Oh wait, it's not accessible, though they will keep it for forty years. Comforting to know that they include your meal choice (Halal?) as part of the scoring process. Another illegal operation brought to you by the "freedom" folks, a.k.a. the good guys.
Just take a look at the Korean peninsula at night. The leadership drive BMWs and Cadillacs, they drink fine cognac and scotch, and the people starve. Read about the plan here. More Hennessey for the rest of us.
new materials and physical measurements for better acoustic instruments. Had students demonstrating cheap, good, and excellent violins in class back at Penn State. You could hear, feel, and measure the differences. Beautiful stuff.
The ANITA experiment down in Antarctica needed a box painted about 40% black. So my colleagues there held an art contest. Pretty good work!
Many of my colleagues are in McMurdo, Antarctica this week. Don't worry, I'll have an extra glass of wine for them. Otherwise it's turkey dinner and all the trimmings here at Chez DuVernois.
Yup, you guesses it, someone who opposes contraception. At least for white people.
..."no evidence" of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. And Bush isn't a fan of Seymour Hersh's it appears.
Though the "decider" hasn't decided whether he wants to send more troops or bring them home. That's decisive!
Brock Yates is still reveling in his 15 minutes of fame. But it was a great moment. "At no time did we exceed 175 mph." Hopefully they'll figure some way of pulling off a 2007 version of the race...
Sexual frustration. Can you imagine the US bombers loaded with porn headed for the Middle East?
Scary-sounding mountain road out of La Paz, Bolivia. Vehicles off the edge, dirt road washing away, crazy bus & truck drivers, and speeding.
I think I'd like to learn a whole lot more about exit polls and computerized voting. Why did the exit polls now agree with official tallies, but not in the 2004 election? Anyway, that's a subject for a different day...
Today, we have to ask ourselves the most burning question, why did so many incumbent Republicans manage to keep their ill-deserved seats? Look, Orrin Hatch and Trent Lott are not actually good for the country, folks. Minnesota looks a touch bluer than it did before, though Pawlenty seems to be staying. And we're really sorry about sending Michele Bachmann to DC, though I suspect some number of people voted for her in order to get her away from Minnesota.
Dirty tricks? Well, the racist TV ad in Tennessee might have worked, and we have two interesting stories on voter suppression and odd (and dirty) tricks in Maryland:
And the ballot measure results were interesting too.
...they're interested in the increasingly-passable Northwest Passage. The UN climate talks have been looking at the cultural damage that will be inflicted by the ongoing climate change.
It then got stuck in the mud. What more fitting tribute to what this country believes in and the state of our freedom and values. Stuck in the mud. Maybe tomorrow will bring some relief.
National Review columinst David Frum eplains why wingnuts should keep their faith. Essentially, a gay bashing, closeted homosexual, meth user is still a better person than a principled, gay, liberal who advocates drug decriminalization. Snow talked about two cultures, but I'm not sure that this was what he was thinking. Heck, he probably wouldn't have seen any "culture" in those folks.
Head of the National Association of Evangelicals, a man who frequently rants about the evil of gays and drug addicts, wait for, yep, regularly pays for gay sex and methamphetamines. Oh well, it's not as if his followers would have learned anything from previous examples.
The Day the Enlightenment Went Out, by Gary Wills. Written right after the 2004 election.
November is National Novel Writing Month. Check them out and get started yourself.
For shorter work, check out the six word short stories on Wired.
You know, the crazy fundie-run education scheme shown to encourage riskier behavior and teen pregnancy...well, it's back, and now it's also for the unmarried up to age 29. Hmmm...what's wrong with this picture? What, the government do something that doesn't work, is utterly ridiculous, and highly big brotherish just because of their ideology? Oh yeah, happens all the time.
That was Martin Luther King talking about his country shortly before his murder. Still true today with Iraq in a state of chaos, at least 300 000 dead Iraqis (best estimate of over 600 000), 90% of Iraqis reject the presence of the US "liberators." The war must be ended and the damage to this country undone. And we must resolve to create no more killing fields.