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Rumsfeld, the Appeaser!

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Rumsfeld and Saddam

Here’s Rumsfeld, the appeaser, with his best bud Saddam Hussein. Yes, those were the days. Rumsfeld recently has been attacking anyone who would appease tyrants and fascists, but has failed to feature this photo—which Frank Rich, bless his heart, linked to in the Sunday NY Times (behind subscription wall):

Mr. Rumsfeld didn’t go to Baghdad in 1983 to tour the museum. Then a private citizen, he had been dispatched as an emissary by the Reagan administration, which sought to align itself with Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war. Saddam was already a notorious thug. Well before Mr. Rumsfeld’s trip, Amnesty International had reported the dictator’s use of torture — “beating, burning, sexual abuse and the infliction of electric shocks” — on hundreds of political prisoners. Dozens more had been summarily executed or had “disappeared.” American intelligence agencies knew that Saddam had used chemical weapons to gas both Iraqi Kurds and Iranians.

According to declassified State Department memos detailing Mr. Rumsfeld’s Baghdad meetings, the American visitor never raised the subject of these crimes with his host. (Mr. Rumsfeld has since claimed otherwise, but that is not supported by the documents, which can be viewed online at George Washington University’s National Security Archive.) Within a year of his visit, the American mission was accomplished: Iraq and the United States resumed diplomatic relations for the first time since Iraq had severed them in 1967 in protest of American backing of Israel in the Six-Day War. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 September 2006 at 6:04 pm

Rove stuff

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Raw Story has info from a new book on Karl Rove. Some interesting items there.

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2 September 2006 at 4:39 pm

Food fun with molecular gastronomy

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 egg

Business Week has a story on adventurous restaurants. (When you open the page, if you’re using Firefox and have the IE Tab add-in, right-click the page and choose “View page in IE Tab”—the ad doesn’t quite work with Firefox.)

It looks like a perfect fried egg, sunny-side up. The yolk even oozes properly when pierced with a fork. Then I take a bite and my taste buds are delightfully shocked. The yolk is sweet with hints of carrot juice and maple syrup while the white speaks of coconut and cardamom. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 September 2006 at 4:01 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food

Interesting soaps and stuff

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A guy on Badger & Blade pointed out this site. He was specifically talking about the sandalwood soap from Mysore, which has, he said, quite a distinctive fragrance. But all the soaps look interesting.

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2 September 2006 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Daily life

Glycerine works as every-pass pre-shave

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Just as Dr. Moss said, glycerine works as well as Trumper Coral Skin Food as an every-pass pre-shave: just rub a couple of drops over your wet beard, lather, and shave. It feels different than shaving without it, but you do get a close shave with no irritation. I found a bottle of 100% glycerine in the cosmetics section of Whole Foods. (I had to ask, though—hard to spot.) This is better than the glycerine in a 10% solution that the local drugstore had (scented with a terrible-smelling artificial rose fragrance).

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2 September 2006 at 11:41 am

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Binge drinking in Western states

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The NY Times has an interesting article on how severe the binge drinking problem is in some of the big Western states:

Barely five people per square mile live on the high, wind-raked ground of Wyoming; the entire state is a small town with long streets, as they say. The open space means room to roam and a sense of frontier freedom.

It also means that on any given night, an unusually high percentage of young people here are drinking alcohol until they vomit, pass out or do something that lands them in jail or nearly gets them killed.

“Had a kid, drunk, flipped his car going 80 miles an hour, and that killed him; and another kid, drunk, smashed his boat up against the rock just a couple months ago, killing two; and then there was this beating after a kegger — they clubbed this kid to death,” said Scott Steward, the sheriff here in Park County, recounting casualties that followed long nights of hard drinking by high school students.

A federal government survey recently confirmed what residents of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas already knew: people there drink to excess, at very early ages, well above the national average. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 September 2006 at 9:42 am

Posted in Daily life

Fitaly for Pocket PC

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Most manufacturers now understand that QWERTY (standard typewriter layout) is better than a straight alphabetic matrix when presenting a keyboard for stylus input. But really, neither is optimized for stylus (or one-finger) input. The Fitaly keyboard is:

Fitaly

As pointed out on the “Fitaly for Pocket PC” page:

The patented Fitaly key arrangement is optimized for pen entry: the letters ital ne dors and the space – together representing 73% of the keys used for normal text – are placed in a very tight central area.

Adding the letters ch and um brings this frequency to 84%. Remaining keys are never more than two keys away from the central area and each key is placed near the keys most likely to follow it in English text.

The effect is to minimize pen travel. In addition, the layout practically eliminates hand movement when typing text. This means that you can type with your hand rested on the lower area, moving only the fingers holding the pen.

It also includes some impressive shortcuts, including a glossary that functions much like Autocorrect in Word.

I used a Fitaly-keyboard add-in on my Palm, and it’s very nice indeed. I can see why libraries, for example, might want to use QWERTY as a touchscreen keyboard instead of Fitaly: too many first-time users so that people don’t learn the Fitaly layout—and most will already know the QWERTY layout. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 September 2006 at 7:29 am

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