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November 1st, 2001

Important announcement.

There will be two parties at Steve and I's house, one on the 10th and one on the 17th of November. We will have some beer and some other things, and possibly, I will make chili. Either way, everyone is cordially invited to one or both of these parties. And go ahead and invite your weirdo friends, too.

This war is a farce

This is a long article, but a good one. It basically sums up how I feel. Maybe I should move to the UK...

The Mirror (UK)
>>
>>October 29, 2001
>>
>>This War is a Farce
>>
>>By John Pilger
>>
>>The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks'
>>bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on
>>America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan.
>>
>>Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been
>>terrorised by the most powerful - to the point where
>>American pilots have run out of dubious "military" targets
>>and are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross
>>warehouses, lorries carrying refugees.
>>
>>Unlike the relentless pictures from New York, we are seeing
>>almost nothing of this. Tony Blair has yet to tell us what
>>the violent death of children - seven in one family - has to
>>do with Osama bin Laden.
>>
>>And why are cluster bombs being used? The British public
>>should know about these bombs, which the RAF also uses. They
>>spray hundreds of bomblets that have only one purpose; to
>>kill and maim people. Those that do not explode lie on the
>>ground like landmines, waiting for people to step on them.
>>
>>If ever a weapon was designed specifically for acts of
>>terrorism, this is it. I have seen the victims of American
>>cluster weapons in other countries, such as the Laotian
>>toddler who picked one up and had her right leg and face
>>blown off. Be assured this is now happening in Afghanistan,
>>in your name.
>>
>>None of those directly involved in the September 11 atrocity
>>was Afghani. Most were Saudis, who apparently did their
>>planning and training in Germany and the United States.
>>
>>The camps which the Taliban allowed bin Laden to use were
>>emptied weeks ago. Moreover, the Taliban itself is a
>>creation of the Americans and the British. In the 1980s, the
>>tribal army that produced them was funded by the CIA and
>>trained by the SAS to fight the Russians.
>>
>>The hypocrisy does not stop there. When the Taliban took
>>Kabul in 1996, Washington said nothing. Why? Because Taliban
>>leaders were soon on their way to Houston, Texas, to be
>>entertained by executives of the oil company, Unocal.
>>
>>With secret US government approval, the company offered them
>>a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped
>>through a pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from
>>Soviet central Asia through Afghanistan.
>>
>>A US diplomat said: "The Taliban will probably develop like
>>the Saudis did." He explained that Afghanistan would become
>>an American oil colony, there would be huge profits for the
>>West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. "We
>>can live with that," he said.
>>
>>Although the deal fell through, it remains an urgent
>>priority of the administration of George W. Bush, which is
>>steeped in the oil industry. Bush's concealed agenda is to
>>exploit the oil and gas reserves in the Caspian basin, the
>>greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and enough,
>>according to one estimate, to meet America's voracious
>>energy needs for a generation. Only if the pipeline runs
>>through Afghanistan can the Americans hope to control it.
>>
>>So, not surprisingly, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is
>>now referring to "moderate" Taliban, who will join an
>>American-sponsored "loose federation" to run Afghanistan.
>>The "war on terrorism" is a cover for this: a means of
>>achieving American strategic aims that lie behind the
>>flag-waving facade of great power.
>>
>>The Royal Marines, who will do the real dirty work, will be
>>little more than mercenaries for Washington's imperial
>>ambitions, not to mention the extraordinary pretensions of
>>Blair himself. Having made Britain a target for terrorism
>>with his bellicose "shoulder to shoulder" with Bush
>>nonsense, he is now prepared to send troops to a battlefield
>>where the goals are so uncertain that even the Chief of the
>>Defence Staff says the conflict "could last 50 years".
>>
>>The irresponsibility of this is breathtaking; the pressure
>>on Pakistan alone could ignite an unprecedented crisis
>>across the Indian sub-continent. Having reported many wars,
>>I am always struck by the absurdity of effete politicians
>>eager to wave farewell to young soldiers, but who themselves
>>would not say boo to a Taliban goose.
>>
>>In the days of gunboats, our imperial leaders covered their
>>violence in the "morality" of their actions. Blair is no
>>different. Like them, his selective moralising omits the
>>most basic truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent
>>people in America on September 11, and nothing justifies the
>>killing of innocent people anywhere else.
>>
>>By killing innocents in Afghanistan, Blair and Bush stoop to
>>the level of the criminal outrage in New York. Once you
>>cluster bomb, "mistakes" and "blunders" are a pretence.
>>Murder is murder, regardless of whether you crash a plane
>>into a building or order and collude with it from the Oval
>>Office and Downing Street.
>>
>>If Blair was really opposed to all forms of terrorism, he
>>would get Britain out of the arms trade. On the day of the
>>twin towers attack, an "arms fair", selling weapons of
>>terror (like cluster bombs and missiles) to assorted tyrants
>>and human rights abusers, opened in London's Docklands with
>>the full backing of the Blair government.
>>
>>Britain's biggest arms customer is the medieval Saudi
>>regime, which beheads heretics and spawned the religious
>>fanaticism of the Taliban.
>>
>>If he really wanted to demonstrate "the moral fibre of
>>Britain", Blair would do everything in his power to lift the
>>threat of violence in those parts of the world where there
>>is great and justifiable grievance and anger.
>>
>>He would do more than make gestures; he would demand that
>>Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestine and withdraw
>>to its borders prior to the 1967 war, as ordered by the
>>Security Council, of which Britain is a permanent member.
>>
>>He would call for an end to the genocidal blockade which the
>>UN - in reality, America and Britain - has imposed on the
>>suffering people of Iraq for more than a decade, causing the
>>deaths of half a million children under the age of five.
>>
>>That's more deaths of infants every month than the number
>>killed in the World Trade Center.
>>
>>There are signs that Washington is about to extend its
>>current "war" to Iraq; yet unknown to most of us, almost
>>every day RAF and American aircraft already bomb Iraq. There
>>are no headlines. There is nothing on the TV news. This
>>terror is the longest-running Anglo-American bombing
>>campaign since World War Two.
>>
>>The Wall Street Journal reported that the US and Britain
>>faced a "dilemma" in Iraq, because "few targets remain".
>>"We're down to the last outhouse," said a US official. That
>>was two years ago, and they're still bombing. The cost to
>>the British taxpayer? 800 million so far.
>>
>>According to an internal UN report, covering a five-month
>>period, 41 per cent of the casualties are civilians. In
>>northern Iraq, I met a woman whose husband and four children
>>were among the deaths listed in the report. He was a
>>shepherd, who was tending his sheep with his elderly father
>>and his children when two planes attacked them, each making
>>a sweep. It was an open valley; there were no military
>>targets nearby.
>>
>>"I want to see the pilot who did this," said the widow at
>>the graveside of her entire family. For them, there was no
>>service in St Paul's Cathedral with the Queen in attendance;
>>no rock concert with Paul McCartney.
>>
>>The tragedy of the Iraqis, and the Palestinians, and the
>>Afghanis is a truth that is the very opposite of their
>>caricatures in much of the Western media.
>>
>>Far from being the terrorists of the world, the overwhelming
>>majority of the Islamic peoples of the Middle East and south
>>Asia have been its victims - victims largely of the West's
>>exploitation of precious natural resources in or near their
>>countries.
>>
>>There is no war on terrorism. If there was, the Royal
>>Marines and the SAS would be storming the beaches of
>>Florida, where more CIA-funded terrorists, ex-Latin American
>>dictators and torturers, are given refuge than anywhere on
>>earth.
>>
>>There is, however, a continuing war of the powerful against
>>the powerless, with new excuses, new hidden agendas, new
>>lies. Before another child dies violently, or quietly from
>>starvation, before new fanatics are created in both the east
>>and the west, it is time for the people of Britain to make
>>their voices heard and to stop this fraudulent war - and to
>>demand the kind of bold, imaginative non-violent initiatives
>>that require real political courage.
>>
>>The other day, the parents of Greg Rodriguez, a young man
>>who died in the World Trade Center, said this: "We read
>>enough of the news to sense that our government is heading
>>in the direction of violent revenge, with the prospect of
>>sons, daughters, parents, friends in distant lands dying,
>>suffering, and nursing further grievances against us.
>>
>>"It is not the way to go...not in our son's name."
>>
>>--
>>
>>John Pilger <http://www.johnpilger.com> is the former
>>Mirror chief foreign correspondent.
>>
>>Copyright (c) 2001 John Pilger. All Rights Reserved.

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This is a long article, but a good one. It basically sums up how I feel. Maybe I should move to the UK...

The Mirror (UK)
>>
>>October 29, 2001
>>
>>This War is a Farce
>>
>>By John Pilger
>>
>>The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks'
>>bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on
>>America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan.
>>
>>Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been
>>terrorised by the most powerful - to the point where
>>American pilots have run out of dubious "military" targets
>>and are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross
>>warehouses, lorries carrying refugees.
>>
>>Unlike the relentless pictures from New York, we are seeing
>>almost nothing of this. Tony Blair has yet to tell us what
>>the violent death of children - seven in one family - has to
>>do with Osama bin Laden.
>>
>>And why are cluster bombs being used? The British public
>>should know about these bombs, which the RAF also uses. They
>>spray hundreds of bomblets that have only one purpose; to
>>kill and maim people. Those that do not explode lie on the
>>ground like landmines, waiting for people to step on them.
>>
>>If ever a weapon was designed specifically for acts of
>>terrorism, this is it. I have seen the victims of American
>>cluster weapons in other countries, such as the Laotian
>>toddler who picked one up and had her right leg and face
>>blown off. Be assured this is now happening in Afghanistan,
>>in your name.
>>
>>None of those directly involved in the September 11 atrocity
>>was Afghani. Most were Saudis, who apparently did their
>>planning and training in Germany and the United States.
>>
>>The camps which the Taliban allowed bin Laden to use were
>>emptied weeks ago. Moreover, the Taliban itself is a
>>creation of the Americans and the British. In the 1980s, the
>>tribal army that produced them was funded by the CIA and
>>trained by the SAS to fight the Russians.
>>
>>The hypocrisy does not stop there. When the Taliban took
>>Kabul in 1996, Washington said nothing. Why? Because Taliban
>>leaders were soon on their way to Houston, Texas, to be
>>entertained by executives of the oil company, Unocal.
>>
>>With secret US government approval, the company offered them
>>a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped
>>through a pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from
>>Soviet central Asia through Afghanistan.
>>
>>A US diplomat said: "The Taliban will probably develop like
>>the Saudis did." He explained that Afghanistan would become
>>an American oil colony, there would be huge profits for the
>>West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. "We
>>can live with that," he said.
>>
>>Although the deal fell through, it remains an urgent
>>priority of the administration of George W. Bush, which is
>>steeped in the oil industry. Bush's concealed agenda is to
>>exploit the oil and gas reserves in the Caspian basin, the
>>greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and enough,
>>according to one estimate, to meet America's voracious
>>energy needs for a generation. Only if the pipeline runs
>>through Afghanistan can the Americans hope to control it.
>>
>>So, not surprisingly, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is
>>now referring to "moderate" Taliban, who will join an
>>American-sponsored "loose federation" to run Afghanistan.
>>The "war on terrorism" is a cover for this: a means of
>>achieving American strategic aims that lie behind the
>>flag-waving facade of great power.
>>
>>The Royal Marines, who will do the real dirty work, will be
>>little more than mercenaries for Washington's imperial
>>ambitions, not to mention the extraordinary pretensions of
>>Blair himself. Having made Britain a target for terrorism
>>with his bellicose "shoulder to shoulder" with Bush
>>nonsense, he is now prepared to send troops to a battlefield
>>where the goals are so uncertain that even the Chief of the
>>Defence Staff says the conflict "could last 50 years".
>>
>>The irresponsibility of this is breathtaking; the pressure
>>on Pakistan alone could ignite an unprecedented crisis
>>across the Indian sub-continent. Having reported many wars,
>>I am always struck by the absurdity of effete politicians
>>eager to wave farewell to young soldiers, but who themselves
>>would not say boo to a Taliban goose.
>>
>>In the days of gunboats, our imperial leaders covered their
>>violence in the "morality" of their actions. Blair is no
>>different. Like them, his selective moralising omits the
>>most basic truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent
>>people in America on September 11, and nothing justifies the
>>killing of innocent people anywhere else.
>>
>>By killing innocents in Afghanistan, Blair and Bush stoop to
>>the level of the criminal outrage in New York. Once you
>>cluster bomb, "mistakes" and "blunders" are a pretence.
>>Murder is murder, regardless of whether you crash a plane
>>into a building or order and collude with it from the Oval
>>Office and Downing Street.
>>
>>If Blair was really opposed to all forms of terrorism, he
>>would get Britain out of the arms trade. On the day of the
>>twin towers attack, an "arms fair", selling weapons of
>>terror (like cluster bombs and missiles) to assorted tyrants
>>and human rights abusers, opened in London's Docklands with
>>the full backing of the Blair government.
>>
>>Britain's biggest arms customer is the medieval Saudi
>>regime, which beheads heretics and spawned the religious
>>fanaticism of the Taliban.
>>
>>If he really wanted to demonstrate "the moral fibre of
>>Britain", Blair would do everything in his power to lift the
>>threat of violence in those parts of the world where there
>>is great and justifiable grievance and anger.
>>
>>He would do more than make gestures; he would demand that
>>Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestine and withdraw
>>to its borders prior to the 1967 war, as ordered by the
>>Security Council, of which Britain is a permanent member.
>>
>>He would call for an end to the genocidal blockade which the
>>UN - in reality, America and Britain - has imposed on the
>>suffering people of Iraq for more than a decade, causing the
>>deaths of half a million children under the age of five.
>>
>>That's more deaths of infants every month than the number
>>killed in the World Trade Center.
>>
>>There are signs that Washington is about to extend its
>>current "war" to Iraq; yet unknown to most of us, almost
>>every day RAF and American aircraft already bomb Iraq. There
>>are no headlines. There is nothing on the TV news. This
>>terror is the longest-running Anglo-American bombing
>>campaign since World War Two.
>>
>>The Wall Street Journal reported that the US and Britain
>>faced a "dilemma" in Iraq, because "few targets remain".
>>"We're down to the last outhouse," said a US official. That
>>was two years ago, and they're still bombing. The cost to
>>the British taxpayer? 800 million so far.
>>
>>According to an internal UN report, covering a five-month
>>period, 41 per cent of the casualties are civilians. In
>>northern Iraq, I met a woman whose husband and four children
>>were among the deaths listed in the report. He was a
>>shepherd, who was tending his sheep with his elderly father
>>and his children when two planes attacked them, each making
>>a sweep. It was an open valley; there were no military
>>targets nearby.
>>
>>"I want to see the pilot who did this," said the widow at
>>the graveside of her entire family. For them, there was no
>>service in St Paul's Cathedral with the Queen in attendance;
>>no rock concert with Paul McCartney.
>>
>>The tragedy of the Iraqis, and the Palestinians, and the
>>Afghanis is a truth that is the very opposite of their
>>caricatures in much of the Western media.
>>
>>Far from being the terrorists of the world, the overwhelming
>>majority of the Islamic peoples of the Middle East and south
>>Asia have been its victims - victims largely of the West's
>>exploitation of precious natural resources in or near their
>>countries.
>>
>>There is no war on terrorism. If there was, the Royal
>>Marines and the SAS would be storming the beaches of
>>Florida, where more CIA-funded terrorists, ex-Latin American
>>dictators and torturers, are given refuge than anywhere on
>>earth.
>>
>>There is, however, a continuing war of the powerful against
>>the powerless, with new excuses, new hidden agendas, new
>>lies. Before another child dies violently, or quietly from
>>starvation, before new fanatics are created in both the east
>>and the west, it is time for the people of Britain to make
>>their voices heard and to stop this fraudulent war - and to
>>demand the kind of bold, imaginative non-violent initiatives
>>that require real political courage.
>>
>>The other day, the parents of Greg Rodriguez, a young man
>>who died in the World Trade Center, said this: "We read
>>enough of the news to sense that our government is heading
>>in the direction of violent revenge, with the prospect of
>>sons, daughters, parents, friends in distant lands dying,
>>suffering, and nursing further grievances against us.
>>
>>"It is not the way to go...not in our son's name."
>>
>>--
>>
>>John Pilger <http://www.johnpilger.com> is the former
>>Mirror chief foreign correspondent.
>>
>>Copyright (c) 2001 John Pilger. All Rights Reserved.

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tori fans?

Just thought I'd let everyone know there are available tickets for the Tori Amos show (in Austin tomorrow night) thru UTTM. I called the box office today and scored an orchestra level ticket for only $48... (whilst they've been selling on eBay for over $100). Apparently people have returned tickets to UTTM... so even though the show is reportedly "sold out", you still have a chance.

This made my day. Scalpers/brokers can stick it up their asses.

anyone going to the show?

Hellos

Just wanted to say hello and put up my first post....hope everyone had a wonderful halloween.

Nov. 1st, 2001

For those of yall who wish to express your American Spirit here is some news you can use! The anti-war sentiment is creeping up on America's college campuses. The media is jumping on it too. Now, it is our turn. On Tuesday, November 13, starting at 4pm on the steps of the State Capitol, we are going to be having the biggest Pro-America rally outside of New York to date. Gary P. Nunn is going to be there, plus a TON more. Imagine 10,000 college students from across Texas showing their support for George W. Bush, the United States, and our troops. You can't miss that and neither can the news media!

If you have a cowboy hat, wear it. If you have an American flag, bring it. This is most definitely worth skipping class for.

God bless America! Now lets show the rest of 'em how we do it in Texas!

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