Browsing Month March, 2003

“Speaking a different language—but we’ve got the Phrasealator” by James Meek from

;Any fire on the marines has characteristically been met with overwhelming firepower in return, often involving artillery, air strikes by helicopters and the marines’ own F-18 fighters. While there are genuine attacks by Iraqi irregulars on marines’ convoys, it is impossible to verify whether all the “attacks” are genuine, and the light casualties and low more…

“The first commercially available antibody test for HIV (there was no DNA test at that time) was

Maybe I should start drinking and smoking again

Two weeks ago, I thought my stress level was high because I was working too much. I have not had a vacation in almost two years, apart from a few days here and there with friends or family. I’ve been working seventy or more hours a week, including weekends. The phone calls were nonstop and more…

Tell me again it’s not about oil even just a little bi

Tell me again it’s not about oil even just a little bit.

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“Some miles away, in the fading light, peasants were baiting a bear with dogs in a ploughed field. The yelping dogs were cradled by their handlers. The chained bear sniffed the upturned earth and salivated. The dogs were released, four of them. They leapt and bit hard and threw the bear; the crowd shouted. But more…

“The nurse pulled up her sleeve and swabbed a spot clean on her left arm. Francie saw the white doctor coming towards her with the cruelly-poised needle. He loomed larger and larger until he seemed to blend into a great needle. She closed her eyes waiting to die. Nothing happened, she felt nothing. She opened more…

“The Pathology of Imprisonment” by Philip G. Zimbardo from

“For years our national leaders have been pointing to the enemies of freedom, to the fascist or communist threat to the American way of life. In so doing they have overlooked the threat of social anarchy that is building within our own country without any outside agitation. As soon as a person comes to the more…

I feel the opinions changing

It’s been evident that many Americans have been offering only begrudging support for the war, generally based upon six ideas: 1. The president and his decisions should be supported, because it is important to present a unified front. 2. The troops should be supported, since the soldiers are putting their lives on the line on more…

A long discussion of whether the thumb

A long discussion of whether the thumbs-up symbol is offensive to Iraqis, and Middle Easterners in general.

California has 47,000 aban

California has 47,000 abandoned mines and 154,800 prospecting pits and tunnels, some dating to the Gold Rush of 1849.