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Friday, April 09, 2004

BBC: Belgian Police Clock Mini-Cooper at Mach 3

Belgian Police accused this guy of driving at three times the speed of sound. I find this really amusing. If this were America, the guy would sue the cops. I know that I would, mostly because I want to recover some of the money that I have lost in speeding tickets. Odds are their radar malfunctioned and the guy will just have a funny story to tell. But those Mini-Coopers are pretty fast... |

Thursday, April 08, 2004

BBC: Crimean War Tortoise Dies

Perhaps it is my own ignorance of biology, but I still find it interesting when I hear about the long life spans of some animals compared to humans. This tortoise lived to the age of 160. Something like that makes me wonder why humans are designed to live such a short life and if we would generally enjoy living longer. More importantly, I wonder if the ship whose mascot he was, actually performed any more effectively because of their mascot turtle. I mean tortoise. |

Monday, April 05, 2004

Debka: Analysis of the Recent Fighting in Iraq

Debka is one of my favorite sites for news and analysis. This article is a good example of what they're all about. I think the article gives some insight into the motives of some of the important decisionmakers in Iraqi and Middle East politics. It also indicates just how difficult it will be for the US to extricate itself from Iraq. (On the other hand, I'm not sure how much of the article is based on solid intelligence and how much is based on speculation -- but I hope you'll find it interesting nevertheless.)


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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Telegraph UK: Watergate Aide Compares Bush White House to Nixon Administration

Clearly the timing of this comment and book release, just after the blockbuster release of Richard Clarke's book, must make one suspicious. Dean has profited from his role in the Watergate scandal in the past. However, one must also consider that Dean, as a participant in the most important political scandal of the last half-century is in a unique position to judge the indicators of a corrupt administration. While Dean must judge the current White House as an outsider, as must we all, he recognizes the frequent use of executive privilege to justify extreme secrecy as a political tactic. |

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