August 20, 2002

The Beat Goes On

Mom is the latest addition to the South Park personas. Thanks! =-)

Moments before noticing a very tiny inchworm (more of a centimeterworm really) making its way up the zipper of my jacket as I sat on the BART from the 12th Street Oakland station to the North Berkeley station (did it get on in Oakland or had it been with me since San Francisco’s Powell Street station? Shudder.) I had been reading On The Road, which I’d cracked the spine of a year earlier but had since been gathering dust. I was thinking that I must have become desensitized to the wacky behavior of the Beat crew from modern films like Fear and Loathing and Fight Club. I suppose at the time the book was published and in the atmosphere that those event took place, it would all seem very unconventional, zany even. I think I’m not getting the historical context well enough to see their adventures as being particularly wild.

What else, what else, what else: Tara Sue Grubb is the first candidate for Congress to have a weblog. I’m not sure she’s doing the best job of it, but it’s interesting to watch things unfold for her. It makes me hopeful that weblogs will be something fundamental to the future of a representational government. Her opponent is spearheading a bill which gives organizations the right to hack into other people’s systems to see whether copyrighted material is being exchanged. That’s a lot of privacy being thrown out.

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Jessyca Wallace

If you’re interested in reading about how our government is systematically disposing of our civil liberties - thus leading to the demise of the American Republic - you should check out the quick read from Gore Vidal (published some time this year), Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated. It’s a little disjointed at times, but a crucial read…IMHO.

Derek Gomez

If you’re interested in that, also read Timothy McVeigh’s reasoning for why he bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Gore Vidal thinks he’s got a point.

Nick Runco

all this American hatred is startin to seep into my skin. the article over at textism today has a Canadian response to a Canadian commentary. they are both very intersting. the latter is a bit heated, but still rasies an eyebrow.

Derek Gomez

I should clarify, I’m no fan of either McVeigh or Vidal. I just think it’s kind of interesting how the Pat Buchanans/Timothy McVeighs (rightists) and the Noam Chomskies/Gore Vidals (leftists) can have something in common now. That Canadian piece was a hoot. BTW, my favorite answer for “why they hate us” is: because we don’t care why they hate us. I know — I’m just an arrogant American: “Aww, Canada’s just pissed because I only use her for her comedians and cheap DVDs.”

Nick Runco

no i meant that it’s making me question things a bit more - i am developing a skepticism far worse than before.

Jessyca Wallace

Is that possible, Nick? =D