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Poster:weresolipsists
Date:2005-12-04 21:28
Subject:Operation Home for the Holidays
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Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)
and we copied it.

We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.

The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers
home!

So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!

We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.

I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):
http://homefortheholidaysaction.blogspot.com/.

in peace & solidarity,
"Femme Egale"

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Poster:noonday_dreams
Date:2005-10-03 15:42
Subject:the world.
Security:Public
Mood:my tummy hurts.

the world is coming to an end.

your thoughts?

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-08-03 09:28
Subject:Its called a carpool parking spot for a reason.
Security:Public
Mood:Angered beyond all control

And the reason isn't you convinced someone who doesn't even plan to drive to school to pretend to be your carpoolee. I hope parking services around the country have a secret day in which they stake out the carpool spots and give out tickets for damn person who parks there with out a passenger. Actually, I wish they just got rid of them. They don't encourage people to carpool. They encourage foul putrid cheating. Ugh.

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-03-29 20:08
Subject:Well, here we go again.
Security:Public
Mood:tired

There was a guy who tried to sneak into the hospice of Terri Schiavo with bottled water. Thankfully, he was caught because he would have drowned her since she cannot voluntarily consume water, thus her passing away from thirst. If she could drink from a bottle of water, we wouldn't even know her name or be talking about this. Another anonymous person called in a bomb threat o the hospice. If Terri Shiavo dies so does everyone else. They never found any explosives.

I saw a clip of a one of the right to life people outside her hospice tell the right to die people that Jesus hates them. I am saddened more than the Valar as they witness the treachery of the Sons of Feanor has they slaughter their own kin and went into exile from Valinor back into Middle-Earth.

I saw a clip of Michael Shiavo's lawyer give some silly speech about dying with dignity. Please, unless you are calling out the Dark Lord Morgoth from the pits of Angband, and deliver seven blows and chop of his foot, you do not die with "dignity" or "honour".

I keep going to the yahoo message-boards about this and my brain has imploded several times by the sight of the most ignorant people I have ever seen. Of course, this whole issue has been about ignorant people: Michael Shiavo, the Schindlers, Right to die orgs, right to life orgs, the guy with the water bottle, the Jesus hates guy, the people who put red duck tape on their mouth (Because that had to hurt to take it off, especially if they had a mustache), the kid in the back row who failed algebra, Elmo, the Rugrats... well some of those were just ignorant despite not having anything to do with the situation.

In other news, the Mayor of L.A. says he should be elected because he can solve gang violence by creating an injunction. Yes, by making a law against people who break laws he will stop them....

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-03-25 22:22
Subject:Did anyone ever take statisitics???
Security:Public
Mood:amused

Today, I saw in the news that it is being claimed that, according to the polls, the job approval of the president and congress has gone down 6-7%. The punch line? At the bottom of each poll there is two words and a number: "Sampling Error= 3.5%" That means that the numbers are the same. I think the numbers were something like 49% last week and 43% this week. With and error of 3.5%that means the first number can actually be as low as 45.5% and the second number can be as high as 46.5% Its hilarious. You learn this in basic stats and even the basic physics series. Analytical chemistry. Forensics. I would be laughed out of an ACS meeting if I claimed that two values were significantly different with those error bars. Heh. Fools. I think people should have to have a license before they are allowed to use statistics.

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-02-20 17:05
Subject:
Security:Public
Mood:cynical

Sometimes I am ashamed of the false hope given by the "Magical Wonders" of science

Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye. Step Right up and here about the miraculous powers of Pendragon's Dihydrogen Monoxide. This miracle of science cleanses the body of bad toxins. Drinking this will prevent you from ever dieing from thirst. Yes sirey, if you take our miracle drink, you can cleanse your kidneys and bladder of toxins. And our studies show that if you drink Dihydrogen monoxide with while consuming and after consuming an alcoholic beverage, you reduce the effects of a possible hangover. Yes, this is indeed a miracle cure. All you have to do is send me $10,000,000,000 per bottle to my off-shores,often used by nefarious and underhanded people, Swiss bank account.
6_6
Ugh.

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-02-13 23:04
Subject:Assistant, Associate, Full, Distinguished, and Egotist
Security:Public
Mood:cynical

What are types of professors? Correct. You win Jeopardy!.

You know, I cannot wait until I become a professor, so that I to can write dribble and call it an essay. I can use inflammatory wordage and fallacies of logic such as Guilt by Association and Ad Hominum. I can declare that I am a Japanese, although I have no genealogical reason to claim this, and to blame an imaginary racism that Japanese have against me as the reason I cannot be accepted as a full fledge Japanese.

But before I can be a true tenured-loser, I must find a mentor. Ah, I must head to Colorado and study under the great Native American warrior Ward Churchill. I hope all the "Technocrats" do not try to prevent my rise to greatness.

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Poster:dferahgo
Date:2005-02-11 09:24
Subject:January 2001 Memo Warned Bush of Al Qaeda Threat
Security:Public
Mood:cynically satisfied

http://cnn.aimtoday.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0002/20050211/0052645334.htm&photoid=20050210WAS302D

January 2001 Memo Warned Bush of Al Qaeda Threat

By JoAnne Allen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A newly released memo warned the White House at the start of the Bush administration that al Qaeda represented a threat throughout the Islamic world, a warning that critics said went unheeded by President Bush until the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The memo dated Jan. 25, 2001 -- five days after Bush took office -- was an essential feature of last year's hearings into intelligence failures before the attacks on New York and Washington. A copy of the document was posted on the National Security Archive Web site on Thursday.

The memo, from former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, had been described during the hearings but its full contents had not been disclosed.

Clarke, a holdover from the Clinton administration, had requested an immediate meeting of top national security officials as soon as possible after Bush took office to discuss combating al Qaeda. He described the network as a threat with broad reach.


"Al Qaeda affects centrally our policies on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, North Africa and the GCC (Gulf Arab states). Leaders in Jordan and Saudi Arabia see al Qaeda as a direct threat to them," Clarke wrote.


"The strength of the network of organizations limits the scope of support friendly Arab regimes can give to a range of U.S. policies, including Iraq policy and the (Israeli-Palestinian) Peace Process. We would make a major error if we underestimated the challenge al Qaeda poses."


The memo also warned of overestimating the stability of moderate regional allies threatened by al Qaeda.


It recommended that the new administration urgently discuss the al Qaeda network, including the magnitude of the threat it posed and strategy for dealing with it.


The document was declassified on April 7, 2004, one day before Rice's testimony before the Sept. 11 commission. It was released recently by the National Security Council to the National Security Archive -- a private library of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.


The meeting on al Qaeda requested by Clarke did not take place until Sept. 4, 2001.

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Poster:skaman2
Date:2005-02-09 12:35
Subject:Nothing resolved by Iraqi elections
Security:Public

Iraq ElectionsCollapse )

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-01-30 20:55
Subject:Two year technical institutes
Security:Public
Mood:cynical

Tonight (and I know David doesn't like it but I see it as better than most media) on 6o minutes the did a report o the career colleges. You know the ones, where the people pop up during day time television talking about their cool new job and ask if you would like it. And they tell you how to get it, just go to their quick 18 month program and they will place you in a "new and exciting job." I have always had a small problem with most of these snow job places, they try to put education off as some sort of chore and not an exciting and invigorating process when done properly. Now, they feed on some true things about many four year institutions. Many colleges force unnecessary course work on their students for no good reason. However, there is still no harm in forcing yourself to expand your horizons beyond your field that you have probably picked either because it was easy, leads to a high paying job, or both. All three of which are stupid {and I don't just mean "Hey, let me try this 3 month old bottle of milk" stupid. I mean "I wonder what happens if I cover myself in animal blood and jump in a tank filled with alligators, crocodiles, and sharks" stupid}. Education should always be undertook almost as a Jedi, martial artists, or well, a student of the renaissance. They would study under someone. They tried to learn all they could in some field, and in the renaissance, some studied in many fields.

Now, I have gotten off topic... somewhat. what was reported in the article, was the fact that many of these business... oops, I mean institutions, don't live up to their promises. In fact, they actually lie about their school statistics {against federal regulations that determine their eligibility to be a federal aid accepting institute} on job placement and graduation rate. In fact, their admissions representatives, actually had no administrative back ground, and were, in fact, glorified salesman. As one of explained the process, it came off as a car lot where if the lower salesman cannot make the deal, they send out his boss, and then the bosses boss, until they get this student enrolled, or in actuality, sell this student their car. The supposed degree program is the car, and the lease is their signature on the federal aid form. The article went on to send out an undercover reporter, to try to enroll in several institutes with what the salesman called the two of the real requirements to get in: "a pulse and the ability to sign your name" At one institute for medical assistants, she tried her best to no get accepted because they claimed to only accept those who meet a certain requirement. She told them she had a low GPA, took five years to pass High school, and smoked pot. She also mentioned that she couldn't stand the sight of blood. she then failed their "entry exam" and she was asked to take a new one. Now, I wasn't quite clear on this, but I think she failed it again, but they then came back and reported that she had passed. But I could have mis interpreted what she did for the second test.

Am I insulting someone who wants to just learn a trade? No, I think if you can find a reputable institute that truly can teach you and place you in the position it claims it can, and the money that you will supposedly make, will pay off your loans, then by all means, learn a trade. But, it may actually be cheaper and just as affective, to take general courses at a junior college, to keep your study skills up, keep a part time job to pay for living expenses, and learn from books you check out rom the local library. For the most part, the human mind can teach itself many things. But, I could be wrong. But I think the three girls who graduated from Brooks Fashion design school, "where they could learn skills that can get them a job with Armani", would agree with me. {They currently work at cell phone company, a T-shirt store, and unemployment, respectively.

1) All of my information, other than my opinions and general knowledge, came from the article which aired tonight, 30/01/2005, on 60 minutes.

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2005-01-14 13:28
Subject:What a waste of time.
Security:Public
Mood:irritated

Gee, I wish I had time to pursue frivolous lawsuits. But, I need to do work. I barely find time to go online and post things and mindlessly surf, and even that takes me ignoring things I should probably be doing. Anyway, So, Mr. Newdow, who tried to remove under God from the Pledge of Allegiance, now tried to bar the saying of a prayer at the Presidential inauguration. I mean, do you see me claiming that Earth day includes elements of pagan Earth worship and should be dropped because it "offends" me? No, because I am not a dork with nothing better to do... I am a dork with a job.

But, I guess the fallacy of ignorance lives on...

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Poster:l_c_and_s
Date:2005-01-11 22:38
Subject:
Security:Public

America


Pop-culture. Facades. Individuality. Freedom. Independence. Beauty. Truth. The Pursuit of Happiness. Money Money Money. Greed? Avarice? Lust. Passion. The Arts. Love of Leadership; Fear of Dictatorship. Democracy. Diversity. Diversity in Religion Diversity in Race Diversity in Sexual Orientation Diversity in Careers Diversity in Home Life. Goral-Orientation. Future. What is the New Hot Thing? Trends. Fashion. Corporations. The American Dream: Marrying Rich Becoming Famous Bearing Children that won’t Eventually Come to Hate You. Divorce. Abortion. Homosexuality Versus Christianity Versus “Who Cares”. Apathy. North South East West. Immigration. Golden Roads. Success. Fear of Failure. Self-Help Books. National Security (Read; Paranoia). Those Who Come before Us and Those Who Will Come After Us. Children of Tomorrow. Love. War. Peace. Stagnation. Impatience. Constant Changing. Luck. Lady Fortuna. Gaudiness. Republicans Versus Democrats Versus the Independents. Struggle. Pills. Ultimatums. Decisions. Fear. Calamity. Hope. Faith. Trust. AOL. Wal*Mart. Drugs. Escapisms. What We Are Heading To: (Brave New World. 1984.) Red and Yellow Black and White We are Precious in our Sights.

---> cryztal

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Poster:tatianaaa
Date:2004-12-18 04:01
Subject:questionnaire for Americans
Security:Public

Hi everybody!
I’m writing my thesis. I’m looking for respondents. If you are Americans (you were born and grown up in States, you are not immigrants) then you can help me a lot!!! Complete this questionnaire . It will take no more then 5 minutes. Thank you. I appreciate it!

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Poster:noonday_dreams
Date:2004-12-11 12:34
Subject:
Security:Public

What about this whole armor situation? Do you think Bush is being an ass or not?

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Poster:dferahgo
Date:2004-12-10 09:54
Subject:
Security:Public

I heard from a friend that Bush is planning on resuming nuclear weapons testing. The alleged reasoning is that since the USSR is no longer a country, we are no longer bound to the nuclear testing agreements. Anybody know if there's any validity to this? Any news stories, etc.? I don't want to be getting upset at hearsay. (God knows I do that enough.)

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2004-12-06 10:16
Subject:The Complexities of the Volunteer Military or Resistance is Futile
Security:Public
Mood:bouncy

60 minutes had an article on it. A small Seattle news paper had an article about it. A new flux of people resisting war by heading to Canada but times have changed. You see during the Vietnam war, people were fleeing a draft that they felt was unfair. They did not want to go to war. But this time around we have soldiers who accepted money and support in getting an education in exchange for service at time of peace or at time of war. This is not draft dodging this technically called desertion. However, the military isn't acting the saint in some of these cases. While some people are deserting others are facing illegal recalls to active duty. Many have their honorable discharge papers and have been called back up to service and when they call asking about the letter they are told by the administration that they currently have no record of discharge. In fact they even suggested that he come to the fort sign up and then they would straighten it out. In other words they would deal with it after he reenlisted... after which he would be there's. The person is currently not going back and has said that they will have to come and get him. These are interesting times.

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Poster:dferahgo
Date:2004-12-03 09:08
Subject:Heard about this comparison in class today, just thought I'd present it for your opinions.
Security:Public
Mood:grumpy

Free States vs. Slave States ~
Oh How Far We've Come...


http://sensoryoverload.typepad.com/sensory_overload/2004/11/free_states_vs_.html

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Poster:arthurpendragon
Date:2004-11-24 12:31
Subject:A little fun for a serious community
Security:Public
Mood:giddy

I am never going to a bar with David and Brandon, whether he comes out here or we ever take a trip out there. I mean think about it, the three of us, a christian, a taoist and a socialist, walk into a bar... it would be nothing more than joke.

*rimshot*

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Poster:l_c_and_s
Date:2004-11-20 18:30
Subject:Because I'm Sick of David's Bitching.
Security:Public

I didn't get to vote on this year's election. My birthday follows a good two months and 16 days after, so as usual, I used my mother as my extended vote.

I do not associate myself with the two party system. When expressing my views on both Kerry and Bush, a friend of mine askd me that if I had a gun pointed to my head, forcing me to vote for either of them, who I would vote for. And I said I still would vote Nader.

but why would I do that? Would I want another 4 years from Bush? A vote for Nader is a wated vote. This is the opinion of a massive amount of Americans. Which is hilarious, given the fact that whenever I ask people why they're voting for Kerry, instead of Nader, it's always answered "Because he'll never get any votes."

Not "I disagree with his political view points."

That strikes me as endlessly interesting.

I mean, do you not listen to your most favorite band just because it's not played on the radio?

It's the worst reason ever. Obviously if nobody was going to stand for their viewpoints, then nobody would vote for him.

Which is one of the many reasons why I hate American voters. They obviously have no fucking idea what they're doing.

Meh.

--->

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Poster:crystal_ivy
Date:2004-11-20 16:05
Subject:Hi. *wave*
Security:Public
Mood:Wayyyy too much coffee

I made a deal to join this community (thank you David) so maybe my lack of political intelligence will change because of this experience.

My name is Ida. I live in Knoxville, Tennessee but am formerly of Bloomington, Minnesota. I am going to be eighteen in two days.

it made me very angry that i was turning eighteen twenty days after election, but looking at the poll results i don't think that my vote would have helped MUCH though i'm not saying votes don't count.

My vote would have been for Nadar. Although I have been told that his politics were not well prepared at all and this I have to agree with.

Someone very good at talking said that she appreciated Nadar because he seems so much like a real person. He makes less than $40,000 a year, rides a bike nearly everywhere, uses public transportation for everywhere else, owns one suit and lives in a one bedroom apartment. Of course this doesn't say anything about his politics.

I would vote for him because he is for the things I support. None of this war shit.

Anyway. Those are my politics. There is not much to them. I might be getting my facts all fucked up but..that goes to show you how much I listen to the news and read about politics.

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