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30.12 2005322

George W. Being Funny

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You know, this may have been humorous if it wasn't oh so very sad. Thousands killed and he still finds his WMD jokes funny.

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30.12 2005134

Linkestan

By: Pedram Categories:

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  • The Best Links 2005.
  • According to Kottke.org
  • The rest of the best
  • Still According to Kottke.org
  • Fifty Writing Tools
  • Tips to become a better writer.
  • Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator.
  • This may be an entirely new dialect.
  • Getting The Perfect Nap
  • There's an art to catching the right kind of z's.
  • Fix my XP.
  • Everything you'll ever need to fix your Windows XP based PC.
  • How to rip a DVD: A Tutorial
  • This is harder than it sounds, unless you use these instructions.

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    29.12 2005218

    Syriana

    By: Pedram Categories:

    CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) blowing up a car in the streets of -supposedly- Tehran. Image from: ClooneyStudio.com

    Get off your chair or sofa and go see Syriana. One thing it'll do is restore your faith in all of us still maintaining enough liberties that allows such a movie to be even made and shown as this is truly a condemnation of big oil as well as conduct of the U.S. government in the Middle-East, be it under a fictional scenario. I will not spoil the storyline for you here but some of my favorite parts include the comparison Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) makes between Prince Nasir and Mossadegh, as well as this line from one of the corrupt characters in the movie:
    Corruption? Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm... Corruption is how we win.
    And in case you are wondering where the name comes from, Tom Burns explains: The term "Syriana" is used to describe a Western geopolitical wet dream. One character explains it as, "[a] new country ... drawn from Iran, Iraq, and Syria--a federation--with separate states for each religion and tribe. A non-OPEC partner, run by Persians, delivering the energy of the Middle East to Europe and the United States."

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    28.12 20053

    Linkestan

    By: Pedram Categories:

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  • Fear destroys what bin Laden could not
  • On the state of our world after 9/11.
  • If we don't (blank), then the terrorists will have won
  • How and why they actually DID win.
  • Pakistani Describes Killing of Daughters
  • "the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done."
  • NSA Spied on U.N. Diplomats in Push for Invasion of Iraq.
  • Is there any laws this administration hasn't broken yet?
  • Getting The Perfect Nap
  • There's an art to catching the right kind of z's.
  • 25 Most interesting WebCams of 2005.
  • One in Usama's cave (or hide-out in Bahamas) would be interesting.
  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
  • Continue to learn. learn and learn.

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    28.12 2005262

    Mahmoud Adolfinejad

    By: Pedram Categories:

    Courtesy of Cagle.com

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    27.12 20053

    Linkestan

    By: Pedram Categories:

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  • Falling Sand Game
  • Do not try this if you too have an addictive personality.
  • The Top 10 interesting people in the Blogosphere in 2005
  • I didn't make the list, again. Damn!
  • The Best Web Games of 2005
  • You can vote for your faves!
  • Recordable DVD Quality.
  • Which brands to buy or avoid, if "freakin' santa" got you a burner.
  • Free Online Computer Tutorials.
  • Learn Dreamweaver, Flash, Excel or... Free!
  • Experiment to see if your mail is being tapped.
  • I think my bathroom is being tapped too, nevermind my email.
  • How to Download Google Video
  • If you'd wanted to that is.

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    26.12 20050

    Monday Evening Motivations

    By: Pedram Categories:

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    ============================================ Today, challenge yourself to make a difference. Call someone. Share a meal and a smile with someone who may need it. Send a check to your favorite charity. Take a moment to pray for our small planet. Hug your kids, call your mother, greet your neighbor with a smile. Individually, I believe we can change the world, one small step at a time. ============================================

    "In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy." Albert Clarke "Every day that you attempt to see things as they are in truth Is a supremely successful day." Vernon Howard "The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King, Jr. "If you wish to progress spiritually, do not reject things you do not understand. You build up a mental block this way. It is not healthy to reject things you do not understand. Simply put them aside for the present." Peace Pilgrim

    Source.

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    24.12 20056

    Happy Festivus!

    By: Pedram Categories:

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    My apologies if my blunt expression of feelings offends you. But I tried hard to find another way of conveying my emotions and found no better substitute. I have now spent 22 years of my life in this continent and yet never been bothered by this "holiday season" as much as I am this year. This fake celebration of nothing, with no real value, no historical content and no redeeming purpose but a major demonstration of ultimate consumerism got to me this year. Every single commercial in my 45 channel universe is "holiday" themed. The message is clear: buy, buy, buy. Cars carry a big red bow, toys bring ultimate joy to toddlers, men happily accept their power tools. There's even one that states "what are you doing for love this year?", trying to get guys to buy diamonds for their female partners. I wanted to offer a few answers these men may wish to use: "This year I'll be working two jobs again, trying to provide for my family." "I pay tribute to my love with a daily backrub." "I'm looking after our new baby throughout the night, so my partner can get a full night of sleep." "I love my wife even more, she knows where diamonds come from and never expects one." I could come up with a hundred more. This year, I received Christmas cards only from non-Christians and Santa waived at me from windows of a Chinese restaurant. I've had enough of the bastard. As for Jesus, he was born on January sixth, if you actually believe that he ever was. Besides, the Christmas I see, has very little to do with him anyways. Maybe Santamas is a better name, or even Walmartmas, Bestbuymas or similar. Don't wish me a happy holiday either, since you never bother doing so with any other "holiday".

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    23.12 200518

    Linkestan

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  • Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction
  • He was there, so he must know.
  • President ignores the Constitution
  • More on 'EAVESDROPPING ON AMERICANS'
  • 20 Amazing Facts About Voting In The United States
  • And somebody said this was a democracy?
  • You Are Beautiful.
  • Interesting project.
  • Photoshop Tutorials Blog
  • Learn, learn, learn.
  • Make your menus go Mmm...
  • If you're still using Internet Explorer, get this.
  • Firefox 1.5
  • If you're still using Internet Explorer, ask yourself why?.

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    22.12 20051

    They Thought They Were Free

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    What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
     
    Excerpt from pages 166-73 of They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, published by the University of Chicago Press. ©1955, 1966 by the University of Chicago. LINK

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    21.12 20055

    Quote

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    In the weeks after 9/11, while America and the world were grieving, President Bush built a legal rationale for a dictatorship. Then he started using it to avoid the law.” Read the rest here.

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    21.12 20058

    Linkestan

    By: Pedram Categories:

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  • Berners-Lee starts his own blog Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web
  • Teen Pleads Guilty After Blog Confession Be careful about what you write in your blog.
  • Create a Symmetrical Face For those interested in learning Photoshop.
  • Reuters 2005 Picture of the Year. Another "interesting" year behind us.
  • Judge quits in protest of Bush's domestic spying program James Robertson was on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
  • Pac Man: Flash Mob (video) Funny!
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    20.12 20054

    Complete Victory!

    By: Pedram Categories:

    Click to go to iranian.com!

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    20.12 20050

    Linkestan

    By: Pedram Categories:

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    § On the Trail of the CIA. I'll be "rendered" soon I guess. § Bush Goes Back to Black and White. In his world, that is all there is. § Torture's Long Shadow By Vladimir Bukovsky. § Roger Ebert's Best 10 Movies of 2005. Crash was my #1 also, althought I haven't seen Syriana yet. § Testing Drugs on India's Poor. Did you get to see The Constant Gardner on a similar topic also? § SETI@Home Project Ends. I'm still finding all sorts of aliens on my PC. § The Daily Show. (Video) Bush not answering questions and more.

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    19.12 200510

    Linkestan

    By: Pedram Categories:

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    § "Dr. Germ" and "Mrs. Anthrax" are freed. I'm wondering if Iran may have had a case against either. § No more "Careless Whispers" or "hotel California". Now it's time for "Careless Threats" and "Hotel Jamkaran". § Sleep less, live longer? Still doing 8 hours a night? Try 6 or 7. § Making Perfect Scrambled Eggs. If you're big on breakfast that is.
  • For Mitra:
  • § Sudoku is NOT Japanese. § The mathematics of Sudoku. § Sudoku Variations.

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