February 26th, 2003


Amelia Earhart was polyamorous

This revelation came about in a recently-unearthed letter from Amelia Earhart to her husband, written before the two were married:

"I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any medieval code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly."

Earhart also talks about avoiding any hard feelings, "should you or I become interested deeply (or in passing) in anyone else."

Sort of buggers everything up to be polyamorous, only to die alone on a desert island, doesn't it?

Watching democratic illusions go bye-bye...

..watching the British Parliament, where, in a country which is overwhelmingly opposed to war, only a minority of the parliament are speaking out against the war. The other side talks loudly and arrogantly in the background, dismissive of listenning to (...or apparently allowing others to listen to) arguments made against war.

So, I pick up the phone to make my calls for the Virtual March on Washington I try Feinstein, Boxer, and Tom Daschle's line... all circuits are busy. But are they busy in all of Washington DC? Apparently not... I just tried another government number in Washington, DC and it worked like a charm. "Selective busyness" is the business of our government today, apparently.

When we took to the streets in protest, we were told that we were a bunch of traitorous lackeys of Saddam Hussein, and that if we really believed in democracy, we'd contact our politicians. When we made a effort en masse to contact our politicians, they said that we were "shutting down government for the rest of the people", would be ignored and should vote instead... except I remember what happened when we voted for the President, only to have Republicans play games with the system so that the will of the people was ignored.

What is the point of fighting a war to "bring democracy to Iraq" (at gunpoint, by military rule...) if it deals a harsh blow to democracy in the United States, the UK, Australia, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and every other place in the world where the will of the people are being ignored?

Good thing that we live in a plutocratic republic, because democracy can be so inconvenient for those actually running the show...

Screw that. I'm hitting redial, and I will keep on calling, even if I have to wait until next week to be heard. You can and should call them too.

Senator Feinstein 202-224-3841
Senator Boxer 202-224-3553
The White House 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist 202-224-3344
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle 202-224-2321
Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541
Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid 202-224-3542

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The votes just came in on a resolution in the British Parliament to prevent Tony Blair from taking the country into war... 199 to 393.

In other words, it appears that Tony "Tory" Blair has his war, though it cost him the bulk of support in his own party to get it. Good thing that he's not accountable to the will of the people of the UK or to his party apparently...

Well, that streak of non-evilness was shortlived...

Google have officially started acting like dicks... which always seems to happen once corporate lawyers get involved.

Google is upset that wordspy.com lists "to google", "googled", and "googling" as Internet-related terms/words, and they want them to delete the definition from their site.

Fine, I'll put it here, then.


(GOO.gul) v. To search for information on the Web, particularly by using the Google search engine.

We should take this moment to remember the fate of those poor companies who have become so dominant in their marketplace that their product names have became synonymous with the whole concept. Oh, the travesties that we have unleashed on the poor manufacturers of BandAid brand adhesive strips and Levi's Jeans by giving their products all that unwanted attention... Don't you feel sorry for them?!

Yeah. Me neither.

Perhaps Google would like it better if I Yahooed or Altavistaed next time?!

It's Liebskind!

Huh? Yeah... Liebskind. This, incidentally, falls in line with my earlier poll on the matter, which favored the Liebskind design by nearly a 2/3rds margin..

The plan would use an excavated pit enveloped by the original twin towers' foundation walls as a memorial to the 2,800 people killed Sept. 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed by hijacked airliners.

While it's not a building that I love yet, somehow I think I will really grow to appreciate it. People hated that tarted up French chick when she first graced our shores too... now she'll have a German to keep her company! It seems kind of fitting, doesn't it?!

I'm sure Dubya would appreciate us taking this moment to honor the invaluable contributions of French and German people to our country. If it weren't for their invaluable and patriotic efforts, we'd all be having tea and scones right now, and would have been forced to give up our slaves nearly 60 years before the Civil War... we surely owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

Officials have estimated construction will begin somewhere around 2005, depending on how long annoying local politicians choose to belabor the issue.