News & Politics  
comments_image Comments

NetNomad 58

Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure. This week: RedHeads UK ... Prematuree ... Darenet ... Rodney Crowell ... American Indians and the Digital Divide.
 
 
Share
 
 
 
 

RedHeads UK redheads-uk.freeservers.com

They are victims of something called "redism." No, it has nothing to do with Marx or Mao. Or even McCarthy, for that matter. Redism is the end result of people who think that redheads have a short fuse, an unpredictable temperament or "the last one to be picked for any team." And there are the taunts of "gingernut", "ginger" and "carrot-top" and others. This group was formed in order to combat these and other redisms. You've been warned.

Prematuree www.prematuree.com

There was a time, not so very long ago, when if you had a personal problem you were pretty much on your own. Oh sure, you could ask your parents or visit the local doctor, but a visit to one inevitably lead to a call from the other. Prematuree is a safe and very convenient way to find out what makes the body and mind work. You can ask a question yourself or search the archive.

Darenet home.earthlink.net/~dare2b/index.html?17,3

Darenet is home to Michael Dare, writer, reviewer and all-round grand guy from what we can tell. His site is packed to overflowing with the sort of oddities that can eat up an hour or two in a blink of an eye. Among our favorites, The Ultimate List of Stupid Names, the Assassination picture that Oliver Stone REALLY doesn't want you to see, an inside look at Peter Seller's "Being There" and George W. Bush's Baby Picture. Well-worth a visit.

Rodney Crowell www.rodneycrowell.com

He is a rarity among singer/songwriters or among artists in general, an intelligent, well-spoken craft-smith who writes songs the way some writers write books. Want to know more about the man? His Bio page tells us when and where he was born. End of story. Make up the rest yourself. But there's also some interviews, sound clips and photos of Rodney as a young man.

American Indians and the Digital Divide www.ncai.org/indianissues/DigitalDivide/ddhomepg2.htm

While many Americans are setting out to get connected to the Internet, many Natives are still "to be connected to a basic telephone network." Hard to take part in the Internet revolution if you don't have a telephone. Most tribes face a dual problem; not only catching up to the rest of Digital America, but doing so while retaining their historic roots. How can they catch up? This site explores some of the options.