Monthly Archives: June 2009


My understanding is that her name, Neda, means “voice”. She was shot in the face by Iranian police, and died, murdered by her government.

happy juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth! (*) Also Happy Birthday to Jenny! * For those of you who don’t know, June 19th, 1865 was when the Union officer let the slaves in Texas know that under the Emancipation Proclamation they were now freed. It had been written a few years before, but since it only freed slaves in the [Continue]


Bailout Costs vs Big Historical Events: “It is exceedingly difficult to convey exactly how much we are spending on all these bailouts. Whenever I start talking trillions (versus mere billions), I get puzzled looks from people. Humans have a hard time conceptualizing any number that large. I wanted a graphic way to clearly show how [Continue]

cops make up drug buy, arrest guys anyway

Drug suspect turns tables on NYPD with videotape: “When undercover detectives busted Jose and Maximo Colon last year for selling cocaine at a seedy club in Queens, there was a glaring problem: The brothers hadn’t done anything wrong. But proclaiming innocence wasn’t going to be good enough. The Dominican immigrants needed proof. “I sat in [Continue]

model rocketry

Model rocketry stuff: C.L. Stong’s June 1957 column in Scientific Ammerican about the field of amateur rocketry Captain Bertrand R. Brinley’s 1960 book, Rocket Manual for Amateurs looks veryvery cool! Ignite! is a rocket science program for high school kids where they get to build 6ft + tall model rockets and launch them into space. [Continue]

speaking of music, here is my page: And some more music videos, here is Cansei de Ser Sexy’s Off the Hook: Alala: and Music is my Hot Hot Sex (which was used in an iPod commercial): and speaking of SOuth American music, here is the Argentinian group Los Fabulosos Cadillac’s Matador: which [Continue]

cops lie, raid fellow cops casa

After police raid, bitterness replaces pride for LAPD officer: “Until it all went bad, Randolph Franklin used to talk with pride about his life in the Los Angeles Police Department. Wear a badge for nearly half of your 50 years and somewhere along the way it becomes more than just a job. He was proud [Continue]