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July 21, 2003

Cortico-thalamic pause. As threatened, I’m in Seattle for a week, teaching Clarion West. For that reason, posting is likely to be sparse to nonexistent, much as it has been for the past several days. For the same reason, I’m way behind on answering email. No, I’m not ignoring you… [10:59 AM]
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Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2003, 12:03 PM:

Or actually, you are ignoring us, but for a very good reason.

Hope you have a good week in Seattle -- It has to be better than the two weeks of 100+ we have had here in the SJV.

MadJayhawk ::: (view all by) ::: July 21, 2003, 09:49 PM:

Do you mean that someone around here has a life?

Jeff Crook ::: (view all by) ::: July 24, 2003, 01:37 PM:

That's good to know. I was beginning to wonder (about the email).

stolenelectioncoin.com ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2003, 06:16 AM:

We now take control of your blog for an urgent message on civil disobedience against friends of the Republican Party.


How to force congress to pass a prescription drug benefit under Medicare Part B

Now you have the opportunity to repeal HR 1/ S 1 the Republican prescription drug plan and replace it with a prescription drug benefit under Medicare Part B

Call Eckerd Pharmacy Corporate Headquarters at 1-800-325-3737 and tell them unless they can get the congress to pass
a prescription drug benefit under Medicare part B covering 80 percent of medication with no extra premium, no extra deductibles, no means test, no coverage gaps, you will not buy from them and you will tell your friends also not to buy from them.


Call CVS Pharmacy Corporate headquarters at 888 607-4287
and tell them unless they can get the congress to pass a prescription drug benefit under Medicare part B covering 80 percent of medication with no extra premium, no extra deductibles, no means test, no coverage gaps, you will not buy from them and you will tell your friends also not to buy from them.


Call Walgreens Pharmacy Corporate headquarters at 888 289 2273 and tell them unless they can get the congress to pass a prescription drug benefit under Medicare part B covering 80 percent of medication with no extra premium, no extra deductibles, no means test, no coverage gaps, you will not buy from them and you will tell your friends also not to buy from them.

Also read and sign the petition at
http://www.boycott-republicans.com

which covers a comprehensive progressive agenda.

How to stop the Republican initiated governor recall.


Hello

Several Republicans will run for Governor of California in a recall election. They have every right to run for governor.

Because the Republicans have decided to do this recall action I have a right to decide not to buy a car alarm called the Viper from Directed Electronics, a company that one of the candidates Darrell Issa works for.

I have a right to tell others not to buy products from Directed Electronics for this reason and call them at 1 800 876 0800 and demand that they get every Republican candidate to withdraw or they will lose alot of sales. So if you want to stop the Republicans from running, call Directed electronics and call car alarm dealers that sell the Viper and let the civil disobedience begin.

Also boycott the Terminator 3 and tell the local movie theatre manager why.


Also read and sign the petition at
http://www.boycott-republicans.com

which covers a comprehensive progressive agenda.

Please tell others.


Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2003, 05:32 PM:

Tereeeeeesa! Blog Spam!!!

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2003, 05:48 PM:

Yeah. I didn't mind seeing it once, but it's everywhere. On some other blogs, it even has huge visual aids, so it could be worse.

Much as I sympathize with some of the sentiments, I think it's inappropriate and should be cut out. Or maybe take out all the consonants.

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: July 25, 2003, 11:08 PM:

It’s not even particularly clever spam.

I’ve never heard of Eckerd, they don’t have CVS out here, and I rarely shop at Walgreen’s. Anyway, it’s not the pharmacies that are killing health care in this country.

Those of you who live in places where they do have CVS and Eckerd are, I suspect, not in a position to vote in any upcoming California elections. As for me, I’m a lifelong Democrat, but there’s at least two or three of the potential Republican gubernatorial candidates who I’d be happy to vote for over Davis, if I still lived in California.

My car already has an alarm, and besides, Issa doesn’t work for Directed Electronics. He founded Directed Electronics. He works for the US government — as a congressman.

And it would be dishonest of me to claim I’m boycotting Terminator 3 for political reasons, when really I’m just not bothering to see it because it doesn’t look very interesting.

How hard would it be to randomly generate messages like that with arbitrary company and product names, I wonder?

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 02:43 AM:

Sorry guys. Teresa (and Patrick) are out here in Seattle reveling in the flesh pots.

MKK

Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 10:39 AM:

Hmm, MK, is it flesh pots or fleshpots, I forget . . . whatever.

Enjoy it guys -- I do want to hear Patrick's take on EMP and there is some absolutely wizard pepper jelly at one of the booths in Pike Street Market.

Loren MacGregor ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 11:40 AM:

As it happens, I was in Seattle this past week, too, and was invited to listen to Patrick's Tuesday night talk -- but as I had gotten up at 3:00 in the morning to make it to the airport in time for the flight, I opted for staring blankly at the wall and muttering to myself instead, which I did until 1:00 Wednesday morning. I then got up at six to go to a job interview.

I don't recommend this as a procedure, but in this case it seems to have worked. At least I am gainfully employed as of Monday, August 4, and will soon be living in Seattle again.

Is blogspam blam?

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 01:16 PM:

Fleshpots, eh? Did you take them to the Wet Spot?

Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 03:18 PM:

Loren: Hurrah!!

Ulrika O'Brien ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 04:00 PM:

Yay, Lauren! I hear Marci has already suggested you get in touch with us about our complex. Please feel free. Full disclosure requires me to mention that we get some kind of break on one month's rent if we talk you into signing a lease here. On the other hand, you guys would make fodder for getting a proper Eastguard going again, and we do actually quite like the place.

Ulrika O'Brien ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 04:02 PM:

Yak. "Loren" I can spell, what I can't always do is spot when my fingers took over without routing through the brain. Sorry!

Loren MacGregor ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 04:54 PM:

Heh. I'm assuming that the obvious spam trap in your email address, Ulrika, is an obvious spam trap and if I do a 3d transform on the earth link, I'll have a net gain, or not.

Yes, I'll be in touch. Remember, I'm Loren, she's Lauryn, my niece is Lauren, and Lauryn's uncle is Lawren, and you'll be fine.

I, on the other hand, am bouncing around, and I bruise easily.

The gentleman who has been asked to host "the official Mardi Gras web site" for Seattle is interested in partnering with Lauryn for masks and costumes. This ... just ... might ... work!

(Patrick, we'll relinguish control of your blog any moment now.)

-- LJM

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 05:13 PM:

I have a cousin Lauren who lives out there. Used to be in Seattle, but now I'm not so sure. Hope this helps.

Loren MacGregor ::: (view all by) ::: July 26, 2003, 08:36 PM:

"The literary world is attempting to evaluate claims that a second novel by John Kennedy Toole -- who has been dead for more than 30 years, from a suicide which put a final cap on the tumultous 60s -- has been found and is circulating on the internet. 'A Conspiracy of Lorens,' said to be a sequel to 'A Confederacy of Dunces,' takes place not in the New Orleans that Toole knew so well, but in the far more sedate streets of Seattle, Washington.

"'Literary detectives,' whose business is to analyze a writer's work by breaking down sentence structure, levels of sophistication, use of metaphor and other hallmarks of 'style,' have concluded that the work is a forgery -- not least because the protagonist of the novel, a skeletally-thin women whose episodes of bulemia form a substantial part of the plot, works briefly in tech support for Microsoft Corporation, a company which was not yet in existence when Toole took his own life.

"However, the story, as is common on the internet, seems to have taken on its -own- life, and many critics are quick to point out Toole's inventiveness, and to state that the name 'Microsoft' is obvious once the idea of 'personal computers' and of 'software' has been conceived. Some even go so far as to say that the young Bill Gates somehow had access to the manuscript and that it is from Toole's own work that Gates forged the company that was to become the largest software producer in the world."

Jphn M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2003, 12:53 AM:

". . . and it is from Toole's own work that Gates forged the company . . ."

Loren, you -are- using "forged" in a sense of what literary detectives would call "malice aforethought," right?

I am also fascinated to read that Toole's suicide "put a final cap on the tumultous Sixties." Just think, if he'd gotten therapy, they might still be here.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2003, 02:04 AM:

Confederacy of Lorens would be Toole's THIRD novel.

An actual, earlier Toole novel was published about ten years back: _The Neon Bible_. (Or perhaps just _Neon Bible_.)

I forget the story behind it; a student project or trunk manuscript or whatnot.

Not-bad but dour minor work about a teenage boy from a gradually disintegrating impoverished family.

Loren MacGregor ::: (view all by) ::: July 27, 2003, 12:43 PM:

Stefan: I had thought that "Neon Bible" was the filmed version of COD, but I see that you're right. It does have one heck of a cast, though.

John: Yes, that would be "malice aforethought" on my part and on the part of those literary detectives who live a catch-a-penny life inside my head. I am pleased to say I labored hard to find -exactly- the right phrase that an over-the-top reviewer might use to equate Toole's life and the "crimson and clover" (or is that "strawberry alarm clock?") world of the 60s. We, of course, know that the 60s will never die as long as I'm alive. Here, have a flower, man. Groovy.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: July 28, 2003, 12:41 AM:

They made a MOVIE of Neon Bible? Google time . . .

I suspect we'll know when "...Dunces" gets filmed. A very hot property. I'm surprised it hasn't already. Property rights problems?

Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: July 28, 2003, 01:14 AM:

Loren MacGregor writes: "I am gainfully employed as of Monday, August 4"

Woohoo! Congratulations!

Loren MacGregor ::: (view all by) ::: July 28, 2003, 11:17 PM:

John M. Ford writes:

"I am also fascinated to read that Toole's suicide 'put a final cap on the tumultous Sixties.' Just think, if he'd gotten therapy, they might still be here."

On reflection, it occurs to me that this might be absolutely correct. Let's posit, as many have, that "those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it." And, further, "Anyone who claims to remember the 60s didn't live through them." So if those who DID live through the 60s do NOT remember them -- or remember them, as it were, through a pipe darkly -- we may be cursed to live through them over and over again.

This may explain the popularity of some radio stations.