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April 28, 2005
Around And About

Haiti

Police kill five at Haiti protest

Police have opened fire on demonstrators in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, killing at least five people, witnesses and officials said.

New York

Eliot Spitzer is still on the warpath. This time he's nailing Intermix Media for infesting thousands of computers with adware and spyware. You go, Eliot.

Iraq

You know what puzzles me? What puzzles me is why after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, it took the government a solid year to actually come right out and officially say, "don't do that." I was listening to an NPR story this morning and almost cheered out loud when one man complained in despair about the utter lack of continued public interest on the topic in this country. The media got bored with it and Average Joe has stopped thinking about it.

A glimpse inside the war, at the ground level. This kind of thing (looting) has gone on for as long as soldiers have been fighting wars.

That's not what this story is about, though. It's about the power of money.

"And then … there was a moment that everything turned … evil. The air was thick…The looks had changed. You could see that everyone was just out for themselves."

It does make you understand how it could happen.

Moving on, Belgium sent us a bill.

Belgian doctors sent an Iraqi girl home on Thursday after treating her for leg wounds caused by a bomb during the U.S. invasion -- and sent the 51,570 euro ($66,650) bill to the U.S. embassy.

They make a case for it:

De Belder said he sent the bill to the U.S. embassy because international law dictated that an occupying force was responsible for the well-being of the country's people.

We won't pay for it, of course. It would set a bad precedent that allowed people to assume we're willing to be responsible for what happens in Iraq. And we're not.

And, in the Best Blog Post Title Ever, we have this from Mahablog.

USofA

Thanks to TalkLeft I found the PeopleForTheAmericanWay pdf file that gives the statistics on judicial filibustering.

LaLaLand

Bush has finally made a new energy speech, but it's full of old ideas. We need to lessen our dependence on foreign oil? Let's build new refineries to refine foreign oil. We need to use more "clean diesel" which is refined from foreign oil. Beyond that, he paid some lip service to corn as a fuel source. And then he said we need nukes. If we want to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, we need to little half our states with nuclear power plants and by the way he's going to ease the "regulatory burden" around these and the new refineries, which means we'll know a lot less about the safety of these installations.

Also. Bunker-Buster Bomb Plan Won't Work

The Bush administration's plan to develop a nuclear weapon that could penetrate the earth and destroy underground enemy bunkers while minimizing civilian casualties is flawed, the National Research Council concluded in a report made public Wednesday.

You think that will stop them from building it?

Posted by AnneZook at 01:17 PM


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