Saturday, October 05, 2002
Thursday, October 03, 2002
A "True Blue" Candidate.
Stan Jones, a 63-year-old business consultant and part-time college instructor, said he started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics. He made his own concoction by electrically charging a couple of silver wires in a glass of water. His skin began turning blue-gray a year ago.Read the rest here. Link via Fark
Cold Fury's Thought ExperimentJust a small portion:
Okay, let's just try a little thought experiment here, just for the hell of it. July 2001, The New York Times (front page): President Bush made his case to the UN today for invading Afghanistan and forcing the Taliban from power. Citing evidence of Taliban support for "terrorist" groups like the little-known al Qaeda, Bush stated that while the US has no desire to be "the world's policeman," the UN should act swiftly to pass a resolution demanding the ouster of Afghanistan's elected leadership or face the possibility of unilateral action by the US. But critics say the evidence of a real threat to the US posed by groups like the al Qaeda, whose relatively few members live in caves and tents in isolated areas of the mountainous areas of the country, is actually questionable at best and has been grossly exaggerated by the Bush administration. The leaders of the European Union are especially skeptical. An anonymous source from France's UN delegation stated that al Qaeda possesses no weapons that could conceivably be a danger to the United States: "We're talking here about a small band of militants who have no weapons any more threatening than AK-47's and small anti-tank rockets. The US has the strongest military in the world, and the temptation for Bush to flex American muscle is apparently more than he finds himself able to resist. If the US decides to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation like Afghanistan, it will be shunned by the international community, and rightly so."Read the rest. It is well worth your time. This is one of those pieces good enough to immediately add a link to my blogroll. Link via TANSTAAFL
Anti-Racism conference for Whites only
Delegates at an anti-racism conference voted Wednesday to expel non-whites from the meeting, saying it was too traumatic to discuss slavery in front of them. The dozen or so Blacks and a couple of Asians, mainly interpreters and members of non-governmental groups, left without protest. The more than 200 delegates from several countries voted overwhelmingly for the restriction, with about 50 abstaining, officials said. The event was organized by various non-governmental organizations.Oh, wait I seem to have gotten something wrong here. According to This Article, It was a blacks only conference, not a whites only conference. And that makes it all better, right? Familiar enough logic I suppose...
One of many, I Hope...Shiloh Butcher has an interesting post on why he/she (Can't tell from the post alone...) is no longer a Democrat.
Over the past few years I have realized that, while the rule of law means a lot to me, it means very little to the Democratic Party. Three years ago, I was so disgusted with how they had protected Clinton that I left the Party. Then, late in 2000, I was so horrifed with their attempts to use the courts to change inconvenient state election laws that I decided to do whatever I could to keep them out of power. And to me, that meant doing the unthinkable-- I became a Republican. So in a way, it's nice to see the New Jersey Democrats confirm that, while my decision might have been hasty and rash, it wasn't wrong. This time control of the Senate is at stake and the "Party of the People" is yet again attempting to use a state supreme court loaded with Democrats to shamelessly keep themselves in power. What kills me is that being a Democrat means never having to pay for a mistake. The New Jersey Democratic Party knew all about the allegations against Torricelli when they nominated him. On the last legal day to change the ballot, they gambled that they had a better chance with Torricelli than with anyone else. Now they suspect they were wrong and want the Court to rule that the Law is not what the legislature votes on and the governor signs. Apparently the Law is whatever suits the Democrats the best at any given moment. But this time, I doubt the US Supreme Court will stop it. Only the good people of New Jersey will be able to do that. They now seem to know a crook when they see one, so maybe there's hope.
Remember the term "Unilateral"?Does that mean that the US goes it alone? Or does it mean we are ready and willing to go it alone, but will also wait on our sleepy-headed allies to wake up and smell the coffee? It appears that Germany and Canada are now waking up to the realities of what is going on in Iraq. Think this will shut the Anti-war crowd up? No, probably not. They will probably start decrying the fact that Myanmar, Abu-Dhabi and Luxembourg haven't committed troops. Because as long as there are any countries that haven't sided with the US against Iraq, they will hold those countries up as shining examples of "International Opinion", and ignore those that have decided to work with us.
Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Duke SucksNeed Proof? Look at the jackasses they hire as Professors. To quote an old T-Shirt of mine... "Duck Fuke!"
Could the UN be Biased against Israel?Don't answer, Its a rhetorical question... But Meryl Yourish has done an excellent Analysis of UN Security Council resolutions since 1946. As it turns out, 15% of the Resolutions have regarded Israel. I'd be willing to bet that none of the neighboring Arab countries (You know, the ones trying to push the Israelis into the sea!) have gotten anywhere near that kind of attention. I always thought that the UN should have been in Paris, not in New York. After all, aren't the french the ones the proverb "That animal is very bad, when attacked it defends itself"?
Textbook weight limitsAccording to UPI, Gray Davis in California is setting Weight Limits on Textbooks. Note, that there is still no limit to the number of textbooks a student can be assigned by all their courses. Why do I get the feeling that this will end up causing students to have to use a larger number of smaller textbooks. I know at one point in Highschool, My backpack was up to about 35-40 pounds, with all my books and notebooks inside. But I'm not certain that this law would help any in the long run.
Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Paving roads with good intentions.According to This Story In the Jerusalem Post, Aids Activists have had shot themselves in the foot. By protesting and making demands that Drug companies give AIDS drugs away for free, they have made the market for AIDS drugs less profitable. Any idea what happens then? According to one Executive quoted in the article:
"we have lost the battle with the activists, and now the market is less profitable. The result is that we are spending less R&D time on anti-retrovirals. Why bother to innovate these products when any advance will not be profitable?"If you prevent people from making money on their investment (of time, money, intellectual capital, etc.) They will be less likely to do so. Thus all the protesting AIDS Activists have made it LESS likely that a cure or vaccine will be found soon by attacking the companies most likely to bring such a cure onto the market. Article via The Sabertooth Journal.