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Journal, August '05 - May '06


I had a good argument the other night — part of any decent evening out, here in Ireland.

— 28 May 2006

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Remembering the criminality of the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003....

— 26 May 2006

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I just rediscovered the file "The American left is ineffective against Bible-loving patriots," which I wrote in Nijmegen in December of 2004.

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Rush Limbaugh, U.S. republican-party choir-boy, is addicted to prescription drugs.

Brought up on charges of fraud for his efforts in their pursuit.

Three words for Rush Limbaugh: Fuck him.

That didn't take as long as I'd thought it would.

— 28 April 2006

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U.S. —

It's the Revolt of the Generals.

A week's worth of retired high officers in the previous month have spoken against the Secretary of Defense.

Only rarely has the military claque presumed an opinion about the civilian leadership of its armed forces.

— 18 April 2006

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Found file Notice expressions; refined it, and put it online. It still needs attention — more links possible, for one thing. (It's an updatable file, too.)

— 18 April 2006

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Made file "Talbot's Bastion," about an unmarked monument in Kilkenny, Ireland.

— 17 April, 2006

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If I had come from a land with a humane social-welfare system, it would have been irresponsible to leave when I was in my late 30's and enter a world of black-market labor, doing odd jobs for poor money and accruing no benefits.

But I'm American.

— 4 April 2006

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If I "have to laugh at myself," then I'll be the one who decides what's funny.

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Evolution is occasioned by relatively long series of dormant, back-office development, punctuated with brief periods of go-get-it fall-what-may catalytic peripatetic change and growth.

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"If you don't enjoy your own insanity, nobody else will."

— Jim, in Berkeley California, 1997

• from a memory, 4 April, 2006.

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Incremental change.

Long-term project.

— 4 April 2006

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Improved file Dorestad, about a lost medieval Frisian city within modern Netherlands.

— 28 March 2006

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"In the vernacular."

"The what?"

"Normal language."

"Well, why didn't you just say that?"

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"Kfar Darom" — a file I made from a section of this journal, about the Israeli surrender of the Gaza Strip in August of 2005

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Global warming is big.

— 24 March 2006

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Took another look at "damn statistics," my page about Michael Moore's use of information.

— 18 March 2006

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Verwerk — a good Dutch word.

— 18 March 2006

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"Shock." — A file that I decided to post as-is, and as simple as it is.

18 March 2006

— Three years into the Iraq war.

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Made the file "Good Dutch words"

— 17 March 2006

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I found the file "Perfection" and put it online.

— 10 March 2006

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I took a photograph of the Kilkenny castle; after putting it on the page I'd written years ago, I recognized that the page needed some work. I just finished a cycle of interlinked documents. They still need work, but are functional.

— 20 February 2006

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Modified page "Enter the Lexicon," allowing it to become a collection of orphan word constructions of a varying and subjectively-valuable quality.

— 12 January 2006

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"...superheated interstellar dust on the verge of falling into the black hole in the paper presenting their findings." ...

— from a Scientific American article

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Wrote the page "Ash Friday," about part of a day of work in Ireland before Christmas 2005.

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Improved the intro to "America files."

— 23 December, 2005

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Improved file "Truth and reality," written a few months ago on the inspiration of a guestbook entry critical of my spiritual direction.

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Improved file "objective," about my desire to write honestly about religion. Needs better outbound linkage.

— 6 December 2005

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Improved file "Against foot traffic," about pedestrianism in Holland and Ireland. Needs a bit more work, but it's improved.

— 3 December 2005

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The absence of any mention of global environmental damage in a discussion about the business of oil in AD 2005 makes one conspicuous implication -- that the business of oil does not factor in any responsibility for carbon emissions.

— Letter to the editor of the International Herald Tribune, r.e. an article about a panel-discussion with several industry players [2 December, 2005.]

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Improved file Basis is corrupt, a poemic iteration of deeper skeptical emotion.

— 21 November 2005

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"News agency ANP reported that Seveke regularly visited the live-in activist centre 'De Grote Broek'. The police have carried out raids at this building and other activist centres in Nijmegen in recent days to remove posters criticising the tough policies of Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk."

Expatica.com, 16 November 2005, on the Tuesday (15 Nov.) shooting of political activist Louis Sévèke in downtown Nijmegen.

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The great hypocrisy is that the rich pay obeisance to religion because religion supports power, and religion bows down to the rich because power supports religion.

— 15 November 2005

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I'm studying the feasibility of setting up a screenprinting shop here in Kilkenny Ireland.

— 9 November 2005

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Improved and uploaded file The Moon as a hard-drive — 8 November 2005

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Bush declares "we do not turture," but he lobbies against a congressional drive to outlaw the practices of torture.

— 7 November 2005

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Made the file "shitty grin," about the viciousness and arrogance of George W. Bush.

— 6 November 2005

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"'For a short-term political gain we would have expressed outrage' at Mr. Libby, one senior administration official said. 'But if you are going to be serious about the process, and the presumption of innocence, you can't do that.'"

New York Times, 1 November 2005

This quotation is further evidence that the United States has passed through the looking glass, and lives in a world bereft of logic.

Presumption of innocence is a legal term that is more appropriate for cases in which the judge has not yet issued a ruling.

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"She said that even though her long career offered enough basis for senators to consider her nomination, 'I am convinced the efforts to obtain executive branch materials and information will continue.'"1

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In other words, people are going to continue to ask about matters that will be embarassing to the Administration.
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"'Harriet Miers's decision [to withdraw her candidacy for Supreme Court Justice] demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her,' the president said."2

1, 2 The New York Times, 7 Oct 2005

Which, of course, makes no sense if you read it.

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Harriet Miers's decision confirms her deep respect for connections and demonstrates her deep admiration for Bush.

The Constitutional separation of powers was a stipulation that would prevent a Supreme Court Justice from coming out of the president's back pocket. By the way.

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I found a link to the PDF file of the (Irish) Heritage Council report on the state of and recommendations for Kilkenny City walls.
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I found that my site has been archived seven times* on the "Internet Archive Wayback Machine."

*Between 27 October 2003 and 25 June 2004.

— 27 October 2005

Hey that's a coincidence, the date.

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Rosa Parks died two days ago. Rosa Parks. 24 October 2005.

92 years old.

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Improved the page "Goes without saying" — Irish Travellers are an ancient people, against the wishes of the settled population.

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Created the file "Heresies" — nontraditional narratives.

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Is it possible that at our scale of existence it seems that everything happens for a reason because universe formation has evolved to favor synchronicity?

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— 26 October 2005, Kilkenny Ireland

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A Spanish judge has requested that the United States extradite three soldiers responsible for firing a shell from a tank into Baghdad's Palestine Hotel during the invasion of Iraq.

On the morning of 8 April 2003, Sgt. Shawn Gibson requested permission to fire on the hotel. He said later that he believed an Iraqi operative was coordinating attacks from that site. His commanding officer, Captain Philip Wolford, authorized Gibson to fire.

Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp was, in turn, Wolford's supervisor. The Spanish high court judge Santiago Pedraz issued warrants for the arrest of Gibson, Wolford, and DeCamp.

Spanish journalist José Causo died in the blast where the shell struck the 15th floor of the hotel. Turkish cameraman Taras Protsyuk also died, and three other people were wounded.

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U.S. forces killed another journalist elsewhere in Baghdad that same day.

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Made a few light, cosmetic changes to the file "Vikings where I've been"

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I finally wrote about the job at Bagel Village, Amsterdam Summer 2000 ,— job that ended badly, in a strange way....

— 18 October 2005

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I'm beginning to think that the Bush administration is baiting the poor, trying to encourage violent uprising.

— 13 October, 2005

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Made file A place on Rose Inn Street, about an apartment I had in Kilkenny. Linked file from Rose Inn Street, a page I wrote while living there.

— 7 October, 2005

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Somebody put something in George W. Bush's Koolaid.

— 5 October 2005

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I read the claim on the website of "godandscience.org" that "(Jesus) is mentioned by many contemporary, non-Christian historians."

But as far as I know, Jesus was not mentioned by a single person during the time that we suppose he was alive.

I posted an email to the author of the website.

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How is it a victory in the war on terrorism when a nation of laws kills a suspect?

27 September 2005

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26 September, 2005

"That chocolate makes me want to go buy clothes."

Kim

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22 September, 2005

Wrote and uploaded file "Theoretical."

Ideology, certainty, necessary doubt, destruction of global habitability....

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14 September, 2005

Kim Arrived. I met her in Dublin and brought her back to Thomastown. I'll write more about her later.

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5 September, 2005

I was watching an old episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," and in his otherwise-brilliant epilogue he showed some confusion between "global warming" and "ozone depletion."

I always get a bit irritated when my liberal home-boys don't get the science right.

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While doing some operations with science files, I rediscovered the page "Occam's Razor and God," which I kind of like.

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4 September, 2005

I like the file "Holy Thursday," from March 2002 Kilkenny.

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3 September, 2005

I'm doing work to clean up some old pages.

I like the file "myfood," about Europeans' seeming obsession with other people's eating habits.

I like 28pages, a short news mosaic about some dirty Iraq War business.

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I was improving the file "Enjoy your meal" and took a break to make a cup of tea, here in my Kilkenny apartment. In the front room were my two flatmates and two of their friends, all Spanish. They were eating.

Because I had been working on that page, and they were eating, I felt like saying something. I said that I hoped they did not think me rude for never saying "enjoy your meal." (This phrase, though unimportant in English, is nearly compulsory in many other European languages.)

I never say "enjoy your meal," because it's not part of my tradition. When I explained this to the Spanish folks, the more-recent arrivals seemed to acknowledge that I did have something to explain, and it seemed to make them feel a bit more comfortable that I had.

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Asylum, a page I wrote about my effort to legalize myself in Holland, is pretty good.

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2 September, 2005

It's just a matter of saying what you know is true.

Science does not have to provide an alternative perspective. Journalism does not have to tell how it could have been.

And I don't have to say what ought to replace what I can see is insufficient.

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1 September, 2005

I made the file "Truth and reality."

Inspired by a comment in my guestbook.

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After Hurricane Katrina
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Image index map of New Orleans, low-res photos (about 37cm [1.2 ft.] / pixel)

Hi-res image of Pascagoula, Mississippi

At right: a small part of New Orleans, from the above index (click for actual size)

All photos property of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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27 August, 2005

Made file "universe," otherwise called "Fine-tune this." What makes a universe favor life?

The file needs a bit of work, but I like it.

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22 August, 2005

People in American media still talk about the "war on terror," relative to Iraq.

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20 August, 2005

I wrote a page inspired by a comment slandering my abuse of the Dutch language (and fairly so.)

Then I got a comment (written in Dutch) supportive of the work I've been doing....

"Dutch flaws"

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"But will that happen? Will one woman's demand to meet the president outside his vacation home be viewed someday as a tipping point against the war?" — Washington Post, 19 August 2005

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I met up with a new aquaintance, a guy from Israel. I was on my way toward the park via the river. He said he was just going to watch Sky news at a pub, that there was a confrontation in the evacuation of the Gaza strip.

We watched a bit of the storming of the synagogue at Kfar Darom. It was a strange sort of raid.

Kfar Darom is the oldest Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, founded in 1970. ... "Tearfully but Forcefully, Israel Removes Gaza Settlers" — New York Times, 19 August 2005

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