Archive Three

 

May 7th, 2003

Here's an update on E Ink (think flexible computers and wifi cloud connected clothes that flash sites, art, music...) and here's an older explanation at How Stuff Works.
New Nader Corporate Accountability Group: Points out that not only was Haliburton Iraq deal sleazy (big shock there), but they've skirted rules prohibiting them from dealing with Axis of Evil countries.
And related: Long Public Citizen PDF on just how really baaad the new energy bill is.

Estimated Cost of the War: Between $120 billion  to $1.75 trillion dollars
In related news and not linked to by Instapundit: Occupation not as cool as once believed.
US Fails to Provide Iraqi Heathcare and
Urgent Steps Needed to Protect US Troops, Iraqis from the Effects of Depleted Uranium

RIAA Dreams Up Software Bullets for Peer to Peer
There are lots of interesting political posts that I've been slowly digesting. God I hate that metaphor. Here's one from Max Sawicky, and here's another one. Here's Oliver's visit with John Edwards. I'm leaning toward Dean by the way (just once I'd like to elect a real democrat into office). Here's the official site and here's the "fan" site.
Here's an interview with Margaret Atwood and her impressive new book (critically anyway), even if it does sound firmly entrenched in the McKibben just say enough school of science.
Canadian writer wants a publicly-owned paper. That would be nice here as well.

May 1st

Warren Ellis (Die Puny Humans) thinks this list is silly, but I've always worshipped Frank Frazetta. 

 

Week of April 20 thru April 26

Warren Ellis (Die Puny Humans) thinks this list is silly, but I've always worshipped Frank Frazetta. 

 

Good Interview with Janeane Garofalo (Robot Wisdom)
By the way: We Love You Janeane...in a wholesome Mother Jones sense and not in a drooling at your New York apartment window sense...
I surrender. I'm permalinking Talking Points. That Washington Monthly piece was just too good...
Eternal RIAA Villainess Hilary Rosen To Draft Iraq Copyright Law...Them Iraqis Don't Need Computers Anyway

More Private Space Race Stuff
Yet Another Hundredfold Memory Breakthrough. Remember kids: When you have portable terabyte memory you can start recording your whole life.
Stop the Presses: Eric Drexler says Nan research should continue and: Charles Murtaugh takes potshots at both McKibbon's new anti-tech book and Drex.
Insightful, Fully Realized Greider Piece on the Horror, the Horror of the Bush evil. And related: New creative wickedness from the Bush administration, from Molly Ivins.
New Website that Features Non-spandex comics stories from Women Creators.

You just can't stop us here at Art Thief International. We simply don't know the meaning of shame. Two links for Jim Burns by the way, here and here.

Don't Frell With My Blue Bot of Death!

On a related note, I make the argument in my Red Hour Orgy column (over at Better Humans) that real reporters might want to start thinking about using robotic proxies in order to get the job done, UAVs, MAVs, etc. Professional version is here and uncut sloppy wordy raw version where it's clear I'm thinking out loud is here.

Here's a bit of my breathless prose:

"If the profession of journalism is to progress beyond its current dismal state of obeisance to the state and right-wing media tycoons, it not only has to rethink its relationship to ownership, but also has to improve its core function by emulating the tactics and technologies of the military, detectives and spies."

And there's this:

Just as an example as to how this might work, let's by wild assumption, take a guess that the United States is about to invade Syria. You happen to be a beat reporter for CNN or the BBC. You suspect something bad will happen to the banks and museums in Damascus, which the allied forces have overtaken in a month's time. As a reporter, you'd like to see what's happening but there are still pockets of resistance. You sure would like to see what's happening at the National Museum of Damascus, located right at Shoukry al-Qouwatly Street - Near Takiyeh al Suleimaniyeh. It's too dangerous for you, two-fisted beat reporter Pilger Fisk, to be seen anywhere near that museum. Besides, 19 of your colleagues have died from friendly-fire incidents. No need for you to be a casualty.

In fact, even though you're miles away from the scene you've set up command and control in your Damascus hotel suite. It's midnight. Your "forces" have been amassed. And over the hotel: three of your Dark Knight Blimps have been dispatched in a triangle several hundred yards above the Museum. They've been tricked out with both long-range visual and sound sensors. Two of your Speed Racers, gas-fueled mini cars that can travel over 70 miles per hour are on the grounds speeding around obstacles, hiding in dark corners and hearing and seeing everything a thousand yards away. Your cars are carrying mobile walking bots, nicknamed Huey and Dewey, that can climb buildings and that you can operate via telepresence controllers similar to a Playstation or an Xbox. You and your staff play a remote droid minuet where the stakes are the truth. It's midnight. And you wait. And you watch. (Can you tell this a novel that I haven't written yet?)

I went to Unknown News and all I got were 3 zillion lousy links:

Robert Fisk Thinks Journalists Were Targetted Deliberately
Here's more from scientists who think SARS is artificially created. The link comes from a Cool New Site called The Institute for Science in Society, self described as the "most radical science magazine on Earth". Well, it's not like there's a lot to begin with.

Other stuff:

Billionaires in Space. I'm actually rooting for Elon Musk (Heinleinesque named entrepreneur/libertarian who described the South African army as fascist.) and hoping control freak and hierarchy conscious guy Jeff Bezos doesn't fare as well.
Self-explanatory Android World Site (Remember: I came out as a robosexual when it wasn't cool...)

Great list of Robotic Sites
Very Thorough SARs update Site
Scary Russian Spy Bloggers are Back (!) in: You Can Only Blog Twice

 

 

Found these and other covers at this great art site. (Art Thief International Strikes Again (!)...unless they want me to pull it down of course.)

Burt Rutan intends to start his own space program. Check out that cool alien design man.

Steven Den Beste, bent on Machiavellian world domination, doesn't like Miracle Waste Converter that turns garbage into oil. I guess he just can't stand not killing people for oil.

I know he's an engineer and all that but I wish he would have read this more critically. First, the story never says turkey guts alone will create our self-sustaining future. It makes the astonishing claim, see below if I haven't deleted it out yet, that it can reprocess all waste: sewage, iron filings, old dresses, toxics, everything. Den Beste also seems to be unimpressed with the fact that we have a working prototype! This is completely unlike my personal cold fusion powered time machine that I keep in my basement, and which isn't real...These guys have a product that works. Guy Negre's air compression car sounds incredible to but it's real. It's real. I'm almost tempted to ask, Atrios style, why does Steven Den Beste hate America and American innovation? But I won't because I have some small measure of self control.

John Pilger: Still Damn Mad About This Evil War. Really. I'm not kidding. Ok. Here's a snippet:

"One child, Ali Ismaeel Abbas, the boy who lost his parents and his arms in a missile attack, has been flown to a modern hospital in Kuwait. Publicity has saved him. Tony Blair says he will "do everything he can'' to help him. This must be the ultimate insult to the memory of all the children of Iraq who have died violently in Blair's war, and as a result of the embargo that Blair enthusiastically endorsed. The saving of Ali substitutes a media spectacle of charity for our right to knowledge of the extent of the crime committed against the young in our name. Let us now see the pictures of the "truckload of dozens of dismembered women and children'' that the Red Cross doctors saw. As Ali was flown to Kuwait, the Americans were preventing Save The Children from sending a plane with medical supplies into northern Iraq, where 40,000 are desperate. According to the UN, half the population of Iraq has only enough food to last a few weeks. The head of the World Food Program says that 40 million people around the world are now seriously at risk because of the distraction of the humanitarian disaster in Iraq. "


And then there's this: (I've gone font kerazy...!)

"An ascendant mafia now rules the United States, and the Prime Minister is in thrall to it. Together, they empty noble words liberation, freedom and democracy of their true meaning. The unspoken truth is that behind the bloody conquest of Iraq is the conquest of us all: of our minds, our humanity and our self-respect at the very least. If we say and do nothing, victory over us is assured."

April 24, 2003

That boycott, combined with this, spells problems...Better invade France.

With Portable Terabyte Memory (rapidly approaching) You Could Probably Record Your Whole Life, Or At Least Your Important Bits (MPEG Download)
I've Been Meaning to Permalink to this for awhile now: The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Space Tethers
Here's Something Else That's New: The Center for Science, Law and Technology
Check Out Cool Animation and Trailers Over at DarkHorse Comics
More on that Awful Rave Bill (I don't even do drugs but I can easily hate these laws. More of the right's intolerance. You simply aren't allowed to do or think differently...)

Interesting Wide Ranging Link Over at Daily Wireless
Check Out This Analysis About Genetic Engineering At The Voice...It Doesn't Really Take a Position. It's actually "objective", if there is such a thing said in my best Agent Smith kinda style (The Matrix is coming...!)

 

April 22, 2003

Jessica Abel On What Is A Graphic Novel

How GM Food Could Start a Trade War (By Dave Appell, who also pens Quark Soup, and who just got back from Europe.)
Two More From Wired Magazine: How The FCC Frelled Up Broadband and Altruistic Genetic Engineering

Instapundit's Fears Realized: The EU Gets Tough on American Firms
The Occupation Thus Far (Not So Good...)
Interesting Global Computer Project at Indy Media
Wil McCarthy Puts Whole Novel Online in MP3 Format Anyone can do this. He's using a freeware program designed for the blind.
Unbeatable Tom Tomorrows and Tom the Dancing Bug at Salon this week, but watch the ad etc. (Lucky Ducky is back! And he's a soldier! That Lucky Ducky!)

Week of April 13 thru April 20

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Update: Whenever I use art for my nonprofit site here (not necessarily intentional but that's the way it is...) I always try to link to the artist as a way of promoting their work. But lately the above link (now gone) stated this. (now gone) Look, if anybody minds me posting their art, then tell me! I'll be happy to take it down. Oh well. Back to Seth Fisher and Micah Wright...I drew the above, so sue my ass Phil Shropshire, see if I care...! Update Two: I haven't put everything I own under the Creative Commons license, but I'll start with my art piece entitled "The Embrace". My Poser using friend has zinged me again with this. (now gone, but I saved it here.)

I've decided to respond here.

 

(Interesting Link I Found at Garrett's Website)
Charlie Stross Links To A Story Stating That the SARS Virus Could Be A Bioagent

Savage Pilger on the "Great Victory's" Aftermath

Here's a snippet:

"He is talking about murder. That is what the Americans do, and no one will say so, even when they are murdering journalists. They bring to this one-sided attack on a weak and mostly defenceless people the same racist, homicidal intent I witnessed in Vietnam, where they had a whole programme of murder called Operation Phoenix. This runs through all their foreign wars, as it does through their own divided society. Take your pick of the current onslaught. Last weekend, a column of their tanks swept heroically into Baghdad and out again. They murdered people along the way. They blew off the limbs of women and the scalps of children. Hear their voices on the unedited and unbroadcast videotape: "We shot the shit out of it." Their victims overwhelm the morgues and hospitals - hospitals already denuded of drugs and painkillers by America's deliberate withholding of $5.4bn in humanitarian goods, approved by the Security Council and paid for by Iraq. The screams of children undergoing amputation with minimal anaesthetic qualify as the BBC man's "sound of freedom"."

Astrophysicist Who Argues For Tech Research Restriction
Kurt Nimmo on the Selling of Iraq
Story About Bush's Habit of Brazen Lying (Don't Feel Good About Not Invading Syria Rhetoric) and: Related Link About His Lies Caught on Camera
Soldiers Are Already Getting Sick From Gulf War Syndrome

Sleazy Mercs of "Dyncorp" Headed To Iraq
Iraq To Be a Horrorshow for Privatization (Get used to your unaffordable "privatized" water "liberated" Iraqi citizen...)
Just saw this on Tech TV, which is oddly enough (Actually it's not that odd: tech mentats are getting screwed under this regime...), one of the most progressive cable news stations out there: Story about a wireless project in San Francisco.

April 16th, 2003

 

Week of April 6 thru April 12

New stuff from Micah Wright. By the way, he's referring to this:

(pic from Kurt Nimmo, must readin' these days)

Oooh. I can feel my patriotic pride swellin'. Of course, Glenn tells me it's only 500 people dead. It's not like they're real people or anything. And of course, we've picked a real winner to replace Saddam, quite in line with our Pinochet, Somoza and heavily guarded Karzai oil fella legacy...More on this blatant puppetry by Molly Ivins. Some Frellin' democracy we got planned here. Meet the new boss...Remember Pro Idiotarian masses: Even us leftie pinkos never thought we'd lose the war. We're arguing that we're going to lose the occupation, thereby making the sacrifices of the war meaningless...

And yes: I believe, like Robert Fisk (who's probably in danger) those Arab journalists were targeted, disinfo from Fox News notwithstanding. You might have noticed that the usual pro warbloggin' suspects are now reduced to criticizing the BBC and the Arab press. God knows there's nothing threatening about the American press for sure. Call me crazy but I always thought that the job of the media was to question the state, not be its stenographer.

April 11, 2003

New Posts Over at Inane Ramblings, featuring more Micah Wright and comics that are inadvertently political, courtesy of insanely great oil painter Simon Bisley.
Public Citizen warns us against yet another bad idea from the administration: restarting nuclear plants. Remember kids, nuclear plants make great targets for terrorists.
One of Boing Boing's contributors talks up his tech mag, which has cool stuff about quantum computers, tiny tiny radios and other interesting items.
The Guardian explains that Creationists and Luddites hinder American science research and education. (Who knew?)
Haaretz discovers that Fox News is Evil and Jingoistic. (Who knew?)
Iraqi group refuses to participate in a sham government. And in a related note: Britain must ensure that no puppet government is installed. Let's wish Blair luck.
The Center for Public Integrity has done another another great piece about   Water Privatization. "Water Privatization". It's the new evil meme...catch it!
Here's a new method for using gas clouds to increase the power of telescopes. I guess it wouldn't be unlike what water drops do, but it's still astonishing. They claim a hundred fold increase...
Interesting counterintuitive take on RIAA vs. College Students over at Kuroshin...

April 8, 2003

Other Links:
Priceless Animated Critique of the Bush Family's Penchant for Nazi Tactics and Sympathies (Think Micah Wright doing Flash..)(From Atrios)
Private Israeli Terror Group (Not satisfied with good works by that official Israeli terror group: The Israeli Army) Blows Up Palestinian High School
Yet Another Guy, more qualified techwise to be blunt about it,  who thinks that Open Source is the Best Way to Deal with The New Dangerous Techs. I make a similar argument here.
The evils of Patriot Act 2 and plans to make the first one permanent. Don't worry: The Senate Dems will protect us and stand tall, just like they did when they approved the bill the first time...

 

Genetically Modified T Cells Kill Cancer (Honest: This is about the 1000th time I've read this story what will kill cancer but this one features an elegant twist...)(From Geekpress)
China Attacks United States Human Rights Record (Still think a lot of this hits the mark...)
A. Roy Writes Small Anti-War Novella

All Quiet on the Corporate Front
How WTO Undermines Various State Laws (find your state and shriek in horror) and overview of the EU's Plans
Best and Most Thorough Updates on SARS at Futurepundit
War Gaming Saddam
Public Telco Declaration That I Missed

 

My 15 Minutes of Fame Are Up Over At Changesurfer Radio. I dunno. I don't think I sucked that bad. But like my last radio interview, uh, 17 years ago I think, I say "uh" way to much. It's almost like nervous punctuation. Thanks to my fellow Better Humans columnist James Hughes for letting me rant in public. Short version: I say nice things about Doc Menlo and Eric Blair and the Russian Spy Bloggers. I openly dis Glenn Reynolds, Pejman and Postrel. Good times, good times.
From American Samizdat: More on America as Global Empire Theme

Kuroshin Has Caught on that the Russian Warbloggin' Spies Know Their Stuff (They've cracked our radio codes. Ouch.)

Also From American Samizdat: Free Mike Hawash, one of what will no doubt be a flood of the American Disappeared...

 

Long Dreary Analysis of War Aftermath (Predicts Bush Will Get Four More Years Due to Democratic Party Ineptitude...)
Russian Experts Blog the War (It Ain't Pretty...)(What's quagmire in Russian...oh yeah, Chechnya..)
Tiny Robots/Grey Goo Watch in Wales
Flexible Organic Solar Cells
Metamaterial, or artificial materials, Breakthrough (Ever felt your life was just an XMen prequel...?)
Broadband Monopolies Fight Dirty Against Proposed Public Telcos

Why Our Appeals About the Geneva Convention Are Hypocritical
Scott Ritter Thinks We Could Lose This War. Two quick points:

We only have 120000 men against 7 million armed fighters, not to mention recruits from the neighboring countries in a rush to Jihad and two: Shouldn't you root for Poland against Germany? Tough call for me lemme tellya...
Check Out This Long and Interesting GNN Blog Entry

Somebody Call Medpundit: Smallpox Vaccine Can Kill
Update: Ooops! Maybe the Doc Was Right...

New Link Called Futurismic by a Science Fiction Writer

 

 

My New Column is Up At Better Humans: On War and Transhumanism and here's the uncut version here, where I add some thoughts about Cory Doctorow's new book and the Animatrix toons...

Digital Divide is Growing
My Kind of Anti Warblogger Corporate Press Columnist
Vodka Fueled Batteries?
Deep Post By Charlie Stross About Sub Design Theory
Evil Backdoor Plan by Microsoft To Introduce Digital Rights Management..? Sinister...
Concise Rundown On Why The War Is Beginning To Look Like a Real War (Kurt Nimmo said it more concisely: "People defending their country against foreign invasion have an uncanny habit of fighting to the death. Ask the Vietnamese.")
File Under: What Liberal Media

 

 

 

New Good Stuff From Micah Wright
Iraqi Body Count Site
Robot Wisdom Goes Black
Newly revamped and improved Quark Soup, with comments. It's written by a science guy who isn't a fascist. Imagine that...
Google Rejects Anti-War Ad by Unknown News

(This Paypal/Google joins censorious corporate media theme is disturbing...)
One Good Move's Norm Jenson Gives Us a List of Anti-War Tunes  (That You Won't Hear at Clearchannel, impartial organizer of pro war rallies...What Liberal Media, again.)
Rare Henry Miller Sighting at Kuroshin

 

First Reports From CNN and our Idiot Prince's Comments
Complete Line by Line Demolition of the Idiot Prince's Last Speech
Two Completely Nightmarish Accounts of Why the War Won't Be Easy ("It's the Occupation, Stupid") here and here.
Words of Wisdom From Max Sawicky
What Iraqis Can Expect from American Style "Democracy"

Must Read. Here's a sample:

3. Under various decrees of the revolutionary command council, capital punishment can be handed out cruelly and whimsically in Iraq for a wide variety of offences. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant. This is reported only by a few outside human rights bodies. This would cease under an American-installed system. Instead, executions would be largely confined to black murderers, most of whom will probably be guilty, accused of murdering whites and too poor to afford a decent lawyer. This will be reported only by a few outside human-rights bodies.

5. Any Iraqi journalist thought likely to ask Saddam Hussein a difficult question is now subject to the dictates of paragraph 3. The American way (as seen during the presidential press conference two weeks ago) provides for such people to be stuck at the back of the room and simply not called.

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Not enough chatter about this: Israelis Murder Peace Activist. God help us if it was the French...

Righteous Anger From Doc Menlo
Union of Concerned Scientists Against the Invasion

From Medpundit, an art exhibit that features Nanobots. Here's a definition of what you're seeing.

"T4 bacterial virus, an assembly of protein components, is a simple biological "nanomachine". The head is a protein membrane, shaped like a kind of prolate icosahedron with 30 facets and filled with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). It is attached by a neck to a tail consisting of a hollow core surrounded by a contractile sheath and based on a spiked end plate to which six fibers are attached. The spikes and fibers affix the virus to a bacterial cell wall. The sheath contracts, driving the core through the wall, and viral DNA enters the cell..."


 

Get Your Update on Coca Cola Atrocities (Still holding my breath for Lileks to do that hardhitting piece on a big advertiser...)
Nice Kuroshin Piece on Proportional Representation

Wildly Disturbing Attempt to Tie Peer to Peer to Terrorism
Yet Another Piece on Highlift
Long Futurepundit on Nightmarish "The Stand" -like Flu Plague

Great Story About Moving Toward Hydrogen in Ten Years
Nice Piece About Revolutionary Open Spectrum Seer David Reed
Best Line: "It's the Systems Architecture, Stupid!"
Nice Up To Date Listing of Corporate Front Groups (Clay Waters call your office...!)

My Upside on the Big Down Piece Made Nanodot! I'm very proud. Other than being a Wired Cover Boy I consider this a very high honor...
Why America Can't Produce Hemp or America's Other Seriously Stupid War
The Kass Commission Comes Out
Against the War Against Aging

Like the ETC Group's piece, it's actually a pretty good synopsis of The State of the Art, despite it's wrongheaded conclusions.
And Here's Futurepundit Doing His Best Better Humans Impression on the Kass Decision
Ice T Wants To Distribute Show Through Kazaa
(Very Cool)
How Mining Pollutes Streams (Tom Paine)
Methane Gas As The Next Alternative Fuel? (Die Puny Humans)

 

 

 

 

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June 18th

If you want to read something very sad, then go over to Unknown News and read about the impromptu visit to the emergency room. It's located on the site's left hand side. They'll probably be about four grand in the hole at the least. They're not insured.

Scott Bateman's Funny Pro Kucinich Ads (I'm probably going with Dean, though. The few things I don't like about him make him more electable come November.)
Here's a nice ocean tide alt fuel contraption devised by the Brits. If they scale it up, it could replace half of that country's nuclear energy output.
Interesting Argument About How To Get the Public More Involved in Science Policy Issues

Our loyal ally Spain considers charges against us for deliberately targeting their journalists.

Nice Explanatory Article About Publicly Available Peer Review and this is a related story and link about peer reviewed inventions. Reads completely science fictional...

Here's a writer who I should have linked to long ago because she's digging in the same vein that I am (a left view of technology) except people pay her a decent wage. Her name is Annalee Newitz. She has a website, but doesn't blog so you have to look around for her newer stuff. She wrote the piece above about open peer review and publishing. I really liked her piece about Cuban science, here and here. I'm also convinced that given a choice between the standards of our client states in Latin America, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (being the main ones), and what looks to be the Mad Max style ruins in construction in both Afghanistan and Iraq, then I would take Cuba.

June 16th

Independent Science Agency Comes Out Against GM Foods
and here's the site for the Independent Science Panel
Classic Rall: "They Impeach Murderers, Don't They?"
Guys With Great Racks (Warren...You Missed This? Beaten by a corporate media hack like Dvorak...what would Spider say...?)
A Geek Volunteer Overseas

Horrific House Vote (yet again, sigh) Against Class Action Lawsuits
How Do You "lose" a 727 Exactly...Sounds Very X Filish or very prelude to terrorist action ish...

Calling the Instapundit Propaganda Crowd: Please Rebut Mr. Beers, (trying to see the big picture here...wants to force a larger investigation, possibly state that someone told him to lie, someone higher up...oh lawd let it be Rove) if possible. Also check out this Cursor commentary:

"In accusing the Bush administration with 'Dereliction of Duty' in its war on terror, Paul Krugman refers to Monday's Washington Post interview with Rand Beers, the former top White House counterrorism adviser who quit days before the start of the Iraq war and has recently become a volunteer national security adviser to Sen. John Kerry. While only a handful of U.S. news outlets have picked up the story, it has been linked to by more than 100 blogs."

Here's my new meme (catch it!) "The Internet: It's the new counterculture...man..." And oh, loyal allies the Brits say we suck as imperialist occupiers...

 

 

That's a classic Heavy Metal cover by Rich Corben, done in the 70s with Old School 3D, way before Poser. Impressive. And I hope he's a fair use kinda of guy. He's built like Den. I don't think I would like him when he's angry...

Remember: go out and collect all the www.warprofiteers.com cards.

My new Red Hour Orgy piece is up at Better Humans where I take on the New Atlantis (or the Stop Self-Evolution Crowd) and where I make the suggestion that Leon hisself is reading our words of wisdom. It's always good to have fans. And as usual, here's some of my breathless unbeatable prose:

"On the whole, I find the enterprise to be somewhat irrelevant and preachy, which is probably what I should expect from the editor Eric Cohen, a Weekly Standard alumnus. Here is a man who on the net can be quoted as saying that he wants "a role for religion in public life". I'm sure that's what science needs, just a touch of Wiccan lore added to that proteomic mix, or quantum computing spells conjured up by the dead Warlock Aleister Crowley (death shouldn't stop him), or Hare Krishna chants thrown in with your GPS tracking or imaginary beings in the sky who watch over your particle acceleration runs and yet have time to talk to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson about their money problems. Thanks for nuthin' Eric."

At the time I posted this, Better Humans was having some problems, so you can find Red Hour Orgy, raw and uncut, right here as well. (I wasn't going to link to my raw version this time because Simon added some important things to the piece that I didn't know and of course I always want to take full credit for the "brilliance".)

Speaking of Red Hour Orgy, in a past column I made an original argument (sez me) that we probably don't have to fight a war over oil if science progresses at even a conservative rate. I thought that if you combined wind, conservation, nan breakthroughs and the Turkey Guts fuel conversion people you would end up a situation where you wouldn't have to kill anybody over oil. Turns out that there's a buncha' nanotechnologists who are making the same point, and it will be archived on video. Two interesting companies will offer speakers, Konarka and another company that specializes in Solid State light. And these dry battery guys sound interesting.

Here's a place where you can find online left video. The Internet: Today's Counterculture. Can you dig it man...?
(From Daily Wireless) Pentagon Plans to Ring Country with Surveillance Blimps...Feel Safer Already. He also thinks this company represents Wifi's next big thing.


Naomi Klein on the Privatization of Iraq (It's not pretty and this isn't what happened in Germany or Japan.) And in a related story, the plunder and misery and backlash continues here and here and here.

(From Boing Boing) A nice history of those early media pirates: The Film and Music Industries.

 

More of Brendan McCarthy's Incredible Artwork

June 6

I'm permalinking the Center for Digital Democracy. Their Principle meme seems to be Cheap Broadband for the Masses. You can also see Jeff Chester speaking now over at a "Take Back the Media"Conference over there at C Span, which also features a funny Eric Alterman monologue. Chester has an interesting 12 point media plan which I've probably linked to before, but I don't mind doing it again.

Here's a completely depressing portrait from prison written by a non violent prisoner. It's not quite OZ, but it doesn't sound like fun. Well-written.

I saw this on Tech TV. It feels a lot like Bit Torrent and it's called E Mule. It seems like a more effective version of Kazaa. Let's put it this way: Overnight, at a lawless friend's house where they simply don't respect the RIAA or the wonderful choices in music I'm being given by Clear Channel and MTV these days, a half hour concert of Frank Zappa was completely downloaded (the bad person has dsl broadband). It was about 250 mbs.

My lawless friend who doesn't love America and/or Hilary Rosen is now taking legitimate shots at live videos from Allan Holdsworth, Traffic and Bjork, all about a half gig apiece.

Nice Appell Piece on How States Are Leading on Environmental Issues
Jeremy Rifkin Sez the EU doesn't like GM foods because they like really good food and don't want their country turned into one big mall.
On a related note, here's why Canadian farmers don't like GM foods.

There are three good pieces by Robert Cringely that would usually be pointed out to me in Robot Wisdom, but Jorn hasn't posted anything in a while. One piece has to do with how Open Source could be compromised. And I guess on a related note, he writes two columns ( here and here) on how he senses Microsoft's Dark Hands  are manipulating the SCO vs. Linux dispute..

 

June 3

I was involved in a debate with someone on the Instapundit side of the spectrum and she told me that she wished somebody would shut down Greenpeace because...well her reasons didn't make sense to me. I thought Greenpeace didn't like France either? Oh well.

Anyway, curious as to what Greenpeace was up to of late, I checked out this. They even have downloadable videos which I'm going to look at certainly.

Or you can read this:

"Greenpeace Victories in 2002: Check out this new video highlighting two of Greenpeace's major victories in the past year: ratification of the solar bond initiatives in San Francisco, which put in place the largest investment in renewable energy in U.S. history, and an historic decision, backed by research from Greenpeace, which led to the shutdown in the trade of illegally logged mahogany from the Amazon."

Gawd, sounds terrible. Alt fuels and environmental protection. Should be stopped at once.

Here's an interesting story about a local activist, whose office space houses our new Pgh Indy Media office and other "radical" and "dangerous" activities.
Gene Expression Call Your Office and Resign: Ghana Creates Its Own Competitor to Microsoft Called "Soft"

Back when I wrote "Why I Don't Support Harlan Ellison's Lawsuit Against Internet Piracy" I noted that even if he was able to shutdown Kazaa and Aimster, that would do nothing to stop portable big gig devices that you could carry house to house on a keychain. And sure enough: There's this new 1.5 gig hard drive on the market that's about a big as a USB microdrive. Oh woe to the man who insists upon the worldwide integrity of his Deathbird Stories copyright...

Here's a left argument against germline engineering that I should attempt to make fun of over at Better Humans.
Cool John Ridley Profile (Must Get His Newest Novel About Superheroes)
More Evil From My Own Home State: State Attorney General Won't Tell Me Which Sites Have Been Blocked
...Now that's good for Democracy...
I am also permalinking the Center for Democracy and Technology, probably Lawrence Lessig and I'm dumping Winterspeak (it just got boring.) And where's Jorn over at Robot Wisdom? Hope he's okay even if he is a jerk...
Nice good cop/bad cop rant for Fantagraphics from Warren Ellis (From Gravity Lens Blog), even though they are easy to hate and according to them what Warren does isn't really "Art" they'd probably sniff contemptuously from their critical heights... I'll probably buy something, maybe that hot porn of theirs...

Check Out the Plausible Futures Newsletter

 

I like this kind of guerilla campaign that will be will waged against Bush Lite.
Pentagon Seems to Declare That Space is Off Limits to Non Americans...Ahhh to live in the Empire.

Speaking of our friendly military, the Memory Hole scores a valid journalistic coup by acquiring never before published papers about Operation Phoenix.
A group that studies how many pollutants are in your body or why we still need those pesky environmental laws.

Scary Site About Untraceable Ballot Box Tampering
Good Story about the war brewing over GM foods over at Quark Soup. His publisher wouldn't print it so he put it online.
And from that story, Dave gives us some pretty cool links to the Genetic Engineering Action Network and The Genetic Bill of Rights
Another Good Noah Story on Hi Tech Military Advances
Open Access or Peer Reviewed Journals Online
Depressing Yet True Accounts of all the Media Firings That Have Occurred Since 9-11 (kinda not a liberal media...)
(From Gravity Blog) Long interesting Interview with Greg "Blood Music" Bear.

Disturbing Account of the Rise of the Russian Mob...It evolved because we didn't invest in their rebuilding efforts. It's sort of what happens here in the black community or what we see happening in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tech Improvements in Television

Evil Pennsylvania (my evil state) Targets Municipalities That Start Their Own Broadband and here's a story about public telcos.
List of Science and Science Fiction Shows Across The Country
The Hydrogen Economy, Fueled by Nuclear Power (!?), When we're on the verge of a nan fueled energy revolution...how did Charlie Brown put it....Aaagh!

Here's an interesting story: Biotech firms hurt Indian Kids and this is the interesting site that it came from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Warren Ellis to this link to Brendan McCarthy's Incredible Artwork!

May 20th

 I just can't get rid of that Brendan McCarthy piece yet. My review of the Matrix is over at Majic 12 Blog. I also have two posts over at Warblogger Watch. My most sarcastic bits:

"Glenn, it's about time that you admit that the situation in Iraq has evolved into what you yourself have defined as a marginal and/or substantial loss by Allied forces in Iraq. And you should apologize, preferably in public, your head bowed in shame, your face full of wet mucousy tears. It's time for the pro war side, whose hideous jingoism you ably represent, to admit that the rebuilding of Iraq would be a tough job for people who are competent, not bought off or are wholly owned subsidiaries of the fossil fuel industry, and understand the complexities and mechanics of the Iraqi society...let alone the Bush Administration. It's time for the pro war side to admit that the war has done nothing to disable terrorist groups and in fact has strengthened their recruitment and fundraising, just as Osama had wanted. And finally, it's time for the pro war side to admit that stealing a country's oil in broad daylight is a tough, if not impossible job, and that Iraq would be better served by 100,000 United Nation troops (armed with nonlethals) and headed by a multilateral coalition that's actually interested in creating a real democracy in Iraq and not some puppet regime, as the Iraqi people themselves have called for. By the way, if you're looking for a way to do that then please reread the works of Lani Guinier and take a good long look at the South African constitution, which was inspired by her work. (It's why the white minority hasn't been slaughtered.)"

May 15th

Quietly Alarming Roundup of Real World Nan Products
From Science A Go Go:  Story about Artificial Proteins
(I'll probably permalink them just because of that cool name.)

Intimidating Paul Orwin Outline for a Novel
Gene Expression Call Your Office: MIT Tech Review
Debates Future of Genetic Scripting by Race

Garbage Into Oil Machine Gets Animated (MIT Tech Review or the other less well known Tech Review)

May 14th

Thanks to Warren Ellis to this link to Brendan McCarthy's Incredible Artwork!

Very Needed and Decent Petition Against Media Consolidation or "Clearchannel owns my local radio, tv, and newspaper and I don't know what's going on in the world..." (I'm signin'..)
On a related note,  I discovered this site called The Future of Music while sifting through the above link.
Webcam Security over at Wired. David Brin has been talking about this sort of thing for years...
Krugman on Our Bought Off Privatized Media

Narco News on Bought Off Media and Blair Controversy (Nice analysis here)
Greg Pallast Interview and Related Story: They Plan on Doing it Again, Nationwide...Where are the Dems on this? Shouldn't there be a preemptive lawsuit, something about the roll erasures being known at least six months before the election...?
Long Chip Delany (legendary science fiction writer and one of the world's great stylists) Interview

May 12

Art from Tom Moody's High Brow weblog. He is, thus, permalinked.
Painfully Hilarious Post On "Our Glorious War Thus Far" By Max Sawicky

On a Related Note: The 14 Signs of Fascism or "Welcome to the U. S. of A."
Update on Nonlethals Over at Popular Science
Nanotube Based Ram From A Company Called Nantero
Interesting Profile of French 3D Film

 

 

  I actually thought this movie had its moments. I find the politics behind the X Men more interesting than the fight scenes, though the intro scene with Nightcrawler was very very cool. Personal teleportation can be a very potent weapon it seems. I also agree with Big Media Matt (his last name frightens me) that it's not clear to me that Magneto is the bad guy, other than his complete disregard for human life. It seems to me, and this is a question that the American Left itself might have to face (soon), sometimes force might be appropriate, especially in self-defense against the Stryker/Ashcrofts of our imagination and our reality. We may have to become the monster in order to fight it. Best bits of writing: When out actor Ian McKellan deliciously smirks about just how "good" adroit shapeshifter Mystique happens to be. She probably turns into Brendan Frasier when she's sleeping with old Ian. I also like the prison break and the slow buildup to the birth of Phoenix...(!)

 

Heavyweight artist/writer Tom Moody has a blog online.
America's Broadband Dream Is Alive in South Korea. There's also some commentary here from the Daily Wireless guy.
Nice Quark Soup Piece on the New McKibben Book

May 7th, 2003

Here's an update on E Ink (think flexible computers and wifi cloud connected clothes that flash sites, art, music...) and here's an older explanation at How Stuff Works.
New Nader Corporate Accountability Group: Points out that not only was Haliburton Iraq deal sleazy (big shock there), but they've skirted rules prohibiting them from dealing with Axis of Evil countries.
And related: Long Public Citizen PDF on just how really baaad the new energy bill is.

Estimated Cost of the War: Between $120 billion  to $1.75 trillion dollars
In related news and not linked to by Instapundit: Occupation not as cool as once believed.
US Fails to Provide Iraqi Heathcare and
Urgent Steps Needed to Protect US Troops, Iraqis from the Effects of Depleted Uranium

RIAA Dreams Up Software Bullets for Peer to Peer
There are lots of interesting political posts that I've been slowly digesting. God I hate that metaphor. Here's one from Max Sawicky, and here's another one. Here's Oliver's visit with John Edwards. I'm leaning toward Dean by the way (just once I'd like to elect a real democrat into office). Here's the official site and here's the "fan" site.
Here's an interview with Margaret Atwood and her impressive new book (critically anyway), even if it does sound firmly entrenched in the McKibben just say enough school of science.
Canadian writer wants a publicly-owned paper. That would be nice here as well.

May 1st

Warren Ellis (Die Puny Humans) thinks this list is silly, but I've always worshipped Frank Frazetta. 

 

Week of April 20 thru April 26

Warren Ellis (Die Puny Humans) thinks this list is silly, but I've always worshipped Frank Frazetta. 

 

Good Interview with Janeane Garofalo (Robot Wisdom)
By the way: We Love You Janeane...in a wholesome Mother Jones sense and not in a drooling at your New York apartment window sense...
I surrender. I'm permalinking Talking Points. That Washington Monthly piece was just too good...
Eternal RIAA Villainess Hilary Rosen To Draft Iraq Copyright Law...Them Iraqis Don't Need Computers Anyway

More Private Space Race Stuff
Yet Another Hundredfold Memory Breakthrough. Remember kids: When you have portable terabyte memory you can start recording your whole life.
Stop the Presses: Eric Drexler says Nan research should continue and: Charles Murtaugh takes potshots at both McKibbon's new anti-tech book and Drex.
Insightful, Fully Realized Greider Piece on the Horror, the Horror of the Bush evil. And related: New creative wickedness from the Bush administration, from Molly Ivins.
New Website that Features Non-spandex comics stories from Women Creators.

You just can't stop us here at Art Thief International. We simply don't know the meaning of shame. Two links for Jim Burns by the way, here and here.

Don't Frell With My Blue Bot of Death!

On a related note, I make the argument in my Red Hour Orgy column (over at Better Humans) that real reporters might want to start thinking about using robotic proxies in order to get the job done, UAVs, MAVs, etc. Professional version is here and uncut sloppy wordy raw version where it's clear I'm thinking out loud is here.

Here's a bit of my breathless prose:

"If the profession of journalism is to progress beyond its current dismal state of obeisance to the state and right-wing media tycoons, it not only has to rethink its relationship to ownership, but also has to improve its core function by emulating the tactics and technologies of the military, detectives and spies."

And there's this:

Just as an example as to how this might work, let's by wild assumption, take a guess that the United States is about to invade Syria. You happen to be a beat reporter for CNN or the BBC. You suspect something bad will happen to the banks and museums in Damascus, which the allied forces have overtaken in a month's time. As a reporter, you'd like to see what's happening but there are still pockets of resistance. You sure would like to see what's happening at the National Museum of Damascus, located right at Shoukry al-Qouwatly Street - Near Takiyeh al Suleimaniyeh. It's too dangerous for you, two-fisted beat reporter Pilger Fisk, to be seen anywhere near that museum. Besides, 19 of your colleagues have died from friendly-fire incidents. No need for you to be a casualty.

In fact, even though you're miles away from the scene you've set up command and control in your Damascus hotel suite. It's midnight. Your "forces" have been amassed. And over the hotel: three of your Dark Knight Blimps have been dispatched in a triangle several hundred yards above the Museum. They've been tricked out with both long-range visual and sound sensors. Two of your Speed Racers, gas-fueled mini cars that can travel over 70 miles per hour are on the grounds speeding around obstacles, hiding in dark corners and hearing and seeing everything a thousand yards away. Your cars are carrying mobile walking bots, nicknamed Huey and Dewey, that can climb buildings and that you can operate via telepresence controllers similar to a Playstation or an Xbox. You and your staff play a remote droid minuet where the stakes are the truth. It's midnight. And you wait. And you watch. (Can you tell this a novel that I haven't written yet?)

I went to Unknown News and all I got were 3 zillion lousy links:

Robert Fisk Thinks Journalists Were Targetted Deliberately
Here's more from scientists who think SARS is artificially created. The link comes from a Cool New Site called The Institute for Science in Society, self described as the "most radical science magazine on Earth". Well, it's not like there's a lot to begin with.

Other stuff:

Billionaires in Space. I'm actually rooting for Elon Musk (Heinleinesque named entrepreneur/libertarian who described the South African army as fascist.) and hoping control freak and hierarchy conscious guy Jeff Bezos doesn't fare as well.
Self-explanatory Android World Site (Remember: I came out as a robosexual when it wasn't cool...)

Great list of Robotic Sites
Very Thorough SARs update Site
Scary Russian Spy Bloggers are Back (!) in: You Can Only Blog Twice

 

 

Found these and other covers at this great art site. (Art Thief International Strikes Again (!)...unless they want me to pull it down of course.)

Burt Rutan intends to start his own space program. Check out that cool alien design man.

Steven Den Beste, bent on Machiavellian world domination, doesn't like Miracle Waste Converter that turns garbage into oil. I guess he just can't stand not killing people for oil.

I know he's an engineer and all that but I wish he would have read this more critically. First, the story never says turkey guts alone will create our self-sustaining future. It makes the astonishing claim, see below if I haven't deleted it out yet, that it can reprocess all waste: sewage, iron filings, old dresses, toxics, everything. Den Beste also seems to be unimpressed with the fact that we have a working prototype! This is completely unlike my personal cold fusion powered time machine that I keep in my basement, and which isn't real...These guys have a product that works. Guy Negre's air compression car sounds incredible to but it's real. It's real. I'm almost tempted to ask, Atrios style, why does Steven Den Beste hate America and American innovation? But I won't because I have some small measure of self control.

John Pilger: Still Damn Mad About This Evil War. Really. I'm not kidding. Ok. Here's a snippet:

"One child, Ali Ismaeel Abbas, the boy who lost his parents and his arms in a missile attack, has been flown to a modern hospital in Kuwait. Publicity has saved him. Tony Blair says he will "do everything he can'' to help him. This must be the ultimate insult to the memory of all the children of Iraq who have died violently in Blair's war, and as a result of the embargo that Blair enthusiastically endorsed. The saving of Ali substitutes a media spectacle of charity for our right to knowledge of the extent of the crime committed against the young in our name. Let us now see the pictures of the "truckload of dozens of dismembered women and children'' that the Red Cross doctors saw. As Ali was flown to Kuwait, the Americans were preventing Save The Children from sending a plane with medical supplies into northern Iraq, where 40,000 are desperate. According to the UN, half the population of Iraq has only enough food to last a few weeks. The head of the World Food Program says that 40 million people around the world are now seriously at risk because of the distraction of the humanitarian disaster in Iraq. "


And then there's this: (I've gone font kerazy...!)

"An ascendant mafia now rules the United States, and the Prime Minister is in thrall to it. Together, they empty noble words liberation, freedom and democracy of their true meaning. The unspoken truth is that behind the bloody conquest of Iraq is the conquest of us all: of our minds, our humanity and our self-respect at the very least. If we say and do nothing, victory over us is assured."

April 24, 2003

That boycott, combined with this, spells problems...Better invade France.

With Portable Terabyte Memory (rapidly approaching) You Could Probably Record Your Whole Life, Or At Least Your Important Bits (MPEG Download)
I've Been Meaning to Permalink to this for awhile now: The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Space Tethers
Here's Something Else That's New: The Center for Science, Law and Technology
Check Out Cool Animation and Trailers Over at DarkHorse Comics
More on that Awful Rave Bill (I don't even do drugs but I can easily hate these laws. More of the right's intolerance. You simply aren't allowed to do or think differently...)

Interesting Wide Ranging Link Over at Daily Wireless
Check Out This Analysis About Genetic Engineering At The Voice...It Doesn't Really Take a Position. It's actually "objective", if there is such a thing said in my best Agent Smith kinda style (The Matrix is coming...!)

 

April 22, 2003

Jessica Abel On What Is A Graphic Novel

How GM Food Could Start a Trade War (By Dave Appell, who also pens Quark Soup, and who just got back from Europe.)
Two More From Wired Magazine: How The FCC Frelled Up Broadband and Altruistic Genetic Engineering

Instapundit's Fears Realized: The EU Gets Tough on American Firms
The Occupation Thus Far (Not So Good...)
Interesting Global Computer Project at Indy Media
Wil McCarthy Puts Whole Novel Online in MP3 Format Anyone can do this. He's using a freeware program designed for the blind.
Unbeatable Tom Tomorrows and Tom the Dancing Bug at Salon this week, but watch the ad etc. (Lucky Ducky is back! And he's a soldier! That Lucky Ducky!)

Week of April 13 thru April 20

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Update: Whenever I use art for my nonprofit site here (not necessarily intentional but that's the way it is...) I always try to link to the artist as a way of promoting their work. But lately the above link (now gone) stated this. (now gone) Look, if anybody minds me posting their art, then tell me! I'll be happy to take it down. Oh well. Back to Seth Fisher and Micah Wright...I drew the above, so sue my ass Phil Shropshire, see if I care...! Update Two: I haven't put everything I own under the Creative Commons license, but I'll start with my art piece entitled "The Embrace". My Poser using friend has zinged me again with this. (now gone, but I saved it here.)

I've decided to respond here.

 

(Interesting Link I Found at Garrett's Website)
Charlie Stross Links To A Story Stating That the SARS Virus Could Be A Bioagent

Savage Pilger on the "Great Victory's" Aftermath

Here's a snippet:

"He is talking about murder. That is what the Americans do, and no one will say so, even when they are murdering journalists. They bring to this one-sided attack on a weak and mostly defenceless people the same racist, homicidal intent I witnessed in Vietnam, where they had a whole programme of murder called Operation Phoenix. This runs through all their foreign wars, as it does through their own divided society. Take your pick of the current onslaught. Last weekend, a column of their tanks swept heroically into Baghdad and out again. They murdered people along the way. They blew off the limbs of women and the scalps of children. Hear their voices on the unedited and unbroadcast videotape: "We shot the shit out of it." Their victims overwhelm the morgues and hospitals - hospitals already denuded of drugs and painkillers by America's deliberate withholding of $5.4bn in humanitarian goods, approved by the Security Council and paid for by Iraq. The screams of children undergoing amputation with minimal anaesthetic qualify as the BBC man's "sound of freedom"."

Astrophysicist Who Argues For Tech Research Restriction
Kurt Nimmo on the Selling of Iraq
Story About Bush's Habit of Brazen Lying (Don't Feel Good About Not Invading Syria Rhetoric) and: Related Link About His Lies Caught on Camera
Soldiers Are Already Getting Sick From Gulf War Syndrome

Sleazy Mercs of "Dyncorp" Headed To Iraq
Iraq To Be a Horrorshow for Privatization (Get used to your unaffordable "privatized" water "liberated" Iraqi citizen...)
Just saw this on Tech TV, which is oddly enough (Actually it's not that odd: tech mentats are getting screwed under this regime...), one of the most progressive cable news stations out there: Story about a wireless project in San Francisco.

April 16th, 2003

 

Week of April 6 thru April 12

New stuff from Micah Wright. By the way, he's referring to this:

(pic from Kurt Nimmo, must readin' these days)

Oooh. I can feel my patriotic pride swellin'. Of course, Glenn tells me it's only 500 people dead. It's not like they're real people or anything. And of course, we've picked a real winner to replace Saddam, quite in line with our Pinochet, Somoza and heavily guarded Karzai oil fella legacy...More on this blatant puppetry by Molly Ivins. Some Frellin' democracy we got planned here. Meet the new boss...Remember Pro Idiotarian masses: Even us leftie pinkos never thought we'd lose the war. We're arguing that we're going to lose the occupation, thereby making the sacrifices of the war meaningless...

And yes: I believe, like Robert Fisk (who's probably in danger) those Arab journalists were targeted, disinfo from Fox News notwithstanding. You might have noticed that the usual pro warbloggin' suspects are now reduced to criticizing the BBC and the Arab press. God knows there's nothing threatening about the American press for sure. Call me crazy but I always thought that the job of the media was to question the state, not be its stenographer.

April 11, 2003

New Posts Over at Inane Ramblings, featuring more Micah Wright and comics that are inadvertently political, courtesy of insanely great oil painter Simon Bisley.
Public Citizen warns us against yet another bad idea from the administration: restarting nuclear plants. Remember kids, nuclear plants make great targets for terrorists.
One of Boing Boing's contributors talks up his tech mag, which has cool stuff about quantum computers, tiny tiny radios and other interesting items.
The Guardian explains that Creationists and Luddites hinder American science research and education. (Who knew?)
Haaretz discovers that Fox News is Evil and Jingoistic. (Who knew?)
Iraqi group refuses to participate in a sham government. And in a related note: Britain must ensure that no puppet government is installed. Let's wish Blair luck.
The Center for Public Integrity has done another another great piece about   Water Privatization. "Water Privatization". It's the new evil meme...catch it!
Here's a new method for using gas clouds to increase the power of telescopes. I guess it wouldn't be unlike what water drops do, but it's still astonishing. They claim a hundred fold increase...
Interesting counterintuitive take on RIAA vs. College Students over at Kuroshin...

April 8, 2003

Other Links:
Priceless Animated Critique of the Bush Family's Penchant for Nazi Tactics and Sympathies (Think Micah Wright doing Flash..)(From Atrios)
Private Israeli Terror Group (Not satisfied with good works by that official Israeli terror group: The Israeli Army) Blows Up Palestinian High School
Yet Another Guy, more qualified techwise to be blunt about it,  who thinks that Open Source is the Best Way to Deal with The New Dangerous Techs. I make a similar argument here.
The evils of Patriot Act 2 and plans to make the first one permanent. Don't worry: The Senate Dems will protect us and stand tall, just like they did when they approved the bill the first time...

 

Genetically Modified T Cells Kill Cancer (Honest: This is about the 1000th time I've read this story what will kill cancer but this one features an elegant twist...)(From Geekpress)
China Attacks United States Human Rights Record (Still think a lot of this hits the mark...)
A. Roy Writes Small Anti-War Novella

All Quiet on the Corporate Front
How WTO Undermines Various State Laws (find your state and shriek in horror) and overview of the EU's Plans
Best and Most Thorough Updates on SARS at Futurepundit
War Gaming Saddam
Public Telco Declaration That I Missed

 

My 15 Minutes of Fame Are Up Over At Changesurfer Radio. I dunno. I don't think I sucked that bad. But like my last radio interview, uh, 17 years ago I think, I say "uh" way to much. It's almost like nervous punctuation. Thanks to my fellow Better Humans columnist James Hughes for letting me rant in public. Short version: I say nice things about Doc Menlo and Eric Blair and the Russian Spy Bloggers. I openly dis Glenn Reynolds, Pejman and Postrel. Good times, good times.
From American Samizdat: More on America as Global Empire Theme

Kuroshin Has Caught on that the Russian Warbloggin' Spies Know Their Stuff (They've cracked our radio codes. Ouch.)

Also From American Samizdat: Free Mike Hawash, one of what will no doubt be a flood of the American Disappeared...

 

Long Dreary Analysis of War Aftermath (Predicts Bush Will Get Four More Years Due to Democratic Party Ineptitude...)
Russian Experts Blog the War (It Ain't Pretty...)(What's quagmire in Russian...oh yeah, Chechnya..)
Tiny Robots/Grey Goo Watch in Wales
Flexible Organic Solar Cells
Metamaterial, or artificial materials, Breakthrough (Ever felt your life was just an XMen prequel...?)
Broadband Monopolies Fight Dirty Against Proposed Public Telcos

Why Our Appeals About the Geneva Convention Are Hypocritical
Scott Ritter Thinks We Could Lose This War. Two quick points:

We only have 120000 men against 7 million armed fighters, not to mention recruits from the neighboring countries in a rush to Jihad and two: Shouldn't you root for Poland against Germany? Tough call for me lemme tellya...
Check Out This Long and Interesting GNN Blog Entry

Somebody Call Medpundit: Smallpox Vaccine Can Kill
Update: Ooops! Maybe the Doc Was Right...

New Link Called Futurismic by a Science Fiction Writer

 

 

My New Column is Up At Better Humans: On War and Transhumanism and here's the uncut version here, where I add some thoughts about Cory Doctorow's new book and the Animatrix toons...

Digital Divide is Growing
My Kind of Anti Warblogger Corporate Press Columnist
Vodka Fueled Batteries?
Deep Post By Charlie Stross About Sub Design Theory
Evil Backdoor Plan by Microsoft To Introduce Digital Rights Management..? Sinister...
Concise Rundown On Why The War Is Beginning To Look Like a Real War (Kurt Nimmo said it more concisely: "People defending their country against foreign invasion have an uncanny habit of fighting to the death. Ask the Vietnamese.")
File Under: What Liberal Media

 

 

 

New Good Stuff From Micah Wright
Iraqi Body Count Site
Robot Wisdom Goes Black
Newly revamped and improved Quark Soup, with comments. It's written by a science guy who isn't a fascist. Imagine that...
Google Rejects Anti-War Ad by Unknown News

(This Paypal/Google joins censorious corporate media theme is disturbing...)
One Good Move's Norm Jenson Gives Us a List of Anti-War Tunes  (That You Won't Hear at Clearchannel, impartial organizer of pro war rallies...What Liberal Media, again.)
Rare Henry Miller Sighting at Kuroshin

 

First Reports From CNN and our Idiot Prince's Comments
Complete Line by Line Demolition of the Idiot Prince's Last Speech
Two Completely Nightmarish Accounts of Why the War Won't Be Easy ("It's the Occupation, Stupid") here and here.
Words of Wisdom From Max Sawicky
What Iraqis Can Expect from American Style "Democracy"

Must Read. Here's a sample:

3. Under various decrees of the revolutionary command council, capital punishment can be handed out cruelly and whimsically in Iraq for a wide variety of offences. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant. This is reported only by a few outside human rights bodies. This would cease under an American-installed system. Instead, executions would be largely confined to black murderers, most of whom will probably be guilty, accused of murdering whites and too poor to afford a decent lawyer. This will be reported only by a few outside human-rights bodies.

5. Any Iraqi journalist thought likely to ask Saddam Hussein a difficult question is now subject to the dictates of paragraph 3. The American way (as seen during the presidential press conference two weeks ago) provides for such people to be stuck at the back of the room and simply not called.

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Not enough chatter about this: Israelis Murder Peace Activist. God help us if it was the French...

Righteous Anger From Doc Menlo
Union of Concerned Scientists Against the Invasion

From Medpundit, an art exhibit that features Nanobots. Here's a definition of what you're seeing.

The above and below is from Pittsburgh Indy Media. Below is from the weekend's slightly more rebellious anti-war demo.

 

Where do they get those cool corporate flags?

In other news:

Best Left Television I've Seen So Far
China Shoots For the Moon (Chung Kuo, SFnal story of China Ascendent, At Last?)
My New Column is up at Better Humans where I Give the Heads Up on anti-nan group text called the The Big Down

Great New Radio Interview with Anti-Propagandist Micah Wright
What Transhumanism Needs is a Religion (A Secular Religion...?) (From Gravity Blog)
Erudite Max Sawicky Post on Predictably Noxious Catholic Church is Anti-Semitic Meme Put Forth by Evil Glenn

Horror Story About Americorp Teacher's Experience
American Companies Are Now Working on French-like Air
Compression Powered Car

Update Site of French Air Compression Car Maker
Guy Negre

Newslog of a Person Who Reports
From the Mideast and Iraq

Profile on ETC Group Founder (Writer did get one key detail wrong: Kurzweil is not writing an anti-nan book...Kurzweil wants to evolve...)
Dean Kamen Creates Water Purifier (Downsides: Not verified that it actually works and is coming off Segway dud...where's that new-fangled Sterling Engine?)
We now present: New World Disorder Magazine

Mag Highlight is an Interview with RU Serious
Yet Another List of Bush Lies, Inaccuracy and General
Stupidity (What a shock...)

Creative Commons Explains Their Philosophy Through Comics and Flash Animation

This picture explains my belief about the war efforts. And this interactive gif from Cursor sort of sums up the reality of  our current political system.
12 Reasons Why The War on Iraq is Wrong and from same writers: More Gripes About Ari

Completely Frightening Followup to Government's Incredibly Stupid Drug Paraphenalia Busts (Seems like the government can just take your website whenever it wants to after you've been charged. No need for a conviction. Just a charge...)
Stunning Piece by Kurzweil About The Future of the Body And Related Piece About the Future of the Human Body
Long List of Bush Lies
How The United States Could Lose It's Superpower Status Fairly Quickly (Feels Tabloidly But It's Kinda Cool...)
Throbbing Rocking Acid Jazz Online Television from the Guerilla News Network (Oliver: Take Notes...)
Frightening Robert Fisk About Perfunctory Censorship at the Corporate Media
Here's a Predictably Optimistic Piece on Fuel Cells by the Futurepundit
Here's A Guy Who Isn't As Optimistic About the Hydrogen Economy
The Writer of the Above Link Runs This Site

 

 

There's a new and very impressive Alan Moore tribute site put out by Jose Carlos Neves. Check out the gallery and the links. You will need Babelfish though.

New Reviews of Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" (uncut version here). And here's a review of Steven Barnes' "Charisma". (uncut version here) Plus, I think I throw in a few words about the Animatrix.
Here's a nice essay about biotech in space. I'm of the opinion that we could handle space better anyway after 10 years of progress in biotech and nan. By that time, Highlift could be ready to go.
Why America Doesn't Work So Well My non Atlantic Monthly opinion? A completely corrupted democracy mixed in with a corporate media that refuses, and oftentimes can't, reasonably and responsibly question Power and Capital.
Cool Story About the Evolution of Gaming Over at Slate

The Bad Boy of Cosmology (Thinks Einstein Got it Wrong)
It's the Oil, Stupid (Part One)

It's the Privatized Water, Stupid (There are many horrific parts to this tale...)
It's the Oil, Stupid (Part Two)

Depressing Hentoff About Our New Hidden Killer Drones In The Sky (Related Israeli Killer Drone Story...duck when abroad I s'pose...)
It's the Oil, Stupid (Part Three) (And we were kidding about that Democracy thing...)

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My beautiful and talented half-sister Alicia Shropshire draws stuff!

And by draw, she actually uses these things called...brushes? Chalk? No Photoshop. Well...I suppose that can be done. I also have a beautiful and talented half-brother named Christopher but he doesn't draw and apparently he hasn't heard of blogger yet despite being a sociology major. Alicia can also be seen acting in a very embarassing play, and by embarassing I mean embarassing to me because I'm such a conservative prude.

(Buy my nudie art!)