``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Woman Gives Birth to Own Grandchildren

Brazilian rednecks

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - A 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil, the delivery hospital said.

Wash DC

If you type Wash DC into Google Earth it takes you to Washington DC and marks all the laundries.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Chicago Video Surveillance Gets Smarter (AP)

studies make news

BM says this approach might be more effective than relying on a bleary-eyed employee to monitor video screens. "Studies have shown people fall asleep," Docknevich said.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Israelis ‘blew apart Syrian nuclear cache’ (Sunday Times)

The Axle of Evil

This weekend President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran sent Ali Akbar Mehrabian, his nephew, to Syria to assess the damage. The new “axis of evil” may have lost one of its spokes.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Strange Case of an Imprisoned Alabama Governor (NYT)

democrat voter disenfranchised


There is still a lot of questionable Justice Department activity for Congress to sort through. The imprisonment of Don Siegelman, a former Democratic governor of Alabama, should be at the top of the list.

Lagging on Homeland Security (NYT)

investigation called for

A new assessment by nonpartisan Congressional investigators says that the Department of Homeland Security has failed thus far to meet even half the performance goals it set for itself when it was created.

A Watershed Agreement (NYT)

snail darter saved

The settlement over a huge commercial development that threatened New York City’s water supply will mark a milestone for conservation.

B Is for Bailout, C Is for ... (NYT)

A is for anecdote

When President Bush announced a plan to help beleaguered homeowners avoid foreclosure, one of his aides said, “We are not using the b-word” — bailout. But a bailout it is.

Limits proposed on fast-food restaurants (LAT)

g m1 m2 / d^2

"The people don't want them, but when they don't have any other options, they may gravitate to what's there," said Councilwoman Jan Perry,

Monday, September 03, 2007

Russia and the Usual Suspects (NYT)

putin is a former editorial writer

Suddenly, the three most notorious assassinations in Russia are solved, and the masterminds are the very ones President Vladimir Putin suspected all along. Forgive us if we remain skeptical.

Report Card on Medicare’s Drug Plan (NYT)

job not done until taxes are 100%

The Medicare drug program is off to a reasonably good start, but any tendency to consider the job done is to be avoided.

September Pause (NYT)


For a brief moment, the summer past looks like a surprisingly personal season until you remember that nothing really changes on Labor Day, and that for all the vigor and industry of fall, it has a way of becoming a personal season, too.

Testing Time on Energy (NYT)

same method is used to produce hybrid corn that has low yield and can't take drought

A rising awareness in Congress of the risks of climate change and oil dependency has brought forth two respectable, if incomplete, energy bills that could be merged into one truly outstanding bill.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

What They Did on Summer Vacation (NYT)

people who disparage the NYT

In Iraq, more than two dozen U.S. lawmakers got a couple of days’ worth of meetings with people the Bush administration wanted them to meet.

Help for the $82,000 Family (NYT)

uncurious about cause

The sad fact is that health care costs have soared far above levels that existed when the State Children’s Health Insurance Program was created.

The Primary Problem (NYT)

soap opera too important

The presidential nominating process is too important to American democracy to be allowed to descend into gamesmanship and chaos.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Democracy in Turkey (NYT)

islamontuballism not mentioned

Abdullah Gul and his party have pledged to maintain a secular government, and their five-year record in power so far suggests that they will keep their word.

Democracy in Turkey (NYT)

islamonutballism not mentioned

Abdullah Gul and his party have pledged to maintain a secular government, and their five-year record in power so far suggests that they will keep their word.

The Slow Pursuit of Political Wiseguys (NYT)

chinese connection not noticed

Federal regulators are getting around late to one of the worst abuses in the last presidential election — the channeling of unregulated “soft money.”

Living in Fear for Helping America (NYT)

all is lost, flee at one

too bad it's looking good

The Bush administration must find safer and faster ways to get more of the targeted Iraqis who worked for the American war effort to sanctuary.

A Non-Political Memorial (NYT)

9/11 is bad news for the left

The memorial planned for Sept. 11, the sixth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, should not be a backdrop for a campaign commercial.


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