Tsunami Kills 23K

Posted by: on Dec 27, 2004 | No Comments

Yesterday, a 9.0 earthquake in the Bay of Bengal triggered massive tsunamis killing more than 23,000 from Indonesia to Somalia to India and Bangladesh. A massive tragedy impacting some of the most impoverished places in the world. Just awful.
The ICRC has set up an aid website. Donate.
The local news here in Atlanta saw this story so important it ran it 15 minutes into the broadcast, the last story before weather. The lead story being after Christmas sales, of course. God our media sucks.


Posted by: on Dec 21, 2004 | No Comments

Bush poised to be most unpopular president ever on inauguration day.
Think about that. With all this “political capital” and those HOT HOT HOT Man Dates.
This all doesn’t add up. Either people voted for him despite disapproving of him, which is of course, shameful and monumentally retarded, or of course, someone cheated. Probably both.
This country is so squirrelly.
Oh, and fuck you Time. What about the dead soldiers? (Well, that was last year.. kinda) What about all those dead Iraqis? No, let’s honor he who lied and then let die.
Granted, this is the same magazine that gave 1938 person of the year to this man and then in 1939 *and* 1942 to this man. [UPDATE: Look at list here. Other links are subscription-based. Stoopid.]

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Posted by: on Dec 21, 2004 | No Comments

Try and look surprised:

NEW YORK — A document released for the first time today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq. Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as “torture” and a June 2004 “Urgent Report” to the Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up.

Why not just brand a giant “USA” on their asses?
Oh, we’re gonna still pretend we’re helping these people out? Oh, okay.
Also… 20 dead in Mosul this morning. Hope Rummy doesn’t get carpal tunnel!

Ho Ho Ho

Posted by: on Dec 11, 2004 | No Comments

I’ve been to two grocery stores today, and in both cases, the whole thing just left me kinda down. It’s that mix of cheery Christmas music pumped out of tin-cans in the ceiling, harsh overhead florescence, plasticy non-denominational holiday displays, and a sparsely populated store which only features trance-like pseudo-people who move slowly and keep their heads down. Depressing.
Kinda like a post-apocalyptical movie starring Lori Petty in a lesbian haircut sporting a super-weapon, some sweaty dude with an itchy trigger finger and a British accent in toe — and right before something upsettingly awful happens.
Perhaps tomorrow I’ll head down to Union Square to have some manufactured holiday cheer forcibly shoved up my ass while buying overpriced trinkets for people I could care less about. Now, that is what Christmas is all about!


Posted by: on Dec 5, 2004 | 3 Comments

So fighting for the Iraq justification du jour, freedom, in a country that obviously doesn’t want freedom, now involves calling up the ready reserves. Not new news, but watching these people on 60 Minutes — old, out of shape, being lied to over technicalities about their fulfillment of duty, and even disabled — is just so fucking disgusting.
We’re now gonna “protect America” by dropping 55 year old semi-retired women into Fallujah. Brilliant, George, just fucking brilliant.
Meanwhile, America is unfazed. Hurry, there’s a sale on Bibles at Wal-Mart!
51% of you should be ashamed of yourselves. It doesn’t get more un-Christian than this gross back-door draft. Instead of instituting a real draft — and getting able bodied people to fight this ridiculous misadventure — we get this. And why? Election year politics.