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I've started a blog over on Blogger, which can be found at http://progress4all.blogspot.com/. Enjoy. I doubt this LJ will ever be updated again, I just plan on keeping it around as archives.
Trying to get my fucking computer and interent working again. I'll post again when all is working fine.

Current Mood: angry angry

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I finished Eats, Shoots & Leaves earlier this morning. It's an excellent book, and Lynne Truss knows what she's talking about (even if she is a bit daft).

That means my reading list for August has been updated, and I'm sure you're all dying to see it. :-P

  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present, by Howard Zinn (in progress)
  • The Long Detour: The History of Future of the American Left, by James Weinstein
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  • Star Wars: New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force, by James Luceno
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything, by Joe Trippi

There you go. I'll probably toss off another update tonight or tomorrow.

Current Mood: awake
Current Music: CNN's Situation Room

It is now officially very, very early Monday morning, and I feel a bit more together; I spent the weekend resting and centering myself again. I need to do this from time to time, otherwise I begin to drift off into acting without thinking. This weekend has proven to be interesting overall, but in most ways it has not been all that unusual.

Saturday I mostly spent reading news online, watching CNN, occasionally browsing through Eats, Shoots & Leaves, and watching the Tigers vs. Indians game; nothing all together exciting. I made a conscious decision to end my boycott of contractions, which I didn't always follow, and settled for merely minimizing my use of them. Also on Saturday, I purchased an 8-week subscription to the New York Times Sunday edition; additionally, I purchased four books from Amazon.com: MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country; Star Wars: Dark Nest I: The Joiner King, John Crawford's The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell, and Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce.

Yesterday I got up and got dressed and ready in eight minutes; proceding down to Starbucks for a latte and a copy of the Times, which I had assumed wouldn't start for a week. The walk itself was a mile there and a mile back, and my time afterwards was spent reading the paper. I was done with it by early afternoon, for the most part; I then got involved in reading more of Eats, Shoots & Leaves before watching the Tigers vs. the Indians. After the Tigers lost, I talked to Melissa on the phone for a while, had dinner, and then talked to Melissa some more. Continuing on with my day, I watched random television programming until Ape to Man, the History Channel documentary on evolution, came on at 9. I watched that for the full two hours, but it wasn't a surprise to me; nevertheless, I did manage to become surprised by something: by the discovery in the hall of my second copy of the Sunday Times. I brought it in and mused on having spent $5 to buy the paper at Starbucks this morning: wholly amusing afair, really.

That was my weekend, so maybe I shall go over what I have planned so far for the upcoming week, eh? Today, after I sleep and awaken, I plan on doing some job hunting and running to the library to pick up some materials, followed later by a trip to the bank to cash my last check from McDonald's. Tuesday, more job hunting; Wednesday, who knows what. Also, I will write a piece on Robert Novak (Count Novakula), Karl Rove, and Plamegate Rovegate; probably posting it here and in the justiceinaction community today or Tuesday: we'll see how that goes.

Now, I think I am going to hop offline and finish reading my book, then head off to bed. I hope you all have a good night; until we meet again: peace and love.

P.S. I'm not really used to sharing my days events with other people like this; I rarely write these kind of things, let alone publish them for public access. That being said, I want to work on opening up more with certain of my post, so you may be seeing some friends only posts being made in the future - those of you who aren't listed as my friends obviously will not be seeing them (dnerr). In the future I hope to become better at writing about the events of my days, as it will help me organize my thoughts and allow certain information to be accessable to myself and others. I please ask your patience while I work through this process.

P.S.S. Nanu Nanu!

P.M.S. Boredom is a dangerous mistress; beware of her wily ways!

U.S.S. Enterprise.

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Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: Foo Fighters - Best of You

I am full of glee!

Robert Novak, the souless Prince of Darkness of the right, walked away from a segment he was doing with James Carville for CNN after Carville needled him about having "to show these right wingers that he's got backbone." and following up with "the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page is watching you, show 'em you're tough." Novak replied with "Well, I think that is bullshit. And I hate - I hate that. You can just let it go." and proceeded to walk off the set.

Novak is particularly noted for his involvement in "Plamegate" - the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Since it's late, I'll have more to say on this tomorrow.

Also, I finished What's the Matter With Kansas? and have started Eats, Shoots & Leaves.


Carville: "He's got to show these right wingers that he's got backbone.  You know, it's like..."  (turns to Novak) "the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page is watching you, show 'em you're tough."

Novak: "Well, I think that is bullshit. And I hate - I hate that." (looks to the host) "You can just let it go."

(Novak gets up and walks off the set)

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Current Mood: jubilant jubilant
Current Music: The Daily Show

Iraq is the most dangerous warzone in recent history for journalists. Since the beginning of the invasion in March of 2003, at LEAST 64 journalists have been killed and 29 journalists kidnapped. Compare that to Vietnam, which had 63 journalists killed... between 1955 and 1975. More journalists have died in Iraq in two and a half years than did journalists in Vietnam over 20 years. The death rate for journalists in Iraq is simply unacceptable: it dwarfs the number of deaths of journalists in any recent war: Gulf War, Algeria, the Balkans.

The most recent American journalist to die in Iraq is Steven Vincent, a freelance war correspondant. He was murdered in Basra, possibly by off-duty police upset that he had been reporting on the various militias that participated in the local government and police forces. Apparently in addition to Shi'ite militiamen joined local police forces and government agencies, off-duty police officers in Basra were assassinating political enemies. Mr. Vincent recently reported all of this activity for the Christian Science Monitor, and felt after digging up these stories that the lives of him and his translator were in danger. He was correct, now he is dead and his translator is critically wounded and in the hospital.

For more on these issues, I refer you to Reporters Without Borders, the Christian Science Monitor, and Steven Vincent's blog.

Peace and love.

Requiescat in pace Steven Vincent

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Current Mood: gloomy gloomy
Current Music: The Byrds - John Riley

The most recent flight of the shuttle Discovery has restored both my confidence and interest in NASA. For many years I have been disappointed with NASA for losing it's pioneering spirit and acting like each mission was so mundane. This is out space exploration agency, they should be testing the limits of their technology and doing more explorations in space.

The recent gap filler fix for the Discovery is the result, it seems, of a new attitude within NASA. Accepting that their shuttles are indeed experimental vehicles has forced them to investigate these situations more thoroughly than they had been. That is an attitude that makes me proud of our space agency and renews my hope that we shall see great things from them in the future.

The Columbia accident, and now the Discovery situation, have prompted NASA to talk more about their plan to replace the shuttle fleet with newer, more advanced vehicles by the end of the decade. This is something that was already supposed to have happened, as of this year - if you listened to what NASA was saying back in the 90's. Budget concerns and changed attitudes within NASA have pushed this project back, unfortunately

Hopefully this change in NASA's attitude remains a (mostly) positive force within the agency for the future and pushes them to go where no man has gone before, furthering the exploration of space by mankind.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Sugarcult - Stuck in America

Well, my check came from McDonald's, but they've still shorted me a whole shitload of hours of the weeks where I was working midnights. So I have to give them a call tomorrow morning and bitch out the store manager and get my back pay.

I'm still short for tuition, and I have some expenses to cover, so it looks like I'm going to be depending on financial aid. I'm kind of resigned to that and I will be ECSTATIC if my finicial aid covers enough for me to attend this semester.

What else is going on... I have been keeping up on current events lately, reading the news and browsing blogs. I think I may avoid burnout this time, as I've come to terms with losses being a part of activism. I'm focusing on the bigger picture now, while still participating in these local issues. I'm thinking and acting both for the short-term and the long-term. Not everything has to happen now. We need to set up the infastructure for future progress.

Anyway, that's my random thoughts for the time being. I'll post again sometime later today, this week, this month... whenever the mood strikes me, basically. Peace.

Current Mood: calm calm
Current Music: Green Day - Favorite Son

Here's the list of books currently on my to-read list, in order.

  • What's the Matter With Kansas?, by Thomas Frank (in progress)
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present, by Howard Zinn
  • The Long Detour, by James Weinstein
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen

All of those books are non-fiction, and all are due back to the library before the end of the month. After those, I have quite a few novels to read. Just thought I'd share to-read list for the immediate future, though.

I've been having trouble finishing What's the Matter With Kansas?; not because it's a bad book or I don't like it, it's just that I've been reading so much lately and I have so much on my mind. I still feel that Frank is an excellent author. His work is readable, particularly because of his sharp sense of humor and his ability to make the subjects he discusses interesting. My inability at the moment to finish his book is not Frank's fault, it is my own. Hopefully I'll finish it tonight or tomorrow.

Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: The Doors - When the Music's Over

I'm $100 short of what I need to pay my Fall 2005 tuition. I can't finish registering until I either get my last check from McDonald's, which was supposedly sent a week and a half ago, or I know whether or not I'm eligable for student aid. Fucking son of a fucking bitch!

This whole thing has become a huge pain in the ass. If I don't get the money together soon, I may have to wait until the next semester. I really hope I don't have to wait, though. I need to get in this sesmester..

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Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
Current Music: Breaking Benjamin - So Cold