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Interesting.. Viktor Yushchenko's planning on moving towards Ukrainian entry into the EU.

And this (1296x1728 784K PDF) is why one seldom sees scubadiving cats - consider getting that over your tail. (Or, locally, as a 170K JPEG)

A short interview with a foreign-born geisha.

Another older clip well worth mentioning again: Truth in Advertising (3.5MB QT), a clip from an industry short, showing how the business might run, if people really said what they were thinking..

Not only did 380 fully documented tons of RDX go wandering in Iraq under Bush's watch, but so did around a few thousand surface-to-air missiles. It's a WaPo report from early November, which I missed at the time.

Looks like October's going to be a good time to sit in darkened rooms; Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit is coming then, along with Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride. A three minute "behind the scenes" featurette is up at iFilm in various streaming formats and speeds.

I feel obliged to note addedentry's review of the new QI bookstore, in Oxford. One may hope that, in the fullness of time, its exploratory reach will extend to the wildernesses of the west and north.

Noteworthy pic for the day: kyoht's Rabbit Warrior, for a roleplaying game.

An article from The Nation: "Twenty of the biggest chemical companies in the United States have launched a campaign to discredit two historians who have studied the industry's efforts to conceal links between their products and cancer. In an unprecedented move, attorneys for Dow, Monsanto, Goodrich, Goodyear, Union Carbide and others have subpoenaed and deposed five academics who recommended that the University of California Press publish the book Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner."

Following criticism by the Education Secretary, wherein Margaret Spellings "denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles", PBS has apparently removed the link to the offending Postcards from Buster entry, which used to reside here. Thanks to the Power of Google, it can be found here instead. ^_^ 'We traveled to Vermont in the spring. They call it "mud season" because all the melting snow makes lots of mud. It's like the whole state is a mud puddle!
While there, we visited Emma, David, and James, who live with their two moms, Karen and Gillian. Karen and my mom used to work at the same newspaper together.' The actual episode has yet to be aired.

Regarding the recent train crash in LA: "Police believe Mr Alvarez, who was not injured, left his Jeep on a railway line in a suicide bid before changing his mind at the last moment."

In September, Andrews McMeel will be publishing the Complete Calvin and Hobbes. 1440 pages, in three hardback volumes, and currently available for pre-order at Amazon, for $94.50.

After a 50 year break, it seems Fiat will shortly be producing cars in Iran once more.

And in keeping with the theme, rampant asshattery! ^_^
To complete the irony: Mr. Alvarez may receive the death penalty.
Heh. Yes, I noticed that.. of course, it brings into question the ultimate goal of judicial punishment. From one viewpoint, it's simply granting his own death wish, in a more controlled manner. Obviously, I feel angry that he chose such a stupid means to try, first time around, leading to the death of 11 people. But, they're dead - him joining them won't help them, nor will it prevent other such hideousness in the future. (You may have seen word of a similar incident in the UK in 2004, where, again, someone parked their car on the line, deliberately evading the barriers, causing a derailment. Again, a passenger train, and on a high speed line)

What is the goal of a sentence, in such case? We can't reverse time, but, what do we aim to prevent or discourage? If he's killed by The People, what's the gain to anyone, in future security, lost love, or blood on our own hands?

I'm not at all certain. Could, if it were possible, someone genuinely consent to magically having that impulse erased from their personality? Could it even be mandated?

It can and it is. I believe the U.S. still mandates lobotomies and surgeries such as castration against some of its prisoners. (Never mind that the rape impulse is unlikely to be driven by testosterone or the presence of a penis: In fact, the act of castration may make the subject more violent and unpredictable.

I keep discovering differences between my beliefs and those of my friends. One point that stands out is that I generally support capital punishment. I agree the powerful arguments that it's badly and unevenly administered. But I also feel that the world is better off with certain people dead.

And regardless of what the would-be suicide might do with the rest of his life, there's value to the satisfaction of bloodlust. After all, Jesus' untimely death birthed Christianity.

[prepares to duck]