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Terribly Sad
Friday, July 21, 2006

I support the existence of the Country of Israel. I also support the formation of the Country of Palestine. I do not support the horrible war that Israel is visiting on Lebanon and Gaza. I do not support the attacks of Palestinians and others on Israel (though I find it easier to understand the attacks of the weak on the powerful -- what else are they supposed to do...) I do not support the acquiescence and complicity of my government in the slaughter. Terror is terror whether it is carried out by nation-states or small groups. It is never justified.

This is just more horror visited on the world. Nothing good will come of it in the short or long run. It emboldens the stupid and the rash. It supports only the convictions of the worst. We will not have peace through the killing of children. We will not have peace through war.

I'm sorry.


Garbage in, Garbage out
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The National Asset Database

[It] so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.

This would be funny if it was.


American Naivete
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

From Riverbend's Baghdad Burning via the NYT:

We've been hearing whisperings about rapes in American-controlled prisons and during sieges of towns like Haditha and Samarra for the last three years. The naiveté of Americans who can't believe their 'heroes' are committing such atrocities is ridiculous. Who ever heard of an occupying army committing rape??? You raped the country, why not the people?

It's not naivete, it's forced denial.


Wonderful Greenwald essay
Thursday, May 11, 2006

At http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/2006/05/still-searching-for-excuses-for-bushs.html.


Better late than never: thanks Steven Colbert
Thursday, May 11, 2006

http://thankyoustephencolbert.org/

My three favorites

I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.

I stand for this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things, things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo-ops in the world.

Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration ? You know, fiction !


More non-surprises
Thursday, May 11, 2006

New evidence, however, suggests that these [abstinence only] programs have contributed to soaring rates of unplanned pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births and, yes, abortions among women who are young or poor.


hmm, why can't I get paid big bucks to do nothing badly?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I must not know the right people... If enough circumstantial evidence [NYT] piles up in the forest. Does it make a stink?


Good for whom?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A very well documented discussion of what's good for whom from FAIR. Short version: rich get richer and the poor get ... ignored. Wait, that's not news.


pretty pictures
Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I take issue with the presentation and some of the conclusions being promoted (there are several correlation must mean causality issues for example) but the pictures are nice.


Billmon - exactly
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I mean, what exactly does it take to get a rise out of the media industrial complex these days? A nuclear first strike against a major Middle Eastern oil producer doesn't ring the bell? Must every story have a missing white woman in it before the cable news guys will start taking it seriously?

If you want, read the whole thing. It's good.


Systemic problems
Thursday, April 6, 2006

Insurance companies: what's their goal? To make money for shareholders or to help those that get hurt?

"If last year's hurricane season had occurred 10 years ago, it would have been devastating for the company," said Allstate Vice President Fred F. Cripe in an interview. "Last year, it was merely disappointing."

Disappointing? Whoa. What's your purpose?


Good news, bad news from American Scientist
Monday, April 3, 2006

Good news:

Propensity for Deep-Seated Receptors Make Bird Flu Tough to Transmit

Two new studies may knock back the notion that avian flu will emerge as the world's next great flu pandemic. That's because the same characteristic that makes the flu so deadly also makes it very difficult to transmit from person to person, according to studies appearing in the journals Nature and Science.

Bad news:

Studies: Sea Levels May Rise More, and More Rapidly, Than Previously Believed

Sea levels may rise higher and faster than previously believed, according to new studies that synthesize the latest research into melting glaciers and ice sheets with fossil review of impacts from long-ago periods of climate change. The research, published in the journal Science, comes in with a new upper limit for sea level rise: It's possible that seas could climb as high as 20 feet by the end of the century. Such a dramatic jump would swallow low-lying islands and atolls and would advance on heavily populated coastal areas on every continent.


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