We’ve launched an urgent petition to take your voice straight to your senators in this critical time to show Congress, the president and the media that the American people are engaged and ready to fight for our rights. Please sign today.” (MoveOn)
O’Connor, First Woman Supreme Court Justice, Resigns After 24 Years (New York Times ) I hope the liberals have been saving up their stamina for the first of Bush’s inevitable struggles to stack the Court with rabid rightwingers for the next few decades. It seems to me to be better if Rehnquist does not announce his departure just now so that the two confirmation battles are not conjoined. Otherwise, the dysadministration would undoubtedly do something like sneak in a more moderate reactionary under cover of the furor over a clearly more outrageous ‘stalking horse’ nominee on whom they are willing to cave.
“Legend has it that mid-19th century French artists discovered the wonders of the Japanese woodcut when they examined papers used to wrap imported Japanese ceramics. Today, looking at the prints of Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, the greatest of Japanese woodcut printmakers, it is hard to fathom that their works could have been viewed as the equivalents of our funny pages.
And it is easy to see how Modernists from Manet to Bonnard could find in the lucidity and technical and formal economy of those Japanese artists inspirational guides for escaping the suffocating conventions of Beaux Arts and Victorian painting.” (New York Times )
Bob Herbert recalls Bush’s immature ‘Bring ’em on’ taunt in reminding us that the troops fighting and dying honorably in Iraq are being sacrificed by incompetents “unable to distinguish a strategy from a wish.” (New York Times op-ed)
In honor of the release of her second story collection, the compelling and eerie Stranger Things Happen, Kelly Link’s first book of stories, has been made available for free download under a Creative Commons license.
…but might know soon? “In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal’s 125th anniversary with a look forward — at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today.”
But the Church of S*c*i*e*n*t*o*l*o*g*y’s war on psychiatry is no joke. For decades, s*c*i*e*n*t*o*l*o*g*ists have maintained that the very notion of mental illness is a fraud. They base this belief on the views of s*c*i*e*n*t*o*l*o*g*y founder L. Ron Hubbard, who proclaimed that psychiatry was an evil enterprise, a form of terrorism, and the cause of crime. Now, they’re attempting to enshrine their contempt for psychiatry in laws across the country. This is the last in a four-part series chronicling the suddenly higher profile of the Church of S*c*i*e*n*t*o*l*o*g*y.” (Salon)
“This page shows the progession of US military casualties from the Iraq war. Each click of the (+) displays 30 more casualties, starting from the beginning of the war. Each soldier is shown in at their home town. Click their icon for more details.”
Reportedly releasing new album this fall after 12 years. (CD Times)