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Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 41 (Garamond and his marvelous house)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 41 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

“I worry some times, because it makes me feel like a Sybarite,” Garamond hollered.

“Excuse me sir … a what?” asked Hadlock, as they hurried off the landing platform. He was having a little trouble hearing, having just leaped from his transportation, a freshly purchased executive-style Sikorsky S76.

“Sybaris was a village in ancient Greece,” Garamond yelled, “where the inhabitants were said to have lived in grand luxury. They were much more decadent than the Babylonians or even the Gamorrans.”

“Oh, OK. Those Sybarites,” Hadlock said, trying to keep his mocking to a minimum. “I fully understand now, sir” Continue reading

Tasers: NYPD Increases Tasers, RCMP Recommends Decrease

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A couple of stories about Tasers, one good, one not so good.

In New York, Rand Corp has recommended that the NYPD outfit cops with Tasers. I’m sure the price of Taser Intl went through the roof after this reco.

That’s the not so good news.

The good news is that in Canada, a review of Taser use in the RCMP has been released and the recommendations call for massive restrictions on the use of Tasers. In fact, officers with less than 5 years experience should be prohibited from using Taser stun guns at all. Good call, Paul Kennedy!

Scathing Commentary from Keith Olbermann

This feels like a first for me, seeing someone from MSNBC launch a scathing tirade against President Bush. I’ve seen a few commentaries from Olbermann before, but nothing like this.

Link here.

I feel warm inside 🙂

Hollywood: Pentagon Mouthpiece?

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A reminder that Hollywood has long been a mouthpiece for the military and that “Liberal Hollywood” is a myth.

Full story here.

From this story, there was another link, which brought me to a review of the book “The Complex: How the Military Invades our Everyday Lives”. Here’s a quote:

In fact, the Pentagon payroll is a veritable who’s who of the top companies in the world: IBM; Time-Warner; Ford and General Motors; Microsoft; NBC and its parent company, General Electric; Hilton and Marriott; Columbia TriStar Films and its parent company, Sony; Pfizer; Sara Lee; Procter & Gamble; M&M Mars and Hershey; Nestlé; ESPN and its parent company, Walt Disney; Bank of America; and Johnson & Johnson among many other big-name firms. But the difference between now and then isn’t only in scale. As this list suggests, Pentagon spending is reaching into previously neglected areas of American life: entertainment, popular consumer brands, sports. This penetration translates into a remarkable variety of forms of interaction with the public.

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 28 (Kite’s Thoughts on Religion & Drive to NYC)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 28 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

“So why are you so down on the Univists anyways?” Chaos asked Kite shortly after they left the US-Canada border guard station in Buffalo.

“All I said was that I didn’t want to listen to the bullshit-filled hateful crap that was spewing on the radio. I know it’s a good ploy for the drones at the border, making them believe that we’re holy and all by having that shit in the background, but that’s about as much as I can tolerate.”

It was a strategy that never failed. As long as they came through the border listening to Christian rock or the Univist talk channel, they could be wearing burkas with ‘I love Osama’ printed on them and they’d still get through because most of the border guards were into optics as much as anyone was. If they listened to WKRS, the Univist station call name which was short for ‘the cross’, they’d fly right through inspection. Continue reading