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Thursday, November 4th, 2004
9:49 am
Y'know... I'm not going to sit here and bore you with why I feel things went the way they did in this election. Yeah, I'm miffed that Shrub won... again. With freakin' 51% of the vote no less. Kerry wasn't a prize either. I voted Libertarian... (Hey, it's my fuckin' vote, isn't it?) I'm more angered by the overwhelming support Issue One (the anti-gay marriage amendment) got... despite the three big GOP-ers (Voinovich, DeWine, Taft) speaking out against it. If people think that's the last word, well, all they did was get the group this affects even more motivated to correct this wrong. Well anyway... here's a couple of articles (Xterminal, please restrain yo' bad self... ;)).

http://slate.com/id/2109079/ - Simple but Effective
Why you keep losing to this idiot.

http://slate.com/id/2109128/ - Democratic Values
How to start winning the red states.

and a book that has influenced my thinking somewhat...


Oh and remember kids, "It's not fascism when we do it!"

http://www.oldamericancentury.org/14pts.htm - 10 Q ViPER!
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
1:26 pm
Friday, October 29th, 2004
9:36 am
Hmmm... what would I prefer? Someone who changes their mind, or someone that changes their mind?

1. Bush Flip-Flops on Independent 9/11 Commission

Bush Flip: Initially Opposed to Independent 9/11 Commission
Bush opposed an independent inquiry into 9/11, arguing it would duplicate a probe conducted by Congress. In July 2002, his administration issued a "statement of policy" that read "...the Administration would oppose an amendment that would create a new commission to conduct a similar review [to Congress's investigation]." [Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 7/24/02; LA Times, 11/28/02]

Bush Flop: Bush Relented and Appointed Independent Commission
President Bush finally agreed to support an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks after "the congressional committees unearthed more and more examples of intelligence lapses, the administration reversed its stance." [Los Angeles Times, 11/28/02]

2. Bush Flip-Flops on Independent WMD Commission

Bush Flip: Refuses to Call for Independent Bipartisan Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction
"President Bush said on January 30, 2004, 'I want to know the facts' about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein's alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation." [AP, 1/30/04]

Bush Flop: Bush Appoints WMD Investigation Commission
President Bush named a nine-member bipartisan commission to investigate U.S. intelligence-gathering capabilities in February 2004. The AP noted, "Bush had initially opposed a commission, but agreed to do so as calls grew from Republican lawmakers as well as Democrats." The Los Angeles Times reported, "The White House opposed that panel initially, then backed down under pressure, and some say administration officials now regret doing so because the administration has become locked in a series of embarrassing battles with the Sept. 11 commission." The New York Times noted Bush "gave the panel until March 2005, well after the November elections, to submit its conclusions." [NY Times, 2/7/04; LA Times, 2/1/04; AP, 2/6/04]

3. Bush Flip-Flops on Time He'll Spend With 9/11 Commission

Bush Flip: Would Meet For Only One Hour With 9/11 Commission
McClellan: Obviously, as part of this, the President will be meeting with the chairman and vice chairman at some point in the near future. We are still working on the exact time of that meeting. We have discussed with the commission what we believe is a reasonable period of time to provide the chairman and vice chairman with answers to all of their questions.
Q: Is that the one-hour time frame?
McClellan: That's what I'm referring to. [WH Press Briefing, 3/9/04]

Bush Flop: White House Says No Time Limit on President's Testimony
"President George W. Bush will privately answer all questions raised by the federal commission investigating the September 11 attacks, the White House said, suggesting that Bush might allow the interview to extend beyond the one-hour limit originally offered to the panel by the White House. 'He's going to answer all the questions they want to raise,' said the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, whose remarks suggested that the White House was softening its negotiating stance toward the bipartisan commission. 'Nobody's watching the clock.'" [WH Press Briefing, 3/9/04; International Herald Tribune, 3/11/04]

4. Bush Flip-Flops On Calling For A U.N. Vote On Iraq War

Bush Flip: U.S. Will Seek U.N. Vote For War With Iraq
Bush: ...yes, we'll call for a vote.
Question: No matter what?
Bush: No matter what the whip count is, we're calling for the vote. We want to see people stand up and say what their opinion is about Saddam Hussein and the utility of the United Nations Security Council. And so, you bet. It's time for people to show their cards, let the world know where they stand when it comes to Saddam. [Bush News Conference, 3/6/03, emphasis added]

Bush Flop: Bush Attacked Iraq Without U.N. Vote
Bush "failed to win explicit [security] council approval for the use of force" in Iraq. Two days before bombs began to fall in Iraq, the Bush administration withdrew its resolution from the UN Security Council that would have authorized military force. Bush abandoned his call for a vote after it became clear that the US could muster only four votes in support of force. [Washington Post, 3/21/03; Los Angeles Times, 3/18/03]

5. Bush Flip-Flops on Department Of Homeland Security

Bush Flip: Bush Thought Homeland Security Cabinet Position Was "Just Not Necessary"
In October 2001, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush opposed creating Office of Homeland Security position for Ridge. "[T]he president has suggested to members of Congress that they do not need to make this a statutory post, that he [Ridge] does not need Cabinet rank, for example, there does not need to be a Cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security is because there is such overlap among the various agencies, because every agency of the government has security concerns," Fleischer said. [White House Press Briefing, 10/24/01]

Bush Flop: Bush Decides to Support Homeland Security
The New York Times reported, "Bush initially resisted Democratic proposals for a Cabinet-level agency. But once he endorsed it, the president pushed Congress for fast action as it debated such issues as whistle-blower protections, concerns over civil liberties and collective bargaining for department employees."

In remarks to Homeland Security Department employees, Bush claimed credit for supporting the Department: "In just 12 months, under the leadership of your President...you faced the challenges standing up this new Department and you get a -- and a gold star for a job well done." [New York Times, 2/28/03; Bush Remarks at One-Year Anniversary of DHS, 3/2/04]

6. Bush Flip-Flops on Gay Marriage

Bush Flip: It's Up to the States to Decide
In a 2000 presidential primary debate, candidate George W. Bush said gay marriage was a state's issue, saying, "The state can do what they want to do. Don't try to trap me in this state's issue like you're trying to get me into." [Presidential Primary Debate, 2/15/00]

Bush Flop: Bush Supports Constitutional Amendment That Restricts States' Rights
Bush: "If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America. Decisive and democratic action is needed, because attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country." [Bush, 2/24/04]

7. Bush Flip-Flops on Using Military For Nation Building

Bush Flip: Bush Promised Not to Use Military for Nation Building
In a campaign rally in Tennessee, then-Presidential candidate Bush criticized the Clinton administration for using the military in nation-building missions. Bush said, "I'm worried about an opponent who uses nation-building and the military in the same sentence. See, our view of the military is for our military to be properly prepared to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place." [Governor George W. Bush, 11/6/00]

Bush Flop: President Used Military for Nation Building in Afghanistan and Iraq
After the removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Bush met with soldiers stationed in Afghanistan at the White House and thanked them for their nation building efforts. A senior administration official said, "The administration, with its international partners, is doing something akin to nation-building." The plans for a post war Iraq also included nation building measures and, according to the Baltimore Sun, "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell confirmed...that Bush was considering, among other options, installing a U.S.-led occupation government if Hussein's regime is removed." [Baltimore Sun, 10/19/02]

8. Bush Flip-Flops on Hybrid Automobiles

Bush Flip: Bush Mocked Gore's Tax Credit for Hybrid Cars
"'How many of you own hybrid electric gasoline engine vehicles? If you look under there, you'll see that's one of the criteria necessary to receive tax relief. So when he talks about targeted tax relief that's pretty darn targeted,' Bush told the Arlington Heights rally, drawing laughs." [Chicago Sun-Times, 10/29/00]

Bush Flop: Bush Supported Investing in Hybrid Cars
In his State of the Union speech, Bush said, "Tonight I am proposing $1.2 billion in research funding so that America can lead the world in developing clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles. ... Join me in this important innovation, to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy." [White House, "President Delivers 'State of the Union,'" 1/28/03]

9. Bush Flip-Flops on Assault Weapons Ban

Bush Flip: Bush Supports Extending Assault Weapons Ban
Ashcroft: "It is my understanding that the president-elect of the United States has indicated his clear support for extending the assault weapons ban, and I will be pleased to move forward with that position." [Confirmation Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1/17/01]

Bush Flop: Bush Opposes Extension of Assault Weapons Ban
"The White House is opposing addition of gun show and assault weapons restrictions to a bill shielding firearms makers and dealers from lawsuits, prompting angry complaints from Democrats that President Bush is reneging on earlier support for the two proposals...In a statement [on February 24, 2004], the White House urged passage of the lawsuits measure without amendments that might delay its enactment. 'Any amendment that would delay enactment of the bill beyond this year is unacceptable,' the statement said. Democrats interpreted this as an effort to undermine support for the gun-control measures. 'For the president to say he is for the assault weapons ban but then act against it is a flip-flop if there ever was one,' said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of several sponsors of the assault weapons proposal in the Senate." [Washington Post, 2/26/04]

10. Bush Flip-Flops on Steel Tariffs

Bush Flip: Bush Imposes Steel Tariffs
"President Bush on [March 5, 2002] slapped punishing tariffs of 8% to 30% on several types of imported steel in an effort to help the ailing U.S. industry, drawing criticism from American allies and mixed reviews at home. 'An integral part of our commitment to free trade is our commitment to enforcing trade laws to make sure that America's industries and workers compete on a level playing field,' Bush said in a statement issued by the White House." [USA Today, 3/5/02]

Bush Flop: Bush Rescinds Steel Tariffs
"Facing a potential global trade war, President Bush on [December 4, 2003] lifted tariffs he imposed on foreign steel 21 months ago, declaring the U.S. steel industry healthy and ready to compete despite the industry's claim that it needs more time to recover." [Chicago Tribune, 12/5/03]
9:19 am
Monday, October 25th, 2004
1:34 pm
Your Literary Adventure by renoir_girl
Your LJ Username
Your birthday
Your favorite housepet
Where you'll be when your adventure beginsIn Maryland
What will happenYou will be asked to verify the authenticity of a handwritten manuscript.
You will require the assistance ofA plucky bookworm and a friendly slacker.
You will struggle againstYour father's superiority and tight controls.
The climactic struggle will take place inEmbarassingly large social situations where it seems you can't help but open your mouth and ramble on incessantly without making any sense at all.
Your victory will be assured only whenYou put that man in a car and tell him to get OFFA your porch!
For your efforts, you will receiveInitiation into a secret society.
Just when you thought it was all overEveryone will break into song. *sigh*
At long last, you willLive happily ever after with those who survived with you.
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Thursday, October 21st, 2004
9:21 am
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
9:58 am
Stuck Song Syndrome

HOW MANY times have you caught yourself humming a tune while ironing clothes,
washing kitchen dishes, or some chore that is rather mechanical? More often than not, you
do not realise that you are humming, and it is someone who tells you to stop bothering
with the drone. Embarrassed, you stop but the blessed tune does not go away from your
brain. It gets stuck in your brain and comes haunting. You have to make a conscious effort
to divert yourself off it, go drink a glass of water, chew on a cinnamon stick or whatever!

Indeed, researchers have named this phenomenon as the "Stuck Tune Syndrome" and
delved deep into its mysteries. My daughter Akhila e-mailed me a report on this,
published in the Los Angeles Times on October 7th, and it makes interesting and fun
reading. One Professor James Kellaris of the University of Cincinnati has been studying the
stuck song syndrome in order to figure out why songs and tunes sometimes commandeer
people's thoughts. (I may add parenthetically that Akhila herself was a victim of this fever
when she, as a two year old, would hum the "O" from the Lata Mangeshkar's Meera Bhajan
"Mai Mai, O, Mai Mai")

The Society for Consumer Psychology in the US seems to have supported his research, and
in his study Kellaris surveyed 1000 students at four universities and has come out with
some generalisations, which are worth thinking about. He suggests that certain types of
tunes and songs act like "mental mosquito bites". They produce a "cognitive itch" which
makes you scratch by replaying the tune in your mind. You do so just as you scratch the
mosquito bite, as a spot reaction without thinking about it. The more you scratch, the
worse the itch gets.

In his study, Kellaris found that the students endured stuck songs or tunes for anywhere
between a few hours (55 per cent) to as long as a full day (23 per cent). Some of them (17
per cent) said that malevolent melodies presisted for several days. (On a different note, I
wonder what the procedure and protocol of his study was: did he play a bunch of tunes
ever so lightly in the background, so as to subliminally stick them on the students' minds?
Or did he ask them to catalog the number and names of the tunes that bugged their
minds during the last a few days?) Dr Kellaris then asked his subjects to identify the
stickiest songs. They appear to fall into a pattern.

Stickiness determinants

What makes some songs hummable and others not? One feature appears to be the
repetitiveness of the tune. While most songs have repetitive patterns and refrains, some
rely so heavily on this feature that it becomes haunting. Kellaris has pointed out as
examples: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and the theme tune from "Mission Impossible". In
the Indian scene, I have found myself humming the repetitive snatches from "Ek Ladki Ko
Dekha To Aisa Laga" or "Chinna Chinna Aasai". Think about what refrain itches your brain.

A second feature seems to be musical simplicity. Kellaris points out that this is why we
tend to hum children's song often. "The ease with which a tune can be reconstructed
increases its adhesiveness"- the LA Times quotes Mr. Greg Scelsa, who composes and
performs memorable children's songs. He points to the song "If you are happy and you
know it, clap your hands". At first, you sing the line twice. Then you build on it as "If you
are happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it. If you are happy and you
know it, clap your hands". With each "happy and you know it", the melody changes slightly
and in a predictable way - the pattern is the same, simple, repetitive but building
sequentially so as to itch your brain! The Christmas carol "Twelve Days of Christmas" is
another example. The line for each successive day adds its own phrase and follows it by
repeating all the ones before and ending with "partridge in a pear tree". The Hindi movies
music composer O.P Nayyar relied on this technique in many of his hit tunes.

The third feature that makes a song stick in your mind is an element of surprise or
incongruity built into it. If the rhythm or lyric changes unexpectedly, it might incite a
congnitive itch. The movie music directors Sachin Burman, RD Burman and AR Rahman
have relied on this technique of putting in a twist midstream in a tune. The modulations
we hear in Bengali Baul tunes make them stick, as the elder Burman exploited them in his
Hindi film compositions, e.g., "Sun mere bandhu re, sun mere mitvah". Listen to some of
the songs from Lagaan (e.g in the song Madhuban Men, the twist in "Kisliye Radha Jale").
Indeed Rahman revels in throwing in such teasers.

In my opinion, one of the most hummable tunes in this context is the theme song from
the 1950s Hindi movie Awara. The tune, composed by Shankar and Jaikishan, has all the
above elements. It starts out simple, has repetitiveness, and has elements of surprise. All
these features, plus its Near East/Central Asian resonance made it a hit that also became a
continental "stuck song" candidate.

This aspect of repetitive tunes makes me question the other point made in the LA Times
report, namely that the stuck song syndrome is of recent origin. Hardly! Just about every
prayer chant, a classic and natural tune that gets "stuck", that we know of is centuries old!

Religious chants - be they the Bhajans of the Hindus, the Sufia Kalam refrains of the
Muslims, "Om Mani Padme Hun" of the Buddhists, the Gregorian chants of the Christians
or the Japjee of the Sikhs - have all these elements built into them. The contemporary
Hindustani singers Nusrat Fateh Ali and Kumar Gandharva illustrate this hauntingly in their
"Alla hoo" and the Nirguni Bhajans, respectively. Their monotone can be hypnotic- and
send the practitioner into a trance and even abandon. The dancing dervish, the wandering
minstrel and the Baul singing mendicant exemplify this in varying degrees of personal

Subliminal message?

Analysing this phenomenon further, some psychologists suggest that may be it is not the
tune or the song alone, and that it may be akin to a persistent dream. Something in the
back of your mind is trying to tell you something. And more often than not, the stuck
songs or tunes belong to music that was popular or important in your childhood. This
point needs greater elaboration in order to affirm its validity and strength. Clearly each
one of us needs to check what songs we get stuck on, analyse them ourselves and check
this point out on an individual basis. But it does look as if the stuck song comes to us
either in moments of enjoyment or as relievers of boredom. There is thus a comfort and
nostalgic element to it. Personally therefore, I am not able to understand Kellaris's survey
which showed 17 per cent of his subjects found malevolent tunes sticking in their minds.
Was it the words or the tune that got stuck, I wonder.

Consumer psychologists ask airlines, lift or elevator companies, department stores and
even hospital waiting rooms to play music so as to soothe and subliminally divert anxiety
from the customer minds. Of course when the tune is not chosen right, it can backfire and
annoy the customer, as has happened with telephones! Many organizations have realized
this folly and have wisely put in their own selections.

Well, it is all very well if you enjoy it- which you do when you first realize that you are
humming the tune. The trouble is when it persists and will not go away, even when you
are done with it. There is no "delete" button you can hit, or a switch you can turn off.
Different people use different methods to unstick the persisting tune or song off their
minds. One not-so-nice way seems to be, according to the LA Times report, to sic it or
infect it on your unsuspecting neighbour! This way you get unstuck while he or she is
victimised. I am not sure if this works or not, but I would imagine that the victim should be
familiar with the tune in order for it to work.

Try on some cinnamon!

One of the persons interviewed in the study said that if he chewed on a cinnamon,stick he
could rid himself of the stuck tune! When I looked up the pharmacopea, I found the claim
that the cinnamon bark has some antibacterial properties. But then, a stuck tune is not a
material living form like a microbe is. It infects the mind and not the body. And once you
infect your neighbour, you are apparently rid of it. So cinnamon action on this person has
more to do with his mind, in other words psychedelic rather than antibiotic. The active
principles in cinnamon are cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid. Whether these have any
mood- modifying properties is worth investigating.

But this adds a reverse swing to the celebrated practice of some musicians who resort to
mood- enhancers (alcohol, betel nuts, tobacco) in order to get loosened up and inspired
to create. The Beatles tried LSD before they sang "Lucy in the Sky with Diamond". The
Impressionist painters Vincent van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec imbibed quantities
of anise liquor (anisette, made from anise seeds or saunf) for inspiration. But with the
stuck song syndrome, we have a case of wishing to get de-inspired as it were, and
cinnamon, which flourishes in the Malabar Coast, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, is imputed to be
promoting this negative act!

D. Balasubramanian
L. V. Prasad Eye Institute
Monday, October 18th, 2004
12:25 pm

An excerpt:

Without a Doubt

Published: October 17, 2004

Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first President Bush, told me recently that ''if Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3.'' The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason and religion.

''Just in the past few months,'' Bartlett said, ''I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do.'' Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion for traditional Republicans concerned about Bush's governance, went on to say: ''This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he's just like them. . . .

''This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts,'' Bartlett went on to say. ''He truly believes he's on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence.'' Bartlett paused, then said, ''But you can't run the world on faith.''

Forty democratic senators were gathered for a lunch in March just off the Senate floor. I was there as a guest speaker. Joe Biden was telling a story, a story about the president. ''I was in the Oval Office a few months after we swept into Baghdad,'' he began, ''and I was telling the president of my many concerns'' -- concerns about growing problems winning the peace, the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanding of the Iraqi Army and problems securing the oil fields. Bush, Biden recalled, just looked at him, unflappably sure that the United States was on the right course and that all was well. '''Mr. President,' I finally said, 'How can you be so sure when you know you don't know the facts?'''

Biden said that Bush stood up and put his hand on the senator's shoulder. ''My instincts,'' he said. ''My instincts.''

Biden paused and shook his head, recalling it all as the room grew quiet. ''I said, 'Mr. President, your instincts aren't good enough!'''

The democrat Biden and the Republican Bartlett are trying to make sense of the same thing -- a president who has been an extraordinary blend of forcefulness and inscrutability, opacity and action.

But lately, words and deeds are beginning to connect.

The Delaware senator was, in fact, hearing what Bush's top deputies -- from cabinet members like Paul O'Neill, Christine Todd Whitman and Colin Powell to generals fighting in Iraq -- have been told for years when they requested explanations for many of the president's decisions, policies that often seemed to collide with accepted facts. The president would say that he relied on his ''gut'' or his ''instinct'' to guide the ship of state, and then he ''prayed over it.'' The old pro Bartlett, a deliberative, fact-based wonk, is finally hearing a tune that has been hummed quietly by evangelicals (so as not to trouble the secular) for years as they gazed upon President George W. Bush. This evangelical group -- the core of the energetic ''base'' that may well usher Bush to victory -- believes that their leader is a messenger from God. And in the first presidential debate, many Americans heard the discursive John Kerry succinctly raise, for the first time, the issue of Bush's certainty -- the issue being, as Kerry put it, that ''you can be certain and be wrong.''

What underlies Bush's certainty? And can it be assessed in the temporal realm of informed consent?

All of this -- the ''gut'' and ''instincts,'' the certainty and religiosity -connects to a single word, ''faith,'' and faith asserts its hold ever more on debates in this country and abroad. That a deep Christian faith illuminated the personal journey of George W. Bush is common knowledge. But faith has also shaped his presidency in profound, nonreligious ways. The president has demanded unquestioning faith from his followers, his staff, his senior aides and his kindred in the Republican Party. Once he makes a decision -- often swiftly, based on a creed or moral position -- he expects complete faith in its rightness.

The disdainful smirks and grimaces that many viewers were surprised to see in the first presidential
9:47 am

If i was a serial killer i would be John Wayne Gacy .

If you ever had a reason to be afraid of clowns. This would be it.

Over the course of 3 years John Wayne Gacy, a part time children's party clown, would go on to sodomize, torture and murder over 30 young men, burying most of the bodies under the floor boards of his home.

Gacy would use a chloroform soaked rag to render his victims unconscious, then take them home and tie them up in his basement. He would then proceed to torture them sexually, using a varying range of dildos and sexual toys, eventually strangling them to death with a 2x4 while raping them.

kill count: 30+

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9:31 am

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb?

None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported us when we first screwed it in, and when these flip-floppers insist on saying that it is burned out, they are merely giving aid and encouragement to the Forces of Darkness.

-- John Cleese
Thursday, October 14th, 2004
10:24 am

ARTS JOURNAL - The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of the
federal court ruling that barred the music industry from compelling internet
providers to turn over the names and addresses of their subscribers. The
decision could throw a major monkey wrench into the industry's tactic of
suing illegal file-traders anonymously, then forcing providers to match the
computer footprints with user information. A high court decision on whether
it will rehear a separate case concerning the liability of manufacturers in
piracy cases has not yet been announced. [Wired]
10:19 am
You Are Love
You are Love.

You love life, you love all those around you and
the world that you live in. You are happiest
when you are doing something for someone else
or for the common good of mankind.

What Emotion Are You?
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10:12 am
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
7:35 am
Monday, October 11th, 2004
12:50 pm
Monday, October 4th, 2004
10:30 am
Unusual Situation Reported In Northern Ohio

Apparently on Wednesday morning, September 22, numerous callers to Cleveland, Ohio radio station 1100 WTAM reported a rainbow-like aerial situation similar to a 'Sundog.' The situation complicates, however, as others begin describing unusual contrails, jet scrambles and other military activity all across northern Ohio. One caller, Amin, describes an unusual light seen the night before Sept. 22 while driving home from Detroit around 1:00 a.m. while another caller, Kevin, claims the similar sighting of a 'bluish green light' around 10:35 p.m. on Route 8 near the Stow, Ohio area (north of Akron). At daybreak the morning of Sept. 22, northeastern Ohio skies were allegedly 'ripped' with jet vapor trails.

One caller, Don, is a truck driver with a route between Cleveland and Youngstown, and alleges that his GPS (Global Positioning System) that pinpoints his mapping location on a laptop computer, began malfunctioning between 8 and 9:00 a.m., although working flawlessly beforehand. Stranger still, another caller named Dave claimed that Route 12, a south/north road out of Fostoria, Ohio, was blocked by "tons" of army trucks and traffic was being diverted.

This activity was briefly referenced on the Cleveland UFO E-list by George Pindroh, but with no new information. Secondly, I did receive three E-mail advisement's regarding this activity from various contacts, along with one copied message from 'June' that states: " I talked with my Mom today, and she told me that on channel 19 at 5 pm, Wed., Sept. 22, the TV news anchor said that there were hundreds of reports of UFO's all over the lakefront area of Ohio. He said that after the commercial breaks he would give the details. My mom was very curious and waited to hear the news. When the news came back on, NOTHING. So the story was squashed. I talked to a few people at work today, and yes, they had heard about the sightings. Everyone was talking about it. So lots of people here in Ohio heard about it before the news was suppressed. According to my Mom, the TV anchor said that people saw what looked like a huge cloud with rainbow colors along with many UFO's that were not disguising themselves as clouds. I also learned that fighter jets were sent out after them." (Note, I do not know June who copied me on her comments to a few other researchers, but she signed her name with the addition of "In The Light," and I cannot vouch for her comments -- KY)

Thirdly, a comment about the WTAM radio activity was filed to the National UFO Reporting Center (N.U.F.O.R.C.) website, but also containing no new information.

Further, Mrs. Donnie Blessing, Southern Ohio State Director for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) spoke with a gentleman from Cleveland named Ken who contacted the Cincinnati UFO Hotline (513 - 588 - 4548) on September 28th to advise of a UFO sighting in Canada on September 21st. While taking the information, Ken advised that his wife knew of the strange reports on WTAM radio station on September 22, and further informed of UFOs and numerous (presumably) responding military helicopters seen near the Perry Nuclear Power Station. This specific detail has been considered most intriguing. At this time, we know of no substantive information to link this reference of a UFO situation near the Perry Nuclear Power Station to the September 22nd activity reported by WTAM radio.

Oddly, there was previous UFO activity reported 'on the record' by a Lake County law officer referenced in conjunction with the Perry Nuclear Facility in June of 2004, that report is located online at: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/willoughby04.html

So unusual was this September 22nd activity that radio station WTAM created a special web page for the situation. The page contains audio clips of the many callers that are available from the exact URL location: http://www.wtam.com/triv/index.html
10:10 am
In what shapes up to be John Lennon week, what with his birthday on the ninth and his killer possibly going free as early as this week... I found this:


yes yes, New Lennon songs from Heaven... Convinced yet? *eye roll*
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
10:06 am

Circle I Limbo

General asshats
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Militant Vegans
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Oakland Raider Fans
Circle IV Rolling Weights

The New York Yankees
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

George Bush
Circle VII Burning Sands

Saddam Hussein
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Monday, September 27th, 2004
2:47 pm
Take the quiz: "What does your birth month reveal about you?"

Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent andclever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislike unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizing dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
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