NY Times Business:
SF New Mexican:
Qwest criticizes PRC agreement. “Qwest is litigating all over the place ... [snip] ... The one thing they’re not doing is investing.”
SF New Mexican:
Forget a thousand words. This picture’s worth $2.9 million.
The Buddhist Channel:
Chinese Pair Rebounds to Finish 2nd. Zhang Hao expresses great drama with his body as he skates. In an event that has become overburdened by the technical aspects, he gave me hope for the artistic. I look forward to China continuing their progression in skating.
NY Times Business:
U.S. Has Royalty Plan to Give Windfall to Oil Companies. “New projections, buried in the Interior Department’s just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.” Uncle Sam puts out his hat: “Brother, can you spare a bill?” Rather than bash the government, however, it would be nice if the energy industry would do something patriotic, especially in light of their recent unprecedented profit margins.
International movies are apparently poised to start portraying Americans as the enemy. The tables are now turned on stereotyping. Swarthiness may no longer be synoymous with ‘evil.’
All of a sudden,
my Gmail account is getting bombarded with spam. Gmail gets a lot of it, but not all. Up till now, nary a peep but one a month, perhaps.
In Art Museums, Portraits Illuminate A Religious Taboo. More on Mohammed.
The New Yorker:
My lovely wife goes to check our PO Box, and the key won’t work. She waits patiently in line, and asks the clerk, “What’s up?” The clerk does a little digging and responds that we were locked out because of non-payment. My wife looks at the clerk, and says clearly, “Well, the Post Office better get its act together. I mailed that bill, with a check in it, from *this* post office approximately one month ago.” Laughs from other patrons waiting in line. Making a long story short, the clerk unlocks our box. Another clerk at an adjoining counter says, “The envelopes get stuck in the machines.” To which my wife responds, “You mean the Post Office sends out return envelopes they can’t process?!!” /rimshot/.
Bald eagle soaring off endangered list. 25 years ago, we were considered extremely lucky to have spotted one. Last summer, I saw at least three. Congrats, baldies.
Can’t resist. TV show writers take aim at Cheney. “Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt ... making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.”
this morning. Postings later.
Photographers blog from Torino. Sounds like these guys need truckloads of those little handwarmer packets ... and PowerBars.
Let’s cool down and look at this rationally. “Just as a set of rules and rituals can seem self-evidently horrific to some people and perfectly natural to others, the symbols of religion—holy persons, holy artefacts or holy buildings—can evince reactions ranging from awe to repulsion to indifference among people who in other contexts would find little to disagree over.”
On taxonomy of animal species. “Change was due, because nearly 250 years after Carl von Linné, a Swedish naturalist, invented the modern system of naming living creatures, taxonomists still have no official list of all the animals discovered so far.” My italics.
The Art Newspaper:
Washington Post, World Opinion Roundup:
Whereas the American media pulls up short, the foreign media bags Cheney.