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Issue 17

The 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

Dyncorp 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

The 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.

The Dictionary of Difficult Words

Disney 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 Voice

"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

Aroma Therapy: In the Military, it's known as "Nonlethal Weapons Development"
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 a lesson."
--- Emo Philips

All-You-Can-Eat 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

A 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. Perhaps 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

Jewish 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 didn't listen!"

"I think we agree the past is over."
-- George W. Bush

Like Father, Like Son
When it comes to mangling the mother tongue, W has nutin' on pa. From Mother Jones

Advertising Allah
With bastardized modernism and romanticized Islam, these travel posters hock holiness as a dream vacation. From Killing the Buddha

"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

William Blake talked with angels, with the dead, even with the ghost of a flea, and howled against the tyranny of convention...

Zero-Year Curse
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 mile.

Consumer Cadets
George F. Will rails against the target marketing of students in schools. From Washington Post Online

"The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you've got it made."
-- Groucho Marx

Remembering the Beats
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

Rogue Nation
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 The Nation

New high-resolution images and 3D altimetry from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft reveal the 'Face on Mars' for what it really is. From NASA Science News

The hairless area of roughened skin at the tip of a bear's snout is called the rhinarium.

Bush: 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." From Daily News Online

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.

Store 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

The Spam Letters
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 themes.

"Karaoke bars combine two of the nation’s greatest evils: people who shouldn’t drink with people who shouldn’t sing."
-- Tom Dreesen

The Crime Library
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.

The Straight Dope
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

 

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