November 19, 2004

Several people have sent me info on a web site called

A SF Chronicle column said that it was created by "a sly neuroscience student from USC named James and his ragtag team of webmasters and designers from across the country."

The column also mentions another site that is interesting: a European response page called

November 18, 2004

Fallujah in Pictures.

pic from fallujapictures website

Pictures from Fallujah that probably won't be on your television.


From Editor & Publisher: Far from the battleground, and the eyes of reporters and cameramen, almost 500 wounded U.S. military personnel have been airlifted to Germany for medical treatment since the start of the Fallujah offensive. Despite claims that the heavy fighting has ended, another 46 arrived on Monday.

November 17, 2004

The Ohio Recount is Going Forward!
David Cobb and Michael Badnarik announced that the initial Ohio recount filing fees and expenses have been received from thousands of supporters around the country. They are making an appeal for additional donations to help to pay for training, mobilizing, and per diem expenses for the thousands of supporters who will be working on the recount effort throughout Ohio.

In addition, thousands of volunteers are needed in Ohio and from out-of-state to serve as observers in each of the 88 counties. If you want to be one of them, or can provide housing, please VOLUNTEER!

November 16, 2004

The Next Big Thing by Maureen Farrell

Nearly a decade ago, William Strauss and Neil Howe put forth an interesting theory: Every 80 years or so, they concluded, the U.S. faces a cataclysmic turning point that redirects the course of the nation. The first occurred during the Revolutionary War and the framing of our Constitution, the second, during the Civil War, and the third, during the Great Depression and World War II. And the fourth? You're soaking in it, Madge.

The America many of us knew has vanished into History's happy hunting ground and oddly enough, days of cigars and blue dresses, though surreal at the time, now seem oh-so-sweetly-carefree. If Mr. Bush proceeds with his "mandate," unsavory consequences will follow: Divisions between Americans will widen; the neoconservatives who pushed for war in Iraq will push for more; America will become further isolated from allies; the framework of international cooperation and rule of law we've relied in since WW II will continue to crumble; social conservatives will bulldoze the wall between church and state; policy decisions will be set by faith instead of reason, and America's new pariahs will start edging their way back into the closet. As legendary journalist Helen Thomas put it, we're in for "dark times."

November 15, 2004

(Iraqi civilians) cannot leave their homes because of the risk of constant sniper fire. They have no water to drink, no electricity. If they are injured, they have nowhere to go.

In the battle for Falluja the fate of those who have remained - perhaps between 30,000 and 50,000 in a city whose population is normally 250,000 - remains largely unknown. And for a reason. One of the first actions of US troops in the hours before the full-scale assault on the city from the north was to the seize its general hospital to prevent what one US officer described as 'insurgent propaganda' over casualty figures.


November 14, 2004

Fallujah Situation 'Disastrous'
Civilians trapped in Fallujah face a humanitarian disaster unless Iraqi and American authorities allow food, water and medicine into the besieged city, aid agencies warned last night.


from BBC News: (American-led forces) say just a few small groups are still firing in the south of the city, but reporters give differing accounts about the extent of their control.

However, the escalation of violence in other Iraqi cities has continued.

The first aid convoy arrived in Falluja amid fears of a humanitarian crisis. But US forces have prevented supplies being distributed, an aid agency said.


Journalist Bob Harris says, "download and read a paper called The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy, released on Thursday by Prof. Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania."

"As much as we can say in social science that something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states [Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania] of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error."

November 13, 2004

Attack on Fallujah Can't Be Justified
by Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON -- Do Americans of good conscience really believe that we are making the United States more secure by bombing and killing the people of Fallujah?

That's the justification President Bush and his hawkish circle have given for their brutal offensive against the Sunni stronghold as they push ahead for the total military occupation of Iraq.

Why are we killing Iraqis in their own country? And why are our forces being killed? more...


It can be disheartening to look at a map of the US showing blue and red states, but these math geeks show us the election results using cartograms, maps in which the sizes of states have been rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with a size proportional not to their sheer topographic acreage -- which has little to do with politics -- but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground.

composite image from anti war demo
November 19, 2004

cars on dock at Benicia
November 18, 2004

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November 17, 2004

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November 16, 2004

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