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November 06, 2003
The good, the bad, the completely stupid

Under the heading of, a stupid waste of time and money, let's put the redesign of the nickel, okay? I mean, okay for the twenty dollar bill, because that's reportedly the most counterfeited bill in the world, but at a time of huge and growing deficits and budget cutbacks in every direction, why redesign the nickel?

Stories like this one frustrate me. Details! We need more details!

And I might have been happier if this one had never gotten out.

Okay, no, I wouldn't have been, but....I just hope no one from the Bush Administration stands up and claims they exhausted all diplomatic channels before they invaded Iraq, okay? The level of hypocrisy in this Administration is starting to choke me.

And reading that the U.N. has left Baghdad, pulling the last of their foreign staff out, isn't comforting, either.

Which means I'm rather pleased to read Maureen Dowd giving the Bush Administration a bit of a kick in the teeth today.

Looks like the Rwandan genocide trials have actually started. Here's the site where daily postings of trial information is supposed to be available.

Via AlterNet, another take on the story of the cancelled Reagan miniseries. This Miami Herald AP article says it's all about defending the neoconservative political strategy.

And from The Capital Times I learn that one of the irrational, unreasonable, idiotic no doubt sensible to them objections the wing-nuts put forth for wanting the project torpedoed was...wait for it...are you ready for this?

The actor playing Reagan is, in real life, a die-hard liberal.

Come on people. Fantasy. Reality. There's a difference. Really.

However, to support my own position that there could be political fallout from dissing Ronnie, look at this from the same source:

What shouldn't be lost in all this is the simple fact that Viacom is one of several media giants hoping to reap huge financial rewards if new Federal Communications Commission rules on media ownership are allowed to stand. The FCC relaxed the ownership rules earlier this year, but Congress is threatening to overturn them.

It surely is not in Viacom's interest right now to further agitate Republican members of Congress by airing a film on their heroes, Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

The sound you hear is me, resting my case.

But before you do that, go read this Washington Post editorial.

It's not the dark night of fascism descending on the land when a TV network gets bullied into canceling a controversial program about a national political figure, but it's not a particularly edifying spectacle either.

Read what Bill Clinton had to say about "Defining the mission of the 21st century." For the record, I'm not quite as enamored of a 'true global community' as he is. I have no problem with discrete, separate countries. I just wish they could coexist without periodically trying to blow each other off the face of the planet.

On the way to work this morning, I heard on NPR that last month's 8/1% growth in productivity was due to USofA workers putting in more hours. With the new overtime laws, I doubt any of them got extra compensation for it. We need to consider how to let labor run this country, instead of the corporations. Don't get me wrong, I like corporations. They keep the economy churning along. I just think that the 'business of business' should be secondary to the business of living.

(And, speaking of NPR, is this cool or what? A $200M gift! I only wish that mean't they'd stop with the annoying pledge breaks already. I mean, I don't mind donating, because I do listen, but, as with PBS, is sometimes feels like they run pledge drives every second month.)

It must be kind of spooky to be a student or teacher in a university as great as this one, with its libraries and laboratories and lecture halls, while knowing it is within the borders of a nation where wisdom, reason, knowledge and truth no longer apply.

I realize that some of you may have come in hopes of hearing tips on how to become a professional writer. I say to you, “If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts. But do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”

From Knowing What's Nice


Hiding in plain sight

News Item: FBI says it used the USA Patriot Act to investigate the finances of a strip-club owner in Las Vegas.

We can feel secure now against the threat of nude terrorists.

And then:

It's better in Bolinas

Proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot for voters in Bolinas, Calif., reproduced here exactly as it was presented:
"Vote for Bolinas to be a socially acknowledged nature-loving town because to like to drink the water out of the lakes to like to eat the blueberries to like the bears is not hatred to hotels and motor boats. Dakar. Temporary and way to save life, skunks and foxes (airplanes to go over the ocean) and to make it beautiful."
The proposition passed 314-152.

We will want to be keeping a closer eye on Bolinas, Calif.

After today, I'm assuming that everyone who cares to has bookmarked QuickTakes and I won't annoy you with any more quotes.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:45 AM