Lightning Round: And in not-so-happy news…

You may have heard, earlier this week, that the Russian government had recently taken over Russia’s until-then largest independent radio network. Most of the reports that I saw focused on a new requirement that 50% of all news about Russia be positive. But there were few reports of some of the other conditons, which are […]

Lightning Round: You Didn’t Ask, ‘Mother, may I?’

Our Saudi Masters move to rein us in — Prince Bandar may think that everything’s hunky-dory with Administration policies, but the actual King has…different views: For instance, in February, King Abdullah effectively torpedoed plans by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a high-profile peace summit meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and the […]

Lightning Round: Not Counting the Cost

Apparently, if we count the car bombs, then the terrorists win: WASHINGTON – U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more American troops into Baghdad aren’t counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians. Car bombs and other explosive devices have […]

Insane Housing Foreclosures Chart

Still skeptical about the intensity of the coming horrific collapse in housing? For your viewing pleasure, this chart from yesterday’s Los Angeles Times: And note: This isn’t another phoney-baloney non-zero-based graph, where the Y axis goes from, say, 1000 to 1005. Nope, this graph’s Y axis starts at zero, and it’s a linear scale, so […]

XKCD

Industry Figure Steve Ring put me wise to this great strip. It’s usually just stick figures, but it’s by turns hilarious, nerdly, profane, wistful, and…human. A few recent favorites, all drawn from the last month or so: Cat Proximity: Floor Tiles: The Difference: Dream Girl: [edit] When this last comic was published, the date and […]

Quote Without Comment

Our appointed President: The, the solution to Iraq, an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself, is more than a military mission — precisely the reason why I sent more troops into Baghdad! GWB, April 3, 2007