Saturday, September 13, 2003
And you can bet they're all getting a workout today.
Friday, September 12, 2003
Thursday, September 11, 2003
You see, we may be pissed off about what happened two years ago, the Times will have us know but, hey, we're all guilty:
Death came from the skies. A building — a symbol of the nation — collapsed in flames in an act of terror that would lead to the deaths of 3,000 people. It was Sept. 11.There you have, in a nutshell, the entire Times-y mentality on the topic of September 11: No matter what happens to the United States, don't dare call it anything as simplistic as plain old evil, and by all means, trot out as much implied Rube Goldberg logic to suggest that America had it coming.
But the year was 1973, the building Chile's White House, La Moneda, and the event a coup staged by Gen. Augusto Pinochet...
In the United States, Sept. 11 will forever be a day to remember our victims of terrorism. Yet our nation's hands have not always been clean, and it is important to recall Chile's Sept. 11, too.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Before anyone starts rambling on about the "cycle of violence", imagine a trendy street in your hometown, and then imagine if every time you went there for dinner or drinks, you had a reasonable chance of getting blown up by someone who hates you for what you are. Then think about what you would expect your government to do about it, and the sort of courage it takes for Israelis to maintain the only vibrant civil society in an otherwise socially fetid part of the world.
The Prime Minister, John Howard, has effectively declared victory in the so-called culture wars over the past treatment of Aborigines, saying that "people no longer ask me for an apology".Expect furious shrieking from Marxo Kingston, Teary Dunlop, et al within hours!
He also believes more recognition should be given to the role of white settlers in the development of Australia and its culture.
However, Mr Howard stressed yesterday, in a debate in his government's partyroom, that special recognition should be reserved for traditional indigenous land-owners.
In making the remarks, Mr Howard issued a provocative, yet probably sincere, message to his predecessor, Paul Keating: "It has been more than seven years. I hope you get over it soon."
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Drop in, and adjust links accordingly.
And for what it's worth, my favorite late-night drunk food has always been Papaya King hot dogs when I'm back in New York, or eggs at El Tipico in Washington's Adams-Morgan. I'm not sure if I've ever been trashed enough to have one of these "pie floaters" Sasha refers to, but it sounds awfully dirty - does one give or receive such an item?
The blueprint to fix NSW's transport network targets Sydney's better-off commuters by proposing to strip away heavy fare subsidies which, it argues, favour them...Ah, right. So I guess I shouldn't have paid any less today for buying a three-liter jug of milk instead of a one-liter jug. Hey, I probably shoulda paid more! After all, with all those big freelance writer dollars pouring in, I can afford it!
Poorer travellers bought more single-fare tickets, so "ending the heavy discounting of the periodical and multi-trip tickets" could improve equity.
But wait a second...aren't we supposed to be all green and car-hating and singing a re-written cover version of the Ramones hit ("I Wanna Sign Kyoto!") in Bob Carr's NSW?
But the [author of the proposed changes] believes commuters will not rush to their cars if fares rise - and says Sydney commuters enjoy relatively cheap fares by world standards.If anyone needs me, I'll just be over here, eating cake.
Monday, September 08, 2003
Waxing wroth by the Morrow to resume on the morrow, so to speak.