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May 06, 2004

The elevator in our building has abruptly ceased going beep, beep, beep as you pass each floor. I find this oddly disconcerting.

On the other hand, the radio in my car has not stopped going beep, beep, beep when I get out of the car without it. After five years, you'd think it would understand that I have no intention of detaching parts and carrying them with me to prevent theft, but it doesn't seem to learn. Beep. Beep. Beep. It's very annoying.

Via Hal, I found Straight and Crooked Thinking. Fascinating. I'll have to google around and see if I can still get the book.

I didn't finish reading the online bit, though. I haven't finished reading David Neiwert's latest post yet, either. They're bookmarked for this evening when I have time to think.

New Sharia laws in Nigeria's Zamfara state.

We may still have a long way to go in this country.

Rush Limbaugh is a disgusting human being.

Moving on, we find that The Progressive is having a birthday and Molly Ivins is dancing on the bar.

"Who is in charge? I mean, look, every single, solitary decision made almost since the fall of Saddam Hussein has been mistaken. Who's making these decisions?" --Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del), calling for a little accountability.

Via Mother Jones and in Salon.

Salam Pax is all official now and getting paid for writing, but that doesn't mean he's not still interesting. It does mean that he's not as…I don't know…as unguarded as he used to be.

Now the Feds are outsourcing criminal investigations. I wonder if this is a Bush-era trick or if they've been doing this for a

Here's an expert critique of outsourcing at the DoD.

We're number one, but that's not the same as saying we're perfect

Shorter Committee on Resources press release: Fish in the eco-system, fish in aquariums, fish in fish farms, what's the difference? We got fish.

Have you checked the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count recently?

For the first three months of this year, there were 52,013 sick with 603 deaths. The bad news? The number of cases is up this year. The good news? Fatalities are down.

I'd provide details, but you've probably already stopped reading.

If only we cared as much about health as we do about death. Just imagine what over $112,000,000,000 could do if you spent it on disease prevention and control, instead of on killing people.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:03 PM


Outsourcing: I know the DoD has been outsourcing background checks for years, because I know a former NIS investigator who now does that on a contract basis. Terrible backlogs.....

Dengue: We have it in Hawai'i, sometimes, I'm told. I have to keep reminding myself that extinction is a bad thing, but mosquitos make me question that. Daily.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at May 7, 2004 04:07 AM

Seems like every time we "solve" one problem, we cause another. Like others, I'm worried about how to treat disease from disease-bearing insects when exterminating the insects has unknown repercussions.

And yet, like you, I have no love for the unloveable mosquito.

We have West Nile here in Colorado and they're moving through the city draining and drying up runoff ponds and streams, and I can't think that's a good thing...although I don't want any more schoolchildren (or anyone else) getting sick.

Posted by: Anne at May 7, 2004 08:44 PM