Daily Archives: October 1, 2002

hanging-fire.net – one woman’s ego gone awry I …

hanging-fire.net – one woman’s ego gone awry

I see you, Karin!

From the Ichthypundit MP changes name to Haddoc…

From the Ichthypundit

MP changes name to Haddock

Austin Mitchell, an British Labour MP from is (probably temporarily) changing his name to Austin Haddock to encourage people to eat more fish. And because he’s starved for attention, I’ll bet. I’d like to encourage our legislators to follow his example. For instance, Idaho’s Mike Crapo, who really needs to change his name anyway, could be Mike Potato. Or Potatoe, since he’s a Republican.

Ananova – Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow set for film …

Ananova – Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow set for film about porn star

Let’s face it, the way Kilmer’s career is going he’s about two years from doing porn anyway.

Mann, Barenaked Ladies To Rock ‘West Wing’ Aime…

Mann, Barenaked Ladies To Rock ‘West Wing’

Aimee Mann I like. But why are Barenaked Ladies — a Canadian band — performing for American voter registration?

Fun with Google News They have a little "In the…

Fun with Google News

They have a little “In the News” function. I guess it counts keywords or something. Anyway, it tends to be somewhat eclectic, as seen in the ten terms it currently lists:

Bison Dele (Presumed Dead Basketball Player)

Wal Mart (Profits down)

Typhoon Higos (Not Hurricane Lili?)

Dow Jones (The race to the bottom!)

Mother Teresa (Up for Sainthood)

New Zealand (No idea why)

President Bush (War)

Miles Dabord (Who?)

World Cup (Which one?)

National League East (Baseball playoffs, Valentine fired, Go Braves!)

Saddam Hussein Has Destroyed 90 Percent of Iraq’s …

Saddam Hussein Has Destroyed 90 Percent of Iraq’s Wetlands Heritage

The State Department is apparently trying to get Greens and Multi-Cultis (the Iraqi swampdwellers have an unusual culture) on the side of the war. I’m not sure if this is cynical or if it’s some kind of joke.

The Fat Guy has the story of the dolphins off San …

The Fat Guy has the story of the dolphins off San Diego, who are resistant to a strain of anthrax… meaning that at some point they’ve been exposed to it. Nobody knows how. And it should be on Ichthypundit (yes, they’re mammals, but the Ichthypundit covers all aquatic animals) but I missed it.

Ananova – Ozone hole has shrunk – scientists Th…

Ananova – Ozone hole has shrunk – scientists

The scientists are attributing it to warmer than normal air in the Antarctic. (Make your own global warming reference here.) It’s the smallest it’s been since 1988. It’s good news; there’s been some good news on the global environmental front lately.

I’m not a doomsayer. My personal description is that I’m a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist, that when humanity is at the edge of the cliff, human creativity will find a way to escape. A lot of environmentalists are doomsayers, who think that the earth’s ecology is very fragile. It isn’t; on the contrary, it can take a lot of abuse. As long as we’re careful, it will survive. (Heck, in the long term — meaning tens of millions of years — it could probably recover from just about anything we could do with the possible exception of global thermonuclear war.)

I’m certainly not advocating taking a laissez-faire approach to the environment. We aren’t going to destroy the Earth or anything like that. But we could make it inhospitable for large animals (including the most common large mammal, a biped of global distribution) for a very long time. Or just generally more unpleasant. I think we should protect endangered species and try to limit mankind’s footprint on the Earth whenever possible.

Unusual German Search Requests Google-Suche: "g…

Unusual German Search Requests

Google-Suche: “german heritage” mlb

Huh. Actually, I’m re-reading Robert Creamer’s Stengel right now. Casey was German-Irish, if that helps.

He’s Very Clean Just picked up the A Hard Day’s…

He’s Very Clean

Just picked up the A Hard Day’s Night DVD. Love the movie, love the music. I’m very happy.