September 6th, 2005


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"With its finely polished, subtly humorous rendition of fantasy gaming - complete with mages, orcs, dragons and demons - World of Warcraft has become such a runaway success that it is now prompting a debate about whether it is helping the overall industry by bringing millions of new players into subscription-based online gaming or hurting the sector by diverting so many dollars and players from other titles."

(no subject)

"Our government failed those people in the beginning, and I take it now there is no dispute about it. One hundred percent of the people recognize that -- that it was a failure."
-Bill Clinton

"But the federal government's lethal ineptitude wasn't just a consequence of Mr. Bush's personal inadequacy; it was a consequence of ideological hostility to the very idea of using government to serve the public good. For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?"
-Paul Krugman (must-read)

"Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever by a president during a dire national emergency. What we witnessed, as clearly as the overwhelming agony of the city of New Orleans, was the dangerous incompetence and the staggering indifference to human suffering of the president and his administration."
-Bob Herbert

"What Jon Chait said about Iraq last week is perhaps even truer about New Orleans. The hallmarks of the Bush/Rove governing philosophy — partisan discipline, industry giveaways, and relentless lying — work pretty well as long as you can disguise the results of your policies. When you can't, it suddenly becomes obvious even to your supporters that the emperor has no clothes. It's taken two years for a lot of people to realize that about Iraq. It's taken less than a week to realize it about New Orleans."
-Washington Monthly (courtesy Ocho)

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National Geographic predicted the New Orleans hurricane disaster.

Barbara Bush said what?

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"There's something wrong when a billionaire buys a ranch, gets a tax break for an easement and then chases the locals off the river in the name of conservation."

Leave it to the National Review to defend gasoline price gouging.

Eminent domain for big business no longer a theory in Missouri.

LiveOnline transcript with an author on his book on the lives of ordinary Iraqis.

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Why are their still questions about the safety of the morning-after pill?

Kansas puts Darwinism on trial, again.

The summer bust leaves Hollywood worried.