|The Laywers were all disbarred.
The Priests were all defrocked.
The Electricans were delighted.
scientists are experimenting
with miniature magnetospheres as an
innovative means of space transportation. If the
group succeeds, next-generation spacecraft may
come equipped with fuel-efficient magnetic
bubbles that speed their occupants from planet
to planet and ward off the worst solar
flares. From NASA science
"If a million people believe a
foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
--- Anatole France
My daughter, "Chaos,"
is the lastest to join the small army of folks
who forward weird e-things to me -- jokes, good
luck potions, the story about the guy who woke up
in a bathtub of ice with his liver missing, etc.
She then sent a letter saying that
something she sent prior contained a worm virus,
and that I should be careful about downloading
things people send to me. This she followed with
an e-mail with the subject "Danger: Fart
Joke," which I immediately deleted.
In an essay commemorating the 100th
anniversary of Friedrich Nietzsche's death,
cultural critic Mark Kingwell considers the
German philosopher's legacy - an exploration of
why he still speaks to us today. From Britannica.com
of Cd'A sent me this awesome
picture with a note saying it was taken in
the Bitterroot National Forest
in Montana by fire behavior analyst John McColgan.
"If we make peaceful revolution
impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable."
--- John F. Kennedy
sign up to sell their vote
The Austrian owner of Voteauction.com boasts of
more than 6,000 Americans who
have signed up to auction off their presidential
votes to the highest bidder -- illegal activity
under the laws of every state in the union -- Voteauction.com
is now detailing its plans to begin an outreach
campaign. From Wired.
Milosevic is lucky he didn't get
elements of a walk.
What's a flâneur? Webster defines it simply as 'an
idle man-about-town,' one of those fin de
siècle dandies who ambled through the
crowds of European cities in search of bustle,
gossip, and beauty. Flâneur seeks to scrutinize
the city, to evoke the essence of the street. And
to encourage flaneurial behavior, whether
detached observation or decadent gadding about.
It's not just a matter of loafing about, so much
as it is a way of observing the world around us.
blurred can an image be and still be recognizable?
"All truth passes through three
stages: first, it is ridiculed; next it is
violently attacked; finally, it is held to be
Known well in the sex tourism circuit, Thailand's
sex workers are upping the ante by offering the
wonder drug Viagra to keep business flowing on
the streets of Pattaya, now "a
sexual Disneyland": the frantic
nights of male tourists dancing, popping arousing
pills and finding a "lady," and the
lows of mornings after, not only of depression,
but often leading to dangerous recourses. From Troika
Police in China's eastern province of Jiangsu
found a novel way to fill their pockets with cash:
opened a brothel, then arrested the customers
and "fined" them.
Poker Night with Larry Flynt!
Dinner with wheelchair-bound king
pornographer Larry Flynt and his cohorts at
Flynt's three-month-old, $35 million Hustler
casino in Gardena, California, is bound to be
lively. Here's all of the gory details from The New York
"The real evil...was their acceptance
of the principle that the end justifies the means.
This is how most human beings...are introduced to
evil. They are not pushed into evil by a strong
desire to do wicked things, but by people who
persuade them that evil is necessary to achieve
some greater good, and that the good justifies
"Cocaine Has Never Been an Added
Ingredient in Coca-Cola....Have a nice day."
The Egyptians first invented toothpaste,
some 5,000 years ago. It was a crude mixture of
wine and pumice. From the early Roman Empire
until 18th-century Europe and America, urine was
a main ingredient in toothpaste, because the
ammonia in it is an excellent cleaner.
Liquor from Luzhou and the Secret of the Earth
Ever considered brewing your own alcohol? Take an
historical journey through centuries of brewing
strong alcohol in China. From Art Bin.
"The illusion of freedom (in America)
will continue as long as it's profitable to
continue the illusion. At the point where the
illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they
will just take down the scenery, they will pull
back the curtains, they will move the tables and
chairs out of the way and you will see the brick
wall at the back of the theater."
--- Frank Zappa
Penny Daniels tells us to turn
down the sound on our television if we don't want
to hear the Olympic results. She reads the
results. Then she says that now we can turn the
Well now: The Dr. Seuss book
"Yertle the Turtle" was based on Adolf
Hitler, while "Marvin K. Mooney,
Will You Please Go Away Now?" featured a
character that is constantly asked to go away.
The character was based on ex-president Richard
16, 1960, a US Air Force balloonist named
Joseph Kittinger ascended in an open-gondola
balloon to a record-setting altitude of 102,800
feet. Wearing a pressure suit and a parachute, he
stepped out of the balloon into very thin air.
Kittinger free-fell for four
minutes and 37 seconds. With almost no air
resistance at that altitude, his vertical
speed reached almost 600 mph. He landed
safely, having set records for highest open-gondola
balloon flight, longest free-fall,
fastest free-fall, and longest
"The greatest obstacle to discovery
is not ignorance – it is the illusion of
--- Daniel J Boorstin
CIA's Refusal to Declassify the Covert Record on
Despite repeated requests from both Congress and
the Clinton administration, the CIA continues to
block the release of documents detailing its
supporting role in the right-wing dictatorship of
Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Independent Presidential Candidates
In addition to presidential candidates from 11
different third parties, 83 independent hopefuls'
names will appear on ballots for president across
the country in November. Politics1.com
has a complete list, including humorist Dave
Barry and David Broida (Maryland), whose campaign
website declares: "I am not a crook, yet."
Joe Lieberman's emphasis on religion bad for
Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman's recent
statements calling for a religious renewal of
America touched off a fiery debate over the
separation of church and state. The Anti-Defamation
League, which monitors anti-semitism, has even
called on the candidate to quit his sermonizing
and focus on real issues. The American
Prospect has pulled together a roundtable of
leading thinkers to examine the role of religion
"When I was born, I was so surprised,
I couldn't talk for a year and a half!"
--- Gracie Allen
During a visit to Orange, Calif., George W.
Bush was asked about an article in Vanity Fair
magazine that proposes a cause for his frequent
lapses of grammar: dyslexia.
Bush laughed off that theory and did so by
pointing out how little contact he had with the
writer of the Vanity Fair article. 'The woman who
knew that I had dyslexia -- I never interviewed
her," Bush said. He did not appear to be
making what would have been a clever joke."
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000
ways that won't work."