Archive for May, 2006

A fire in an unlicensed internet cafe in China has prompted Chinese officials (or rather, given them the excuse they had long been seeking) to shut down thousands of such establishmets across China.   Many Internet cafes were unlicensed and had no fire exits or other required safety features. Officials complained that they also gave […]

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So the question is, is this latest flip, in which the Saudis have agreed to let American supply planes (and possibly warplanes) operate from the longstanding US base in Saudi Arabia (the one that many in the blogosphere thought was going to be basically abandoned in favor of the new facility in Qatar, due to […]

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Where are the mass demonstrations? Contrary to the constant worries of so many bloggers, there seem to be good indications that the war will be in full swing by February. So where are the mass demonstrations that we saw several times a week during the Summer and early in the Fall? Where are the colorful […]

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You mean celebrities aren’t experts on all those important public issues they weigh in on? An editorial in the Times highlights specifically the influence of celebrity commentary in the realm of public awareness and funding for disease research, where having a famous face to put on your poster may mean the difference between millions of […]

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They say that in hell, the Germans are the lovers . Well, I just recieved the following email in German, and translated it via AltaVista:   Hello, someone fell in love with you however does not dare it to you personally to say photo a message for you left . If you want to know […]

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Hadn’t seen a movie in 6 months until a few days ago when I went to the Two Towers, and just last night I watched Gangs of New York. Seeing two excellent movies within the space of a 100 hours or so makes me wonder why I don’t go to the movies more often. Then […]

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Care of the Instaman, we’ve got the Beast’s 50 Most Loathesome People in America in 2002. It’s got some o’ the kinds of folks you’d expect, your Brokaws and your Michael Moores and your Pat Robertsons, yet it also seems to have quite a few weird axes to grind, while leaving out some heavy hitters […]

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Sweet Jeebus, I guess Paul Krugman was right. At least, that’s the impression you’d get from the Time “Persons of the Year”. Krugman had said that the corporate scandals of 2001 and 2002 were bigger deals than 9/11. Everyone discreetly pointed and twittered under their breath the way you used to do in grade school […]

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Millions of people in Africa who could never dream of seeing normally now have a chance to, with a new type of adjustable-lens eyeglasses that don’t require an optometrist. As the Independent article says, in Ghana there’s one optician per 400,000 people in the country. I’d expect numbers in the rest of the continent to […]

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A silly Marxist critque   Surely Tolkien was a rightist and a son of the white racist ruling masters of South Africa. Surely he got his education in Oxford, England during the post-Victorian prime of the British Empire, i.e .   A typically vagina-obsessed feminist perspective:   The Fellowship Of The Ring is shallow, simple-minded […]

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