Later, related: “Mexican archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar have detected underground chambers they believe contain the remains of Emperor Ahuízotl, who ruled the Aztecs when Columbus landed in the New World. It would be the first tomb of an Aztec ruler ever found.” Now that’s exciting.
UK battles foot-and-mouth outbreak. Foot and mouth. Foot in mouth is popular in political circles ...
“The Oxford University team reviewed 13 US trials involving over 15,000 people aged 10 to 21. They found abstinence programmes had no negative or positive impact on the rates of sex infections or unprotected sex, the British Medical Journal said.” OK, it’s been tried. Time to use our tax dollars for something that works.
Warning of webmail wi-fi hijack. Chipping away at your cookies. Force https if you’re using Gmail.
Charles Krauthammer, Tipsy Captain Kirk. “I dare say that if the standards of today’s fussy flight surgeons had been applied to pilots showing up for morning duty in the Battle of Britain, the signs in Piccadilly would today be in German.” He’s right. The same thought crossed my mind on reading this news, post-Columbia, post-Challenger ... though I’d prefer that the pilots are sober. The crew can be as soused as they’d like. God knows, given the state of domestic airline flights today, many of us use alcohol as an anti-anxiety to ward off the effects of really bad takeoffs, cramped conditions, and especially dreadful landings.
“That’s right: rock is dead, or it definitely might be. [snip] The main problem, to hear some people talk, was the preponderance of those responsible for our Great Rock Crisis: people over 30, who are apparently buying most of the tickets for great musical events, taking the kids and a hamper, and thereby ruining their essential ambience.” What are we supposed to do, cry over our 70’s and 80’s albums at home? The previous generation stayed faithful to their Sinatra, but that doesn’t mean we have to be monomaniacs.
NY Times Editorial:
Stampeding Congress, Again. Wiretapping is not a surveillance technique that has an urgency of seconds. Warrants will not prevent the effective use of them. The ulterior motive here is not clear, but points to something that goes contrary to our Constitution.
NY Times Business:
Countrywide Debt Protection Costs Leap. Insurance fears the subprime debacle.
In its ninth year, Albuquerque’s Great Southwestern Antique Show has evolved. Opens today at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
New Mexico and Albuquerque can boast sturdy bridges. “... Gov. Bill Richardson called for the inspection of four similar bridges in New Mexico. None of those bridges are in the Albuquerque area. They are: I-25 near Nogal Canyon, in central New Mexico; the U.S. 64 Gorge Bridge near Taos; U.S. 54 near Logan on the Canadian River and U.S. 64 near Shiprock in the far northwest part of the state.” My italics. Ever been on the Gorge bridge as a truck goes across? Hold those handrails. Or better yet, in light of Minneapolis ... get the hell off until they inspect it. It’s a 650’ drop.
SF New Mexican:
Employers across the country are preparing to fire workers with questionable Social Security numbers to avoid getting snagged in a Bush administration crackdown on illegal immigrants. “Employers who don’t comply could face fines of $250 to $10,000 per illegal worker and incident.”
SF New Mexican:
Study: Learning aided by pre-kindergarten programs. That shouldn’t be a surprise.
SF New Mexican:
Delivery problems mean some buses will temporarily run on diesel as city works to find alternative-fuels vehicles. “The leased buses will use low-sulfur diesel, which means they won’t belch clouds of black smoke, Bulthuis said. Alternative-fuel vehicles are becoming more commonplace in city government, but with about 10 percent of the total fleet bucking the gasoline habit, officials still have a long way to go meet a City Council goal set in 2004.”
SF New Mexican:
Karl Rove’s Immunity. Even Clinton dredged up the Nixon-era AG precedent on this one? Jeez-oh-man, what a poor choice. Nevertheless. I’m sorry; these aides are not elected, which should make them even more accountable to we, the people. They’re subpoenable, as far as I’m concerned.
Tommy Makem has died. He was my introduction to an abiding love of Irish and other Celtic music. An Irish wake on the internet? I can do a passing imitation of “Seven Drunken Nights.” Perhaps not. Rest in peace, sor.
New Scientist Environment:
But love’s a malady without a cure. The love lives of women in Saudi Arabia.
Will ruffians run from Mozart? In the particularly difficult spots, may I suggest violin solos from the budget rack?