Chega, the 2,500-page, recently completed final report of East Timor's Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation, will probably attract little notice in the United States, and it's not clear whether it's the Timorese or the Americans who will be the worse off for that.
If Americans were to take the document seriously, the benefit for East Timor would be obvious: The tiny, half-island nation off the north coast of Australia might hope to receive justice for what it has suffered, rather than just the charity of wealthier nations on which it now depends. Read more »
Since long before the turn of the century, San Francisco has had a posse of private police officers patrolling the streets. Back in the 1870s, they were effectively vigilantes; by 1935 they'd become a bit more controlled in their behavior and won official recognition in the City Charter. They're called patrol specials. Read more »
It's not a great time to be a San Francisco taxi driver. High gas prices are taking cash directly out of drivers' pockets, and fares haven't kept pace. The only thing that seems to be solid is industry profits: According to a December 2005 city controller's office report, cab companies have been making healthy returns even in bad economic times. Read more »
The lieutenant governor is running for insurance commissioner. The insurance commissioner is running for lieutenant governor. The former governor is running for attorney general. The attorney general is running for treasurer.
Round and round and round we spin. Talk about a clusterfuck. Read more »
"Wow," my hacker friend Mason breathed as he looked at my computer monitor. "That's really horrendously fucking evil."
He was responding to the sight of my account with Root Vaults (root.net), a Web service with hazy goals but an interesting tool: If you sign up and download a plug-in for Firefox, Root Vaults will record your entire clickstream. When I go anywhere or click on anything online, the plug-in records it and sends the data to my account at Root Vaults. Read more »
Though Noise Pop 2006 technically begins on Monday, March 27, it doesn't officially get rocking until Detroit's Dirtbombs "Start the Party," as they said on 2003's Dangerous Magical Noise (In the Red). The Bombs feature two drummers and two bassists, which, for the uninitiated, may instill fear of Grateful Dead
On their hysterical Web site, We Are Scientists send out a warning to would-be critics.
"Journalists beware!" the New York trio declares. "An example has been made of a reporter who dared to impugn WAS!" It turns out that a certain writer, who had gone out of his way to trash the band, was recently busted for fabricating part of a story in the Village Voice. The lesson to be learned, according to WAS, is that criticizing them results in some serious karmic retribution. Read more »
The air of unreality in Washington, DC, is, well, unreal. On Face the Nation March 19, Vice President Dick Cheney proclaimed that the war in Iraq is going well, that the insurgency had reached "a stage of desperation" — and that the prediction that Americans would be greeted as liberators was "basically accurate." There's no civil war, the administration insists, no catastrophic political failure, no evidence that the war is well on its way to becoming the new Vietnam. No, Cheney insists, the problem is just the overcritical news media. Read more »