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07 February 2005 @ 09:21 am
"In presenting its plan to let working Americans divert part of their payroll taxes into private retirement accounts, the Bush administration now says the proposal will do nothing to solve Social Security's financial problems."

Awesome report by Brooke Allen on our godless Constitution.

Joe Biden on the reality of training the Iraqis.

A sharp debate on the future of environmentalism.

Thomas Friedman on why we should lower the reward offered for Bin Laden.

The FCC, the PTC crusade, and why cable is cashing in on the so-called cultural battle.

* NYTimes analysis shows there's not much hope for Bush to trim the deficit.
* Post analysis says the deficit worries threaten the whole agenda.
* Bush's new budget cuts many domestic programs.
* And it may double the price veterans pay for prescriptions. Wonder why that wasn't mentioned during the campaign?

* Bob Herbert with stories from inside Guantanamo.
* Working out the numbers on Bush's social security plan.
* A quiet revolution in lobbying fuels the Bush agenda.
* CBS analysis on the same-sex marriage ruling in New York.
* Quietly redesigning American nuclear weapons. (Bonus: graphic.)
* CIA agrees to disclose Nazi records.
* Media conglomerates again looking to buy into video game companies.
* Memoirs of a Geisha, once a hot property, finally making it onto the big screen.

"A friend of mine e-mailed me Friday to see if I wanted to go to the Folger Theater production of Romeo and Juliet. I e-mailed him back, fretting: Doesn't that play promote suicide?"
-Maureen Dowd

Ernst Mayr, legendary evolutionary biologist, passed away.

Ten things we didn't know this time last week.
Bonus: Britain's ten best-kept state secrets revealed.
Son of Mudflapsonofmudflap on February 7th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
Thomas Friedman on why we should lower the reward offered for Bin Laden.

Fuckin' A! HOORAH!

I don't like the idea of America paying bounties on international figures, anyway.
missmeridianmissmeridian on February 7th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
dear dr. mayr,

you rocked.

love, every bio geek ever
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on February 7th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
according to imdb, "memoirs of a geisha" is based on the book of the same name byt arthur golden. interestingly, that (fictionalized) book is supposedly riddled with factual errors, esp. concerning the sex lives of geisha. how nice, a popular movie that completely misrepresents their profession, to wit, portraying them as essetially highly-paid whores.
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on February 7th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
It also turns out Hollywood got a lot of things wrong with the science in The Core. I sure how this doesn't turn into a trend.
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on February 7th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on February 7th, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)
Me = mean.
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on February 7th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
I was also thinking: I mean, nobody expects The Core to be scientifically accurate. And if they do they're dumb. But Golden's book is presented as biographical and trusthful; no doubt the movie will be too. I dunno. Maybe I'm overreacting.
Andy: jackcastironskillet on February 7th, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
Did you read it? It's very clear that there's no sex in the champagne room.

The protagonist eventually has a romantic affair with one of her clients, but it's made abundantly clear that its something of which they both ought to be ashamed, and kept very secret.
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on February 7th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
where is this from? (anyway, i've read the book. twice.)
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on February 7th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
a much better book is this one, which isnt written as well, but rings more "true."
Dr. Aculaoontzgrrl on February 8th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
I love how Memoirs of a Geisha is about japanese culture but most of the cast is chinese. Cause sure...what's the difference? Or something.