welch and basart got to see X

play a secret show

at the tiny echo


“new world”

more fun in the new world

rhino records, 1983

“honest to goodness

the bars werent open this morning.

They must have been voting for a new president of something.

do you have a quarter?”

i said yes because i did

“Honest to goodness

the tears have been falling

all over this country’s face”

It was better before, before they voted

for whats-his-name

This is suppose to be the new world.

Flint, Ford, Auto, Mobile, Alabama,

windshield wipers Buffalo New York, Gary, Indiana

don’t forget the Motor City

Baltimore and D.C. now all we need is

don’t forget the Motor City

This was supposed to be the new world.


All we need is money

just give us what you can spare

Twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes

or twenty of thirty pears

a turkey on thanksgiving

like alms for the poor

all we need are the necessities and more

It was better before, before they voted

for whats-his-name

This is suppose to be the new world.

Don’t forget the Motor City

This was supposed to be the new world.

“The ‘Mission Accomplished’ sign, of course,

was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished,”

President Bush said last year, distancing himself and his administration from the controversal sign that hung high on the aircraft carrier May 1,2003.

But upon closer look at other Bush signs like their Jobs and Growth banner

or the Waterloo, Iowa sign that the president used today in the heartland like it wasnt any big deal what so ever.

it wouldnt be a big deal if the administration really has nothing to do with the mission accomplished sign.

it wouldnt be a big deal if once again the bush administration has been caught straight up lying about not little things, but big things, war shit, and now propaganda shit.

by using the same style sign and design for the banner today in iowa the president’s people are saying, those dumbfucks chewing on their own cud wont notice shit, they havent seemed to notice shit so far

the graphics are identical with the Mission Accomplished sign that the president originally swore was the doing of those of the USS Lincoln,

plus the type set is nearly the same.

what’s peculiar is during the original controversy regarding the sign on the Lincoln, the administration first said that the seamen had put the sign up, and the president had nothing to do with it.

but then when they were pressed they said

oh you mean that mission accomplished sign, oh yeah, that was done by an outside company:

After the news conference, a White House spokeswoman said the Lincoln’s crew asked the White House to have the sign made. The White House asked a private vendor to produce the sign, and the crew put it up, said the spokeswoman. She said she did not know who paid for the sign.

apparently that same private vendor who no one knows is continuing to make the Bush signs.

you’d think that after all the flap about the original sign they’d change the design and/or typset but never one to appear to be flipping or flopping, the president and his people have stood firm on these placards ignoring any immediate recognition that the average american would make with the original.


hat tip: Josh A.

thanks Josh!

raymi + leah didnt like brown bunny + mindy

there are two good-sized group blogs in LA

blogging.la and laist.com

sadly, they are fighting.

laist says that they are getting more hits, and therefore they win.

they have a hi-tech graph to prove it.

blogging.la has a graph to prove that they have retained some sort of sense of humor.

the best part so far was when jason defillippo (inventor of blogrolling, co-creator of blogging.la) tried to post the following comment about the stats on laist.com, but they had just turned off their comments

No, I don’t think they’re accurate. I think they’re a piece of shit. They were posted to the site to give us a baseline for our internal tracking. They show less than a third of our actual visits per day. And don’t give me this light hearted bullshit. When you have the nerve to post “yep- it does sort of rub their nose in it. i’m comfortable with that!” it’s not light hearted anymore. Fuck it, it never was. You have a problem with us, fine. You think you’re better than us, fine. You call us out publicly well then expect us to get pissed. What is it with you “ist” people and this superiority complex? Pardon me. I am going to go have a nice cool glass of lemonade now and forget you exist.

so which side is the busblog on?

as someone who hasnt even gotten close to the technorati 100, i can tell you first hand that hits dont mean shit 🙂

however, laist does put me on the top of their blogroll while blogging.la, which regularily links to the busblog does not have me on their permanant blogroll.

actually i hope they keep fighting cuz its always best for the readers when “competitors” cause a little drama in the city of angels/

la observed + lablogs.com + la voice are all following this story nicely

Gauchos in Hyperspace

by Martin Boer

October, 2004

Dear Gaucho,

In recent days, two current and one former member of the UCSB faculty have received Nobel Prizes, giving UCSB with three Nobels (once again) more than any other university in the world.

David J Gross won for Physics and Finn E Kydland for Economics. Former UCSB prof Frank Wilczek (1980-88) also won for Physics.

This now bumps UCSB’s Nobel tally to 7 present and former professors. Previously, UCSB won one Nobel in 1972 (Schrieffer/Physics), one in 1998 (Kohn/Chemistry) and two in 2000 (Kroemer/Physics, Heeger/Chemistry).

Alumni is a different story. No UCSB grads have thus far garnered the ultimate accolade but the Nexus and its sister environs remain an undisputably good training ground for winning future prizes.

On a more personal note, Trine and I are proud to announce the birth of THEA ALEXANDRA BOER on 8 September in Windhoek. She weighed in at 2,620 grams and 49 cm. Little Thea is without doubt the first Dutch-American-Norwegian baby born in Namibia. Thea and mom are doing really well, save of course the last month of sleepless nights… Check out: http://www.martinboer.com



=== BRIEFS: ===

“Shoot the Freak”, a short documentary co-directed by GARRET SAVAGE, screened at the Coney Island Film Festival in early October. “The film is a new twist on an old idea: a shooting gallery with a live human target. This short documentary follows two of its main players: Anthony, the man who invented the game, and Manny, the young man who plays The Freak.” http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com

Another SAVAGE work, “4-Cylinder 400,” a short documentary that’s an inside look at Jonathan LaFever’s out-of-control backyard NASCAR-style race in upstate New York continues to receive rave reviews. The film will be showing soon in New York, Milford, PA and Honolulu. E-mail Garret for more info.

JASON LEZAK (’99) won one gold medal in Athens for the 400-meter medley relay and a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics in Greece. He previously won gold and silver in 2000. University University of California students and alumni won a total of 12 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals at the Games – more than France, Italy or the United Kingdom…

Check it out here

THE KING OF COMEDY: For the second year in a row, JASON ROSS was part of the writing team that won an Emmy Award for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” TONY PIERCE has already remarked that being a former NEXUS editor-in-chief provided Jason with all the necessary training to become one of America’s “best fake news writers.” The show has won 4 Emmys in the last two years, not all of which Jason will take credit for.

JENNIFER REICH is moving to the University of Denver, from UC-San Francisco, where she will be starting as Assistant Professor of Sociology in the fall.

MARISA LAGOS has joined the San Francisco Examiner as a general assignment reporter. “It’s full time, so my parents and former editors can all breathe a sigh of relief. (And my landlord, I suppose.).”

Human Rights Watch has just released a report, based on research work by PETER BOUCKAERT in Nepal, charging that both the government and the nation’s communist rebels have been guilty of gross human rights violations during the country’s eight-year civil war. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” details a series of rights abuses committed by government forces and Maoist rebels against Nepalese civilians.

Check out: http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2004/10/07/nepal9452.htm

RENEE BERGAN’s new film “Paul Soldner: Playing with Fire” premiered on 11 September at The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. It is a biographical film about revolutionary ceramist Paul Soldner. For more information please check out: www.ceramicmuseum.org

ROB DONNER was just in Iceland and has the pictures to proof it:

SANDIE BRILLIANT and DENIS FAYE have the pleasure of announcing the birth of Cassidy Suzanne Faye, born on July 29. She was 9 lbs, 8 oz, 22.5 inches and Denis writes that “the guys are already lining up to ask her to prom.”

STANLEY MOSS has just returned from Stockholm, Zurich and London where he delivered papers on the subjects of youth brands and global brand trends. For more information check out: www.diganzi.com

UCSB is the 35th BEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD according to a survey of the top 500 universities in the world published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The survey judges academic and research performance (Nobel Prizes, citations, etc.) and found that UCSB is also the 28th best University in America. The ratings are biased towards universities with strong science programs. The top 10 schools are Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, UC-Berkeley, MIT, Cal-Tech, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia and Chicago. (http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm)

UCSB Named One of Top 25 “Hottest Colleges.” For the second time in the past three years, UCSB has been named one of the “hottest colleges” by the 2005 Newsweek-Kaplan College Guide.

welch + science blog + daily nexus

people can say a lot

about the republicans, but they cant ever say that theyre not loyal.

last week the president couldnt have had a worse week.

on Monday defense secretary donald rumsfeld that he had never seen a connection between saddam and osama. “To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two.”

He also lost favor of his fifth GOP senator, Rhode Island’s Link Chafee, a prep school friend of the president’s brother, Jeb.

Earlier in the day ambassador to the us-led occupation of iraq paul bremer criticized Bush for not getting enough troops into Iraq. “We never had enough troops on the ground,” he said.

Perhaps the president didnt care since Jerry Falwell had announced a few days earlier that the evangelical Christians now control the republican party.

“I tell my Republican friends who are always talking about the ‘big tent,” I say make it as big as you want to, but if the candidate running for president is not pro-life, pro-family … you’re not going to win,” Rev. Falwell added.

Things didnt get much better on Tuesday when Dick Cheney cowering and mumbling during the only VP debate, suggested that he had never said that there was a relationship between 9/11 and Iraq, even though he had – several times; led millions of voters to FactCheck.com, who redirected web surfers to bush-hating George Soros’s web site; dodged questions about his support of the constitutional amendment to ban gay weddings despite the fact that his own daughter is a lesbian; and most embarrasing of all flat out lied when he said that he had not met Sen. Edwards until that very night (even though they had met at least three times, and sat right next to each other just a year ago), a meeting that Cheney said would have been very easy to do since the VP said that he was the presiding officer nearly every Tuesday that Senate was in office. It turned out that the Veep had been the presiding officer only twice over the last four years.

When Cheney wasn’t putting his foot in his mouth, his challenger Edwards was reminding people who this vice president was as a congressman: “When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors.

“He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.”

on Wednesday a presidential led investigation presented a 1,000 page report that said Iraq had no wmd when we invaded, had no stockpiles anywhere, hadnt made any wmd since 1991, and their capabilities for making them had decreased since our sanctions had begun.


Thursday brought Bush into unfamiliar territory. He had to admit that he was wrong. That indeed there were no wmd, you know, the reason he used to bring us to war against Iraq.

Instead of saying that he was wrong to invade a country who didnt have the weapons that he claimed they had, he said forget that they didnt have wmd, “America is safer today with Saddam Hussein in prison.” even… though… he had… no wmd… or ties.. to osama… implying that america is such a pussy ass target that even countries without wmd or relationships with known terrorists can hurt the land of the free and the home of the brave.

does this mean we can finally invade mexico? or at least publicly invite anna kournikova to pose for playboy?

On Friday Bush debated Sen Kerry and talked about rumors on the Internets and how he wasnt aware that he owned a timber company, but the best was how he dodged the question to list three times that he had made mistakes over the last four years.

He didnt mention the lack of wmd, or for not paying closer attention to the august pdr entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike US, or for taking the worlds largest surplus ever and turning it into the worlds biggest deficit ever. Instead he said that the mistakes he made were in appointing a few low-level people to boards we had never heard of. (Thus implying that their fuckups he would take responsibility for.)

Today the polls are saying that despite that disaster of a week, and gasoline prices which jumped 30 cents over the weekend, Kerry is only 3 points ahead of the bungling incumbent.

Making this blogger wonder: outside of having an intern suck his knob in the oval office, is there nothing that Bush can do wrong in the eyes of half of america?

this should have been wilco’s video + the star wars kid makes the big time + umar siddiqi



lifes rich pageant

(m. bottler/g. zekley)

I am, I am,

I am Superman

and I know what’s happening

I am, I am,

I am Superman

and I can do anything

You don’t really love that guy you make it with now do you

I know you don’t love that guy cause I can see right through you

(repeat chorus 1)

(chorus 2)

If you go a million miles away I’ll track you down girl

Trust me when I say I know the pathway to your heart