meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned


Dollars and Sense

I listened to this amazing conversation between a person who was quoted a price in cents/kilobyte, and several Verizon representatives, all of whom are so addled by reliance on their computer screens that they...


Cognitive Dissonance

[US] Lawmakers, several of whom enjoy a good cigar, have exempted themselves from [Washington DC]’s smoking ban … “I don’t really smoke,” said Rep. Ben Chandler, a Democrat from the tobacco state of Kentucky,...


A God Of Full Bellies, And Cakes

These impious Galileans not only feed their own poor, but ours also; welcoming them into their agapae, they attract them, as children are attracted, with cakes … Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor,...


Know Your Enemy

Out of 1,000 people who work at the U.S. embassy in Iraq, only six can speak Arabic fluently.



I saw this clever bit of HTML formatting: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity,...


Chicken Little

2003-03-29, I read about the ferocious Battle of Nasiriya and knew from some of its details that there could be no real victory for the US/UK invasion forces. I wrote Nasiriya was ugly, and...


Age Of Plastics

Poly Styrene/X-Ray Spex’s Conscious Consumer album is classic. Junk Food Junkie is a lot of fun. You could also that The Day The World Turned Day Glo is about the age of plastics. The...


Delusional Aspirationalism

Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog and a business strategist based in Marin County, California, goes even further. “Squatter cities are ‘vibrant,” he writes in a recent article on megacities. “Each...


Sage Advice

[The] desire by some of Hollywood’s hottest young female stars to be photographed getting in and out of limousines in short skirts while wearing absolutely no undergarments is arguably one of Tinseltown’s most disturbing...