meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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Two Party System

[US] President Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to just 31 percent, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. Bill Clinton’s lowest rating during his presidency was 36 percent; Bush’s father’s was 29 percent, and...

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Mass Concentration

David Geffen’s Universal just managed to extract a promise from Microsoft to pay a fee for every one of its new media players sold. Why would MS agree to this so readily- apart from...

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Neandertals Hot To Trot

The gene microcephalin (MCPH1) regulates brain size during development and has experienced positive selection in the lineage leading to Homo sapiens. Within modern humans, a group of closely related haplotypes at this locus, known...

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Business As Usual

Eighteen Palestinian civilians, including ten children who were members of an extended family, were killed early Wednesday, by Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza Strip … Palestinian witnesses say artillery shells struck several houses...

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Politicians Sweep US Midterm Elections

After months of aggressive campaigning and with nearly 99 percent of ballots counted, politicians were the big winners in Tuesday’s midterm election, taking all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, retaining a majority...

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Scale Not Free

Having worked previously on distributed systems for massive online games, simulations and predictive systems, I was amused to read this little aside: “Second Life” currently runs on 2,579 servers that use the dual-core Opteron...

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Bye Bye Saddam, We Hardly Knew Ye

In the past Saddam was seen by U.S. intelligence services as a bulwark of anti-communism and they used him as their instrument for more than 40 years … his first contacts with U.S. officials...

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Power Pill Preacher Man

“We [Christians] have lost every major city in North America,” Pastor Ted [Haggard] writes in his 1995 book Primary Purpose, but he believes they can be reclaimed through prayer—“violent, confrontive prayer.” He encourages believers...

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Strawberry

A typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a Burger King strawberry milk shake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric...