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  Saturday   November 10   2001

Political Strikes
...Daily, over-the-top, political cartoons. No apologies.

 03:15 PM - link

Craig, at BookNotes writes:

It seems like the world is crumbling around us. I'm at a point where I only see two clear choices. One is depression and despair and the other is apathy or a kind of mindless patriotism. What kind of place is that to be?

I feel helpless as I watch the corrupt and appointed, rather than elected, president of my own country pursue a simplistic yet apocolyptic vision of good verses evil.

I feel overwhelmed by the awesome and intimidating power of religious zealotry and hatred. I feel equally overwhelmed by how subtle the difference is between that religious zealotry and hatred and the self-righteous vengence of the "War on Terrorism".

I know the feeling. And it only looks like it's going to get worse.

Today's newsletter from Carolyn Kay at Make Them Accountable had the following quote:

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall... Think of it ... always.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

I believe it. That's what keeps me going.

Sometimes it just takes a while.

 02:58 PM - link

There is talk of peace plans in Israel and Sharon talks about a Palestinian state. The following editorials see them as a sham and the final battles of two aging politicians living in the past. Not to encouraging.

An editorial from the Israeli paper Ha'aretz.

A lethal stalemate

The current government has no tactics, no strategy, no leadership and no horizon on which to cling. So what does it have? Well, it has the strong will of both Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to survive politically and a total lack of mutual trust between the two politicians.

This mutual suspicion has reached such an intensity that, when the leaders of the Likud party expressed fears over meetings between Peres and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Sharon made the following promise to his senior colleagues in the party: "Israeli intelligence is capable of pinpointing any attempt on Peres' part to conduct clandestine negotiations with Arafat behind the prime minister's back." You have to read that statement a number of times to fully comprehend its meaning. Can Peres be considered, figuratively speaking, a walking time bomb? Has Sharon ordered the Shin Bet internal security service to keep the movements of the foreign minister, who is also Sharon's senior partner in the coalition government, under tight surveillance? Are undercover agents on Peres' trail? Have his office and car been padded with listening devices so that his conversations can be rigorously monitored?
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An editorial published in the Jordan Times by Ali Abunimah who lives in the US.

Israel's prime minister and foreign minister are intensely engaged in negotiations over the future of the occupied territories and the creation of a Palestinian state, according to the Israeli media. Unfortunately, they are not negotiating with the Palestinians but rather with each other. In typical Israeli fashion, the two see the future of the region not as something to be determined among its peoples, according to the principles of international law and justice, but rather as a purely internal matter to be bargained over and carved up by Israel's quarrelling political factions.

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 02:44 PM - link

An interview with Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin is the author of Too Close to Call : Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. He is interviewed by Carolyn Kay at MakeThemAccountable.com. RealAudio.

 02:10 PM - link

Ken Kesey September 17, 1935 -- November 10, 2001

A great good friend and great husband and father and grand dad, he will be sorely missed but if there is one thing he would want us to do it would be to carry on his life's work. Namely to treat others with kindness and if anyone does you dirt forgive that person right away. This goes beyond the art, the writing, the performances, even the bus. Right down to the bone.

-- Ken Babbs


Key-Z Productions

Literary Kicks

Sites about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters

 09:57 AM - link

Nuke alert

Bin Laden makes nuclear threat

OSAMA BIN LADEN claims today that he has nuclear weapons and is ready to use them.

“We have chemical and nuclear weapons as a deterrent and if America used them against us we reserve the right to use them,” two Pakistani newspapers quote him as saying.
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Al-Qaeda nukes may have reached US shores

Pakistani and American investigators converge that Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network may have successfully transported several nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction to the United States, The Frontier Post learnt Friday.
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Globalisation alert

September 11 and another beginning of history

On rare occasions, a student in my classes on the Global Economy, troubled by my analysis of imperialism, will challenge me: "Why are you here if you dislike the United States so much?"

I explain that this is the most rational thing for me to do. I ended up in United States after I had tried living in a number of countries on four continents. I tried living in Palestine, but I was expelled in 1948 with 800,000 other Palestinians. I moved to Korea, but had to leave because of the Korean War. My next destination was the democratic Iran of Mosaddeq, but that democracy was overthrown by the CIA in 1953. Then, I tried the Congo, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, but each time, these countries were destabilised by the CIA. It took me a while to figure out that the only country where I would be safe from the CIA is the United States. Sadly, after September 11, I am not sure that this is true anymore.

This global capitalist system follows a powerful logic. It is a logic that creates deepening economic, social and military inequalities. The capitalists in a handful of core states - based in the most advanced capitalist countries - use their economic power and military might to create and dominate world markets; they do this by weakening, controlling, or colonising the weaker states. This ensures that capital, technology and skills accumulate in the core countries, while the countries at the periphery provide mostly cheap labour and cheap resources.

In concluding, I wish to invite all Americans - the most highly educated people anywhere in the world - to reflect on the conditions that forced them, more than 200 years ago, to rebel against the legal and established authority of Britain. This is how The Declaration of Independence justified this rebellion:

"… when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpation, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government."

Do you suppose that the oppressed peoples of the world today have the same right, the same duty, to follow the same line of reasoning, and carry it to the same conclusion - their own freedom?
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thanks to BookNotes

And how might the advanced capitalist countries control the weaker states? Remember the WTO?

WTO chiefs brush developing countries aside

WTO Declaration, Slap in Africa's Face

Trading card alert


World affairs today can sure be confusing!

President Bush tried his bestest to simplify the picture as Good vs. Evil, but it's still a jumble! Who knew all those crazy Dorkistan countries even existed?! Now The Infinite Jest rides to the rescue with a set of educational trading cards.
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thanks to BookNotes

Merry Prankster alert

Author Kesey in critical condition

Novelist Ken Kesey was in critical condition Thursday in the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center after surgery two weeks ago to remove a tumor from his liver.
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thanks to MetaFilter

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  Friday   November 9   2001

Media recount story set to break
First stories on Florida ballot review will run Monday

thanks to BuzzFlash

 12:47 AM - link

Kristallnacht or The Night of Broken Glass

November 9, 1938

thanks to wood s lot

Democracy 0, Terrorism 1:
The Bush Administration's Secrecy Policies

At the height of the Cold War, the United States argued that the truth would set people free. In fact, many scholars have attributed the growth of democracy in some foreign countries precisely to the free flow of information. We have touted the impact of the Internet on China and Russia because that information flow is presumed to have a liberating effect. Yet one of the consequences of the September 11 attacks in our own country has been the attempt to halt the free flow of information.

An account of a number of the things that have been done in less than two months since September 11 shows the pattern very clearly:

In his first statement on the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush called the terrorist perpetrators "folks." Other declarations Bush made that day as Air Force One flew around the country also reflected poorly on the President. There is a U.S. government publication, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, which is the official record of public statements by the President. The government produced no edition of the Weekly Compilation covering September 11. This is the first time in memory that this publication has not appeared.
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thanks to wood s lot

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  Thursday   November 8   2001

The Reign of George "Caesar" Bush:
More Fraud, More War and More Power to the State
by Al Martin

I'm sitting here waving the American flag, secure in the knowledge that, by the end of the day, the armed forces of my country will have squandered another $150 million of the American people's money. So far the cost of the campaign in Afghanistan to the American people has been $1.5 billion. The score currently stands -- US Department of Defense: $1.5 billion vs. The Taliban: $38,000. And that is very typical of the wars we fight.
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thanks to Ethel the Blog

 12:48 PM - link

Enduring Freedom Picture Cards

This high-gloss 90-card set contains biographical information on the civilian and military leaders entrusted to guide us through this fight, statistical data and photos of military hardware.

Kids need to understand that the President (and his team) will keep them safe and that evil-doers will be punished. Our cards deliver the details in a medium with which they are familiar and comfortable.

Each pack contains 7 premium quality trading cards and 1 sticker featuring flags and patriotic designs.
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I first saw this mentioned at MetaFilter a couple of days ago. Craig, at Booknotes, linked to it this morning.

When I first saw it I thought I was looking a piece of satire. Sick satire, but satire. It took me a couple of minutes to realize the this was real. "Kids need to understand that the President (and his team) will keep them safe and that evil-doers will be punished." This goes beyond sick. This is obscene. My reaction was the same as Craig's.

I think I'm going to be sick.

What are we teaching our children here?

 10:15 AM - link

Robert Fisk: Hypocrisy, hatred and the war on terror
'If the US attacks were an assault on "civilisation", why shouldn't Muslims regard the Afganistan attack as a war on Islam?'

"Air campaign"? "Coalition forces"? "War on terror"? How much longer must we go on enduring these lies? There is no "campaign" – merely an air bombardment of the poorest and most broken country in the world by the world's richest and most sophisticated nation. No MiGs have taken to the skies to do battle with the American B-52s or F-18s. The only ammunition soaring into the air over Kabul comes from Russian anti-aircraft guns manufactured around 1943.

Coalition? Hands up who's seen the Luftwaffe in the skies over Kandahar, or the Italian air force or the French air force over Herat. Or even the Pakistani air force. The Americans are bombing Afghanistan with a few British missiles thrown in. "Coalition" indeed.

Then there's the "war on terror". When are we moving on to bomb the Jaffna peninsula? Or Chechnya – which we have already left in Vladimir Putin's bloody hands? I even seem to recall a massive terrorist car bomb that exploded in Beirut in 1985 – targeting Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the spiritual inspiration to the Hezbollah, who now appears to be back on Washington's hit list – and which missed Nasrallah but slaughtered 85 innocent Lebanese civilians. Years later, Carl Bernstein revealed in his book, Veil, that the CIA was behind the bomb after the Saudis agreed to fund the operation. So will the US President George Bush be hunting down the CIA murderers involved? The hell he will.

So why on earth are all my chums on CNN and Sky and the BBC rabbiting on about the "air campaign", "coalition forces" and the "war on terror"? Do they think their viewers believe this twaddle?

Certainly Muslims don't. In fact, you don't have to spend long in Pakistan to realise that the Pakistani press gives an infinitely more truthful and balanced account of the "war" – publishing work by local intellectuals, historians and opposition writers along with Taliban comments and pro-government statements as well as syndicated Western analyses – than The New York Times; and all this, remember, in a military dictatorship.
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thanks to Cursor

 09:34 AM - link

Independently verified pain

There is a myth here in America that terrorists attacked the World Trade Center because "we're the freest nation on Earth." If that were true, you and I would be free to read the details about the Afghanistan bombing campaign in the U.S. press. But we're not being allowed that particular freedom.

In Britain, however, the press has been following events in some detail and reporting on the civilian casualties, the worsening humanitarian condition, the dropping of cluster bombs on villages, the ineffectiveness of U.S. bombing on Taliban targets, the disintegration of Northern Alliance forces, and on, and on.

How many Americans would change their minds if they could possess the freedoms that the British public takes for granted? Since Oct. 22, when I included in this space an extensive list of independently reported incidents involving civilian casualties, plenty more have come to the attention of the rest of the world. While the punditocracy tries to justify the Pentagon's claims that the Taliban figure of 1,500 dead civilians is "vastly overstated," few seem willing to consider that the figure might be about right -- or even too low.
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thanks to BookNotes

And how many Americans would change their minds if the Pentagon let them know about the body bags?

26 more body bags in Jacobabad
Casualties suffered in storming of bin Laden hideout

Twenty six more bodies of United Special Forces members have reached Jacobabad air base for onward transportation to the United States, The Frontier Post learnt on Wednesday.

These commandos were killed in an operation involving storming of a suspected hideout of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, well placed sources said.
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 09:19 AM - link


The following analysis is the product of DSSi’s strategic analysis team using scenario planning to make sense of the current situation and the ‘war on terrorism.’ During the course of exploring future scenarios, past events acquired meaning, and the direction of the conflict as desired by Al-Qaida began to make sense.

Because of national security implications for the U.S., this material is being made available to assist the public in understanding the significance of the unfolding events. While the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001 were horrific, the consequences of success for Al-Qaida in their probable objective have the potential to destroy much of what are considered the benefits and functions of industrialized Nation-States.

Taking Osama bin Laden at his word, that he wants the U.S. out of the Middle East, and his desire for the destruction of the West, the stakes are greater even than massive fatalities by terrorist attack. That such ambitions are achievable were part of the conclusions of DSSi scenarios.
[end game]

thanks to MetaFilter

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  Wednesday   November 7   2001

thanks to Ethel the Blog

 11:47 AM - link

All the news our corporate leaders don't want you to see

David vs. Goliath
Amateur vs. Millionaire Media
by Mike Hersh

Who controls what you see, hear and think you know?

We need a free press to control public and private abuses of power. Unfortunately, right wing corporations control the news.

We cannot count on the millionaire media to inform us about Bush Administration abuses and failures. We are not getting the news from "the news." Who will fill the breach?

Professional reporters who tell the ugly truth about right-wingers lose their professional status, while those who attack unions, environmentalists, poor people, minorities, and liberal and moderate Democrats prosper.

Book publishers, networks, and newspapers risk retaliation if they question corporations or investigate Republican crimes, as right-wing pressure groups, corporations, millionaires and billionaires support biased reporters who, in return, support those very same right-wing pressure groups, corporations, millionaires and billionaires.

Who is watching the watchers? We cannot count on the media to inform us about Bush Administration abuses and failures. We must expect media / right wing collusion during the war against Terrorism and beyond. As William Greider famously asked in his book "Who Will Tell The People?", who will fill the breach?

It falls to the many underfunded, often unappreciated amateur and small independent journalists on the Internet to report the truth -- websites and publications including Online Journal, Citizens for Legitimate Government, Bush Watch, Democrats.Com, Buzzflash, Daily Howler, Political Amazon, Bartcop, Democratic Underground, Smirking Chimp, truthout.org [The author's link doesn't work. I think truthout is the right link. - Gordy], my own Political Sanity group, and many others do the job complicit corporate media will not or cannot do.
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thanks to SmirkingChimp.com

One of the reporters that Mike Hersh mentions that has relocated, so that he can report the news, is Gregory Palast who now writes for the Observer which is part of the Guardian. The Guardian is in England. And here is a recent article by Palast:

FBI claims Bin Laden inquiry was frustrated
Officials told to 'back off' on Saudis before September 11

FBI and military intelligence officials in Washington say they were prevented for political reasons from carrying out full investigations into members of the Bin Laden family in the US before the terrorist attacks of September 11.
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thanks to BookNotes

And why would the FBI be asked to back off by the Bushies. Maybe because the Bushes and bin Ladens have common financial interests?

The ex-presidents' club

It is hard to imagine an address closer to the heart of American power. The offices of the Carlyle Group are on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, midway between the White House and the Capitol building, and within a stone's throw of the headquarters of the FBI and numerous government departments. The address reflects Carlyle's position at the very centre of the Washington establishment, but amid the frenetic politicking that has occupied the higher reaches of that world in recent weeks, few have paid it much attention. Elsewhere, few have even heard of it.

This is exactly the way Carlyle likes it. For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the company has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians - including the first President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi and several south-east Asian powerbrokers - and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle's defence firms.

But since the start of the "war on terrorism", the firm - unofficially valued at $3.5bn - has taken on an added significance. Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current president's father. And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm's multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden.
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  Tuesday   November 6   2001

A while back this article made the rounds. It was originally a posting to a discussion list.

The So-Called Evidence Is a Farce
by Stan Goff

Now there is an interview with Stan.

Stan Goff Speaks

MM: I don't think you're boring us at all with the details. So can you make the connection to potentially the benefits of getting Afghanistan under control for the extraction of oil?

SG: I think it's a pipe dream. I don't think they can get Afghanistan under control. What I've come to believe is that really the U.S.'s ability to dominate the entire planet is unraveling. This is just part of a historical evolution that is at some point inevitable and I think it's about to happen. I think what they're doing now is not something they're doing out of a position of strength but out of a position of desperation and panic. These are very panicked kind of moves in a sort of broad overall view of things which makes them exceedingly dangerous.

I think historically we can go back and see that when big capital gets in trouble and the market's not working for them anymore they have to find a way, cause right now there is a worldwide production over-capacity that's created a recession that's about to go deep and about to go long and one of the ways that they've traditionally gotten themselves out of that is to liquidate a bunch of that capital and the best way to liquidate capital real fast is war. That's the way they correct the problem they use non-market mechanisms to correct for a fallen rate of profit within a market economy.

And I think what's even more dangerous is we are looking at this huge imperial power that's the United States right now and they're trying to control everything at once and their empire is beginning to unravel on them and I think what is particularly dangerous for people like me and probably people like y'all and a lot of your listeners is that in the process of doing this they're going to have to exercise more and more despotic measures at home to step on resistance and so I think we're really in very serious and immediate danger of an emergence of a form of fascism in the United States. And I think John Ashcroft at the helm of the Justice Dept. is not a particularly great thing and I think if people take a close look at the kinds of initiatives he's involved in right now in this bizarre Orwellian sounding The Office of Homeland Security with Tom Ridge of all people. These are very disturbing developments.
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thanks to Ethel the Blog

 03:29 PM - link

The joys of producing music.

3 hours before last night's TestingTesting Gideon called to say that he had to return to Portland to be with his wife who was ill. His wife is doing better but we will have to wait until next summer to webcast Gideon. Meanwhile, we are sitting on a live CD we recorded Friday at our show with him at the Bayview Cash Store. (We didn't webcast that one.) Robbie Cribbs did the sound and did an incredible job of recording it to DAT. Gideon has been wanting to release a live CD and, after listening to a little bit of it after the show, thinks this might be it. Robbie mastered it this weekend and I'm listening to it know. Whoo boy! I'm sure Gideon will be pleased.

Gideon builds layers of sound with his electric cello and is very funny too. Robbie ususally only listens to a CD he records a couple of times. He listened to this one 4 or 5 times yesterday afternoon. Great stuff! I hope Gideon releases it.

Now back to our previously scheduled show "Republicans Run Amuck!"

Torture by Proxy

To the French, Kenneth Starr is known as the "Ayatollah sexuelle," but after his recent comments in The Washington Post suggesting that we should cast aside traditional civil liberties in the fight against terrorism, just plain "Ayatollah" seems more fitting.

According to Starr, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have signaled that they would give "heightened deference to the judgments of the political branches with respect to matters of national security," and thus, would be willing to bend the constitutional rules in a case involving terrorism.

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thanks to SmirkingChimp.com

America's hyperreal war on terrorism

The best way to understand "America's new war" is as a convenient legitimizing rubric to extend American economic and military power abroad, and to complete the repressive domestic agenda already set in motion during the post-cold war years in the guise of the "war on drugs."

In both instances, corporate globalization's increasingly intolerant attitude toward dissent of any kind is implicated. This is not so much a war against "terrorism," but a pre-emptive strike against domestic and international opposition to the hegemony of transnational capital in the early years of the twenty-first century.

In this most hyperreal of wars, nothing is as it seems. The most unprecedented repression of dissent and diversity of opinion at home is and will be accompanied by hollow echoes of borrowed liberal endorsement of multiculturalism and identity politics.

In other words, the harassment of Arab-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and dissenters in general, including intellectuals, journalists, artists, and activists, will reach new levels of reach aided by intrusive surveillance and monitoring tools.

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thanks to Ethel the Blog

America's ups and downs

A conundrum of the Sept. 11 attack has been the honest incredulity of many Americans as to why so many people around the world hate their country.

Explanations for this bewilderment abound -- from poor foreign-affairs coverage in U.S. media to the willful amnesia of Americans about the sometimes brutal realpolitik of U.S. foreign policy.

Rarely mentioned, however, is the possibility that the United States is a highly nationalistic country with a blindness to its own shortcomings that is a frequent characteristic of the nationalist mindset.

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thanks to Unknown News

Are there two wars?

Pentagon version:

Copter Rescue Goes 'Without a Hitch'

Times of India version:

95 US troops killed in Afghanistan: Taliban

both thanks to Unknown News


4 US soldiers killed as Taliban down chopper

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  Monday   November 5   2001

So, just what is Pakistan up to?

Massive build-up of Pak troops along border

Thousands of Pakistanis joining Taliban, witnesses say

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My music production activies are almost over. Well, at least for the next two weeks. Getting ready for tonight's TestingTesting with Gideon Freudmann. Be there for the Internet webcast. I know you are on-line.


Which America Will We Be Now?
by Bill Moyers

thanks to BookNotes

Willam Pitt: 'The greatest sedition is silence'

thanks to SmirkingChimp.com

The Surprise Party

thanks to SmirkingChimp.com

Little time in Afghanistan, little sense in D.C.
by Molly Ivins

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Well, it appears that not much happened on the war front in the past few days.

Winter is coming and the Taliban are strong as ever. What now for the war on terror?
As military and political strategies get bogged down, it looks like a long fight. Meanwhile, the starvation has begun

Four weeks on: What's the plan?
The bombs have changed little on the ground

What happened when the Special Forces landed in Afghanistan?

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  Sunday   November 4   2001

Arizona 3 - New York 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh, yes....Arizona 15 - Yankees 2. Yes!

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The last day and a half has been blogless. Reality has been getting in the way again, but in most *pleasant* ways.

My babys are back

Jenny (daughter), Robyn (granddaughter), and Robby (son) made it back from Germany Friday after missing a connecting flight in Atlanta Thursday and being put up overnight in a hotel. Robby made it to Gideon's show Friday evening (more below) but Robyn had been throwing up on the flight back so Jenny was taking care of her and couldn't make it. We were running Gideon around the Island yesterday morning and, late afternoon, we dropped some stuff at the Bayview Cash Store and Katie and Jenny caught up with us their. Which was good because they were heading back down to Tacoma where Katie, and now Jenny and Robyn, lives.

I hadn't seen Jenny for about 5 months and little Robyn for almost 4 months. Robyn saw me, yelled "Papa", and ran over to me and I scooped her up.

It's nice to have them back. I missed them so much.

Robyn, Jenny, Mike, and Katie. Robby was off with friends.

Mike trying to climb. He's going to be scary when he gets a little larger. Mr. Fearless

Robyn and Mike. Robyn wasn't real happy with Mike on her back. Zoe took all these great pictures.

Gideon Freudman fries minds

Gideon's show Friday was incredible. I was the promoter for the show so I was running around, before the show, obsessing about all the details and whether the musicians, or anyone else, would show up.

Gideon made it for the sound check. Derek, Steve, and Joanne (TestingTesting House Band) made it. I always feel a little better when the musicians show. Robby (son) showed up. We hadn't seen him in four months. Starting to feel better yet. Ticket buyers even showed up. Not a big a crowd (about 30) as I had wanted but big enough.

The TT House Band opened. The suprised me with a new song Joanne had written - "Gordy's Bread." I usually make bread for the TestingTesting shows in my living room. I time it so that the bread comes out of the oven just before the musicians arrive so they come into my living room to the smell of fresh bread. The song is about coming to TestingTesting and my bread. Thanks to Joanne for the song. I will be getting a recording of the song soon and will put it up.

Gideon's show was amazing. It's one of those things that can't be explained in words. You have to hear him. (You still can - see below.) He plays electric cello with live digital delays and looping. He also sings his own songs. Funny and mind boggling. I'm not sure anyone in the audience had actually heard his music. They came because TestingTesting was putting on the show. They didn't really know what to expect but, from his first piece, they were with him all the way. One of those shows where the performer and audience start feeding off each other. Whoo boy!

Robbie Cribbs did the sound. He is also a recording engineer and brought his portable recording studio with him. Gideon has been wanting to do a live CD. This may be it. We will see.

Gideon Freudman will fry more minds

There is still a chance to hear him. He will be on TestingTesting Monday night. If you read this after Monday, you will be able to hear his show on the archives. I will be baking bread.

Emusic.com fries my mind

I signed up for emusic.com last night. As I mentioned below, I had been drawn there, from Higgy's page, by John Fahey's classic music. I signed up for a 3 month commitment ($14.99 a month), downloaded RealJukebox (it allows you to download the entire album), and downloaded 673MB of musical bliss.

You need DSL or cable to do this. Do not try to attempt this on a modem. Well, you can, but each album runs around 50MB. They are all recorded a 128kbps. This isn't Napster. It's a commercial operation and money goes to the artists. I got DSL just when Napster died so I haven't done alot with MP3s. This is amazing. This is old hat to some and new to others. Downloading through RealJukebox (you can use FreeAmp too) organizes everything for your listening pleasure. Bring a *big* hard drive. RealJukebox also lets you burn CDs. It converts the MP3s to music CD format on the fly for you so that you can play them on your CD player. It's a little slow with the free RealJukebox but may be faster with the not-free RealJukebox. More about that later.

So...What did I download for my listening pleasure? I will be writing about these in more detail another time, but the links are to the emusic.com pages of the albums and you can go there and hear 30 second clips of all the songs (RealAudio and MP3.) Check them out.

The first thing was to download some John Fahey albums.

The Legend Of Blind Joe Death
Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes
The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

Eight more to go. Then it was Leo Kottke's first album aka the armadillo album.

6- And 12-String Guitar

This is the only Kottke album but it his first and I have wanted it since 1969 when I saw it in a record store and didn't buy it. (It has one of my favorites - Vaseline Machine Gun.) One of the things I found in reading the accompanying infromation provided by the web link to the All Music Guide through RealJukebox was that there was a third Takoma guitar virtuoso - Robbie Basho.


There is another Basho album to download. I am also into Brazilian music so it was off to World/Reggae and the Brazil section. I saw an album by Gilberto Gil.

O Sol De Oslo

It listed Blue Jackel Entertainment as the label with a link so I check out what other stuff they might have here. I found:

Ihu: Todos Os Sons

Ihu Todos os Sons is a collection of songs and chants from several of the Brazilian Indian nations (Tukano, Sorul, Pakaa, Novas, Nhambikwara, Yanomami, Jaboti, Juruna and Tupari). They are presented in their indigenous splendor and then tastefully woven into a tapestry involving occasional colors from another world with modern instrumentation. Joining Miranda on this release is the amazing Uakti, the legendary Gilberto Gil and others.

There is another one of these that I will be downloading. Another Blue Jackel album is:


Tony Martinez & The Cuban Power

"70 Minutes of the most advanced and revolutionary Afro-Cuban Jazz music that has come out this year."
--Oasis Salsero

Hmmm...jazz. Onto the jazz section and Thelonious Monk has over 30 albums including all 15 disks of "The Complete Riverside Recordings".

The Complete Riverside Recordings (Disc 1)

Only 14 to go. I also like central Europan music. I picked this one at random. The artist is Anatol Stefanet. He has another I will be downloading.

Moldavia: The Art Of Bratsch (Viola)


Vocal Traditions Of Bulgaria

Robby and a couple of his friends came over and while showing them how this worked I found and downloaded these two by R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders.

Chasin' Rainbows
Singing In The Bathtub

Keepers, all. 194 tracks. I have had RealJukebox on shuffle as I wrote this. This is great for a music junkie. There is a bunch of Bill Laswell to download...

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