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Kurt Vonnegut, 1922 - 2007

mouse 7, us 2

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionalilty of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Copyright protection in the U.S. originally covered creative works for a ‘limited time’ of 14 years, striking a balance between the need for financial incentive to create original works and the need for a rich public domain. Congress has since extended copyright lengths a number of times; the current copyright term lasts for 95 years. It’s not unlikely that copyright duration will be extended again as lucrative works threaten to fall into the…

“inaction is simply not an option”

“Nobody is trying to make the case that Saddam personally directed the attack on 9/11,” the official said. “But if you ask yourself if this coincidence or confluence of Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction, his animus toward the United States, his activity in the world and what we know of him, might in some way link up with our worst fears of a terrorist attack on the United States, you have to say that’s a possibility, and it’s one that you better account for.” I used…

screw you, Miss Togar

Dee Dee is dead, Chom mourns

One Thing We All Agree On

“Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,And the Catholics hate the Protestants, And the Hindus hate the Moslems,And everybody hates the Jews. But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week, It’s National Everyone-smile-at-one-another-hood Week.” In 1965 Tom Lehrer made people laugh at the type of cosmetic solutions with which we try to combat bigotry and hatred. Unfortunately, it’s usually the truth behind a good satire that makes it funny. Almost 40 years after Tom Lehrer’s ode to getting along and 14 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we’re…

Arthur Lee is free

The world may be going utterly to shit, but every now and then something nice happens. Arthur Lee, formerly of the amazing hippy/psychedelic band Love, is out of jail after six years. He was serving time for shooting a gun in the air in his apartment, a gun that, as an ex-felon, he’s not allowed to carry. You may even remember the crappy single that the Make-Up put out a couple years ago, “Free Arthur Lee.” I actually bought it. Anyway, Lee’s out, which is just, because, you know,…

You’re so vicious!

The haughty and lovely Latvian Alina Lebedeva is my new hero. While Prince Charles was in the Latvian capital of Riga working a crowd of children, our friend Alina reached out and whacked him in the face with a flower. As police dragged her away, she proclaimed, “I’m protesting against Latvia joining Nato and I’m against the war in Afghanistan - Britain is the enemy.” Britpop is on Alina’s side, though; at the MTV Europe awards, Damon Albarn showed up in a CND t-shirt, telling viewers, “You have a…

Backlash begins… and doesn’t stop.

Salon is running an AP story headlined “Arab-Americans fear backlash” in its sidebar of wire stories. Apparently the headline writer didn’t bother to read the article, because it lists several anti-Arab-American hate crimes that are already happening. That’s all Salon’s carrying on the topic of hate crimes; apparently it doesn’t warrant further analysis (though I hope the morning edition will prove me wrong). Meanwhile, the major news media keep replaying the same footage from yesterday of Palestinians celebrating the attacks; Salon, not so liberal that it can’t add fuel…

Attacks on United States

It is a truly horrific day: the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York have collapsed after two planes collided with them, an aircraft has crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington D.C., a passenger plane has crashed in Pennsylvania, and I have heard other reports, probably spurious, that haven’t been confirmed by any news organizations. My professor, who was due for a trip to Europe Thursday, was visibly shaken this morning; before class, I overheard students expressing their fear but also chattering already about how “we…

Misty Malarky Ying Yang and an ass they call America

After happening upon a blurb on the Bush family’s cat “India” at the White House web site*, outraged Indian protesters have demanded an apology from the U.S. consulate, and are now engaged in retaliatory animal-naming. “Bush named his cat India so we are naming dogs George Bush,” Shankar Gaikar, regional coordinator of the [Hindu nationalist group] Bajrang Dal, told Reuters on Tuesday. According to some U.S. spokesperson, the cat’s full name is “India Ink.” Because it’s dark, see. For what it’s worth, Amy Carter (herself a veteran protester) had…

Mark David Chapman denied parole, 3 former Beatles still at large

Mark David Chapman, the beloved slayer of John Lennon, was denied parole yesterday or the other day, I can’t remember. Meanwhile, Colin Powell, responsible for many more deaths (admittedly not any Beatles, though), gave a $70,000 speech tonight at my alma mater on the importance of volunteerism. In Covina, California, a high school English teacher was fired for assigning to his class what in my day would have been the dream essay: “[choose] someone to kill, give the reasons why and detail how [to] keep it secret.” Finally, scientists are…

hey, we’re not arguing*

dad showed me an interview with ray bradbury that was in the paper today, by roger moore of the orlando sentinel. ray is a noted sci-fi author of such books as farenheit 451, #275 on the internet top 100 SF/fantasy list and oft referred to in hushed tones on the slashdot forums. we’ll just let ray speak for himself:(on the internet) “this thing is bound to fail. napster’s out there, stealing everyone blind. they’re stealing people’s work. they should be put in jail. all of them. all this electronic stuff…