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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Jules Verne Realized 

I can't believe I'm the one posting about this, but I happened to listen to NPR today and they were talking about it.

Live giant squid photographed for the first time! Pretty cool.

-Matt  21:30 EST | |

Wha wha wha 

Tom DeLay indicted! Let's home he's imprisoned and sodomized without delay!

-Miguel Sanchez  13:09 EST | |

It has come to the editors' attention... 

That there is an audience of at least--and likely only--one who wants posts on specific topics. So consider this an open thread to request posts from your favorite ustoo posters. Want a rant from Miguel, economic analysis from Paul, wonder what is "angering-up" Mark's blood recently, or are just desperate to hear Ben's voice? Just let us know!

-Ziggy Stardust  12:05 EST | |

Monday, September 26, 2005

Saying something I never thought I'd say 

So I am on my last day of visiting Josh and Matt in L.A., and we've only used the car twice: once to get coffee and once to go to Santa Monica for dinner. All other trips--several meals, coffee, and getting beers--were within walking distance. I had no idea that L.A. could be like this! So, well, I hate L.A. less now.

-Ziggy Stardust  14:01 EST | |

Friday, September 23, 2005

Good News II 

So does anyone know anything about Hotlanta? How do I go about becoming more crunk? I'll be going Southern beginning next August.

-Ziggy Stardust  16:10 EST | |

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

what does the internet think of this idea? 

Someone else and I were thinking about getting matching gini coefficient tattoos. What say you?

-Miguel Sanchez  14:28 EST | |

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Those crazy internets 

If you read this article in the WashPo, you'll see a link to our website. Kevin Drum explains why.

-Ziggy Stardust  13:52 EST | |

So, yeah, I'm spoiled 

Rhapsody, with whom I have a complicated love/hate commercial relationship, used to have the Six Feet Under, Volume 2 soundtrack available to stream. This was nice (the love aspect of my relationship) because I am entranced with SiA's "Breath Me" (which was playing at the death montage at the end of the final episode). The song is haunting and beautiful, and I can't get it out of my head.

Last night I realized--when I tried to play the song for some friends--that Rhapsody had taken the entire album off the streaming network (the hate aspect). But here's what makes me so spoiled: I am actually upset that I can't listen to the song. iTunes, inexplicably, won't sell me the SiA's single either. They'll sell me the whole album--which is not worth $13--or other singles from the album, but not "Breath Me." Dammit! I want to listen to the song and cannot without purchasing an incredibly mediocre album. Ah, the frustrations and indignities of the modern condition...

-Ziggy Stardust  13:30 EST | |

FARC has a really professional web page 

A lot of poorly thought-out commie crap wrapped in a really nice webpage available in 5 languages. Check out the "newspaper". It has an article about the "neoliberalismo crisis" that looks like it was directly cribbed from some anti-WTO stuff I saw circa "the Battle in Seattle".

And like any great piece of red propaganda, left off the page is anything about selling coke, torture, or any of that less pleasant business that always seems par for the course.

-Miguel Sanchez  00:15 EST | |

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Good News!! 

If you like the idea of the EPA testing the effects of pesticides in the following ways:

  • "ethically deficient" human research if it is considered crucial to "protect public health"

  • "testing of "abused or neglected" children without permission from parents or guardians".

USA! USA! USA!

-Miguel Sanchez  11:01 EST | |

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mark's gettin' angry. 

We should split a TimesSelect account nine ways. How dare they charge me for their useful service!

-Daddy Brooklyn  20:06 EST | |

Good News! 

If you love the idea of PREEMPTIVE NUCLEAR WAR! WHOO-HOO! USA! USA! USA!

-Miguel Sanchez  15:07 EST | |

Friday, September 09, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Meanwhile, at COBRA headquarters 

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Are you ready for some CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORIES?!?! 

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is actually former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. See for yourself:














Tom Morello & "Ray Nagin"

Huh? Huh? Why do you think Rage broke up? Clearly, there was nothing more in need of raging against than the Bush, uh, machine. Could it be that Tom Morello knew something we didn't? Some horrible secret that even his infectious funk-mental grooves could not save us from? The answer is yes.

And that secret?

THE KGB AND THE YAKUZA HAVE DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY TO HIT US WITH HURRICANES!

When I learned this, all the pieces came together. You see, "giant scalar interferometers", produced by these two groups, are causing hurricanes. Never mind that they use rotation as evidence of scalar weather engineering. Also the fact that (technically) an "interferometer" would measure interferons, does not matter. The truth is out there. AND IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE!

-Miguel Sanchez  02:21 EST | |

Sunday, September 04, 2005

At least google is keepin' it real 

Go to google and type in "miserable failure " and click "I'm feeling lucky".

Also, I'm not sayin' he's a bad ass, but Kanye West said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on nation live TV the other night.


For having the balls to tell it like it is.

-Miguel Sanchez  00:47 EST | |

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Rehnquist dies. 

What else will happen this week?

-Miguel Sanchez  23:11 EST | |

On the lighter side 

I was looking at home page of the greatest artist collective in human history, Ween, and noticed an item that I believe has been well articulated by poster Mark and 1 regular reader: Fuck the Olive Garden.

I think you need to click on the "waste" tab at the top of the page to read this.

-Miguel Sanchez  11:39 EST | |

Friday, September 02, 2005

"Liberal Media" grows a pair 

Horrible 

Home from work, I read the papers. Now try to sleep, but I can't. Instead I cry. Too much horror, too close to home. Too much sadness, death and loss. Too much worry for the future...of the economy, that city, those people.

And Doug was right.

It is clear that FEMA has been screwed for years, that no one paid attention to the warnings. That no one who signed the checks gave a damn.

It is clear that the rich fled while the poor, the black, were left to God's mercy.

It is clear that aid has been slow to come. Slower, by my memory, than in other disasters. But which other disasters? What, in our land, in our time, have we had that even compares to this? 9/11? No, that was relatively confined and did not leave so many desperate hordes. This is worse. Hundreds of thousands of people homeless. An entire city, not just city blocks, destroyed. Vast portions of our energy infrastructure lost or severely damaged. One of our largest ports useless.

The looters and armed gangs? Ok, people are trying to provide for themselves and their families. But fuck you. Not like this. Where is the national guard? Screw that, where is the enlisted army and the insurrection act? Send them in, retake control of the city so that helicopters can land to drop off supplies, instead of pushing the packages out from 50', and so hospital patients can be evacuated without sniper fire. Do you blame those police for turning in their badges? They aren't trained to handle complete chaos.

I am sorry. Sorry that this happened. Sorry that we've put to power those who could have preeempted some of this but didn't. Sorry that our society doesn't seem to give a damn about anything but the effect on gas prices, despite all that I've told myself. Sorry that I can't give more. Sorry that I can't be there in the breech, on my hands and knees in the mud, helping all that I can.

-Ben  09:08 EST | |

New Orleans 

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

And some in dreams assured were
Of the spirit that plagued us so:
Nine fathom deep he had followed us
From the land of mist and snow.

And every tongue, through utter drought,
Was withered at the root;
We could not speak, no more than if
We had been choked with soot.

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.

-Miguel Sanchez  01:46 EST | |

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Send Help 

New Orleans and surrounding areas are in ruin.

It seems insufficient in these situations to simply give money, but God knows it is needed.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations here.

-Ben  15:06 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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