Daily Archives: February 6, 2003

WHEN POLITICS IS AN ANAGRAM FOR POETRY

Sometimes a blog post can be more than just informative, entertaining, provocative, or instructive. Sometimes, like the following excerpt from this morning’s post from The Raven (http://blogs.salon.com/0001381/2003/02/06.html) it is sheer poetry. I hope I can write like this when I … Continue reading

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STILL THE BEST ANTI-IRAQ-WAR CARTOON

Alas a Blog talks about the shortage of pro-war cartoons at http://www.amptoons.com/blog/arc20030202.html#BlogID216 and I agree with the comments that say the reason for this has more to do with the cartoonists’ natural bent to lampoon those in power, than it … Continue reading

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DO YOUR OWN IRAQ WEAPONS INSPECTION, COURTESY BBC

The BBC has a really neat interactive map here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/02/iraq_navigator/html/default.stmthat lets you zoom in and see suspected weapons sites, location of Saddam’s palaces etc. If you find anything, don’t forget to report it to Colin Powell– he’s a little short … Continue reading

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DOES MONEY BUY A PLAYOFF POSITION IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS?

This scatter diagram shows that, for NHL hockey, the answer is ‘maybe’. Annual team salaries in $US are shown on the left axis, and points per game this season-to-date are shown on the bottom axis, which suggests: 1. Since in … Continue reading

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SPAM CAN BE FUN

I’ve decided to try to reduce the tedium of deleting the 150+ pieces of spam I get each day (yes I know there are spam filters out there) by making a game of it. Herewith the first installment of ‘Best … Continue reading

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WHAT’S REALLY WRONG WITH ‘FREE’ TRADE

The farmers in Mexico are up in arms over NAFTA, even though there is plenty of evidence that what’s putting them out of business isn’t ‘free’ trade but the relative inefficiency and protectionism of their own methods (see for example … Continue reading

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CIVILIZATION 101

Natasha, author of The Watch (http://mars-or-bust.blogspot.com/) blog, has eloquently said in one sentence what I was trying to say in my Why Bush Is Really Going To War rant below: Civilization is all about separating what you can do from … Continue reading

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THINGS I THOUGHT I’D NEVER READ IN MY LIFETIME

Three really frightening items from a variety of sources via Blogdex: From UPI: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030204-031831-1626r France is no longer an ally of the United States and the NATO alliance “must develop a strategy to contain our erstwhile ally or we will … Continue reading

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