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Monthly Archives: August 2004

Peckinpah Observatory

I put up a new web site on the Jumano server this weekend for the Peckinpah Observatory.  Let me know what you think.

http://www.jumano.com/astro/

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RSS Calendar – My Calendar in newsfeed format

RSSCalendar.com

Here’s an interesting new “news feed“ service that uses RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to deliver a personal calendar into a news reader or into a web page.  You can see mine embedded in the Jumano home page at:

http://www.jumano.com

You can go to the site and set one up for your self at:

http://www.rsscalendar.com/rss/

Moonshine

Here’s an image I took of a couple of jars of moonshine on a bookshelf in Sam Peckinpah’s old cabin.  I like the juxtaposition of alcohol and bullets and the bible.

Here’s an image of me tasting the moonshine.  It was gooood…

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

 

The Haves and the Have Mores – Bush’s Base

In Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, there is a scene show George Bush speaking at a catholic charities fundraiser, the Alfred Smith memorial dinner, which is well known as a forum for political debate and jokes.  His “joke“ strikes too close to home:

“This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite — I call you my base.”

This statement shows the arrogance and insensitivity of the current administration.  As my friend “Greedy the Clown“ said today, this clip should be played over and over up until the election.

You can catch a QuickTime snippet here:
http://www.jumano.com/uploads/gwb-base.mov

See my previous blog entry about Fahrenheit 9/11:
Fahrenheit 9/11 – in their own words

Democratic National Convention Speeches

Here are some links to the transcripts of speeches given at the 2004 Democratic National Convention:

Senator John Kerry
President Bill Clinton
Senator Hillary Clinton
President Jimmy Carter
Madeleine Albright
Howard Dean
Ron Reagan
State Senator Barack Obama

Here’s an excerpt from Bill Clinton’s speech:

When I was in office, the Republicans were pretty mean to me. When I left and made money, I became part of the most important group in the world to them. At first I thought I should send them a thank you note—until I realized they were sending you the bill.

They protected my tax cuts while:

  • Withholding promised funding for the Leave No Child Behind Act, leaving over 2 million children behind
  • Cutting 140,000 unemployed workers out of job training
  • 100,000 working families out of child care assistance
  • 300,000 poor children out of after school programs
  • Raising out of pocket healthcare costs to veterans
  • Weakening or reversing important environmental advances for clean air and the preservation of our forests.

Find the rest of the speeches here.

One, two, … er, too many

 

People who have no words for number find it difficult to count…  who would’ve guessed.

Read this article about the Piraha of the Amazon from the Guardian Unlimited:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4997705-103681,00.html

I got this from Creative Chaos – Dina Mehta’s Blog at:
http://radio.weblogs.com/0121664/2004/07/07.html#a459 

I-Neighbors

This looks interesting for community building…

Use I-Neighbors to:

  • Meet and communicate with your neighbors.
  • Find neighbors with similar interests.
  • Share information on local companies and services.
  • Organize and advertise local events.
  • Vocalize local concerns and ideas.

Who is I-Neighbors for?:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Local Governments
  • Tenants Groups
  • Community Organizers
  • Neighborhood Associations

http://www.i-neighbors.org/index.php

MusicPlasma – incredible

This is a fantastic view of the influence relationships between musicians: http://musicplasma.com/

Reminds me of a previous blog about Mark Lombardi: http://jumano.com/blogs/chris/archive/2004/01/23/580.aspx

 

 

Government Information Awareness

If you missed my prvious blog entry, please check it out: http://jumano.com/blogs/chris/archive/2004/03/02/737.aspx 

Open Government Information Awareness

 

Mission:

To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.

To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process.

Testing BlogJet

I have installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” — Pablo Picasso

Glenn’s book is finally out

The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction

I had ordered my copy from Amazon.com about a month ago, and finally it arrived.  You can order it here:

Here’s my review:

While this book is titled “The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction” it is above all about freedom.

Glenn breaks freedom into two primary categories. Freedom to will, he says, imposes restraints on others.  Freedom to experience is a more extensive kind of freedom that, while limited at the boundary where others’ liberties are encroached upon, also calls for responsibility to find common ground within our various differences.

From his experience in political campaigns he shows how political advertising is calculated for maximum psychological effect and that even those who are aware of its manipulation are not immune from its persuasion.  If you remember, for example, a childhood memory of holding Bugs Bunny’s hand at Disneyland then you’ll be interested to read the chapter on televised ads.

Glenn answers the question of “What is to be done” and foresees the internet and the emerging social media web sites such as web logs (blogs) as a means of democratizing the political process by encouraging broader participation.

I recommend this book for those who want to understand the deceitful manipulations of the political machine from a political insider who has a profound command of varied philosophical and scientific perspectives.

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