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November 15, 2005
More Like Actual News

The cost of mailing a letter is going up. Remember what you're paying for when you mail a letter. And remember that we almost managed to cut down on junk mail.

We've been using Kyrgyzstan in our "war on terror" in the Middle East, partly because they're on of the only countries that would let us in. Now it looks like trouble is brewing over internal corruption in the country. Which, as the Pentagon says, is the country's problem. (To a large extent, they're quite correct.) It's an interesting story, but this made me roll my eyes:

A copy of the document was given to The New York Times by someone who wanted the details made public but was not authorized to release them.

The ubiquitous "anonymous source." (And yet...I must say that admitting to an anonymous source but giving a reason for the anonymity is an improvement.)

I've read the story, but I don't know enough about the details to know if the Bush Administration got a "win" or not. Is the new Gaza agreement a success?

Is quoting Bill O'Reilly the same as smearing him? Of course it is. Everything thing he says is hate-filled, ignorant, and bigoted. It's inescapable then that when you quote, him, you make him sound hate-filled, ignorant, and bigoted.

For men worried about their, well, masculinity? Be aware that pollution might make you girly. (Is this what it's going to take to make the Radical Right admit that destroying our ecosystem is a bad idea?)

How to Translate Russian. "Or rather, how not to translate it."

Those of you viewing the weekly archives might notice that the code has run mad, causing every entry to be indented just a little bit more than the entry before. I don't have the faintest idea why, but I'm working on it.

But not right this second. It's a beautiful, crisp, sunny day. The snow has disappeared from the roads and almost disappeared from my car. I think it's time to get out of my chair and experience a bit of the real world for a while.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:21 AM


Comments

"For men worried about their, well, masculinity? Be aware that pollution might make you girly. (Is this what it's going to take to make the Radical Right admit that destroying our ecosystem is a bad idea?)"

I recall in 1994, when I was working for a very small environmental magazine, a study came out that showed that numerous common household chemicals were leading to groin defects and small penis size in male children. I summarized the study for an article. I think I went with a title like "Okay Guys, Can We Clean Up The Environment Now?"

Eleven years later and the public seems even less interested in environmental issues than in 1994.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at November 15, 2005 04:26 PM

If that doesn't get their attention, I don't know if anything will.

Posted by: Anne at November 16, 2005 08:33 AM