Monday, October 09, 2006

grasping at straws

It seems there is simultaneously nothing and too much to say these days. Here's my short list of topics I wish I was updating weekly:
  • General Election in Minnesota, specifically my races
  • professional discovery/employment research in Engineering (Electrical/Computer)
  • Fun mathematics finds
  • Job search process in Columbus Ohio (how is it going for me?)
  • Participatory conversation about Operation Iraqi Freedom and my dissent
  • Reaction to/engagement of other news-worthy inter/national headlines
Wow, I could post one a day and leave room for a day off. I should try that (translation: I will never blog consistently enough to do that).

p.s. The only redeeming aspect of Columbus, Ohio is something I brought with me: my siblings. Thank goodness for family, love, and an occasional good meal.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Orwell, Torture, Thoughtcrime: RIP America

What a timely, albeit unplanned, completion of my reading of Orwell's 1984. I couldn't have previously known the scary-accurate parallels between torture exacted at the hands of ("fictional") ThoughtPolice and that condoned by congressional vote this week (S. 3930 As Amended, "Military Commissions Act of 2006").

I found myself far more emotional than I expected to be in response to the recent so-called "anti-terrorism" bill passed in Congress late Thursday, 28 September 2006. The NYT editorial section has a great letter that summarizes certain alarming issues presented in the amended bill. (If you don't want to subscribe to NYT, the letter is partially reprinted here -- scroll down.)

The "memorial" black screen pictured here was yesterday's altered appearance of one of my bloghaunts, Jesus' General, an unusually sober turn from the author's typical tongue-in-cheek satire. By the end of the day, over 500 responses were listed under "pay your respects."

New days follow, however. I choose to believe in America and the "patriotism" of basic human rights, which she upholds. It is a setback that our senators have forgotten us, but hope is not lost. I'm emotionally exhausted. I will probably find more time/energy to write about this again soon.

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