Friday, December 26, 2003

Hilarious Tom the Dancing Bug this week
Salon.com Comics | Tom the Dancing Bug
"Only those who sacrificed and risked their lives will be eligible for Iraq Reconstruction contracts." and what it would mean if the guys on the front line actually got the contracts, as opposed to W.'s aristocratic friends.

More Mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad cow
Salon.com News | Mad cow is tough for Bush administration
On how the Bush administration is faced with "tough" choices on siding with people's lives, or siding with the profits of rich agri-business Republican donors. It must be nice to not have a pesky conscience.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

This site is really cool
Beagle 2 : the British led exploration of Mars
Beagle 2 is landing on mars within a couple of hours, and if there's nothing about this that excites you, you're an unimaginitive luddite. =-b

This should be read, just so you're disturbed by it.
CNN.com - Queen 'devastated' by corgi death - Dec. 24, 2003
"The royal family open gifts on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day following a German tradition." Oh just be afraid. And Canadians still have these losers on their money.

Your American beef supply
This is the email I just wrote to my Mom, who responded to my plea to not eat meat with "PSHAW"
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Pshaw? No Mom - it really was found. Check the news. BSE is so horrible that the Red Cross will not let you donate blood if you have spent more than 6 months in the UK. They don't even ask if you had beef. And they found one contageous animal at the slaughterhouse, and that animal's flesh was ripped up and put into the nation's beef supply. Of course the Bush Administration is saying the supply is safe - what do you expect? "Don't buy meat, because I want my rich donors to lose tons of your money?" "We did a recall, because we're concerned about people's health more than profit?" They tested one animal who was showing symptoms and it was positive. They did not test his herd-mates. This is a contageous disease. You were a nurse! You know what that means! Other steer have this disease. Do you really believe the Ag deptartment (the mega-ag business' chamber of commerce) when they say that only one animal had it - please don't worry - keep clogging your arteries with beef?

It's out there - and it's in the food supply N-O-W. Please at least hold off on eating beef for a little while - you'll survive, I promise. Just wait and see what happens. If it's no big deal, and no other animal tests positive for awhile, then go back and have more cows killed on your behalf, but in the mean time, just be safe because it's the sensible thing to do.

Why do you think so many countries have banned the import of American beef? It's the same reason your government sensibly banned the import of British beef a while back. Because there's no reason to assume it's not going to kill the people who eat it. Eating the beef that is currently being circulated is foolish.

And on that topic - if Mad Cow Disease won't get you to pass on your precious steak, what would? I mean - how bad does it have to get before you say, "gee, perhaps I'll eat something else."??

Remember Night of the Living Dead? The zombies wanted to eat their brains, and it was really scary? Well, this disease eats your brain. While you're alive. It is really that bad.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Save yourself: give up meat now
Mad Cow disease found in Washington State. It was only a matter of time.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/12/23/mad.cow/index.html
A more detailed story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/23/science/23WIRE-MADCOW.html?hp

Is it just me, or is this like the third time the government has announced this?
Salon.com News | GDP roars ahead at 8.2 percent in Q3
Next week's big news: the economy did well in the third quarter when W. sent out checks in the mail to people who desperately needed groceries! Untold fine print: it all goes to national debt, for which we will have to pay interest for a very long time (weakening the dollar.) Now W, how bout extending unemployment benefits? That would also go right back into groceries and consumer spending.

It's stories like this, that if I believed in a god, I'd say, "Thank God!"
Salon.com News | Ralph Nader rules out Green Party run
I'm sure they'll nominate somebody who will take 1% of the vote or so, but it shouldn't be as bad.

Congratulations, ___ & _____!
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...people I know have secret, good news which I cannot share here.