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Like A Rolling Stone…

By on May 20, 2007 in Music, Politics | 1 comment

I received an email yesterday informing me that the Rolling Stones are planning a concert in Israel, and asking me to include my name among people who are asking the Rolling Stones to boycott Israel; as various other artists and academics have. I replied to the email, included my information as requested, and then set up an online petition using the same text I was sent. Since, to my mind, that is probably a better way of collecting signatories. I then forwarded the web address of the petition to everybody on my contact list. In case you still don’t know where the petition is – it’s at http://www.petitiononline.com/suncity/petition.html At least one person replied to the effect that we are impotent in this matter, that we cannot ask the Rolling Stones to boycott Israel, and that the Rolling Stones, along with the rest of the West, simply don’t ‘give a...

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut…

By on Apr 13, 2007 in Politics | 1 comment

He’s dead. Kurt Vonnegut, author of some truly wonderful books such as ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’, ‘Slaughterhouse 5’, ‘Deadeye Dick’, and various others is dead. He spent years warning us about ourselves. He wrote and wrote and wrote, and, of course, we ignored his warnings and his alarms. He saw the last few years and realized what a terrible time we’ve been going through, and…well, another sane voice now silenced by time. In 2002, during an interview, reflecting on Bush’s America, he said “our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been.” Thanks, Kurt. And so it...

WorldMapper: Take A Look At The World…

By on Jan 31, 2007 in Graphics, Media, Politics | 0 comments

In case you haven’t run into it, WorldMapper is an absolutely wonderful resource. It is, to quote the blurb, “a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 366 maps and PDF posters will be finished by February 2007.” – It’s a huge, and I mean huge eye opener. Wander around. Look. See. A good introductory article to the whole thing can be found here.

Trying To Keep My Cool…

By on Sep 28, 2006 in Media, Politics | 1 comment

What the hell is wrong with The Australian? Or more precisely, Roger Boyes in Berlin? They publish an article with the hideous and false title of ‘Mozart Sacrificed To The Muslims‘, about the German Opera performance that’s been cancelled for worries about a specific scene. The title is significant when you consider that the scene in question is not part of the original Opera, and is an ‘addition’ created by the Opera’s director. The objectionable material has nothing whatsoever to do with Mozart. And so, along come Roger and The Australian with a title claiming that Mozart has been sacrificed to ‘The Muslims’. Notice that; not the objections of a specific Islamic body in Germany, no – the title simply says ‘The Muslims’… If you read the article, Roger does get around to mentioning that the scene occurs in the...

Bush Assassination : Watch The Film!

By on Sep 1, 2006 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

“Set in October 2007, the 90-minute drama uses a mix of archive footage, computer generated imagery and documentary techniques to portray Bush’s assassination and America’s reaction to it. Death of a President, which will also headline the Toronto film festival, will be seen first in this country on sister channel More 4 before being repeated on the main channel.” Yup. Read the rest right here.

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