March 23rd, 2003

WWN: Space Alien Mummy Stuns Scientists!

LAHUN, EGYPT — Officials have quietly covered up what may be the most stunning archaeological discovery of all time: The body of a perfectly preserved, carefully mummified space alien found buried in an ancient pyramid!
The 5-foot-3-inch creature was discovered on January 7 near Lahun by an archaeologist exploring a small pyramid near the 12th Dynasty pyramid of Senusret II, but little public mention of the extraordinary find has been made.

“The mummy dates from about 1880 B.C. and is humanoid, but clearly not human,” says a source in the Egyptian Department of Antiquities, who provided details and photographs of the find but spoke under condition of anonymity. “It’s unclear what sex it was, but we do know it had unusual reptilian-type skin, no external ears and overly large, almond-shaped eyes. The mummy’s tomb inscriptions showed it was a counselor to the king named Osirunet, which means ‘star- or heaven-sent.’ The body was mummified and buried with great respect and care, accompanied by a number of strange objects that we cannot identify.”

The alien mummy was unearthed by Dr. Viktor Lubek, a Czechoslovakian citizen and retired professor from the University of Pennsylvania, according to the Egyptian source. The archaeologist located its hidden burial chamber while investigating a small pyramid to the south of the main pyramid at the Senusret II site thought to contain the pharaoh’s queen.

“It was apparent from the outset that this tomb contained someone extraordinary because the mummy had been preserved in a very unusual manner,” the Egyptian source says. “There was a mixture of gold and clay coating the corpse, and remaining vestiges of a linen-type cloth covered the being’s skin. Objects inside the tomb included devices made of a tough synthetic-type material that no one has been able to identify, and the uses of these strange machine-like items are a complete mystery. No one’s ever seen anything like this in any Egyptian tomb.”

The source says the bizarre find has caused consternation among Egyptian officials, who want to cover it up until a plausible explanation can be found for the strange mummy. The government has consulted a number of respected archaeologists, but to date none can explain the artifact in ordinary terms. “The truth is, almost every expert who has seen this mummy has concluded it’s not of earthly origin,” the source says. “There’s a feeling this is an extraterrestrial who somehow ended up advising an Egyptian king. But everyone in the government is shying away from that conclusion because it backs up wacky New Age ideas that the ancient Egyptians had help from space aliens in building their extraordinary civilization. The Egyptians refuse to believe their heritage came from outer space,” he said.

The mummy is slated to be flown to a university in Florida where specialists will examine it more closely.

March 23rd, 2003

letter from Mark Z. Sun Mar 23 2003

I’m confused, Michael. Why is it OK for us to kill and maim iraqis by the hundreds or thousands, with our bombs but heaven forbid, they capture a few Americans and interrogate them and everybody is up in arms because it’s against the Geneva convention? Killing and maiming is OK but questioning is not? It doesn’t make any sense.

And what is with the media? Operation Iraqi freedom? Is that what we’re doing?

Do you know anyone in the media who’s being objective about this war?
This is really bothering me.


March 23rd, 2003

letter from Mike B. Sat. Mar 22 2003

This morning’s anti-war protest in Long Beach was interesting.
(No matter one’s political views on such things, I think the
aesthetic and incidental elements are interesting and sometimes
telling about our society.)

There were about 200 people. At least one woman had never been to
an anti-war protest before, and was surprised that passers-by
would shout hostile things. The organizers gave everyone a
flier asking us to behave and to keep things neat. Volunteers
went around before the march with trash bags, actively soliciting
trash. (“You want that flier? I can throw it away for you.”)

The sentiments were the usual mix of requests for peace and
ad hominem attacks on the president. There was a new set of
slogans, befitting a protest during a war, and most poetically
summed-up by a sign carried by one marcher:


There were at least 4 and perhaps as many as a dozen counter-protestors.
These folks were the flip-side of the most annoying of the protestors.
They mainly shouted “TRAITORS!” and offered to buy us tickets to
France or Germany. If this march had been a month ago, I would have
accepted the offer, but now I have to spend too much time training for
my hike to go overseas. One of the protestors, a Gulf War vet, kept
shouting in reply, “Who’d you serve with, brother? I love my country.
When did you serve?”

I think counter-protesting is bad news, very prone to being taken
the wrong way even when not done by cranks. I spent many hours
arguing with Scott Schaeffer-Duffy that we should not counter-protest
people marching in solidarity with Israel. The only time I have felt
OK with counter-protesting was when I was with The Billionaires in
NYC and we would counter-protest Green Party rallies, on one memorable
afternoon heckling Susan Sarandon in Washington Square Park.

Stay well, stay strong, and stay true to yourself.

Mike B.
Long Beach, California

“The saints are simply those men and women who relish the event
of life as a gift and who realize that they only way to honor such
a gift is to give it away.”

  –William Stringfellow, Dissenter in a Great Society

March 23rd, 2003

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival
began performing in the wake of September 11, with the “commitment to create the world in which we would like to live.” From short, satirical skits to an hour-long touring musical, the theater is an extension of the social change activism of the collective’s members. I saw their new
work about oil dependancy, Oiligarchy, at the Tudor Bookshop in Kingston last Wednesday, Mar 19. The night “the war” started and the last evening my car started. How prophetic.

March 23rd, 2003

America Still the Best
NEW! in Foundlings

This has been in my “little black book” since I don’t know when.

March 23rd, 2003

Globalvision News Network article on Wooing al Jazeera

March 23rd, 2003

U.S. Department of Art & Technology

The US Department of Art and Technology is the principal conduit for facilitating the artist’s need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

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