....LMB: "Another Open Thread"....

March 30, 2003

This entry was made solely so y'all can use the comments section to speak your minds about whatever. Go to it!

Posted by Jake at 11:21 PM | TrackBack (0)

man, you know what i really hate? living in a small hicktown in missouri, population 5 plus some cows. this town has more gas stations than people. and the people (well, most of them) are all ignorant red necks with nothing better to do than "go muddin," or talk about how great this war is, and how right bush is.

gaaaaaaaah! i hate it here!!!!

Posted by: Akasha at March 30, 2003 11:58 PM

My current bitch is the price of mac hardware. I'd *love* to get a hold of a g3 or g4 to play with os/x on but they are so damn expensive! $1000 for an older g4, hell, even g3s are $700 or so (canadian)! Geez. The only thing that I have an opportunity to get is a g4 powerbook with 512 mb ram and looks like a *sweet* system, but the guy (who wants to sell it to me) has to convince his wife (who says he has to have a laptop for some reason). I *so* want that machine, and the price $1000 cnd for that laptop is a smokin' deal AFAICT, and a laptop I could actually use as a work machine, not just a toy (which a tower would be). Hell, I haven't even found an old gumdrop imac that someone wants to give away! I have x86 hardware coming out of my ears, why can't I find JUST ONE MAC!

Posted by: Arcterex at March 31, 2003 11:51 AM

oh yeah, i also really really hate it when people say "yuns." and "caint." and they pronounce Missouri "MissourA," or "Misery." that really pisses me off.

that is all.

Posted by: Akasha at March 31, 2003 01:35 PM

hey sexy,

you going to the 10year reunion?

Posted by: art at March 31, 2003 03:14 PM

why are the republicans in this country so emotional and blind that they are quick to assume Iraq has something to do with 9-11 (which i think is part of the reason we go to war)? i honestly think we do not need a republican party. let's have the green party instead in the congress. democrats and the green party. our economy will flourish and US will be respected again in the UN. republicans have done nothing but caused war, destructed the economy, perpetuate hate crimes, violate the human rights domestically and internationally, and sell arms to third world countries.

Posted by: Canoe Driver at March 31, 2003 03:34 PM


just discovered that there's a mirror for the english language al jazeera site here:


just thought i'd let y'all know.

Posted by: lydiadeetz at March 31, 2003 03:38 PM

Well Canoe Driver,

First let me say I dont embrace war, the world would be nice without it. But lets face the real world. Iraq might not have specifically helped out with 9-11 since most of them were Saudi's. But Iraq is probably number one in funding and training terriorists. And one of the major targets for terriorism is probably America (and Isreal of course). Personaly I dont see things getting better if we hadnt gone to war. I dont believe 9-11 was the last attack on us and I'm sure there were more planned. If it wasnt for Bush and his crack down on terriorism we would have more terriorist out there on the streets right now. Its a bad situation all the way around but I for one feel safer knowing that someone is trying to do something about it, other than just letting things pass bye until the next big event happens to take place (and it will) and just hope nothing happens to the ones I love.
When it comes down to it there are really only 2 choices. One is to just sit back and cross your fingers and hope it doesnt happen again. Or to try to do something about it and try to prevent it from happening again. Nither way is guarenteed success but at least you cant kick your self in the butt for not trying if something was to happen in the future.

I'm sure most wont agree but thats just my opinion

Posted by: Demos at March 31, 2003 07:55 PM

canoe paddler,

not that i'm a hard rightwing republican by any means, but democrats have, in the past, done the exact same things you said the GOP has done. but you're right about the green party not having been involved in those types of things. mainly cause they haven't had a chance to even get into any substantial political posts to wreak the havoc you have suggested.

Posted by: art at March 31, 2003 11:24 PM

dear my republican supporters and war mongers:

there are no evidence of terrorist training camps and funding in Iraq. all of your so-called "evidences" as presented by Colin Powell at the UN are only an imagination of the desperate. the Iraqi war is about nothing else but OIL: esso gave the Republicans more than any other company in the run-up to the 2000 elections and will reap a huge benefit by being the prime company to extract oil from Iraq once the war is over. have you forgotten about the most legitimate threat to world peace right now(mr. osama ben laden)? you failed to find him and now you invade Iraq?

Posted by: Canoe Driver at April 1, 2003 01:10 AM

On the oil thing- no question that the former oil execs in Bush's cabinet are committed to 'liberating' it, never mind the Iraqis, but I have to give my head a shake when I realize that the instrument being used in this theft, is itself the single largest petroleum consumer on the planet. Wow, America has lost it's way, and the Democrats are no solution... your regime is corrupted with Zionist parasites, the corporate media are running interference, and the god fearing flag waving public are screwed by their own indifference and stupidity. Sigh. Where to start to remedy all this? The world needs a healthy USA, with renewed idealism, a respect for the rule of law, and a multilateral approach to foreign policy, not one devised by big business and implimented by criminals and apologists. Wake up America. The whole world's watching. And waiting.

Posted by: PJPB at April 1, 2003 07:01 AM

Is it just me, or does anyone else see how FEAR is overrunning the US? Being from Canada, I do get a lot of US media, and it seems to me Americans see the world collapsing, and everyone needs to take action to defeat 'evil'. People in Canada and Europe see Americans losing their minds. We see your 'orange alerts', the duct tape fiasco, shutting down the borders, claiming another 'terrorist' may have entered from Canada, and bombing the bejesus out of a poor 3rd world country because Bush thinks they're 'hiding' weapons. I mean, to convince a majority of americans that if you dont attack Iraq, US will be destroyed is pure duck-and-cover propaganda! I talked to someone recently that honestly believed if US loses the war in Iraq, then Saddam Hussein will invade US and run the country! I mean,damn! What ARE these crazy pills you're takin'?

I have American friends and know it's a good country in principle, but the government system in place is dragging you out of control. Instead of charging the Raegan administration for war crimes by ARMING Osama bin Laden (remember him?), you bomb Afghanistan. Instead of charing Dick Cheney and Rumself for aiding Saddam's genocides, you bomb Iraq. I mean, where does it stop? Invade Canada because of our Prime Minister's anti-war comments?

Posted by: Johnny at April 1, 2003 08:25 AM

That New Yorker article about how Rumsfeld pissed all over the Pentagon's war plans makes me even angrier. Yes, this war is a disaster on so many levels... and then when the decision to act came the professionals in the military were not allowed to do their jobs to their utmost ability. We may have the best trained military in the world - but if an asshole's at the top it doesn't matter. It is going to take decades to undo this bullshit...

Posted by: Andy at April 1, 2003 12:16 PM

Hmmmm. The guy says "speak your mind" and everyone starts complaining. When did speaking your mind cease to include the possibility of not attacking something.

Allow me: I have just finished Willian Gibson's "Pattern Recognition". It was OK.

There you go.

PS This war sucks, I don't what you people were thinking. Oh, wait, we're there, too. Damn!

Posted by: Rob, Semi-Professional Australian at April 1, 2003 10:52 PM

Ahhhh the wonders of a free press...anyone who has any doubts that the majority of the media have their mouths clamped firmly around the government cock need only look at the whiplash inducing turnaround the fourth estate has done in the past two days. To wit - sunday/monday you couldn't turn on the TV without hearing about how the Pentagon had screwed up the war plans and how soldiers were upset with the lack of reinforcements and how this was turning into Vietnam II blah blah blah blah. Yesterday, after a Rummy press conference held SOLELY to chastise the press for second guessing the Donald, CNN and it's ilk were all ablather about how it is harmful and dangerous to question a war plan. I watched for about three hours last night and they basically did nothing but trot out experts to explain how the war plan was great and on track and 'armchair quarterbacking' is naive and irresponsible. Jesus. Now, today, every article you can find starts with the words 'armchair quarterbacking'. What a bunch of rabid ass lickers.

Posted by: Todd at April 2, 2003 07:23 AM

I wanted to let you know that this is really a great site! Ballsy, acidic and up-to-date reporting on the underhanded, skewered sight of the mainstream media. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: radioryan at April 2, 2003 11:23 AM

Dear Akasha,

What is a "yun"?

thank you in advance,

Posted by: michele at April 2, 2003 12:32 PM

I'm a regular visitor. one of the few blogs I enjoy. thought I'd say hi and let you know about a couple of good pieces I read today that fellow enthusiasts of this site might enjoy. One is by Arundhati Roy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,927849,00.html and the other is by Seymour Hersh http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030407fa_fact1.



Posted by: hypnoplasty at April 2, 2003 01:21 PM

michele, its hick for ya'll. now you know why i find it so irritating.

Posted by: Akasha at April 2, 2003 03:02 PM

today this mexican girl screamed out "TOO MANY MEXICANS!" and she got punched in the face.

i listened to devo for hours last night, and i had the best time of my life sitting around my house doing absolutely nothing.

i cannot wait till the adicts show this weekend.

sharps are boneheads. well..the ones around here are.

Posted by: steph at April 4, 2003 09:46 AM

Ah, yes, "redneck" - the last acceptable derogatory term. It's the rich bastards everyone needs to unite against.

Posted by: Eric at April 5, 2003 02:23 PM

Tu veux vraiment que je la mette l'info comme quoi c'est la fvrance avec sa facon de faire qui forme les terroristes tout comme les etats unis d'ailleurs.

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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

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Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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