06 July 2005 @ 10:15 am
Conspiracy theorists, start your engines: Pentagon presents new plan for defense of the homeland. Allow me to mention we've always been at war with Oceania.

Methamphetamine has overtaken cocaine as the biggest drug problem in the country.

Sarah Vowell on being cheered up by Pat Robertson.

* Wait, now the GOP wants to tone down the partisan rhetoric? Maybe you should have thought of that a few years ago, when you ramped it up.
* Concise speculation on the type of judge Bush might nominate for the Supreme Court. Howard Kurtz chimes in on the surreal coverage.
* Halliburton gets even more government money.
* New ads by the Democrats target six Republicans based on ethics.
* Ted Rall explains why Karl Rove is worse than Osama bin Laden.
* Sandra Day O'Connor, feminist folk hero.
* The dangerous border between DC and PG County.
* The American Academy of Pediatrics pushes for more than just abstinence.
* Questioning bisexuality in men (with bonus graphic.)
* APA warns psychologists on their role in detentions and torture.
* Evangelical Christians champion environmental conservation.
* Advocates push for more computer science in schools.
* Ten years later, Amazon.com is going strong.
* How London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Admiral James Stockdale, former running mate of Ross Perot, passed away.

Sports Illustrated presents 25 revolutionary athletes.

In Pictures: the Dalai Lama's 70th birthday.
Mrs. Raar: softballjudithiscariot on July 6th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
I am boycotting SI for not including Ripken Jr.
PMMJ: Grievouscheetahmaster on July 6th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
Asides from being around a long time, how was he revolutionary?
Mrs. Raar: softballjudithiscariot on July 6th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on July 6th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Suspicious fire damages Florida abortion clinic, U.S. government investigates
JUL 05, 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A suspicious fire damaged a Florida abortion clinic where protesters have staged weekly demonstrations for more than a decade and U.S. government agents launched an investigation, authorities said Tuesday.

No one was in the building during the fire late Monday at the Presidential Women's Clinic and no injuries were reported but the facility sustained moderate smoke, fire and water damage, West Palm Beach fire department spokesman Phil Kaplan said.

It appeared lighter fluid or some other accelerant was used to start the blaze, Kaplan said.

Two months ago, authorities investigated an attempted arson at the same facility.

Helen Reid, vice-president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast, called on city officials to address the repeated incidents.

"How are they going to protect the citizens of West Palm Beach to make sure anyone who enters any health care facility feels safe?" Reid asked.

"Because the environment in Florida right now has gotten out of hand."

Reid is one of several people who escort patients inside the clinic on Saturdays, when protests are held. She said as many as 70 protesters will gather to hold demonstrations and most are peaceful, praying and singing. But she said a small group repeatedly harasses and tries to intimidate patients and employees, holding graphic photos and using a bullhorn to yell at patients.

The fire forced the Presidential Women's Clinic to close on Tuesday. Officials did not say when it would reopen.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined local authorities in the investigation.

Florida has had long history of violence against abortion clinics and doctors who perform the procedure.

A July 2004 fire damaged another Palm Beach County abortion clinic and a 2003 blaze damaged one in neighbouring Broward County.

Paul Hill was executed in 2003 for the 1994 murder of a Pensacola doctor and his escort outside an abortion clinic. Those slayings came one year after Michael Griffin murdered a doctor at another Pensacola clinic. He is serving a life sentence.

U.S. authorities investigating the fire did not return repeated calls for comment Tuesday.
Tracy Rockstraceracer on July 6th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
The dangerous border between DC and PG County

That's where I worked! How exciting!!
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PMMJ: T-1000cheetahmaster on July 6th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Demon Seed
Uh, why would I want to read this?
danzanramon on July 6th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Did you see this already?
PMMJ: Networkcheetahmaster on July 6th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
No, interesting.

As the one comment said: what's with all the dancing?
Strange Detractor: holecloudprofessorbooty on July 12th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Funny, I'd have to say that the problem is poverty (with a side of poor education), and meth "abuse" is simply a current manifestation of the ongoing abuse of the underclass. I've known meth users, and none of them lost their teeth or abused their spouses.
Strange Detractor: squidprofessorbooty on July 12th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Also, I like how the bisexuality article jumps to conclusions in the first half, including the headline, and then warns those readers that get to the second half not to jump to those same conclusions after just one study.

Hey, NYT: nice journalism, wanna fuck?
Strange Detractor: doublebaggedbrainprofessorbooty on July 12th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: ...
frecklefaerie just pointed me at this metafilter thread tearing a chunk out of this bisexuality "study."