.....readable bits.....

.....this is where the May bits fell....


Internal states

31st May 2003

I had this acute feeling - it sort of hit me with a bang - that my whole existence was going to be on this planet. I will never know another world, so I thought at least I should understand how this one works.

There was a time when patriotic Americans from both parties would have denounced any president who tried to take political advantage of his role as commander in chief. But that, it seems, was another country.

"They read good books, and quote, but never learn

a language other than the scream of rocket-burn.

Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad:

Elections, money, empire, oil and Dad."

...nationalism begins with an act of demonizing a religious "other" and creating a sense of community by defining an "us" and a "them."

30th May 2003

No one in Baghdad knew who he was or the risks he was taking.

Ideas is a program about contemporary thought.

Robin Cook: Britain must not be suckered a second time by the White House

Y Chromosomes Sketch New Outline of British History

29th May 2003

Room boxes made by Walter Vaughn

Ever since it was invented, photography, the child of science, has been experiencing an "artistic" adolescence.

28th May 2003

"You also can't say Mother Russia or Fatherland or brotherhood in texts and that's both silly, trivial and breathtaking."

When Stockwell Day arrived by skidoo in a wetsuit, Canadians laughed. When George Bush arrived by fighter jet in a combat suit, Americans called him a hero.

Sen. Robert Byrd :

Congress, in what will go down in history as its most unfortunate act, handed away its power to declare war for the foreseeable future and empowered this President to wage war at will.

The "war on terror" has made the world a more dangerous place and created divisions which make conflict more likely, says Amnesty International.

27th May 2003

Bush and his fellow fanatics are the political equivalent of those yogis who can hold their breath and go without air for hours. Such is their mental control, they can go without truth for, well, years.

In lawless Baghdad... safety is now more prized than freedom.

"...advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes (i.e., kill people selectively based on their race or ethnicity) may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”

...a society which possesses many fine museums has a corresponding stronger historical memory than a society without them.

The Iraq WMD's and ties to Al Qaeda were merely MacGuffins, as Alfred Hitchcock called devices that drove the plot but were otherwise inconsequential.

This seems to be the era for MacGuffins.

The MacGuffins Baseball Club

25th May 2003

Booth is a firm believer in the power of books -- the buying and selling, rather than the reading of them -- to change the world.

What would you do if you wanted to topple Saddam Hussein, but your intelligence agencies couldn't find the evidence to justify a war?

24th May 2003

What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts...

We have suffered a technological calamity. Television is now our form of government.

20th May 2003

I have a theory that many (all?) cultures invent a food that is weird or disgusting to non-initiates as a sort of a "marker."

Tonight was a different country.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say

Take the red pill...

19th May 2003

There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.--
Hubert Humphrey

18th May 2003

Alas! is even love too weak
To unlock the heart, and let it speak?

A poem should not mean
But be.

17th May 2003

The Poem: Mary Cassatt: The Letter

The Picture: Mary Cassatt: The Letter

The Two Fronts:  a drawing

16th May 2003

Welcome to PhotoGuide.to (for those with more wanderlust than time or money...)

14th May 2003

Gore Vidal , essayist, critic and author of best-selling books Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta in an interview with Amy Goodman

13th May 2003

Photographs of Venice

Photographs of Barcelona

Photographs of Paris

The "Great Lyre" of Ur (2550-2400 BC), with its golden bull's head, is just one of the dazzling objects on display at a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

12th May 2003

"The Christian parallels, the philosophical underpinnings - this is a movie that ... captures people's intellectual imagination."

Outside the city, the Forest Mice from St. Thomas Kindergarten are on their way to school, al fresco.

Chomsky was the most cited living author and, overall, he ranked No. 8 on a list that included Marx, Plato, Freud, Shakespeare, Aristotle and the Bible.

...he is banished. He is as water spilled on the ground that cannot be gathered up again. So that we will not be infected by the plague he carries, Grandpa has forbidden him to come on to the land.

Darkness and disorder, as much as they attract him, also scare him. He feels that's where you will lose control and discover things about yourself that, once you know them, will prevent you forever living a life of order again.

Few cities have been as maligned as the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta.

11th May 2003

CBS is developing a reality TV series modeled after "The Beverly Hillbillies," the 60's sitcom. A poor family from a remote corner of southern Appalachia will be transported to a California mansion, the ensuing comic antics shown to America.

8th May 2003

Menus are the Pavlov's bell of eating out. They are a literature of control.

Does the Old Man, which has appeared in numerous paintings and in the writings of Daniel Webster and Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, need to exist to be remembered?

Since the century's bloom, the Old Man of the Mountain has been old. Nature sculpted him old, man discovered him old, notion named him old.

7th May 2003

The visitors' book told it all. It lay on a table in the musty hall of the British embassy, open at a page that seemed perfectly normal until you looked more closely.

5th May 2003

Fifty years ago an American expatriate opened a bookstore on the left bank of the river Seine.

The online walk through is comprised of 45 photographs, each with at least one hotspot leading to another image

It is more common to find biologists who are literate than it is to find literary people who are biologically inclined.

Art from Mars

Seeking Sanctuary: Draft Dodgers in Canada

'Our voices are lost in the tide of intolerance sweeping America':    Tim Robbins

4th May 2003

W. H. Auden:

We are here on earth to do good to others.  What the others are here for, I don't know.

I feel far more vulnerable and frightened than I ever have in my 50 years on the planet. It is the United States government I am afraid of.

Ivanwald, which sits at the end of Twenty-fourth Street North in Arlington, Virginia, is known only to its residents and to the members and friends of the organization that sponsors it, a group of believers who refer to themselves as "the Family."

In college he had abandoned his boyhood ambition of becoming a doctor to study philosophy: Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Hegel. Raised in the faith, his ideas about God crumbled before the disciplined rage of the philosophers.

2nd May 2003

William Blake:

A truth that's told with bad intent

Beats all the lies you can invent.

May Day is closely connected to the evening before it - the " Walpurgisnacht " or May Eve

External states

31st May 2003

According to the report, the draft contained such questionable material that Powell lost his temper, throwing several pages in the air and declaring, "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit."

Democrats in Congress demanded information yesterday on the cost of President Bush's jet landing on an aircraft carrier last week that they branded a costly political stunt.

"In intelligence there is one unpardonable sin -- cooking intelligence to the recipe of high policy," it wrote. "There is ample indication this has been done with respect to Iraq."

Enough already. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?

American interrogators were forcing Iraqi prisoners to listen to songs by the rock band Metallica — as well as the "Sesame Street" theme song and the "I Love You" song by Barney the purple dinosaur — in order to make them talk.

propaganda offensive to persuade the Iraqi people that privatization is in their best interest

Some of President Bush's aides say that, in the weeks following the end of the Iraq war, White House political advisers favored a kind of pause in the talk of war. The public, these aides say, is not prepared for yet another war in the months between now and the next election.

30th May 2003

Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation said Saddam may simply have decided to hide the armaments or destroy them.
"The important thing is that we've eliminated the regime's capacity to use these things," he said.

US Intel 'Simply Wrong' on Chemical Attack-General

WMD just a convenient excuse for war, admits Wolfowitz

29th May 2003

US soldiers face war crime charge

US finds evidence of WMD at last - buried in a field near Maryland

Study: Handsome Men Produce Best Sperm

The Baghdad bunker which the United States said it bombed on the opening night of the Iraq war in a bid to kill Saddam Hussein never existed, CBS Evening News reported.

"This could conceivably be the greatest intelligence hoax of all time," said Jane Harman of California, the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

28th May 2003

"My children were the brightest in the whole school," he recalls, looking fondly at an old family photograph through his tears. "Eleven years I spent raising them, and in one instant I lost them."

27th May 2003

Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport

U.S. Terror Tribunals: Fair Trial or Kangaroo Court?

The war on Iraq has so monopolized public attention as to obscure the regime change taking place in the Homeland.

“Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.”

It's not that we believe Google is evil.

If Iran ultimately does the responsible thing and forswears the bomb, it will not be for want of the most irresponsible American provocation.

25th May 2003

The powerlessness of American troops to provide security in postwar Iraq is helping Shiite clerics gain leverage in many parts of the country.

"We weren't fighting for Saddam," said Nazar Abdalamer, 35, an army captain. "We were fighting to keep our families safe.

21st May 2003

"The hard-liners say things are different today. A nuclear war won't be so bad if you just make the nukes a little smaller," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, .... "Is half of Hiroshima okay? Is a quarter of Hiroshima okay?"

20th May 2003

Troops 'vandalise' ancient city of Ur

"The notion that international norms are enforceable by anyone is repugnant to some in the Justice Department."

Thank you, Mr Bush and Mr Blair, for making our world safer by ridding us of the one tyrant - Saddam Hussein - who never had any connection with 11 September 2001

17th May 2003

Case proven - war does not eradicate terrorism

Only in the USA itself, in Albania, and in UN administered Kosovo do citizens feel the world is a safer place since the recent military action (48%, 64% and 59% respectively). 

15th May 2003

Two years into President Bush's term, the damage he has done to the nation and the world is incalculable:  The Scorecard of Evil

14th May 2003

The website's popularity with everyone from troops in Iraq to German pacifists shut down three servers before the site's creators found one that could handle the traffic.

US tables a transparent plan for plundering Iraqi oil

13th May 2003

A journalist asked a staff member on a satellite telephone for local directions in the capital. "I've no idea," she replied. "I've never been outside since I got here."

12th May 2003

"My worst fear is chaos, of all hell breaking loose, and it seems like that is happening,"

On May 17, the universities are scheduled to reopen -- without furniture, libraries, paper, or administrational records.

" While opportunism isn’t new in U.S. politics, never did so many in one family extract so many dollars from taxpayers as when George Bush senior was president a decade ago" -- David E. Scheim, author of Contract on America.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has launched an astonishing attack on US President George W Bush, calling him "corrupt".

"The Times was a standard that journalists looked up to. Now it's something they're going to have to live down."

The atrocity was covered up as long as Tito's regime lasted...

10th May 2003

The Israeli military on Thursday began obliging foreigners entering the Gaza Strip to sign waivers absolving the army from responsibility if it shoots them. Visitors must also declare that they are not peace activists.

Afghan war documentary charges US with mass killings of POWs

9th May 2003

US to Ask Approval to Control Iraq's Oil Industry

Iraqi civilians are preparing to sue Gen. Tommy Franks and other U.S. military officials for war crimes in Iraq

Yesterday, American soldiers were sunning themselves behind a barrier of razor wire...

8th May 2003

Art of Grocery Bagging Fades
As Self-Service, Plastic Blooms

America's newest partners — Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates — are thinly populated and tightly controlled monarchies.

In 1990-91, Turkey did support the U.S.-led Gulf War. But promises of aid in exchange for that support went unfulfilled by the U.S.

7th May 2003

Then-secretary of state for war ...Winston Churchill suggested the use of chemical weapons against "recalcitrant Arabs as an experiment".

The parents of a British peace activist who was shot in the head by Israeli troops came under fire themselves as they travelled to the spot where their son was critically injured.

5th May 2003

Israel Plans Palestinian Statehood In Jordan

"U.S. a 'Safe Haven' for Torturers": Amnesty International Report

4th May 2003

When asked by worried friends and acquaintances whether the President was borrowing his geopolitical theory from the diaries of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, I assured them that the President didn't have the patience to read more than two or three pages of a Tom Clancy novel.

The White House was pondering ways to punish France for opposing its invasion of Iraq, and noted that when President Bush attends an economic summit meeting in the French Alps in June, he will sleep in Switzerland.

3rd May 2003

Murray [right-hand man to U.S. "drug czar" John Walters] said Canada's reputation in the global community would be forever altered if it decided to decriminalize pot.

2nd May 2003

Letter Of Protest From The Mayor Of Hiroshima To President Bush