September 13, 2006

WTF Am I Doing Up Roundup

I was good. I turned the lights off and went to bed at a reasonable hour. I tried that laying there quietly thing for hours. Then I got hungry. Dinner was a long time ago and I've got a throat that feels like it's being used as a scratching post, immune systems require nutrition. Particularly if you can't sleep. I'd like to say that I was going to be doing something interesting, like disconsolately nursing a bottle of single malt through the wee hours, but I'm in a good mood and drinking always makes my colds worse. Go figure.

The only vice left to me at the moment is news. (Also some nice cheese and crackers, but sadly, I cannot share them with you. Though you should really try this fruit salad, the dressing tastes pretty good even if the texture could use work.) So. At this point, I feel like if I attempt to go to sleep again, the terrorists will have already won. Or is it that you're not supposed to eat right before bed? I forget.

BuzzFlash highlights one of the reasons that Iraq hasn't gone into a complete and total meltdown, which is that the Iraqi leadership is growing ever closer to the Iranian leadership. Can we say 'blowback,' boys and girls? I knew you could. It isn't that I think it's a bad idea to attack Iran because I think they're the greatest despotic regime ever, I think it's a bad idea because it could only be outdone for stupidity by a follow-up invasion of Russia in the winter. I mean, we're already in two other land wars in Asia.

BuzzFlash also pointed to Max Blumenthal's exposure of the PT9-11 and Swiftboat connection. I guess it's a small, small world for no-account, one-buttocked, mangy-knobbed liars.

Narco News: Colombia's government is trying aerial spraying in their national parks to eradicate coca crops, but as usual, the structural difficulties that make coca an attractive crop in the first place persist. The Mexican government has arrested two Chiapan radish farmers for farming radishes on the land they lived on before the government declared it an ecological preserve, which can have cell phone towers and highways but apparently, no radishes.

Alternet: Feministing, you've seen the blog, read the interview. Save the environment, and your health, with slow food. The top 10 most broken voting systems in the U.S.

Talk Left: Oh, chemistry, how our nation's lawmakers loathe thee. Ammonium nitrate is not a bomb by itself and it's a very useful agricultural input, albeit ecologically problematic when applied in excess. Like binary liquid explosives, the threat of the perilous crop fertilizer is just another piece of security theater brought to us by the people who won't bother to screen the nation's cargo containers.

The Slacktivist: Fear Itself.

Firedoglake: 9-11 marked the start of an all out war on U.S. workers. People are out there even now, parsing the president so you don't have to. Lewis I. 'Scooter' Libby is going to trial, and one hopes, prison.

Suburban Guerrilla: No one could have known Bush would be so radical, except those of us who already freaking knew. Contrasting attitudes about culpability for 9-11 seem to show an inverse relationship to responsibility for preventing it. And wow, but I didn't know that John Boehner had Democratic friends!

Speaking of Bush's radicalism, Liberal Oasis interviews Sidney Blumenthal, who wrote the book on that.

Horses Ass: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has a Republican opponent (Mike! McGavick) who (yawn) is a blackout drunk and lies all the time. He even, as noted last week, takes money from crooked oil industry executives. Where's the exception that proves the rule, people? As Rob Corddry might say, I mean, come onnnn!

BradBlog: Greg Palast charged with journalism; no seriously, they're bringing charges against him for journalism. Bush confuses the minions.

Hullabaloo: The media may be tiring of their Kool Aid.

Ezra Klein: Fun with budgetary earmarks, not all of which are bad.

Steve Gilliard: Bush the weak, little coward.

James Wolcott: Tony Blair's last straw, and good riddance, you Bush-appeasing poodle man. America in denial, which is not just a river ...

Alas, A Blog: Lesbian hunting in Uganda, a new national pastime as homophobia sweeps the war-torn continent. Very glad I'm not medically interesting, because passing med school doesn't require a manners final.

Pinko Feminist Hellcat: Racism, sexism and the grievous expense of poverty are real problems, so cut it the heck out with all the 'yeah, buts...' Also, the rules by gender for dealing with unwanted come-ons.

Health News: India lays the policy groundwork to boost stem cell research and begins a safe sex education program, which should give our fundamentalist riddled society some hope of a light at the end of the tunnel. Geography, race and income are big factors in predicting the American lifespan, to the great surprise of ... who? Merck has developed another potentially dangerous arthritis drug that had to be outed by a whistleblower. Not this year during the election season, but next year, basic Medicare premiums will go up by $5.

BBC: Why the US embassy attack in Syria was unusual. I'm sure many U.S. econopundits won't believe it, but higher wages are boosting retail sales in China, almost as if greater consumer demand catapulted economic expansion or something. Yes, George, anthropogenic human-caused ocean warming is making stronger storms.

Asia Times: Opium production is booming in Afghanistan for many of the same reasons that coca production won't go away in Colombia (it's the poverty, stupid.) If I had ever doubted, Newt Gingrich has now revealed himself to be crazier than Bush ahead of the 2008 election season. The city of Fallujah hasn't been sufficiently pacified yet (not even after they got the white phosphorus treatment, magically able to target only combatants.)

The ongoing civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels, the originators of the suicide bombing technique, adds 15 wounded civilians to the casualty tolls.

Roving Baghdad death squads and bomb attacks killed 60 people in the past day.

The U.S. says Iran hasn't changed their position about a temporary suspension of nuclear enrichment, while E.U. leaders seem to believe that Iran has made a new offer that should at least be responded to. As punchy as I'm feeling right now, I just can't add anything to that.

Posted by natasha at September 13, 2006 02:59 AM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |

good round up nat, thanks.

Posted by: Hubris Sonic at September 13, 2006 07:15 AM

NICE news roundup!! Not that I wouldn't want you to sleep well, but hope there's more of this to come. :-)

Posted by: QuestionGirl at September 13, 2006 09:20 AM

HS & QG - Yeah, sometimes I even manage to do this sort of thing during normal business hours. And thanks for the feedback.

Posted by: natasha at September 13, 2006 11:21 AM

this is quite something

Gunman Kills One, Wounds 19 in Shooting Spree at Montreal College

Posted by: gerry at September 13, 2006 06:10 PM