Employee Calls Police After Bag Left In Hotel: “Police said Crosby had checked out of the Manhattan hotel, but left behind a piece of luggage.
A hotel employee looked for identification inside the bag, and called police after allegedly finding the pot, a 45-caliber handgun and two knives inside.
Crosby called the hotel to say he would come back for the bag and was greeted by officers when he arrived.” —The Boston Channel
Bruce Sterling: “They are not representatives of untouched nature, but of *vengeful* nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse.”
“They bear some small resemblance to the twentieth century’s national parks, those government-owned areas nervously guarded by well-indoctrinated forest rangers in formal charge of Our Natural Heritage&c;&tm;. They are, for instance, very green, and probably full of wild animals. But the species mix is no longer natural. They are mostly fast-growing weeds, a cosmopolitan jungle of kudzu and bamboo, with, perhaps, many genetically altered species that can deal with seeping saltwater. Drowned cities that cannot be demolished for scrap will vanish wholesale into the unnatural overgrowth. The idea is farfetched, but not without precedent.
Here are some contemporary examples of Involuntary Parks:
- The very large and slightly poisonous areas downwind of Chernobyl, which have been reported to feature wild boars and somewhat distorted vegetable and insect forms.
- The Korean Demilitarized Zone, which is about a mile wide and stretches entirely across the Korean Peninsula. It is festooned with deadly landmines, and rumor says it has tigers.
- The Green Line between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus. Intruders are shot or arrested there, and in the many years since the unrecognized Turkish secession, the area has become reforested; wildfires there are considered a public hazard.
- Abandoned military test ranges.
- Very old and decaying railroad lines in the United States, which, paradoxically, contain some of the last untouched prairie ecosystems in North America.
- Aging toxic waste dumps, whose poisons legally discourage humans but not animals.”
Landmines, by acting as a deterrent to humans, have created several involuntary parks.
Related: “A fascinating and poignant photographic travelogue through abandoned, radiation-contaminated towns near Chernobyl” by a young Ukrainian woman motorcyclist [via null device]
“Twelve years ago, the far right’s culture war helped defeat a President Bush — and it’s about to happen again.” —Richard J. Rosendall, Salon
The history, daily progress and theory of the enduring counter-community rising very (very) slowly in the Arizona desert in accordance with the vision of architect Paolo Soleri and to the accompaniment of the sonorous tones of the Soleri bells.
I have always been a lover of netsuke and have a small collection of them (mostly inexpensive resin reproductions) myself, particularly those depicting demons or folk themes.
John Kerry’s 1961 garage-band LP. [Do we really know it’s that John Kerry??]
The occasion of King’s Kingdom Hospital prompts a consideration of whether television is fundamentally inimical to horror. —MSNBC
On-Line Exhibitions from Harvard’s anthropological museum, where I spent much of my undergraduate years:
- The Ethnography of Lewis and Clark:
Native American Objects and the American Quest for Commerce and Science
- Gifting and Feasting in the Northwest Coast Potlatch
- Rainmakers from the Gods:
- Against the Winds:
American Indian Running Traditions
- Three Generations of Women Anthropologists
- The Children of Changing Woman
“‘If we appear to seek the unattainable, as it has been said, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable.'” Tom Hayden’s reflections on the 40th anniversary of SDS’ mission statement, which has been surprisingly neglected retrospectively but which has defined the shape of progressive struggle since. Hayden does a wonderful job of capturing the complex sociological trends that coalesced in the nascent student Left of the ’60’s. The extent to which he claims John Dewey and C. Wright Mills as its major intellectual forebears and shows how the genuine American leftism that arose distinguished itself from European Marxism is particularly illuminating. —The Nation [thanks to wood s lot]
“Who’s the best nominee for a vice-presidential ticket? The American Prospect‘s editorial staff and contributors weigh in.”
William Saletan on Kerry should spin his attacks on Bush. Hint: it’s not by calling him a liar. Saletan suggests that Bush believes fully in what he is doing and is not lying to us, and that it would be political suicide with the voters in the general election to try to challenge him on ‘the honesty thing’. —Slate
Dick Morris says that, in choosing Kerry over Edwards, the Democrats have “broken from the pragmatism and moderation that dominated their party’s profile under Bill Clinton and Al Gore” and returned to the liberal extremism that was their downfall under Mondale and Dukakis in the ’80’s. Morris predicts Kerry will be easy prey and, despite the buzzword, that he is unelectable. He suggests Bush “take advantage of this by implementing a three-part strategy in the coming campaign”. The first prong of the strategy is the predictable focus on Kerry’s liberalism; Morris pooh poohs the suggestion that the Bush campaign might avoid negative ads, although it is not clear to me that anyone ever seriously doubted how dirty the campaign is going to be. But, outrageously, the second and third prongs of the Bush ‘campaign’ are actually suggestions for administration policy decisions. First, he should elevate the sense of threat Americans feel to raise the profile of the War-on-Terror® “so that his advantage as a war president begins to count.” Second, he should bring the American troops home from Iraq in time to stop the body counts in advance of the election. Morris authored Off With Their Heads: Traitors, Crooks, and Obstructionists in American Politics, Media, and Business.