W. Mark Felt, then the number two man at the FBI, was Deep Throat. The story came out in a rather odd way. The Washington Post was going to posthumously name him, but he revealed himself to the press. The Post confirms the story. Oh well, it would have been too poetic for it to have been Al Haig or Pat Buchanan.
Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. As my friend Keith points out, it's weird that an inability to process certain amino acids makes you want to eat yourself...
Well, we completely ignore the real healthcare problem and focus on the fake social security problem... Someone with a lot invested in the Social Security system is offering up his solution. Mild tax increases and small benefit reductions. But I fear logic is being used where it does not apply.
For quite some time, population surveys have shown that there are as many as about 100 million missing women in Asia. By missing, we mean that they do not show up as adults. They may have, in recent years, been selectively aborted, or, as has been going on for centuries, killed at or shortly after birth. However, some new work may offer a less hateful explanation of at least some of the missing women.
I had seen articles about these Romanian trucks coming to the US about 3-4 years ago. Course I never saw an actual truck. A little about why this is the case is here. I wish those guys good luck, even without air bags, since my antipathy towards SUVs is directed towards ones that aren't needed. These really do sound like the trucks that people will take off-roads. Anyway...
One of my favorite professors from when I was an undergraduate, Bud Foote, has passed away. He taught the relatively infamous English Lit class on Science Fiction and is one of the promoters of Science Fiction within the academy. When he retired he also donated his 8000 volume collection of books and magazines to the university library.
If you haven't seen it yet, you have to. Store Wars! Join the organic rebellion...
...who crossed over the land bridge from asia as measured by DNA tracings of modern Native Americans and modern Asian populations.
Here in the Twin Cities, we've had various Peanuts characters on display around St. Paul. Snoppy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and did I miss one?
Anyhow, Zurich was going to do the same with a kinda generic bear (unless the bear is deep symbol for numbered bank accounts) with various paint jobs. But, one of the bears was a bit too much. Best part, the "first class service" label on it.
Did Linus have a year of statues as well? Darn it, my memory is fading.
So, I bought a gallon of Vlasic pickles from Wal-Mart. You're right, it's evil to shop there and just generally wrong. I was motivated to get the pickles by an article that originally appeared Fast Company (a generally silly magazine, but I do occasionally look at it, if I'm stuck on an airline flight with few other magazines) detailing the hurdles Vlasic (and other companies) have to pass in order to do business with Wal-Mart.
So, I bought a gallon of those pickles ($2.50), and also some sliced pickles to make up for it (see the article), and will document their existence. Hopefully my twin gals and I will eat them all before they turn fuzzy. Pictures forthcoming!
It appears as though street vendors are a serious threat now to Mugabe. 10,000 arrests since Wednesday though sounds even more serious. Look near the end of the article also for what Morgan Tsvangirai has to say. Wonder if Wal-Mart is starting to think about wiping out flea markets, garage (and tag) sales, and ebay as well?
Four more of the logistical support people behind Ahmed Shah Masoud's assasination were convicted in Paris. Seems like short sentences for murder.
Masoud would have been the ideal post-Taliban unifier in Afghanistan, and it's hard to not assume that his murder was intimately tied to the 9/11 plot. He would have been the clear US-backed leader to go after Bin Laden and the Taliban after the attacks.
Military families suffer from a high rate of child abuse deaths. Violence at work = violence at home? The type of person willing to fight for the empire is also willing to beat their child?
Afer everyone finished laughing, they thought about the old right's fascination with rethinking the Yalta (and Tehran (and Atlantic)) Conference(s) of World War II. I'm not convinced Slate did a strong enough response to this Dubya historical revisionism, but it's a good read. Will the States survive these lunatics? Stay tuned and find out.
Guy in his 20s or 30s is found on a beach, soaking wet, in a suit and tie. He is an excellent piano player, but doesn't speak. No one has yet identified him. Hugh Grant to star in the film adaptation.
It's kinda scary where I live on this plot. No further comments.
Supreme Court strikes down laws banning interstate wine sales. Is there something in the constitution about interstate commerce? It overturns NY State and Michigan laws.
On Plastic.com. James West, mayor of Spokane, WA has been infamous for his anti-gay initiatives. But guess what? Most recent in a long line...
I think my little ones would love to have one! The new trendy pet for the superwealthy. Banned in NYC! Beautiful looking cats I think.
Interesting piece on the "freeze" reflex and how it is unsuccessful in critical situations. The big examples are 9/11 WTC evacuations (much slower than predicted, many people sat around for 30 minutes or more before trying to leave) and the Tenerife air disaster (commercial airliners are supposed to be evacuatable in 90 seconds (even with some exits destroyed and debris inside the plane) but only 60-70 out of 370 escaped in one minute in that disaster).
Thinking about this further, it's probably not that much of a surprise, and on my next airline flight I promise to spend some time thinking about what an evacuation would look like. 90 seconds to get everyone off of the plane?
I have mixed feelings about the article from the Chronicle. It seems to raise both serious and minor issues without distinguishing between them, but it does make clear the lack of de-Nazification in this person's case.
Twenty years ago now, the Philly police dropped a bomb on the MOVE group/cult/movement/whatever, killed adults and children, and burned the neighborhood down. Probably a bad idea, but of course no one has been imprisoned for murdering those kids. This article claims that the police fired 10,000 rounds into the building during the standoff, seems high to me, but I'm tired so I'll let someone else google the details.
Tofu fake human flesh. Fake article, you think?
Read all about it in the BBC News. John Cleese will write the next feature film, a tale of the French and the English which explores the origin of the English Channel! But before that, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit!
Millions are still in slavery around the world. And it looks as though the profit in trafficked people still is made in Europe and the States. $31B annually!
Guess these folks got a bit lost. Seems as though the security folks were on the case. After all, a Cessna can travel, what, like 170 miles per hour? (Hmmm...was just looking at a car review for the 300C SRT which can go over 170mph as well. Though there are crash barriers...) And only one Cessna has ever been crashed into the White House.
For those who have been reading the blog, but hadn't gotten a party invite (heck, I don't even know you all is reading this)... I hold an annual (well, most years) 4th of July party, some people come in from out of town, other folks in town come over for a meal (or two) and a drink (or twelve). This year we'll be having at least one musical act, but no karaoke, good beer and wine, but no Miller Lite, and everyone is invited. So, mark your calendars, and email me if you'd like the official invitation, but you're invited anyway, more details will follow...
Just something I was thinking about the other day...
Well, there's now an essay section to the SAT. However, its grading has been figured out! Long essays with fake facts get the best scores. Quantity. Definitely not quality. You have 25 minutes to write 500-600 words to get yourself the top score. Is this how we want people to write? (Okay, I'm writing a blog, so perhaps I'm not the best critic...)
As well as better looking? One study says so. Or at least that alcohol stimulates brain cell production in mice...
As salon.com says, "Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why God is a delusion, religion is a virus, and America has slipped back into the Dark Ages." a very good interview. Go ahead and watch the little advert and get free access to salon for a time.
Cyberpunk fashion accessory coming soon. Artificial eyes connected into the brain.
At least in one study. In the supermarket. But without socioeconomic effects removed. Obviously such a study gets a lot of press.
...for fraud since slavery doesn't exist in Niger. Right. The BBC webpage also has links back to the news articles in early March when the freedom ceremony was to be held, and was cancelled due to "lack of slavery."
Though I wish the state of Nevada would close roads for me as well! Built by a couple of Brits using home equity loans! They're aiming for 300mph.
The previous record holder appears to have been powered by AA batteries---do a search and all, but I'm guessing it was a commercial-connection for one of the battery companies. Still, the energy density of batteries that you can get at the store is getting pretty high. Check out how light the lithium primary cells are. I use them in my camera flash and it lightens the whole unit significantly compared to NiCad cells.
In Iraq, the new police are carrying on the human rights abuses. With rolemodels like ours, who is to blame them?