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- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."

- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"

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Sunday, 24 July 2005

Topic: Photos

Baghdad Exclusive: New Photo from the Green Zone

The palaces Saddam Hussein built in central Baghdad were elaborate, and we occupy them now in an area called the Green Zone. Now they are administrative offices of various sorts. And of course they are on the water, as the Euphrates winds through the area. We received this shot from a Major in the Army stationed there. The wars of man rage on, but there is more than that - life just moving along, as with these ducks.

The Major says: "The ducks that hang out in the pond that surrounds the palace. They come to the guards twice a day like clockwork to be fed bread."

What do they know about wars?

Oh yes, just after midnight, Pacific Time, the new issue of Just Above Sunset, the parent site to this web log, went online. That would be Volume 3, Number 30 for the week of Sunday, July 24, 2005.

What's new?

This week's issue offers unusual exclusive features. Our Man in Tel-Aviv, Sylvain Ubersfeld, meditates on the madness there (first posted here), and Phillip Raines brings back the Treehouse Chronicles after a long hiatus. And there's an atypical item on life out here, specific to some big local changes, and what it means to be hip in Hollywood, that first appeared here, as did the current events items: the new bungled London bombings - the CIA leak scandal metastasizing - the matter of the new guy nominated to the Supreme Court - and items that really are news, but really aren't. These have been modified from what first appeared here. And Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, provides commentary from the other side of the ocean on these matters. And by the end of the week ? in that item - one can't help thinking of a key scene from The Wizard of Oz.

There are five pages of new photography, two extraordinary pages from Don Smith in Paris, and three from local events: our own Los Angeles Bastille Day party (with a link to a new photo album), a so-very-California surfer extravaganza in Malibu, and an art event that was a bit controversial as the artist is mighty strange.

Bob Patterson is back with the Book Wrangler, on where books come from, and as the World's Laziest Journalist, turning entrepreneurial on us, and on the scene hanging with the big guns in Hollywood at a film event.

And of course there's the usual collection of sardonic quotes you can use to stop your opponent cold in any discussion.

Direct links to specific pages -

Current Events ________________

News Notes: Non-Stories
London Again: The Second-String Executes Badly
SCOTUS: Let the fun begin! ('Here come da judge, here come da judge!')
Rush to Judge: Reactions to the US Issues from Our Man in Paris
Enough: The Week Ends in Turmoil (the Wizard of Oz meme catches hold)

Features ________________

Our Man in Tel-Aviv: Armed Brothers
Treehouse Chronicles: July 2005, After the Hurricane
Big Doings in Los Angeles: Hip is Out, Atheism In, and the Media is in Turmoil

Bob Patterson ________________

WLJ Weekly: from the desk of the World's Laziest Journalist - CaféPress to the columnist's rescue? Becoming a millionaire the existentialist way?
Book Wrangler: Columnist = Good and Blogger = Not So Good?
On The Scene: Academy Salute To Don Siegel

Local Photography - Amazing Public Events ________________

Malibu Calling: The Call to the Wall
LA and Paris: A Late Bastille Day
Robert Williams: Through Prehensile Eyes

Paris Photography ________________

Left Bank Lens (1): Bastille Day
Left Bank Lens (2): Unexpected Paris

The Usual ________________

Quotes for the week of July 24, 2005 - Originality and Such
Links and Recommendations: New Photo Album (and tons of other links)


Oh yes, via Google Earth here's the heart of the Green Zone in Baghdad - the presidential palace in the middle.

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