"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -- Woody Allen
ORSON WELLES: THE ONE-MAN BAND is a fascinating glimpse at this extraordinary man's final years made with the cooperation of Oja Kodar, Welles' longtime companion, to whom he bequeathed a wealth of unedited films and fragments when he died in 1985. Directed by Vassili Silovic.
It was only a matter of time, of course. So nice -- from the Balkans to India, we have various stages of war, all becoming increasingly inter-related. To say nothing about other areas of the world!
Essentially, we've got a huge fight among various power blocs over a resource we shouldn't even be using while global warming, nuclear weapons, and emergent diseases like bird flu (remember that? -- still mutating away) -- any of which can end civilization (such as it is) or even cause our extinction -- are still mostly unaddressed.
Here are some neat resources at CEPR (pron. "seeper," I found out); I put the homepage in the "Worthy Endeavors" list to the left (scroll down; it's under the Label Cloud and Archive). Multimedia Page.Nifty Calculators: Places specific tax or spending numbers in the context of the total U.S. budget. It converts dollar amounts into either dollars per capita or into a percentage of total revenues, total discretionary spending, or the total budget (including nondiscretionary spending). Compares the cost of owning a home relative to renting for a potential new homeowner. It reports the "Net Cost of Owning" — the expected amount of additional cash available to a renter. Compares current-law Social Security benefits to the Bush Plan based on "Progressive Indexing" and the 2005 State of the Union proposal, which includes private accounts paid for by 4 percentage points of the employee's payroll tax.
USSC manages to top its horrible decision to enthrone Bush by stopping the vote count in 2000. Note the Orwellian logic they support without comment from the lower court: you cannot bring suit against the government for secretly spying on you because you don't know whether they really did spy on you because it's a secret. Case dismissed.
I know, I know: the "People's Court" is a bad analogy. A better one would be the current kangaroo court in Guantanamo.
Update: The smart puppies over at Wikileaks anticipated this recent US shutdown. You can find them at any of these (publicly divulged) mirror sites. Note the following: SUPPORT OUR FIRST AMENDMENT CASE TO APPEAL JUSTICE WHITE'S ORDER TO CENSOR WIKILEAKS.ORG!
Original: Wikileaks was the site that posted the leaked rules of engagement in Iraq. I'm sure this is just a coincidence. Support the troops, continue shopping, and remember: you don't have to do anything else except support Saint Obama. He will provide for his flock.
From the Miami Herald. Note the unintentional irony -- apparently, one of our core moral values is transferring tried-and-true anti-Semitic stereotypes onto Arabs:
Am I exaggerating? You decide: here's a lovely issue of Der Stürmer, from the German Propaganda Archive: (From the linked page: "This is the cover to the most infamous issue of Der Stürmer, the 1934 issue accusing Jews of practicing ritual murder to secure the blood of Christians to use in Jewish religious rituals. The headline reads: Jewish Murder Plan against Gentile Humanity Revealed. The issue actually got banned by the Nazis after it had been out for a while, not because of anti-Semitic content, but because it compared alleged Jewish ritual murder with the Christian sacrament of communion. A full English translation of the issue was published in the United States in 1976 by a gr…
From a friend... Lecture on four letters of Freud, delivered in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990 by K. R. Eissler. To my knowledge it is the only recording of Eissler's voice publicly accessible. The lecture he gives, entitled "An Interpretation of Four Letters by Freud," is a brilliant one and provides us with a wonderful example of Eissler's public speaking. It occurred as part of a symposium held at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990; the symposium was entitled "Understanding Freud," and it eventually was published (same title) by NYU Press.