will brady's ruminations
ON A LIGHTER NOTE...
Presumably a lighter note, that is
, if suicide notes can be called that | Oh, and for those of you using Internet Explorer, you might have to scroll down the page
to see this, since the folks at
Microsoft apparently haven't been able to write code that lets you see an larger scaled image with the text | Go figure | and click on the picture itself to see the text clearer |
My guess is that the yet to be suicider just bought a new computer, complete with Microsoft XP and all the updates, only to discover that MS Works was installed as the word processing program | He'd downloaded all his old MS Word files into MS Works and they immediately turned into useless gibberish | So, as a last gesture, he's turned on his old computer to write his last thoughts withe the ever-helpful MS Word paperclip icon whom we know as "Office Assistant" |
Honestly folks, I don't take suicide issues lightly, but I couldn't help but laugh at this swipe at Microsoft's "helpful" pop-ups |
Pix credit: Found this at a Russian clip art site | I'm fascinated that most [but not all] the file names are in English, that the majority of the images appear to be of USA dollars and oil field related images | Oh and a couple of suprising things [one of a man giving the viewer "the finger"], a single picture of Vladimir Putin, one of two members of the Taliban [well, two bearded Middle Eastern looking guys wearing turbans], a cartoon image of Saddam but none of USA political figures |
LEST WE FORGET || ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
here's a game your kids can play
| Well, you could, too | Nobody's telling | What to do with an oil spill
| The site was put up as an instructional tool for young children, as a collaborative effort between Miami University
[Oxford, Ohio] and the National Science Foundation
| The Foundation, incidentially, is still providing research grants to support the study of biodiversity
| The downside to this is that the fund cycle is halfway completed, and they do not appear to be offering cometetive grants for next year | And the money awared only yesterday [19 oct 04] was for grants applied for in 2003 or early 2004 | It remains to be seen what, if any, federal funds will be awarded in the future for important legitimate studies in the sciences |
Alas, even in this area, what happens on Tuesday shall have an impact in the outcome |
Pneumonia is the "schizophrenia" of lung disorders
| By this I mean it seems the term pneumonia
is a catch-all for a wide range of lung disorders with vastly different causes, symptoms and manner of treatment | And I'm stuck with it |
I am recuperating but the wait is interminable | I'm not a good patient | I told the doc I'll have removed all the wallpaper by my fingers come Monday | I see it more as unfairly limiting my many things to do | Bruce and another doc friend say I'm my own worst enemy ["Lemme move just one more truck load of firewood...
" I'll tell them | I suppose I just don't know how to rest |
From what I'm reading, and based on the symptoms, the kind of pneumonia
I have is mycoplasma
pneumonia | It has few symptoms but those it has include "violent" coughing attacks and barely discernable mucus, resulting in little coughed up | It is a fairly "common" type and about 20% of all cases of pneumonia are attributed to it | It is treatable with antibiotics |
So it is waiting I have to deal with | ...back to copying CDs onto the hard drive I suppose |
Bedrest! Bah! Humbug!
WHERE TO VOTE
It's too late to ask for an absentee ballot
so you'll need to go to the polls | Rather than rely on some opposing party's "advice" you can find out where you
have to go to vote by finding it at My Polling Place
| If necessary, you can also call 1-866-OUR-VOTE | All this said, the website still reccommends you contact your city or county offices for the correct address for the polling site |
LEST WE FORGET || ECONOMIC INJUSTICE / CLASS WARFARE
On November 2nd, VOTE!
THE ROAD TO PROGRESS
Intuit's Vibe | No Struggle, No Progress |
by Frederick Douglass 
The whole history of progress of human liberty / Shows that all concessions / Yet made to her august claims / Have been born of earnest struggle.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress / Those who profess to favor freedom, / And yet deprecate agitation, / Are men [and women] who want crops / Without plowing up the ground, / They want rain / Without thunder and lightning.
They want the ocean / Without the awful roar of its waters.
This struggle may be a moral one; / Or it may be a physical one; / Or it may be both moral and physical; / But it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. / It never did, and it never will.
Find out just what any people / Will quietly submit to / And you have found the exact measure / Of injustice and wrong / Which will be imposed upon them, / And these will continue till they are resisted.
The limits. . . are prescribed / By the endurance of those whom. . [are] oppress[ed]. / Men [and Women] may not get all they pay for in this world, but they pay for all they get.
If we ever get free / from the oppressions and wrong heaped on us, / we must pay for their removal. / We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, / and if needs be by our lives and the lives of others.
LEST WE FORGET || SUPPRESSION OF DISSENT
On November 2nd, VOTE!
UPDATE: ParaPolitics Forum with an article about the 19 October 2004 assault on unarmed protesters at a Bush rally in Jacksonville, Oregon | Using pepper spray and paintballs the citizens were "Silenced by the President" as Oregon Police Fire On Bystanders Watching Presidential Motorcade | Got a write up in the Crawford, Texas Iconoclast
, so far, has the most original carvings I've seen thus far | Gives me some ideas for my own | he doesn't actually hollow out the pumpkins but carves into the rind | Says that this also creates some interesting light effects once he's hollowed out the center and put in a candle ...well, I'm assuming he's using a candle |
SUN TZU - THE ART OF WAR
A N A T T I T U D E T O W A R D W A R F A R E
In joining battle, seek the quick victory ... I have heard tell of a foolish haste,
but I have yet to see a case of cleverly dragging on the hostilities. There never
has been a state that has benefited from an extended war.
Any deviation from this attitude represents military adventurism, and is
outrightly condemned. "...one who takes pleasure in military affairs shall
ultimately perish, while one who seeks to profit from victory shall incur disgrace."
SOURCE: from SUN TZU: The Art of Warfare | The first English translation incorporating the recently discovered Yin-ch"ueh-shan texts | Translated, with introduction and commentary by Roger Ames | Ballentine Books © 1993
LEST WE FORGET || VOTER FRAUD
On November 2nd, VOTE!
RATS RUN FROM THE SHIP
Click on the Diebold Voting Machine for a chance to see how it might work come election day
Republicans and Conservatives increasingly flee from Bush
| Some examples:
keeps track of newspaper endorsements [probably more accurate than polls at expressing public sentiment
] as well as prominent Republicans who have come out of the closet and spoken against Dubya's election bid | Endorsements as of 10/26: Kerry leads 142 to 123, including 37 Switcher papers (compared to Bush's 6) |
American Conservative Magazine endorses
Kerry | An opening quote:
Unfortunately, this election does not offer traditional conservatives an easy or natural choice and has left our editors as split as our readership. In an effort to deepen our readers’ and our own understanding of the options before us, we’ve asked several of our editors and contributors to make “the conservative case” for their favored candidate. Their pieces, plus Taki’s column closing out this issue, constitute TAC’s endorsement. —The Editors
Retired Judge Robert L. Black
, in the Cincinnati, Ohio Enquirer
stating that "...my loyalty to the party must give way to my love of this country. I consider it a patriotic duty to speak up when the future of our democracy is at stake.
, who identifies as "...a registered Republican since I pulled my first lever in a voting booth, and I've voted as a loyal Republican for Republican candidates consistently every year. I am 55 years of age. I am considered a right-wing Christian conservative and strict constitutionist...
" says he's voting for Kerry after "...as the last straw
..." an orchestrated Bush Rally kicked out two Republican shcool teachers wearing "Support our Civil Liberties" T-shirts [read the full story
, a Conservative, possibly Libertarian columnist, who voted for Bush in 2000 says this: People who think of themselves as conservatives will really display their stupidity, as I did in the last election, by voting for Bush. Bush is as far from being a conservative as you can get. Well, he fooled me once, but he won't fool me twice.
It is not at all conservative to balloon government spending, to vastly increase the power of government, to show contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law, or to tell people that foreign outsourcing of American jobs is good for them, that giant fiscal and trade deficits don't matter, and that people should not know what their government is doing. Bush is the most prone-to-classify, the most secretive president in the 20th century. His administration leans dangerously toward the authoritarian.
He advised his readers to check out John Kerry's website
where he believes they will find postions of substance on many subjects |
, has published a list of Republicans who have endorsed John Kerry, as well as those Republicans who have publicly stated their reluctance to cast a vote for George W. Bush |
Even a white supremicist website, Skinheadz
, [who once attempted to censor this writer] has touted on their front page [www.skinheadz.com] "anybody but Bush!" | Out of deference to a request from someone who identified himself as their attorney I have not provided a direct link to that website |
LEST WE FORGET || CORPORATE CORRUPTION
On November 2nd, VOTE!
New York City's Subway is 100 years old
! | Today is the anniversary of the opening of the NYC Subway system | So here's a brief tribute to this erstwhile transport marvel |
New York's subway system was among the first, but it led to many others built around the world
, with varying degrees of success | They may all get used, but some may question whether or not they help minimize urban sprawl | In New York, there's probably no doubt that subways help contain unchecked development |
When I lived in New York City I never got lost on the subway | But then, I'm an inveterate map reader and have a good sense of direction, and I can't say this of
others | I even moved the contents of an entire apartment from Brooklyn to Staten Island using the subway and ferry system | I had my share of other adventures, too, on the subways | Or, more accurately, on the platforms and attendant underground spaces, but those tales I'll reserve for some other occasion |
But the subway system isn't just the platforms and vehicles themselves | And there are folks who do share their adventures and explorations into the nether spaces without hesitation | Forgotten New York
has written about the subway system
extensively | Photographer David Gallager has photos online
of tunnels and trails accessible to the public | Julia Solis has written a book, New York Underground
, about less visible parts of the system |
Perhaps the most endearing of all the subway sites I came across, and one that has a totally fresh perspective is Sporkworld's
Subway Poem, which rambles and meanders every bit as much as the Nw York sumbay system itself | Go see for yourself
IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!
Billmon's Moon of Alabama
have a write up recently entitled Red Lights Flashing
, and you can be certain it isn't about the latest K-Mart special | No, it's about the American Economy, which Dubya says is "...on the march...
," and that may be true, even if it isn't in an uphill direction | Some highlights:
Doug Noland of Prudent Bear started his weekly Credit Bubble Bulletin on Friday with the words "It has the feel of an unfolding bear market." Martin Goldberg, author at Financial Sense, titled his Thursday market wrap-up "Something big is about to happen."
For years the US has over consumed and under saved. Foreigners have financed the difference between consumption and savings so far, confident in US politics and the US economy. This is changing.
The US war adventure in Iraq has helped to push oil prices up 100% in only one year. This is an oil shock for the global economy.
Bill Clinton's 1992 Campagin slogan is even more apt today | Too bad Kerry's handlers hadn't thought to use it |
Anyway, you may want to read the complete item Red Lights Flashing
yourself, and draw your own conclusions |
LEST WE FORGET || IRAQ QUAGMIRE
On November 2nd, VOTE
I see that American Street gave a brief notice
[well, two words and a link, actually
] to this site as one of the "Progressive Peers" in Connecticut whose been writing about politics this season |
Not certain if this means I'll be expected to stay on
this vein or not; though I expect I'd be writing about politics off and on anyway | The picture is one of my "October Surprises" and came as part of an article on the pardoning of turkeys on Thanksgiving
[that probably made the folks at PeTA
And no, I'm NOT going to say who I think the turkeys in the picture | Probably us, if we vote a certain way come November 2nd |
Reading the description didn't
make me feel any better but it takes the mystery out of the illness |
Pneumonia is the inflammation (swelling) of the lungs. The lungs are filled with pus or other liquid. Because of the liquid, oxygen can't get to the red blood cells. The following is the process in which this disease occurs:
* The walls of the air sacs are destroyed.
* Red blood cells, plasma, and white blood cells fill the sacs.
* The area of the lung that this is occurring now becomes inoperable.
The hacking cough that accompanies the condition makes me pariah at work; nobody wants a sick employee at a hospital | So I've stayed home since last week | Energyless on Thursday and Friday | Saturday I break the rules and went to the Open House at I-Park
| Sunday and Monday pretty much a bust, though today I was well enough to copy about 50 CDs onto the hard drive and did some paperwork |
My guess is that by Wednesday I'll be pretty much pulling off the wallpaper as a distraction, for I do seem to be getting better | ...ever since the doc gave me some potent antibiotic, that is | but he still wants me to cough |
WAR POEM by Lincoln Kerstein
T E N T - M A T E S
It's no cinch to live together
In a field three acres square
With your noncoms and your officers
Sleeping and eating there.
Soldiers aren't chosen wisely
To be four-season friends;
Neither lovers nor companions,
We were picked for rougher ends.
hence our interest seems to lessen
In snapshots of buddies' wives,
Nor are we all-absorbed by
Incidents in lurid lives
Which startlingly resemble
Our own grim or comic tale
But which, on other lips than ours,
In passion, tend to pale.
From living in each other's laps,
From sniffing at each other's pores,
From glimpsing every function of
The human mechanisim's chores,
From dozing next to unloved flesh,
From swimming in the common stew,
We're trigger happy to the touch
At our compulsive rendezvous.
I do not mind my own shit.
Why then avoid another's?
Answers are articles of war:
Men are seldom brothers.
SOURCE: Rhymes< and more Rhymes of as PFC by Lincoln Kirstein | New Directions Press | © 1964 || IMAGES: Photos from the internet | Sketch from USA Civil War Sketchbook, Henri Lovie 1862 |
Here's a sequence of pages I went to while while surfing
| The sequence started, incidentally, with a single intentional jump | That jump was to
"Is That Legal?
" | An item on the page Military Service: You Can't Tell the Players without a Program!
drew me to the next two pages:
 Green Space
| Sally Greene's page, with an item entitled Patriot Acts
[a read on which politicians and pundits actually did any mititary service] took me to
Yale Law School and and article by Vincent Blasi entitled Milton's Areopagitica and the Modern First Amendment
about the origins of the liberal tradition in supporting Free Speech |
Then I backtracked to Ms Greene's Page, opening up two [4 + 5] blog links she has listed
, where I read about How the Supreme Court makes decisions
and of pundits who finally have begun questioning the sincerity of Dubya's "faith"
| But I also found the piece on Citizen Soverignty of interest so I hopped over to link  below |
Since I've found Dave Neiwart's blog Orcinus
enlightening in the past I wentthere to read yet another piece on Michelle Malkin and her questionable credibility
when championing the WWII use of Internment Camps with the Japanese
[question: does she know something we don't? ...an trying to soften the blow?]
 Citizen Soverignty
is, I learned, a non-profit "...whose purpose is to deepen citizen involvement in American political life
" | I scanned the site briefly and bookmarked it for later review |
Evr mindful of Bruce's maxim ~ namely, not to get obsessed with political blogs, I took a jump from Orcinus to Wood s Lot
, where I was not disappointed | There I found items about Brazilian sculptor Lygia Clark
, a wonderful painting by the French Painter Achille Etna Michallon
[1796-1822] [which I've added here] and, finally, a link to a Gutenberg Project e-book, 
 The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times
, by Alfred Biese | Since I'm down with a bad could [pneumonia in one lung] I've printed out the e-book to read |
That done, I figured I had to check my e-mail and do stuff about the house |