discipline to her mother, who, it emerges, is an alcoholic who drinks to the point of sometimes engaging in physical fights with Weaver, the two of them “yanking at each other’s hair, scratching or squeezing each other’s arms.”

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As Cheney Pushes Bush to Attack Iran, U.S. and Iranian Activists Call for Peace

As Cheney Pushes Bush to Attack Iran, U.S. and Iranian Activists Call for Peace

Monday, July 16th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/16/1330225

CodePink member Leslie Angeline recently staged a 24-day hunger strike to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iran. We speak to her and Ali Nasri, a representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. They both met Senator Lieberman last week to discuss his stance on Iran. [includes rush transcript]

 


Is the stage being set for a US attack on Iran? The Guardian newspaper of London is reporting that the balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has reportedly shifted in favor of military action before President Bush leaves office in 18 months.

The Guardian quotes what it calls a "well-placed source in Washington" as saying: "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in Limbo." The source also said Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney did not trust any potential successors in the White House, Republican or Democrat, to deal with Iran decisively.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led Senate unanimously passed a resolution last week sponsored by Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman to censure Iran for complicity in the killing of US soldiers in Iraq. Lieberman opened debate on the measure by saying the Senate has a "choice between turning a blind eye to the murder of our troops and confronting those who are murdering them." The measure passed by a vote of 97 to zero.

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Iran.

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Punkin Laughlin, a club promoter also known as Punkin Pie, said Clarkson told of her despair over ho

Punkin Laughlin, a club promoter also known as Punkin Pie, said Clarkson told of her despair over how her life was going.

Clarkson was despondent, friend testifies at Spector trial

By Michael Muskal
Times Staff Writer

12:00 PM PDT, July 16, 2007

In the days before her death, Lana Clarkson was so depressed about her career that she said she didn't want to live, the woman who said she was the best friend of the late actress testified today.

Punkin Laughlin, a club promoter also known as Punkin Pie, said Clarkson told of her despair over how her life was going.

"I don't want to live anymore," Laughlin quoted Clarkson as saying in a telephone call. "I don't want to live in this town. I want to end it."

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Chris Keeley

On Vacation

On Vacation 8.1. 2007 - 9.4.2007

 
~~ Estou de férias! ~~

Je suis en vacances! I am on vacation!

¡Soy durante vacaciones! Ich bin auf dem Urlaub!

~~ Я на каникулах! ~~



Chris Keeley

Chav

Chav

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav

Image:Chav.jpg

Chav or Charv/Charver even Chavster (male) and Chavette (female) ('ch' pronounced as in chair) is a mainly derogatory slang term in the United Kingdom for a subcultural stereotype fixated on fashions derived from American Hip-Hop (African-American) fashions and stereotypes such as gold jewellery and designer clothing combined with elements of working class British street fashion. Chavs are generally considered to have no respect for society, and to be ignorant or unintelligent. The term appeared in mainstream dictionaries in 2005.[1][2]

The defining features of the chav clothing in the Burberry pattern (notably a now-discontinued baseball cap) and from a variety of other casual and sportswear brands. Tracksuits, hoodies, sweatpants, and baseball caps are particularly associated with this stereotype. Response to the term has ranged from amusement to criticism that it is a new manifestation of classism.[3] The term has also been associated with delinquency, the "ASBO Generation", "Hoodie culture", and "yob culture".

Chris Keeley

Heavy alcohol use was defined as drinking five or more drinks on one occasion at least five times in

Heavy alcohol use was defined as drinking five or more drinks on one occasion at least five times in the past 30 days.
http://www.startribune.com/484/story/1305119.html

1 in 12 U.S. workers using illicit drugs, survey says

Associated Press

Last update: July 16, 2007 – 8:46 AM

WASHINGTON — One in 12 full-time workers in the United States acknowledges having used illegal drugs in the past month, the government reports.

Most of those who report using illicit drugs are employed full-time, with the highest rates among restaurant workers, 17.4 percent, and construction workers, 15.1 percent, according to a federal study being released Monday. About 4 percent of teachers and social service workers reported using illegal drugs in the past month, which was among the lowest rates.

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