A book created over a 20 day period in the spring of 2003 as a response to the US invasion of Iraq. It is simply one US citizen’s outlet for feelings of frustration, disbelief and impotence in the face of a war that should not have happened and that has been mounted by an administration drunk on its own power and delusions of grandeur. While thousands die needlessly a world away, hundreds of thousands of US citizens are watching as their civil rights are steadily eroding. Still millions of Americans believe without question propaganda manufactured daily by the Bush Administration and treated as legitimate news by our national broadcast media…” [thanks, miguel]
“As tens of thousands of American troops arrive home from a war in which a number of them faced vicious fighting, the military is scrambling to smooth their return to civilian society.
Five killings last summer involving Army couples at Fort Bragg, N.C., including three soldiers who were recently back from the war in Afghanistan, raised a troubling question: Had the soldiers’ combat skills spilled over into their domestic lives, with tragic consequences?” NY Times
(Dublin, GA): Man reports burglary of marijuana to police. TechFocus
“A report on CNN claimed that a US hospital is frantically searching for someone fluent in Klingon.
The hospital, in Multnomah County, needs an interpreter for mentally ill patients who apparently won’t speak any other language.
It’s also looking for people fluent in another 55 languages, although it doesn’t say which of those are terrestrial and which extraterrestrial.”
“The Bush administration’s doctrine of pre-emption presumes that American intelligence can ferret out the most secret of foreign science with near infallibility.” — William J. Broad, NY Times
Since when do we nominate the warmongers for the Nobel Peace Prize simply because they won? Reuters
I’ve been a little nervous since hearing where Neal Stephenson is going with his next book, Quicksilver. Maybe a “prequel” to the immensely satisfying, massive Cryptonomicon would work, but what’s one of the more ingenious science fiction writers operating going to do way back in the Baroque era? He seems to be trying to escape his genre roots, and I hope he isn’t shooting himself in the foot by doing so. (It does charm me that he’s gone all the way retro by writing the book by hand with a fountain pen; I am an aficionado of fine pens and write with them day in day out in my work.) This preview helps me feel I could get into it, though. Too bad it’ll be too late for summer reading.