Monthly Archives: March 2006

Cleansing the Second Soul

Back when the Dowbrigade was a rambunctious young refugee from Ivy academics we  served an extended apprenticeship with a middle aged San Pedro shaman in a tiny seafront town in the middle of the Atacames desert on the Pacific coast … Continue reading

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Tierra Incognito

In a few short hours the Dowbrigade is off to San Francisco. Our first trip since the Bad Run medical evacuation from South America. This one, however, should be a Milk Run. We have never spent more than a few … Continue reading

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Pope’s Vintner Sells to the Devil

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It seemed like the perfect gimmick: a celebrity porn star would launch her own wine, with her alluring picture on the label. Savanna Samson did just that, but when it received a score of 90 to … Continue reading

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Techno-Lust Retarded

It’s getting to be that time again. The old CPU seems sluggish, despite regular maintenance and spring cleaning, and we have access to software our hardware can’t handle. It happens like clockwork, every three years or so, and starts as … Continue reading

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Whale Songs Animal Language

The songs of the humpback whale are among the most complex in the animal kingdom. Researchers have now mathematically confirmed that whales have their own syntax that uses sound units to build phrases that can be combined to form songs … Continue reading

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Ferarri Followup

MALIBU, Calif. — A Los Angeles County sheriff inspects the wreckage of a rare Ferrari Enzo that crashed on the Pacific Coast Highway Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, in Malibu, Calif. The red Ferrari, estimated to be worth more than $1 … Continue reading

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Full Exposure

CARACAS, Venezuela – More than 1,500 Venezuelans shed their clothes on a main city avenue Sunday to pose for American photographer Spencer Tunick, forming a human mosaic in front of a national symbol: a statue of independence hero Simon Bolivar. … Continue reading

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Fake Ass Shit

The classic internet scam involving the wife/financial advisor/secretary of the Minister of Finance of Nigeria/Kenya/Uganda, who needs access to a foreign bank account to tidy up the funds.The continued variations on this scam must mean it’s sucking in somebody, although … Continue reading

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A Country That Could Only Be Ruled By a Monster

Five towns in rural Vermont have passed resolutions calling for the Impeachment of President Bush. For what? The list of his sins grows weekly but includes malfeasance, misfeasance, lying, extortion, withholding evidence, illegal fundraising, misinforming Congress, illegal slush funds, persecution … Continue reading

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Dr. Dolittle at Darpa

The Pentagon’s defence scientists want to create an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions. The idea is to insert micro-systems at the pupa stage, when the insects can integrate them into … Continue reading

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ALMATY (Reuters) – Burglars in Kazakhstan locked a funeral parlor employee in a coffin and kept him there unconscious while rummaging for cash in the shop. Serik Sarsenbayev said he was on his own late at night when two masked … Continue reading

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Banned in Boston

American artist Spencer Tunick has photographed and filmed masses of people in the nude in dozens of public places from Finland to Australia, and now he is looking for at least 2,000 volunteers in Venezuela. Organizers said Tunick had chosen … Continue reading

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