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Medley thinks that the Feminist Majority is doing a better job lately than NOW. I totally agree. In my mind, NOW is stuck in a rut of style and approach that has isolated it from both mainstream and radical feminists.


Before the election, I heaped abuse on Bush for using all his Daddy’s advisers. Now that we are at war, I take comfort in the experience of those advisers. However, I fear that they are too familiar with state-to-state warfare and won’t be able to approach terrorism appropriately. The Washington Post examines the new roles of these advisers closely:

A crucial question now is whether the Bush administration’s key strategists will be fighting the last war or learning from it. From the president on down, they have emphasized that this is a different kind of fight, but will they be prisoners of their experiences when it comes to building coalitions and deploying troops, or will they think creatively about a new type of enemy who has no tanks, no clearly delineated territory and no standing army?

The article goes on to examine the ideological commitments of 6 of Bush’s cabinent members who also served under George H.W. Good stuff.


Even the US flag at the South Pole was lowered to half-staff. Two people went outside in temperatures of -35F to lower the flag. Click on the link to see the picture — I can’t remember my FTP password (it is written down at home and I’m at work) or else I would post it here.

The Antarctic summer research season is about to get underway — the first flight to McMurdo will be tomorrow (weather permitting). TheAntarctic Sun probably will begin publishing again in a couple of weeks. I love that newspaper — I’m fascinated by all the little news items about food, buildings and social events. I just spent too much time looking at a related site, the NSF’s handbook for staying at McMurdo Station. The Antarctica Drilling Consortium (ANDRILL) will drill down to 40-million year old ice to determine what the Antarctic ice sheet was like when the world was 3-4 degrees (Celsius) warmer. Since the UN estimates that global average surface temperature will rise 1.4 to 5.8 degrees Celsius in the next 100 years, this study will provide a clue as to how the current ice sheet might react to the expected change in temperature.Also of interest, Scientific American’s Antarctic Mapping Page

Maps of Antarctica are nearly all white–but not because of the snow and ice. Rather, this frozen land contains the largest unmapped regions on earth. Teams of scientists regularly make the four-hour jaunt from the main U.S. base at McMurdo Sound to the permanent South Pole station. But even today, parties on the ground are little better off than the great explorers–Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton–were, as they struggle to find their way across an uncharted continent the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined.


I just had some fun at The Blog Twinning Project, where you can pair weblogs which, in your mind, have common elements. It was entertaining to surf through the connections. However, I was disappointed that Breaching the Web isn’t twinned with the weblog to which I think it is most similar.


This weekend was lazy. We messed around the house, did our grocery shopping and went to a movie. Unfortunately, I was laid flat Saturday night by a migraine that rebounded on Sunday. I can still feel the knots in the back of my neck from it, and I’m taking ibuprofin to ward off another rebound today.

In spite of all that, I enjoyed the weekend. I got a lot of sleep and read quite a bit of A Story That Stands Like a Dam : Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West by Russel Martin. I’m learning a lot about the canyon and the dam — it is a well-written history.

Posted on October 1st, 2001 by Katxena