13 September 2004 @ 08:58 am
"If facts mattered in American politics, the Bush-Cheney ticket would not be basing its re-election campaign on the fear-mongering contention that the surest defense against future terrorist attacks lies in the badly discredited doctrine of preventive war."
-NYTimes editorial

Crime rate hits a 30-year low. No, not a typo.

Canada looks to fix its health care system.

* Outgoing general opposed disastrous April assault on Fallujah.
* How many American deaths in Iraq is too many? Let's compare with Vietnam.
* David S. Broder looks at the real questions for Middle East policy, questions neither candidate is answering.
* Islamic Americans face tough new realities.
* BBC finds Americans are still worried about the economy.
* Fraud cases involving absentee ballots, nice.
* Great read: in economics, more choice isn't always better.
* Sebastian Mallaby takes the candidates to task over free trade and China.
* Famous and tiny Pitcairn Island faces a sex abuse scandal.
* Ooh, look: this is where hurricanes come from.
* Britain gambles on the Advert Channel.

Pondering the concept of a direct-to-DVD television series.

The Pet Shop Boys release their new soundtrack, to, uh, The Battleship Potemkin.

Ten things we didn't know this time last week.
(Bonus: ten things about Michelangelo's David.)
Lala: ~1 yearangela_la_la on September 13th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
I forgot to link to this last week, and now it's disappeared off the NewScientist.com site, but there was an interesting letter to the editor about DVD piracy (no, this isn't directly related to anything you posted, I'm just rambling). The writer pointed out that the movie companies that are trying to combat piracy by people who are willing to buy crappy copies of new releases are taking the wrong approach. He said that obviously these buyers didn't care much about the quality and weren't going to buy good, full-price issues when they came out anyway, so the movie studios would be better off just releasing cheap, low-res DVDs of the movies when they hit the theaters. With the legitimate market satisfied that way, the black market would just drop off and vanish.

Anyway, not that movie studios would ever actually do that, but it was an interesting way to approach it.
PMMJ: Lionel Luthorcheetahmaster on September 13th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Huh. IMHO, that's like handing out free Twinkies to shoplifters.