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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Article linked here. Alright - who's in the mood for some wild Joe Wilson speculation? The question being asked is, why did Wilson not go public with his objections to Bush's claims in the SOTU (those 16 words) address until several months after the address. The possible answer: his objections were not based on the conclusions of his Niger junket, but subsequent (and classified beyond his clearance) intelligence reports which did not conclude until shortly before his July 6 NY Times op-ed piece. But, you ask, how did Joe Wilson get his hands on highly classified WMD intelligence? Well, as I understand it, he is on very good terms with someone in the CIA's WMD intelligence wing. So, what may have happened is that Joe Wilson's sweet mint tea sessions in Niger yielded little or no useful information, but once his wife leaked to him that the CIA had concluded that they had no reliable intelligence to support Britain's "yellowcake in Niger" claim, we went off to the press, casting himself as an authority based on his (spouse recommended) Africa trip, contesting Bush's SOTU claim based (unbeknownst to us) on classified information which he should not have had to begin with.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Beauty & the Geek Whoah, there are actually girls at MIT!

Who Can Name the Bigger Number?: "In an old joke, two noblemen vie to name the bigger number. The first, after ruminating for hours, triumphantly announces 'Eighty-three!' The second, mightily impressed, replies 'You win.'
A biggest number contest is clearly pointless when the contestants take turns. But what if the contestants write down their numbers simultaneously, neither aware of the other?s? To introduce a talk on 'Big Numbers,' I invite two audience volunteers to try exactly this." - Tour director says fans spat at Armstrong: "Tour de France director Jean Marie-Leblanc admitted Wednesday that he saw fans spit at Lance Armstrong during the first-ever time trial to historic L'Alpe d'Huez. "

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Wired News: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Login Goodbye site registration... ;)

The New York Times > Sports > Sports Special > Armstrong Wins Time Trial, Extending Lead Don't mess with Texas.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The New York Times > Science > This Is Your Brain on Meth: A 'Forest Fire' of Damage Kids, don't do drugs, mmmkay? Check out the graphic of the brain. Crazy.

Now now, Drew.  Sacrificing the lives and dignity of other people at the altar of their own health, wealth and comfort is Frances culture - who are we to judge? - Amnesty condemns Sudan rapes - Jul 19, 2004Arab militias in Sudan are gang-raping and abducting girls as young as eight and women as old as 80, systematically killing, torturing, or using them as sex slaves, an Amnesty International report said on Monday.

France's position on Darfur? From BBC:
France says it does not support US plans for international sanctions on Sudan if violence continues in Darfur. "France led opposition to US moves at the UN over Iraq. As was the case in Iraq, France also has significant oil interests in Sudan. "

Blood for oil!!

Monday, July 19, 2004 is dead, any replacement sites? I think this was the last free database.

No Wonder C.E.O.'s Love Those Mergers CEO skims 8% of merger. l/p: asdf1234/asdf1234

Sunday, July 18, 2004

An Analysis of MMOG Subscription Growth