December 31, 2004

Lost in the bureaucracy

The Blue Lemur - Progressive Politics and Media News » Swedish paper reports tsunami warning halted out of concern for tourist industry: ``We finally decided not to do anything because the tourist season was in full swing,? the source said. “The hotels were 100 percent booked. What if we issued a warning, which would have led to an evacuation, and nothing had happened. What would be the outcome? The tourist industry would be immediately hurt. Our department would not be able to endure a lawsuit.``

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December 19, 2004

The rebel consumer

Anti-consumerism really just pandering competitive consumption?

From The Rebel Sell in This Magazine ``"Keeping up with the Joneses,"? in today's world, does not always mean buying a tract home in the suburbs. It means buying a loft downtown, eating at the right restaurants, listening to obscure bands, having a pile of Mountain Equipment Co-op gear and vacationing in Thailand. It doesn't matter how much people spend on these things, what matters is the competitive structure of the consumption.``

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December 13, 2004

TSA "not just looking for Explosives"

The nice folks at the TSA are looking for more than just bombs in baggage these days. Apparently it's open season for all your baggage to be searched for whatever the prerogative, and you can be arrested for whatever they find.

John Parry Barlow was ``was hauled off an airplane that was about to depart San Francisco for New York and charged with the misdemeanor possession of controlled substances that had allegedly been discovered during a search of my checked baggage.``

BarlowFriendz: December 2004 Archives: ``There is a lot at stake here. Although, as I say, the 4th Amendment is in rough shape, it remains quite clear in its prohibition of "general warrants," which are searches of unspecified members of the public for evidence of random illegal activity. But, whether by design or "mission drift," this is what TSA's checked baggage searches increasingly resemble. They're not just looking for explosives, folks.``

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December 03, 2004

Deceiving sculpture

Masters of Deception : Shigeo Fukuda

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