News & Politics

NetNomad 32

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: BushOnCrack.com . . . katie.com . . . CounterPunch's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books . . . Broadway.com . . . Angry Planet Photo Agency.
BushOnCrack.com (www.bushoncrack.com/)

They call it "pure uncut satire." And just in case the title did not tip you off, there is this additional disclaimer: "BushOnCrack is not intended for readers who cannot tell their ass from a hole in the ground." Oh boy. The site features fake political news items and is very funny indeed. One feature tells us that Tipper plans to star in a new TV show entitled "La Dem Nikita," in which she will play a top-secret government operative. Or the announcement that the Democrats are dropping their radio and television advertisements featuring the slogan, "Gore: The Other White Guy," along with news that Vice-President Al Gore has accused Dick Cheney of illegally downloading and copying his own 1992 Vice Presidential acceptance speech from the Web.

katie.com (www.katie.com)

Here's one for the record books. Katie Jones has had a website at katie.com since 1996. It was a personal site, containing a resume, a few photographs of her 18-month old baby boy, links to her business (online chat sites) and not much else. All was well until Penguin in the UK published a book entitled "Katie.com," a novel dealing with someone who is abused after meeting the abuser on a chat site. Now of course Katie Jones' site has been inundated with hits from people wanting to know details about the abuse, including friends who have written to her expressing shock that she had hid such a horrific past from them. Katie has since removed all the personal information from her site, replacing it with a heartfelt plea for Penguin to do the right thing, though Lord only knows what that might be.

CounterPunch's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books (www.counterpunch.org/top100nf.html)

The full title is CounterPunch's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books of the Century. And what a list it is! The editors at CounterPunch (Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair) say that they have read all the other top lists and didn't care so much for them, so they have compiled their own. This is the first installment of non-fiction books first published in English. And it is worth bearing in mind that it is in alphabetical order by author. Titles include a number of personal favorites, including Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire: a season in the wilderness, Philip Agee's Inside the Company: CIA diary, Noam Chomsky's The Fateful Triangle: the United States, Israel and the Palestinians and Peter Matthiessen's In The Spirit of Crazy Horse. Those books not out-of-print (and many are) may be ordered directly from a link to Amazon.com

Broadway.com (www.Broadway.com/)

The Broadway.com site has just announced the winners of its The Rocky Horror Show Online Casting Call. Julia Bell of Montvale, NJ and Travis Sentell of Atlanta, GA each won private auditions in New York with The Rocky Horror Show's producer, director, casting director and choreographer. Online voting took place August 4 through August 10 and the site now features the winning videos from each winner. The site also includes theatre news, reviews, interviews, show synopses and extensive multimedia coverage, plus show times for live theatres in the Top 100 US markets, covering approximately 1,900 venues from large commercial theatres to community playhouses.

Angry Planet Photo Agency (www.angry-planet.com/)

Formed in 1995 by photographer Havard Houen and journalist Roy Krovel, Angry Planet Photo Agency displays "pictures of resistance and struggle from all over the planet." As one might imagine, the photos are quite exceptional. The current collection includes two exhibits. Gorm K. Gaare's "Roma in The Czech Republic" features stark photos of the Romani family Gasi who live in the village of Bela nad Radbuzou, west of the city Pilsen, close to the German border. Almost 80 per cent of the approximately 300 000 Roma in the Czech Republic are without work. Just as compelling is Thor Nielsen's "The reluctant refugees," featuring rare pictures from the North-Korea/Chinese border. The archive includes photos from Burma, Colombia, Guatemala, East Timor, Mexico and Sri Lanka.