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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

93 year old Punjabi marathon runner lands Adidas endorsement.
That's truly gangsta.


The new face of adidas, 93
By Finian Davern, Evening Standard
30 March 2004

First they recruited David Beckham. Then they got England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson in on the act.

Now sportswear firm adidas has unveiled a world-beating marathon runner as its new sporting idol.

But Fauja Singh is no designer label heartthrob. He is a 93-year-old from Redbridge who took up running only four years ago, and will be the oldest competitor in the Flora London Marathon on Sunday 18 April.
Since 2000, Mr Singh has run six marathons - four in London - and in that time has knocked 82 minutes off the nonagenarian marathon world record of five hours, 40 minutes and four seconds.

This year, the father of four, and grandfather of 13, plans to run his last long-distance race and aims to finish in five hours 23 minutes.

"I love running and want to make this last one special," he said in a break from training. "I want to go out on a high."

Mr Singh took up running after moving to London from the Punjab to live with his youngest son's family. He had been a casual runner in his younger days in India but gave up when he was 36.

"I love it because it is good for my health and it gets me out of the house," he said. "Marathons are tough, and when you're even 10 yards from the finish, you can't believe you put yourself through it. But once you cross the finish line, that changes and it's pure elation.

"I'm proof that anyone can run a marathon," he said. "I might be old, but look at all the people with disabilities who do it. It's difficult, but it's only those who haven't run one who say they can't do it."

Mr Singh jogs at least 10 miles a day. He covers six miles every morning and runs errands for friends. He is a devout Sikh, and runs between temples and community centres in east London to visit friends and relatives. Mr Singh meditates daily and swears by the medicinal qualities of ginger curries.

He will not reveal the size of his deal with adidas but admits it provides him with shoes and running wear. He gives any money he makes to charity.

This year he is running the marathon for Bliss, a charity that helps premature babies. He will also wear the logo of the British Heart Foundation in honour of some of his jogging friends who took up running after suffering heart attacks.

Adidas signed him for its Nothing Is Impossible campaign before Christmas.

"Fauja is the oldest runner in the race and every time he runs a marathon, he seems to be getting quicker," said a spokesman.

"That fitted in perfectly with what our campaign is about. He truly is remarkable. Everything we give him he gives straight to charity."

Mr Singh says he may make a one-off comeback in the 2009 London Marathon. "I will retire after this. But the world record for the oldest person to run a marathon is 98. I'd like to beat that."

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifeandstyle/fashion/articles/9978399?source=Evening%20Standard




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Monday, March 29, 2004

Flash presentation of how Bush "won" Florida.

http://www.ericblumrich.com/gta.html


additional info on the Theft of the Presidency can be found at:

http://www.gregpalast.com/columns.cfm?subject_id=1&subject_name=Theft%20of%20Presidency
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Friday, March 26, 2004

"Do you find yourself wondering what “the kids” are saying these days? Wish you were just a little more “with it”? Slang Flashcards utilize humor and classic learning techniques to get you talking street in no time. Learn by yourself or with a friend, then get a load of your bad self!"

http://www.knockknock.biz/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=48
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For all the indentured folks dwelling in flourescent hives...quotes from "Office Space."

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/quotes
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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Feeling tired, depressed, or neglected? Not making enough money? Read this and shut the fuck up.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2004/03/24/moneytales.DTL
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Article on Bay Area Cartoonist, Keith Knight.

A prankster/social gadfly of the first order, Knight raised some hackles in San Francisco a few years ago at the height of the dot-com boom, when skyrocketing rents meant an exodus of low-income people.

"I put up signs all over town that said, 'Black People for Rent! Can't find 'em? We got 'em! Willing to stand around at any event for a minimal fee. Instantly adds diversity to your party or corporate function.' And I put my number down to call."


http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/24/DDG1S5PC9L1.DTL

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Monday, March 22, 2004

Signs that the global economy is struggling...the breadwinner of one Thai family kept food on the table via tolerating snakes. He was suprisingly bit by a cobra and died.

Thai who held a world record for tolerating snakes dies of snake bite

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/03/22/international1026EST0523.DTL


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Dasani Water in the UK, owned by Coke, is actually just tap-water, and potentially cancerous at that!

Pure? Coke's Attempt to Sell Tap Water Backfires in Cancer Scare

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0320-08.htm
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Why do pregnant women have fewer rights than other patients?

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18180
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Friday, March 19, 2004

The Asian Hollywood Shuffle

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18175
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Thursday, March 18, 2004

You know the economy is hurting when Girl Scouts are getting robbed.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/18/BAG6S5MUEK1.DTL
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

How does a country respond to a terrorist attack when the people have a say?

"The real lesson: if you mislead the people in a democratic society, they will hold you accountable.

full article:
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18151






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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

The assholes are at it again. Is it the warmer weather? The feeling of freedom in the air? Or just blue-blood Americanism at it's finest?

via the fresno bee
http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/8281795p-9124362c.html

Vandals spray-painted racist graffiti on the Gurdwara Sahib temple in Fresno over the weekend.

Evidence of the crime remained Sunday as Sikhs gathered for services.

Two large blue scrawls in front of the Sikh Association of Fresno temple warned: "Rags Go Home" and "It's Not Your Country."

Another message -- this one with a religious/cultural slur and a four-letter obscenity -- was scribbled on a rear door.

Outside the door were worshippers' shoes, which had been removed as a sign of respect before entering the temple. Seated with about 50 others in a sunny yard outside the temple, Jaswinder Sra said she has been a member of the Sikh temple since she came to the United States from India in 1991. She works for Fresno County.

"It's not right," she said about the temple vandalism. "We are taxpayers. ... This is something that really hurts us." Association President Harjinder Dhillon, 46, of Fresno, said that he has been in the United States since 1982.

About 30,000 Sikhs live in the Fresno area. Among them are 50 physicians, 100 engineers and business owners. Sikhs are responsible for 27% of Central California's raisin production, Dhillon said.

Still, since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Dhillon has been told to "Go back to Baghdad" or had similar sentiments shouted at him. "They think Iraq or Iran. That's what my feeling is," said Dhillon, who wears a turban and beard.

This weekend was not the first time the temple, on East Dakota Avenue just east of North Fresno Street, has been defaced. Last year, vandals struck five nights in a row, spraying paint and hurling firecrackers at the temple. One fire did minor damage in the rear of the building. Dhillon said he heard about the newly painted hate messages about noon Saturday. He called police right away. Beside his patrol car parked next to the temple in a shaded off-street driveway, Fresno police Sgt. Ronald W. Grimm said officers were dispatched after a call from a passer-by about 9:20 a.m. Sunday.

It was immediately made a high-priority call as either a racial or religious incident, or both. A graffiti specialist would be called in, he said, and there will be extra surveillance.

The congregation turned down an offer to paint over the offensive graffiti for free, opting to do the job itself, Grimm said.



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Monday, March 15, 2004

Article (uncensored by Pentagon) on wounded in Iraq. At least the U.S. has medical technology and supplies to treat their wounded, how are the Iraqi's dealing with casualities and injuries?

THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS OF OPERATION "IRAQI FREEDOM"
Sunday Mar 7, 2004
The Forgotten Soldiers of Operation "Iraqi Freedom" By Natasha Saulnier

His name's Maurice. He's 26 years old with a face like an angel and a computerized prosthesis where his left leg used to be. His name's Victor and he still seems like a boy. His cherubic face, set against blond hair, is plagued by an unanswerable question every time his restless eyes inadvertently fall on the stump: "Why?" His name's Steve and you couldn't imagine a more All-American soldier -- that is to say if he hadn't lost his right arm. A real good patriot, he's always in control of himself and he has the air of an American hero. His name's Rob. Bound to a wheelchair, he's mad at the whole world and explodes in a barrage of insults at everyone and everything for the loss of his right leg and the uselessness of his left.

Maurice, Victor, Steve, and Rob are just a few of the thousands of GI's returning from Iraq -- often with one or more limbs amputated, flown in with little notice under the cover of night and brought to Walter Reed military Hospital in Washington, D.C. Here, they're operated on, treated, fitted with prosthetics when possible, generally medicated, and given psychological and physical therapy. For the record, Walter Reed is the hospital where wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam went. No fanfare for these heroes. On top of the injuries they've had to endure to their bodies and hearts, they come home to be ignored by mainstream American media. Only an English TV station, Channel 4, considered it newsworthy to go to the hospital to interview the injured soldiers. Of course, all interviewees must be selected and briefed by army leadership in advance of any conversations with journalists. Curiously, the casualty statistics released by the Pentagon contradict those of the U.S Army. While the Pentagon contends that 2722 soldiers have been wounded in action and 417 in non hostile fire as of March 1, the U.S. Air Force confides that it has flown approximately 12,000 wounded soldiers into Andrews Air Force Base over the past 9 months. With the severity of injuries sustained, it seems like the Pentagon's reduced estimates are meant to camouflage a scandal that could cost George Bush his re-election.

"They come here [to Walter Reed Hospital]19 or 20 old and when I see them leaving with missing limbs - I've seen up to 3 limbs gone off people and I don't think in our generation, we've seen this amount of harm done to young people", explained Major General Delaune on public radio in Minnesota. "During the Gulf War, there were about 3 soldiers wounded for every death. In the current Iraq war, there are 7 wounded for every death", says an article titled "New Technologies and Medical Practices Save Lives in Iraq" in a Knight-Ridder newsaper. The facts support this statement: the Kevlar vests the soldiers now wear save lives, not limbs. England's newspaper The Guardian reports that the medical personnel, overwhelmed, work 70-80 hours a week, and according to CBS, Washington's largest military hospital has had to borrow beds from its cancer ward to meet the swollen needs of its prosthetics ward. Still the hospital can't handle the load, and several wounded soldiers are being put up in a nearby hotel. This writer was able to meet with some of them there after having been prevented from continuing her interview in the ward, because she hadn't obtained the permission of the army, passed its screen tests, and the soldier she was interviewing hadn't been briefed as to how to respond. Against all odds, she had made it through the security gate at the entrance to the military-medical complex, into the building, to the 5th floor.

"Do I have to get naked for the interview? Can I keep my shoes on? ! Oops! I said 'my shoes'… I have to get used to saying 'my shoe' Rob snapped bitterly. "It's like yesterday, I went to buy a pair of sneakers and I messed with the young guy's head at the store. He turned red as beet when I asked him if he would sell me one, just one shoe, at half price." Rob laughs sardonically. But Rob, always cutting, isn't finished evening his score with humankind, or with himself. He defends his pain with sadistic, self-effacing jokes. " Look, I lost one leg! I must have left it outside." To another wounded soldier:" You didn't find it by chance, did you? I think I might have left the foot near the trash can." His last masochistic jest is received with suppressed awkward laughter and turned heads. But Rob takes pride in his sense of humor.

December 3, 2003. Abu Gharib prison. Rob's Humvee, accompanied by two other vehicles, is suddenly caught in an ambush. His jeep is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. "It took the quick-reaction forces 20 minutes to get me, and here I'm bleeding, the flesh of my left leg is blown off and my right leg is gone… GONE!" He says this while repeatedly folding and unfolding the empty leg of his blue-jeans. Somehow, you know he's leaving out the worst. The interviewees only hint at it, saying the madness, destruction, blood, and burnt flesh can make the strongest man lose his mind. In their silence, the soldiers mute themselves much like the mainstream media, downplaying the bloodbath on the battlefield to keep up the unflinching image of an individual (or nation) at war. The Times Picayune was one of the few newspapers to describe the X-rated scene : "Explosions shatter and sever legs and arms. They char flesh and drive debris deep into the soft tissue that remains. Unattached muscles, nerves and tendons dangle. Red-hot shrapnel sometimes punctures torsos below waist-length body armor, ripping bowels and bladders. Concussions bruise skulls and brains. Soldiers thrown into the air are injured again when they hit the ground." "Wanna see a $100,000 leg?" asks Rob pointing to his computerized prosthesis, the same one that Maurice got. Numerous soldiers tell the same story.. They were riding in a Humvee when it got rocked by an I.E.D (improvised explosive device). But, Victor's story is different. Victor was stationed in Afghanistan for over a year. When a grenade landed on the floor of his truck, he picked it up instinctively to throw it as far away as possible. Only when he went to throw it, he realized he was surrounded by fellow soldiers. He held it in his hand and "blew up" with it, losing his right arm, and damaging is entire right side. "I held it because I didn't want to hurt anybody else. There were too many people all around me." For this heroic act Victor should receive a medal ("one of the highest medals you can get" according to Maurice). But while George Bush would be the one to give him a medal, you get the impression from Victor that he's going to wait a long time. Unfortunately for Victor, the war in Afghanistan hardly exists in the media, and in contrast to Maurice who, in spite of his pain, wears a mask of happiness, and to Steve, to whom Bush gave a Purple Heart, Victor is pissed.. He's over patriotism. "My father is a Vietnam Vet. He's really upset. Imagine, my life's ruined and now my brother is going to Iraq." He's disgusted by disability pay. "They'll give me 50% disability. I'm making $30,000 a year, so that means 14 or 15G. How am I supposed to live on that?" Not exactly the Pentagon's poster-boy amputee. Victor could very well launch his pain and anger right at Bush's face. And what about Rob? Rob, the kind of anti-hero who's always kept hidden from the public view, is like a time-bomb waiting to explode. Meanwhile, a warlords' pet gets good press. Paul Wolfowitz, wrote this caption in Time Magazine, below the photo of Saddam Hussein's disheveled head: "'We Got Him!': To Sgt. Maurice Craft, A Real American Hero." That's conservative compassion for you.


Beyond the physical pain (many amputees repeatedly refer to pain emanating from their now missing limbs), it's the trauma, and anxiety for the future that haunt these soldiers the most. All of the interviewees, with the exception of Steve, complain of not being able to sleep, in spite of increased daily doses of sleeping pills and anti-depressants. Bitter, Rob pulls outs a plastic bag full of pills and empties it on his bed. 'See, I have a whole bag of medications for different times of the day and night. I can't sleep all night no matter how many pills I take. I nod off, that's all. They had to increase the doses. For nothing." "It's so hard. That's why they give us so much medication, a lot of it's just for depression," explains Maurice.. " My arm's cut off but my whole side is taken, and now, I'm gonna spend my life wondering if I'm gonna find a girlfriend…" shoots Victor, eliciting a spontaneous reaction from Maurice. "At first, my wife didn't want to come and see me like this. She said she just couldn't. It was really hard 'cause I was afraid she was gonna do just like a lot of wives or girlfriends, who leave their men shortly after they see them in the hospital. I have two daughters… But it's alright now." " Thank God I'm single. I wouldn't want to have to go through what the other guys do. There's this one guy who lost his sight and had both of his arms blown off. His wife is pregnant but he's never gonna be able to hold his baby in his arms," says Rob.

The majority of soldiers interviewed believe that the Iraqis were too poor to go on living the way they were, and that it was therefore necessary to remove Saddam Hussein regardless of whether he posed an imminent threat to the US. Only Rob thinks differently: "They could have overthrown him themselves, those f**king Iraqi's…I'm convinced that the people we are training there are the ones who are fighting us, because the screening process is so weak. I have no respect for those f**king Iraqi's. The more of them that die, the better. They use women to hide their weapons and kids to detonate them, but we have to stick to the Geneva Conventions… At least in public." And in private? "I'm not gonna answer that one," he said insinuatingly. Victor, and to a lesser degree Maurice, think that they were just pawns for this administration. " At Baghdad International Airport, there were 15 I.E.D.'s every two weeks. Each time there was an explosion, the whole compound would get shut down. The computers and the telephones would go off all of a sudden… And we would know that a soldier had just been killed 'cause they didn't want anyone to be able to reach the family before the Army could."


By Natasha Saulnier Translated from the French by Stephan Smith
via http://www.gregpalast.com/blog.cfm
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Bush Administration falsified WMD reports (no shit?)

"While the people were very much alive, I saw a dead philosophy -- Cold War anti-communism and neo-imperialism -- walking the corridors of the Pentagon. It wore the clothing of counterterrorism and spoke the language of a holy war between good and evil. The evil was recognized by the leadership to be resident mainly in the Middle East and articulated by Islamic clerics and radicals. But there were other enemies within, anyone who dared voice any skepticism about their grand plans, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and Gen. Anthony Zinni. "


full article
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2004/03/10/osp_moveon/
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Monday, March 08, 2004

Common + Kanye West performing "Food" via Dave Chappelle (real audio)

http://www.artofrhyme.com/audio/common_chappelle.ram
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Friday, March 05, 2004

It's Friday. I'm at work and and no one else is here. This can only mean one thing. Internet spoof material. Drum Roll Please:

2Pac and Barney Video...WHAT!
scroll down....
http://www.myspace.com/854809.usr

Star-Schmucks:
http://www.mbychosting.com/illwillpress/041SmallMediumLarge.swf
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Thursday, March 04, 2004

Outrage over Bush's usage of Ground Zero + 9/11 in political commercial.

Both ads reinforce the Ground Zero imagery with frontal shots of two firefighters. Unlike the paid actors and actresses in most of the footage, they are not ringers, but their red headgear gives them away as non-New Yorkers. The Bush campaign declined to reveal where the burly smoke-eaters actually work.

Bush officials defended the imagery as totally appropriate...."We've been off our game for weeks," a senior Bush strategist conceded.


full article:

http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/170291p-148587c.html



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Wednesday, March 03, 2004

A look inside George Dubya's Hotmail Inbox:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/bushmail.html#
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Monday, March 01, 2004

Haiti, another US backed coup?

"MAXINE WATERS: First of all I think the people in this country should be outraged that our government led a coup de’tat against a democratically elected President. They should call, write. Fax with their outrage, not only to the State Dept. but to all of their elected officials and to the press. We have to keep the information flying in the air so people will get it and understand what is taking place."

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0301-05.htm
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