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October 24, 2005
Other Stories

Color me marginally bored with the coverage on Hurricane Wilma. I'm not linking to ABC or CBS, the "picture" media because they both had the same headlines. (Yes, I know our media is becoming one huge conglomerate, but do they need to rub our faces in it?)

The International Herald Tribune has a good front-page picture (Havana) if you get over to see it before it changes. Why do I want to see pictures of disasters? Because it makes it more "real"? Because I get a better sense of what's actually happening? I don't know.

Nigeria: 117 Perish in Plane Crash. Reports are that the plane exploded while in the air. My sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims.

Today's Dead Parrot story is the one where the bird in the U.K. did have the "killer" strain.

The first case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has already killed 61 people in the Far East, has been identified in Britain.

What's up with this story?

"This place is a much more sophisticated junior high school," 30-year-old Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., said recently in an interview. "There are the nice guys that everybody likes, the jocks, the geeks, the bullies -- they're all here. It's a representative democracy."

I'm sure I read it a year or two ago. Not the bit about McHenry saying it, but the comparison of the Federal Government to a clique-filled school of adolescents. (The behavior of Congress and the White House makes a lot more sense when you look at it in this context.)

Do you think Ralph Nader writes his own stuff? Because if he does, I'm jealous. To Bush, on Harriet Meirs:

Moreover, before the general public, the nomination has a distinct aroma of cronyism deeply marinated in a sauce of secrecy.

What a great sentence.

Yahoo? I never use them these days.

Long-time readers of this blog know that DynCorp is on my list of really unfavored corporations, so I'm not really pleased to see them going public. And what's with trying to raise an extra $100M to pay "bonuses" to unspecified people? Why, as the general population's lives become every-more precarious, are corporations wallowing in floods of easy money? Because poor people are so last month.

Who's the FBI watching?

And, finally, lest you think government just doesn’t work, a bit of proof that it does. How else could Kentucky have won a grant to keep its bingo halls clean?

And, speaking of money? How could the sitcom Frasier have lost money? Creative accounting. We're heard the horror stories for years. Maybe it's time Hollywood (and the television industry) was forced to clean up its (accounting) act? Corporate fraud is corporate fraud, no matter how you film it.

Hmmm. I've searched my heart and my conscience, but there's no way this blog could be considered any kind of "commercial venture" and no one spending more than ten seconds here could believe I expect (or want) the current White House to endorse my low opinion of the Bush Administration and its supporters, so I guess it's okay if I repeat that it's naughty to display a Presidential Seal:


in either of those ways without permission. (Via Jesus' General.)

Pandagon is playing, too.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:54 AM