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July 11, 2005
Surf City

First, I should mention that Jonathan Dresner rightly takes me to task for a too-superficial post title. My penance will be looking up information on each of the major terrorist attacks (outside of Iraq) over the past few years. These aren't the sorts of events I should be forgetting so easily.

Pandemic of Brainlessness, from Jim Kunstler Globalism is yesterday's tomorrow.

Ohio's "Coingate" Scandal: How It Exposes the Flaws of Our Campaign Finance System , from Findlaw's Daniel Tokaji. Campaign finance reform. Government transparency. Do you get the need? (Via Majikthise)

Homeland security: By whatever means necessary, from Prometheus 6. By selling secondhand pocketknives and manicure scissors on the Internet, government agencies are turning a post-Sept. 11 security measure into a moneymaker.

Thoughts while listening to Benny Goodman, from Avedon Carol. She's all riled up about our governments killing us through negligence and arrogance.

Boy President in a Failed World?, from TomDispatch's Tom Englehardt. The place -- despite having its own Starbucks for the Americans -- struck her as a giant dystopian experiment in mind manipulation. (1984 A lot of us are entitled to say, "I told you so" at this point.)

Scotty gets ripped a new one, from SGO, at The Liberal Avenger. You're not saying anything. (Do you think McClellan ever listens to himself and wishes they'd just hire a parrot?) It's all about Rove and this isn't the first time he's been found leaking. (Maybe that's his superpower? He's LeakBoy! Fighting the evil forces of...no, it doesn't work, does it?)

(P.S. I'm reading all about the crime and the cover-up and watching with astonishment the leaks in the previously impervious White House. When a house of cards starts to go...it really goes, doesn't it?)

(P.P.S. What do you do when you get an e-mail from someone whose e-mail address looks legit but whom you don't know? Do you assume some sekrit spamming operation is going on, or do you respond civilly to what appears to be a polite e-mail from a total stranger?)

Posted by AnneZook at 04:08 PM


The link for "Pandemic of Brainlessness, from Jim Kunstler Globalism is yesterday's tomorrow" seems to be broken.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at July 11, 2005 06:42 PM

Should be fixed. Thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by: Anne at July 11, 2005 07:33 PM

Re: your last question - If the content of the email is clearly directed at me and isn't a mass-emailed bulletin, I assume it's a real person that I just don't know yet and respond accordingly (i.e., politely if the email is polite).

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at July 12, 2005 07:16 AM

I really can't tell, Elayne. But I wrote to the person, answering their question, so we'll see.

If I get hit with a wave of e-mail spam, I'll know I got fooled.

Posted by: Anne at July 12, 2005 09:59 AM