Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

(Buy One, Get One Free)

by Arundhati Roy

Presented in New York City at The Riverside Church

May 13, 2003

Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Published on Sunday, May 18, 2003 by

In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references, what profound gift can I offer you tonight?

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WinXP Network Tweak

Windows 2000 & XP machines delay as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because Windows is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks. Here’s how to prevent this remote search for Scheduled Tasks:

Open up the Registry and go to :

bc. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

Under that branch, select the key :

bc. {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

and delete it.

If you like you may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary. This fix is so effective that it doesn’t require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.

h4. More Tweaks:

* “KO: Configure Your System Wickedly”: :: A collection of links to the best windows customizing/tweaking sites

Depleted Uranium

It seems the weapons used in Iraq by the US will be killing people long after the war. Common Dreams has a good article about it. The Guardian has a good overview of the whole depleted uranium issue. There is even a campaign against depleted uranium.

So it seems all those stores about gulf war syndrome do have a solid scientific reason for them. What worries and suprises me is that all over the western media they are worried about the effects of DU on the American and British troops. They were just firing the damn things! What about the the entire country littered with hundreds of tons of the damn things? It’s going to be there for centuries. Even newspapers like the Christian Science Montior are investigating the effects of DU.

This website has good links to discussion of the effects and implications of the use of DU. Especially the impact of its use in the Gulf War and effect on the Iraqi population.Read A POST-WAR DISASTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH. There’s also a pdf version of this article. It’s worth printing and reading.

There’s even a website called Stop Nato with a Depleted Uranium Watch section.

Most likely they US will just not bring up the topic ever. Its the same tactics they used to deal with Agent Orange in Veitnam. Till I read this article I had no idea of the extent of the chemical warfare to which the US had engaged.

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Afghanistan – On the Roads to Ruin

Eighteen months have now passed since the West made a series of unequivocal promises to Afghanistan. Bush started the ball rolling by forgetting to include in the last budget any aid for Afghanistan.

Tony Blair vowed that the West would not walk away from Afghanistan. But in a remarkable journey, meeting militia leaders and the heavily guarded President, Peter Oborne found a nation left to fend for itself – and Taliban thugs undeterred

(On the Roads to Ruin)

Weblogs and Discourse

Oliver Wrede: Weblogs and Discourse


This paper discusses different questions of weblogs in context of higher education. It is focussing on three loosly coupled questions:

1. How can the weblog format improve discourse?

2. How it can weblogs support teaching at universities?

3. What are the insitutional benefits of weblogs in universities?

It seems obvious that these questions relate to each other and probably should be discussed in context of each other. The document grew out of a wild collection of speculative thoughts and notes. It is also based on some daily experience with weblogs in an educational setting.