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

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Chicken Little

For 16 critical hours, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, including former director Michael D. Brown, dismissed urgent eyewitness accounts by FEMA’s only staffer in New Orleans that Hurricane Katrina had broken the city’s levee...

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How To Win Friends And Influence People

US soldiers in Afghanistan burnt the bodies of dead Taliban and taunted their opponents about the corpses, in an act deeply offensive to Muslims and in breach of the Geneva conventions … [A TV...

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Backed Up

Hurricane Wilma … intensified into the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean basin today , with winds of 175 miles per hour … On Monday, the storm became the 21st named...

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Britwashing

There’s an article by Michael Luo I saw today that repeats a classic lazy error of misattribution by stating that John Nelson Darby, the founder of the now-peculiarly USian superstition of Rapture was “British”....

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Pillow Ecology

Each pillow was found to contain a substantial fungal load, with four to 16 different species being identified per sample and even higher numbers found in synthetic pillows. The microscopic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus was...

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TV A Go GO

I think the idea of offering basically disposable TV for single item licence fees ala Apple is going to be a constrained market. Most of what people watch on TV they consider disposable. It...

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Says It Better Than I Ever Could

I don’t hate Apple. I don’t even hate Apple-lovers. I do, however, possess deep odium for the legions of Apple polishers in the press corps who salute every shiny gadget the company parades through...

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Thatcher: Down On Iraq

I was a scientist before I was a politician … And as a scientist I know you need facts, evidence and proof — and then you check, recheck and check again. The fact was...

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Blame Canada!

George W. Bush may have no military exit strategy for Iraq, but the necons who convinced him to go to war there have developed one of their owna political one: Blame the Administration. Their...