July 06, 2004

Weekend Roundup

For all the stuff I've skimmed over the last few days, but been too lazy to actually pull together in an entry:

Naomi Klein's shameless in Iraq column on the glories of privatization and spoils-taking in the course of the American occupation got pulled up for a re-read this weekend. It's worth it.

The Sideshow scans a Reagan era editorial cartoon that's creepily up to date.

Over at Eschaton, Tena points liberals to an essay which says happy 4th of July in a very amenable way indeed.

Kevin Drum on how the CIA is becoming a scapegoat. I don't mean to come over all Jim Garrison or anything, but does it ever occur to the Bush administration that if you're looking for a list of people to throw to the wolves in your stead, the CIA should definitely not be on it?

For our Independence Day edification, Prometheus 6 posted Frederick Douglass' speech on the 4th of July.

How to Save the World on the Natural Enterprise business model and some interesting points and commentary on pecking orders and personality.

In talking about the Bush-Cheney '04 attempt to use churches as adjunct campaign recruiting centers, World O' Crap comes up with a Bush-Cheney calendar of Holy Days.

Ampersand explains the anti-gay marriage movement in pictures. Really, the illustrations are very helpful.

Sisyphus with the most egregious 'she asked for it' I've ever heard of. Apparently, the young woman in question had such enormous powers of manipulation and sexual energy that she was able to orchestrate her own violation by three 'upstanding' young men while drugged into unconsciousness.

An interesting essay on blogging, the liberal arts, and race. Courtesy of this post at Wood S Lot, wherein the link is to be found a good ways down among a collection of things that would probably greatly entertain literature lovers.

Blogging of the President: A comprehensive George Bush audio archive. A ringing recommendation for a new book written by the author of the Mahablog. And a link to an outrageous story in the NY Times about the expendability of women in the eyes of the Bush brigade.

Guardian: US job #s shock and awe. Op-ed criticizes moves to force the BBC to limit competition with private content providers. The press roundup for F 9/11. Also, possibly the most bizarre patent story I've ever heard:

...In what may seem a move too far to some, the computer software giant Microsoft has been granted exclusive rights to this ability of the body to act as a computer network. Two weeks ago the company was awarded US Patent 6,754,472, which bears the title: Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body. ...

I find that pretty creepy, but then on the other hand, I have to admire people with that kind of long-term planning capacity. Also, the article has some interesting vignettes from previous research related to the subject.

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