Congress may probe leaks in CIA prisons story. “First we’re looking into why we have people leaking classified information.” Priorities a bit screwed up, if you ask me.
Firms Warn of Steep Premium Increases After Record Claims From Hurricanes. Perhaps insurance companies will help push global warming prevention ...
Next hot language to study: Chinese. Makes sense.
Proposed Legislation May Affect Future of Public-Access Television. In spite of occasionally dreadful programming, this would be a grave loss.
Make art not war. On Dada.
NY Times Editorial:
President Bush’s Walkabout. I get tired of the sheer amount of words necessary to carry this editorial, to flesh out the familiar barbs and arrows.
I would really like to see the NY Times replace this text with just four words. “Quack, quack. Limp, limp.”
NY Times Books:
John Fowles, 79, British Postmodernist Who Tested Novel’s Conventions, Dies. An author who graces my bookshelves. I first read “Daniel Martin”, later thoroughly enjoying “The Magus.” Never could get into “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” ... perhaps at another point in my life. Rest in peace, sir.
DeLay Case Turns Spotlight on Texas Judicial System. “In 1998, Texas for Public Justice issued its own report, finding that the seven Texas Supreme Court justices elected since 1994 had raised $9.2 million, of which 40 percent came from interests with cases before the court. A survey taken for the court itself, the group said, found that nearly half of the judges themselves thought that campaign contributions significantly affected their decisions.” My italics. Woof.
SF New Mexican:
The New Mexican now has a live webcam of the Santa Fe Plaza, for your voyeuristic pleasure.
Prewar report cast doubt on Iraq-Al Qaeda connection. This seems like a bit of regurgitation; we knew all this, didn’t we? The Administration is happy to make revisionist statements about Al-Qaeda and Iraq, now that they’re IED-ing our troops on a regular basis, hoping to overwrite the early facts in popular consciousness.
NY Times NY Region:
NY Times International:
Israeli Prisoners Dig Their Way to Early Christianity. “The announcement was met with deep skepticism from some scholars of early Christianity.” Oh ye of little faith ...
NY Times Magazine:
R.C. Gorman passed away today. Taos is in mourning, as is the rest of New Mexico. Rest in peace, good sir.
In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.
With beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
- Navajo Blessing Way
US to investigate Chinese looting of Tibet. And with China holding much of our debt burden, the US can do little. Except expose the corrupted underbelly to the international media, and garner headlines. But that’s small potatoes. What of nuclear waste dumping in Tibet? Women’s rights? Haven’t heard a peep about those of late.
The struggle against superbugs. “Drugs for chronic conditions are far more profitable because they keep working and remain saleable—unlike antibiotics. [snip] Most drug companies have cut back on their efforts. An American study last year found that out of 506 drugs in development, only five were new antibiotics.” Capitalism, working for mankind ...
Buttonwood, volatility’s the rage.
Should senators ask Alito about the role of his faith? One might want to refresh their memory of Roe vs. Wade, and the Fourteenth Amendment.
Michael Korda resigns from Simon & Schuster. “But, as I was privileged to edit Larry Olivier’s book On Acting, I will happily heed his advice that ‘The most important thing for an actor to know is when to get off stage.’”
Quarry yields homes older than Stonehenge. Rare Neolithic hamlets.