Extreme Sheepherding

April 30th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Why do I post this?  Dunno – this is our species?

Superstition

April 28th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Stevie is my hero.

Subprime

April 28th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Found this at Vimeo:

The Onion – Preemptive Memorial

April 26th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Another one from The Onion:


Preemptive Memorial Honors Future Victims Of Imminent Dam Disaster

American Torture Disambiguated

April 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Updated 4.27.09

Confused about all this talk about American torture? Watch this one. Rachael Maddow and her guest Ron Suskind clear a few things up for us.

Here’s part one with Rachael Maddow:

And part two joined by Ron Suskind:

I think we need to know what happened to us.  George W. Bush, the President of the United States is apparently, in light of treaties that the United States has signed, a war criminal.  Have a look at Andrew Sullivan’s post What Reagan Signed.

Just ask yourself: reading this language and knowing that president Bush ordered the waterboarding of a man for 83 times to get evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda, is it really a matter of debate whether the last president of the United States is a war criminal? How is one able to come to any other opinion?

Remember:

any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession”

is torture. Remember:

No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.

Why are we still debating this?

At the time of the 9/11 attacks upon New York and Washington, it was possible to imagine a ticking bomb scenario, where our/my prisoner had information that could save the lives of thousands, or even millions of innocents.  Would I torture in such a situation?

A few years ago, during his wife Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton was asked about all this:

At some point the issue in play here is not even Torture, but rather the Rule of Law. If we want to be able to torture, we should change our laws to permit torture. But if we have laws against torture, then the laws must be enforced.

By the way, I think torture is bad, and that the United States of America should not torture.  I recognize that is easy for me to adopt this position when the responsibility for our collective safety falls on other people’s shoulders.

From my safe, comfy living room, I weigh in on a subject I have avoided because I’m not sure how I’d behave if my city or my family were threatened and I had a prisoner…

Miles Davis

April 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Some interesting stuff here:

The Aptera

April 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Here’s an article at Wired, and a video of the Aptera.  This is real right now.

Time to Let Go and Grab the Next Vine

April 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Great article here about Choruss, a new model for a music economy.

Outsource Me Too

April 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

From The Onion. I haven’t figured out how to outsource the bus driving gig yet…


The Times They Are A-Changin’

April 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

(1.8.11 – I can’t find Dylan’s version on YouTube anymore, so here are the Byrds…)

OK. Here’s a link to the internet sensation of the moment – Susan Boyle. (If a black Apture window pops up here stating “Embedding disabled by request”, click on the words “Susan Boyle – Singer – Britains Got Talent 2009” at the top of the black window to link to the  video at YouTube). The video you’ll find at the above link has been viewed some 31 million times in the last week or so.

Something BIG is happening here.  From the Washington Post:

Indeed, the Internet is her stage, and the 47-year-old who has said she’s never heard of YouTube is the Web’s hottest entertainer. “She’s really the world’s singer right now,” said Julie Supan, a YouTube spokesperson who in her four years at the company cannot remember a video raking in this many views in such a period of time.

One view at a time, Boyle’s audience is proving that the social Web — where users aren’t just mere viewers but also distributers — makes the digital world feel smaller and more connected. And her global popularity is a testament that the marriage between old media (her performance first aired on Britisn television) and new media (it then made its way to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook) is broadening the reach of all media, from one channel to the next, one person at a time.

As a result, at any given moment, someone is passing along Boyle online.

That’s the kicker.  If a YouTube video goes viral, that event trumps all the money and promotional apparatus of the content industry.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

UPDATE – 3.19.09 – Here’s a richly linked article from Wired concerning Why File Sharing Will Save Hollywood, Music.

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