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Bush Gets Another White Elephant
German opposition candidate Edmund Stoiber gives President Bush a white elephant to go with his other white elephant, the missile defense system.
The Week in Humor and News
www.internetweekly.org Annova reports that researchers in New Zealand have discovered that Couch potatoes ‘are created in the womb’.
Did they think they were found under a cabbage leaf like Jethro Bodine?
Anyway, it looks like if your mother ate a lot non-nutritious junk food when she was pregnant that could explain why you are such a worthless couch spud.
Couch potatoes all over New Zealand celebrated on the news that they now longer have to feel guilty for pigging out and watching sports all day on TV.
"Now the sedentary can have their potato chips and eat them too." said Deepak Chopra . "It’s like a karma free zone, dude!" said California couch potato transplant Biff Thomas.
You would think it would be hard to find humor in current Mideast conflict, but the Onion had an Arafat Under Fire Survey that is worth checking out.
Unlike Slick Willie, New York city Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was quoted in ads saying he inhaled pot and liked it.
Here is the NORML Mayor Bloomberg ad. BTW, did you know that Zobgy Poll found the Majority of Americans Oppose US Marijuana Policies.
Have you ever thought about going to a karaoke bar, but were afraid the you might be embarrassed to death? Well the LA Times has compiled: The Top 10 Tips to Take the Scare Out of Karaoke.
Did you know that Saddam Hussein has an Official Fan Club? I think it’s right next to the Official Site Of "The Lawn Chair Balloon Pilot"
The Simpsons apologize to Rio de Janeiro for offending Brazilian tourist officials.
Knox News reports the ‘South Park’ staple Kenny bites the dust, for good this time.
Have you tried out the new Google Poetry Generator? It even does a haiku based on a Google query.
The Parody Newsline
The Borowitz Report had a story on Saddam Hussein allowing U.N. Weapons inspectors back into Iraq.
The Onion reported that Nevada is going to phase out laws altogether.
Whitehouse.org had this scoop: President announced new sentencing guidelines for nationalized Capital Punishment
Animation of the Week
Plickey + Muto: Trip
Plickey + Muto: Lost
Spoofs of the Week
www.theonion.com. The Onion was in top form again this week taking a shot at Suburban Dads and at their offspring.
Suburban Dad Cracks Wise In Church Parking Lot: ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Quips Dad
Ask A Guy Trying To Describe What He Saw On Nova Last Night
The Onion In History 1942
www.landoverbaptist.org. See how well you do on the new Landover Baptist quiz and facts for kids.
The Bible Fact Quiz
The Bible Doesn’t Mention an Ice Age
Sharon and Powell Play Patty Cake
Ariel Sharon and Colin Powell play patty cake to to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process. Mr. Sharon appears to have been spending a lot of time with the baker’s man recently.
Torture is watching MSNBC Barry Crimmins, Working for Change (4/09/2002)
Security Branch Art Buchwald, Washington Post (04/09/2002)
The Baby Bust Maureen Dowd, NY times (04/10/2002
Snopes Rumors of the Week
Does a person’s fingernails and hair continue to grow after his death?
Did a man attempting suicide successfully remove his inoperable brain tumor?
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The Week in Computing
www.internetweekly.org If you ever wondered where all those old computers go, you need to check out OLD-COMPUTERS.COM. Here is what the first true portable computer, the HC 20 looked like. It actually had a small printer in it!
However, there seems to be one top-secret Mac found in some guys barn that is not in the Old Computer Museum.
Microcontent News asks the question: Are Bloggers Journalists? In this article, the author argues that bloggers need a code of ethics. My question is why should bloggers be held to a higher standard than cable news?
An "almost famous" Elvis impersonator is The King in a domain name dispute. Also, the British America Tobacco Group was smoked in dispute over the kool.com domain
CNN has an interesting article on inventor Edward H. Amet and Thomas Edison: Battle of inventors: Who was first?
IWR Hypocrisy Award
CNN, which is owned by AOL, has the gall to do a story on Chat rooms a haven for hackers. First, IRC has channels not chat rooms. Second, unlike AOL, IRC is free. Third, it used by many people for various public non-AOL purposes the least of which are for hacking.
CNN also reports that the Internet is blamed for one in ten marital breakups in the UK. Could it be that all is not well in those AOL chat rooms?
Security, Hacks and Patches
A trio of MS-Office security vulns Register (04/09/2002)
Internet Auction Fraud Is Top Consumer Complaint – FBI Newsbytes (04/10/2002)
Aphex E-mail Worm Has A Way With IRC, Instant Messenger Newsbytes (04/10/2002)
Microsoft Patches Ten New Security Bugs In IIS Newsbytes (04/10/2002)
A unified theory of software evolution Salon (04/08/2002)
$1 million mathematical mystery "solved" New Scientist (04/09/2002)
Google tests search tools for developers CNET.com (04/12/2002)
Awareness: Mystery of the Mind Wired (04/15/2002)
The Politics of Computing
New breed spam filter slashes junk email New Scientist (04/09/2002)
Cyanide Anarchist a Hacker, Too? Wired (04/09/2002)
New enzyme a step towards exercise pill New Scientist (04/11/2002)
Black Death ‘was not plague’ say experts Ananova (04/12/2002)
24/7 culture poses health risk BBC News (04/15/2002)
Astronomy and Space
Icy insight into star birth BBC News (04/09/2002)
All aboard the Venus Express? BBC News (04/10/2002)
Ugandan garden hit by space junk BBC News (04/10/2002)
Quark star glimmers Nature (04/11/2002)
Anomalies hint at magnetic pole flip New Scientist (04/11/2002)
Neutrino weighed up Nature (04/11/2002)
Dust from dawn of time BBC News (04/12/2002)
Asteroids pile up Nature (04/12/2002)
Environment and Nature
Ants’ Acid Overrunning Oz Crabs Wired (04/10/2002)
Rainforest breathes out [carbon dioxide] Nature (04/11/2002)
Climate to change wildlife Nature (04/11/2002)
The making of a National Park CS Monitor (04/11/2002)
Chemists Discover Molecule Considered Too Unstable To Exist Science Daily (04/12/2002)
NOAA: U.S. could soon feel El Niño impact CNN (04/12/2002)
Bugs clean up nerve agents Nature (04/12/2002)
Oceans swell towards new El Niño New Scientist (04/12/2002)
Hydrogen in Earth’s crust ‘could end world’s energy problems’ Ananova (04/14/2002)
China’s Growing Deserts Are Suffocating Korea NY Times (04/14/2002)
Forest experiment questions greenhouse gas strategy New Scientist (04/15/2002)
Political Battle Looming Over Superfund Plan NY Times (04/15/2002)
Social Insects Could Offer Clues About Genetic Conflict Science Daily (04/15/2002)
Scientists uncover 5,000km-long supercolony of ants Ananova (04/15/2002)
Politics and Commentary
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Favorite Columnists Art Buchwald Maureen Dowd Molly Ivins Robert Novak Robert Scheer
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The Weekly Rant
www.internetweekly.org I really think the Bush Administration needs to reconsider pressing for human cloning ban. I think we can all agree that human cloning to produce a genetically identical human being is morally abhorrent. However, cloning for stem cell research is something that should not be banned. There is too much potential good to be gained from this research that could reduce human suffering, e.g., Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Amnesty International reports that the US is a safe haven for torturers. Torturers must not be evil enough to qualify for special attention especially when they come from the Latin American military that reside in the country. I guess the Bush Doctrine means that you can do whatever the hell you want to civilians including torture and murder, and it’s just fine with Uncle Sam, as long as, you got that military uniform on and are on the CIA payroll.
In Media Blackout, David Brooks, who is the straight man for the far right crusader types at the Weekly Standard, says he gets the real scoop on what is happening in the Palestinian refugee camps from an Israeli Military site. It’s the Israeli military that has closed the West Bank to journalists in the first place!
Brooks also recommends the far right "Best of the Web" by spelling flamer James Taranto. Brooks calls it "a masterful source" for coverage of West Bank. I guess it is masterful from a corporate oligarchy view. I guess this means David Brooks is not going to play the straight man anymore especially if he keeps making bad jokes like these highly slanted recommendations.
It’s a damn good thing that Bush Jr. hasn’t taken the advice of the crusaders, e.g., William Kristol and William Bennett. Bush at least for the moment has avoided charging head first into the Iraqi windmill unilaterally and setting off a world wide war with Islam.
Bush’s Unease With Ambiguity David S. Broder, Washington Post (04/09/2002)
The moral simplifier Molly Ivins, Work for change (04/09/2002)
Environmentalists Had 48 Hours to Comment to Energy Dept. DON VAN NATTA Jr., NY Times (04/11/2002)
The White Stuff PAUL KRUGMAN, NY Times (04/12/2002)
It’s Just What the Spin Doctor Ordered on Oil ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, LA Times (04/12/2002)
2003 Budget Completes Big Jump in Spending Glenn Kessler, Washington Post (04/15/2002)
Commentary of the Week
Democrats too wimpy to criticize president’s policies Mark Shields, Seattle P-I (04/08/2002)
Outside the Box [Flat Tax] PETE DU PONT, OpinionJournal (04/10/2002)
Pols Roasted Over Pet Pork Declan McCullagh, Wired (04/10/2002)
Disinformation on Wall Street Editorial, NY Times (04/11/2002)
There’s Nothing ‘Anti-Life’ About Medical Cloning Connie Mack, LA Times (04/12/2002)
Where art thou, Dems? Molly Ivins, Work For Change (04/12/2002)
National Parks Suffering From Lack of Funds Eric Pianin, Washington Post (04/14/2002)