Adam Magazine on the Crazy Years

Looting, killing and raping -- by twisting their words they call it "empire"; and wherever they have created a wilderness they call it "peace" -- Tacitus

Tuesday, December 6

What's wrong with you gentiles?

I have lived among you for close to 40 years (or 32, if you are a female under 28). And I still don't get it. What is the deal with you goyimand Christmas.

Is it really necessary to have radio stations that play Christmas music continuously from November 1 through, presumably, Groundhog Day? Why is anxiety around the "Holidays" (really, of coursde, Christmas) a big enough deal that talk shows devote time to it, rather than to, say, the war?

I just don't get it.

Monday, November 14

Good news for us bachelors.

Seventies Oatmeal Still Tastes OK
Next time you feel compelled to clean out the pantry, don't feel bad about putting it off.

A lot of the old food that's gone beyond the manufacturer's expiration date could still be edible for years or decades longer.

Such are the findings of food science researchers who recently subjected a panel of human tasters to samples of really old food. They discovered that artifacts like 20-year-old dried milk and 28-year-old rolled oats were still perfectly edible and sometimes even tasted OK."

Wednesday, November 9

This is the worst news ever.

Well, maybe not the worst news ever, but if you can't trust your alcohol, what can you trust?

Salon.com | News Wires: "Thirty-three people in a Siberian region have died after drinking homemade alcohol containing a poisonous substance, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Wednesday.

The Magadan region's deputy governor, Yuri Muromtsev, said the victims, mostly men between the ages of 45 and 60, died between Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 after being poisoned by methanol, a common industrial substance used as a transportation fuel.

Interfax reported earlier this week that at least 30 people had been poisoned by tainted alcohol and that 25 of them had died, and said four women had been arrested on charges of illegal production and sale of alcohol products.

But ITAR-Tass quoted an unnamed official at the Russian prosecutor general's office as saying only that a court had issued arrest warrants for two suspects.

Officials say thousands of people die in Russia every year from drinking poisonous homemade or illegally produced alcohol or fake alcohol, often made from wood alcohol that is meant for industrial purposes."

Tuesday, November 8

Independent Online Edition > Middle East

Independent Online Edition > Middle East: "Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

Ever since the assault, which went unreported by any Western journalists, rumours have swirled that the Americans used chemical weapons on the city."

Monday, October 31

The question is: what's wrong with the other 45%.

Bush sets out to salvage 2nd term - Yahoo! News: "A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday shows that a solid majority of Americans, 55%, now judge Bush's presidency to be a failure."

Tuesday, October 18

Why I love living in the city -- mystery odors.

Foul Odor Traced to WSSC Site In Maryland: "D.C. health inspectors say they have identified the source of a mysterious stench that drifted through the city recently: the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The WSSC dumped sewer waste for several months in a field at its pumping station in Capitol Heights, health inspectors said in a report issued yesterday. The report said WSSC officials told inspectors that the waste included 'roots, gravel and cigarette butts, human personal items and a variety of other objects that are normally found within the sewer system.'

WSSC officials disputed having a link to the odors that generated hundreds of complaints from D.C. residents. In an interview, they said that the agency had dumped only a small amount of material and that it was not responsible for the smell.

'There was not enough [waste] to create the widespread odors,' said Al Richardson, a commission spokesman. 'It doesn't support the argument for the widespread gas odor problem.'

Richardson said the commission no longer would dump waste at the site because it was not a 'good business practice.' He said the decision was not made in reaction to the District's health report.

For weeks, D.C. authorities had been trying to pin down the source of the stench, which was first noticed Sept. 28. Fire officials received more than 30 calls about gas leaks that day, primarily at large public buildings across Northeast Washington."

Wednesday, October 12

Tariq Ali on the earthquake.

This is not good news.
Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | Pakistan will not forget: "The situation in the north-west of the country is much worse than has been reported. The prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, lost his cool at local journalists for reporting the destruction of schools and the deaths of hundreds of children: 'Why are you being sensationalist? Be optimistic!' The defensiveness was unnecessary. Nobody blames the regime for the earthquake and even the normally loquacious Frontier province and Afghan mullahs, eager to describe Katrina as 'God's punishment' for US wars, have fallen silent. Why would Allah punish the Islamist strongholds in Pakistan?

The death toll has been underestimated. Balakot, a small city which is the gateway to the beautiful Kaghan valley and heavily dependent on tourism, has been destroyed. Corpses litter the streets. According to yesterday's estimates, at least half of the city's population of 100,000 is now dead. A whole generation has been wiped out. Survivors were, till yesterday, without food or water because the roads were wrecked and helicopters were in short supply."