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Bush on Katrina: "A lot went right"

BUSH on Katrina: When I saw TV reporters interviewing people who were screaming for help. It looked — the scenes looked chaotic and desperate. And I realized that our government was — could have done a better job of comforting people. A lot went right, by the way. But the chaotic scenes were very troubling. It just — it was very unsettling for me to realize our fellow citizens were in near-panic wondering where the help was.


Scotch so nice, they distilled it twice... twice

Keywords: firewater, usquebaugh-baul, quadruple-distilling, 92%, US Secret Service, chemical weapons.

The writer had fun with this assignment for the Times:


Try the 92 per cent weapons-grade whisky that will take your breath away. Literally

“Two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; if any man should exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life.”

Notes On My Favorite Album

David Michael Cross's Cold War

David Michael Cross is a Canadian who was producing electronic music in the early 80s in Montreal with his Quebecois partner Philippe "Funky" Tremblay. After some early experiments with tape loops and home-built synthesizer kits they built a studio containing a variety of analog synthesizers and 4 track recording gear (including an unusually large percentage of Japanese equipment for a North American facility).

David: "about the middle of 1982 we met Mike [Blumenfield] who was building analog sequencers in his garage and we bought a couple off him. He was a real electronics wiz. Later when we were bored of the sounds on the "Oberheim DMX" so we asked him if he knew how to replace the chips, and he did this for us so we had custom sounds in there from pretty early on". These innovations helped David to develop his original and groundbreaking sound.

At the same time David was becoming involved in the free-love religious cult of Raelianism, which is a sect with the belief that mankind was created by an intelligent alien race who will soon return to Earth. Raelians wanted to build an "Embassy" to welcome the aliens, and today they are involved in controversial human cloning experiments which have been reported in the mainstream media.

David is now a committed Christian and happily married with 2 daughters and looks back on his experiences with the Raelians with some embarrassment: "it seems so obviously cranky now and from the outside, if you've never been involved in that kind of set-up, it looks silly or whatever... but at the time I was also reading a lot about the early Gnostic Christians who believed in the idea of an imperfect God, and a lot of science fiction like

Philip K Dick and so on and that was really influencing my thought and also my song writing. I mean it's not a time in my life I like to look back on too much, I was misguided... but I mean at least we wrote some good songs in that time, I like to think we weren't totally wasting our time. I hope listeners won't take the subject matter to heart too much, although the songs about nuclear war... I mean war is still with us more than ever and it's still something I am very strongly against. Nuclear weapons are no longer restricted to two superpowers, they are all around the world and that's something that should concern everyone."

The first songs to be recorded by the duo were "Future Man" and "Nuclear Winter". David sent out demo tapes to local radio DJs and labels. The Canadian disco giants Unidisc were looking around for a tax-break to sink a few thousand excess dollars into and somehow they got to hear "Future Man" and thought something could be done. "they gave me some money to start [his label] Next Phase so we got a 16 track set-up in the studio, and they asked us to do something a little more dancefloor friendly so we came up with Cold War which was a dance track but with a strong message to it. They were impressed by that I guess, so that was released as a single at the end of '82 and we kept working on the album which gradually developed into a kind of story about Future Man and everything."

"Cold War" sold a couple of thousand copies and influenced the fortunate few musicians around the world who got to hear it, among them the techno pioneers across the border in Detroit, and the British pop sensation Frankie Goes To Hollywood who were inspired to write their smash hit "Two Tribes"after listening to David Michael Cross warning of the dangers of escalation.

The album was completed towards the end of 1983 but at the same time disco was dying and Unidisc didn't want to put the cash into what was perceived by them as "minority music" and not a money-maker. The albums had already been pressed up but they never made it to the shops. Only a few promo copies were sent out and a hundred or so records made it to specialist dance stores in the US and Canada. "They really pulled the rug out from under us, we were so disappointed. I mean after all that work to not release the album properly was like an insult and of course we had signed over all the rights to them so we couldn't even look for another deal, it was extremely frustrating".

"A few years later they put out Future Man as a single which they had remixed by someone, I don't know who did it, I actually kinda liked it. But of course we never saw a penny, they didn't even send me a copy and there was nothing I could do about it really. I guess we got our advance and they probably never made that money back so I'm not too bitter about it, but I wish they would've asked me before changing the song around…"

These frustrations contributed to David's "retirement" from the music industry, he has been working in the computer industry since the mid 80s and spends his spare time with his family or pursuing his hobby of racing remote-controlled boats (really!) Philippe Tremblay has been working successfully as a session guitarist with various artists both famous and obscure and composing for film and television projects.

White Leather boss Tiga discovered a copy of the album in a Montreal used-record store in 2001 and bought it on the strength of the track titles and equipment listed on the back cover. When he got home he realised he had unearthed a rare gem - a real lost classic of groundbreaking electronic music, and he set about tracking down the artists and the copyright owners to secure a long-deserved proper release on his label. ...so finally here it is after 20 years, a full commercial release of David Michael Cross's "Cold War".

We hope you'll agree it was worth the wait.


Oded Sets New World Record!

Seriously, does this guy's ER chart qualify him for the Guinness World Record? Surely if it is good enough for the court, it should be good enough for the book. Question is, how do you convert that pesky imperial BAC percentage the local pigs use to metric ppm?

Josko, where did you say you were this weekend?

Some inventive hoods are $25,000 richer -- in beer.

A semi trailer loaded with delicious Miller beer was stolen from the Millis Transfer Company lot in Richfield, Wisconsin.

The truck wasn't reported missing until company management could confirm it was stolen, and not just unaccounted for. The trailer was found four days later at another trucking firm, empty of its booty.

The tasty cargo included 384 24-packs of Miller Genuine Draft cans, 560 18-packs of Miller Genuine Draft bottles, 980 18-packs of Miller Genuine Draft cans, and 40 24-packs of Miller Light bottles.

A spokesperson for the trucking company had this to say about the culprits:

"They’ll have a pretty big party. Unless they get caught."

Thanks SPLOID!


odds and ends

Today is "Maha Shivaratri" marking the night consecrated to Shiva, the destroyer of evil.

Tommorow, Monday the 27th we celebrate the birth of consumer activist, and progressive presidential candidate Ralph Nader, In 1927 (!!??)

and of course Tuesday will be "fat" or Mardi Gras.

Happy February, lets hope it gets warm soon.


It's 12:23PM. Do you know what you're blowing?

You can save some serious money by downing a single shot at dawn, according to this graph.

More here & here.

Bombing The Askariya Shrine Of Samarra: Collapse Of The Wave Function?

For the families of the people who have died, or the thousands more who have been maimed, or those who have been kidnapped, it probably does not matter much what sort of war is going on in Iraq.

The fact that it is a war and that it has brought them pain is enough.

But whether or not Iraq has a civil war is an important question.

The answer is that the violence there has all the makings of a civil war, worrying enough for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, to warn against its dangers in a TV broadcast.

So far most of the fighting and killing in Iraq has been in the context of the US-led occupation.

But before Wednesday there were serious incidents involving big loss of life between Iraq's different communities.

Wider region

An all-out civil war would bring much worse violence.

It would destroy the chances of the elected central government which is being formed now at a very slow pace.

It could lead to the break-up of the country and more instability in the wider Middle East.

It is clear unfortunately that there are extremists who believe that they profit from a civil war and who are doing what they can to make it happen.

What is worrying is that direct attacks on holy shrines could multiply the level of violence outstripping the effect of killing humans.

The only good news in all of this is that there are responsible leaders who realise the dangers and who will now face a big test, especially if more shrines are attacked.

From the BBC.

Summer Activities

Tim sent this in today:


'The Aussie PM can go fuck himself'

On a recent flight from New Zealand to Australia a man found himself seated next to a musclebound gentleman reading a book bearing the ominous tile "Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia."

He did what any hopelessly paranoid slab of quivering milquetoast would do: He reported the guy to Australia's National Security hotline.

That guy was punk rock legend Henry Rollins.

Rollins received a letter warning him of his status as a suspected terrorist from a "nice lady" in the Australian government:

The person who sat next to you on the flight from New Zealand does not agree with your politics or choice of reading and so nominated you as a possible threat. As they were too cowardly or stupid to leave their details I can’t call them to discuss their idiocy with them.

In his response to the kindly tipster the former Black Flag frontman noted the irony that the book is written by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, one of America's more conservative newspapers, and was published by Yale University, President Bush's alma mater.

The D.C. native then asked the woman to send along a message to her higher-ups:

Please tell your government and everyone in your office to go f*ck themselves. Tell them twice. If your boss is looking for something to do, you can tell him I suggest he go f*ck himself. Baghdad's safer than my hometown and your PM is a sissy. You have a nice night.

Though firmly against the war in Iraq and no fan of President Bush, Rollins is an unassailable patriot and supporter of the Armed Services. During the Christmas season he made his sixth USO tour.

"The troops, they're my heroes," Rollins said. "You don't need me out there like some Tokyo Rose. I wouldn't go on a tear on Bush out there, because it'd be distracting."

(shamlessly Borrowed from SPLOID)

I support The President and Republicans in Congress

In their shady-looking plan to allow a Dubai company to run port security in the US. Honestly, it's probably better (the company that does it now is British, and truth be told, the US wouldn't nuke England if anything went wrong). All my representatives who are currently trying to block the nice people of the United Arab Emirates from doing this work aren't much better than their counterparts in other parts of the world who are boycotting Denmark.


Hey, Oded

Did you see the new Real Time with Bill Maher? That guy Eddie Griffin was right about everything! Bill Maher wouldn't agree when he stood up for displaced Katrina victims going to the casino - what gives?!

Also, start reading now, because the Gödel, Escher Bach sequel comes out in a month or two.

Want to bring over Mario Party and a bunch of mics and controllers sometime? My new roommate has a functional Game Cube...


Canadian Figure Skaters, Upset Over Poor Performance, Brawl On Ice


9 Whores, 9 Hours, For eXile's 9th Anniversary

I was going to meet Vika and her friend Katya for a threesome, figuring I'd start off by killing two whores with one score. I took the elevator up to the 11th floor, popping a 100mg Viagra artillery shell on the ride up, and was met by Vika, who was wearing a leopard-skin nylon komodo-type robe and tapochki. She was oddly cute for a Cave Whore--her fine brown hair was clipped up in the European style, her teeth were straight and white. Her only flaw was her faintly-visibile mustache.

Vika had a high, playful voice. And that's what she did: she played with me, lightly teasing me from the moment I entered. She teased me for not taking off my coat, for not showering, for not washing my hands...for seeming nervous (I was just too amped). She teased me for my accent and for not understanding the teasing things she said. She was very proud of her body when she took off her leopard-skin komodo. When she talked to me, sitting on the bed, she kept looking over my shoulder to the wall mirror, posing, admiring herself and checking herself. What struck me most were her breasts--not only were they full and upright, but her nipples were small, a rare thing among whores.

Katya, on the other hand...she had a rank smile, like Sandra Bernhardt, only with her teeth widely gapped, a couple of front molars missing, ratty hair, and a body that was at once thin and yet saggy. Katya spoke with the flinch of an ugly girl--she couldn't look me in the eye--in fact, her gaze would drift over my scalp, then drunkenly down to my eyes before darting back up when we talked. I thought she might have been brain-damaged.

Nice names

I don't have anything special to say about the Smoking Gun's publication of the Bird Shot Papers, except that there's some funny names:

The policemen who conducted the interviews (including being assured by the victim the there was foremost "no alcohol"): Deputy San Miguel

The first fellow to investigate the shooting accident: Captain Kirk

Previously on Drink Tank:
the murder weapon?
To the Bob Marley tune...
Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it never really care for anything else


Sadistic Sons Of Satan

New images and video surface from the infamous American gulag of Abu Gravy.

Hey, who's this hot number?

UPDATE by Miguel

When the president said "major combat operations are over" did he mean that the time to produce cumshot porn had begun? (Link is Not Safe For Work and Not OK.)

Titan in infrared. Info about this image here.

Batman vs Osama

    NEW YORK, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - Bored with pitting his wits
against the Joker and the Riddler, Batman is setting his sights on a
more challenging target -- Osama bin Laden.
"Holy Terror, Batman!" an upcoming graphic novel from famed
Batman writer Frank Miller, sees the caped crusader facing off
against Al-Qaeda operatives who attack Gotham City.
Miller, who has already inked his way through 120 pages of the
200-page opus, told a recent comic book convention that the novel
was an unashamed "piece of propaganda" in which Batman "kicks
Al-Qaeda's ass."

At least he's honest :)

the murder weapon?

The gun in question is a 28 caliber Perazzi Brescia. Its been reported that it was full of bird / buckshot. Anyone know what a gun like that does at 30 yards (The victims distance from the assassin)? I have no idea, friends at drink tank, I throw the question out there. is this a bb gun or a bazooka?

one more reason to keep drinking

Not drinking will kill you.

A few things

I know it isn't Miguel Monday, but nonetheless:

Even though you think you know whether someone is serious or joking on a blog, you don't.

I heard a rumor that not everyone in the world has seen Brokeback To The Future (that's you, Josko).

Speaking of video, monkey karate, Tony Jaa promotes his wonderful new movie, and Keith Richards defends his territory.

What if the cartoons were funny?

Cheney's PR guys concentrating on winning the sympathy of drinktank. It's kinda working! "Where others might spend some time on the weekend studying, Dick was either talking, drinking or playing cards."

Poker Saturday night? I could use a little cash after Valentine's Day (not that the oysters weren't worth every penny).



Whoever made this is good. Serious LOL. Just wait till it grows up.

"A Kiss Without A Beard Is Like An Egg Without Salt"

So goes a famous German saying. Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Don't Drink Brooklyn Lager

I read that the owner of Brooklyn Brewery is involved with a immanent domain action in Brooklyn involving tearing down local businesses for a multi-billion dollar stadium heavily subsidized by the state. Don't drink it.


FDA Finally Gets It Right With The New And Improved Food Pyramid

Men Like A Woman That Can Laugh; Women Like A Man With A Think Wallet

Men are from Mars, women are from Deloitte & Touche.

That seems to be the conclusion of a new survey — just in time for Valentine's Day — that found that men want a woman with a good sense of humor, while women prefer a guy who has a steady job and pays his bills on time.

"And they say money can't buy you love," quipped Judy Martindale, a financial planner in San Luis Obispo. "It's sort of a sad commentary."

The survey of 1,022 adults was commissioned by the Fair Isaac Corp., the firm that generates the FICO scores used to rate personal creditworthiness.

The findings indicated that good credit wasn't important just for getting a loan, the company said, but for finding a mate as well. For example, men and women said being financially responsible was more important than sexual compatibility when it came to sustaining a relationship.

At the same time, the survey found that spending a few frivolous dollars can advance the cause of romance. Buying four dozen roses "just because" was considered "wonderfully romantic" by 69% of respondents, as was being taken out to a nice meal by 94%.

Among other findings:

Whether your significant other has credit problems ranked fifth among the list of "must know" facts before making a commitment. The other facts, in order, were whether the person was divorced or already married, had spent time in jail, had trouble making romantic commitments or likes to gamble.

For men, the most important qualities in a spouse were, in order: a good sense of humor, an ability to get along with his family, a steady job/good credit history (a tie for third place), desire for children and a good kisser.

Among women, the top qualities were a steady job, paying bills on time, a good sense of humor, an ability to get along with her family, desire for children and a clean driving record.

Micheal Jackson Skin


More here

"Someone is provoking us!!!"

As pointed out in the comments: “Help! Help! I’m being oppressed!”

Perhaps we should add another amendment, guaranteeing the right not to be offended. That certainly seems like the logical conclusion of decades of PC bullshit.

Goddamme It, Git It On Da Flo!


To the Bob Marley tune...

"I was shot by Cheney / But I didn't shoot Scoot Libby"



For such fun graphics, you'd think they'd think of some better one-liners. My suggestion: "woah"


So Abby and I went here yesterday. EXCELLENT restaurant.

Right after leaving, we heard a big splat as something hit Abby's chest going REALLY fast. Thankfully, the egg's contents basically bounced off, and only her scarf was affected. After a split second needed to realize what the fuck just happened, I turned around to see a van speeding away. It looked like it they were flooring it.

Lucky for them, cuz they probably knew I was seconds away from going southern fist on their asses.

I'm just surprised by the whole thing, because it just seems so juvenile. I mean, they didn't even get to see anything, speeding away so fast.

ps. yah I know any fight would probably look more like this, but I can dream :)

"Good Luck, And Have Fun In Jail."

"You would make us eat pancake batter, dried-up grits and oatmeal, uncooked Cream of Wheat, and raw potatoes instead of cooked food," Bruce Jackson, now 21, told his adoptive mother and the crowded courtroom. "You didn't take us to any doctor's appointments. You wouldn't let us watch TV or play with our toys. You wouldn't let us take a shower when we were dirty."

He read from a piece of paper in a calm and determined voice betrayed by a slight slur.

"You yelled at us, cursed at us, hit us with brooms, rulers, sticks, shoes and belt buckles; I still have the marks to prove it," he told Vanessa Jackson, 50, who took him in as a foster child when he was 7 and later adopted him.

"I want to see Ms. Jackson go to jail for life," he said. "You were mean to me my whole life, so you deserve the same thing you did to me for the rest of your life. You took my childhood."

Ms. Jackson sat impassively in her chair, staring straight ahead, as the boys recounted their life with her and her husband, Raymond, who died in late 2004: their sparse diets of raw food, how they were beaten with brooms and belts and forced to stand on the occasions when they were allowed to eat. They never saw a doctor or dentist, and were never allowed to bathe. Bruce Jackson said his teeth became so rotten they had to be removed.

Whole article.


Top 12 Myths About Bush's Warrantless Wiretaps

Media Matters presents the top 12 myths and falsehoods promoted by the media on President Bush's spying scandal stemming from the recent revelation in The New York Times that he authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on domestic communications without the required approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court.

crazy multi-input touch screen

When can I have one of these?

Already on the market is a similar device, The Lemur, which is primarily an audio interface.

I suppose the real delay will be on the OS side.

Beatbox, part 2

Anyone wanna help me make a list of all good beatboxin that includes the riff from 50cent's "in da club"?

welcome to tallyhall.com

What you don't know...

Ok Go, live

This was a good show. Too bad this video is incomplete.

Considering how easy is it to make a video, edit it, and author a DVD, and how easy it is to digitally record, master, and mass produce audio files or CDs, I don't really understand the need for record companies.

The missing piece is a good recommendation system to have people listen to and buy music and movies. Perhaps a good local band not making much money would tickle my fancy if I only knew about them.

Myths about Trade Deficits

Hint: they are not bad. Period.


"I couldn't make up the ending of the story:"

Unions hire homeless to picket non-union sites, because union members are too busy working.

The last line:
The union organizers allow the hired protesters to take two-minute breaks, Howards said, but dock their pay for the time off.
There are regularly picketers where I work, because an adjacent building is under construction by Metric Construction Co. They have signs that read "Metric doesn't comply to community standards". Yah! We're use British Units in these parts, assholes!


Label where you think "the era of big government ended", or where Bush made budget cuts. What a fun game!


Aubrey de Grey video on 60 minutes

Censorship in the USA

A few forms of speech restrictions in the America that I'm aware of:

Fighting words
T shirts criticizing the president in proximity to the president

There's presumably more. In regards to certain rotten cartoons in Denmark, I'm hearing a lot of "if we aren't allowed to call the savages savage, we no longer have civilization," which inspires me to throw out a few ideas:

1. Few of us would smoke hookah and denigrate Mohammed in Basra right now, no? Should we add that to the bet? Does it add several generations worth of time to pass?

2. Are Americans really free if they can't hand out pamphlets titled "The Hells Angels are a homosexual cabal" on East 3rd st between 1st and 2nd Avenue?

3. What's the generally accepted standard for fighting words? Examples 1 and 2 are only offensive to some; is there any requirement on the speaker to know ahead of time that common-sense statements like "we know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," are seriously offensive in certain contexts and avoid saying it if it's likely to start a fight?

Timesedents Day?


The Chapelle Theory

How Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Sharpton, and other luminaries conspired in secret meetings to keep The Chappelle Show from its huge audience. (Via Karl Marx.)
The $50 million deal that Chappelle signed was the straw that broke the camel's back. The group — informally known as "The Dark Crusaders" — knew that a deal of this magnitude would guarantee increased attention for the third season of Chappelle's Show, not to mention sending his already robust DVD sales through the roof.

In what was an attempt to ensure that this would not happen, the group was seen holding a closed-door meeting at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood over the weekend of August 7th.

During that weekend meeting, recovered documents by the hotel's staff revealed that they finalized a comprehensive five point plan to bring an end to what some of the members had termed the "Chappelle Problem".

This complex, well funded, and well thought out plan was to employ a "by any means necessary" approach to ensure that the 3rd season of the Chappelle's Show would never air on Comedy Central.

What follows is the story of the events that led up to, and ultimately were responsible for Dave Chappelle's fall from grace.

"God of War" Video Review

Looks good.

Now it is getting interesting...

IRAN'S largest selling newspaper announced today it was holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

"It will be an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust," said Farid Mortazavi, the graphics editor for Hamshahri newspaper - which is published by Teheran's conservative municipality.

He said the plan was to turn the tables on the assertion that newspapers can print offensive material in the name of freedom of expression.

"I drop megaton bombs more faster than you blink."



Happy Anniversary Ivan and Abby!

When Steven Seagal kills a ninja, he only takes its hide. When Chuck Norris kills a ninja, he uses every part.

Chuck Norris eats beef jerky and craps gunpowder. Then, he uses that gunpowder to make a bullet, which he uses to kill a cow and make more beef jerky. Some people refer to this as the "Circle of Life."

Iraq Dead: January

Whats next

We all know the score here, at least... most of us do. Your idea of this escape is to... start another front, to foul up the Germans behind the lines. All right, that's fine, that's fine. But once we get passed that barbed wire, once we have them looking all over Germany for us, that mission is accomplished.

I hope weve got some of our boys trailling these SoBs!

Hot Shark/Water CGI Action

I want one

A few of these too. Only £30,000 each!


Seeing Only Evil

My favorite Hudson Valley monthly, Chronogram, has a new interview with Robert Baer, the ex-CIA officer whose memoirs inspired the film Syriana.

LT: In See No Evil you talk of a failed coup in '95 in Iraq and your attempt to alert people to it. Ahmad Chalabi was involved. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani was involved. There was actual fighting going on, and they didn't believe you.

RB: No, they just didn't believe it because it was cloudy. They couldn't see it with satellites. Essentially the analysts and a lot of people at the desk level in Washington have grown up in shopping malls, and that's their reality.

LT: You think it's that simple?

RB: Sure it's that simple. They have no idea what an Arab is. There's this guy that just resigned from the CIA, he ran Iraqi operations, and he said out of the 40 people he had working for him leading up to the war, only two of them had ever met an Arab overseas.

Forget serious issues. Lets turn Drink Tank into a cute blog!


T-shirt business is booming!

It is only a matter of time before the cartoons wind up on a site like this. It seems like our Muslim friends need to understand that nothing is sacred when there is a buck to be made. Only one question though... Can we add Coulter to the list of beheadings?

Pentagon Crafts Pax Americana

The latest top-level reassessment of strategy, or Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), is the first to fully take stock of the starkly expanded missions of the U.S. military -- both in fighting wars abroad and defending the homeland -- since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The review, the third since Congress required the exercise in the 1990s, has been widely anticipated because Donald H. Rumsfeld is the first defense secretary to conduct one with the benefit of four years' experience in office. Rumsfeld issued the previous QDR in a hastily redrafted form days after the 2001 strikes.

The new strategy, summarized in a 92-page report, is a road map for allocating defense resources. It draws heavily on the lessons learned by the U.S. military since 2001 in Iraq, Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations. The strategy significantly refines the formula -- known as the "force planning construct" -- for the types of major contingencies the U.S. military must be ready to handle.

Under the 2001 review, the Pentagon planned to be able to "swiftly defeat" two adversaries in overlapping military campaigns, with the option of overthrowing a hostile government in one. In the new strategy, one of those two campaigns can be a large-scale, prolonged "irregular" conflict, such as the counterinsurgency in Iraq.

In the 2001 strategy, the U.S. military was to be capable of conducting operations in four regions abroad -- Europe, the Middle East, the "Asian littoral" and Northeast Asia. But the new plan states that the past four years demonstrated the need for U.S. forces to "operate around the globe, and not only in and from the four regions."

Yet, although the Pentagon's future course is ambitious in directing that U.S. forces become more versatile, agile and capable of tackling a far wider range of missions, it calls for no net increases in troop levels and seeks no dramatic cuts or additions to currently planned weapons systems.


Freak Child Feels No Pain, Rubbs Off Own Eyes

Steve and Trish Gingras first noticed something was wrong when Gabby was 4 months old. She was biting her fingers until they bled. By the time she was 2, her teeth had to be removed so she wouldn't hurt herself. Now, she must eat very small bites of soft food -- and like everything else she does, she eats with gusto.

But biting her fingers wasn't the only danger.

When she was a toddler, Gabby scratched her cornea and was given eye gel, the standard prescription. Because her doctors and parents were unaccustomed to treating a child who doesn't feel pain, no one anticipated what would happen next.

"The thick gel had a reflux reaction to rub your eye," Steve said. "When you don't feel pain, you don't know how hard you're rubbing, and pretty soon she had damaged both eyes."

The Gingrases tried something else -- safety goggles. But the damage was done. One eye was so infected it had to be removed; otherwise her other eye might've become infected too. Gabby got a prosthetic eye, and the sight in her remaining eye is dim.

In school, Gabby is always being followed by an education assistant, to clear her path, to give her eyedrops, to make sure she's not seriously injured. She works with a closed-circuit TV monitor that helps magnify images in the classroom, and also helps with reading. Although Gabby is learning to manage, and getting a lot of help, she still could hurt herself. She can't see well, and doesn't have pain to tell her when she's in trouble.

Behead those that insult Islam


"Corruption is something that is corrosive of democracy"

A senior administration official voices his concerns about American democracy.

"I mean, we've got Bush in office with a lot of oil money," Rumsfeld added. "He's a person who was elected legally — just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally — and then consolidated power."

Diablo III

Amazing. People are so eager for info on a game whose development hasn't even been announced, that they are all over a job description to join "the team behind Diablo I and II" for "an unannounced PC project," on Blizzard's site.

Considering the success of World of Warcraft, I'm not sure what they'd make next. MMO seems necessary. Perhaps it'll just be a World of Warcraft II, much the same way Starcraft was basically a sequel to Warcraft II.


Turing Test

The New Yorker didn't much like the new biography “The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer” by David Leavitt but the review was so interesting it makes me want to buy it.

1. Martini Computer, or Shaken Not Stirred
True or False: Turing worked on a computer which used the vibrations in gin as a data storage system.

2. Death of a Genius
Turing died when:
a.) He poisoned himself with cyanide, ashamed of his legal record of “moral turpitude”
b.) He accidently ingested chemicals he'd been working with while studying mathematical biology
c.) British secret agents poisoned his nighttime treat, pursuing a policy of making extra sure homosexuals couldn't be blackmailed for state secrets.
d.) Any of the above - no one knows for sure

3. Notable quotables
Which of the following quotes was not Turing's:
a.) "“I’m not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I’m after is just a mediocre brain, something like the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company,” to Bell Labs executives.
b.) “Science is a differential Equation. Religion is a Boundary Condition,” in a series of messages "from the unseen world.”
c.) "Would you be against creating a cow with a human brain," typed into a mechanical interface.

Flying Spaghetti Monster Erotica

His noodley appendage did what?!

Hough Transform



Google: Top Floor M'Govna? ...Of The Fucking Space Elevator, Yeah!

We all know that the company Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded a mere eight years ago is one of the new century's most cunning enterprises. If there were any lingering doubts, 2005 erased them. Google's sales jumped an estimated 50 percent to $6 billion, its profits tripled to a projected $1.6 billion, and Wall Street answered with an unprecedented vote of confidence: a $120 billion market cap, a share price soaring above $400, and a price/earnings ratio close to 70.

That's a huge bet on future growth that seems unthinkable during the postbubble period. But in Google's case, the exuberance is rational. That's because Brin, Page, and CEO Eric Schmidt cornered online advertising: They've made it precision-targeted and dirt cheap. U.S. companies still devote more ad dollars to the Yellow Pages than to the Internet (which accounts for less than 5 percent of overall ad spending). Yet Americans now spend more than 30 percent of their media-consuming time surfing the Web. When the ad dollars catch up to the trend, a mountain of cash awaits, and Google is positioned like no one else to scoop it up.

Even if Google has to share that payday with rivals like Microsoft and Yahoo, the company has an edge, with storage space and sheer processing power--an estimated 150,000 servers and counting--that will enable it to do just about anything it wants with the Web. And boy, does this company want. It signed up about eight new hires per day in 2005--a lot of them from Microsoft, many among the smartest people on the planet at what they do. Google is on track to spend more than $500 million on research and development in 2006, and last year it launched more free products in beta than in any previous year (see opposite page). Name any long-term technology bet you can think of--genome-tailored drugs, artificial intelligence, the space elevator--and chances are, there's a team in the Googleplex working on an application.

Read on for Ray Kurzweil and Stephen Wolfram fantasizing about a Google Future.

Beer and present danger

I believe Josko was looking for these rules, and as an added bonus they're written by an old crush of Oded's, the Filler girl from Suck.

I'll be missing the spechifying myself (haven't seen one since the expected capture of Osama in 2002, I think), as I have a bootleg of the new Tony Jaa movie to watch. All are invited to my place if they'd like to join me.

UPDATE: If you're trying to remember just how much you actually drank last night, then use this as a handy reference! --josko


"most egregious abuses of medical research -- human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids -- and buying, selling or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator. That gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale."

fascinating article on Hamas

"When Egypt held its American-inspired parliamentary elections recently, the number of seats won by the Muslim Brotherhood rose fivefold. Throughout the Middle East, the Muslim Brotherhood is the main power with grassroots support. The Islamists are less corrupt. They are the ones with integrity and compassion. They are of the people and they speak for the people. Today in the Arab world, the choice is clear between democratically elected Islamists and Western-leaning dictators.”

Not the kind of analasis you would expect from an israeli brigadier general.