Daily Archives: July 15, 2002

Make Hate Not Anti-Globalization Blair’s Law i…

Make Hate Not Anti-Globalization

Blair’s Law in action:


Right-wing extremists looking for converts appear to be trying to subvert the anti-globalization movement, using at least one intentionally confusing website and possibly even showing up at major protests to recruit activists directly.

Bush displays Midas touch in fund-raising He ma…

Bush displays Midas touch in fund-raising

He may have just bought the Alabama governor’s office for Bob Riley.

Bush may spurn U.N. program President Bush is p…

Bush may spurn U.N. program


President Bush is poised to reject the advice of his own fact-finding team and cut off millions of dollars to a United Nations family planning program that abortion opponents contend supports forced abortions in China.

It doesn’t. In fact, the fact-finding team contends that it reduces them through education and birth control. Given the anti-sex right’s views on sex education and birth control, that didn’t help any. This isn’t about China, this is about the goofy political views of the GOP and the Religious Right, which are increasingly interchangeable.

The money has already been appropriated by Congress, but that won’t stop the Bush Administration. As I’ve pointed out ad nauseum in the context of the Endangered Species Act, the administration only enforces the law when it wants to. Screw the financial stuff, as far as I’m concerned the real scandal is the administration’s under-the-table attempt to seize the legislative function.

Bin Laden said well, planning more attacks Whet…

Bin Laden said well, planning more attacks

Whether this guy (an “Arab journalist with close ties to the Saudi-born militant” terrorist — corrected from the Reutersese) is telling the truth, he has no personal knowledge. He’s just taking the word of Osama’s associates fellow terrorists.


“They also said bin Laden would not appear in a video and just say words. He will make another appearance only after his people attack the Americans again,” he said.

“He wants to appear when he has something to discuss.”

You know, he’s like a guest on a talk show, only going to show up when he has something to plug.

Actually, Brendan, I called you an asshole not bec…

Actually, Brendan, I called you an asshole not because you criticized the Blogosphere, which is just fine with me. Criticism makes us strong. I called you an asshole because you were acting like an asshole, and because you’ve decided that only British and Irish, and not American, are proper English.

washingtonpost.com: Former Internet Darling DrKoop…

washingtonpost.com: Former Internet Darling DrKoop.com Sold for $186,000

Wow. Even after the Bust that seems low. It’s about one penny for every five dollars the IPO brought in, unless my math is more messed up than usual.

Salon in six months?

State wildlife officials: Take our pigs — please …

State wildlife officials: Take our pigs — please

Washington hunters have been told to shoot all the wild pigs they want, no restrictions. (They’re technically feral, not true wild pigs.)

Blog to Cope With Alzheimer’s Fog Seniors in th…

Blog to Cope With Alzheimer’s Fog


Seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, with mild to moderate memory loss, are writing Web logs to help them make sense of their daily lives. And the activity, they say, is slowing the onset of their symptoms.

No smart remarks about certain bloggers’ writing styles here. Nosireebob.

Boston.com / Latest News / Business / Rivers dry u…

Boston.com / Latest News / Business / Rivers dry up, industries fret as parts of South suffer in historic drought

Been fine here. I drive over the river every day, it’s still there. Actually, it’s rained quite a bit the last few days. And South Carolina can shrivel in the sun as far as I’m concerned after this little spiel from a public official there:


”Hopefully a nice tropical storm will come in from Mississippi and stay over us for a week,” said Freddy Vang, the deputy director of the state Natural Resources Department’s Land, Water and Conservation Division.

Leaving aside if he even realizes that there are two states between him and Mississippi, I think I speak for the people of Mississippi as well as Alabama and Georgia in saying we’d rather not have to deal with a natural disaster so you can get rained on.

Mercury News | 07/14/2002 | Hacker group targets c…

Mercury News | 07/14/2002 | Hacker group targets countries that censor Internet


Some of the world’s best-known hackers unveiled a plan this weekend to offer free software to promote anonymous Web surfing in countries where the Internet is censored, especially China and Middle Eastern nations.

Go Hackers!