Friday, March 02, 2001trivial pursuers
"Mention his name in the House Democratic caucus and Ralph Nader draws spontaneous boos. Among party regulars, many assume that the anger and the regrets lingering from Election 2000 effectively put an end to the "Nader moment." Every right turn by George W. Bush reminds people that Nader's Green Party vote of 2.7 percent deprived Albert Gore of a clean victory. Even some erstwhile supporters are grumbling about Nader's postelection silence, depicting a weird recluse who's not even talking to old friends. Representative Richard Gephardt, the House minority leader, had a different idea. He invited Nader in for a friendly chat in early February and began by congratulating him for running "a terrific campaign." According to Nader, Gephardt was especially impressed by the superrallies the Green campaign organized in city after city, filling large arenas with enthusiastic young people who paid $10 or $20 to cheer Nader's dense litany of progressive policy issues. Nobody is paying to hear us talk about policy, Gephardt observed. "
come on, get mappy
a booming economy
"Trinity Church struck noon. The sidewalks filled with brokers, clerks and receptionists heading for lunch. At 12:01, a bomb of roughly 100 pounds of TNT, resting on the wagon floor above the left rear axle, exploded in "a blinding sheet of saffron-green light." Five hundred pounds of fragmented sash weights piled about the bomb tore into the passersby like shrapnel. A nearby automobile flipped 20 feet into the air. Thousands of plate-glass windows shattered over a half-mile radius, their fragments tinkling from sill to ledge to pavement. A pillar of brownish-lemon smoke soared heavenward. Awnings 12 stories up caught fire. The explosion blasted the façade of J.P. Morgan & Co. The bank’s windows burst inward in a blizzard of razor-sharp shards. Thomas Joyce, the chief clerk, working at a window facing Wall St., died instantly."
"Welcome to a subgenre of online video games that has emerged as the most successful form of Web entertainment this side of pornography. Among its tight-knit proponents, this type of entertainment is known as -- take a breath -- massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). And in 2000, while DEN.com, Entertaindom.com and other entertainment sites were demonstrating that Hollywood stars and pocket-sized sitcoms are a great way to lose money online, Sony's EverQuest, the genre's leading title, generated an estimated $30 million from subscription fees. While Sony doesn't disclose individual game revenues, EverQuest has likely grossed at least $60 million in subscription fees and sales of CD-ROMs (which players have to buy in order to access the game) since its debut in March 1999. And it's on track to take in another $40 million in subscriptions this year. The game has attracted 330,000 subscribers paying $9.89 a month, who log on at least once a day and usually stay more than an hour. Players have taken to calling the game EverCrack and NeverRest."
from russia with love
"Is 49 the nuclear anniversary? Ronald and Nancy Reagan will celebrate their 49th wedded year on Sunday by christening the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.
Mrs. Reagan herself will travel to Newport News, Va., to crack the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship's hull. Some people go out to dinner. Some people throw parties ..."
Thursday, March 01, 2001flap happy
"But faced with indisputable evidence that, among other things, his brother-in-law Hugh Rodham peddled influence to at least two successful pardon-seekers, the burden of proof is now on Mr. Clinton. While awaiting his responses, a review of the contemporary history of Presidential clemency provides some perspective—especially because the mainstream press has been so derelict in providing context."
three from the ny observer ---
Wednesday, February 28, 2001good waffles
"But the media reports and Ruskin's dogged efforts to pursue the charges fell on deaf ears in Congress. Under a law passed in 1997, it is impossible for civic groups or private citizens to file ethics complaints against congressmen. Under what the somewhat jaded Ruskin refers to as the "Corrupt Politicians Protection Act," all formal ethics complaints must be filed by a member of the House. The upside of the law is that it protects lawmakers from frivolous harassment. The downside is that no ethics charges have been filed, according to Ruskin, since its passage."
Tuesday, February 27, 2001pandora bocks
short term memory
warriors... come out and play
buy the numbers
speak and ye shall be heard
to the extreme
cop a plea
Monday, February 26, 2001idiots rule