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lime -- Friday, June 03, 2005 -- 12:16:19 AM

Posts here show up on the front page. This is still in development, so you can still make mistakes. Don't panic--with one exception, Cal and Lime will be forgiving.

The Exception: DO NOT POST COMMENTARY OR RESPONSES IN THIS THREAD! If you forget--and everyone does sometimes--just delete your post. If we have to delete it, Cal will probably be cranky about it. Don't be obtuse.

Eventually, portal posts will be anchored to a thread for responses. For now, if you want to discuss or respond to a portal, just take your responses to the relevant post. Apologies for the occasional duplication of effort, but over time this will be much better than the news/breaking news/discussion craziness that existed before.

Posting Recommendations:

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CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 06:05:31 AM -- 17 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Tay Sachs Makes You Smart!
related link: Researchers Say Intelligence and Diseases May Be Linked in Ashkenazic Genes

The Utah researchers have built on this idea, arguing that for some 900 years Jews in Europe were restricted to managerial occupations, which were intellectually demanding, that those who were more successful also left more offspring, and that there was time in this period for the intelligence of the Ashkenazi population as a whole to become appreciably enhanced.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 07:17:10 PM -- 18 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Saddam could face 500 charges, but will be tried on only 12
related link: USA Today article

Saddam Hussein could face up to 500 charges at a tribunal, but he will be tried on only 12 well documented counts because prosecuting him on all would be a "waste of time," the prime minister's spokesman said Sunday.

 
 
 
 
 
 Saddam keyrings for sale.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 07:32:50 PM -- 19 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Swiss say "Oui!" and "Ja!" to EU
related link: ABC News article

A narrow majority of Swiss voters approved joining a European Union passport-free zone, abolishing checks on the country's border by 2007, according to final results from a two-issue national referendum Sunday.

....

About 55 percent of voters favored joining the EU's passport-free "Schengen" zone, indicating that the Swiss favor closer integration with the EU of which Switzerland is not a member. That mean Swiss customs controls would remain in place.

CalGal -- Sunday, June 05, 2005 -- 08:14:44 PM -- 20 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

2 Detained in Aruba in Missing Teen Case
related link: AP Article

Authorities in Aruba detained two men Sunday in connection with the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, who went missing nearly a week ago while on a high school graduation trip, the attorney general said.

ADVERTISEMENT Caren Janssen called the men "suspects" in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, 18, but declined to provide further details. The men, who were not among the three described Saturday by police as "persons of interest," were being interrogated Sunday morning.

...

Police also planned to conduct forensic tests on a bloody mattress found on a beach in eastern Aruba. The mattress was found in thick brush at Grapefield beach, deputy police chief Gerold Dompig said.

lime -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 01:38:27 AM -- 21 of 1548
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

Monkey Business
related link: monkey economics

Experiments at Yale with teaching monkeys how to use money lead to monkey bank robberies and monkey prostitution, proving the old saying, "The love of money is the root of all evil," applies to rest of the primate world as well.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 06:28:05 AM -- 22 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Police nab 80-year-old prostitution madam
related link: USA Today article

Police made a surprising discovery when they busted the alleged madam of a prostitution ring called "August Playmates": The woman running the show was an 80-year-old grandmother.

Authorities arrested Vera Tursi last month during a sting operation to crack down on prostitution rings posing as legal escort services. Police say Tursi ran the business from her two-bedroom apartment, taking $60 of every $160 she charged clients for one hour with a call girl.

Law enforcement officials say Tursi admitted her role in the business, saying she took it over a few years ago from her daughter, who had died. Police say Tursi told them she needed money to subsidize her Social Security checks.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 06:45:11 AM -- 23 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Financial Aid Rules for College Change, and Families Pay More
related link: NYTimes article

The New York Times did an analysis of the formula on middle-class incomes in more than a dozen states to see whether families would have to spend a greater part of their income and assets before qualifying for financial aid than they did five years ago. Though the effects of the formula changes vary from state to state, The Times found that families with the same earnings and assets as in 2000 would typically have to pay an extra $1,749 before clearing the eligibility bar for financial aid in 2005, after adjusting for inflation.

Julie C. -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:25:33 PM -- 24 of 1548

Vaccines for Ebola, Marburg Viruses
related link: Scientists Race to Find Vaccine for Ebola, Marburg

Scientists have developed vaccines that protect against the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. They hope to test the vaccines -- successful in experiments with monkeys -- on humans in two to three years. The viruses are at the top of experts' list of bioterrorism threats.

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:39:12 PM -- 25 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Russell Crowe Arrested in NY Hotel
related link: CNN Article

Hollywood star Russell Crowe has been arrested in New York and charged with assault after allegedly throwing a telephone that struck a hotel employee in the face, according to police.

Officers said the New Zealand-born actor was expected to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court later on Monday.

"He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia," said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. "He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 04:42:20 PM -- 26 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

High Court Allows Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Users
related link: NY Times AP Report

Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors' orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug.

Skip to next paragraph Background: Arguments on Marijuana Case The decision is a stinging defeat for marijuana advocates who had successfully pushed 10 states to allow the drug's use to treat various illnesses.

Justice John Paul Stevens, writing the 6-3 decision, said that Congress could change the law to allow medical use of marijuana.

The closely watched case was an appeal by the Bush administration in a case that it lost in late 2003. At issue was whether the prosecution of medical marijuana users under the federal Controlled Substances Act was constitutional.

Under the Constitution, Congress may pass laws regulating a state's economic activity so long as it involves "interstate commerce" that crosses state borders. The California marijuana in question was homegrown, distributed to patients without charge and without crossing state lines.

Stevens said there are other legal options for patients, "but perhaps even more important than these legal avenues is the democratic process, in which the voices of voters allied with these respondents may one day be heard in the halls of Congress."

CalGal -- Monday, June 06, 2005 -- 05:29:06 PM -- 27 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

'Spamalot' and 'Doubt' Win the Top Tony Awards
related link: NY Times Summary

"Spamalot," which opened in March to generally good reviews and torrid sales, won three Tonys in all, including one for Mike Nichols's direction, his sixth Tony as a director. Mr. Nichols practically apologized to fellow nominees for his victory. "I guess you're thinking, age before beauty," he said. "Me, too." Sara Ramirez, meanwhile, won best featured actress in a musical for her work as a buxom Lady of the Lake, a star-making turn that featured Ms. Ramirez stealing scenes from her male co-stars: Tim Curry, Hank Azaria and David Hyde Pierce.

It was also a good night for "Doubt, a Parable," John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about suspected child abuse in a Roman Catholic school. It picked up four Tonys, including best play, best direction (Doug Hughes) and best actress in a play, Cherry Jones, who portrays an accusing nun.

Bill Irwin, meanwhile, whose role is that of a long-suffering and sharp-tongued professor in the revival of "Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,' " was a surprise winner in the best leading actor in a play category. Out of breath and beaming, Mr. Irwin thanked his cast, his producers and his family, before exhorting people to come to the show. "This is Broadway!" he said. "We do this every night."

winger -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 12:21:42 AM -- 28 of 1548
If I wanted to share your point of view I'd sit on your lap.

Give back our wimmin folk!
related link: Russians who wed foreigners should be exiled?

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians who marry foreigners could be exiled and stripped of their citizenship under a bill being drafted by a group of members of parliament, a deputy said Sunday.

"Our women, the most beautiful and best in the world, are going abroad. By doing this, they are wasting the most valuable thing we have -- the gene pool of our nation," Kuryanovich told Ekho Moskvy radio.

Striker Davies -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 01:58:07 AM -- 29 of 1548
To err is human. For a right royal fuck-up, you need republicans.

Yay! Mars Rover breaks free and resumes truckin'!

The BBC

The US space agency's (Nasa) Mars rover Opportunity has finally broken free of the sand trap that has prevented it from rolling over the Red Planet.

The robot vehicle started to experience wheel slippage while trying to traverse a ripple-shaped dune on 26 April.

Engineers used a model rover back on Earth to work out a driving strategy to release Opportunity from the deep dirt.

And at the weekend the rover confirmed it was rolling free again with an image of a clean set of tracks to the rear.

Fantastic!

CalGal -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 05:11:27 PM -- 30 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Post-ABC Poll: Bush Ignoring Public Concerns
related link: WP article

Ominously for Bush and the Republicans, a strong majority of self-described political independents -- 68 percent -- say they disagreed with the president's priorities. That suggests Bush's mixed record in the second term on issues the public views as critical -- particularly on Iraq and the economy -- may be as much a liability for GOP candidates in next year's mid-term election as his performance in his first term was an asset to Republican congressional hopefuls last year and in 2002.

Overall, the president's job approval rating stood at 48 percent, virtually identical to where it was last month. Currently 52 percent of the public disapproves of the job Bush is doing as president, the first time in his presidency that more than half of the public has expressed negative views of the president's performance.

Continuing violence in Iraq continues to fuel negative views of the White House. Four in 10 Americans currently approve of the job that Bush is doing in Iraq while 58 percent disapproved. It marked the 13th consecutive month that less than half of the country approved of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.

A total of 1,002 randomly selected adults were interviewed June 2-5 for this survey. Margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

CalGal -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 05:23:17 PM -- 31 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Pentagon Bought Expensive Equipement to Bail Out Boeing
related link: E-Mails Detail Air Force Push for Boeing Deal

"We didn't need those aircraft either, but we didn't screw the taxpayer in the process," Garant added, referring to widespread sentiment at the Pentagon that the proposed lease of Boeing 767s would cost too much for a plane with serious shortcomings.

Garant's candid advice, which top Air Force officials did not follow, is disclosed for the first time in a new 256-page report by the Pentagon's inspector general. It provides an extraordinary glimpse of how the Air Force worked hand-in-glove with one of its chief contractors -- the financially ailing Boeing -- to help it try to obtain the most costly government lease ever.

The inspector general's report, slated for release today at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, adds a new dimension to what Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) have already called one of the most significant military contracting abuses in several decades. Already, the scandal has resulted in prison terms for former Air Force principal deputy assistant secretary Darlene A. Druyun, and a senior Boeing official, Michael M. Sears.

Besides documenting precisely who was responsible, the new report details the Air Force's vigorous efforts on Boeing's behalf. It also shows how Air Force leaders and Boeing officials jointly manipulated legislation to authorize the deal and later sought to suppress dissenting opinion throughout the Pentagon.

After interviewing 88 people and reading hundreds of thousands of pages of e-mails, the inspector general's office concluded that four top Air Force officials and one of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's former top aides, Undersecretary of Defense Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, violated Pentagon and government-wide procurement rules, failed to use "best business practices," ignored a legal requirement for weapons testing and failed to ensure that the tankers would meet the military's requirements.

CalGal -- Tuesday, June 07, 2005 -- 06:47:26 PM -- 32 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Senate Ends Brown Nomination Filibuster
related link: WP Article

The Senate on Tuesday ended a two-year filibuster of California judge Janice Rogers Brown, clearing for final vote her nomination to the U.S. Appeals Court and hewing closely to a historic deal to avert a partisan showdown over judicial filibusters.

By a vote of 65 to 32, Brown's nomination for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was cleared for a final floor vote, expected Wednesday. It takes 60 votes to bypass a filibuster, a total that Brown's Republican supporters have not been able to muster since November 2003, when they were only able to get 53 votes for the conservative California Supreme Court justice.

CalGal -- Wednesday, June 08, 2005 -- 01:21:08 AM -- 33 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

RIP Anne Bancroft
related link: NY Times Obit

In later years she continued to appear in films, although the roles grew smaller. She was briefly on screen as Nicolas Cage's mother in "Honeymoon in Vegas," trained a young woman as an assassin in "Point of No Return," scored a few points as a wily senator in "G.I. Jane" and had some campy fun in an updated version of "Great Expectations" as a loony character based on Dickens's Ms. Havisham.

She fared better in television, earning Emmy nominations playing a killer in the PBS drama "Mrs. Cage" and the title role in "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" on CBS.

She was resigned to the fact that age and changing times worked against her. In a 1992 interview with The Times's Bernard Weinraub she admitted to taking parts "even if they're one page," because "there are very few good scripts, even for Julia Roberts." She preferred a good bit part to a heftier bad one. She often rejected work in favor of family life - for a while. "I retire after every project," she once said. "Then somehow there's always something that pulls me out of retirement."

Sue Generous -- Wednesday, June 08, 2005 -- 01:44:24 AM -- 34 of 1548
FIGHT THE SENSE GOD GAVE A GOOSE!

Body part falls from wheel well of plane, lands in Long Island, N.Y., backyard
related link: cnews

NEW YORK (AP) - A body part fell from the wheel well of a plane coming in for a landing on Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Airport and landed in a suburban backyard, authorities said.

More remains were found on a South African Airways flight after it landed at Kennedy, said Tony Ciavolella, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The South African Airways jet was lowering its landing gear when the body part fell out.

Police suspect the remains were of a male stowaway and the case was being investigated, the spokesman said.

lime -- Wednesday, June 08, 2005 -- 06:09:15 AM -- 35 of 1548
you can fight it, or you can rock out to it

A New Kind of Gaming
related link: redefining gaming

Games that depend on artifical intelligence demonstrated at the first Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment conference.

a future where games are driven as strongly by characters as combat, where games are as much soap opera as shooting gallery and as much free-form construction set as destruction arena

Ronski -- Wednesday, June 08, 2005 -- 07:41:44 PM -- 36 of 1548
"What can happen to an Old Fashioned?" -- Jim Backus

Clot Killed Jesus

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