North Valley residents wonder if more cement passing through their neighborhood is a smart idea
A transfer station in the North Valley may see a lot more cement roll through its doors. That prospect has many area dwellers breathing heavy because of what the increase would put in the air.
Answer Me This
What riches were found at the excavation site suspected to be the original location of the famed and mysterious Crystal Canyon? Who is leading the archaeological dig to uncover said riches? Whose car is parked in the loading zone of the excavation site with its lights on? What beast ate one excavator's sandwich and later his spleen?
Witness for Justice
A humanitarian with a camera
It's like dancing with somebody, taking a picture, says Alan Pogue. "If the photographer is rigid, it doesn't work. You have to move with the other person. What they do has to influence what you do." Vision, he says, is touching at distances.
Comcast Can't Buy Love
It's dirty, money-grubbing trickery at its worst. Before a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearing last month, Comcast paid people off the street to stand in line and take up space, preventing adversaries from gaining entrance to the hearing held at Harvard.
Ask the Skeptic
Q: Is it true there are no English words that rhyme with “orange”?
A: Bullshit! That’s what they want you to think. It is true that modern (post-1860) dictionaries contain no words that rhyme with “orange,” but that was not always the case. Welcome to a long-forgotten but scandalous period of dictionary censorship.
Ortiz y Pino
Terrorism Wins the War
The decision by Congress a couple weeks ago not to override President Bush’s veto of the bill outlawing waterboarding by our government and its agencies makes it unanimous: All three branches of our government have now weighed in on the subject and agree that torture is just fine … as long as we are the torturers.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: The Philippines--Officials are warning religious revelers that crucifixion may be hazardous to their health. Every Good Friday in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation, dozens of men re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by having themselves nailed to wooden crosses. At the same time, hundreds more strip to the waist and whip themselves until their backs are cut and bloody. The Catholic church frowns upon such crucifixions and self-flagellations, but the practice has become a major tourist attraction in The Philippines. The department of health issued a health warning last week advising people taking part in these rituals to have tetanus shots and to check the condition of whips before usage. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said since it was difficult to discourage “flagellants from whipping their own flesh, the best penitents can do is ensure that their whips are well-maintained.” The health department also cautioned that the six-inch nails employed in crucifixions be sterilized before use.
[ Re: Cover, March 20-26] Your cover says it all. You are using the Bush administration's language to describe a preemptive war—based on lies, waged for the purpose of opening new markets for U.S. corporations and the creation of a permanent wartime economy, providing permanent profits for the war industry. For details, read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.