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Monday, January 30, 2006

Help Steve Kubby

Link via Lew Rockwell:
As many of you are already aware, Steve Kubby—a prominent medical marijuana activist, former Libertarian candidate for governor of California and contender for the LP's 2000 vice-presidential nomination—was forced to return to the US from Canada yesterday and is now in the custody of our beloved drug warriors.

Steve will die without his medicine—and odds are he isn't going to get it in jail. Time is of the essence. What I'm about to propose may not seem like much, but it's better than sitting around feeling powerless and it may do some good. It's time to create some buzz about Steve outside the libertarian and the medical marijuana activist communities. You can help do that at no financial cost ... just a few minutes of your time:

1) Point your browser at www.technorati.com and search for the phrase 'Steve Kubby.' That in itself does some good—we've pushed Steve's name to number 9 on the list of top searches at Technorati, the blogosphere's search engine of record, which should elicit more coverage, more attention, etc. But there's more:

2) When the search results come up, visit the blog articles listed

AND

3) 'Bookmark' any or all of those articles on any or all of the following sites:

http://del.icio.us/
http://www.furl.net/
http://www.simpy.com/
http://www.spurl.net/
http://www.reddit.com/
http://www.blinklist.com/

All of the sites above feature material on their front pages based on how popularity—how many people 'bookmarked' that material. Even 100 'bookmarks' or so will get Steve Kubby's name and story on their front pages for awhile, where it will be noticed by more bloggers.

No, the blogosphere can't save Steve Kubby by itself, but it can draw attention to his case, get activists pumped up to do other things to help, and help attract 'mainstream media' attention. The first step is to get people asking who the hell Steve Kubby is. Once they ask -- and have an answer—they're more likely to act.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Tom Knapp
thomaslknapp@yahoo.com

Friday, January 27, 2006

Justifications to follow

Documents Show Army Seized Wives As Tactic
The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of 'leveraging' their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.

...

n one memo, a civilian Pentagon intelligence officer described what happened when he took part in a raid on an Iraqi suspect's house in Tarmiya, northwest of Baghdad, on May 9, 2004. The raid involved Task Force (TF) 6-26, a secretive military unit formed to handle high-profile targets.

"During the pre-operation brief it was recommended by TF personnel that if the wife were present, she be detained and held in order to leverage the primary target's surrender," wrote the 14-year veteran officer.

He said he objected, but when they raided the house the team leader, a senior sergeant, seized her anyway.

"The 28-year-old woman had three young children at the house, one being as young as six months and still nursing," the intelligence officer wrote. She was held for two days and was released after he complained, he said.

Now that the conservative / right / republicans have defended torture, extraordinary rendition, warrantless wiretapping, and a few more things in the name of protecting our "freedoms" (not to mention the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis), I can't wait to see the justifications for this to start. If it even rises to any level of attention in the media.

Here's a thought experiment: If the painful, prolonged torture (I mean real torture, pick anything that *you* would consider torture) of ten innocent children would ensure no further 9/11's, would it be the right thing to do?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Following a good lead

In the tradition of Dave Barry, this is the inaugural edition of ALTG's "... would be a good name for a rock band." Our first entry is... The Monkey Cops.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I'm the New York Times

I'm a technology manager in a non-technology company. When speaking with one of the company executives recently, I was told that a "liaison" would be fielding some of the calls which ordinarily would come to me, so that there are no misunderstandings due to non-tech folks trying to communicate their issues and needs to a tech critter such as myself.

Now, I take a reasonable amount of pride in my communication skills. I am able to navigate my way through a board of directors meeting with relative ease and not come across as a buffoon or a completely unskilled, socially awkward nerd.

So I mentioned this to a coworker, and she recognized how little I need a "buffer" between myself and the sales drones. To illustrate this, she told me, "You're like the New York Times and everyone else is the Daily News".

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The world is surreal

Via BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Last September, while on the SS Professor tour, Lorne Wheaton, RUSH drummer Neil Peart's tech, stated that Neil will be making an appearance on 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' sometime in the future. It turns out that Peart won't just be appearing in an episode, but in fact will appear in the big-screen movie coming later in 2006. In a recent interview with creators Matt Maeillaro and Dave Willis, Maeillaro stated, 'We got Neil Peart to be in it. The drummer from RUSH. No, we didn't get Geddy Lee. We didn’t need him for this. We're waiting for the sequel for Geddy Lee,' while Willis quipped, 'We're done with Geddy Lee. Geddy Lee missed his opportunity. Now we'll put everyone in the movie, but Geddy Lee.'

For those who are unsure what this all means, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is a cartoon geared towards adults which runs on Cartoon Network in the US. "Rush" is a band. Neil Peart is Rush's drummer. Geddy Lee is Rush's singer and bassist. The "SS Professor tour" was a tour in which the drumset used by Peart on Rush's 30th anniversary tour last year ("R30") toured the US. Yes, just his drumset. Big drumset.

Why is this news? If you have to ask, then you wouldn't understand even if I explained it.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Vital traffic statistics

Further review of my blog traffic indicates that, at least for the moment, a posting on this blog is the twentieth ranked result on Yahoo for the search term "horse poop".

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The grammar police

From The Times Online:
Alert readers will have spotted that I am not averse to beginning sentences with conjunctions or ending them with prepositions. Indeed, I applaud the rather gauche young man from the Deep South who, I was told when I was writing my book, won a scholarship to Harvard. On his first day there he approached a couple of elegant young New Englanders who clearly knew their way around.

“Hey y’all. Can you tell me where the library’s at?” One of them looked down at him with disdain and sneered: “At Harvard, we tend not to end sentences with prepositions.”

The young man thought for a moment. “OK,” he said. “Can you tell me where the library’s at . . . asshole?”

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Un-unpopular

I learned from the referrers on my traffic log today that one of my postings is the number one search result on Yahoo for the term Unpopular Blogs. How ironically refreshing.

Welcome

Make sure you have the sound turned on for ZomboCom.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Why does anyone watch The Bachelor?

I just don't get it. It's wrong and offensive and stupid on so many levels. Why does anyone watch it? And even if anyone tries to explain why, I still won't get it.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

What a horrible world when parents have to actually, well, parent

From a "Focus on the Family" press release
In 'Point.Click.Kill.: A Father's Confession,' [former associate editor of Focus' Citizen magazine Jeff] Hooten details the contents of many of today's most popular games, offering parents an insider's perspective of a realm that most adults know only through the eyes and ears of their children.

'Sure, they're only games; exercises in digitized violence and virtual disfigurement. But we're not talking about Super Mario anymore,' Hooten writes. 'Nowadays the other characters talk to you, curse at you and, of course, often try to eliminate you. You can hear the sound of your own footsteps, or, worse yet, your enemies breathing.

'It won't be long before . . . I'll have to decide which games [my boys] can play, and how often.'

And who's deciding that now, Jeff? The evil corporations are beaming the games directly into your boys' heads without your say-so?

Link via Hit and Run.

My new faith

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

-- George Carlin

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Think you can pull the wool over my eyes? Nope.

Propaganda?
December 23, 2005: NASA scientists have observed an explosion on the moon. The blast, equal in energy to about 70 kg of TNT, occurred near the edge of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains) on Nov. 7, 2005, when a 12-centimeter-wide meteoroid slammed into the ground traveling 27 km/s.

A meteoroid, huh? Suuuuuure it was a meteoroid. Those who know better know that that's where something evil evil evil is going on? Osama hiding there? WMD hidden there? Our new alien overlords (whom I welcome wholeheartedly)?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

How dare he look into my soul?

I'm really not sure if others fail to perceive me or if, one fraction of a second after my face interferes with their horizon, a millionth of a second after they have cast their gaze on me, they already begin to wash me from their memory: forgotten before arriving at the scant, sad archangel of a remembrance.

Ariel Dorfman, Mascara, 1988