Youtubin': Brick of Faith
Joe's internet journaling mainly occurs on myspace now, as he seems to have put Blogger on the back burner. Anyway, here's
Joe Rivas's "Brick of faith":
Now in Bloggo-Scope®
A special treat for all you Kafka fans: the recipient of a "National Security Letter" explains how a gag order works. If there's anything nastier than a warrantless search, it's a warrantless search the victim is legally forbidden to complain about.
As most of the world has noticed by now, very few Americans are critical thinkers. Most suffer from a collective learning disability based on the complete commodification of our consciousness by consumerism and electronic media. In this case, learning disability is a nice way of saying that we have become collectively stupid, muchless capable of insight.
Insight is scary to Americans so conditioned to rote consumption and substituting entertainment and illusion for actual involvement. When they realize something, and I mean genuine higher understanding of what the sum of the parts mean, not simply what they appear to be, their consciousness is altered and they become different inside. Suddenly the world is no longer the solid consumer state sonambulation they are accustomed to. They have no tools to deal with it. Beyond that least half of us are so conditioned we are incapable of human insight at all...
March 24, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --Never underestimate a mouse's determination.
There's a mouse in Bill Exner's house that he says he has captured three times. Each time, the mouse escaped, and the last time the rodent made off with his lower dentures.
Exner, 68, said he and his wife Shirley scoured his bedroom after the dentures disappeared from his night stand.
"We moved the bed, moved the dressers and the night stand and tore the closet apart," he said. "I said, 'I knew that little stinker stole my teeth' -- I just knew it."
They found a small opening in a wall where they suspected the mouse was coming and going, and their daughter's fiance, Eric Holt, stepped in to help. "He brought a crowbar and hammer and he sawed off a section of wood and pulled up the molding and everything," Exner said. "It was quite a job." They retrieved the dentures, and Holt suggested his future father-in-law boil them in peroxide and whatever else he could find for to disinfect it.
The mouse apparently isn't done. It frequently comes out and stares at Exner, his wife said.
"He's taunting him -- I swear he's taunting him," Shirley Exner said.
Former ambassador to the UN John Bolton told the BBC that before any ceasefire Washington wanted Israel to eliminate Hezbollah's military capability. Mr Bolton said an early ceasefire would have been "dangerous and misguided". He said the US decided to join efforts to end the conflict only when it was clear Israel's campaign wasn't working. The former envoy, who stepped down in December 2006, was interviewed for a BBC radio documentary, The Summer War in Lebanon, to be broadcast in April.
More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and an unknown number of Hezbollah fighters were killed in the conflict. Israel lost 116 soldiers in the fighting, while 43 of its civilians were killed in Hezbollah rocket attacks.
his comments came on Tuesday, a day after settlers took over a building in Hebron, claiming to have bought it. A local Palestinian family disputed this claim, saying they had purchased the property. Peres said that the settlers should be evicted if it is proved that they have acted unlawfully. A large Israeli force of police and soldiers is surrounding the three-storey building after large numbers of settlers moved in late on Monday.Today(March 22nd) is also World Water Day which was first commemorated by the UN in '93 to raise awareness of the fact that as many as a billion people around the world don't have ready access to safe drinking water.
CanWest promises to redesign the magazine, introduce more illustrations, and try to make TNR look like a real consumer magazine. (TNR is the only stand-alone magazine amidst the multibillion-dollar media behemoth that's brimming with more than 100 Canadian newspapers and dozens of television and radio properties worldwide.) That's the good news. The bad news for TNR staffers is that CanWest's recent history is littered with lawsuits, gag orders, and byline strikes, buffered by a steady stream of columnists, reporters, and editors who complain CanWest actively censors its employees who stray from the company's conservative, pro-war, pro-Israel blueprint...
The traditionally neutral Swiss army has staged an unplanned invasion after troops blundered into Liechtenstein. A 171-strong Swiss company got two kilometres into its neighbour before realising the mistake and heading back. Liechtenstein authorities made light of the intrusion, saying they only knew about it when the Swiss told them. In 1985, the Swiss had to pay Liechtenstein compensation when rockets fired by its army went astray and set a forest ablaze. The latest incident began on Wednesday night during a routine training exercise for the infantrymen in the Alpine forests close to an unmarked section of the border. The company commander led his men in the wrong direction in bad weather but gave the immediate order to return when realising the error.Washington Post-ABC News poll: Majority in Poll Favor Deadline For Iraq Pullout
[McCain]stands as usual with Sen. Joe Lieberman's in supporting the export of more U.S. troops into the ongoing bloodbath in Iraq, and against the majority view of the American public. Is there anything interesting about his candidacy besides the media's inexplicable fascination with his every move and his ongoing willingness to sell out every 'maverick' position he's ever held in an attempt to gain political power?