Needle in the Hay

A sad Kermit the Frog covering Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” and Luke Wilson’s key scene from The Royal Tennenbaums:

In a little while…

A sauntering Frank Black song that fits the moment:

Blue Flowers/Substance D/Faust Arp

Just watched A Scanner Darkly which I didn’t care much for, but it had its moments. Afterward I think I found the place that one goes when on Substance D:

Or perhaps in more pleasant moments on a hilltop with a guitar and an amp:

Passive Manipulation

Some solid post-International Women’s Day advice from Meg White of the White Stripes:

Women, listen to your mothers
Don’t just succumb to the wishes of your brothers
Take a step back, take a look at one another
You need to know the difference…
Between a father and a lover (repeat twice)

International Women’s Day

I proudly share my birthday with one of the biggest worldwide holidays:

International Women’s Day

IWD 2009 celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey

IWD 2009 celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey

On February 28, 1909, the Socialist Party of America called the first National Woman’s Day. A year later, Carla Zetkin of Germany’s Social Democratic party proposed the idea of an international women’s day at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. In 1913, the date of the event was changed to March 8th.

Although the holiday has mostly faded from recognition in the United States, it was celebrated widely in the former USSR, and indeed, mainly other regions throughout the world. Every March 8th women gather all over the world in support of equal pay and treatment, freedom from rape and domestic abuse, a voice in civil society, and many other issues facing women including combating sex trafficking and the need for better health care.

A IWD in Kabul, Afghanistan

A IWD gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan

2009 IWD March in Madrid

2009 IWD March in Madrid

The Men of Madrid Getting in on the Act

The Men of Madrid Getting in on the Act

An Activist Burning a Hajib in Oslo, Norway. I know there are speical issues about women's rights in the Islamic world, but I don't necessarily agree with such, eh-hem, incinderary tactics and automatic assumptions that the veil equals repression.

An activist burning a hijab in Oslo, Norway. I know there are special issues concerning women's rights and freedoms in the Islamic world, but I often don't agree with such self-righteous and, eh-hem, incendiary tactics, nor do I buy into the assumption that the veil automatically equals repression.

Ladies in Lima, Peru Making their Way to a March

Ladies in Lima, Peru Making their Way to a March

IWD Marchers in Karachi, Pakistan

IWD Marchers in Karachi, Pakistan

2009 IWD Parade in Warsaw, Poland

2009 IWD March in Warsaw, Poland

2009 IWD in Hong Kong

2009 IWD in Hong Kong

And finally, to the future. The Butterfly Girl of Guatemala.

And finally, to the future. The Butterfly Girl of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Hits of 1974, Vol. III

For my 35th birthday I hade been looking for a good song to post from my birth year. But after taking a glance at the dreck on Billboard’s 1974 Hot 100 I decided to go for another type of “hit.”

Muhammad Ali vs. Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, in Kinshasa, Zaire, Oct. 30, 1974, the Rumble in the Jungle.

The Knockout Punch:

& The Verbal Follow-through:

Be Young and Shut Up


France mai 68 Poster

I love how the faces in the video below all convey a certain sort of ’68-er angst, especially Lennon’s seething intensity that’s so critical of revolutionary methods in general, yet imbued with that wandering ambivalence:

“Don’t you know that you can count me out/in…”:

ICC issues a warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan


Now that we finally have the first warrant ever issued by the International Criminal Court against a sitting head of state, why don’t we all just get together and serve it? Diplomatic measures can be used to isolate China on this. Does any nation really want to be seen as the last defender of a mass murderer/rapist/torturer who also pillages, exterminates, and forcibly transfers his own nation’s populations?:

The warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir lists 7 counts on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility (article 25(3)(a)) including:

  • five counts of crimes against humanity: murder – article 7(1)(a); extermination – article 7(1)(b); forcible transfer – article 7(1)(d);torture – article 7(1)(f); and rape – article 7(1)(g);
  • two counts of war crimes: intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities – article 8(2)(e)(i); and pillaging – article 8(2)(e)(v).

Afghan Tech Boom


Hmmm, yet another reason to put my skills to use in Afghanistan:

Afghanistan is apparently in the midst of a tech boom. Today there are nearly 8 million cell phones users nationwide. Sure, a good percentage of those are undoubtedly international personnel, but nine years ago the only cell users were the Taliban, who banned them for everyone else.

From the article:

Beyond making life easier, some say the country’s embrace of technology could help break the cycle of 30 years of relentless warfare. It puts at the tip of a finger many things that were strictly outlawed by Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar — music, movies, pictures of people and games like chess.

Young Afghans see the world differently from older Afghans because of their use of the Internet and mobile phones, and their participation in sports, said Shukria Barakzai, a female lawmaker and former newspaper editor.

Afghanistan’s youth are not caught up in “the old circle of war,” she said. “They are engaging with the rest of the world. That’s why technology is so important for Afghanistan.”

Das Glücksschwein!


In German, the pig is the luckiest of all charms. The verb “Schwein haben” literally means “to have the pig,” or in other words, “to have good luck.”

To all of my peeps out there scheming towards exciting adventures and new breaks in life, I only have one thing to say:

May the Pig be with You!

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