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September 15th, 2005

03:34 pm - Bush: American Nero

From the Wiki article on Nero:

Great Fire of Rome

On the night July 18 to July 19, 64 the Great fire of Rome erupted. The fire started in densely populated areas like the Suburra, in which had been built the insulae, wooden dwellings, built on three or four floors. Nero was reportedly vacationing in his native Anzio but had to return in haste. The fire burned for a week. Rumor circulated that Nero had played his lyre and sang, on top of Quirinal Hill, while the city burned. (Tacitus, Ann. xv; Suetonius, Nero xxxvii; Dio Cassius, R.H. lxii.) Over the years, this turned to a legend that Nero had fiddled as Rome burned, an impossible act as the fiddle had not yet been invented. The same accounts depict him opening his palaces to provide shelter for the homeless and arranging for food supplies to be delivered in order to prevent starvation among the survivors. However, Nero lost his chances at redeeming his reputation when he immediately produced plans of rebuilding Rome in a monumental –and less inflammable – style.
[cont'd. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero ]

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March 30th, 2005

09:46 pm
U.S. Soldiers Accused Of Raping Iraqi Women Escape Prosecution

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March 27th, 2005

11:49 am - from woosterfeed

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March 25th, 2005

07:59 pm - Video of octopuses walking on two legs
I just know cephalopods are really intelligent. Maybe they will inherit the Earth.


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11:23 am - MORE BANKSY

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March 24th, 2005

02:32 am - Knock Knock
Who's there?
Proselytizers who?
Fundamentalist christian fascist proselytizers who are taking over your country.


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March 22nd, 2005

12:37 pm - Thank you James!
My friend jrfrench has sent me a handmade birthday card with pictures from the Goddess culture in Malta on it, and an solar return message that inspires me... James, you rock, how sweet of you! I have received the BEST cards this year, better than any other year.

AND he sent me this cd, "'George Bush, You're an Evil Man' and other Patriotic Songs," which is totally cool and some of it is hilarious.

Thank you!
This year's was a really fun birthday, mellow & good energy.

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March 9th, 2005

02:50 pm
You are from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
You're weird, creative, charming, and love to
mess with people's minds.

Which Psychedelic children's Movie do you belong in?
brought to you by Quizilla

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12:01 am - Easy vegan kind-of-like-a-classic-French Fruit Tart
1 health-food-store graham cracker pie crust, 9" or vegan wheatmeal crust
vegan chocolate chips (a handful or 2)
2 blocks silken tofu
pure vanilla
2 or 3 eggs-worth of egg substitute
a big glug of *real* grade A maple syrup
evaporated cane juice (sugar)
dash of seasalt
squeeze of organic lemon juice
(optional dash of grated lemon-rind, yellow only)
(optional *tiny* dash of Saigon cinnamon)
slices of kiwi
mandarin orange slices (from a jar)
organic strawberry or apricot preserves, 1 or 2 Tbsp

Toss the chips onto the floor of the piecrust, distribute evenly. Put tofu, vegan egg, vanilla, salt, lemon, sugar, and maple (these last two to your taste for sweetness) into the cuisinart and whirl until smooth. Pour into pie crust. There may be extra (there was enough extra for me to make a 2nd 8" pie, but then again they were a bit shallow.)

Bake at 350* until set (I forget how long, sorry) and golden on top. Remove and let sit out to cool. The top will look a little dry, don't worry.

When cool, thin the preserves with a tablespoon or so of water, blend well. Glaze top of pie with this. Artfully arrange the fruits in concentric circles, laying the slices flat but overlapping each other slightly. When you do the mandarin slices, make them all go in the same direction. Brush and dab them lightly with more glaze, like lightly glazing the tops of them as well. Refrigerate, and serve it cold.

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March 5th, 2005

02:03 am
From http://boingboing.net

Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and UN bigshot Lloyd Axeworthy published this scathing open letter to Condi Rice:

I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.
But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence.

Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.

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(This pic is from BLINK O RAMA which, if you play Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack while viewing it, is how I feel about television .)

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