Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen

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Here it is, calvin and Hobbes snowmen cartoons!

link won't load here it is: http://www.angelfire.com/wa/zzaran/calvin.html

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Reporter Judy Miller

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Someone correct me if I am wrong. Judy Miller goes to prison to "protect her sources," a sacrificial journalistic lamb willing to wear a jump suit and eat green bologna sandwiches for the higher principles of journalism and freedom of the press. However, her story "outing" Valerie Plame as a CIA agent is very complicated. Plame's husband, Joseph, contradicted Bush Administration claims that Iraq sought nuclear material, one of the assertions linked to WMD and the invasion of Iraq. Miller gets info from VP Cheney (or his asst Scooter Libby) about Plame's wife, outing her as a CIA agent, to punish Joseph for embarrassing the Bush Admin. Miller then goes on to publish poorly researched stories about Koffee Annan and the UN Oil for Peace program, exposing corruption between the UN and Saddam (as if graft, corruption and fraud are not already well known at the UN). Anywho, Miller sounds like a journalist who will publish stories to benefit the Bush admin - what a novel idea! Journalists with the most access to the White House write the most positive stories about the white house, and the most damaging stories for Bush's opposition. So why did Miller go to jail??? For freedom of the press? Or to protect her sources at the White House? Who does she work for? The New York Times? Her stories helped the NYT compete with other news sources for information about WMD leading up to the Iraq war - this is New York for cripes sake, site of 911! Of course they want a well selling story. But is she protecting her sources for journalism, or because she is a Bush mole at the NYT? Is she CIA? Is she free lancing for the White House? Is this just a question of access, or is money involved? She is a pulitzer prize winning journalist, so why does she have to publish the table scraps that VP Cheney throws her? Dumb? Ambitious and stupid? Or a Bush mole at NYT? I think she works for Cheney, she planted stories for chency, she went to prison to protect Cheney, and her deal to get out of prison involves her damaging the White House as little as possible. A deal has been made: Miller gets out of prison, she hurts the White House a little, but Cheney gets protected. How does the american public put up with this farce we call the free press? Did you see her when she got out of prison? She looked good! Not like Susan McDougal looked (Clinton's ex girlfriend) when the republicans let her out of federal prison. The press IS NOT reporting this story accurately, investigative journalism is dead.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Thursday, October 20, 2005

karl marx is checking his list for christmas!

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check out Ming the Merciless!A mindless trip on the internet highway. Completely pointless!

Dr. Tram Diaries: her mom holds her after 35 yrs

Dr. Tram
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Dang Thuy Tram, a North Vietnamese surgeon, was killed during a battle in northern South Vietnam in 1970. She was 27 years old.

On Oct. 6, 81-year-old Doan Ngoc Tram, Dr. Tram's mother, entered a room in the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech and fell to her knees and sobbed at the sight of her daughter’s diaries, which sat elegantly at a table beside a picture of a smiling Dang Thuy Tram. She clutched her daughter’s diaries to her chest and wept as her daughters held her. It was the closest she had come to hugging her daughter in almost 40 years.

“I thought it was her, I wanted to hold her but I couldn’t,” she said through an interpreter.

Dang Thuy Tram’s diaries have captured the hearts of an international audience and became a bestselling book. Almost 350,000 copies have been sold since being published.

"It is a very holy story," Dang Thuy Tram's sister, Dang Hien Tram, said

while holding back tears. "This is my sister's spirit, my sister's soul."

The story of how Tram’s diaries found their way to the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech began on a battlefield in 1970.

The diaries were first discovered by Fred Whitehurst, an American G.I, whose job it was to comb battlefields in search of documents that might be of value to military intelligence.

His Vietnamese translator advised Whitehurst that Tram’s memoirs were very special, and that they should not be destroyed alongside piles of other documents that had been deemed of no value to military intelligence.

Whitehurst spent the next 35 years trying to locate members of Tram’s family. Last March, Whitehurst turned Tram’s writing’s over to the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech. Officials there located Tram’s family within a few months, and extended to them an invitation to see the diaries in person.

Tram’s diaries offer a rare and dramatic look into the life of a young woman serving her country.

In an entry dated 1968, she writes:

“My dear parents, the daughter that you have loved since she was small has not stopped living, but has a very practical life with many aspects: love, hatred, faith, and sadness. It's a life filled with blood, tears, sweat, and also victory despite the thousands and thousands of hardships. Do you believe that I can get through this?"

“ Please come to me and hold my hand when I am so lonely, love me and give me strength to travel all the hard sections of the road ahead," she writes in her last entry, dated days before her death.

Tram’s mother says it was a habit of every member of her family to keep personal diaries.

“When we opened the box the diaries were in we recognized Dr. Tram’s handwriting right away,” she said. “We knew the diaries existed, but we didn’t know where. We couldn’t have imagined we would have gotten them back after all this time. We thought they were gone forever.”

Inviting the family to Texas Tech to hold and view the diaries is a symbol of goodwill between the United States and Vietnam, said James Reckner, director of the Vietnam Center. It also serves to heal some of the wounds suffered by those after the war.

record setting rat swims quarter mile!

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Researchers in New Zealand wanted to know how to control rat populations that are not native to their environment. Rats are infesting the islands of New Zealand, and since they are not native, they have no predators. So they trapped a rat, took its DNA, put a radio collar on it and let it go. They tracked it. Then lost it. Months later, they found it: on another island, 1/4 mile across open ocean water. They tested the DNA - same rat! This is the longest known distance for a rodent to swim! What amazes me is how little we know about a very common mammal: the rat. Our knowledge of our environment, even of other common mammals, is suprisingly little!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

16 children: Groucho Marx's comment

16 children
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George Fenneman was Groucho Marx's announcer on the old "You bet your Life Show" and told the story about a contestant on the show who said he and his wife had 12 children. Marx was horrified, asked him why he had so many children. The contestant answered, "My wife and I really love having children." To which Groucho replied, "Well I really love a cigar, but every once in a while, I take it out of my mouth." Needless to say, that was edited. Here is a story about a guy who should take the cigar out of his mouth once in awhile!

"Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again.

Johannah Faith Duggar was born at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces.

The baby's father, Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative, said Wednesday that mother and child were doing well.

He said Johannah's birth was especially exciting because it was the first time in eight years the family has had a girl.

Jim Bob Duggar, 40, said he and Michelle, 39, want more children.

"We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said.

The Discovery Health Channel filmed Johannah's birth and plans to air a show about the family of 18 next May.

The Learning Channel is doing another show about the family's construction project, a 7,000-square foot house that should be finished before Christmas. The home, which the family has been building for two years, will have nine bathrooms, dormitory-style bedrooms for the girls and boys, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers.

Jim Bob Duggar, who sells real estate, previously lost his bid for the U.S. Senate. He said he expects to run for the state Senate next year but isn't ready to make a formal announcement."

There is a link between pregnancy and obsessive compulsive disorder - pregnancy may trigger this disorder. What about a link between this order and the desire to become pregnant?

Monday, October 10, 2005

bluesmobile on the PA turnpike

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I swear, this car passed me on the pennsylvania turnpike. It was going at least 80mph. I saw it in my rear view mirror and watched as it flew by. BTW, 736 police cars were crashed in the original Bluesbrothers movie. I think there should be a bluesbrothers tour, where fans could visit the locations in chicago where the film was shot. Here is a link to Joliet Jake's excuse about why he didn't show up for his wedding. And here is the famous "we're wearing sunglasses" line.

Friday, October 07, 2005

shark: absolutely amazing! Swims 12,000 miles!

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A great white shark named Nicole logged more than 12,000 miles swimming from Africa to Australia and back, the first proof of a link between the two continents' shark populations, researchers say.

A second report details the movement of dozens of salmon sharks from summer waters near Alaska to warmer winter quarters off Hawaii and Baja California.

"Sharks have home ranges that are at the scale of ocean basins," said researcher Barbara A. Block of Stanford University. She added that conservation management of sharks such as the white shark and salmon shark will require international cooperation.

Tracking a shark from Africa to Australia "is one of the most significant discoveries about white shark ecology and suggests we might have to rewrite the life history of this powerful fish," said Ramon Bonfil, lead author of that study.