Ashcroft Removes Evidence Hurdle for FBI (washingtonpost.com)
New Justice Department guidelines unveiled today give FBI agents latitude to monitor Internet sites, libraries and religious institutions without first having to offer evidence of potential criminal activity, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft announced at an afternoon press conference.
This explains the guy with the dark suit and the crewcut hanging out at the circulation desk. I was going to run him off, but he’ll probably open a file on me. Actually, this is a library at a religious institution (albeit Presbyterian — they’re not noted for producing terrorists) and I have a web site. Two web sites! I better call a lawyer.
Fun with referrer logs
Yahoo! Search Results for arab beauty girl with big tit
OK, that’s just sad. Leaving aside the idea of desperately lonely men who are cruising the net for pictures of busty arabs, the construction of the search makes it look like he’s looking for one with only one breast.
Breakdown of my traffic:
About half hits from other weblogs, in particular Vodkapundit, Atrios, Possumblog, File13, and Dailypundit, or my old site. About a quarter direct hits. About an sixth, legitimate Google searches. And the rest, the totally depraved.
Diplomats Are Flocking to Israel, but No Peace Plan Seems in Sight
Well, lah-dee-dah. Personally, I think this headline says a lot about the dovish mentality. What we need is a peace plan! Well, I’ve seen lots of peace plans come and go, but I’ve never seen any actual peace. But as long as there’s a plan, it’s all right, even if children keep being blown up by morons in TNT belts.
Bush Sending Rumsfeld to Ease Tensions of India and Pakistan
Um… No offense, but I’ve never thought of Rumsfeld as being particularly diplomatic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and I’d kind of like to see him get sent to Israel (where they’re probably sick of diplomatic types anyway) but this is a very delicate situation.
Of course, it’s possible that Rummy was the only person who was willing to go to a potential nuclear war zone.
TNR Online | Defense Secretary
Ari Fleischer is such an asshole. I’ve decided that Bush only keeps him on because he knows how much Fleischer annoys the press corps. Not that that’s a bad thing.
The American Times : A Modern Magazine
I wanted to comment on Oliver’s idea, but Gena Lewis has said much of what I was going to already. I hope it works, and there’s no harm in trying… but I see it as kind of what IE did to Netscape. Even if it’s exceedingly well done, I don’t see a pay model working when someone can do almost as well for free.
Of course, this model would work better for writers of longer pieces — like Gena, for one — than for shorter ones. Thinkers, rather than linkers, by the den Beste model. (So, Mac, are you a linker or a thinker? Ringo voice: I’m a stinker.) That’s not necessarily a criticism, just an observation.
American Broadcasting Crackup
Can ABC save itself? Probably not. Why do we need ABC anyway? I mean, what’s its audience?
Loyalists in the American Revolution
I’ve been doing some cataloging work in the American Revolution, and it turns out we’re not supposed to call the dirty backstabbing traitors who sided with the British oppressors against their own people “Tories” anymore. We have to call them “Loyalists”. I’m not sure whom we’d be offending if we did. Canadians, possibly.
Comparing India and Pakistan’s strategic nuclear weapon capabilities – Jane’s International Security News
I don’t suppose there are any Jane’s subscribers out there? How about someone who knows one? This partial article is pretty scary by itself: India’s second generation warheads, mounted on their “Agni” missiles, are thought to have a yield of up to 200 kilotons. The Nagaski bomb (the more powerful of the two dropped on Japan) was 22 KT. Its yields for Pakistani bombs are closer to older Indian weapons, 20-25 KT, but says they have 25-50 warheads. Even given the lower number, and the possibility that some would be held back and some might not work or be misdelivered… You’re still talking maybe ten bombs, all probably more powerful than the Nagasaki device.
To give you some idea… The New Scientist article I linked last Friday gave an estimate of 3 million dead, directly, in an Indian/Pakistani nuclear exchange. But that was for only five detonations for each side of Nagasaki-type bombs. If each side uses ten, Pakistan could be more or less destroyed, along with much of northern India. It wouldn’t be pleasant for anyone else south of the Himalayas, either.
Coca-Cola USA is going to be really pissed when it sees one of its bottles pictured in an article about beer and cigarettes.
South African Breweries Buys Miller From Phillip Morris
I thought PM was changing its name to something that sounded innocuous? Oh, well. Apparently, they’re getting out of the booze business and focusing on the dangerous, addictive substances they know how to sell. Also, cheese.
It remains to be seen how Miller will fare overseas if South African Breweries decides to export the beer, though it could be a refreshing change from some local brews — like Chibuku, a kind of beer similar to a lumpy yogurt shake with alcohol that South African Breweries sells in Zambia and some nearby nations.
Well, that sounds disgusting. Even watery American beer would have to be better than that.