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There's been controversy about high tech security devices at 26 Federal Plaza which go unused, or, like the $30,000.00 x-ray machine, get used as coffee holders. My favorite device is decidedly low-tech. It's a convex mirror with wheels on the back, attached to a pole with a flashlight on it, and used to check the underside of vehicles. The only thing lower-tech is the sniffing dog, but we have yet to build a device with that level of sensitivity to odors. Maybe we should use owls for night vision.

- alex 11-09-2001 8:50 pm [link] [add a comment]

The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.
- dave 11-09-2001 4:42 pm [link] [1 ref] [2 comments]

Islamic Hip-Hop vs Islamaphobia
(from 1997)
- alex 11-09-2001 3:21 am [link] [add a comment]

This isn't rocket science: better not leave that wacky string in the car (I thought it was called 'silly string' - is that an east coast thing?) (via robotwisdom)
- jim 11-08-2001 10:14 pm [link] [add a comment]

Too Close to Call Jeffrey Toobin

- bill 11-08-2001 3:57 pm [link] [add a comment]

Bill, maybe it's none of my business, but I really think you should get this straightened out right away. She seems like a nice girl (if a little on the obsessive side.)
- jim 11-06-2001 3:06 pm [link] [1 comment]

- Skinny 11-04-2001 3:10 pm [link] [4 comments]

I read somewhere that the '60s antiwar song "Fortunate Son" had been corrupted to sell jeans and jingoism. Any links on that?
- tom moody 11-04-2001 3:09 pm [link] [5 comments]

i found this when i clicked on a mysterious looking banner ad on a pakistani news site.
- dave 11-03-2001 6:42 pm [link] [add a comment]

is it true that Dr Wilson didnt do a 11/1 "Day of the Dead" post??
- Skinny 11-03-2001 2:46 pm [link] [1 comment]

it aint me
- dave 11-02-2001 5:19 pm [link] [add a comment]

get your war on

- bill 11-01-2001 7:54 pm [link] [6 comments]

revolutionary assoc. of the women of afghanistan photo archive. warning - graphic and disturbing.
- linda 11-01-2001 5:02 pm [link] [add a comment]

The San Jose Mercury (aka Murky News) printed three letters to the editor which questioned the Bush administration's bombing of Afghanistan. Wierd. Is this a sign that it's safe to be rational in America?

I'm hitting the road to see the Butthole Surfers tonight. Blue moon, Holloween, the Butthole Surfers, Knitting Factory LA -- seems like some kind of harmonic convergence.

Steve, if you want to reach me, my cell is the best choice. 408 892 0826

- mark 10-31-2001 9:59 pm [link] [2 comments]

For the first time in 46 years, Halloween ghosts and goblins can trick-or-treat by the light of a full moon. They won't get another chance until 2020, astronomers said.

Wednesday's full moon will look like an orange jack-o-lantern rising from the east at dusk, said Jack Horkheimer, executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium.

(from LKB)

- Skinny 10-31-2001 4:59 pm [link] [2 comments]

So, is this like the "credible threat" against airforce one, or is this the other kind? Why can't they just say what it is? I guess because it's something like "Mossad says so."

Anyway, I'm moving the /treehouse to highest alert. So you know what to do. Or not.

And what's up with this? Mushroom clouds north of Kabul? Not good. I've been saying it privately but I'll go on the record here - we are going to drop some nuclear weapons on someone, real soon. Here's the formula:

"Experts" and various other talking head types - including many politicians - sense a chance to gain some points in the American public's mind by hitting Bush for being too timid. McCain, to take one example, is strongly calling for ground troops to take and hold land in Afghanistan. Thomas Freidman is calling for similar action (what's up with this guy - he's starting to scare me.) In any case, Bush is going to be forced to do something to seem strong, but as soon as we send ground troops into Afghanistan they will immediately and soundly get their asses kicked. We have the technology, but I'm guessing that doesn't mean much in the chaos of battle. Being accustomed to battle conditions is the only thing that matters, and these people are clearly accustomed. The US military would have to take 10 years of strong defeats before we'd be toughened up enough to really duke it out with a nothing-to-lose islamic fundamentalist army with decades of experience fighting on their home soil.

So, after we lose a couple Somalia style battles (with our soldiers being tortured, gutted, beheaded, and otherwised dragged through the streets of Kabul) our people, goaded by the McCain types, will demand blood. They will demand a victory that our conventional forces will be unable to deliver. So Bush will have no choice but to use nuclear weapons. Even if it's clear tactically that they won't do much good. They will appease the psychic need for a big hit.

(And two days later the Russians will drop one on Chechnya.)

Hope I'm wrong.

- jim 10-30-2001 2:35 pm [link] [1 ref] [12 comments]

I just checked my old e.mail address and found the same e.mail (to the original circle of five friends and family he started out with) message from Jim Louis about "seeing you next year", so I think he's pissed off at the world not just us or not pissed off at all. But I'm already missing him and Rachael. Good to see Mark kicking in again and Steve from afar. Who's anonymous ?

- bill 10-30-2001 1:47 am [link] [2 comments]

archived web pages at the internet archive wayback machine
- linda 10-29-2001 7:38 pm [link] [add a comment]

Gound (Noun)
Pronunciation: ['gawnd]
Definition 1: The extraneous matter that collects in the corners of the eyes during sleep.

- linda 10-29-2001 7:33 pm [link] [2 comments]

go yankee's
- Skinny 10-29-2001 1:24 pm [link] [6 comments]

peter pan finds tinkerbell
- dave 10-28-2001 4:47 pm [link] [add a comment]

Forced by the Freedom of Information Act, the EPA now admits that toxic releases at the WTC site are worse than had been reported. I'm not happy about working down there, and can only hope that things are not too bad where I am, about seven blocks away (they claim concentrations are only troublesome at "ground zero"). I certainly don't have much trust in the authorities, but I'm not inclined to wear a respirator. Long term effects are left to the imagination, while the lingering stench of war and death causes depression in the here and now.
- alex 10-26-2001 7:39 pm [link] [add a comment]

Anyone going to a Butthole Surfers show on the west coast? I'm looking around for tickets. SF seems to be sold out, but Portland still looks available.

- mark 10-26-2001 6:26 pm [link] [3 comments]

containment policy
- dave 10-26-2001 6:24 am [link] [add a comment]

America the Graphical! Click here to view a three page "curated collection" of media banners related to 9/11. Fair warning: pop-ups await you.

- tom moody 10-25-2001 11:44 pm [link] [2 refs] [3 comments]