Comments (View) November 30, 2010

“ Many governments – some governments deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation. So other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another. Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest. ”

Sec. of Defense Robert Gates, http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2010/11/quotable-secretary-gates-on-wi/

Comments (View) December 11, 2009   22 notes
Comments (View) September 28, 2009   1 note
My message to the teabaggers.

My message to the teabaggers.

Comments (View) July 10, 2009   1 note
I would like to get the MBTA’s attention by making #greenlinesucks a trending topic. Who’s in?

I would like to get the MBTA’s attention by making #greenlinesucks a trending topic. Who’s in?

Comments (View) July 7, 2009   1 note

UP: Not Your Father’s-Children’s Story.

DUDE SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!

aaronwhite:

UP is children’s story about an introverted boy who meets an outgoing an adventurous young girl. The two grow up together and eventually marry. They share a love for kids; she works as a photographer, and he a balloonist, at the zoo. Their bond is carefree and loving.

When they try to conceive a child of their own, the wife is sadly diagnosed as infertile. Instead of adopting, they save their meager earnings for travel and adventure, however, life’s unexpected calamities prevents them from pocketing enough. When the now-greying husband finally manages to purchase vacation tickets to surprise his wife with, we learn that she has been diagnosed with a soon-to-be-fatal cancer, and hospitalized.

The widowed old man settles into a lonely routine. His few social interactions involve keeping businessman an contractors from taking his home and demolishing it to make way for the modern jungle around him. While protecting the pieces of home that remind him of his late-wife, he accidentally injures one of the contractors. Summoned to court, the old man is labeled a menace, and ordered to move into a retirement community.

Real UPlifting story, eh?

Thankfully these first 10 minutes end, and after you’ve smeared the tears off your face, the rest of the movie is a lighter and enjoyable, though not without more heartbreak & adult themes (murder, abandonment by a father, etc).

Two thumbs up.

Comments (View) June 24, 2009
Hello world!

Hello world!

Comments (View) June 16, 2009
And now the 419rs make it to FACEBOOK!! Using my name. Amazing.

And now the 419rs make it to FACEBOOK!! Using my name. Amazing.

Comments (View) June 15, 2009   1 note
The women of Iran are finding their voice.

The women of Iran are finding their voice.

Comments (View) June 14, 2009

Ay Iran is the unofficial national anthem of Iran. The Shah had his own (praising him, of course) and the Islamic Republic has another. However, Iranians everywhere learn and sing this song as a symbol of their pride and identity outside whatever opressive regime happens to control them at the time. The best analogue for us would be America the Beautiful - but imagine a Sarah Palin led coup had replaced The Star Spangled Banner with some song praising the coming rapture.

I will never forget how moving it was when a wedding I went to in Tehran broke out singing Ay Iran. It was a simple act, but to me, the outsider, it seemed like an extremely meaningful, though simple, act of political defiance.

I hear the protesters are in the streets singing it tonight, and my thoughts are with them.

Ay Iran.

Comments (View) June 13, 2009