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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

the big dog speaks

juan cole looks at bill clinton's speech last night at the democratic national convention.

i miss having a real president.

anti-liberal bias

salon analyzes the coverage and analysis of the democratic convention's first night.

"...This "will Clinton overshadow?" angle (a repeat of a popular trope from the 2000 convention), along with the news clip showing Sen. John Kerry's wife Teresa Heinz Kerry telling a reporter to "shove it," set the groundwork for a day of coverage that often bristled with low-grade press animosity towards Kerry.

Naturally, convention coverage is going to be stacked with partisan rhetoric, as the pundits fill air time with talk and more talk. And it's only natural for Kerry's critics to be given a chance to air their side during the Democrats' party in Boston. But it was strange, during Monday's first, news-free day of convention coverage, how often television anchors and reporters effortlessly adapted the Republican talking points about the Kerry campaign and supposed divisions within the Democratic Party. While not openly contemptuous of Kerry, the way so much of the press was of vice president Al Gore in 2000, TV's talking heads had a habit on Monday of spinning things in a slightly negative light. ..."

more good readin'...

wired brings us the 911 commission report in various formats.

Krugman: Fear of Fraud

scary. insightful.

honestly, too sleepy to comment as of yet. but go read it! it's good.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

THIS is what i was looking for yesterday...so i'll post it now that i've found it:

Nathan Fillion's serenity blog.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

aw yeah...

Browncoats : Official Serenity Fan Site : news item

from Slashdot...First Clip from Firefly Movie to be Shown at Comic-Con

Snaller writes "It's almost a tradition. At Comic-Con a few years back, Joss Whedon showed a stunned audience the first clip from Serenity, the pilot for his new show Firefly. Although the movie isn't due to open until April 22nd next year, Whedon is ready to show the first clip from from Serenity, the motion picture based on the Firefly series. He'll do it this weekend at Comic-Con, also present will be the cast from the series/movie (all 9 actors), editor Lisa Lassek, special effects guru Loni Peristere and producer Chris Buchanan. It will take place on Sunday July 25th, 1-2pm, Room 20, afterwards there will be a signing session in room 28DE. This was reported on what used to be the official Fox board, by the user 'AffableChap' which has previously been confirmed to be Chris Buchanan."

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Friday, July 23, 2004

i don't even wanna think about the other third...

Poll: 2/3 Americans Against Using Torture


yes, this is all so reassuring...

A majority, 55 percent, said this country should never use mental torture — such as making someone think that they or their family will be killed, according to the poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.

Four of five supported the rights of someone detained to have a hearing where they can answer the charges against them. About that many said detainees should have the right to contact a family member and nine in 10 said the Red Cross should be able to visit people in detention to make sure they are treated properly, according to the poll conducted by Knowledge Networks.

Six in 10 said that people captured who are not conventional soldiers should still be accorded the rights provided by treaties. Such treaties spell out the rights of prisoners of war.

Two-thirds believe the United States president should not have the right to override constitutional requirements that all people in detention should be given a hearing.

Three-fourths agreed with the statement that the United States is a moral leader in the world and should not set a bad example by torturing or degrading people in detention.

An overwhelming majority opposed the use of dogs to intimidate prisoners, making prisoners stay naked, holding prisoners heads under water for extended periods of time and sexually humiliating prisoners.

The poll of 892 adults was taken July 9-15 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

NEW HIGH HAT!!!

(no, i'm not in this one. but it's got some damn fine readin' in! go read it!)

and another meaningless, perfectly content-free blog post:

Here's the file you wanted. Now where's my mommy?
Which Office Moron Are You?
Rum and Monkey: jamming your photocopier one tray at a time.

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Monday, July 19, 2004


Freudian Inventory Results
Genital (40%) you appear to be stuck between a progressive and regressive outlook on life.
Latency (56%) you appear to have a good balance of knowledge seeking and practicality.
Phallic (60%) you appear to have a good balance of sexual awareness and sexual composure.
Anal (40%) you appear to have a good balance of self control and spontaneity.
Oral (60%) you appear to have a good balance of independence and interdependence.
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link from rparvaaz!

Friday, July 16, 2004

and now, the other side...

Krugman on Bush's health-care plan. once again, the last few lines tell the whole story:

" The difference couldn't be starker. Mr. Kerry offers a health care plan that would extend coverage to most of those now uninsured, paid for by rolling back tax cuts for those with incomes over $200,000. President Bush offers a tax credit that would extend coverage to fewer than 5 percent of the uninsured, plus a new tax break for the affluent that would actually increase the number of uninsured. As I said last week, I don't see how Mr. Bush can win this debate."

melissa's writin' again!

new domestic disturbance!!! go check it out. it's a gooder.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

MOST POINTLESS INTERNET GAME. EVER.

Don't Let Go

(if nothing else, go check out those high scores...jeez! don't these people have BETTER things to do with their 2000 minutes?)

(for the record, i made it 8 seconds before becoming bored and/or cramped)

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Quote of the Day: "The constitutional amendment we are debating today strikes me as antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans. It usurps from the states a fundamental authority they have always possessed, and imposes a Federal remedy for a problem that most states do not believe confronts them... "

- John McCain speaking on the Senate floor about the GOP's proposed Hate Amendment

quote from NTodd.


hate amendment scuttled..."for now," i believe is the sentiment i heard Senate Majority Leader bill frist bloviating about on NPR a short while ago.

prick.

senator Rick Santorum? also a jerk. "Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?"

but...but...isn't that just what this is about? the fight for ALL americans to have access to their rights to marry whomever the hell they choose?

to date i have not heard a single argument AGAINST. not one. jsut all sorts of bloo-hooey about "sanctity of marriage" and "sinning" and crap like that. not a single reason for the wild fear that equal rights and responsibilities for All Americans will "tear apart the very fabric of society." nothing on how, exactly, that fabric will be torn by strengthening, yea, even weaving more of it.

gah. buncha bigots masquerading as "family values" "christians." bah.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Krugman on Kerry's health care plan. (NYT link, you know what to do)

the plan? rescind the tax cuts for the top 3 percent of the population (those with incomes over $200,000), then use that money to raise the maximum incomes under which families must fall to be eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, followed by providing "reinsurance" for those medical bills exceeding $50,000/year. according to mr. k, this would drive down premiums by 10% or more, as the "reinsurance" really is for the insurers and HMOs, who currently absorb these high costs.

the plusses? making sure that ALL parents and children, regardless of income, have access to good healthcare (y'know, the part about "life" in the "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" bit...). keeping premiums affordable for the insured. that sorta thing.

also, the cost/benefit analysis looks good, to me, at least:

"...the Kerry plan will require increased federal spending. Kenneth Thorpe of Emory University, an independent health care expert who has analyzed both the Kerry and Bush plans, puts the net cost of the plan to the federal government at $653 billion over the next decade. Is that a lot of money?

Not compared with the Bush tax cuts: the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that if these cuts are made permanent, as the administration wants, they will cost $2.8 trillion over the next decade.

The Kerry campaign contends that it can pay for its health care plan by rolling back only the cuts for taxpayers with incomes above $200,000. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which has become the best source for tax analysis now that the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy has become a propaganda agency, more or less agrees: it estimates the revenue gain from the Kerry tax plan at $631 billion over the next decade."


minuses?

"What are the objections to the Kerry plan? One is that it falls far short of the comprehensive overhaul our health care system really needs. Another is that by devoting the proceeds of a tax-cut rollback to health care, Mr. Kerry fails to offer a plan to reduce the budget deficit. But on both counts Mr. Bush is equally, if not more, vulnerable. And Mr. Kerry's plan would help far more people than it would hurt."

and really, the last sentence says it all: "If we ever get a clear national debate about health care and taxes, I don't see how President Bush will win it."

Thursday, July 08, 2004

oooh, big surprise...

now even SCIENTISTS and SCHOLARS agree...
los alamos is the hellmouth!

(or so says a very old friend who went to HS with me. heh.)

(he'd better share a copy of that paper, since i can't find it online...)

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

atticus finch, anyone?

okay, okay, now that Edwards has been chosen for the veep position, all we're hearing is "trial lawyer, trial lawyer, evil nasty trial lawyer." in response to that, slactivist has got the dirt on exactly what kind of trial lawyer John Edwards truly is.

one of the good ones, it appears. fighting for justice for the common man, going to bat for the little guy, that sorta thing.

Monday, July 05, 2004

20 Questions to a Better Personality


Wackiness: 56/100
Rationality: 38/100
Constructiveness: 54/100
Leadership: 64/100


You are a WECL--Wacky Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a people's advocate. You are passionate about your causes, with a good heart and good endeavors. Your personal fire is contagious, and others wish they could be as dedicated to their beliefs as you are.

Your dedication may cause you to miss the boat on life's more slight and trivial activities. You will feel no loss when skipping some inane mixer, but it can be frustrating to others to whom such things are important. While you find it difficult to see other points of view, it may be useful to act as if you do, and play along once in a while.

In any event, you have buckets of charisma and a natural skill for making people open up. Your greatest asset is an ability to make progress while keeping the peace.

Friday, July 02, 2004

the lord of the rings

beautiful photos taken by the Cassini! can be viewed at

NASA's website (incl. cool article) or at the Cassini imaging team's home page.

mmmmm....pretty...


heh

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thanks, maggie, for the link!

the horror! the horror!

Fear of world chocolate shortage

The price of chocolate bars could soar if diseases that have devastated South America's cocoa crops are allowed to spread to other parts of the world, a scientist has warned.

Dr Gareth Griffith, of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, fears that fungal infections are poised to trigger an international shortage of chocolate.

...

Writing in Biologist magazine, Dr Griffith, an expert in fungi, warned that greater international trade and travel increased the chances of the diseases turning up in Africa.

Penny Hawley, of the [british] Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionary Association, said: "This does need to be taken seriously."


dang. what, do we need to invade someone to make sure that our chocolate supplies are secure well into the next century? c'mon john kerry, put this issue on your platform! it can only help.

link from the beloved dutcher.

ahhhh, there's nothing quite like hearing a well-done recitation of the declaration of independence by various NPR commentators upon waking up in the morning. brings a tear to one's eye, it does.

buncha rich men didn't wanna pay taxes anymore...also a people clamoring to be free of distant, unreasonable government. we do rock, for the most part, this country of ours.

here's some molly ivins on a having a happy 4th.

Happy birthday, America!

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