Become a Warrior

KC Roller Warriors, Kansas City’s all female flat-track roller derby league, is recruiting new skaters.  Women 18 and older are invited to attend a Skate Clinic on Sat. Aug. 5th to find out more about joining the roller derby league.  Click on the link below for more information, or email snotrocket@kcrollerwarriors.com.
And forward this email to all the women in KC that you know!
Hugs and Bruises!
Become a Warrior

BABY? no.

i shouldn’t have even started posting about the baby, man. i can’t handle this waiting.

last night, went for a brilliantly refreshing ride out at shawnee mission park. i hadn’t been out to ride for a couple weeks because of the mad heat. thought about going this weekend but we did some work on the bathroom instead: installed a marble threshhold and repaired a big hole in the wall in which was recessed the old medicine vault. the old owner of the home came by sat afternoon to tell us two cool things of note: 1 – where the old medicine vault was used to be a window in a cedar closet. so the upstairs bathroom was about 1/2 the size it is now. 2 – the basement fireplace works! we just need to clean ‘er out. i thought for sure he told us when we bought it that neither could burn wood (the upstairs is a gas log).

we watched a movie over the weekend called the atomic cafe. very interesting to listen/watch to cold war language operate in comparison to ‘war on terror’ language. i think people just like to declare wars on things: terror, communism, drugs, poverty, cancer. i think we like the feeling that we’re fighting something, but it seems that what we’re (people, not America) warring against always is ourselves. terror is an idea. communism is a philosophy. cancer cells are our own wack-job cells. the war on drugs is a war on poor people. you may be saying to yourself, “dude, you’re a puss. we need to wipe out that shit.” not so fast, my war-happy wunderkind. you’re operating under the assumption that all wars can be won. i don’t think they can. i’m rambling. check out the flick though – it’s a chronologically-ordered collection of archival footage from the 40s and 50s that follows the bombing of nagasaki and the subsequent dialectic of atomic fascination and radiation paranoia that results in the popular conscious.

somehow related: foreign policy magazine dispels some rumors regarding al jazeera.

motorola has sold over 50 million razrs. where the hell do all those phones go when they die?

have a good tuesday. i hope you haven’t forgotten how sadly epic and rockin’ is weezer’s pinkerton.

BABY? no.

STUPIDITY

The world has never been stupider! New York, NY (July 2006)––Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any stupider, The Disinformation Company brings you Stupidity (July 25, 2006, $19.95)–a “clever, hilarious, and perfectly timed” documentary, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Jackass’ Steve-O, and Bill Maher, Stupidity sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. This is the film that inspired the World Stupidity Awards at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival AND won Best Documentary at the Atlantic City Film Festival. Stupidity careens at warp speed through sound bites on topics from television news and reality shows, to internet sites and popular films. From Adam Sandler to George W. Bush, from the IQ test to current television programming, to the origins of the word moron, Stupidity examines the “dumbing down” of contemporary culture.

STUPIDITY

Persia and Philosophy

As Victor Hugo says in Histoire d’un Crime: “One can resist the invasion of an army, but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas whose time has come.” The time of philosophical ideas have come in Iran. Today in Iran philosophy represents a window on Western culture, on an open society and on the idea of democracy. This is the reason why Habermas, Rorty, Ricoeur, Berlin and many others are relevant in Iran. Most of the intellectuals in Iran today are struggling against different forms of fundamentalism, fanaticism and orthodoxy. Habermas is considered the inheritor of the Frankfurt School’s intellectual tradition that from the very beginning questioned all orthodoxies and authoritarianisms.

Iran does not equal terror. To think otherwise is shallow. Sorta like voting for the potential life of a frozen embryo at the expense of the actual lives of sick people. Pro…life? (And yes, stem cells are promising.)

This just in! 450,000 without power in the STL. (Thanks, Bean.)

Persia and Philosophy