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Friday, February 25th

Never mind, you can click. And hide too...

While the American entertainment industry continues to sell you DVD's for $19.98 and sue you if you seem to be getting them for less, they're now selling the same movies in China for $2.65, and giving away some shows. I'm confused. Maybe you should steal a copy of this book?


Posted By: Ian on 02.25.05 @ 08:25 AM EDT [link]


Wednesday, February 23rd

Sex is for Fags

Thanks to the White House Office of Youth Purity, you need never have sex again. If you're a boy, visit Sex is for Fags. A testimonial:

My body is a sacred place, for holy stuff like Capri Sun juices, Lunchable Chicken Dunks, and Slim Jims (I like to snap into them!)

If you're a girl, there's Iron Hymen, which will help you make sure your "baby cave is better guarded than a maximum security prison".

Having trouble understanding the Bush agenda? Let Right-Wing Ralphie of the Magical Ownership Society explain it all. And he's not gay!


Posted By: Ian on 02.23.05 @ 09:00 AM EDT [link]


Monday, February 21st

Jumping the (Great White) Shark (Hunt)

No one could write a eulogy like Hunter Thompson, so I won't try. Read his obit of Richard Nixon to cheer yourself up. A tasty excerpt:

"...He had the fighting instincts of a badger trapped by hounds. The badger will roll over on its back and emit a smell of death, which confuses the dogs and lures them in for the traditional ripping and tearing action. But it is usually the badger who does the ripping and tearing. It is a beast that fights best on its back: rolling under the throat of the enemy and seizing it by thehead with all four claws.

That was Nixon's style--and if you forgot, he would kill you as a lesson to the others. Badgers don't fight fair, bubba. That's why God made dachshunds..."


And his thoughts on Bush:

"Four more years of George Bush will be like four more years of syphilis"

"To say that this goofy child president is looking more and more like Richard Nixon in the summer of 1974 would be a flagrant insult to Nixon. Whoops! Did I say that? Is it even vaguely possible that some New Age Republican whore-beast of a false president could actually make Richard Nixon look like a liberal?"


Who's going to scream maniacally with the voice of reason now?


Posted By: Ian on 02.21.05 @ 09:32 AM EDT [link]


Friday, February 18th

Killing Bunnies For Fun & Profit

If Warner Brothers can kill bunnies, why can't other people? This guy should've taken some pointers from this guy about how to threaten pets for profit. And while we're on the subject [sic], maybe the movie industry should stop threatening your mouse and start threatening your Bunny (probably NSFW)....

By the way, Google searches for "Buzz Bunny" turn up some pretty interesting results.


Posted By: Ian on 02.18.05 @ 07:53 AM EDT [link]


Wednesday, February 16th

The Best Movie You Never Saw

Having trouble thinking of a bad movie to rent? Let CHUD help you out. For some reason this list is remarkably low on Rutger Hauer options, and chock full of actually good movies. Anybody got suggestions for overlooked cinema genius?


Posted By: Ian on 02.16.05 @ 09:20 AM EDT [link]


Tuesday, February 15th

I DON'T LEAVE MARKS....ONLY IMPRESSIONS

I usually can't stand Americablog, but this follow-up (NSFW?) on the Jeff Gannon thing was just too tasty. That heading (I don't leave...) is an excerpt. After reading some of this stuff, you get the feeling that maybe Gannon's the fall guy in the Valerie Plame affair. Suicide soon?


Posted By: Ian on 02.15.05 @ 08:33 AM EDT [link]


Monday, February 14th

You Can Sue, But You Can't Catch Everyone

In an interesting response to the MPAA's "You can click, but you can't hide" attack on the Bit Torrent community, check out ShutDownThis.com. An excerpt:

The unauthorized downloading of motion pictures denies thousands of dishonest, lazy executives of their crack smoking livelihood, and is the only way to bring an artistically bankrupt monopoly under control.

And by the way; tell your dead, file-sharing grandmother that she's in a heap of trouble.


Posted By: Ian on 02.14.05 @ 08:40 AM EDT [link]


Does He Know She's Black Too?

Man....Alan Keyes disowning his daughter because she's a lesbian is about as f*cked up as these people get. What the hell are they gonna do when they figure out Karl Rove is gay? Put him in charge of the FBI?


Posted By: Ian on 02.14.05 @ 01:04 AM EDT [link]


Saturday, February 12th

I've Got Big Problems

So sometimes I think about this to put things in perspective:

If the sun were a beach ball about 2 feet in diameter...

Mercury would be a mustard seed 83 feet away.
Venus, a small pea at 155 feet.
Earth, a pea at 215 feet (about a small city block).
Mars, the head of a corsage pin at 328 feet.
Jupiter, a small orange at 1,120 feet (about 5 blocks).
Saturn, a lemon at 2,050 feet.
Uranus, a plum at 4,110 feet (just under a mile).
Neptune, a plum at 6,450 feet (just over a mile).
Pluto: a small bead - about half the diameter of a pea at 1.6 miles.
The nearest star, about 11,000 miles.
On this scale, people would be undetectable with a conventional microscope.

There's an amusing page here that gives you another way to look at this idea. Look in the upper left for links to the planets. If you're good with a mousewheel, you might be able to find the planets by scrolling.


Posted By: Ian on 02.12.05 @ 11:04 AM EDT [link]


Friday, February 11th

Gunnin' For Gannon

It's more than a little annoying (as Terry pointed out here) when we learn about how any administration is manipulating the media. But it's even more annoying to know that a goofy but respected old geezer like Dan Rather (get your "Ratherisms" here) is skewered for an honest mistake, while a guy who:

1.) Lies about his background 2.) Gets a White House press pass 3.) Is privy to C.I.A. documents that ruin a woman's career (and endanger her life) And 4.) Seems to own domains like "hotmilitarystud.com", "militaryescorts.com", and "militaryescortsm4m.com";

gets softballs like this from CNN, or this from the NYT, while blogs like MediaCitizen are digging up stuff like this. The only major news site I've found that's giving it thorough coverage is the Washington Post. Anybody seen more on this?


Posted By: Ian on 02.11.05 @ 10:04 AM EDT [link]


Thursday, February 10th

Miss Ronald McDonald, Nude

Whoa Terry. That might've been one of those times you'd use the "extended entry" box when you post (See previous post). If you're not pulling our leg (like you are when you say all those nice things about Ian) BEST OF LUCK to you. I'm sure you'll shine whatever you do. I'll have to find someone equally pretty and witty to put on the about page.

That being said...

I hope this woman is getting paid to pose for these photos, because if she isn't, well, YIKES. Maybe it'll turn out to be a viral marketing campaign for some re-make of "A Clockwork Orange" or something (see bottom photo).


Posted By: Ian on 02.10.05 @ 09:26 AM EDT [link]


Wednesday, February 9th

Farewell

Well folks, if anybody reads this, I have an announcement to make. I am taking an extended and possibly permanent break from my duties here at echopraxia.org to make room for new blood and to give Ian some room to reshape things.

I just donít think I have anything to offer here anymore. Iím not sure I ever did. My views on politics and culture really donít help anyone and my voice is better served talking about movies, art and things I know. Iím not going to change the world with my stupid rants and since the elections I have stopped watching the news or thinking about the government. I donít want to be a mouth piece for any political party and I donít care about American politics.

I love America and I want it to be a free society where people respect each other. That is all I have to say. My views might even be too liberal for this site because I am pro-choice and all for gay marriage and agree that religion is an opiate for the masses, (but I can respect all religions and the right to practice them.)

I do think echopraxia.org is the most interesting web site out there and I was happy to be a part of it. I felt like we mattered and I believe Ian will carry it on and ensure that it continues to be a vital source of information and commentaries. Ian is ten times more interesting than I am and will only get more interesting with age. Keep your eye on him because he is more talented than he even let on. (Ian is a musical genius, a web designer, a brilliant writer who many great novels brewing in him, and one of the smartest and nicest human beings on the planet.)

As for me, I have been sidetracked for too long. I have to get some movies made, work on personal goals and take care of my own family stuff for awhile. I am celebrating four wonderful years of sobriety next month and I need to stay focused on maintaining this and building a better life.

Anyone who wants to know what I am up to, can climb on over to www.mondopopsickle.com, where I gush over genre movies and coffee table books, anime and video games, art, technology and music. I am no web designer, but it keeps me relaxed when things get stressful.

To those who have followed our Blog, I appreciate the devotion and interest. I hope my role here provided at least mild entertainment and I hope all who reads this has a happy, peaceful life.

Terry
February 9, 2005


Posted By: terry on 02.09.05 @ 08:54 PM EDT [link]


Repornicans

Ian, the world is a different place. Haven't you heard that the Republicans better represent true American values? There was a report on the news last night that Bush and the Republicans received a substantial amount of money from cable companies that offer porn on their networks. When I went searching for a link to it, I found a blog that I thought I would share instead. Click here!


Posted By: terry on 02.09.05 @ 01:35 AM EDT [link]


Tuesday, February 8th

Can The Left Get It Right?

I have a lot of hope that it can. Since the 2004 elections I've been doing a lot of research to find an organization that I think might have the sensibilites to bring back some of the American values and qualities that I cherish, like innovation and leadership by example, not domination. Thought I'd share some links for those who don't want to lose another election and have the world go down the tubes while Republicans trick us into arguments about abortion, same-sex marriage, and getting a decent education.

The Business Ethics Network, the Breakthrough Institute, The Institute for Americaís Future and the Apollo Alliance are all pretty interesting starting points. These are well-organized, well-funded groups that seem to have a grasp on getting away from the liberal tendency to focus too much on small issues while losing national elections. I've posted part one of a piece here in which I'll follow up with more info as I learn more about getting involved.


Posted By: Ian on 02.08.05 @ 11:20 PM EDT [link]


Sunday, February 6th

Bloggin is not Dead!

crazy crying crazy hehe satisfied plain hehe crazy cool eh? angry, grr razz

Ian, how could you declare it dead when yours just get better and better? I have had a hard time blogging due to some weird error I kept getting but it seems fixed now, (like my kittens.) I will be better this week with further tales and adventures.


Posted By: terry on 02.06.05 @ 04:51 PM EDT [link]


Saturday, February 5th

How We Know Blogging Is Dead (My Final Post)

1.) It's been selected as Word of the Year.
2.) There's a "fifty worst" list.
3.) Al Franken has one.
4.) William Gibson shut his down in 2003.
5.) There's a corporate "how to".


Posted By: Ian on 02.05.05 @ 06:05 PM EDT [link]


Wednesday, February 2nd

Oiling The Wheels Of War

I can't help wondering why Halliburton is pulling out of Iran...or why, after the "successful elections", the U.S. appears to have no plans for pulling out of Iraq. There's been some talk of the similarities between the recent iraq elections and some other foreign elections (a modified excerpt below):

New York Times, September 3, 1967:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in [insert country]'s presidential election despite a [insert rebel group] terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.
According to reports from [insert country's major city], 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the [insert rebel group].


By the way, we have some antiwar pages going here at Echopraxia


Posted By: Ian on 02.02.05 @ 10:06 AM EDT [link]