July 1, 2000
Oracle Corporation - whose leader, Larry Ellison, is a fierce foe of Bill Gates - has admitted spying on Microsoft. Ellison, who is roughly as rich as Gates, has even defiantly taken credit for the espionage. Oracle is loudly proclaiming that some allegedly independent organizations in the computer industry are really front groups hired by Microsoft to sway Congress and public opinion. Whether the charge is true or not, one software behemoth hiring a private detective agency to undermine another is unsettling.
April 13, 1995
Lots of well-meaning folks patrol the nagging perversities of society - mothers against drunks, parents against violence, neighborhood residents against drug dealers. And now Philadelphia has Gaskins Against Garbage. Deborah and Eric Gaskins spend much of their own time going after the residents, workers, store owners and other miscreants who illegally dump garbage in West Fairmount Park and surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhoods. Surely if all neighborhoods had a couple of garbage pickers as ambitious as the Gaskins, Philadelphia would be a cleaner city.
April 20, 1987 |
A month later and 1,400 miles from where it came, 3,000 tons of garbage sit on a barge in the Gulf of New Mexico, waiting for a final home. The New York town of Islip, which shipped it away, doesn't want it back. The states of North Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana have turned it away. Now, as the barge remained about 17 miles south of Grand Isle yesterday, officials worry that gusty offshore weather could suddenly solve the problem of where to dump the rotting garbage. "All it would take is a (weather)
April 29, 2002 |
The bartenders danced Friday night at the Electric Factory, but Shirley Manson really moved. For 95 minutes, she jumped, ran, danced, kicked the air, ground her hips, and seemed to occupy all points at once. She was frenetic, kitschy and fresh: equal parts Elvis in Vegas, Tae-Bo trainer, and Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Dressed tightly in black with a butch blond hairdo, the 35-year-old Edinburgh native weaved among Wisconsin-based Garbage men Duke Erikson and Steve Marker and tour bassist Daniel Schulman.
July 29, 1990 |
Friday morning in West Chester. 6:30 a.m. Cans sit on curbs and in back alleys, stuffed with garbage. There are bulging plastic bags, too - white, black and green. The rain, which began falling Thursday night, is now a steady sprinkle that fills the cans and tap-taps on the plastic bags. Inside the public works garage on Lacey Street, the men prepare for duty. They drink coffee and pull on yellow rain suits and green gloves. Harlan "Smitty" Smith, James "Benny" Briscoe, James Strothers and Bruce Suplee are ready to go. Smith drives the truck.
October 29, 1998 |
As its moniker suggests, Garbage is a postmodern scavenger Dumpster-diving in the trash heap of pop music and technology. Tuesday night, the band resurfaced at the Electric Factory with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Something old: Although the band uses the latest in high-tech studio wizardry, even calling its new album Version 2.0 (Almo), itself a wry admission that a new Garbage record is not much different from a software upgrade, it also borrows from earthier, arguably more organic tunesmiths to put a little ghost in its machine.
May 6, 1994 |
If you dread the information superhighway and are mystified by how they propose to fill the airtime on 500 channels, check out one satiric speculation in Shu Lea Cheang's erratic and occasionally erotic Fresh Kill. The film is billed as an exercise in "eco-cybernoia," which is not the fear of robots controlling our environment but a wild plunge into our junk culture. The focus, more or less, is a lesbian couple raising a young daughter and eking out a living from other people's trash and castoffs.
July 17, 1998 |
In your editorial (June 27), "Garbage in? You're out!" you filled eight inches of space with garbage. You portrayed the real Capt. Dan Castro as just another status quo deskbound egomaniac playing with numbers to inflate his own reputation. We in the West Philadelphia Anti-Crime Partnership have worked closely with the officer you defamed, building a model community/police partnership for this section of the city. One of our members, Herman Wrice of Mantua Against Drugs, began a similar process in the late 1980s.
April 14, 2001
Since nothing lives forever, it's safe to say that newspaper series - like everything else - must come to an end. The only possible exception could be Urban Warrior's "Dump of the Day. " Her source material seems inexhaustible. Even if, by some miracle, every trash-strewn eyesore in Philadelphia could disappear overnight, more would spring up by morning, like the proverbial dragon's teeth. Sad to say, there seems no limit to Philadelphians' capacity to foul their own nests.
August 14, 1989 |
The office comics call Patricia Poore's new magazine a lot of things - a down-to-Earth publication filled with filthy language, a trashy read for people feeling down in the dumps and, if they are in a rotten mood, a total solid waste. She calls it Garbage. "For about two years, when we called it anything," she says now, "we called it the garbage magazine. Then it dawned on us - that was the right name. " Go ahead and laugh. But so far, 90,000 people have ordered Vol. 1, No. 1, and the presses are now rolling off 124,000 copies.