Monthly Archives: November, 2004

Just some questions & a little rambling

Has Communism been defeated or discredited, or both, or neither?

Should the law protect journalists from having to reveal their sources?

Are bloggers journalists?

Just some questions & a little rambling

I would have edited this better, but I can’t, or at least haven’t been able for the past three or four hours, to access the edit function for Radically Inept.

I will try again, as it appears things are moving faster.

Know Your Communist!

Okay, I better just come clean on this one. I was looking for a photo of some bubbha-looking-fellow to go along with the gas station in the lower right hand corner, when suddenly, I came across this odd man. As soon as I saw him, everything went dark. When I recovered conciousness, I found this fake ad for a fake internet militia exported as a .gif on macromedia fireworks. Its kind of scary how real it looks… Sometimes I wonder, am I crazy? or is everyone else crazy?

"Isn’t the Bush administration facing much the same situation in the US, absent the mass street rallies?"

In related essays, Dave Lindorff observes the “irony and hypocrisy” of the media’s treatment of the contested presidential election in Ukraine, and notes that a “nation of sheep in America is getting a lesson in democracy from the former Soviet state of Ukraine.”

Bush Arrested in Ottawa

Dare to dream.

Paralysed Woman Walks Again

Stem cells (of the non-embryonic variety) to the rescue. This is a fairly major break through. In the “because sometimes positive stuff is on AmSam” category.



Andrew Berends – video still

“For months on end, these seven independent photographers and filmmakers have worked exclusively in Iraq documenting US troops and Iraqi civilians, resistance fighters and child laborers, imprisoned women and incarcerated youths.
Using varied media and narrative styles ranging from photojournalism to first person narratives, cinema verite and found photography, Iraq Uncensored photographers present insights and subtleties beyond what daily news reporting can provide.

Together they will present rare windows on Iraq, the land that cradled what we now call civilization.”

"Be studious, stay in school and stay away from the military. I mean it."

–Marine Staff Sgt. Russell Slay,  giving instructions to his 5-year-old son, Walker, in a letter to his family shortly before he was killed. He was one of 12 soldiers from Texas killed in Iraq this month.

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And Counterbrand the Republicans….

I actually thought that Oliver Willis’ Brand Democrat idea was a good one. We need left of center network models to promote them though, which I guess is one reason why we’re here.

I think we need to counterbrand the Republicans while we’re at it. These are two of my humble attempts.

Evolution and Those Who Prefer Not to Evolve

From Gallup: “Only about a third of Americans believe that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is a scientific theory that has been well supported by the evidence, while just as many say that it is just one of many theories and has not been supported by the evidence. The rest say they don’t know enough to say. Forty-five percent of Americans also believe that God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago. A third of Americans are biblical literalists who believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.”

If you are inspired to change these sad statistics, here’s a tool box for you: Talk Origins, Skeptics Annotated Bible, Raving Atheist, Religious News Blog, American Samizdat, Internet Infidels, God is for Suckers, James Randi Educational Foundation, Free Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. This atheist hopes to see you down here in the foxholes soon, tovarish.

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