For the record, I'd rather read whatever lint Lindsay found taking up space in her brain that day than stale, bulleted meta-lists from bloggers who think they can tell others how to blog. Stories like Lindsay's make me more and more inclined to dismiss better-than-thou meta-bloggers, who are often the driest reads on the net.
Bloggers: Do whatever floats your boat. Think new, think big, bust out of these boring boxes the so-called experts want to force you into. The floating of boats is what eventually made blogging a high-profile hobby that brings about book deals and high traffic and personal success. Want to make a splash with your blog? Listen to people like this less. (And listen to me even less than that.)
(hat tip: Kate)
This morning I was taken back to the first part of 2005 when I first started blogging at WKRN. It was then that I dared to say the following:
Why is it that when right-wing bloggers talk about Gitmo they fail to mention that there is no way to know if those being held there are guilty of anything at all? Many of these detainees have had no charges formally filed against them and even after the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Gitmo have the right to legal representation almost two-thirds still have none.
Why was I reminded of that painful time caused by the idiocy of a couple of neo-con warmongers? Oh, only this story from NPR confirming the sentiment I took such shit for expressing:
It was among the largest detainee transfers from Guantanamo. Over the past few years, about 420 prisoners have been released — that's more than half the total number incarcerated at Guantanamo since the opening days of the war on terror.
Joanne Mariner, a counter-terrorism expert with Human Rights Watch, said her organization has been tracking what has happened to those detainees who have been released.
"We found that most detainees have basically returned back to obscurity. They haven't been involved in any kind of violent acts, and they've essentially returned to their lives," she said.
From the moment the detainees first started arriving at Guantanamo in January 2002, and for a few years thereafter, the Bush administration portrayed the men as ruthless killers, the worst of the worst, sentiments echoed at the time by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers.
"These are people that would gnaw through hydraulic lines in the back of a C-17 to bring it down. So these are very, very dangerous people," Myers said.
Rumsfeld said Guantanamo contained prisoners "perfectly willing to kill themselves and kill other people."
Critics, however, say that the release of hundreds of detainees undermines the administration's assertion that all Guantanamo prisoners are extremely dangerous. They say it is likely there was not enough evidence to hold them in the first place.
The quality of evidence was also called into question recently by a military officer who sharply criticized the process, known as Combatant Status Review Tribunal, or CSRT, used to decide whether a detainee should be held indefinitely. Reserve Army Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham heard some of the evidence against the detainees.
"In reality, the information upon which CSRT decisions were based were vague, generalized, dated, and of little probative value," he said.
There is just one. Only once in my life have I ever gone to the very beginning of the archives of someone's blog, and read the entire thing in long stretches until I was finished. It took about 3 days, reading for two hours at a time, glued to the monitor. I can't remember how I stumbled up ex-millennial girl, which makes it even more special to me. I didn't find it on Metafilter or read about it at Salon. It was pure happenstance.
Her blog reads like a book. Stefanie was a stripper at Scores in NYC at the turn of the millennium, at which time she developed a righteous addiction to opium. Not herion, opium. She begins her tale in Florida when she a couple years out of high school, and then reveals her wild life from there. She is a skilled storyteller, always ending her posts with a nice kick to the gut or surprisingly sweet sentiment. Her memory is superb, so much so in fact, that I wondered for a time if I was being put on. It has happened before. But she also publishes pictures taken at the time, which she has scanned in. Her debauchery was well documented. In fact, one of the main characters in her stories started reading and sent in what she thinks are more flattering photographs of herself. She's writing her memoirs in hopes to sell it in book form. I hope it works out, because I totally want one.
The story I'm going to tell you is completely factual, as I saw it. It begins in February of 1998, when I was 20 years old.
That's a long time ago, I realize. I am the type of person who can remember conversations verbatim from my childhood, so I'm going to do that as best I can.
My story: I was a stripper during the dot.com boom, a totally different world.