SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chronicled the Washington press corps, the Vietnam War generation and baseball, was killed in a car crash early Monday, a coroner said. He was 73.
Halberstam, a New Yorker, was a passenger in a car that was broadsided by another vehicle in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.
The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m., and the driver of the car carrying Halberstam identified him as the victim, Foucrault said. A call to Menlo Park police wasn’t immediately returned.
Go to work, come home.
Go to work — and vanish without a trace.
Billions of bees have done just that, leaving the crop fields they are supposed to pollinate, and scientists are mystified about why.
The phenomenon was first noticed late last year in the United States, where honeybees are used to pollinate $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and other crops annually. Disappearing bees have also been reported in Europe and Brazil.
Stock up now.
We’re gonna starve.
Previously in this blog:
Beemageddon: Einstein Prophecy In Doubt
Beemageddon: Human Race Extinction By Cellphone?
Beemageddon: More Speculation
Beemageddon: This Year’s Huge Story
Beemageddon: Soylent Green
Beemageddon: A Quantum Connection?
AL-QAEDA leaders in Iraq are planning the first “large-scale” terrorist attacks on Britain and other western targets with the help of supporters in Iran, according to a leaked intelligence report.
Spy chiefs warn that one operative had said he was planning an attack on “a par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki” in an attempt to “shake the Roman throne”, a reference to the West.
Another plot could be timed to coincide with Tony Blair stepping down as prime minister, an event described by Al-Qaeda planners as a “change in the head of the company”.
The report, produced earlier this month and seen by The Sunday Times, appears to provide evidence that Al-Qaeda is active in Iran and has ambitions far beyond the improvised attacks it has been waging against British and American soldiers in Iraq.
… it better take out the embedded Quislings!
Previously in this blog:
There Is A Righteous Rage (Global Edition)
School Shooters Are Weakling Crybabies Who Should Shoot Themselves First And Thereby Help Improve The Human RaceApril 23, 2007
My favorite David Lynch tidbit, which he talked about in person, but is also in his new little book, is when he was in the middle of making Eraserhead and his father and brother sat him down in a “dark living room” and told him he needed to quit what he was doing and get a real job.
At the time Lynch had a baby daughter, and they were saying he had to be more responsible. So here’s the funny thing, he got a job. What was it? Delivering the Wall Street Journal. At $50.00 a week. And the first night he tried delivering the paper it took him 6 hours!….. Anyway, I think that was the only “responsible” job he ever had. I also have an article somewhere — a great article, in fact — about his Eraserhead days, and in it, he goes on to say how he was basically living in a shed, fixed up with wood he found on the street. He would shoot and work on Eraserhead during the day, then do his paper route, then at night a friend of his would lock him in the shed with a padlock from the outside! That’s how he was living. Anyway, it took him 5 years to do his movie. And the rest is history.
This makes me of think of the hard choices people sometimes have to make. Henry Miller was also living in a situation where he was married and with a daughter, and he walked away from all that, at the age of 40, to begin his precarious career as a writer. Jerry Garcia was also married and with a child, and one day, he just picked up and left. Quit his day job and took up with a bunch of hippies on the Haight to pursue his true love: music. Charles Bukowski quit his job at the Post Office at the age of 49, his pension be damned, to write his first novel. Tom Waits lived in a van for 10 fucking years before he made it — that’s right, a van.
So it seems, there’s quite a bit of suffering involved, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Art has a price.
And I’m supposed to feel sorry for some spoiled little shit of a kid who can’t put up with some insults? Get a fucking clue, kids: Life is one big insult!
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A brave and kind reader of this blog has furnished me with a copy of that video by Eng.
It was originally a YouTube video that was deleted by the service. (Although I understand this decision, I disagree with it.)
I received it as an .MP4 video file. The copy I have runs 7:16 and there is an obvious edit in it (which I will note below). Not having seen the video when it was originally posted, I have to take it on faith that I have been given a true and an undoctored copy.
I have transcribed it into text below with screensnaps. The screensnaps of the MP4 file I judged to be too small to see. I’ve included original-size screensnaps with ones that have been doubled in size.
ENG: Good morning, America. I’d just like to say that I just read about the Virginia Tech incident. It was the funniest thing I’d ever read in my life. Well, the instant I saw that — you know, thirty-two students murdered — I knew it was an Asian. I knew it without reading it. And I got to tell you I’m laughing at the death of your people.
ENG: Let’s see, ah, thirty-one [sic] white or black people murdered. I’d say that, uh, um, that pretty much, uh, that’s pretty much about, uh, five times better than the Chai Vang murders.
ENG: Man, I mean, I can imagine all those families crying. Hilarious. Simply hilarious. And all these little children, you know, like, uh, running around, uh, you know, with bullets in their backs.
ENG: Ah [pleasurable sigh]. That’s beautiful.
ENG: Well, anyway, um, I’d like to get on with, um, another, um, segment of the philosophy news hour, um, except this time, um, I’d like to talk about the nature of conformity. Um, just what exactly is, um, conformity? It’s the, uh, it, it, it’s a, it’s a, it’s an evolutionary construct, as far as I’m concerned, um, because what happened is, that, uh, is, that, uh, when organisms were evolving, originally they were supposed to be, um, loners, um, you know, like, um, single cells and, uh, lizards, et cetera, um, you know, they, they usually run around alone, um, but it, it seemed that it was more effective, um, in terms of evolution, for survival, to, um, team up with one another. Um, you know, it’s kind of like, uh, to team up with one another and, um, in order to improve survival. That’s why, uh, that’s why, uh, packs of, um, apes tend to survive better than, um, than loner apes, um, they tend to gang up, which is, uh, how we get our nature, uh, how we get our desire to conform. Um, and the, and it’s, it’s similar to how, um, single-celled organisms evolved into multi-cellular organisms because it was better to work together than to, um, work alone. Um, but unfortunately, um, this has backfired. Um, I am completely disgusted by the nature of conformity, um, and it seems to me that, uh, it’s, it’s gone a bit too far because, I mean, uh, it is, it’s efficient to, uh, work together otherwise we wouldn’t be able to go to the grocery store to get food, um, we wouldn’t be able to get electricity, but, um, you know, some, most humans just, they, they just conform way too much, they, they, uh, follow each other’s opinions mindlessly, um, and uh, they, uh, they, they don’t really have opinions of their own.
There is an obvious cut here in the video at 2:45. Note lighting change and camera position change (see edge of poster at right).
ENG: Um, for example I was, um, one example of conformity and, uh, its negative effects is how, um, is religion, for instance. I’m disgusted at, uh, people just, uh, mindlessly follow [sic] the constructs of, um, like, this thing, this thing they call the Bible. I mean, it’s, it’s pretty much a collection of two-thousand-year-old stories that look like they were written randomly by a child. I mean, when I was eleven years old I could write better than that. Um, and it’s sickening that the, that the Christian, uh, um, Bible, as they call it, uh, turns, uh, it has lasted this long. It’s really, the only testament that it has is a testament to the, um, to the, um, sick, um, you know, complicit nature of, uh, of uh, of human, um, of the human mind, um, and that so many people still follow it, uh, truly, um, is disturbing. And also another thing I heard was about, uh, about this cult, um, called the Heaven’s Gate cult in which, um, a few hundred, uh, I mean, uh, not a few hundred, uh, like about forty people, um, killed themselves, um, and they had like pocket change in their, um, they were carrying pocket change because they thought they were going to go on a spaceship to play videogames for all eternity. I mean, you know, just hearing that made me feel like killing myself because I just, uh, uh, I, uh, you know, it was so depressing that people, that so many people would, would really be this stupid, um, but then again, I’m not sure stupid is the right term, um, maybe weak-minded is a better term because, uh, I don’t think most of these people actually believe in what they, uh, do, I think they were just, uh, following orders despite what they believe, um, so really I’m not sure which it worse, um, to be stupid or to be a coward, um, both are pretty bad and, um, both are unfortunately elements of human nature to which we are bound because of our, um, of, uh, our need to, um, conform and work together. We cannot, uh, we cannot survive alone, um, to a certain extent. Um, and, you know, I mean, it’s a, that’s why I feel that the only way, the only way to truly, uh, understand the nature of the universe is to, um, you know, isolate yourself from, uh, from other people, because when I find that, uh, that I socialize with other people I, um, automatically gain sympathy towards them and, um, that, that really ruins the objectiveness of, um, the objectivity, of my, um, thought because, um, I, I start to get, uh, you know, I start to look upon my friends more favorably, um, even when they, my friends, even when they could be doing something that is obviously wrong. Um, I sometimes catch myself, um, almost attempting to make excuses for them but then I, uh, you know, obviously catch myself and then, you know, I, I stop doing that, um, you know, I try, uh. I think the only way to, uh, really truly think objectively, and to eliminate all emotion from, um, from one’s thought is to just not have any, um, you know, friends, um, and to, um, you know, I mean, it doesn’t mean that I’m, like, you know, one of those, it doesn’t mean you have to be like one of those loners that goes around, you know, like, uh, shouting at people in the street, um, and talking about, you know, I mean, you could still be it ethically and not make any close connections with people, um, I mean, I still, um, you know, at work, I’m still, uh, you know, like, um, respectful, um, I mean I don’t lose, I don’t sacrifice my dignity, but I’m still respectful. Um, so long as they respect me. Um, but yeah, um, I think that’s pretty much the nature of, um, pretty much what I wanted to say for today. I wish I had more time, um.
ENG: But I am glad that thirty-two white and black people are dead.
ENG: [guffaws] [pleasurable sigh]
ENG: Enjoy the rest of your lives.
I ripped the audio to an .MP3 file and transcribed from that so I wouldn’t be distracted by the visuals. I might have missed a few ums and some people might quibble over whether he said uh or ah. This text is what he said, however, in the copy of the video I have.
The above doesn’t fully convey just what an absolute twisted, sick fuck Eng is. His laughter and guffawing are not for effect. It is not an act. He is enjoying the image and the reality of those murders.
I hope law enforcement finds a connection between Cho Seung-Hui and Eng. I really do. And I hope Eng winds up being sued into eternal poverty for inciting Cho Seung-Hui.
This guy is dangerous. He clearly believes that he has no future, otherwise he would not have alienated himself from society to this degree. What reputable employer would now hire him? What reputable publisher will handle his books? What literary agent would touch him? All any potential employer has to do as part of pre-employment due diligence is a Google search for Kenneth Eng — or his full name, Kenneth Che-Tew Eng — and they will see this post, among many others. This post, which will remain as long as I’m alive and continue to do this blog. This post, which contains his words and his face. This post, which I hope will wind up on digg and reddit so that everyone can see for themselves what Eng is like. This post, which I invite other sites to freely duplicate so that it will live forever.
And you can’t get along
Will you take it easy
Or will you go end it all now
Someday you’ll find
That you’re out of your mind
Will you take it easy
Or will you go end it all now
Kenneth Eng, go end it all.
Chai Vang wikipedia entry (referred to by Eng)
Yellow Skull Organization (Kenneth Eng’s racist group)
Kenneth Eng Bewildering Stories biography
3. Foreplay: Author Kenneth Eng
why we hate kenneth eng
Encyclopedia Dramatica: Kenneth Eng
Kenneth Eng Around The Web
What White People Deserve (according to Kenneth Eng) — link Not Safe for Work, Christians or Other Children
Previously in this blog:
Hey, Canada! You’ve Got Someone Up There You Should Keep An Eye On!
Kenneth Eng: I Hope The FBI Detains Your Sick Ass!
Kenneth Eng: Sometimes A Picture Says More Than Words
Is There A Sick Connection Here I’m Missing?
Note For Kenneth Eng…
Kenneth Eng: WTF?!!?