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Sunday, July 29, 2007

I don't know why I care, but trying to set up my archive blogger blog on a new server. New content is not really found here, but rather, at my MT blog

The music of Sufjan Stevens, in certain Nick Drake-esque moods, is quite beautiful.

Sufjan Stevens playing “Chicago” live in San Francisco

Though, I think I like the version on the album better


“Illinois” (Sufjan Stevens)

and I miss Emo's (in Austin)

Bill Callahan performing “Cold Blooded Old Times” at Emo's in Austin, Texas on July 24th, 2003.

I love this song.

The version on the album is more sedate and poignant, excellent in fact.

Knock Knock

“Knock Knock” (Smog)

Here's another favorite song of mine, from the same Smog show.

not the best performance/sound quality (some flubbed notes, and the keyboard too loud, guitar too low), but good enough.


Dongs of Sevotion

“Dongs of Sevotion” (Smog)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

everyone hates AT&T

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NASCAR Files $100 Million Countersuit Against AT&T Over Sponsorship
By Patricia Odell
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing filed a $100 million
counter suit last week against AT&T claiming that the wireless carrier
is interfering with its exclusive sponsorship agreement with Nextel.

The suit comes just weeks after a U.S. District judge allowed AT&T to
replace the Cingular logo on Jeff Burton's No. 31 racecar with AT&T
branding. Burton's car is sponsored by Cingular, however, after AT&T
took ownership of Cingular, AT&T said it planned to eliminate the
Cingular brand name.

NASCAR officials have repeatedly not allowed AT&T to switch the logo
because of NASCAR's deal with Nextel, which sponsors NASCAR's top series
the Nextel Cup.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Is this thing on

From the Department of No Duh.

Former Surgeon General Says White House Edited Speeches -

The most recent U.S. surgeon general told Congress the Bush administration routinely blocked him from speaking out on controversial issues, including stem-cell research, emergency contraception and sexual abstinence, and pressured him to support an “ideological, theological” agenda.

Dr. Richard Carmona, surgeon general from 2002 until 2006, said that his speeches were edited to remove material about controversial issues and that he was encouraged to attend internal “political pep rallies.” He said he was prevented from releasing a report on global health because he wouldn't make it a “political document” touting actions by the U.S. The report has yet to be released.

“The reality is that the 'nation's doctor' has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas,” he told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday. “Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized or simply buried.”

What exactly did Dr. Carmona expect when he signed on? By 2002, even marginally intelligent folk realized the style of the Bush Regime: every speech must contain a variant of All Hail Dear Leader! Rinse, repeat.

Dr. Carmona told the committee that, as surgeon general, he hadn't been permitted to talk about the importance of comprehensive sex education or emergency contraception. He said he wasn't permitted to discuss the science of embryonic-stem-cell research. Under the Bush administration, there are strict limits on federal funding for such research. “I was blocked at every turn,” he said. “I was told the decision had already been made -- stand down, don't talk about it,” he said.

He also said he was prevented from attending a Special Olympics event to talk about health and disabilities. “I was told I would be helping a politically prominent family, [and] why would I want to help those people?” Dr. Carmona said. The Special Olympics were founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.).

He said his speeches were regularly vetted to ensure they weren't controversial. Speeches were edited to add references to Mr. Bush -- he was told there should be at least three per page. “The vetting was done by political appointees who were specifically there to spin my words to ideologically preconceived notions,” he said.