July 30th, 2006


Welcome to America, 2006

"On the grounds of this military base an hour's drive from the capital, the Bush administration is building a massive biodefense laboratory unlike any seen since biological weapons were banned 34 years ago.

"The heart of the lab is a cluster of sealed chambers built to contain the world's deadliest bacteria and viruses. Here, scientists will spend their days simulating the unthinkable: bioterrorism attacks in the form of lethal anthrax spores rendered as wispy powders that can drift for miles on a summer breeze; common viruses turned into deadly superbugs that ordinary drugs and vaccines cannot stop.

"The work at this new lab could someday save thousands of lives - or, some fear, create new risks and place the United States in violation of international treaties. In either case, much of what transpires at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) may never be publicly known, because the Bush administration intends to operate the facility largely in secret."

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Yesterday evening, there was a tenants' meeting for the apartment complex. This was apparently the second such meeting; people are gathering to compile a list of complaints about the building to present them to management. About twenty people showed, and like us, most were enthusiastic about getting things done. I bet we'll have even more next time.

(I actually went away from this meeting feeling a little better about our situation. We've never had mice, and we certainly dont' have any problem with pigeons.)

Thereafter, we swung down to Silver Spring for a party. Didn't know many people there, and was the oldest person there for a fair portion of the party. However, the few people I did know there did their best to get me introduced, and a bunch of the other people were very gregarious, so after some trouble, a good time was had. And an awesome bedtime was had, as well.

Today we picked up tze bebe and finalized a piece of M.'s wedding attire. I took a bit ill in the afternoon, and am still feeling a bit under the weather now. It isn't helping that's it's this hot in here.

Tonight, catching up on TV, plus 4400. Tomorrow, bebe dropoff in the morning, book club at night, maybe a matinee in between. Oh, and dealing with the apartment management.

Oh, and also, my copy of Rezolution came in the mail over the weekend. I'm liking the looks of it, a concise little cyberpunk minis game with some fantastic elements. I love me dark future urban combat, I do. Looks like they've put some work into the background as well. I might chat more about it here later.