The United States sells the majority of weapons
that the world purchases - to the tune of $18.6
billion last year. Fortunately, there is
congressional legislation aimed at keeping arms
sales confined to countries with good human
rights records. Unfortunately, the statistics
tell a different story. From World Policy
Sun Also Rises
Jay Bakker talks about growing up as Jim and
Tammy's kid, his disillusionment with mainstream
Christianity, and his hopes to connect with the
tattooed and pierced youth the Christian Right
has forsaken. From Killing
This desperate and often ugly life of skid row
poet Charles Bukowski.
An accident in the Mojave desert has inspired a
new kind of Mars rover -- a two-story high
beach ball that can descend to the Martian
surface, land safely, and explore vast expanses
of the Red Planet. From NASA
is Your Country on Drugs
From destitution to euphoria, fatality to fantasy,
people's experiences with drugs vary wildly. The
L.A. Weekly chronicles the experiences of 15
different writers. From LA Weekly
to FEMA for Kids, brought to you by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. I'm
Herman, the spokescrab for the site.
This site teaches you how to be prepared for
disasters. You can also become a Disaster
This interactive resource offers a vast array of
tools designed to "make history make sense."
The database of over 400 articles is searchable
by period and theme so you can get an overview of
the history of painting from cave art to 18th-century
British watercolours, or zero in on the Napoleonic wars. Take one of
the over 200 tours to explore themes and
movements throughout time, or choose among some
300 timelines to gain a broader
perspective of historical events.
King Charles VIII of France, who ascended to
the throne in 1483, was obsessed with the idea of
being poisoned. As his phobia grew, the monarch ate
so little that he died of malnutrition
Grid upon the Earth
Photographs. While man creates in primitive
blocks of symmetry, nature rarely is so
basic. From Amicus
"We should take care not to make the
intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful
muscles, but no personality."
--- Albert Einstein
Is the institution of marriage on its way out?
Many people question the relevance of
marriage in today's society. The future
of matrimony. From Creative
The average airspeed of the common
housefly is 4 1/2 mph. A housefly beats
its wings about 20,000 times per minute.
of the Day
That talking head on the tube would never
lie to you. Or would they? Is the truth
in there somewhere, but completely unrecognizable.
Convoluted truth. From PR Watch
Money Defense Shield
Is America's proposed national missile defense
shield a panacea against acts of nuclear
aggression, or just more pork on
the plates of the defense industry?
Puking in dull bags can no
longer be accepted, imagine your delight when you
discover the receptacle you are about to puke
into is of
the highest pedigree...how much happier you
would be handing over the steaming bag to the
"When I leave this world, I will
dream myself back to the world I was in before I
--- Chief Crazy Horse ]
Dracula is the most filmed
story of all time. Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde is second. Oliver Twist
Men Lie (About War)
From President Bush to your neighbor down the
street, men lie about their wartime
experiences. Examine the case of Mount
Holyoke professor and author Joe Ellis as a way
to get at this curious phenomenon. From New Mass
Golf was banned in England in
1457 because it was considered a distraction from
the serious pursuit of archery.
Research Matters at Harvard
In the laboratories at Harvard, researchers and
scientists are "turning artifacts of the
imagination into facts of life." This site
offers a peek into these labs, and allows you to
read about the research as it happens. It's
divided into six categories -- Mind, Body, Society, Earth, Space, and Technology.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant
and free, in a state of civilization, it expects
what never was and never will be."
--- Thomas Jefferson.
With the Bush administration clamoring to start
drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge, it's important to examine the impact on
wildlife as well as the effect on the region's
native people. From Amicus Journal
Cash? You Must be a Crook
Civil libertarians are outraged over revelations
that the DEA and other federal police agencies
reward rail and air carriers who tip them off
about cash-heavy customers. From Creative Loafing
Margaret Higgins Sanger, the birth-control
pioneer, was one of eleven children.
Atomic War Against its Citizens
Mutant babies, astronomical cancer rates,
government cover-ups, and other equally scary
facts have come to light--just as a new push is
underway to build more nuclear power plants and
scrap weapons treaties. From Boise Weekly
"I can levitate birds. No one cares."
--- Steven Wright
Favorite 100 Nonfiction Books since 1900
In the summer heat, the thought of lounging with
a book becomes even more appealing. Luckily,
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair from the
sassy political newsletter Counter Punch have
done it again, compiling a list that covers
topics as diverse as expeditions to the South
Pole, the history of sexuality, and linguistics.
Australia's 'paper' currency is made from
plastic. The special polymer is virtually
uncounterfeitable and is recyclable.
Castaneda, Minister of Democracy
How does a man go from being a super-radicalized,
left-leaning iconoclast to working for Vincente
Fox, a Mexican cross between Ronald Reagan and
Lee Iacocca? James E. Garcia explains why Mexican
Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda is worth
watching. From PoliticoMagazine
"Although difficult, in the end the
chase was successful - we're having wild goose