The year after Saddam Hussein gassed his own people – killing 100,000 Kurds with weapons of mass destruction – the Bush administration (not this one, that one) doubled Iraq’s credits to buy U.S. farm products from half a billion to a billion dollars. Fourteen years later, we’ve captured this monster. It is a great […]
Point of personal privilege: HAPPY 91st birthday, Lew! (Born 12/12/12!)
HOW DISTANT SEEMS THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Clipped by the estimable Alan from the December 2 New York Times:
Leonid S. Mayevsky, a Communist member of the current Parliament, publicly criticized the [Communist] party at a news conference last month, saying that […]
But first . . .
THEY’LL / BE HOME / FOR CHRISTMAS . . .
Michael Albert: ‘You might want to tell your readers about this. American Airlines has a program where you can donate your frequent flyer miles to military personnel flying home on leave from service in Iraq. Other airlines […]
A MOOT POINT
What they’re saying about Iraq in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
REAGAN AND AIDS
Chip Ellis: ‘Please refer your readers to this. The myth about Reagan not mentioning AIDS is now taken as fact. It clearly is not.’
Catherine: ‘In response to Bob P.’s comments yesterday […]
Last we left Dana Dlott – whose opinion I have come to respect over the years – his position was: ‘Borealis is a stock swindle, pure and simple. You have chosen to participate in it in the hope of making some money. It’s up to you to decide whether this is moral or not.’ […]
Kathi Derevan: ‘Don’t miss ‘Bad Santa.’ It is my new favorite Christmas movie, replacing ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol,’ which is still firmly in second place. (Definitely do not wait for the airplane version – about two-thirds of the language will be missing.)’
BAD ECONOMICS (FOR ME)
Gary Pollo: ‘Could […]
The year was 1861 and there was deep cultural division in the land. The South had its culture of slavery – negroes were counted in the United States Constitution as three-fifths of a person, after all – and the North was crawling with abolitionists.
A Constitutional Amendment was passed by Congress on March […]
WATCH HOW THEY COUNT THE VOTES
Brooks Hilliard: ‘I’ve been a computer professional since 1965 (starting as a programmer on Air Force and NASA contracts summers and part time when I was a student at MIT) and have earned my living in the computer industry ever since. Krugman is absolutely correct. It […]
CASSETTES TO CDs?
Jeff West: ‘Now that you’ve made me an expert on using iTunes to ‘rip’ and ‘burn’ CDs, any ideas on how I can copy my cassettes to CDs?’
☞ Not a clue. But I’ll bet if there’s a way, one of our terrific readers will enlighten us.
Mike Dominy: ‘Taking music from a CD and putting it on your computer is called ‘ripping,’ not burning. ‘Burning’ is what you do when you transfer that music back to a CD. Otherwise, you provided a very good explanation of how iTunes discovers what CD you’re listening to. The only problem is you’re probably going […]
Quote of the Day
On Hollywood Squares, gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch was asked: You are the most popular fruit in America. What are you? His answer: Humble. (The correct answer? Banana.)~.
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