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The Fat Man and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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In Slate Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger tour the most beautiful nuclear test craters in Nevada:

NEVADA TEST SITE, Nev.—Rumor had it she was a whore from Pahrump. But it didn't matter to those who knew her: Everyone agreed Priscilla was the most beautiful.

On June 24, 1957, the U.S. military touched off a 37-kiloton nuclear device over Frenchman Flat, a dry lake bed about 75 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The atmospheric test, code-named Priscilla, was one in a series called Operation Plumbbob. The provenance of the code name remains obscure; the earliest tests were ordered on the old military alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie), but several tests in the 1950s were named after women. Test site lore persists that some were named for local prostitutes.


New Deal for the dead

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New Deal is a key part of the Government's strategy to get people back to work. The final part of our programme is now ready for its launch. If you have been deceased longer than 6 months we can now offer the opportunity to return to work. No more idleness and no more excuses. No more cemeteries taking up prime property development land.

We recognise the valuable contribution the dead can make to a low paid jobs market. No complaints about pay and conditions, a flexible approach to working hours and no pensions contributions (well lets face it, you've had enough of those already) all make you an attractive prospect to the new modern, dynamic global jobs market.


Is al-Qaeda Really an Organized Network?

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Download the BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares "questioning whether the threat of terrorism to the West is a politically driven fantasy and if al-Qaeda really is an organized network".

There is also a transcript of the final episode on the site for the bandwidth impared.

Thanks to Liza Sabater for posting the site on Thingist.


Mediated Bodies: Locating Corporeality in a Pixelated World

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The Online Journal of Embodied Technology at UCLA has launched it's new issue: Mediated Bodies: Locating Corporeality in a Pixelated World. Some of the articles are: Streaming the Performer’s Body: An Interview with Downstream, The Touching of the Touch—Performance as Itching and Scratching a Quasi-Incestuous Object, and my project Viral Portraits.

give it a look, Viral Portraits:
http://www.wac.ucla.edu/extensionsjournal/v2/index4.htm
entire issue:
http://www.wac.ucla.edu/extensionsjournal/


Why G-8 summit is a haven for anarchist golfers

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Ahead of G-8 summit, protests in high gear

By Peter Ford | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

PARIS – Gleneagles, a luxury hotel set amid fabled golf links deep in the Scottish countryside, is a good place to get away from it all.

The Group of Eight (G-8) leaders of the world's most industrialized countries, however, will not find the resort its normal secluded self when they meet there for their annual summit Wednesday.


Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder

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Wouldn't you know this comes out of Florida, paranoia capital of the US:

Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder

Though wireless mooching is preventable, it often goes undetected.
By ALEX LEARY, Times Staff Writer
Published July 4, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Richard Dinon saw the laptop's muted glow through the rear window of the SUV parked outside his home. He walked closer and noticed a man inside.


Frankfurt court ruled virtual sit-in on Lufthansa servers illegal

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Hi Ricardo,

yesterday the Frankfurt court convicted Andreas-Thomas
Vogel, domain-owner of libertad.de. The court considered the virtual
sit-in as 'extreme violence by electronic pulses'. We have a fine of 900 euros and, additionally, the costs of the court case to pay. The
application of the constitutional right to demonstration was denied.

It was a big media event on all news channels and in all papers in Germany, see:


Mukul Patel: Speak Slowly after the Tone

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On the telephone, artist Wolfgang Staehle stated that I should get out of the house, that we all should get out of the house. ‘It is a kind of exercise.’ He suggested a small gathering at 149 Ludlow. The ground floor was being prepped for a sound installation by THE THING residency artist Mukul Patel, and a table could be set centre to host 8 to 10 people, sipping on bouillabaisse.

It is a very grand idea, indeed, to have a dinner party and an installation simultaneously. I was there.


New iTunes 4.9 Does Podcasts

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The new version of Apple's iTunes makes it easy to publish and subscribe to podcasts that download directly into the player.

Download iTunes 4.9

ArtCast by Barbara Strebel and Patrik Tschudin in Basel is number 69 in the top 100!


Excercises in Memory, Essex - England

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Southend-on-Sea

Estuary fisherman and what’s left of going to sea
A sage at the edge of the day
Short houses and large laughing as feet pound into stillness
Deciding upon a sweeter solace something smoother, completed with the brine of olives. Cockles and soft prawns defeating the distance of larger moments of precarity
Storming through with hail the size of tiny eggs
Ice nightingales turning their gaze to take along the horizon for an exchange of the spirit,


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