Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Well, it has been a very strange year, indeed.

Monday, December 29, 2003

According to Human Rights Watch, an international NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated toward the preservation and monitoring of human rights and human rights abuses (respectively), during the air war by US and "coalition forces" (Mar. 19 through Apr. 09, specifically), over 29,000 (29,199, to be precise) bombs were dropped on Iraq, out of which 31% were not "precision-guided" warheads. The heavily concentrated bombing campaign on Baghdad and other major cities in Iraq earlier this year has led to the deaths of approximately 3,000 Iraqi civilians, according to HRW and Associated Press estimates. However, according to this, the count much higher.

You can read the report ("Off Target: The Conduct of the War and Civilian Casualties in Iraq") here. There is a downloadable version of the publication in PDF format (16 MB).
I still have creative control over this, right?

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

I just got back from seeing The Last Samurai. It is a magnificent film, and can be summed up in that it portrays the struggle between the ancient and the modern for the soul of Japan.

Monday, December 22, 2003

I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King last night, and all I can say is that it is a glorious, overwhelmingly epic conclusion to one of the greatest motion picture trilogies of cinematic history. Director Peter Jackson ought to be awarded generously for his magnificent work, which may not be paralleled for many, many years to come.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Well, I have had my iPod for about a year now (I got it last Christmas), and so I guess that I have six more months until I have to get a new battery (because after 18 months, the battery apparently dies). Of course, if you do not know what I am talking about, go to this website now.

"iPOD'S UNREPLACEABLE BATTERY LASTS ONLY 18 MONTHS."

P.S.: According to an article about this in the Washington Post, Apple, because of this issue (see the site above), has now announced that it will sell replacement batteries for $99.

Friday, December 19, 2003

I just got the news that Libya has reportedly dismantled its weapons of mass destruction. No doubt great news, because Libya has one of the most repressive government regimes in the world (according to Amnesty Int'l) and has supported terrorism in the past. But if we really want to make the world a lot safer, we ought to be looking at a country which has the most chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons* in the world (the United States); why don't we dismantle our WMD?

*Of course, we don't refer to them as weapons: we call the former two "agents," as in chemical agents and biological agents; as for our nukes, we wouldn't dare call them "weapons," but rather "deterrents."

Sunday, December 14, 2003

I think that it would be a really good time to put Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964) back in theaters. Such a funny movie, and all the more relevant than ever.
I just watched Bush's address on Saddam's capture. You know, it's funny, you can basically construct anything Bush might say out of the following words:

FREEDOM
TERRORISTS
LIBERTY
IRAQIS
DEMOCRACY
LIBERATION
FEAR
INSURGENCY
VICTORY
According to this, France and Germany, the two major opponents of the war in Iraq, were the first to hail the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Anything to say from the people who poured French wine down the gutter?
Well, as you all now know, we have finally succeeded in capturing Saddam Hussein. I guess that this means that we will get out of Iraq soon. Bush is expected to address the nation about the capture at noon today, which is in around a little over two hours from now.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

I can't fuckin' wait for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It's gonna be so fuckin' awesome. In fact, Entertainment Weekly, in their latest issue, gave it an A.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

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Well, the Dow Jones Industrial has hit 10,000 for the first time in 18 months; so I guess it looks like the economy is finally back on track. Now all Bush needs to worry about in 2004 is, you know, those wars we're still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Hello, peoples. No new Strong Bad email this week. Oh, and for those you who don't know what that is, Strong Bad is a cartoon character on this website, probably one of the funniest websites out there. Check it out.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

There is now an impending crisis with Taiwan, as well as with North Korea (25 days and counting) and Iran (57 days and counting), which has a timeline, too, which says 105 days and counting. (www.globalsecurity.org)

Thursday, December 04, 2003

The following is my review on Alexa for the evil psycho bitch that is Ann Coulter and her website that serves as the perfect vehicle for her vile lies:

The Official Site of the Devil Incarnate Herself (11/27/03)

Ann Coulter is a psychopathic megalomaniac, and that is not an overstatement. She will stop at nothing toward being vicious, cruel, and hypocritical. In the first paragraph of her latest screed, Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, she submits to gross generalizations, irrational ad hominem attacks, and disgusting invective: "Liberals have a preternatural gift for striking on the side of treason. You could be talking about Scrabble and they instantly jump to the anti-American position." Her website faithfully delivers her wholly unfounded views and beliefs (like this, when referring to Muslim nations after 9/11: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and covert them to Christianity") for all to see and admire. I truly hate her, and I recommend her website to all of those willing enough to be able to digest her sadistic, libelous propaganda.

I think that that is a fair review.
Yo, peoples. I hear that it is supposed to snow tonight here. I hope so. I mean, if it doesn't, well, then it won't, but I hope it does.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Well, it's about 22 days until Christmas, which is great because, well, it's fuckin' Christmas. Um, about two weeks until, uh, Chanukah, which I used to celebrate, too, until we all realized that, in comparison, let's be real here, it kinda sucks. And I'm a Jew. By the way, six more days until the new Offspring album arrives on the shelves. That would be good to get. Too late: the Strokes album is on my list.