Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I wonder what level of criminality would be required to cause Americans to rise up in the same way. (Certainly not rigged presidential elections.)
into Stronghold in Oaxaca Rebellion
As smooth as the process seems only a couple days after the vote, I've become a complete skeptic under the rule of the War Monkey and always anticipate the worst-case scenario. There are people making alot of money from war and chaos... and people who profit from death and misery obviously have no scruples.
GOP Scandal Scorecard
Warning - it's a long one!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
How could anyone approve a game for kids called "Sticky Balls" or "Nuts & Milk"?
My favorite (since the word 'Dude' is used nonstop between me & my brothers)...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I don't know how even so-called conservative people could find these Democratic goals to be a threatening agenda. Compared to the discord, corruption, and obscene budget & military mis-management that have been the result of Republican rule, these ideas should sound like the qualities of an American utopia.
• Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation." (I'm sold already!)
• Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour
• Cut the interest rate on student loans in half.
• Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.
Wow, what a horrible, horrible set of left-wing socialist priorities!!! They actually help people, instead of destroying the country for the benefit of corporate and special interests! Imagine that!
If these four points ever had the possibility of being carried out, it would be with a Democratic Congress. Hopefully overwhelming public opinion makes another rigged election too obvious to carry out in November. I'm not holding my breath, though.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
One of the first things to be rendered useless would be the very words that I am typing now... along with the rest of the Internet!
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Thursday, October 12, 2006
Science Magazine awards such vision with their yearly Visualization Challenge. All of these entries are unique and thought-provoking. The human being is a novelty-producing entity, and these endeavors are truly mind-expanding attempts to see the world in a new, informative way.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
This is a fascinating animation showing the various kingdoms & empires that have dominated the Middle East & the Mediterranean through time. Dynamic visual presentations like this can provide as much understanding as hundreds of pages of written history. (Click below for link.)
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Some great quotes from the trailer:
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives, but I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing them." - John Lennon
"Lennon represented Life, and Mr. Nixon & Mr. Bush represented Death."
Thursday, September 28, 2006
I'm not talking about Hizbollah, but the other bunch of extremists - George Bush's Republican Party.
"A lack of proper screening also meant that many innocent Iraqis were wrongly being detained—indefinitely, it seemed, in some cases. The Taguba study noted that more than sixty per cent of the civilian inmates at Abu Ghraib were deemed not to be a threat to society, which should have enabled them to be released." - New Yorker Magazine
Who needs Habeus Corpus, the U.S. Constitution, or human rights when you have an insane leader who claims to have direct authority from God and sadists and idiots willing to follow him?
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I'm registered as an Independent voter, but I think Democrats need to keep calling out the obvious incompetence and outright lies that have become standard procedure for Bush, Inc. The majority government of the GOP has insisted on controlling the issues, so it's necessary to emphasize their consistent failure on every important issue our country has faced. Many politicians are shady crooks, but here we're dealing with actual criminals, either under investigation or already indicted.
If the case is not made overwhelmingly, then things will continue in a downward spiral. At the end of his speech, Rep. Tim Ryan alludes to the inevitable consequence of continued war if the Bush's GOP maintains the majority in November - a nationwide military draft.
There is an even simpler argument, though... "Violence begets violence."
or, if you prefer... "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
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"The history of wars fought since the end of World War II reveals the futility of large-scale violence. The United States and the Soviet Union, despite their enormous firepower, were unable to defeat resistance movements in small, weak nations -- the United States in Vietnam, the Soviet Union in Afghanistan -- and were forced to withdraw."
"So if an action will inevitably kill innocent people, it is as immoral as a deliberate attack on civilians. And when you consider that the number of innocent people dying inevitably in "accidental" events has been far, far greater than all the deaths deliberately caused by terrorists, one must reject war as a solution for terrorism."
Saturday, September 23, 2006
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Friday, September 22, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
To paraphrase George Orwell:
imagine a shoe stamping on a symbol of freedom - forever."
would make a good photo op on 9/11?!?
These people are either idiots or they really just don't give a damn.
Those "9/11 crazies" who, for some reason, doubt the complete ethical infallibility of the Pentagon, the CIA, Wall Street, the Bush family, etc. should at least try to make a convincing case that there was some shady shit going on. The following is like a convenient Swiss army knife of 9/11 doubt, without any "airplane pods" in sight.
• Operation Northwoods:
False Flag Operations: Declassified Military Documents Show How US Government Planned Terrorist Attacks Against its Own Citizens - Yahoo! News
U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba - ABC News
• Rabbi Dov Zackeim, the Pentagon, and a TRILLION taxpayer dollars gone missing:
The War on Waste - CBS News
$1 Trillion Missing : Military waste under fire - San Francisco Chronicle
Dov Zackheim, Pentagon Comptroller, Has Misplaced A Trillion $ - Yahoo! News
• "9/11 Hijackers" Alive:
Hijack 'Suspects' Alive and Well - BBC News
• Larry Silverstein, owner of WTC Complex & beneficiary of $4 Billion in insurance:
"Lucky" Larry Silverstein - Bay Area Indymedia
Larry Silverstein Comments on WTC 7- Google Video
• Finally, as of today, if you go on the FBI's Most Wanted Website, Usama Bin Ladin is listed as wanted for several terrorist attacks, but there is no mention of the "biggest crime to take place on American soil" which occurred on 9/11 and for which we have been told he is responsible.
FBI says, ‘No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11' - Ithaca Journal
Bin Laden Is ‘Not A Top Priority Use of American Resources’ - Bush
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The players compete to relax and slow their heart & breathing rate.
It's ironic that the activity humans do more than anything, breathing, needs to be taught in order to be done correctly.
"There is a way of breathing that's a shame and a suffocation.
And there is another way of expiring,
a love breath, that let's you open infinitely!" -Jelaluddin Rumi
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The complexity of life is astounding, and studies like this show that the illusion of some kind of separation between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom is just that - an illusion.
Monkeys are people, too!
...and people can also be monkeys!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
President Ahmadinejad of Iran wants to debate President War Monkey of America live on TV:
"I suggest holding a live TV debate with Mr. George W. Bush to talk about world affairs and the ways to solve those issues," he said.
"The debate should be go uncensored in order for the American people to be able to listen to what we say and they should not restrict the American people from hearing the truth."HAHAHA! Bush couldn't even pull off the debates against a compliant American opponent (Kerry) without looking like a jackass to anyone with a brain. Besides, everyone knows the spoiled idiot prince doesn't think he has to explain himself to anyone, since he is "The Decider".
Friday, August 25, 2006
Click Here for LinkHelping the cause of undernourished monkeys
and lazy humans everywhere.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
One of my favorite optical illusions is the Spanish Magic Castle, which you can see here.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
TIME.com: Unburying the Dead in Qana
CNN.com: Qana Airstrike photos
When the world is led by madmen, the world is going to go mad...
Sacha Cohen is crazy and he was pretty good as the French jerk in Talledega Nights with Will Ferrel.
I have to post one of the funniest picures I've ever seen, of Borat at the Cannes Film Festival. You've got to have balls of steel to even pose for this.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Check out this link to see mind blowing images created in Adobe Illustrator. I work in Photoshop & Illustrator every day, and the fact that can create these images in a vector program is just unbelievable to me. I wish I weren't so friggin' lazy sometimes. Oh well... I guess I just don't find spending hours making a realistic-looking naked chick in Illustrator to be a top priority.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
This visual representation from the NYT of the tangled situations in the Middle East caught my eye.
It's hard to simplify the complex events going on throughout the world, but sometimes visual representations are the most efficient way to convey such large-scale situations & ideas.
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Here's another dramatic representation of a stark political reality from the UK's Independent:
Saturday, July 29, 2006
BoingBoing.com posted a link to these interesting paintings of stuffed monkey dolls by Peter Jones.
My brother used to collect monkey dolls when he was little.
I'm pretty sure he had this one...
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Even though Israel can seemingly kidnap and imprison anyone at will, the capture of 3 Israeli soliders at the Lebanon border is apparently enough justification to annhililate entire cities and suburbs of innocent people and civilian infrastructure. The outright lie that only Hezbollah positions are being bombed in Lebanon is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with eyes to see the photos and video of the ruined city. Hezbollah seems to have wanted to intitiate a prisoner swap for Palestinians in Israeli prisons, but, hey, why have tons of munitions subsidized by the American-taxpayer if you can't drop it on the heads of civilians and their homes?
If our leaders in the U.S. Gov't weren't such idiotic, malevolent bastards, they would sit down with all significant parties, including Iran & Syria, for an emergency summit and work to reign in both Israel and Hezbollah by threatening to cut off their respective funds. Of course, that would imply that the United States can control Israel, and not the other way around.
The really terrifying part, though, is the reaction of the U.S. Government and American mass-media.
• President War Monkey gets caught at the G8 Summit cursing about how this is somehow all Syria's fault with a mouthful of food, like the ignorant scumbag he is. Not to mention getting verbally slapped down by Russian President Vladimir Putin, groping the Chancellor of Germany, and caring more about a pig roast than a war that is costing significant human life. There is no way an American President can fuck up more times in the span of a few days unless he starts pissing on people's faces and eating live babies on TV.
• Our Ambassador to the U.N., the walrus-faced asshole John "Neocon" Bolton claims diplomatically that there "is no moral equivalent" between the Israelis who are being attacked and the Lebanese civilians being bombed. A dead civilian is a dead civilian, you obnoxious jackass.
(It is being claimed that Hezbollah is embedded in the Lebanese society, so civilian targets are justifed... but then, technically, the entire civilian population of Israel is a legitimate military target, since Israeli conscription is mandatory for all citizens! Anyway you slice it, though, it's all unnecessary murder.)
• The usual neo-conservative vampires are allowed on TV claiming that we must force regime change in Iran... even as Iraq and Afghanistan are still drowning in flames and blood. The question is... with what army?!? Oh, that's right, they want to use nukes and wipe out thousands more innocent lives. These lunatics should be run out of the country - they are doing everything they can to compromise our military and foreign policy.
• The Bush Administration irresponsibly gives the *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* for Israel to have free reign for a week to reduce civilian areas of Lebanon to ruins and hundreds of innocent people to corpses, while on another front, Gaza is being rolled over yet again for the crime of being the home to poor brown people on land that Israel covets. Hey, what's a little bit of war crimes and state terrorism on the way to grabbing as much useless desert sand as possible, right?
The ironic, and saddest, thing is that Israel is doing nothing but destroying it's own security and chances for peace by bombing a democratic nation and it's vibrant capital to rubble as the world watches. The more poverty-stricken Arab and Muslim people that Israel's hateful vengeance creates, the more Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al-Qaeda members will rise up to fight what they see as the injustice of a bloodthirsty apartheid state. If Israel were a true multi-cultural democracy in which the native Arab population was not a second-class race to be eradicated, there would not be so much hostility from the region and the rest of the world. It is a nation that was created on the principles of exclusion and division, and so it goes...
Saturday, July 08, 2006
It's an amazing set of TV commercials from the 1980's. There are gems such as ads for Thundercats & He-Man, but my favorite is the commercial for Star Wars action figures.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Here is a picture of me on the beach where I swam, drank Corona, and ate grilled food every day!
The ruins themselves were mind-boggling. I read voraciously about ancient cultures and the Mayans are one of the most fascinating peoples to me. The first thing you see as you head through the entrance/vistor's center into the Great Plaza is the overwhelming Pyramid of Kukulcan, or Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs. He is symbolized by the feathered serpent - the union of the heavens with the earth. The pyramid is a monument that contains vast astrological & symbolic information.
It also has an amazing acoustic quality: when you clap your hands in front of one of the four staircases, the echo is the chirp of the sacred quetzal bird! We were dumbstruck at the technical knowledge required to achieve this effect. They must have understood a correlation between the waveform of the bird's chirp and the distance & angle between each step.
Here are some pictures of me initiating myself into the Mayan priesthood at the base of the pyramid:
I can't even get into...
• the drunken insanity that took place on the trip me, my brother, and brother-in-law took to Playa del Carmen's "Mambo Cafe" one night with a group from the hotel (we got left behind and had to get a cab back) • my brother getting as sick as I've ever seen a human being the night before we left into our flight the next day • smoking Cubans on the balcony overlooking the ocean • etc, etc, etc
Best ...Week... Ever
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
between individuals and communities all over the earth,
and the elimination of egoism and pride
which is always prone to plunge the world
into primeval barbarism and strife...
Peace can only come as a natural consequence
of universal enlightenment...''
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Through Google, I found this on the website of a jewelry designer from Israel who has amazing designs and thought-provoking articles on the site:
"When we start to examine what matter is made of we get to molecules and then to atoms. Atoms are composed of particles moving around each other at great speed. When scientists searched for what these particles are made of they found various wave lengths (frequencies).
The simplest way to understand a vibration is to imagine constantly repeating "movement" and "rest". The human ear can hear 30 to 16000 vibrations ("movement" and "rest") per second.
In fact, everything is made of frequencies, even the "matter" we previously mentioned."
He also has a page for the Flower of Life, the ancient pattern of circles that I studied as a design student & used to form the DaVinci's Challenge gameboard:
"The "Flower of Life" contains the patterns of creation as they emerged from the "Great Void". Everything is made from the Creator's thought."