Consuming American Dream
Twenty years ago, few people had VCRs, cable TV,
cell phones, pagers or computers. Today, these
are all necessities. The American Dream has
evolved, and simple pleasures have been
sacrificed to the blind pursuit of material
nirvana. From TomPaine.com
in Columbia: Outsourcing the Drug War
U.S. taxpayers are unwittingly funding a private
war with private soldiers. State-sponsored
terrorism and the long, shady tentacles
of the Military-Industrial Complex From CorpWatch
13 Scariest White Guys in America From AlterNet
Albert Einstein's last words were in German.
Since the attending nurse did not understand
German, his last words will never be known.
Scientists have discovered a way to process computer
driven gigatron technology back to you
from our servers using monitor flash resistance.
Because of this you can now have your
photo taken online by your computer screen!
Just press the button to take the photo.
of Difficult Words
and Pentagon Whitewash Pearl Harbor
Disney's newest blockbuster, Pearl Harbor,
portrays war more like "a computer-enhanced
adventure than a personal, grim
experience." The Pentagon, in the hopes of a
recruiting boon, worked closely with the
filmmakers. From The Village
"These are concentration camps for
hogs. We had concentration camps in Poland before.
We will not allow them again."
-- Andrzej Lepper, president of the Polish Farmer's
Union, after visiting American hog farms.
Jackass Art San Francisco's new
school of brainy pranksters are making
performance art rude enough to be fun
again. From San
Francisco Bay Guardian
Frogs never drink. They
absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.
"It's a good thing cashews are curved
and not straight, or they'd get stuck even
further up your nose than they do now."
--- Some guy named Larry
Therapy: In the Military, it's known as "Nonlethal
Protesters understand tear gas and tazers, but
they may also get familiar with the potency
of bad smells. On the military's renewed
interest in odor deterrence... From San Francisco Gate
"I was walking down fifth avenue
today and I found a wallet, and I was gonna keep
it, rather than return it, but I thought: well,
if I lost a hundred and fifty dollars, how would
I feel? And I realized I would want to be taught
--- Emo Philips
Economy Making World Sick
Inhabitants of the developed world are consuming
and producing more than ever, yet more than one
billion people have no access to safe water. What
toll on the earth will our rabid
appetites take? From Worldwatch
Life's Work: Plaster Caster
Ever wonder how ultra-realistic sex toy
replicas were made? From Nerve.com
Whenever astronomers see the sky for the first
time in a new part of the electromagnetic
spectrum, they inevitably spot something they
didn't expect. Now NASA astronomers have captured
the first focused images of any astronomical
object at hard x-ray wavelengths in crisp detail.
a new batch of astronomical wonders?
"When my friend got sad after someone
told her the planet Mars would soon disappear
because of the number of Mars bars being made
from it, I had to smile. But I didn't say
anything. I didn't want to show her up as stupid
by pointing out that there is still enough
material on the planet to produce Mars bars for
several more centuries."
--- Paul Hancox
Readings of Dylan Lyrics
Bob Dylan's lyrics and how they relate to the
ancient 13th century Hebrew Kabbalah.
The legendary songwriter grew up as Robert Allen
Zimmerman, son of a Jewish businessman.
For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly
News spun in the wrong direction.
On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world
spinning back in the proper direction.
A slovenly, unmade bed befouled with condoms
and tampons; a dead shark preserved in
formaldehyde; human excrement, fastidiously
canned and packaged. Would you call this art? If
the answer is no, you are a Stuckist.
From The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The
Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Arthur Dent: "You know, it's
at times like this when I'm trapped in a Vogon
airlock with a man from Betelgeuse and about to
die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really
wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when
I was young!"
Ford Prefect: "Why, what
did she tell you?"
Arthur: "I don't know, I
"I think we agree the past is over."
-- George W. Bush
Father, Like Son
When it comes to mangling the mother tongue, W
has nutin' on pa. From Mother Jones
With bastardized modernism and romanticized Islam,
these travel posters hock holiness
as a dream vacation. From Killing
"I saw the movie, 'Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon' and I was surprised because I didn't
see any tigers or dragons. And then I realized
why: they're crouching and hidden."
-- Steve Martin
Blake talked with angels, with the dead, even
with the ghost of a flea, and howled against the
tyranny of convention...
Many Christians believe an all-out prayer
offensive is needed to protect President Bush
from a nearly two-centuries-old Shawnee
death curse. Was prayer the armor that
protected Ronald Reagan from an assassin's bullet?
There are 63,360 inches in a
George F. Will rails against the target marketing
of students in schools. From Washington Post
"The secret of success is honesty and
fair dealing. If you can fake those, you've got
-- Groucho Marx
Highlighting some of the most notable experimental
literary movements of our time,
including Transcendental America and The Beat
Generation. Learn about the birthplace of Allen
Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac's first published novel,
etc. From Litkicks
The US booted from two prominent
United Nations committees - the UN Human Rights
Commission and the UN international drug
monitoring board. Find out what's behind it. From
New high-resolution images and 3D altimetry
from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor
the 'Face on Mars' for what it really is.
The hairless area of roughened skin at the tip
of a bear's snout is called the rhinarium.
a Veteran of Maneuvers
In 1968, when "American boys were dying at a
rate of 350 a week" in Vietnam, George W.
served his country by playing "a lot
of tennis and drinking a lot of beer."
Famed British writer Ben Jonson (1573-1637) was
buried upright in Westminster Abbey's
Poet's Corner because he died in debt and couldn't
afford a proper gravesite.
Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
The forces that bring Wal-Mart to town and the
often disastrous effects it can
have on a small-town economy. From Alternet
All of us have received Spam Letters.
However, at some point in his life, Jonathan Land
decided to start writing back to them.
The original spam messages, as well as some of
the replies, contain strong language and adult
"Karaoke bars combine two of the
nations greatest evils: people who shouldnt
drink with people who shouldnt sing."
-- Tom Dreesen
The ultimate site for true crime enthusiasts and
all the rest of us who have a natural
fascination with those who commit the
dastardly deeds we never would.
Nagging questions that no one can answer? Feel
odd for asking them? Need the Straight Dope.
"I wrote a few children's books...
Not on purpose."
-- Steven Wright