May 12th, 2005


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You know, had that plane that invaded DC airspace been carrying chemical or biological weapons, or a dirty bomb, having everyone running through the streets is *really* a bad idea. Joel Achenbach chimes on on the culture of fear.

Dan Froomkin on a victory for secrecy, social security, and terror alert controversy.

Harry Smith waves goodbye to the social contract.

How a memo from a evangelical doctor changed an FDA ruling on an emergency contraceptive.

The administration's poll numbers suffer under "Operation Overreach."

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Japan's Byzantine trash-sorting system.

A pill to boost memory?

The Mars rover remains stuck in a sand dune. reviews People's 50 Most Beautiful People.

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As noted elsewhere, this Sunday is Freak Day at the Zoo. We'll be attending with one bebe, so if you're interested in meeting up, we'll be at the Think Tank (the orangutan house) at noon, and I'll have my cell with me otherwise. There's a chance of some showers, but you're not made of sugar, so you won't melt.

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Two quotes, both courtesy Howard Kurtz:

[On Hilary's presidential prospects.]
"Yes, the right will attack her viciously, relentlessly and with no mercy. But, they also realize that she would give as good as she got. The ugly truth is that if Jesus of Nazareth himself returned and dared to run on the Democratic line the righteous right would tar him as a bleeding heart vagabond who couldn't hold a job and that he needed a shave. No doubt a Galilee Fishingboat Veterans for Truth outfit would call into question Jesus' miracle claims - financed with lavish funding from Rove's buddies in Texas and maximum exposure on Fox News..."
-the Bull Moose


[On the poor state of military recruitment.]
"Where is Rush Limbaugh's plea to his listeners to enlist? How about Sean Hannity? Bill O'Reilly? Nevermind they passed on serving their nation when they had a chance. Why aren't they using their influence to encourage military service? How about President Bush? Where is he in this important issue? Joe Lieberman? Bill Frist? Tom DeLay? Sure, they shirked their duty given the chance. But since they're cheering the quagmire in the Gulf, shouldn't they be working... to ensure we have the resources to fight their war? Cowards, the lot of them. Mouthing 'support' for the troops means nothing unless those troops have the manpower and equipment to fight the war effectively. Yet they do no such thing. Why? It doesn't hurt that the draft-dodging lot of them have no credibility asking others to sacrifice when they themselves couldn't lift a finger in service to their nation when their nation needed them most."