I came across a very amazing discovery on another blog Life in Two Languages. Follow the link and scroll down to where the author talks about a man in her class who was in a paramilitary death squad in El Salvador that was trained by the School of the Americas. Reading that post reminds me of two things…

First, that the horrors that went on were real. I’ve read about what the US School of the Americas did in training assasins and masters of torture in Latin America from School of the Americas Watch, but somehow coming across this account of a man who bore the scars from this military days who was actually trained there, puts a very real face on things.

But, secondly and maybe more importantly, I am reminded that it is ALWAYS wrong to dehumanize our enemies. In reading the account, the blog author says, “…Whichever was the truth, he’s here now trying to make a better life for himself and his family. Whether he’s finally escaped a cycle of poverty and violence, or whether his new life is an attempt at redemption for his sins, he’s sitting across the table looking at me and hoping I’ll help. ” Reading this reminds me that even those we tend to revile our human beings, just like you and me. They may have done bad things, but so have we all.

Enough late night thoughts. Read the blog. It’s very compelling.

Here are a few of my favorite music zines…

Vagrantcafe.com – music, culture, art, etc. Good message boards (also some of my poetry is published on their poetry section)

Fineprintmag.com – founded by the staff of Bandoppler, R.I.P. A good, artsy music zine.

Exitzine.com – it sucks, but I love it because me and my friends run it

Greetings all,

Sorry I haven’t done a good job of keeping this thing updated, but that will change as I’ve gotten all fired up reading a Mediachannel story on blogging.

So anyway, here are some of the latest links of interest…

First, Austin sites that I should mention include The pedi-cab petition, which I must admit is a shameless plug for a petition I’ve started to help all of my fellow pedi-cab drivers; Austinfast.com, a comprehensive (but rather cluttered) Austin portal site, and Michael Bluejay’s Austin Bicycling website, the definitive source for Austin bicycling info.

If you’re interested in following the upcoming NYC mayor’s race, check these sites out:

Kramerformayor.com – This is the campaign site from the real guy that the Seinfeld character was based on. He got the Libertarian party’s nomination for mayor of NYC and from what I can see is running a decent campaign.

Politics1.com – NY – a good resource for researching all of the candidates on the upcoming NYC city election. They have all of the candidates, even those of 3rd parties.

NY Green Party newsletter

If you have any thoughts, gripes, etc email me at jmb@jmbzine.com

oh yeah, be sure and read lemonyellow.com. h.a. halpert is a very cool pioneer of this kinda thing.

yeah, if you’re wondering i’m bored and having fun making posts about nothing…. no i didn’t mean it like that. ms. lemonyellow is cool. the ny times had a story about her back when she lived in austin.

oh while i’m thinknig about austin, be sure and look for my letter to the editor in the chronicle on pedi-cabs. it should appear in this week or next week’s issue.

Austinbikecabs.com – goofy picture of me on the front page

sites i seem to spend most of my time at lately…

www.oscn.net – looking up case at work

www.vagrantcafe.com – arguing politics

as you can see my life has been rather mundane as of late. work, go home, get online, sleep. i miss austin a lot.

but, i am making money. sadly money is badly needed if i want to go to NYC and Cornerstone this summer. kinda sad though working all summer for a week and a half of joy. i need some joy now.