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cnn: new war to be fought with unprecedented secrecy. posting warship locations on the web? that's a bit trusting, what?

the bow of the kursk has been removed, in preparation for the big lift.

the faa temporarily grounded cropdusters. biological/chemical *is* a concern, folks.

fedex, ups and airborne express have resumed their money-back guarantees for domestic and international shipments, as of today. certain areas in manhattan and washington are exempt, as would be expected.

after all this high-falutin' analysis, i have had an epiphany. haagen-dazs pineapple/coconut ice cream tastes like suntan oil. blech.

ted rall cartoon.

'course, bin laden is not a cleric, so he's not officially able to issue a fatwa. also realize that the followers of bin laden are not as numerous as some would make them; though he has the ears of fundamentalist muslim youths. he's like a superhero to them, tweaking america where and when he wants.

you might want to read this: "shaykh usamah bin-muhammad bin-ladin's" fatwa against americans. full text, boys and girls. quote: "we - with god's help - call on every muslim who believes in god and wishes to be rewarded to comply with god's order to kill the americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. we also call on muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on satan's u.s. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson." also: "the ruling to kill the americans and their allies - civilians and military - is an individual duty for every muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it ..."

"my country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. it is like saying, "my mother, drunk or sober."
- g. k. chesterton

"patriotism means to stand by the country. it does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. it is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. it is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. in either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else."
- theodore roosevelt

reuters: once again, the big boys tell us 'not to panic, don't sell' all weekend ... and the first day open, that's exactly what they do. greed knows no patriotism.

reuters: hosni mubarak of egypt pulls back a little. "to attack a country because of some individual, you are going to kill innocent people ..."

cnn: asia gives cautious backing to u.s.

flag pdf. high rez, slow download. suitable for car antennas, small dowels, etc.

times of india: sri lanka calls for ending the double-standard on terrorism. "when countries like sri lanka fought against terrorists, developed nations worried only about human rights of terrorist organisations ..." president kumaratunga lost her right eye in an assassination attempt.

times of india: taliban chief leaves bin laden extradition up to ulema. interesting. the taliban won't open the deliberations to all muslim clerics, only the ones in afghanistan. i wonder how the rest of the muslim world will receive this, since they will be profoundly affected as well ...

i have heard two things from our government: we're fighting a war against terrorism, and that it looks like egyptian jihad and osama bin laden are behind the world trade center disaster. the media is obfuscating issues, i feel. our government has not said that the war against terrorism is solely in the middle east. look at all the actions taking place in the netherlands, belgium, germany. separate 'terrorism' from 'afghanistan' from 'bin laden'. three separate issues, really. terrorism as a whole, bin laden as terrorist, afghanistan as country harboring terrorists. three different responses will be formulated, i believe. watch closely what those in power are *actually saying* ... or better yet, what they're *not saying*, and the media is speculating about. a lot of emotional a+b=z, if you get my drift.

global free press: 'war is not the answer.' of course not, not in a perfect world. but the world is not perfect. i mourn that it is not.

zope: new version of zstylesheet.

ibmdeveloperworks: linux 2.4 advanced filesystems.

debian planet: linux filesystems, part one.

unixreview: bfiles.

wired: women face 'third shift' online. work, home ... *and* continuing education.

slashdot: a weblog solicited for bin laden volunteers?

boston globe: at campuses, muslims increasingly wary. since we now know about terrorist cells training in american flight schools, i'm sure muslims are going to be under surveillance in universities now. a physics major? hmmm. reminds me of that incident at princeton university ... a student built a nuclear bomb in his dorm room, as a project. the cia came and clamped down the dorm. turns out the kid could have blown up a 250 mile square area. i'll see if i can dig up the link. btw, it was a caucasian, i believe. let's hope any undercover 'racial profiling' looks at all of us, hmmm?

santa fe new mexican: how the attacks are affecting new mexico. as with most modern airports, the albuquerque sunport built their parking garage way too close to the terminal. the issue of safety vs. convenience will be worked out over the coming months.

international herald tribune: evolving terror tactics marry old theology to new technology. they fight against that which they selectively embrace. a double-standard, that will eventually destroy fundamentalism.

international herald tribune: washington's call for war plays into terrorists' hands.

wasting my time, i think. i know you're probably all scanning the major news sources.

ny times: a nation binds its wounds in red, white and blue. i've seen a lot of people posting items about how 'uneasy' or 'creepy' they feel on seeing all the american flags. for each person, the american flag has a different meaning. whatever you may assume, ask before you judge. you might be surprised at the answers.

ny times: hope shifts to acceptance. "everyone wants to believe." remember, denial is the first stage of mourning.

ny times: hauling the debris, and darker burdens. to fresh kills landfill.

reuters: electronics sales at risk, if consumers shun luxury.

reuters: handspring to debut visor pro, 16 megs of memory.

reuters: leica, matsushita debut new 4 megapixel cameras.

reuters: taliban will not hand over bin laden.

reuters: some current polls. 71% support a war with casualties, 87% approval rating for bush.

reuters: u.s. calls for more vigilance on nuclear exports.

carpe diem.