Tuesday, February 28, 2006

the new newsmen

Man, political dissidence has rarely been this funny.

Folks in 2006 are trusting comedians more than journalists and their elected officials.

Don't believe me? Read THIS, about Stephen Colbert,

THIS, about Al Franken,

And last but not least, THIS, about Jon Stewart

Monday, February 27, 2006

Couldn't New Orleans Use $250 Million?

Instead, the Army is paying it to Halliburton. From the NY Times:

"The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified."

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Trademarking the N Word

Yes, Damon Wayans is actually trying to do this:

http://wired.com/news/technology/0,70259-0.html?tw=wn_index_11

- Jean Chen

Sex Pistols Spit on Hall of Fame Honor

Punk rock still lives!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/music/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002074816

- Jean Chen

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Great Wall of "What The??"

China's got a wall, so the U.S. apparently needs one, too.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming approved a proposal to build a 700-mile wall along the U.S. Mexican border. The bill goes to the Senate in March.

The wall, according to this is the brainchild of Rep. Duncan Hunter, a San Diego County Republican, to curb terrorism.

Hmmm.

Dictionary.com's defition for devolution: To degenerate or deteriorate gradually; the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Author says Bush aint no Reagan

Bruce Bartlett says President Bush is more of a Nixon than a Reagan -- And Bartlett's a conservative economist.

Bartlett, a former Reagan White House official, explained why on NPR's 'Fresh Air' last night.

Bush is too secretive and he's got a cavalier attitude about federalism, Bartlett says.

Find out more at this link:

clicking is fun

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Nooo, Viruses are supposed to be for PC's!!

It's true, the first mac viris has been detected. So long are the days of gloating about our virus free machines to problem stricken PC users.

The worst part of the ordeal is that the virus is spread throught instant messenging programs. Looks like wasting countless hours on iChat each day is more destructive then I thought. Not only am I being unproductive, I am making myself succeptible to getting my preceious macintosh sick.

All you mac users, click here to learn more about the viris.


But come on, virus or not, Macs are still better then PC's any day!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Those Evil Dems

Check out the Cook County Republicans website, specifically their tribute to Black History Month.

Snacks

You want some freedom fries with your roses of the prophet Muhammad?

From Yahoo News:

"Iranians love Danish pastries, but when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery they now have to ask for "Roses of the Prophet Muhammad."

Bakeries across the capital were covering up their ads for Danish pastries Thursday after the confectioners' union ordered the name change in retaliation for caricatures of the Muslim prophet published in a Danish newspaper."

Click here for the article

Ok, so who's crazier? Religious extremists in the Middle East or political extremists in the U.S.?

- Jean Chen

Attention Shift

From Yahoo News:

"Republicans say they are pleasantly surprised that the intense media coverage of the hunting accident has shifted attention from the case of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff. Libby is accused of misleading investigators about who leaked the identify of a CIA official."

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Black. White

Check out this new reality TV show on FX. A black family lives as white people and a white family lives as black people:

Click here for the article

-Jean Chen

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

rage deferred from the machine

This article offers up the argument that the anger many Egyptians and a lot of Arabs in the mideast have toward their enemies stems from incredibly serious infrastructure problems at home.

According to news reports, more than 1,000 people drowned when a ferry sank in the Red Sea recently. The fact that it allegedly took seven hours to launch a rescue operation is part of a systemic government inability to provide social justice, the article says.

The resulting "slow burn" among citizens in places like Syria, Jordan, Yemen, and among the Palestinians can reach explosive proportions, like this

Unique casualties for 'War on Terror'

Polytrauma. It's a relatively new term for a method of treating wounded soldiers returning from Iraq.

There's so many things wrong with some of these folks, and so many injuries unique to car bomb fights happening in Iraq, doctors are allegedly having to change the way they normally treat many patients.

Apparently soldiers are surviving injuries that would have killed folks in previous wars.

watch and listen

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Looked over vs. Overlooked

MySpace, the social networking website with millions of users popular among teens, is the new home for online sexual predators. According to this CBSNews.com article , many teen abduction/murder cases are springing up across the country. Online predators are nothing new, sites like MySpace are only giving them new grounds to hunt on. Why? As the article discusses, kids are posting profiles about themselves like this 15-year-old girl: "Drink a 40, smoke a bowl, sex is good, life is great, we are the class of 2008."

Where was your mommy when you wrote this for the world to see, little girl? Kids don't want to be looked over, but look at what happens when they're overlooked. I'm not saying they should spy on their kids, but find out what they're doing up late at night on the internet. It's not that hard to search for someone on MySpace either. Parents: search your sons' and daughters' names and see what they're up to. I'm not a parent, but I hope I do a better job than a lot of these careless parents when/if my time comes.

What...eating healthy might not matter?

The Women's Health Initiative, huge a federal study, reported that you're diet may not really matter in the scheme of things. The group did a study to see if a reduced fat diet really lowered the risk of breast cancer, colon caner and heart disease in women.

The study was comprised of 49,000 people, putting some of them on the low fat diet. The results? The women on a low fat diet were not any healthier then the women on a fat one.

So does this mean I all those well-balanced healthy non-processed meals I am eating are pointless? All this time I could have been eating cheesecake instead of reduced fat string cheese?

I don't know. I still think eating "right" has its benefits, including increased energy and maintaining a healthy weight. I hope people don't use this study as an excuse to continue stuffin' their face with Big Macs. Lets face it, while this study night have some validity, American's are fat and we don't need any excuses to continue our bad eating habits.

Check out the NYT article

Nothing cheeky about Sudan

Olympic 500-meter skater Joey Cheek said this after winning a gold medal in Torino this week:

"I love what I do...It's a great job. I've seen the entire world, and I've met amazing friends...But honestly, it's a pretty ridiculous thing. I mean, I skate around the ice in tights, all right?

Funny guy, that Cheek. After commenting on what the government has called genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, the olympian donated his $25,000 to a child refugee program in Chad.

Pretty classy move for a guy who's skated in circles since 1994. But man, is $25,000 all olympians make for a gold? Jeez.

HERE'S THE FULL SCOOP

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Addicted to Sleep(ing pills)

Americans need a nap. According to an article in the New York Times about 42 million sleeping prescriptions were filled last year, up 60 percent since 2000. Many researchers say they are worried that the side effects of these pills are unknown and people need to slow down.

The article underlines one more problem with our society: greed. People are working so much to make money that they don't even take care of them selves anymore. We are over worked and over stressed and our priorities are out of whack. What ever happened to taking care of ourselves first--and that doesn't mean popping a pill as the only means to get a good nights rest.

Subsequently, our greed as a society can also be recognized in the drug industries attempt to contrive some bogus sleeping pills and sell them to us.

Look why can't Americans just stop being greedy? I think it will help us all get a better nights sleep.

Click here to read the article

Ice Skating

Heh heh, check out this link.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Surveillance Net Yields Few Suspects

From the Washington Post:

"Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies in use."

Click here for the full article

Hmm. Big surprise, huh?

- Jean Chen

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when nuclear war paranoia subsided in the late 80s. Although I mocked George Bush Sr. for taking credit for "ending" the cold war, I was just glad that crap was over.

Well, this is no new news, but the paranoia is back, thanks to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Pay attention TO THIS

Not only is Iran flexing its uranium-drenched muscles, The radical Islamic group Hamas, who is seizing political control of Palestine, is full-on pissed about a whole other bag of worms.

So while you're at it, pay attention to
Pay attention to THIS TOO

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cindy Sheehan Arrested

Cindy Sheehan was arrested at the State of the Union address last night for wearing a t-shirt that stated how many U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Check out her statement of what happened:

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7330&

- Jean Chen