THE MARKET IN TAINTED PET FOODS. Contaminated wheat gluten in pet foods made by Menu Foods appears to have killed many cats and dogs. How many, nobody knows for sure, because the pet food market is more unregulated and unmonitored than the markets for human food. Christie Keithwrites:
The electronics retailer, facing larger competitors and falling sales, said Wednesday that it would lay off about 3,400 store workers. The laid-off workers, about 8 percent of the company's total work force, would get a severance package and a chance to reapply for their former jobs, at lower pay, after a 10-week delay, the company said.
WOMEN, ANGER, AND THE WEB. This topic was a hot one last Thursday. First the mainstream media began commenting on the Kathy Sierra web-harassment case:
Why did prominent blogger Kathy Sierra suddenly cancel the talk she was supposed to give Tuesday in San Diego? Because of specific, sexually graphic death threats posted on her blog and elsewhere on the Internet. One of the tamer threats featured a photo of her next to a noose.
REGENT UNIVERSITY AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Monica Goodling, a top aide to Alberto Gonzales, graduated from Regent University School of Law in 1999 and started working for the DOJ around 2002, under the godly leadership of John Ashcroft. Her rise to the present position looks meteoric. How exactly Goodling acquired the necessary experience in such a few years remains a mystery to me. Several hours of Googling gave very little but hearsay.
EUMERICA? The Pew Research Center survey I wrote about yesterday has provoked some interesting discussion on the blogs. John Quigginsuggests that we might see "Eumerica" in the making: a situation where the Democrats and independents in the U.S. acquire social and political values similar to those currently dominant in Europe, whereas the hard-core Republican base will drift ever further away from all this (toward what? Talibamerica?)