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Those who report on their government’s human rights abuses should care about the murder of Anna Politkovskaya

As a journalist, Anna Politkovskaya’s fearless coverage of the conflict and human rights situation in Chechnya earned her international recognition. It also brought harassment and intimidation from authorities. She was detained, threatened and poisoned because of her work. In October 2006, she was shot dead at her home in Moscow. via Anna Politkovskaya | Amnesty… Read More »

My Summer Vacation – Backpack Camping in Yosemite

Photos by Xeno, September 2012 I took a break from posting for a week or so while backpack camping in Yosemite. We went on an REI sponsored backpack adventure which began with one night at Tuolomne Meadows Backpackers camp to acclimatize to the altitude. We carried roughly 40 lb packs for several days at nearly… Read More »

Karma Experiment Results: Good deeds are punished

I thought donating my vacation time to helping feed people and helping friends instead of squandering my money on an island paradise might improve my Karma, but after returning to work from my vacation, I’ve experienced, instead, an obvious run of bad luck. Some people count their blessings, but I’ve started counting my curses: I… Read More »

Movie Review: The Change Up

I went on a date to a movie recently and she picked the film and I didn’t bother to see the previews or read the reviews. Mistake. See the movie “Change Up” if you are a guy with homosexual tendencies who would enjoy seeing a live naked baby squirt diarrhea into someone’s open mouth. Otherwise,… Read More »

What happened to Xenophilia.com?

Xenophilia.com should be back by Tuesday, June 14, 2011. My 10 year hosting plan for Xenophilia.com expired. After shopping around, I found a better deal with a different ISP for another long period of time. Once I get everything set up, I’m going to try to move this entire blog back to that domain, where… Read More »

My Short Sale: Everything Worked Out Fine

Now I believe. I did it.€  I bought a home, it sank, and now I have successfully abandoned ship. It was down to the wire: The Short Sale closed days before a foreclosure was due. I was almost taken for $3,000 by some shifty lawyers. In the end, a few hundred dollars to a qualified… Read More »

Video: Got the Blues? Try this…

How was your day? Nothing much happened today. It is raining. It is tax time.€  The news is depressing.€ According to some, the year€ 2010 could be the end. (Yeah right…) Listening back to my hours and hours of work on my music, I realized tonight that I don’t really like my own songs, so I pulled€ them… Read More »

It seems I’m Descended from Kings of England

Interesting surprise:€  If not for King Henry I of England 32 generations ago, I would not exist.€  I do partly have his nose … and his chin according to the Illustration of King Henry I from Cassell’s History of England. I have a new interest in history now.€  My line to him is through “Elizabeth,… Read More »

Coincidence or Precognition?

Image: Maldives, island paradise, by daniel pozo Sometimes it seems that ripples from the future influence the present. I once had a vivid lucid dream where I walked through a particular tree. Years later I got a job in a building very close to that tree, and my office is straight through that particular tree… Read More »

Special link for viewing this WordPress blog on small web browsers

Someone was having trouble viewing this blog on small browsers. To view posts, you can use this link: http://xenophilius.notlong.com or this€ http://alturl.com/kosb Both of the above are short URLs for the link below. (The two http:// s are intentional.) €  You can use google mobile reader to view any RSS feed this way: http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/http://xenophilius.wordpress.com/feed

Blogging from the road – Geocaching and Exploring Portland, OR

The day after Christmas: I’m on the road, visiting Portland, Oregon. News posts will be sporadic, returning in full force in the New Year,€  but you are welcome to continue discussing/commenting on stories. A few minutes ago, after breakfast at a caf√© called “detour,” (where I took the photo below), I used an iPhone app… Read More »

Password Protected Posts

I’m playing with password protected posts tonight. Email me and tell me who you are and what you do for a living and why you want to read the post. I might send you the password.

Want a job? Give Bozeman your Facebook, Google passwords

If you’re planning to apply for a job with the city of Bozeman, Mont., be prepared to hand over much more than your references and resume. The Rocky Mountain city instructs all job applicants to divulge their user names and passwords for “any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited… Read More »

Last night of harmony festival

Last night of harmony festival, originally uploaded by xeno735. I’m lucky to be alive tonight. On Highway 101 South a large deer walked onto the freeway in front of my car. I had to slam on the brakes and swerve. The Prius I was driving handled very well breaking hard at freeway speed. Got two… Read More »