Daily Archives: July 17, 2002

albawaba.com: Two suicide bombers hit Tel Aviv; se…

albawaba.com: Two suicide bombers hit Tel Aviv; several people killed, likely foreign workers

Both Islamic Jihad and Hamas have claimed responsibility. The explosion (which reportedly killed three innocents) was in a bar “crowded with Romanian workers”. The AP story is less clear that the dead were probably foreign workers, but reports of a Romanian saying he plans to take his family back to Romania.

Disgusting as it is, this bombing may have some strategic value. Instead of killing Israelis, they’re killing foreign workers, people who have no real ties to Israel. Those people can be driven away, and while it won’t satisfy the Islamokaze’s Jew-hatred, it will at the least damage the Israeli economy. Assuming that they can repeat it, of course.

Now, the danger is that they might anger foreign powers and turn them to the side of Israel. What if they had been Russian workers rather than Romanian? Or any country that’s powerful itself or has a powerful patron? The superpower is more or less on Israel’s side, but the lesser powers are (de facto, at the least) with the Arabs. They really don’t want to change that, or if they do it’s a serious mistake.

Eugene Craft, leader in Arab’s early growth, dies …

Eugene Craft, leader in Arab’s early growth, dies at age 81

Arab the town, not any Arab person, of course. I just like picking up stories about Arab. I also have reinforcement of my theory that journalists like writing “Arab”. This story is 139 words long, not counting the headline. Nine of those words are “Arab”.

It appears that YACCS is having one of its days. …

It appears that YACCS is having one of its days. Comments are off and on, mostly off, right now. If it keeps up, I’ll disable them, but I’m hoping it clears up. For now, delays. Feel free to email me, I like getting email, and if you want and it’s particularly interesting I’ll post it.

Two Bombs Go Off in Tel Aviv Sigh. "Dozens" of…

Two Bombs Go Off in Tel Aviv

Sigh. “Dozens” of casualties, no fatalities reported as yet, nor if this is a splodeydope attack. The area is frequented by recent immigrants to Israel, which I think would make it a prime target. Already, speechwriters in Europe and the UN are hitting alt+f11 to activate the “It is important to not allow this to disrupt the peace process” macros.

An Open Letter to Amazon.com. I buy books from …

An Open Letter to Amazon.com.

I buy books from you regularly, and I’ve never had significant problems. However:

Stop trying to sell me Harry Potter books. I don’t want any damn Harry Potter books. I’ve told you a thousand times, why do they keep showing up in my recommendations?

Sincerely,

Mac Thomason

Land dispute pits Turner vs. Gullah Ted Turner,…

Land dispute pits Turner vs. Gullah

Ted Turner, crazy billionaire, claims an island that is also claimed by a group descended from Gullah speakers off South Carolina. The latter seem to have a court order from 1996 that they own it, but Ted has a couple of billion dollars on his side.

Quayle’s memorabilia drawing crowds to his hometow…

Quayle’s memorabilia drawing crowds to his hometown

The Dan Quayle Museum is celebrating its tenth anniversary, apparently. Poor Dan, he was just ahead of his time.

Drug addicts drinking liquefied lizard dung mixtur…

Drug addicts drinking liquefied lizard dung mixture

Man, nobody’s satisfied with just licking toads anymore.

Something about Rome’s river smells fishy The …

Something about Rome’s river smells fishy

The Tiber is full of dead fish, and nobody knows why. Well, they know that it’s because the fish are dying, and are somehow poisoned, but no one knows the cause.

More poverty the only fruit as SA eats itself A…

More poverty the only fruit as SA eats itself

A new report claims that South Africans are consuming the nation’s “forests, grassland, fish and food stocks faster than they are being replaced”. But it’s the United States that needs to cut back.