Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Why Reading Is Fun
Because of well-crafted sentences like this:
"As the war in Iraq enters its second year, Americans find themselves trapped in an epistemological black hole: the war’s end recedes into an indefinite future while its beginning grows daily more contentious and obscure." Do you support the Iraq war? Read Mark Danner's commentary in this week's New Yorker and get back to me.
-- Campaigns (New Yorker)
Take That, Krugman!
David Brooks abandons affairs of state to deliver a message to high school seniors: chill out.
-- Stressed for Success (NY Times)
Earlier: Brooks's generalizations about red- and blue-state America don't hold up to scrutiny (Philly Magazine)
The Hipster's Latest Dilemma
That 6-inch-tall trucker hat was out of style by the time your credit card cleared. Then, you were devastated to learn that Adrian Brody drives an SUV. And now, muggers are apparently targeting iPod-carriers by their telltale white earphones. These are indeed trying times for the urban hipster.

Is the sublimely with-it feeling you get from sporting those white iPod earbuds worth the risk of being mugged? Hey, if you have to ask...
-- 'Earbuds' are a beacon for iPod thieves (London Evening Standard)
Earlier: CBS 2's Brendan Keefe trolls for theft victims to interview (Ipodlounge.com)

Monday, March 29, 2004

Why Is This Story So Underreported?
The evidence continues to mount that the U.N.'s 1990's oil-for-food program was horribly corrupt. William Safire has been on the trail of the story for a couple weeks now. Why hasn't more media might been dedicated to this story?

One plausible answer: Richard Clarke.

Fair enough. Perhaps, as Richard Clarke charges, the our misadventures in Iraq have drained essential resources from the fight on al Qaeda. But it may also be the case that the huge attention paid to Clarke's claims have diverted media resources from this story. Hearings are coming next month. Trust me, this will be major.
--Follow-Up to Kofigate (NY Times)
Guns Don't Kill People...
... processed fish products do.
Reading this story I find myself asking, When will Americans wise up and stop utilizing gun-containing ovens to heat up their fish sticks?
-- Oven Gets Hot, Woman Gets Shot (Reuters)

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Too Little, Too Late for Nick Lachey
Ha-ha, Nick! You sucker! Jessica said she was saving herself, and you actually believed her! Who's the stupid one now?
-- "Study Finds That Teenage Virginity Pledges Are Rarely Kept" (NYTimes)

Monday, March 08, 2004

Texas Native's Liver-Size Record Shattered by N.J. Woman

NOT David Blend

Well, folks, it looks like David Blend's career as cocktail-party novelty is over. Blend, who for years has regaled unsuspecting strangers with Maker's Mark-fueled recitations of his rise to the title of Person With the World's Largest Liver, was recently unseated by a 52-year-old woman. "I looked about 15 months pregnant," Debora Colombo told the Daily News. However, it bears noting that while Colombo's bloated organ is ensconced in lucite and bathed in museum-quality halogen incandescence, Blend's liver is still chugging along intact. For now...
-- "Docs go the extra bile & remove 46-lb. liver"

Friday, March 05, 2004

The Drought Is Over
Huzzah! A new post! The optimism you expressed in returning to this blog is not in vain!
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