the dogs of war

Pieter Hugo’s article on the Hyena tamers of Lagos is remarkable. Incredible pictures, fascinating story.
“These photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window in Lagos, Nigeria, which depicted a group of men walking down the street with a hyena in chains. A few days later [...]

nothing would slake their thirst

The bailout stiffed, voted down by both Democrats and Republicans, yet its still worth having a read of the righteous Michael Moore as he excoriates the process behind the “rescue package”
“Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns [...]


Here’s a nice piece form artist D V Rogers.  I guess you’d call it a tectonic work…
Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork (PIEQF) is a geologically interactive, kinetic earthwork that has been installed in the township of Parkfield, Central California. This machine controlled earthwork is triggered by near real-time reported Californian earthquakes from Magnitude M 0.1 and [...]

modern music

Jessica Simpson
It is the right of every old person to say contemporary music sucks.  I reserve that right unreservedly – if you know what I mean. The top ten can be a bitterly disappointing experience.  Having spent ten years as a record reviewer I can assure you that 90 of every 100 cds I listened [...]

The seductive mimic

From Museum of Hoax, through Sheldon’s Wet or Dry
“Newsday columnist Mike McGrady was convinced that standards of literary and artistic taste were plummeting rapidly in the United States, driven down by a relentless flood of media sensationalism that catered to the lowest common denominator. So he decided to design an experiment to test the depths [...]

election overdose junkie link dump

More election link dumping from the best soap opera in town.
Here’s Sarah Palin on the economy and on Foreign affairs and here’s Saturday Night Live doing an hysterical recreation in which they use her own words for the script – spooky. And should she withdraw her candidacy.
And the reviews as well as a great [...]

a dozen ways to forever

The standard model of cosmology predicts that the universe is infinite and flat. However, cosmologists in France and the US are now suggesting that space could be finite and shaped like a dodecahedron instead. They claim that a universe with the same shape as the twelve-sided polygon can explain measurements of the cosmic microwave background [...]

The heart of darkness

Peter HItchens, is a remarkable journalist, seemingly everywhere at once, with a cogent, illuminating take on everything. Though often infuriating, he has that ideal small “l” liberal humanism and outrage that powers the great opinionistas.
In this article from the Daily Mail, he discusses, with some lurid examples, the increasingly intense relationship between China and Africa, [...]

you’re just jealous…

Find out how much more the people that trashed our economy are earning than you, worker bee…

compare and contrast

The always brilliant John Stewart puts George Bush’s 2003, premption speech up against his 2008 Wall street bail out speech – the paralells are eerie…

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