|"Those who cast the votes decide
nothing. Those who count the votes decide
--- Josef Stalin
Mexico Trip Update:
This month I've mostly been researching and
constructing an itinerary for my son's and my
trip throughout Mexico. My scaredypantsaphobia
is causing me to reconsider flying. (The last
time I flew was out of New York City on a stormy
winter afternoon. The plane directly behind us on
Runway 13 crashed into the Hudson River killing
You can see how our Mexico trip plans are
developing by going to La
Busca 2001 -- currently under frantic
NOW to receive notices whenever this website
is updated from South of the Border.
I recently had my Dada read
on the Dada
server. My secret name is Milton
Bradley. The animal which symbolizes me
is the moray eel. The color of
my soul is bantam-belly cerulean.
The celebrity I most resemble is Annette
Funnicello. My most important time of
day is the Mesozoic Era. And the
flavor which identifies me most is gamy.
Quote of the Month:
"This whole case is going to shed a bad
light on the BDSM group."
From an unidentified woman with ties to The
Spokane Power Exchange, a BDSM (bondage/discipline/sadism/masochism)
club whose president/poet,
Edmund "Evilone" Ball III, was recently
arrested in connection with the abduction of
three Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute students.
Sadomasochist Ball and his perv buddies were arrested,
handcuffed, made to suffer the degradation of
being searched, fingerprinted and photographed,
then incarcerated and fed gruel... They gotta be
November 12, 2000 (a mere few days after
running the "Nazi Priest" article)
recount like a hawk
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Some Dan Rather weirdisms from
"These returns are running like a squirrel
in a cage."
"It was as hot and squalid as a New York
elevator in August."
"This race is as tight as a too-small
bathing suit on a too-hot car ride back from the
"We've lived by the crystal ball. We're
eating so much broken glass, we're in critical
Coin-flipping page. Click here
to flip a coin.
Heads I win; tails you lose?
"I've been doing the Fonda workout:
The Peter Fonda workout. That's where I wake up,
take a hit of acid, smoke a joint, and go to my
sister's house and ask her for money."
Journalism or Pioneering it?
Here come the new media activists, with their
video cameras, laptops, and microphones,
providing up-to-the-minute radical "news."
But can their marginal coverage be anything more
than empowering propaganda? From Red Pepper.
Dancing to the "Star-Spangled
Banner" is against the law in
several American states.
Me: Hey, Rog, I'm going to the
land of jungles, death squads
and missing toilet seats. Wanna go?
Roger: Uh, I've already been to Texas, Washington, D.C.
and France, but thanks for asking.
Plato, and New Sheets: The Adventures on an Art
Critic at IKEA
A stream-of-consciousness tour through IKEA, the
Swedish furniture store for the masses.
Ruminations on the state of art today and the way
a person can buy an entire identity all in the
comfort of one store. From The Stranger
"I'm an optimist, but I'm an optimist
that carries a raincoat."
--- Harold Wilson
Magazine celebrates its 400th issue. In a
culture of parody, how does satire function? If
there's no straight man, how does a joke
work? A Mad magazine editor reveals the
pressures of staying funny in a topsy-turvy world.
If the great horned owl were to be totally
stripped of its feathers, the naked bird would
weigh less than its feathers.
Founding Yuppie: Ben Franklin
Office parks are taking over America. But what is
office-park culture doing to the national
character? And who in history best represents the
new exurban office-park mentality?
The unlikely answer, it seems, is Benjamin
The official homepage of the current archaeology
dig at this classic Maya site. From Mesoweb
"Women and cats will do as they
please and men and dogs should relax and get used
to the idea."
--- Robert A. Heinlein
This Talk of Anarchy
Beneath tweedledum politics and brand-name
culture, anarchism flows like an
underground river, broad and deep. So
why can't we get past the surface? From Adbusters
Philosophers are often criticized for holding
strange and impractical ideas. Few have held
ideas as radically counter to common sense as the
Irish philosopher Bishop
George Berkeley (1685-1753). At the center of
Berkeley's thinking is his extraordinary claim
that nothing in the world exists except for ideas.
history of chewing gum.
December 17-23: SATURNALIA
The most beloved of all Roman holidays, this
weeklong festival honored Saturn, the god of
agriculture. It was celebrated most heartily by
slaves, who were granted freedom for the week.
Household roles were reversed, with masters
waiting hand and foot on their servants, enduring
their complaints. Almost all business in the
empire stopped as people indulged in a gay round
of feasts, games, gambling, visits, and gift
giving. Sound familiar?
"I love boxing. Where else do two
grown men prance around in satin underwear,
fighting over a belt?... The one who wins gets a
purse. They do it in gloves. It's the accessory
connection I love."
--- John McGovern
support systems on the International Space
Station provide oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide,
and manage vaporous emissions from the astronauts
themselves. It's all part of breathing
easy in our new home in space. From NASA Science News
An increasingly popular term I hope to
avoid: "Mouse potato"
a Dome Home
Do you want to live in a house that is both
environmentally friendly and energy efficient?
Build your own dome home. Noel Neighbor did, and
tells the story of starting from the ground up.
Frogs have Chilling Tale to Tell
When the northern half of the planet tilts away
from the sun each year, a Canada frog expert gets
a "tad anxious" about his amphibian
subjects. But not too anxious. Frogs can
freeze "as hard as hockey pucks" and
survive sub-zero temperatures for months at a
time. From Environmental
In 1547, British law was amended to end the
practice of boiling people to
death as punishment for criminal behavior.
Silence Broken on Autoerotic Deaths What a
way to die. Autoerotic asphyxia is the clinical
term for a climax- intensifying chokehold taken a
step too far. This sado-masochistic ritual may be
yet another example of America's stubborn refusal
to talk about sex perpetuating injury and death.
Cool word: patois [n. pa-TWAH
or PAT-wah.] pl. patois [pa-TWAH
Patois is a form of language distinct to a
particular region and lacking in literary
tradition, or a creole. The word sometimes
carries a negative connotation, suggesting that
the speakers are uneducated. Patois most often
describes a rural or provincial form of speech,
but the meaning has been broadened to encompass
other jargons as well. Near synonyms include cant,
argot, idiom, and lingo. Introduced into English
between 1635 and 1645, patois is akin to the Old
French patoier (to handle clumsily). It is
thought to come from the Old French pate (paw).
Charges Rock Guru's Followers
Sai Baba, a self-proclaimed holy man with as many
as 50 million devotees around the world, has been
charged with systematically sexually abusing boy
disciples for years. From The Telegraph
Chuck Yeager, chosen to fly the Army's Bell X-1
to attempt to break the sound barrier,
had suffered two broken ribs during a drunken
horseback ride only two nights before the
scheduled flight. He was in such pain he couldn't
stretch his right arm, and had to use a sawed-off
broomstick handle to reach the cabin door.
"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like
--- Thomas Edison
ado about SG344
Later this century a relic from NASA's earliest
space exploration efforts might return to Earth,
if current estimates are confirmed. The near-Earth
object, which follows an orbit almost
identical to our planet's, looks like an asteroid
but may be an Apollo-era rocket booster.
Germany condemned the death penalty as it
opened its World
Court lawsuit against the United States over
the execution of two German citizens last year in
"Why not go out on a limb? That's
where the fruit is."
--- Mark Twain