Warning: include(/home/annezook/public_html/sidebar.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/annezook/public_html/archives/000971.php on line 91

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/annezook/public_html/sidebar.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/annezook/public_html/archives/000971.php on line 91
December 19, 2003
Friday stuff

My job necessitates doing a lot of web research on odd topics. And odd searches sometimes pull odd results.

Murder Incorporated: Profits from Privatized Prison Health CareL is about more than just privatizing health care in prisons, it's about the conservative movement to privatize every bit of government it can lay its influence on.

You have to love a site that explores the homoerotic themes of Starsky and Hutch with a side trip to discuss the show's frequent forays into transvestitism. (Well, you do if you're me.) It's from the Encyclopedia of Television, a site that tom Mangan quite rightly takes to task for failing to discuss the immortal Gilligan's Island.

Anyhow. Other than that I was interested but not surprised to hear this morning's news that a convoy carrying Paul Bremer came under attack a couple of weeks ago in what they're calling "an assassination attempt" or an "ambush" depending on what you're reading. Nor am I surprised that they didn't report it right away. Wouldn't have been good, having to admit someone was trying to assassinate Bremer on the same tell he was telling illustrious visitor Rumsfeld that security was A-Okay.

My thought isn't so much about how prison guards were abusive to 9/11 detainees as why the report doesn't find slamming someone's head against a wall "brutal." And why the federal justice department declined to prosecute such abuses.

I'm not impressed with the new WTC tower. Mostly I think it's dumb to call it "Freedom Tower" but that's also exactly the kind of jingoistic mumbo-jumbo I guess we have to expect in this day and age.

In Niger, they've freed the slaves in some kind of formal ceremony. I don't understand the nuances of why the people couldn't just be freed but it's good to know that Niger finally got around to declaring slavery illegal earlier this year. Heck, they gave them certificates showing that they own themselves and the right to own other property as well.

Over on CBS, they're wondering if Dean is moving left and Fred Barnes thinks the big problem is that Gore wasn't nice enough to the candidates he wasn't endorsing.

Fred also says that it's going to hurt the Democratic party if it gets taken over by liberals and we need to guard against that kind of thing.

Sometimes reading the news makes my head hurt.

In any case, I have a conference call scheduled in about 2 minutes, so I'd better get my mind on the job.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:46 AM


I believe it's extremely important to listen to as wide a range of political voices across the spectrum as possible.

But, then, I also believe that while it's important to know what the stupid opinions out there are, it's also important to only take seriously the, you know, intelligent voices and opinions (wherever they are on the political spectrum -- "intelligent" doesn't correlate with "agrees with me," whomever the "me" is).

This allows one to exclude Fred Barnes. Fred Barnes will always make one's head hurt. This is because several dozen scientific studies, done over many years, conclude that Fred Barnes is what is technically known as "an idiot."

Feel free, if you have any questions in future, about which other voices, public or bloggy, are in that technical category, to consult me. I have a little list, and I live to serve.

One can also consult mine own blog.

No, no, don't thank me! As I said, I live to serve.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 22, 2003 02:35 AM

Murmur. It encourages people to comment if they're replied to. Of course, discouraging people from commenting is always a viable and understandable option. Damn riff-raff might not be wanted.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 23, 2003 08:03 PM

Hey, remember I'm starting a new job. :) There are moments when they do expect me to do some work, and this week has been full of them!

In fact, I'd written a rather lengthy response to your first comment when I had to delete it unsaved due to factors too boring to get into.

Rest assured that I'm reassured by your opinion of Barnes and am, in fact, checking out your site!

Posted by: Anne at December 24, 2003 09:21 AM

Have a happy merry, then.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 24, 2003 12:09 PM