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As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."
This is a letter to CBS News, who aired (on 60 Minutes II) a story about the atrocities committed by US military personnel in Iraqi prisons (See my earlier post on this topic):
At hearing, Wolfowitz falls short
I'm really just saddened today. Saddened and sickened by the latest reports that have come from Iraq, tales of torture and humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib (which should now be called My Lai 2.0), of forcing naked Iraqis into simulated sexual positions, of attaching electrical wires to others.
In a case of "art doesn't always imitate life," Polish filmmaker Lew Rywin was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to swindle daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza out of $17.5 million. Rywin, who co-produced "Schindler's List" cried as he was convicted for claiming he could help rig Polish law to benefit the media outlet.
News organizations should not be allowed to quote T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land by saying "April is the cruelest month" regarding all the dead soldiers in Iraq. I've seen this at least 5 times. You're using statistics of dead people to make a literary allusion? Please. Spare us your rudimentary knowledge of poetry, achieved, no doubt, through a 10-minute Lexis/Nexis search. Here's a better poem to cite:
A community near Tampa, Florida has voted to change the name of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue back to Sixth Avenue. Here's the story.
So Nightline decided to devote its entire Friday broadcast to reading the names of soldiers killed in action in Iraq. Sounds simple enough, right? A tribute to soldiers. How could anyone be against that?
"No one from NASA is to do interviews or otherwise comment on anything having to do with" (this film) read a message sent April 1st to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Any news media wanting to discuss science fiction vs. science fact about climate change will need to seek comment from individuals or organizations not associated with NASA."
Bad news for Air America Radio. They're still nowhere closer to restoring their signal in LA, and they lose Chicago on Friday:
I saw John Dean speak at the LA Times Book Festival on Sunday, where he talked about his new book about the Bush administration, Worse than Watergate. And if anyone ought to know about whether or not something's worse than Watergate, it'd be him. His basic point was that secrecy in the Bush administration is dangerous to our democracy. (So shut up about it then! Stop telling everyone!) We know that these guys want everything in secret, from who they meet with to what information they reveal to what pictures they let out into the public. Dean mentioned that there was "a big break" in the Valerie Plame case (The latest here), and that "it's a lot like Watergate, there was a grand jury investigation all through 1972, through the election year, just like they're investigating now." He also said that if our government ever found out that a terrorist had obtained a weapon of mass destruction, that would basically be the end of all civil liberties as we know them. Some interesting stuff, I want to read the book.
Art critics have apparently declared open season on "New Blood," an exhibition of contemporary works at London's Saatchi Gallery. But according to the Telegraph, art collector Saatchi himself isn't fooled: "It is pitiful that so many critics find it easier to review me than the art." Saatchi shot back at the detractors on Monday in an interview in which he suggested the criticisms were directed at himself, not the show.
As part of a two week-long "Smear Crap All Over the American Soldier" campaign, Dick Cheney yesterday spent most of a speech at Westminster College in Missouri bashing John Kerry's defense record. All of which came as a surprise to the President of the College:
Activism in America used to have a home on our leafy liberal campuses (Berkeley, Madison, Ann Arbor), where passionate, earnest students would fight for such issues as world peace, nuclear disarmament and human rights. These days, the student body prefers to protest in favor of, well, their body.
The first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule? You do not allow spin-off products to dilute the message of your work.
After a snafu with Amazon, I finally got my copy of the Richard Clarke book. I know, that's a whole ONE BOOK behind the news cycle. But something I read on page 98 struck me...