February 14th, 2005

Scorpion

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[Great, surprise bebe day, in that day care lady called out with a sick day. Which wouldn't be as bad if I didn't have a whole day's worth of things I was supposed to be doing today. Feh. -P.]

LAST MINUTE NEWS:
* New heights of jackassery: federal deficits likely to skyrocket just after Bush leaves office. Yeah, that's really fiscally responsible.
* Post analysis: US plan didn't include elected Iraqi party with ties to Iran.
* Will this be the third year in a row with record-high temperatures? Global warming much? Are jets to blame?
* Today's awesome headline: Mexico fights spectre of narcopolitics
* Australian captive reports rampant torture.
* Oh, lord, Chalabi's back.
* Sedna could hold secrets to Earth's past.
* Sixty years later, Dresden remains a tough subject. (Bonus: gallery.)
* Turns out there's ten things we didn't know this time last week.
Scorpion

a good read

"These two incidents remind me that I am, for better or worse, an oracle on all things life-related. People expect me to advise them about life itself. I don't know a darn thing about relationships or healthy lifestyles or communication strategies, but I can tell people how likely it is that micro-organisms flourish in the cold, dark subsurface ocean of the icy Jovian moon Europa. I can't tell you how many times I've answered the phone at three in the morning and been forced to explain the difference between RNA and DNA."
-Joel Achenbach, WashingtonPost.com

(Bonus: a quick defense of intelligent design. If you're into that sort of thing.)