TCA (my initials)

July 25, 2012

…it’s over there

Filed under: meta — TCA @ 4:23 pm

I’m moving my web stuff to a central location.

July 20, 2012

whither The WELL?

Filed under: Well — TCA @ 7:50 pm

Don’t delay if you haven’t gotten around to reading Bruce Sterling’s State of the World 2011 and State of the World 2012. These could be unavailable soon. The WELL’s owner Salon has announced their intention to sell or spin off The WELL. The domain name well.com is up for sale. The WELL’s staff has been laid off, including the system administrator.

January 6, 2010

Bruce Sterling’s Eleventh

Filed under: Well — TCA @ 12:31 am

“For the eleventh time, Inkwell rings in the New Year with a visit from Well member Bruce Sterling, to address the State of the World and Things Various and Sundry.”

Read Bruce Sterling: State of the World 2010 from beginning to end instead of end to beginning. It’s supposed to be like a conversation.

February 14, 2009

the last diplomat

Filed under: politics — TCA @ 1:05 am

How do you think the U.S. would react if Barry McCaffrey and Wesley Clark were kidnapped in Washington by narco terrorists, held for ransom, tortured and eventually murdered? Welcome to Mexico.

The two biggest drug cartels aren’t located in Peru or Columbia. They’re right across the Texas border. And they’re totally out of control.

President Obama should appoint Bill Richardson U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Do it now. Send him to Mexico City immediately. Here’s why.

You already know that he’s a troubleshooter who has negotiated in hotspots like North Korea. Did you know that he attended school in Mexico City with some of the people who now run that country? He doesn’t just speak their language. He speaks it with their accent.

November 4, 2008

talking smack

Filed under: journal — TCA @ 10:57 pm

PBS recently aired a documentary about the resurgent Taliban on Frontline.

The Taliban are smuggling opium to finance their insurgency.

Why not pay opium farmers in Afghanistan to grow nothing? Pay them the same price that the smugglers would have paid them.

It would be easier to monitor compliance with the opium eradication program if the fields were empty.

Owners of land in the U.S. have been paid by the government not to grow tobacco for decades.

October 12, 2008

home in Pasadena

Filed under: digital photography — TCA @ 12:05 pm

The multicolored graininess is intentional. The idea is to tie-dye my face. The result is over a dozen self-portraits photographed by the turreted webcam of my Nokia n800 Linux PDA at various locations, such as Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree installation.

All of the digital photos were taken during ArtNight last Thursday.

I recommend the slide show.

October 3, 2008

thank gawd it’s over

Filed under: politics — TCA @ 4:32 pm

Al Franken called the bailout bill “a sacrifice at the altar of financial mismanagement.”

Harry Shearer called President Bush “the boy who cried Wolfowitz.”

September 29, 2008

DoJ deBaathification

Filed under: politics — TCA @ 7:35 pm

A big news story was buried beneath Wall Street’s 777.68 point adjustment today. Special Prosecutor Named in Attorney Firings Case says the New York Times.

Meet the Special Prosecutor. Nora R. Dannehy was until very recently the Acting U.S. Attorney in Connecticut. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School with 17 years experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

chickens roost in House

Filed under: politics — TCA @ 6:52 pm

Talk about blowback. The chickens have come home to roost in the House of Representatives.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich called for Treasury Secretary Paulson’s resignation last week.

Bob Barr, who is running for president as a Libertarian, posted The ‘Bailout From Hell’ Must be Rejected to the Huffington Post.

I don’t necessarily agree with anything that these gentlemen are saying, but I think that their opinions should be heard to gain an understanding of what the House Republicans want and don’t want.

September 27, 2008

postscript

Filed under: politics — TCA @ 11:59 pm

Dozens of economists signed a petition that said “we ask Congress not to rush, to hold appropriate hearings, and to carefully consider the right course of action, and to wisely determine the future of the financial industry and the U.S. economy for years to come.”

The petition is now little more than an ironic postscript. It’s no wonder that the U.S. Congress is currently less popular than the unpopular President Bush.

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