Open Thread (Until My Regular Blogging Resumes) – UPDATES in the Comments!

Note or discuss anything you want.


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  1. For instance…I just my first Christmas commercial on TV. It is to early! Atr least it was cleverly concealed by having John Pizzarelli singing/playing Cole Porter’s It’s Delovly.

  2. I listened to the author of “Innovation Nation” on WPR on my way to work this morning. I have since added the book to my to-buy list.

    TPMB has a post on it too:

  3. Links from email by Jayson ( —>>>>

    Gathering ‘Storm’ Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets
    Bruce Schneier, 10/04/07

    John Robb, 10/04/07

    Why didn’t anyone think of this before?

    “At the Eye of the Storm in Baghdad”
    October 22, 2007 6:00 AM

    “Television Without Pity”–Jericho recaps

    “Blog Talk Radio”

    “Algorithms and Business”

    Dr. Who episode: “The Green Death”

    “Here We Go Again!”

    EXCERPT (emphasis added):

    The question comes to mind after observing the historical results of attempting to reach acceptable agreements by negotiating with sworn enemies: Have you learned nothing? The list of modern “statesmen” in search of a “legacy” beginning with Neville Chamberlain and continuing with Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton is soon to include George Bush and Ehud Olmert.

    Another question I would pose to those deluded politicians who seek the ephemera of a “middle east resolution” is: since when did “peace” become a process instead of a condition? As the old saw goes: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice (repeatedly?) shame on me.”[…]

    Equation can spot a failing neighbourhood
    04 November 2007
    Marcus Chown
    Magazine issue 2628

    Date: Oct 31, 2007 6:48 AM
    Subject: [thecrescentland] US practicing systematic rape, torture, sadism against women in Iraqi prison cam

    US practicing systematic rape, torture, sadism against women in Iraqi prison camps.

    Yaqen News Agency , Translated by Muhammad Abu Nasr

    October 27, 2007

    The General Secretary of the Union of Political Prisoners and Detainees in Iraq, Muhammad
    Adham al-Hamd declared that the US occupation administration in Iraq relies on
    systematic rape, torture, and sadistic treatment of Iraqi women prisoners in its prison
    camps in the country.
    Al-Hamd said that the enormous crimes being committed against women in the prison
    camps in occupied Iraq have the support and blessings of the US military, for whom the
    practices serve as a means to bring psychological pressure on men engaged in the
    Resistance, in an attempt to break their spirit and fighting will.
    Muhammad Adham al-Hamd made the comments in a statement regarding reports that
    confirmed the presence of large numbers of women in the American-run prison camps –
    women who are detained solely to be raped and abused in order to bring pressure upon
    their husbands, brothers, sons or fathers.
    Al-Hamd declared that the women prisoners are subjected to strip searchs, torture, rape,
    and psychological and physical humiliation by the police and prison administrators.
    Their clothing is removed and they are deprived of food and water for days in order to
    break their will.

    Al-Hamd said that teams from the International Red Cross and groups operating under the
    umbrella of the United Nations have been prevented from visiting the detention centers
    and learning about what goes on there. Rarely do these organizations demand to visit
    prisons and detention centers because of the lack of security and the fact that the
    sectarian militias control the facilities.
    International bodies and reports of the puppet “Human Rights Ministry” under the US-
    installed regime warn of an enormous human disaster that is likely to happen as the
    currently circulating epidemics of cholera and AIDS spread within many of the prison
    But the American practices of imprisoning and savagely treating women is, in fact,
    backfiring, al-Hamd said, pointing to a study done in central and western Iraq that showed
    that the arrest of just one Iraqi woman would drive 1,000 men to take up arms and attack
    US troops and their puppet regime allies in defense of the woman’s honor and dignity.

    “In search of a darwinian ratchet: the ANC, the PLO, and the RAF

  4. One more from by Jayson:

    “Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood”

    Me: Wow.

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