Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Review. Better late than never. 27 pages ... and newer DSLRs will require even more work to review, no doubt. Hats off to DP Review.
Do Democrats Need Their Own Gingrich? If you mean consistent and clear message ... a party-wide knowledge of current issues and platforms ... preferred solutions and legislation ... ability to think on their feet ... then yes.
Why anti-Miers conservatives misjudge Bush’s choice. Mr Bush thought he had control of his ‘faithful followers’, and that all would toe his line; the Religious Right is calling in their markers. A pretty kettle of fish for the President. This is why the Republicans will not rule for decades in the Democratic mode ... Republicans have a ravenous appetite for power; they devour their own.
Pentagon wants new spying powers in US. “Won’t spy on innocent Americans.” One has to question how they will determine exactly who an ‘innocent American’ is?
National treasures. Better education means paying teachers a living wage.
Globe and Mail.CA:
The World according to Kurt. Vonnegut, in the end times.
New York Metro.com:
Backward, Christian Soldiers! “Then came August, when I discovered that Bill Gates’s foundation is a principal funder of the Discovery Institute ...” Microsoft and Intelligent Design. Whoo baby.
Digital Outback Photo:
is placing badly-formatted ads in my feed. Time to switch.
Liberal Hopes Ebb in Post-Storm Poverty Debate. Other than complaints and righteous outrage, I have seen precious few solutions put forth from my party. And mere gestures towards band-aids from the Republicans. I despair of politics in this country. The poor, elderly and ill are being thrust willy-nilly into a Libertarian version of the “rugged individualist” myth. Even cowboys ain’t individualists anymore [scroll to second article]. Many so-called libertarians are rather pink, in the current political vacuum.
NY Times Science:
Foal by Foal, the Wildest of Horses Is Coming Back. Tangential: I pride myself on my spelling abilities, but can never, ever spell this one right on the first go.
Fearing Heat Costs, Many Take Preventive Action. I’m working on putting plastic in my windows, postponing firing up the boiler for the radiant heat. Burning wood to bring temps up, using ceiling fans to distribute the heat. Wearing more wool. Computers and printers are quite efficient little heaters, really, too. Note, burning more wood or other combustibles, noone’s discussing the environmental effects. Yet.
SF New Mexican/AP:
DeLay Launches Media Blitz. The Hammer whines.
SF New Mexican/AP:
Richardson not only governor parking gas guzzler. Governor Richardson takes repeated beatings in New Mexico. No state likes being a perceived stepping-stool to higher political aspirations. I saw a bumper sticker the other day: “Richardson in 2008; Why should we be the only ones to suffer?” That gives you the flavor of how some New Mexicans feel about our Governor. Many New Mexicans take the ‘glass half empty’ view, I’m afraid.
SF New Mexican/AP:
What would a modern quarantine look like? Just as I feared, it will be improvised as the pandemic breaks.
SF New Mexican:
Americans in the tropics. On Survivor and its sequels. A bit of personal reminiscence: I remember discussing the fantasy of visiting a South Sea island with other teenage friends ... sun, sand, surf, food at your fingertips in the trees, young bare-breasted native women. A voice, from behind me: “They smell like rancid coconut oil.” My father fought in the South Pacific in World War II, and was stationed on Samoa after the battle for Tarawa. So much for teenage fantasies.
Book reviews. Ancient world: Helen of Troy by Bettany Hughes; Hercules by Alastair Blanshard. Myth and paradox.
NY Times Letters to the Editor:
Grand Canyon, Grander Chasm. I love the one about ‘heliocentric theory.’
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
Kitty Kelley, Bush’s Veil Over History. “The only way we can improve the operation of government, enhance the accountability of decision-makers and ultimately help maintain public trust in government is for people to understand how it worked in the past.”
The way the Bush Administration is quelling dissent, to my mind, reeks of corruption. The framing of this ‘reassurance.’ The wink-wink, nudge-nudge, the ‘special knowledge.’ At this point, I wouldn’t let this person housesit, much less make legal decisions.
NY Times Arts:
In Trafalgar Square, Much Ado About Statuary. Heroes and heroines come in many forms; they are not limited to public service careers.