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Of apples and malls and nasty toilets.

I think everyone should begin each and every goddamn day with something that scares the absolute bejeezus out of them. It's better than coffee, really. To wit, please note that President Asshole has now removed from the US Army Field Manual any reference to Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits torture and "outrages on personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment" against prisoners. There. I've done my vile deed for the day. I suppose I should take heart in the knowledge that world history will remember this Administration as the thugs and bullies and outlaws they are, but I'm not that optimistic. Or certain there's any substantial amount of "history" remaining for such remembrances. Besides, hindsight's not much consolation for tortured and degraded prisoners.

Yesterday was not so much a disaster as a dratted nuisance. We made it to the Apple Store about two p.m. Oh, how I fondly do recall those days of yore, when Apple was much less popular, there were no iPods, and you could walk right up the bored geek @ the Genius Bar and get down to business. Now the Apple Store's swamped with people, half of them waiting in line for technical support. Which meant we were at the mall until almost 5 p.m., waiting, waiting, waiting, for a tech to see us and tell us what we already knew, that the logic board on Spooky's iBook was fried. When our turn finally came, it took maybe five minutes. The good news is the repairs will only cost $290 (despite the fact that the logic board's a $700 part) and that we'll have it back early next week, at the latest. But the whole day was lost. No proofreading, and everything that should have been done yesterday must, instead, be done today. At least I got a scoop of red apple Jelly Bellies out of the affair, as the Sweet Factory is directly across the mall from the Apple Store.

And frell me dead, but mall's just keep getting more unpleasant. I'd not been inside one in almost a year. The photo below (behind the cut, because, you know...), taken in the unbelievably filthy women's restroom @ Macy's, nicely sums up yesterday. And no, I don't make a habit of taking photos in public restrooms, but I was very, very, very bored.





I did learn yesterday that the CEM of Daughter of Hounds should reach me on June 30 or the following Monday. So, now I know when to lay in extra pills and booze. And speaking of Daughter of Hounds, it occurred to me last night that I could place the appendices online, with a note in the acknowledgments/author's note, directing readers to the appropriate URL. I got the idea from the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, as many authors are now including URLs at the ends of papers, directing readers to supplemental material, usually elaborate and lengthy character matrices or colour figures, thus cutting down significantly on page and printing costs.

To help pay for the iBook repairs, Spooky will be auctioning Snapdragon, the new doll, on eBay very soon. As soon as she's finished with Snapdragon's clothes. I really will hate to see her go, now that I've based a character in Joey LaFaye upon her. Anyway, details to come.

Nothing much else to say about yesterday, really. Last night, we made it through Chapter 15 ("Old Craft, New Craft") of The Triumph of the Moon. I wasn't quite sleepy when we went to bed, so Spooky read me Robert McCluskey's Lentil, which did the trick, and no frelling Ambien was required. Okay. Time to dance...

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robyn_ma
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
'President Asshole has now removed from the US Army Field Manual any reference to Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits torture and outrages on personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment'

Which would also explain why he wants to defend heterosexual marriage. That pretty well describes every het wedding I've been to.
sovay
Jun. 6th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should take heart in the knowledge that world history will remember this Administration as the thugs and bullies and outlaws they are, but I'm not that optimistic.

I wish there had been no need for history to remember them at all . . .

To help pay for the iBook repairs, Spooky will be auctioning Snapdragon, the new doll, on eBay very soon.

I'd bid for her, but this is not a good financial moment in my life. Someone will be very fortunate to have her in their household.
jlundberg
Jun. 6th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I had that exact same problem with my iBook last year, the logic board problem. And of course it happened two weeks after my warranty ran out. Makes me wonder if Apple is planning it that way...
resonantserpent
Jun. 6th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Mandatory Draft Bill
The scary shit just keeps on coming:

http://www.rense.com/general71/dd.htm
hewet_ka_ptah
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Mandatory Draft Bill
No co-sponsors on the bill and Rangel isn't a big player. It'll die like the rest of his bills have. It's election year posturing.

hewet_ka_ptah
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Mandatory Draft Bill
And Eek on the suggestion to bombard Congress over a bill that most of them have probably never heard of. Why turn them on to it now?

stsisyphus
Jun. 6th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
President Asshole has now removed from the US Army Field Manual any reference to Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits torture and "outrages on personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment" against prisoners.

What. The. Fuck? Seriously, does this mean that Germany, Japan, & Italy can declare war on us now, because that's the only way my outrage & irony meter is going to get any higher. You know, my mind boggles on what kind of political strategy the GOP has in order to let this kind of shit just run on. How the fuck is it going to get worse in 2008 ('cause you know it will)?

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service

Does that include particularly patriotic homosexuals? Or even dissident homosexuals, which are certainly more common. I might not protest the matter immediately if that was the case.
furrylittleprob
Jun. 6th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
How the fuck is it going to get worse in 2008 ('cause you know it will)?

I shudder to think just *how much* worse it will have to get before the country is finally willing to put a stop to it.

When's that big rock supposed to hit...?
styggian
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
I used to always say "It is going to take some huge natural disaster to get this coutnry to pull it's collective head out" but it has only partially happened at best.
stsisyphus
Jun. 6th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Here's the link to the newspaper article referenced in Nar'eth's linked opinion piece:

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-torture5jun05,1,1143219.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
mb2u
Jun. 6th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
We are the great terrorist threat to the world, aren't we? Oh, sorry, we have a army so we're not terrorists. We're Imperialists...

Hand. Staple. Forehead.
hewet_ka_ptah
Jun. 7th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Bush is convinced he is King. For a man who says he's trying to spread democracy around the world, he sure doesn't have a grip on what democracy actually is.

styggian
Jun. 7th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Very OT.
I saw a british sci-fi/fantasy tv show magazine the other day and near the end there were back issues and one of them was Chiana sitting in a lounge chair, in a red bikini, just relaxing and I thought of you and how much of a kick I thought you would get from seeing it.
There was also one of Crichton with two pistols pointed toward the camera with the headline "Cancelled?" that I thought was great too.
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