Sunday, August 17, 2008
Because I'm there. I'm a bit concerned about the "Zen Temple in the Faux Tropics" thing, but goddamit, it's certainly more authentic than the Teddy Bear Museum, and I'm here on business, and one thing I've learned in life is don't mess with the locals...
Update: I changed the title because it seems to be the spelling they use. Here's the temple's website.
You can stay there, too.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This man is the guy in which our guy, Bush, found a soulmate.
Couldn't find one.
They want to know, for us Americans, a) if you've ever been arrested (sorry, Arlo Guthrie, that trip to the dacha is out), b) all professional, civil and charity organizations which you are (were) a member of, or contribute (contributed) to, or work (worked) with (I don't remember that!), c) information about your last two places of work, excluding the current one (But, I think one ex-boss is dead!), and d) all countries you've been to in the past 10 years, and the year of visit (I lost count at 12 countries, and the space is roughly 4 postage stamp sizes).
I think none of that crap is on the non-US citizen visa.
I have a theory: you can tell a lot about an organization by its forms.
Oh, one more thing on the US application I'd almost left out: look at the first question on the form:
I submit as evidence the visa application for the Russian Federation.
Present citizenship (if you formerly had
or Russian USSR
citizenship, please indicate when and why you lost it)
Did someone in, say, Armenia or Moldova "lose" USSR citizenship?
The fact that the 2 citizenships are implicitly equivalent here raises all kinds of questions...do they think all those USSR countries are really part of the Russian Federation?
Monday, August 04, 2008
I can't but agree; it seems kind of crazy keeping stuff like this around folks who might be crazy...
In September of 2001, Bruce Ivins was just an unappreciated bio terror researcher in a lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He lived just off the base and many days walked to work. Though we now know he was probably suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, he had access to the most dangerous toxins in the U.S. Army's unrivaled storehouse. Ebola, Anthrax, smallpox, you name it, Bruce could get his hands on it. And then Bruce probably realized he didn't have to be the mousy nerd any more. And he carefully sent out some anthrax letters...
Two take-aways for me.
- How the fuck did this nut case get access to these labs? And what did we do in reaction?
We added 10 times as many University and corporate labs that have access to this deadly stuff. This is insane.
- The lures to get in on the Homeland Security Gravy Train, a major topic of The Cost Of Empire, might move a truly mentally ill patient like Ivins, to kill people to get his patent taken seriously. It's like a Batman villian. But for every truly crazy guy who made big money in the Military Industrial Complex(MIC) in the last 30 years, there are 100 Jack Abramoffs--just short of being institutionalized--we'd call them ambitious, who've made far more than Bruce Ivens, as readers of this blog well know.