Fiona's second leaked song

Better Version Of Me


Back by popular demand

I'm sure you remember when I posted Fiona Apple's unreleased single to help ease the mirror load. Well I have only gotten a couple of requests since I took the song down but since it was mentioned in this story about MP3 blogs, I'm getting tons of incoming google searches. Since people seem to be interested in this song, I am making Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine available for this weekend only.

This song is for sampling purposes only and you are required to delete it after 7 days. But until then listen and enjoy and please buy the album when/if it comes out.

In the meantime you can visit her website, or check out the great Fiona Apple deals at the Sony Music Store or pick up even more of Fiona's music at Amazon.

Addendum to Army study on Iraq

Could the Army have had a good reason for the silly restrictions of the Iraq report? Apparently they were afraid that some of the images may be copyrighted. I can attest to government reports being sold on the internet. I spent $5 on a CD of some subject I was interested in once and it turned out to contain a single PDF file of an Army Corps of Engineers manual on the subject. I could have gotten it for free on the internet.

From today's secrecy news...

In the Secrecy New story yesterday about the online version of the
Army's "On Point" study of the Iraq war that cannot be normally
printed, copied or saved, we were remiss not to have included an
Army viewpoint or explanation regarding the unusual formatting of
the document. Here it is.

The Army concern was that the document contained non-governmental
materials including graphics and photos which might be
copyrighted, said Dan French, a spokesman for the Center for Army
Lessons Learned said.

"We have had some unscrupulous individuals who are taking our
products and selling them on CD, even on Amazon.com," he noted.

If that were to happen with the "On Point" report, the spokesman
said, this might entail a violation of the original copyright.
Once the appropriate permissions are obtained, he said, the
document would be made available without the current
restrictions, perhaps by the end of the month.

Thanks to several Secrecy News readers, more adept than I, who
proposed a variety of ways that the existing Army format
restrictions could be overcome without much difficulty.


Army study on Iraq

This was in today's Secrecy News (an email publication of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy). I'm sure the study itself will be quite interesting, but I also find the way it was published interesting.

Let me warn you not to go to their website without using a proxy. They're not going to park a van outside your house but they obvioualy have a reason for forcing you to go there to read it, so screw 'em.

You click on the sections and read them like normal, but if you want to save the page it just ends up blank. I can't even copy text from the page. And if you look at the source, it not only contains no body, it is hidden far to the right so a quick look will make you think the source is blank too.

In short, they're really freaking paranoid. It's creepy. Luckily Francois Boo of GlobalSecurity.org was able to hack it and the link in below.

Despite extraordinary steps by the Army to limit online public
access to a new report on the Iraq war, the study has nevertheless
been published without the Army's cooperation.

The Army recently completed a book-length study of Operation Iraqi
Freedom entitled "On Point." It is a revealing and fairly
critical account of lessons learned from the war.

Last month, the Center for Army Lessons Learned posted the study


Incredibly, however, the web version of the Army document is coded
in such a way that it cannot be downloaded, or copied, or printed
out. It must be read online at the Army site, or not at all.

This may be unprecedented for a government web site. The very
notion of a document that cannot be downloaded is antithetical to
the web and seems like an artifact from an alternate universe. If
the Axis powers had won World War II, the whole internet might
look like this.

But in a marvelous feat of textual engineering, the intrepid
Francois Boo of GlobalSecurity.org managed to overcome the Army's
restrictive coding of the document and to make it publicly

It can now be found -- and downloaded or printed -- here:


Among the highlights of the report is the disclosure that the
toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was not a
spontaneous act of an Iraqi crowd, but was instigated by a U.S.
Marine colonel backed by a psychological operations unit (reported
in the LA Times July 3).



Substation fire poses blackout threat in Phoenix

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (Reuters) - Phoenix faces the threat of rolling blackouts on Wednesday after a fire at a major power substation reduced the amount of electricity that could be moved into the city, a utility spokesman said.
I know it's not very kind to condemn an entire metropolis on the account of one person, but I just can't help being happy when bad things happen in Phoenix because I have one of those tear-your-heart-out-and-stomp-it-on-the-floor ex-girlfriends who lives there.

Not that I am vindictive or bitter, I just have to smile thinking about her spoiled, rich, 26 year old yet-to-have-a-job-in-her-life, ass sweltering in the heat. If anyone from phoenix reads this... sorry. You're in the line of fire. Collateral damage, ya know.

Dewey Defeats Truman!

Thanks to Sid The Fish
(This no longer appears on the Post's site.)

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Let freedom ring (within strict limitations)

The remaining liberty of the world was to be destroyed in the place where it stood. ~ Pharsalia
A nice post over at LewRockwell.com on the celebration of the birthday of the most free nation in the world. The standard of freedom. The shining example of independence. So free that the terrorists hate us, in fact.
Independence Day
Posted by Daniel McAdams at 09:58 PM

Massed on the hill behind the Pentagon, we were.

A community. Hundreds of us.

Waiting for the fireworks show.

A monsoon rain hit earlier.

Several were entertaining we anticipating neighbors with small fireworks on the sidewalk. Safely done.

The cops came and shut them down.

The fun was over.

Independence Day.

I felt the same way this weekend. Our interstate roads around here are perpetually under construction and the speed limit drops from 65-70 to 45 in these construction zones and fines are tripled. Being a holiday, the police are out in force "keeping everyone safe" (i.e. filling the coffers by issuing fines). I've seen more people pulled over by the police this weekend than ever before.

We have a new seat belt law that took effect July 1 that gives the police the right to pull you over and issue you a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. It also prescribes strict laws on how children are to be buckled up and a law that makes it possible for you to receive a ticket for not moving over to the left lane if police have someone pulled over on the right shoulder.

Or so I've heard anyway, they don't actually tell us about these things. They just pass laws and expect us to check up and see if we're in compliance I guess.

How many laws are there that I don't know about? One thought kept running through my head all weekend; "Am I in compliance with everything required of me?" I see a cop and mentally do a rundown;
Seat belt - check.
Proof of insurance - check.
Vehicle registration - check.
Driver's license - check.
Speed - oh shit is this a construction zone? is the limit 70 or 40?

Shit I have an open cup. It's only a soft drink but I've had several friends pulled over for having a "suspicious" open cup. Better keep that out of sight.

Crap, I'm smoking a cigarette. I had a friend pulled over for lighting a cigarette. The cop said it was suspicious to light a cigarette after you notice a cop nearby. Better keep that out of sight too. But what if they see smoke? They'll think I'm trying to hide a joint. Shit, gotta stop smoking.

Think happy thoughts. You love cops. You love paying taxes. Shit, they'll never believe it since I don't have one of those cheap American flags that attach to your window or one of those "freedom will be defended" bumper stickers. It's off to Gitmo for me.
Land of the free
Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases? Persius

Emiliana Torrini - If You Go Away.mp3

There is nothing in the world of music that I love more than a slow, sad song by a female with a sexy whispery voice and I have just discovered Emiliana Torrini, who just happens to be a female singer with a sad, sexy, whispery voice. Not every song is sad and whispery, she has some poplike tracks but her voice is still sexy and the song I am posting is mostly sad.

This appears to be her homepage, and you can buy her albums at Amazon.

Emiliana Torrini - If You Go Away.mp3

Emiliana Torrini
If You Go Away

If you go away on this summer's day,
Then you might as well take the sun away
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new and our hearts were high
When the day was young and the nights were long
And the moon stood still for the night bird's song
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

But if you stay, I'll make you a day
Like no day has been, or will be again
We'll sail on the sun, we'll ride on the rain
And talk to the trees and worship the wind
But if you go, I'll understand
Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

If you go away, as I know you will
You must tell the world to stop turning
Till you return again, if you ever do,
For what good is love without loving you?
Can I tell you now, as you turn to go
I'll be dying slowly till the next hello
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

But if you stay, I'll make you a night
Like no night has been, or will be again
I'll sail on your smile, I'll ride on your touch
I'll talk to your eyes that I love so much
But if you go, I won't cry
Though the good is gone from the word goodbye
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

If you go away, as I know you must
There is nothing left in this world to trust
Just an empty room, full of empty space
Like the empty look I see on your face
I'd have been the shadow of your shadow
If you might have kept me by your side
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

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