We'll talk to them before we bomb the shit out of them afterall
The president had become less weenie-ish by avoiding talks with his uber-enemies according to the NY Times, "... the United States would take part in two sets of meetings among Iraq and its neighbors, including Syria and Iran, is a shift in President Bush’s avoidance of high-level contacts with the governments in Damascus and, especially, Tehran." Dr. Rice will be in attendance.
Surviving a Market Crash
Good advice: watching your money too much makes for lower returns on your investments
Don't panic. This is a good time to reassess your investments and diversify if you hadn't done so since 9/11/01
Read: Survive a market drop - and make it work for you
Deadly Pakistani Kite Festival
Eleven dead after Pakistani kite festival: two throats cut by wire kite strings; five dead from celebratory gunshots; two electrocuted; two fell from roofs. story in NYTimes
Honeybe crisis: they vanished
“Every third bite we consume in our diet is dependent on a honeybee to pollinate that food,” said Zac Browning, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation.
Attacking the messenger
Those groups that call themselves "Think Tanks" but they are really "Smear Tanks", and who are desperately fighting against the idea of global warming because it will foil their plans to take over the world, attacked Al Gore and published supposed "facts" about the vast amount of electricity he uses in his private residence claiming that they got the data from Nashville Electric Service. When asked, a spokesperson from Nashville Electric said that no one asked them for this information. Figures. A Gore spokesperson said, "Gore purchases enough energy from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and methane gas to balance 100 percent of his electricity costs." Story here.
Weenies. The Democrats Are Complete Weenies.
They are backing off of their anti-war cry
Instead of cutting off funding for more war, the Dems think that they are going to embarrass Bush into abandoning his war strategy. What a hoot. You have to have a conscience or a soul to suffer embarrassment. (link)
Wisconsin's Russ Feingold says the Iraq bill his fellow Senate Democrats are working on is so weak that it "basically reads like a new authorization" of the war. (link)
Bush "hasn't to date done anything we've asked him to do, so why we would think he would do anything in the future is beyond me," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey D-Calif. (link)
Walter Reed Backlash
“Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media,” the Army Times reports. Soldiers said an official told them “they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.” (Think Progress)
STORIES SENT IN BY READERS
WTC&: I thought that this was old news, but apparently it is not.
If you were watching CNN or BBC on 9/11 in the late afternoon, it was reported that the WTC7 had collapsed before it actually collapsed. I noticed it at the time. Someone pulled the videos from Google when the story resurfaced yesterday. Hmm. Now I have to look through my tapes from 9/11 to find it. More here.
A Looming Police State? Gosh, I hope that this is all wrong. (Sometimes I like when stuff is wrong, don't you?)
Another coverup of a soldier's death (a la Tillman)
How can someone die of self-inflicted, non-combative wounds and yet not call it a suicide? Her corpse showed signs of a struggle. Hmm.
Jimmy Carter's Book Hoohah
I think I am going to have to find the time to read this book. Jimmy Carter says majority in U.S. support views in book. I wouldn't know because I haven't read it. Quite honestly, I believe that this man is without guile. We'll see.
What else is interesting in the news?