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Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.

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There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.
Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
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An Iraq Prison Diary
(linked from Billmon's Whiskey Bar at )
You may not feel your blood pressure would survive reading the whole thing. Just one bit I thought might amuse, down in the comments:

... note the crazy little surreal touches?

A conservative radio on-air personality is helping to torture prisoners? Fuck, I'll bet hate radio guys all over the country are half dead with demented envy. I'll bet Michael Savage curses and weeps while he masturbates, because the Goddam Liberals made him stay in the US, and all he's got to look at is a few Abu Ghraib snapshots. - this part includes:
The creepy part, though, is when Hersh starts to go into a more detail about the death of a prisoner under interrogation at Abu Ghraib -- and Blitzer hurries to cut him off: (transcript)
Beowatch (Beowulf/Baywatch)
A Surfer Geat Drama
by Arden Smith and Carl Hostetter
Welcome to, home of the official Hummer H2 salute.

... The H2 is a tax loophole. Under Bush's new tax plan, business owners can deduct the entire cost of their $55,000 H2. If you are in the highest tax bracket, that's a tax savings of nearly $20,000! The government rewards you more savings for buying an H2 than you'd get for buying an electric car ...

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The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products
ACME is a worldwide leader of many manufactured goods. From its humble beginnings providing corks and flypaper to bug collectors ("Buddy's Bug Hunt/1935") to its heyday in the American Southwest supplying a certain coyote, from Ultimatum Dispatchers to Batman outfits, ACME has set the standard for excellence.

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The International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc current champion
Sonya Thomas
Bib Sheet
Alexandria, VA
Age: 36
Weight: 105

* Asparagus: 5.5 pounds Tempura Deep Fried Aspargus Spears / 10 minutes
* Chicken Wings: 134 chicken wings (in qualifying round) / 12 minutes
* Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds
* Fruitcake: 4 pounds, 14 1/4 ounces Wegman's Fruitcake / 10 minutes
* Hamburgers: 7 Burgers (3/4 pound) "Thickburgers" / 10 minutes
* Jambalaya: 9 Pounds Crawfish Jambalaya / 10 Minutes
* Pulled Pork: 23 pulled pork sandwiches / 10 minutes
* Tacos: 43 soft tacos / 11 minutes
* Turducken: 7 3/4 pounds Thanksgiving Dinner / 12 minutes

The International Federation of Competitive Eating, Inc. supervises and regulates eating contests in their various forms throughout the world. The IFOCE helps to ensure that the sport remains safe, while also seeking to achieve objectives consistent with the public interest -- namely, creating an environment in which fans may enjoy the display of competitive eating skill.

The IFOCE coordinates members and affiliates in the United States, Japan, England, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Thailand and the Ukraine, ...

The IFOCE maintains offices at 151 West 25 Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY (212) 627-5766.

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