Gimme a call sometime.
Extra Aqua Vitae Nulla Salus
Sure, I mentioned these posters a while back, but looking at this wonderful collection of security related posters(there are hundreds - and they are all classics) I realized that I should bring them up again here. The quotes and graphics are truly memorable.
"NASA grounds the space shuttle program while engineers determine the effects of debris falling from Discovery during blastoff. More soon."
Can we deal with this please. Non-answering shall be construed as a binding admission of bullshit.
QUICK, turn on the Nasa TV to watch the launch. I recommend mixing in Daft Punk's "Da Funk". Good contrast.
An economics paper.
Thanks war on terror!
I knew it had to happen sooner or later, and I am glad it finally did:
Numark, the leading name in the world of DJ products and accessories, proudly announces the iDJ Mixing Console for iPod portable music players. The iDJ enables mobile DJs and iPod enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate their portable music libraries with other music and sound reinforcement systems transforming the iPod from a personal music player into a source playback device. With its compact form factor, comprehensive feature set, and a blue on white aesthetic appeal that blends perfectly with the iPod, Numarks iDJ makes the music more accessible and the party better than ever.Sure, you have to have two iPods, but it's not like having two turntables was ever any cheaper.
When encrytion is outlawed only outlaws will have the unique prime factorization of very large numbers
You can do anything...
The number of Arabs using the Web is still small compared to America, but it's growing all the time. Islamic extremists recruit members and spread hatred via the Web -- and get the headlines -- but far more people in the Arab world are using the Internet to connect and share information.
Is this constitutional?
How do you report a story about a man who dies while having sex with a horse? With a snigger? Or straight?
From J. Calcanis, the overlord of Weblogsinc:
If back in September when we started playing with Google Adsense someone told me it would turn into a $1M a year business I would have laughed. A million bucks without a sales person? Give me a break!That's just crazy talk. Amazicrazy talk. I think Drink Tank needs to go find like 95 more bloggers and post like crazy.
However, yesterday we broke our $2,100 record with a $2,335 day. That’s an impressive number I know, because if we can take that number to $2,739.72 we’re at—wait for it—$1M a year.
And people wonder why I have become such a recluse in recent years: read this article from the Los Angeles Times, and it will explain everything. Couldn't have said it better myself. Perfect.
Don't forget to zoom in.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than two dozen doctors walked out of one of Baghdad's busiest hospitals on Tuesday to protest what they said was abuse by Iraqi soldiers, leaving about 100 patients to fend for themselves in chaotic wards.
I have some stuff to do for a few weeks. Here's some homework, though, just from the current front page.
Until there is a way to prevent the US from entering pointless wars, there is a genuine strategic interest in making the US seem pigheaded, bloody-minded, and almost comically unwilling to see the writing on the wall — “resolute,” in the current rhetoric.
DNC chairman pitches libertarian politics in Deadwoodland.
"In a suit ACORN, ["the grassroots group agitating for a "living wage" in cities across the country" -ed] filed to exempt itself from California's minimum wage laws, the organization wrote in its brief:I'm not sure I feel comfortable reading a blog with this picture under its heading."As acknowledged both by the trial court and California, the more that ACORN must pay each individual outreach worker--either because of minimum wage or overtime requirements--the fewer outreach workers it will be able to hire."
by T.L. James of MarsBlog. Part of our weekly Sufi Wisdom series. As terrorist Islam does its best to discredit the religion, it is important to remember that there are other voices within the faith. One such is the Sufis, a branch of Islamic mystics with roots in many religious traditions. The lessons of Sufism are often communicated through humorous stories and mystical or romantic poetry.
A bedouin, making a long desert trek, pitched his small black tent and lay down to sleep. As the night grew colder his camel woke him up with a nudge. 'Master, it is cold. May I put my nose inside the tent to warm it?' The traveller agreed, and settled down to sleep again. Scarcely an hour had passed, however, before the camel began to feel colder. 'Master, it is much colder. Can I put my head inside the tent?'
First his head was admitted to the tent, then, on the same argument, his neck. Finally, without asking, the camel heaved his whole bulk under the cloth. When he had, as he thought, settled himself, the bedouin was lying beside the camel, with no covering at all. The camel had uprooted the tent, which hung, totally inadequately, across his hump.
'Where has the tent gone?' asked the confused camel.
...Mark Yost, writing from the air-conditoned splendor of his office or home in leafy Minnesota:
Me, November 13, 2004:
The thing I don't like about Gonzales is not ideological, but personal. His work experience includes a lot of legal advice to the President... I think he's being promoted to a position where he can do a lot more to ensure the President doesn't get in trouble with the law, and I think that's Bad. This obviously isn't partisan.
His record as a top administration official is clear: he is altogether too much a company man, all too willing to waive constitutional limits in support of radical expansions of executive power. He should not be allowed to serve on a Court that will in the future be called upon to check that power.
US tried to help pro-US politicians win Iraq election.
Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election?
"No one will be in my cabinet and in jail at the same time"
I'm beginning to rethink patents. Are they really useful? Or are they overly abused, granted too often, and granted too broadly?
Wired News: Who Says Robots Can't Bluff?: "Who Says Robots Can't Bluff? "
Or: How the EU constitution got so long
Smart bear terrorizes Croatia.
Definition: VeggieTechie - a person who eats vegetables and synthetic meat but not meat harvested from an animal.
Live action version of the best fodder for robot-dancing 3D CGI ever...
Based on a conversation I had with Oded, I'll go ahead and post some of the drinks I'd love to share with you if certain events come to pass.
special occasions: drinkswould you guys look forward to enjoying/providing?
For some years now, I've been pondering a little amendment to the Constitution. Nothing too grand, mind you. Just a little something that could fit on a cocktail napkin, yet at the same time provide more legal clarity than 100 Sandra Day O'Connor opinions.
And, so, without further ado, here it is, my 28th Amendment:
AND WE MEAN IT!!!
Granted, it would be the first amendment written in all caps. And I'm pretty sure it would be the first use of an exclamation point, let alone three consecutive, in any of our nation's foundational documents ("We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor!!!").
Test post. This is a cool site anyway :)
If you have 43places to go, and you want to do it cheaply, consider checking Airfare Watchdog Blog:
This is Your Inside Guide to the Airlines' Secret Fare Wars and Other Bargains. Every day, airlines lower a few, or a few hundred, fares to amazingly low levels. No one knows why. The airlines won't talk about it, and they don't advertise them. How do you find these fares? By checking this site frequently, every day.NPR interviewed the creator of the site, George Hobica, this morning.
This sounds pretty bad.
Consider filtering. Blocking the Democracy Times at the Chinese border is kid stuff. The Chinese state accomplishes much more by filtering not just Web content, but the tools that allow the Internet to function: search engines, chat rooms, blogs, and even e-mail. The idea is to make filtering a basic fact of the Web. And filtering a tool like a search engine has the benefit of subtlety, because to most people searches will feel free even when they're not. How many of us can tell when something goes missing in a Google result?
OK - as noted I am an advocate of free food, but this is just craaazy - two free foods in as many days. Today Wienerschnitzel is offering a free chili dog to anyone who rolls in off the street drunk and hungry between the hours of 5-8pm. They are also offering a free Tastee-Freez ice cream to go with it. Damn.
In under 15 hours I will be in Warsaw, Poland. About 32 hours after that, I'll be in Zagreb, Croatia. About a day after that, I should be on the island Brac getting dark, petting my regal dog, and barbecuing with the locals. So long, my fellow Americas and Drink Tankers, and thanks for all the fish!
Tilts a little bit towards the "conspiracy theory" end of things, but thought I would post this for your review:
A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.
Batman begins: The Imax Experience was sold out, so I saw the Speilberg picture instead. It's an obvious political polemic, arguing aginst the occupation of Iraq. Really. (Even Bill O'Reilly noticed.)
almost two years ago
Q Scott, earlier this week you told us that neither Karl Rove, Elliot Abrams nor Lewis Libby disclosed any classified information with regard to the leak. I wondered if you could tell us more specifically whether any of them told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?
MR. McCLELLAN: Those individuals -- I talked -- I spoke with those individuals, as I pointed out, and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this. And that's where it stands.
Q So none of them told any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA?
MR. McCLELLAN: They assured me that they were not involved in this.
Q Can I follow up on that?
Q They were not involved in what?
MR. McCLELLAN: The leaking of classified information.
Q Did you undertake that on your own volition, or were you instructed to go to these --
MR. McCLELLAN: I spoke to those individuals myself.
QUESTION: Do you stand by your statement from the fall of 2003, when you were asked specifically about Karl and Elliot Abrams and Scooter Libby, and you said, "I've gone to each of those gentlemen, and they have told me they are not involved in this"?
QUESTION: Do you stand by that statement?
MCCLELLAN: And if you will recall, I said that, as part of helping the investigators move forward on the investigation, we're not going to get into commenting on it. That was something I stated back near that time as well.
QUESTION: Scott, this is ridiculous. The notion that you're going to stand before us, after having commented with that level of detail, and tell people watching this that somehow you've decided not to talk.
You've got a public record out there. Do you stand by your remarks from that podium or not?
MCCLELLAN: I'm well aware, like you, of what was previously said. And I will be glad to talk about it at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is when the investigation...
QUESTION: (inaudible) when it's appropriate and when it's inappropriate?
MCCLELLAN: If you'll let me finish.
QUESTION: No, you're not finishing. You're not saying anything.
You stood at that podium and said that Karl Rove was not involved. And now we find out that he spoke about Joseph Wilson's wife. So don't you owe the American public a fuller explanation. Was he involved or was he not? Because contrary to what you told the American people, he did indeed talk about his wife, didn't he?
MCCLELLAN: There will be a time to talk about this, but now is not the time to talk about it.
QUESTION: Do you think people will accept that, what you're saying today?
MCCLELLAN: Again, I've responded to the question.
QUESTION: You're in a bad spot here, Scott...
White House: No comment.
You and everybody in this room — or most people in this room, I should say — know me very well, and they know the type of person that I am. And I’m confident in our relationship that we have.
Following my pattern of alerting everyone to free food when it arises, I would like to share the fact that today the 7-11 chain of convenience stores is offering free slurpees to all:
7-Eleven® has launched a month-long celebration of Slurpee’s 40th birthday on July 11, 2005. To celebrate this iconic brand, 7-Eleven is introducing retro Slurpee cups and flavors in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide, airing original Slurpee radio spots from the 1960s, and offering prizes and promotions as part of the Slurpee Summer Prize Fest, including free music downloads and the chance to win one of four MINI Cooper convertibles.
"The bottom line? Rapid technological change can nullify any cost advantage due to the existence of natural resources (example, oil) or labour (example, textile cloth). For India, technology holds the key whether it is in IT or pharmaceutical exports. Yet India’s R&D expenditure remains below 1% of GDP in contrast to other major world players."
China's population is about four and a half times larger than the United States. The Chinese score above the US average on IQ tests. At the same time demographic trends in the United States show that the US is not going to be able to compete by building a smarter population. If the United States shifted its immigration policy totally toward brain draining the rest of the world and if it ended all immigration below some IQ threshold (say 125 or 130 perhaps) then the US might be able to retain its lead in brain work. But US policy makers are living in a fantasy land where demographics do not matter and US educational problems can be fixed with more money. It is a nice fantasy. But unfortunately reality bears little relation to that fantasy. Until policy makers and intellectuals admit that genetic differences cause most large IQ differences immigration policy will work against national science and technology strategy.
The big wild card down the line in two or three decades time is offspring genetic engineering. Will China or the United States more rapidly embrace genetic engineering for IQ enhancement? The Chinese, being more pragmatic and less religious, might be expected to embrace IQ enhancement more quickly. However, a high IQ population will pose a serious threat to the stability of China's non-democratic government. The leaders might decide that an IQ-boosted population will become impossible to rule autocratically and hence the leaders might block offspring genetic engineering. Or then again, they might embrace the technology and systematically require offspring genetic engineering for cognitive enhancement. Any guesses? I don't know the answer on this one.
Dennis is threatening the return to space of the Shittle, and that makes me want to DEEEAN SCREEEEAM or give MOOOORE GOOORE ROOOOAR!
Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences, it never appears to have occurred to Washington that once Russia was out of the way, Bin Laden's organisation would turn its attention to the west.
There's nothing wrong with talking dirty at work, as everyone who's ever worked knows. Democrats truly thought he wasn't bright and was an awful ideologue (they could have made a good case to that effect) but they chose the low road and talked shit about his personal behaivior (probably because that approach worked for Bork, I suppose). I fully expect to hate all forthcoming domestic political news as President Bush, true to his scumbag self, appoints scumbags to the Supreme Court and an unworthy opposition humiliates the nation.
Meat without the murder.
Not in any particular order of importance, a few thoughts.
What the fuck do you think you're doing?
This is London. We've dealt with your sort before. You don't try and pull this on us.
Do you have any idea how many times our city has been attacked? Whatever you're trying to do, it's not going to work.
Insurance rates are going up and putting doctors out of business but it's not because insurers' court costs are going up: they're level.
Axis of Evil superstar to donate free military training to fledgling government of Free Iraq.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, held a celebration of Kaliningrad's 750th anniversary with France's Jacques Chirac and Germany's Mr Schröder. Kaliningrad's two neighbours, the Poles and the Lithuanians were furious not to be invited.
“Only rich people drive Ladas here,” Slava Rotmistrov explained from behind the wheel of a battered old Mercedes. “They have to afford repair bills every day.”
He was only half-joking. Grinding poverty has forced the people of Kaliningrad to adapt in peculiar ways to their unique position, cut off from the rest of Russia on the Baltic coast. They live in a “special economic zone” that has attracted little official business, so they survive unofficially, chiefly by smuggling vodka into Poland. They lack funds for proper sewage treatment, so they pump much of it into the sea. With few natural tourist attractions, they have built one: a shrine to Immanuel Kant, their most famous son — who never went to church — in an old Lutheran cathedral.
Sweden has said that without an urgent £2 billion investment programme, Kaliningrad will infect Europe with disease, pollution and economic migrants as the EU expands eastwards. Such warnings come none too soon.
“Kaliningrad is already an island of poverty and ecological distress,” Yuri Matochkin, head of the regional parliament’s economics committee and a former governor, said yesterday. Average incomes are three times higher in neighbouring Lithuania and six times higher in Poland, and the rate of Aids infection is among the worst in Russia.
The enclave exports crime and the profits of international smuggling and prostitution rings have been invested in a handful of opulent brick villas. Most Russians who stayed on live in ill-lit, five-storey blocks scarcely maintained since Khrushchev’s era.
“Those Lithuanians have rebuilt their whole country in ten years,” Mr Rotmistrov said. “The Communists had five times as long and they did nothing.”
Seldom has a spoil of war been so spoilt by neglect. Having been part of Germany before the Second World War, Kaliningrad was declared sovereign Soviet territory in 1945. Like the Baltic republics, it was sealed off from the West for half a century. Unlike them, it has sunk into torpid isolation since 1991.
Neon-lit kiosks selling imported fruit and cellphones line the main streets of what was to be Russia’s Hong Kong on the Baltic.
Kaliningrad should be a short drive from Gdansk, the thriving Polish port, but endless queues are the norm for traffic heading west as Polish police fight a losing battle against smuggled vodka and tobacco worth £140 million a year to shuttle traders.
Russia’s military planners see Kaliningrad as a western redoubt against Nato. Sheer self-indulgence may yet soften their stance. In a sign of what Kaliningrad could become, BMW has opened a small assembly plant here. Its latest order: dozens of luxury saloons for Russian generals.
We were told that Jesus was supposed to show up here - in Echo Park California - last night, but it was a no-show. No Lamb of God. Nothing.
When I was 13, in 1961, I surreptitiously purchased an anthology of Beat writing - sensing, correctly, that my mother wouldn't approve.
Immediately, and to my very great excitement, I discovered Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and one William S. Burroughs - author of something called Naked Lunch, excerpted there in all its coruscating brilliance.
Burroughs was then as radical a literary man as the world had to offer, and in my opinion, he still holds the title. Nothing, in all my experience of literature since, has ever been quite as remarkable for me, and nothing has ever had as strong an effect on my sense of the sheer possibilities of writing.
Later, attempting to understand this impact, I discovered that Burroughs had incorporated snippets of other writers' texts into his work, an action I knew my teachers would have called plagiarism. Some of these borrowings had been lifted from American science fiction of the '40s and '50s, adding a secondary shock of recognition for me.
By then I knew that this "cut-up method," as Burroughs called it, was central to whatever it was he thought he was doing, and that he quite literally believed it to be akin to magic. When he wrote about his process, the hairs on my neck stood up, so palpable was the excitement. Experiments with audiotape inspired him in a similar vein: "God's little toy," his friend Brion Gysin called their reel-to-reel machine.
Sampling. Burroughs was interrogating the universe with scissors and a paste pot, and the least imitative of authors was no plagiarist at all.
Some 20 years later, when our paths finally crossed, I asked Burroughs whether he was writing on a computer yet. "What would I want a computer for?" he asked, with evident distaste. "I have a typewriter."
But I already knew that word processing was another of God's little toys, and that the scissors and paste pot were always there for me, on the desktop of my Apple IIc. Burroughs' methods, which had also worked for Picasso, Duchamp, and Godard, were built into the technology through which I now composed my own narratives. Everything I wrote, I believed instinctively, was to some extent collage. Meaning, ultimately, seemed a matter of adjacent data...
Interesting animation. I'd like to see a running average, so I can quantify it a bit more.
It should be cured soon...
about what is the question
Make high six figures gathering gold and mana:
How does it work? The macros for World of WarCraft, for example, control a high-level hunter and cleric. The hunter kills while the cleric automatically heals. Once they are fully loaded with gold and items, the "farmer" who's monitoring their progress manually controls them out of the dungeon to go sell their goods. These automated agents are then returned to the dungeons to do their thing again. Sack's typical 12-hour sessions can earn his employers as much as $60,000 per month while he walks away with a measly $150.
Even the mimes can't hide their shock.
When will free blogs/media be more common in China? [that's free as in freedom, as annoying gnuts are want to observe]
Like the International Space Station, ITER had its origins in the superpower politics of the 1980s that brought the cold war to its end as Russia and the West groped around for things they could collaborate on. Like the International Space Station, therefore, ITER is at bottom a political animal. And, like the International Space Station, the scientific reasons for developing it are almost non-existent. They cannot justify the price.
From the Chinese company, CNOOC Ltd., interested in buying Unocal.
Like CAFTA, I have no favored position on this issue. But since Josko worked up the confidence to declare his support of the Communist Party's bid for Unocal, I have to ask the following: would we support the US government buying Unocal? How about Fidel Castro (if he could afford it) on behalf of La Revolución?
A long, slow erosion of Democratic support for trade legislation in the House is turning into a rout, as Democrats who have never voted against trade deals vow to turn their backs on CAFTA. The sea change -- driven by redistricting, mounting partisanship and real questions about the results of a decade's worth of trade liberalization -- is creating a major headache for Bush and Republican leaders as they scramble to salvage their embattled trade agreement. A trade deal that passed the Senate last Thursday, 54 to 45, with 10 Democratic votes, could very well fail in the House this month.The trade agreement would allow for free trade with several Central American countries whose major exports to the U.S. are, like, garments and sugar made with cheaper labor. Their combined GDP is dwarfed by that of the state of Connecticut. If this doesn't pass I'll be pissed off.
But the Democrats' near-unanimous stand against CAFTA carries long-term risks for a party leadership struggling to regain the appearance of a moderate governing force, some Democrats acknowledge. A swing toward isolationism could reinforce voters' suspicions that the party is beholden to organized labor and is anti-business, while jeopardizing campaign contributions, especially from Wall Street.
...Free-trade Democrats concede that many of the Democratic opponents are motivated by partisan politics: They want to see Bush lose a major legislative initiative or, at the very least, make Republicans from districts hit hard by international trade take a dangerous vote in favor of a deal their constituents oppose. Dozens of Republicans in districts dependent on the textile industry, the sugar growers or small manufacturers have already said they will vote against the bill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) privately warned Democrats last month that a vote for CAFTA is a vote to stay in the minority.
In summer, Finns go to their summer cottages to barbecue hamburgers, chicken breasts and especially sausages and frankfurters.
They are washed down with ice cold beer or vodka or both.
"Mr Chirac should come to Finland now. The weather's great and you can't beat a barbecue dinner on the lakeside with good friends. The sun stays up all night and so do we. And yes, we also buy long French baguettes to go with salad and other stuff. Finnish cuisine is very international," opined a mother of two young children.
Some commentators have, however, admitted that sometimes Finnish food can be a bit bland.
This is partly a question of tradition - spices used to be very expensive - but also of healthiness.
During the past decades the Finns have been brainwashed to avoid butter, salt and other ingredients that are bad for your heart.And herein may lie the problem: as any French cook knows, for a delicious dish you need only three ingredients: cream, cream and cream.
IT IS hard to know whether to be impressed, suspicious or amused. This week shares in Google, the world's most popular search engine, rose above $300 each, having defied most predictions by more than tripling in the ten months since the firm made its stockmarket debut at $85 a share. Now valued at more than $80 billion, Google has left in the dust the other three internet Wunderkinder—Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon—and even passed media stalwarts such as Time Warner. How does Google do it?
At least in part by shrewdly manufacturing a winning mystique. No outsider today can prove definitively that Google is not an office park full of geniuses who could at any moment announce, simultaneously, world peace and a cure for the common cold. That is because no outsider today can say anything definitive about Google at all. This is intentional. Google makes itself totally opaque by camouflaging itself with lots of what journalists call “colour”.
Thus, at a recent “factory tour”, the press learned that Google's engineers, in an average month, consume 2,300 lbs (1,043 kg) of chicken, 1,600 lbs of coffee beans, 500 lbs of pasta, and 112 lbs of wheatgrass. They also heard about the sock collections of certain executives. At an event for equity analysts in February, Google did roll out the “CFO”, but he was the chief food officer (ie, chef), Charlie Ayers, who talked about his grilled pork tenderloin. The chief financial officer was there somewhere, but did not actually give a presentation.
Add to this a (slightly more relevant) steady drip of product announcements—typically through the grapevine and still in beta (ie, the test stage). This week, it was “Google Earth”, a bit of software that can be downloaded for free and that allows users to fly around a three-dimensional globe through well-rendered valleys and streets. A day earlier, Google hinted at a new media player for internet browsers that will allow users to search certain types of video. The week before, Google confirmed that it plans an online payment service. And so forth.
Combine such evidence of frenzied activity with mysterious secretiveness, and the imagination is liberated. A Google web browser? A Google operating system? All the world's information? World domination? Buy, clearly.
This is funnier than even the suing astrologer. Those wacky Ruskis!
The Magic Kingdom
I present this pictoral/written history of fucking machines through the ages, with keywords "vibrators" and "increase her pleasure." I hadn't known that women used to go to the doctor once a week for hysteria treatment (at least, I figured it was off the books when it happened).
Marina Bai has sued the U.S. space agency, claiming the Deep Impact probe that punched a crater into the comet Tempel 1 late Sunday "ruins the natural balance of forces in the universe," the newspaper Izvestia reported Tuesday.
“Our power is boundless and our means are inexhaustible”
We have had 50 years of Bretton Woods Keynesianism, i.e. the policy founded on the false notion that macro-economic wizards and central planners could grow Africa "like a garden." Nothing has grown since . And the garden metaphor is wrong.
Indeed, economies are not like gardens at all, but ecosystems. And ecosystems can't be grown. But if the IMF and World Bank are in the business of growing gardens, their methods are more akin to dropping fertilizer from 50,000 feet onto the desert. Doubling the amount of fertilizer, far from yielding potatoes and corn, will yield a desert full of shit.
Watch the cool video.
Allow me to respectfully suggest that Wisconsin judges and police all be required to wear these things and broadcast their data to the public at all time. Pricks.
Yeah, drunk now (happy id:4!), but more description on this later.
Grisly developments in Mexico, where the incentives are so strong that the cops are switching sides.
Some of the victims freed Sunday told authorities they were kidnapped by police officers in Nuevo Laredo, a city of 350,000 across from Laredo, or by members of the Zetas, a gang led by former special forces officers who became drug hit men and are blamed for a rash of killings and violence.
Cajun cooks rejoice - them's good eatin:
Fishermen in northern Thailand have netted a fish as big as a grizzly bear, a 646-pound Mekong giant catfish, the heaviest recorded since Thai officials started keeping records in 1981. The behemoth was caught in the Mekong River and may be the largest freshwater fish ever found.I like the fact that they compare its size to a grizzly bear. I just like when people use the words "grizzly bear". Don't know why.
Would you build a real-world risk board where the armies could move based on computer control?
West Coast only
"A Queens teacher has resigned after investigators discovered he was on a pro-wrestling tour while claiming to be out sick."
"Would you render the same support to someone who hadn't conscientiously objected, but rather instead rolled a grenade under their line officer in order to neutralize the combat capacity of their unit?" When a questioner expressed human concern about such an officer's family, Churchill asked, "How do you feel about Adolph Eichmann's family?"
I'd post the whole thing, but it's just too damn long. It's 4,963 words long! Better still, the last line is:
A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these "photosensitive epileptic seizures" while watching video games.
These seizures may have a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness. Seizures may also cause loss of consciousness or convulsions that can lead to injury from falling down or striking nearby objects.
Immediately stop playing and consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Parents should watch for or ask their children about the above symptoms - children and teenagers are more likely than adults to experience these seizures.
So I totally didn't expect this. Rehnquist maybe. Looks like Bush is more important court-wise than I thought (I thought he'd just be replacing the most conservative judge with a similarly or less conservative one).
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.
Possible replacements include Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and federal courts of appeals judges J. Michael Luttig, John Roberts, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Michael McConnell, Emilio Garza and James Harvie Wilkinson III. Others mentioned are former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, and lawyer Miguel Estrada, but Bush's pick could be a surprise choice not well known in legal circles.
On the big difference between the following two statements: