Lunch Links

Monday, June 29th, 2009
  • I wholly endorse this idea. I’ve been taking the 20-minute post-lunch power nap for years, and it does wonders for productivity. Here’s a tip: Drink a cup of coffee (or, if you’re a caffeine fiend, a Five Hour Energy or Monster), then nap for 20-30 minutes. You’ll wake up alert, focused, and rested.
  • I’d like to hear the torture apologists explain what possible benefit we might have gained from, pardon my language, fucking crucifying an Abu Ghraib detainee (see page six). Why in the world would we not pursue charges against the people who did it? Did he provide valuable intelligence after he was dead? Are we worried that prosecuting the people who killed this detainee might make CIA interrogators reluctant to use crucifixion as an interrogation tool in the future? And wouldn’t that sort of be the point?
  • Fun with banner ads.
  • So remember how Obama and all the Very Serious People in Washington kept telling us how the stimulus bill needed to be passed post-haste, and anyone foolish enough to call for restraint, or who suggested that perhaps Congress and the public should be given more than 11 hours to review the bill in its final version before it was voted on were cast off as petty obstructionists? Here’s your pork- and corporate-welfare laden reality. When politicians tell you we don’t have time to be careful, it means they don’t want to give you the time to figure out what they’re actually doing. (Note: Link fixed. Note: No, really this time.)
  • This year’s winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition.
  • DHS, DoD clashing over posting National Guard troops at the border for drug interdiction. The DoD’s got this one right. But here’s a pretty typical Obama line from the article: “President Obama has signaled that he is open to the idea, asking Congress for $250 million to deploy the National Guard while also saying he was “not interested in militarizing the border.” Obama has perfected the art of making a firm declaration of principle, just before taking action that directly violates that principle.
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    57 Responses to “Lunch Links”

    1. #1 |  JohnJ | 

      Let me tell you what this is not: this is not a complete description of what happened to the guy. Extrapolating from the few sentences about this guy, none of which are are objective attempts to be completely accurate, is an exercise in futility. This article was not intended to be, nor is it, an authoritative account of what happened. It should not be treated as such.

    2. #2 |  Noumenon | 

      I didn’t say we knew everything about his story. I said that the one specific possibility you advanced — that he got beaten somewhere else and died later — is unlikely in view of statements by the Navy Seals. Statements I found in other articles about the case by the New York Times, not in this one paragraph.

      The article might not be authoritative, but it’s probably closer to the truth than your unfounded speculation about what else might have happened.

    3. #3 |  The Liberty Papers »Blog Archive » Independence 1776. Independence 201x? | 

      […] Since 2005, the United States Government has engaged in domestic wiretapping programs without judicial oversight, proving that the United States Government can listen in on your phone calls at the discretion of any civil-service bureaucrat who deems it necessary. It has created a terrorist watch-list of over 1,000,000 names, without any clear discussion of who is on that list, why, or how to have your name removed. If you’re on that list, you can expect to be hassled endlessly if you choose to engage in mundane civil activities such as air travel. During that time, it was learned that the United States Government has been engaged in “enhanced interrogation techniques” that — whether they’re technically defined torture or not — curl your hair to think about. Waterboarding is one that likely doesn’t sound as bad as it feels, but I defy anyone to support a government who engages in crucifixion. […]

    4. #4 |  Independence 1776. Independence 201x? - Forums | 

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    5. #5 |  Hiding in Plain Site | 

      John, you stated that:
      “Here’s the problem. The guys death was ruled a murder. He was in custody. But that does not mean that the injuries which caused his death occurred while he was in custody. It’s entirely possible that he was tortured by other-than-US forces, then picked up by US forces, and then died from his injuries. Personally, I think that’s more likely and some journalists are using the circumstances to smear US forces than that US forces actually tortured the guy to death.”

      Have you ever had a broken rib? If so, did you find it difficult to breathe normally? I have, and I did. Trust me, it would be bloody apparent to anyone, if that man had walked to the US forces, that he already had some physical impairment !

      While I’m here, thanks a bunch for this website. I think that, having been here, and reading the article from the NewYorker.. that there is now another person/organization responsible for the arson set fire of our home; in which, my husband and myself were supposed to die. You see, some have speculated it might have been a case of mistaken identity, that the arsonist might have thought we were actually the people who lived nearby, who might have been party to a dirty drug deal.
      On reflection, having read this, maybe, just maybe, it had a whole lot more to do with some of the stuff we had on our computers.. the pictures, the proof that 9/11 was not done by terrorists, without the assistance of the US government. That, along with some of the ‘sensitive’ subjects my husband has worked on, would make a whole lot more sense, knowing what we know about that fire.

    6. #6 |  Still Hiding | 

      Re: #38 & 47

      Please check the following urls, then see if your statements still hold. Please also be aware that not always, was a crossbeam used. Many of the early ‘Christians’ were crucified along roads, on simple beams planted into the ground, or balanced. They too, died of asphyxiation, although some took several days to do so.
      Method of capital punishment among the Persians, Seleucids, Jews, Carthaginians, and Romans from about the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD. The condemned man was usually whipped and forced to drag the crossbeam to where the upright was standing. His hands were tied or nailed to the crossbeam, which was attached to the upright 9–12 ft (2.5–3.5 m) above the ground, and his feet bound or nailed to the upright. Death was by heart failure or asphyxiation. Political or religious agitators and those without civil rights were crucified. Its overwhelming association today is with Jesus. Crucifixion was abolished by Constantine I in AD 337 after his conversion to Christianity.
      Crucifixion is an ancient method of painful execution in which the condemned person is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross (of various shapes) and left to hang until dead. The term comes from the Latin crucifixio, fixed to a cross, from prefix cruci-, cross, + verb ficere, fix or do.[1]

      For a Doctor’s point of view see:

      #39 Hamburglar007 to answer, in part, your question:

      My husband and I had many articles and pictures of far more than what can be found now. Things we collected from the time before 9/11, from before we went into Iraq, and onward. The 2 hottest areas of the burning of our home were the bedroom, and the computer room.. gee, I wonder why?

      Why, when they mentioned 3 people who died while being *ahem* interrogated, not include the victim who was found in a box of ice, to make it appear he died at a different time than when he truly did? Also, where is John Walker, a US citizen who was tortured while on board a US Navy ship not mentioned at all anymore? Some of you may remember him as the guy shown in a wooden box, wearing only a loincloth and rag over his eyes, otherwise naked and mistreated during the entire voyage.

      I think Obama’s primary draw was that he was relatively new to DC, therefore possibly not involved with much of what Bush and Cheney were. Yet, when he won, he was quickly apprised of what he could and could not do. He’s also still better than Mc(killer)Cain would have been. For those who don’t know anyone who was in the Navy when the ship he was on burned, killing many seamen on the flight line of the carrier. I was, and I had friends on that ship. McCain started his airplane “hot”, which meant there was fuel coming from his plane, which ignited the plane following him off the ship. He was also offered his freedom within months of being ‘captured’ in Vietnam… he turned it down.
      Please understand that ‘we the people’ do NOT put the person we want, into the White House, the House of Representatives (gag) do. Politics will remain the same as always until enough people get smart enough to see the truth, and angry enough to do something to change it.. if they live to do so.

      BTW, IMHO, any use of drugs that does not harm anyone, other than the user, is not a crime.

    7. #7 |  Kevin | 

      Here is a great article on fatigue and caffeine: