A tale of zero tolerance: "for me it’s less about protesting bush, per se, than about public space and the methods of social control. in a world where property ownership is god and real estate determines culture, public space is precious. that is where people can congregate without some specific authorized purpose. do we want to live in a world where we need permission to gather? i sure don’t."
Well, it's looking like Ohio and Florida will both go to Bush, putting the presidency out of reach for Kerry. I haven't seen a poll site yet that got all the key states right; neither right-leaning nor left-leaning. I hope _all_ the polls are wrong enough that Kerry comes out ahead when all the counting is truly complete, but that sounds like a pipe dream just at the moment.
Poor Tom Brokaw sounds like he wants to cry, describing the nearly-lost cause of the Kerry campaign. At the moment, Kerry would have to win every remaining state, including Nevada, and that just ain't going to happen.
But what I just can't comprehend is Florida going to Bush! Didn't the democrats in that state learn anything in 2000?
And what about the "nation's breadbasket" -- what part of "giant deficit", "incipient draft", and "disingenuous foreign policy" do those people not understand? Never mind, it's a rhetorical question. The very people who vote for Bush are those who will suffer the most under his policies.
Here's an album with pictures from Robert Pirsig's original 1968 cross-country motorcyle journey (as told in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance") plus photos from more recent re-creations of the trip. It's cool to see how closely the actual people/places are to what I had always pictured in my mind's eye!
Joe Bageant: Mash Note for the "Girl with the Leash": "Most of the young soldiers were fleeing economically depressed places, or dead end jobs like Lynndie had at the chicken processing plant. These so-called volunteers are part of this nation's de facto draft---economic conscription. Money is always the best whip to use on the laboring clasess. Thirteen hundred a month, a signing bonus and free room and board sure beats the hell out of yanking guts through a chicken's ass."
This has actually been around for quite a while, but it sure is nifty: FutureMe.org lets you send e-mail to yourself at some date in the future -- a virtual time-capsule if you will! Now if only they would extend it to include photos...