January 24, 2007

Intertube Soodling

When traveling, there are many important basic phrases that it helps to learn in the local language. Thank you, sorry, yes, no, pardon me, where's the bathroom/bus station/jail/hotel/hospital, hello and goodbye, that sort of thing. But how many travelers' language guides will include the useful sentence, "Is your daughter 18?" (Practically speaking, a truly useful guide would also include "don't shoot!", or maybe some version of the speech Michael Corleone made to Apollonia Vitelli's father, immediately following.)

BoingBoing: The psychology of magical thinking. A web-illiterate Texas court has ruled that deep-linking is a copyright infringement; maybe they don't get out on the intertubes much. Good things might be possible from a new, highly efficient barium-nitrate battery. Ranger in a Congolese park were recently murdered by poachers that were apparently on the hunt for hippopotami. There seems to have been a raging controversy recently over the proper way to disinfect kitchen sponges. A memorial will be held soon in Santa Cruz, CA for Robert Anton Wilson, RIP.

BBC: Hungry street children have raided the food tent at an anti-poverty summit in Kenya. The Sudanese government has at last admitted to bombing raids on Darfur. A study indicates that eating fiber reduces the risk of breast cancer. Stem cells from a mother can repair diabetes in the womb by producing insulin in the child's pancreas, which is pretty awesome.

MSNBC: It's only a matter of time before the Earth is hit by a large asteroid, and a NASA astronaut is trying to get approval for a ship-mounted gravity tractor that could avert catastrophe. EPA scientists surveying western fish found mercury contamination in every fish studied.

Asia Times: Turkey watches as oil-rich Kirkuk prepares for a referendum on joining the Kurdish autonomous zone of Iraq, and by 'watches', they mean 'is preparing for military intervention if Kirkuk comes under Kurdish control.' Myanmar's democracy movement is unbowed by jail time or the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi; they've demonstrated masterful grassroots coalition-building and demonstration efforts, leaving the military dictatorship unsure what to do about them anymore. The Taliban are regrouping and avoiding direct conflict with NATO forces while building coalitions with local tribal leaders and, in all likelihood, are receiving significant support from retired Pakistani military officers.

CNN: Sen. Kerry will not seek the presidency in 2008. Senate Republicans sent the message that they will filibuster a minimum wage hike without accompanying business tax cuts, which is a news angle I think the American people need to hear more about. Can I get a 'wahoo!' for a virgin lizard birth? The conclusion of an expected international climate report is that global warming is happening right now. And check out this wicked nifty shark.

Al Jazeera: Dozens of foreign hostages have been seized in Nigeria in an ongoing series of kidnappings local militants have undertaken against energy company workers. The Sri Lankan government has been accused of complicity in militia kidnappings of children in government-controlled areas to use as child soldiers in the fight against the Tamil Tiger separatists. The World Economic Forum in Davos, currently without snow, is expected to be dominated by climate concerns and interest in making green business practices profitable. US soldiers in Baghdad are fighting to regain control of a major street.

Los Angeles Times: More Californians are defaulting on their mortgages than over any three months since 1998. What global warming means for the wine map, with the question 'is it happening?' seemingly settled in the minds of vintners and viticulturalists and new regions opening up to wine growing. With rare clarity from Max Boot, we are urged not to trust the appearance of success in Somalia.

The Nation: Scooter Libby, the scapegoat. Yet another thorough and deserved trashing of Bush's healthcare deform plan. Campus Progress is offering travel grants to students to attend this weekend's peace rally in D.C.

The National Review: "... [T]he president is down, way down, and the State of the Union address is not going to ... change that." A big no, no, NO to ethanol. Jonah Goldberg criticizes Democrats for talking about The Children, perhaps for his next trick, he'll criticize Republicans for talking about The Family. Jennifer Morse suggests that the NYTimes was cheerleading for divorce by talking about the 51% of women who live without a spouse, and that they should have spent more time on the damage that 40-something divorced women do when they leave their husbands with credit card debts and childcare responsibilities. Yes, we all want to know just how often the Obama-madrassa story will surface due to scurrilous internet rumors?

Business Week: President Bush's health insurance proposal would probably be a big help to health insurance companies by subsidizing enrollment but taxing 'excessive' expenditures. Um, yeah. We noticed. We sort of figured that before he got the full proposal out of his mouth. And it's very charitable of him, considering that insurance companies really need everybody's compassion right now, what with that bad case of asthma they keep landing in the ER with and all the costs left over from their operation last year.

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Nicolas Sarkozy dément avoir ordonné une enquête sur l'entourage de Mme Royal
Nicolas Sarkozy disconfirms he has ordered an inquiry into the surrounding of Royale
LEMONDE.FR avec AFP | 24.01.07 | 16h28 • Mis à jour le 24.01.07 | 19h25

e cabinet de Nicolas Sarkozy a démenti "formellement", mercredi 24 janvier, l'information du Canard enchaîné selon laquelle le ministère de l'intérieur aurait demandé aux renseignements généraux (RG) une enquête sur un conseiller de Ségolène Royal. Peu auparavant, François Hollande a demandé "qu'il y ait immédiatement des vérifications" sur l'information révélée mercredi par l'hebdomadaire.
the administration of sarkozy has formally rejected, wednesday 24th the information of canard enchaine according to which the minister of the interior sarkozy demanded from renseignement generaux (rq) an inquisition about a consultant of royale. Hollande demanded there must be an immediate verification on that information.
Selon Le Canard enchaîné, le conseiller pour l'environnement de Ségolène Royal, Bruno Rebelle, a été la cible d'une enquête des RG au profit du candidat UMP. M. Rebelle a démissionné à la fin de l'année du poste de numéro deux de Greenpeace International, après avoir été président du bureau français de l'ONG écologiste.
according to canard enchaine the consultant for environmental affairs, bruno rebelle, has been the aim of an inquisition of RG for the profit of the candidate of the UMP. M. Rebelle dissolved his contract for greenpeace.

Posted by: ccokz at January 24, 2007 02:55 PM