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  • But You Look So Thin!?

    It's fairly trite to hear that "common sense is a poor guide to understanding reality", but articles like this one really bring the phrase home: Earth is facing another threat from outer space. Scientists have come to the conclusion that two mysterious explosions in the 1990s were caused by bizarre cosmic missiles. The two objects were picked up by earthquake detectors as they tore through Earth at up to 900,000 mph. According to scientists, the most plausible explanation is that they were "strangelets", clumps of matter that have so far defied detection but whose existence was posited 20 years ago. ... Strangelets - sometimes also called strange-quark nuggets - are predicted to have many unusual properties, including a density about ten million million times greater than lead. Just a single pollen-size fragment is believed to weigh several tons. So an infinitesimal dot of strangelet matter weighs more than your car, your fattest friends, and most of your kitchen appliances combined...
  • Noontime Fun

    Via Defamer , this is quite an impressive bitchslap Roger Ebert just laid down on Rob Schneider. Before reading it, though, you should probably peruse this for some context.
  • How Michelle Malkin Lifted My Doubts (or Michelle Malkin is a Vile Smudge of Slime)

    John Cole's right , this Michelle Malkin post, digging into the court records of Cindy Sheehan's divorce (which happened after Casey's death), is pretty damn vile. But in some ways, it's comforting. Michelle Malkin is doing her absolute best to clarify who is good and who is evil here, and she's doing it by being a vicious, repulsive, and base as she possibly can. I'm a little uncomfortable with Code Pink's involvement and the general explosion of Sheehan's encampment, but Malkin's actions seem custom designed to keep my support from flagging. Wherever that evil hack stands, I know I want to be on the other side. Michelle Malkin is 34 years old. Next year will be her last year to enlist in the US Army (assuming the age limit is not raised to 42, as the military wants ). I certainly don't think everyone who supports the war needs to sign up, but those who want to discredit grieving family members of fallen soldiers by telling them what their son would've thought really do have an...
  • Smokey Says...

    I sure hope those hawks who've recently been pushing the "civil wars are like forest fires: healthy, regenerative, natural, necessary for long-term growth" know what they're talking about, as it looks like Iraqi leaders left their campfire burning last night : With several questions unresolved, Shiite leaders said Sunday that they were considering asking the National Assembly to approve the document without the agreement of the country's Sunni leaders. Such a move would probably provoke the Sunnis, whose participation in the political process is seen as crucial in the effort to marginalize the Sunni-dominated guerrilla insurgency. ... The negotiations were stalled on a number of issues, including the role of Islam in the state, the rights of women and the distribution of power between central and regional governments. Issues that had seemed to have been settled, like the sharing of oil revenues, came unraveled. You know, with Iraq sprinting towards total disaster, I'm genuinely unsure...
  • Vacation's All I Ever Wanted...

    So Bush's retort to Cindy Sheehan is getting a lot of attention for being, well, a bit dickish: "But," he added, "I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life." ...In addition to the two-hour bike ride, Bush's Saturday schedule included an evening Little League Baseball playoff game, a lunch meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a nap, some fishing and some reading. Okay: I get the bike ride, fishing's no surprise, a lunch "meeting" with Condi doesn't sound any alarms, I can see Bush retiring with a good Tom Clancy novel, but a Little League Playoff game? What? It's not like Bush has a kid in the tournament. What's the President doing spending hours watching a bunch of 10 year olds toss baseballs around? It's one thing to relax on your vacation, it's another thing to be so goddamn bored that you mosey over to the local elementary school to watch whatever's going on there. I can deal with the fishing and the biking and the reading, but...
  • A Question

    In between the blogs, my wonk magazines, my political books, and all the other mind-numbing information sources I hoover up during the day, I take breaks with GQ and Esquire , both of which I love. My girlfriend, though, was looking over my shoulder the other day, and noticing that the magazines are packed with ads from fine designers, asked a pretty damn good question: "How do they afford it?" Take Ermenegildo Zegna. Great clothes, sure, but not a household name. Not a designer that can be selling a high volume. Everything's expensive, but they're not playing with the quantities that, say, Target is. Not to mention their clothes can't be cheap to produce: I assume they use good materials, skilled tailors, etc (I could, of course, be wrong; I'm not exactly know for my designer clothing), none of which would leave them very large profit margins. So where are they getting the cash to take out multiple full ads in high-circulation magazines? Do designer shops make a whole lot more than I...
  • Which Thing is Not Like the Other Thing?

    This week, on Meet the Press , Greenspan's bedmate Andrea Mitchell offered the following observation on the Pirro/Clinton match: MS. MITCHELL: And [Pirro's] husband was nowhere in sight, of course. He is a convicted felon. Is this also going to be race where you've got two very accomplished women trying to keep their husbands off of the podium? To which Sam Rosenfeld replies : That's indeed a good question -- as we all know, the only thing more embarassing than having a convicted felon for a husband is having a popular former two-term president for one. Oh, the ignominy! He goes on to note that Pirro's website has 100 pictures, none of them with her husband. Hillary's site has 15, and nine of them feature Bill, all of which goes to show Hillary's essential ineptitude as a politician/web designer/wife/scrapbook compiler. Somebody call Ed Klein!
  • You, Sir, Are No Ronald Reagan

    From WaPo's editorial : Back in 1987, when Mr. Reagan applied his veto to what was generally known at the time as the highway and mass transit bill, he was offended by the 152 earmarks for pet projects favored by members of Congress. But on Wednesday Mr. Bush signed a transportation bill containing no fewer than 6,371 earmarks. Each one of these, as Mr. Reagan understood but Mr. Bush apparently doesn't, amounts to a conscious decision to waste taxpayers' dollars. One point of an earmark is to direct money to a project that would not receive money as a result of rational judgments based on cost-benefit analyses. Mr. Bush, who had threatened to veto wasteful spending bills, chose instead to cave in. He did so despite the fact that in addition to a record number of earmarks the transportation bill came with a price tag that he had once called unacceptable. The bill has a declared cost of $286 billion over five years plus a concealed cost of a further $9 billion; Mr. Bush had earlier...
  • Might As Well Just Scrap the Thing

    District Judge Rosemary M. Collyers just exploded the union-busting new workplace rules the Bush administration attached onto the Dept. of Homeland Security. She said they left unions bargaining on quicksand, tied to a set of contracts and agreements the Bush administration could change at any time. She said that a contract that is not mutually binding is not a contract. She said the new scheme is illegal, and the Bush administration can't just contravene settled law because it wants to. Wait, has anyone told that to the President!? (yuk, yuk, yuk) But Bush and Rove don't care whether these worker rules are thrown out, they never gave a damn about firing flexibility anyway. The genesis of the new regulations was political: Joe Lieberman thought up this popular new department, George W. Bush stood in unpopular opposition for seven months, the 2002 midterm elections loomed, Rove decided to flip their position, they realized this was the sort of killer issue that they should put...
  • Thanks to Weekend Salon Members

    I had a lot of fun, and I hope you readers liked it too. If you have ideas for how it could be improved, put 'm in comments. Otherwise, big thanks to Nick Beaudrot , Daniel Munz , Shakespeare's Sister , Neil Sinhababu , and Pepper .

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