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Saturday, November 08, 2003

Going, going, gone...

Remember how all the reasons we absolutely had to go to war against Iraq turned out to be not entirely, er, truthful? Well, it now looks as if there might have been a good chance that this, this, this, and the whole damn thing could have been completely avoided. With every passing day it becomes clearer the war was/is a sham and the American people have been the ignorant victims of a Music Man-esque con job. At least we killed a bunch of people. That seems worth it.

And there's always more good news that makes me wish I was strapped to Voyager I, wherever it may actually be. Some recent gems of happiness:

Panel backs 'battlefield' nukes
The Bush administration argues that it needs the new bombs to destroy caches of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of potential enemies. But Democrats and other opponents say that because the warheads are smaller and thus more usable, they make nuclear exchanges more likely and encourage foes to build their own nuclear deterrents. ...
Congressional Democrats have insisted that the United States -- which already has more than 10,000 nuclear warheads -- does not need new weapons and that development of the smaller warheads will just encourage potential enemies, such as North Korea and Iran, to rush and build their own deterrent forces. ...
The law being written by the conference committee lifts the old prohibition, but it also requires the administration to come back to Congress for approval if it wants to begin the actual detailed engineering work on warhead production.

Somehow, that doesn't make me feel any safer. Neither does this.

Lynch says Pentagon used her for propaganda. America's hero-sweetheart is actually just some dumb grunt who got captured. Go figure. Kudos to her for having the guts to shatter the dreams and beliefs of every True American Patriot.

300,000 Iraqis May Be in Mass Graves

And to top it all off, it is more than likely that overcast skies this evening will prevent me from viewing the total lunar eclipse tonight. I've been looking forward to it all week. The same thing happened with the whole Mars-at-its-closest thing a while back. Can't I get a meteorologial break around here?

Good news, though: Today I'll finally get around to watching the William Gibson documentary (No Maps for These Territories) I taped a million years ago. And a heads-up to Mac: I haven't forgotten, and I'll get that sucker to you in the very near future.

Music currently in heavy rotation on my playlist:
The Rapture 'Sister Savior'
They Might Be Giants 'Birdhouse in Your Soul'
Morrissey 'Disappointed'
Pavement 'Father to a Sister of Thought'
British Sea Power 'The Lonely'
Pixies 'Letter to Memphis'
Sigur Ros 'Njosnavelin'
Alkaline Trio 'Maybe I'll Catch Fire'
Bjork 'Violently Happy'
Creedence Clearwater Revival 'Walk on the Water'
The Shins 'Caring is Creepy'
Radiohead 'A Punchup at a Wedding'
Wilco 'War On War'
MC5 'Over and Over'
Television 'Friction'

And I've been reading...
Rudy Rucker 'Gnarl!'
Kurt Vonnegut 'Welcome to the Monkeyhouse'
Philip K. Dick 'The Simulacra'
J.R.R. Tolkien 'The Return of the King'
William Gibson 'Burning Chrome'


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