Monthly Archives: February 2003

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

Drew another critter for the Kids Club series… I think Ryan wanted a giraffe, but I'm better at drawing pigs. Anyway, I've got to do some checking into the server. CPU use is exorbitantly high, although usage is also slightly higher than usual so it could just be that in combination with the new features… In any case, I'm checking into it, since I can guarantee that over the next three weeks attacks on the site will be through the roof.

PS. As a point of trivia, did you know that someone attempts (incorrectly) to hack/guess the password of an IAM user every three seconds? Current attackers, excluding AOL users, seem to be centred in Mexico and Taiwan.

Cover shots

Obviously having a “name” interview means that it gets a cover feature… I'm using one of the nutsack-stapling photos I took, since that's the most relevant as far as a BME cover goes I think… Here are a few of the stills that didn't quite make it (in chrono-order):

Apologies for the temporary downtime — the server was getting absolutely pummelled by some idiot spammers thinking that maybe the computer needed a college diploma, followed by some blonde bimbos that hunger for dark meat.

There's going to be another brief downtime shortly as I install the latest patches… It seems like MS is finding new holes every 24 hours.


So I'm putting together the Steve-O interview for posting tomorrow… As you know, I like to start my articles with quotes. I ended up going with a great quote from Degas, but in my meandering I found my way back to this old quote from Genesis (as in COUM transmissions, not Peter Gabriel):

I just can't stand the visual rape of walking down St. Marks Place and having all these unknown people offend me with facial piercings, which are there purely to shock and give a pretense of alienation. If they want to upset their mother and father figures, they should go and shit on their floor. And as for their supposed 'tribalism,' just throw and $100 bill into the middle of the room and see how unified they are.
- Genesis P-Orridge

I think he said that at about the same time he was suing Rick Rubin (successfully) for $1.5 million after having to jump out of his window after the house caught fire, thanks to careless smoking by the members of Love & Rockets. But long term readers of BME know all about that (you do remember Mark Kramer's gonzo Soft Toy Department, right?)…


I don't know if anyone between Montreal and Toronto is planning a facial tattoo any time soon, but if you are, please drop me a line if you'd be willing to have it filmed for the BME movie and do a couple before and after interviews.

Anyway, if you're willing to have it filmed for the documentary, obviously we'd cover the costs and all that — but before you think “hey, free tattoo”, I'm not interested in coercing anyone into something they're not ready for*, so please please please don't think of it in that way. I'm looking for two to three people who are able to relatively coherently discuss their motivations and drives for this segment… Anyway, drop me a line if you're interested.

(Note: I'm looking for people seeking relatively full frontal facial work, not chin or neck or scalp tattoos.)

* That is, you had better understand that getting your face tattooed may well really screw up your life, your employment opportunities, your relationship with your family, and so on. Don't make the decision lightly; please don't contact me about it if you haven't already been wanting it for years.

February has nearly been vanquished

First, I'd like to share this letter that I just got. I've slightly edited it (marked by stars) to keep it anonymous:

Thank you for your web site. It has helped put my mind to rest after learning that my son *** had a suspension (hope that's the right word) a few weeks ago. I must admit I was horrified to learn that he had had these hooks in his back and was lifted off the ground, but I have taken a look at your web site and feel better knowing it is not some back street alley organisation.

After all he is my son and I want to make sure he is safe and always will be no matter how old he gets. Thanks to a man called *** he is being pierced in a sterile atmosphere and I now know he is being looked after properly.

I know this sounds corny, but hey, I am his mum. I am proud of who he is, piercings and all — even with his *** *** *** *** ***. He is not on drugs and he is not a hooligan, but a well mannered and caring young man who would kill me if he knew I was writing this. My son *** ***.

I just thought that was really cool. I told her that of everything he's going through, knowing that he's got her support will probably affect him the most profoundly and positively. Anyway, I just thought it was awesome to get a letter like that.

Norman Mailer predicts that America is growing an empire, but losing democracy.
I'll let his words do the talking:

...America is going to become a mega-banana republic where the army will have more and more importance in Americans' lives. It will be an ever greater and greater overlay on the American system. And before it is all over, democracy, noble and delicate as it is, may give way. My long experience with human nature — I'm 80 years old now — suggests that it is possible that fascism, not democracy, is the natural state.

Indeed, democracy is the special condition — a condition we will be called upon to defend in the coming years. That will be enormously difficult because the combination of the corporation, the military and the complete investiture of the flag with mass spectator sports has set up a pre-fascistic atmosphere in America already.

The US has admitted that after Iraq is “liberated“, it's going to take an occupying force of hundreds of thousands of troops in order to keep it safe (and what's that going to cost?)… And I don't know if anyone caught the interview with General Wesley Clark (military analyst and former NATO supreme commander), but according to Gen. Clark (interviewed by Paula Zahn),

ZAHN: [Are there] strong ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda?

CLARK: Not necessarily now. But in the aftermath ... [al Qaeda will be there] for radical recruiting efforts.

That is, to be very very clear on this: war on Iraq guarantees more terrorists, more funding for terrorists, and of course more terrorist attacks on America and other Western nations. The traitors who've seized control of the US government know this, and desire this. It serves their goals* (ie. replacing the American Republic with the American Empire, and replacing democracy with fascism).

Rummy's latest lie is that Iraq is better armed now than they were in 1991. Come on. This is about the stupidest thing I've heard in some time… Although Ari's claim that Bush isn't trying to “buy UN votes” (ie. bribe poor nations into supporting the war) is up there too — and it got him laughed out of the briefing room. Seriously, the reporters just kept laughing at him until he stormed out of the room.

In non-war news, “Operation Pipe Dream” (seriously, they really called it that) arrested a pile of people running online head shops and seized their websites, redirecting browsers to the DEA.

Outside of the fact that as long as alcohol and cigarettes are legal this type of prosecution is wrong, and that the notion of arresting someone for selling something legal (pipes, etc.) because those products could be misused is fundamentally counter to fair justice in my opinion, redirecting the web traffic means they're collecting data on anyone who visits these sites. This is an information gathering operation — none of these websites have yet been convicted of anything. Their customer records have been seized, and you can bet that's going in your permanent record, even if it's not acted on.

After all, we all know that smoking pot supports terrorists.

TIME TO BUILD A BIGGER BOMB! Now seriously, wouldn't the world be better off instead of building giant bombs, we just worked on the construction of giant bongs? I'm sure someone out there is printing BONGS NOT BOMBS shirts…

* I don't think it's a primary motivating factor at this point, but I will mention that given that the US has bought $1.6 billion of Iraqi oil in the last two months (two thirds of their entire production), that one certainly shouldn't fully discount the “black gold” conspiracy theory. I think that the fascist empire theory is closer to the core truth though.