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"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."

- 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, 4 December 2005

Topic: Announcements

Accept No Substitutes - Go to the Source

The new issue of Just Above Sunset - Volume 3, Number 49 for the week of Sunday, December 4, 2005 - is now available. This is the weekly magazine-format parent site to this daily web log, and there you will find extended versions of items that first appeared here along with wealth of new material.

This week? The national dialog - on what we do, why we do it and who we really are - gets stranger each week and in this issue you will find detail of just how odd it has become. What seem like hot items, news stories that effect us all, gain traction or sink in the noise of the next issue. Do the Iraqis want us there or not, and what are our efforts doing not just to them, but also to us? And what's with their local death squads? Did we encourage what we now must stop? And the big issue hangs above it all - are we leaving there one day, or soon, or not, and who is deciding and who is spinning the issues, and why? The president spoke on this, and no one changed his or her position. Underneath it all, basically, we scorn each other. And we defend ourselves against all sorts of charges, and our government pushes back and perhaps makes things worse. And the religious-minded, some of them, want some radical changes in what we say is real. Oh my!

Well, "Our Man in London," Mick McCahill, sends word from there about chilly times over there too. "Our Man in Paris," Ric Erickson, documents the end of the November madness there and the enthralling season where it seems not much happened - and offers a page of photos of that.

Bob Patterson is back, donning his tin-foil conspiracy hat in his role as the World's Laziest Journalist, but as the Book Wrangler gives solid advice to writers.

Southern California photography this week - The Santa Monica Pier - in eight nested pages of a foggy morning there, and a link to a fifty-eight shot photo album. Of course there are the usual botanical photographs that readers demand (but they're fun to shoot).

As a change of pace, the quotes this week are on language and thought - the basic stuff, said in very odd ways.

Direct links to specific pages -

Current Events ______________________

Lining Up the Week: What's Hot News, What's Not
What Cannot Be Said: Done Deal - We're Out of There
Death Squads: Just Like Old Times - Leaving No Fingerprints
The Plan: The President Explains Everything, and Other Things Happen
Basics: Under the News
Hard Rice: Dominatrix Diplomacy
Three Details: Tying Up Loose Ends
Religion: The Devil in the Details

The International Desk ______________________

Our Man in London: Power Out
Our Man in Paris: Goodbye November

Bob Patterson ______________________

WLJ Weekly: from the desk of the World's Laziest Journalist - Was "The Blond Ghost" in Dealey Plaza?
Book Wrangler: What Is A Fact Checker Supposed To Do With A Parable?

Guest Photography ______________________

Noël: Oh to be Rich and in Paris at Christmas

Southern California Photography ______________________

On Location: The Santa Monica Pier
Botanicals: December in Santa Monica

Quotes for the week of December 4, 2005 - On Language and Thought
Links and Recommendations: New Photo Album - On Location Again

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