salam pax -- a few weeks ago in San Jose. Salam said (since he's an Arab) that to visit Kurdistan he has to get a permit equivalent to a visa that allows him to visit for just a few days. It's essentially a different country, and has been for 16 years now.
FoxNews Poll

8. Who do you think should have the final say on U.S. military matters --
civilian leaders or military personnel?
. Civilian leadersMilitary personnel DependsBothNeitherDonít know
18-19 Apr 06 20% 54 5 14 3 4
Democrats 17% 60 5 12 2 4
Republicans 22% 58 3 11 2 4
Independents 24% 39 6 20 5 6
happy day, harry harryhausen hamlin fans! clash of the titans is on tcm at 8.
holy crap! your liberal media.
must be john waters month for me. just got "invited" to his art opening tonight (6-8) at marianne boesky.
Students from the Danish college of technology (DTU) have develeped a new and innovative fuelsystem which eleminates the loss of hydrogen in a fuel cell.

By eleminating the loss of hydrogen in the fuel cells, the Danish students have made hydrogen power "cost efficient" and have layed a major piece in the hydrogen engine puzzle.

The new fuel system was developed while working on the new hydrogen car "DTU Dynamo". Last year the car set a new world record by driving 15 miles on 0,35 ounces of hydrogen. This equals to the 450 miles per gallon of gas.
This new invention has already been patented, and a new development is said to be underway.
A tiny chemical reactor that can convert vegetable oil directly into biodiesel could help farmers turn some of their crops into homegrown fuel to operate agricultural equipment instead of relying on costly imported oil.
Cool. Stuff like this is important. But as usual the article doesn't mention the problematic stuff, like, we use incredible amounts of oil products in agriculture. So switching to biodiesel may well be part of some solution, but it doesn't replace our dependence on "costly imported oil."
all this saber rattling drives up the price of oil. im sure the bush cronies hate that. i think jon stewart mentioned that an exxon exec had a $400 million retirement package.
bit of inside blogball. steve gilliard refers to digby as "her" in this post and has yet to address queries in his comments. slip of the keyboard?
new level of mobile geekdom -- Yesterday I received a Verizon wireless broadband PCMCIA card for my laptop. It was sustaining a few hundred kpbs and hitting peaks of 1.2 Mbps in my initial tests last night.
is it considered good luck to have a pigeon build a nest and roost on your windowsill? ive got one about two feet from here with two eggs unhatched. guess thats a little more than roosting. whats the word for that? incubating? nesting?
Final death knell of the Lone Star Cafe: the good old "mysterious fire."
just clicking through the firefox extension and i found this multiplayer online pong. ive got winners.
booja scotty quit.
Mr. [Jack] Anderson's son Kevin said that to allow government agents to rifle through the papers would betray his father's principles and intimidate other journalists, and that family members were willing to go to jail to protect the collection.
two via wolcott --

david byrnes blog

and bernstein comes out of his hole only to see nixons shadow.

I know this is obvious, but I have to vent.

If I hear one more politician say that we need to "keep all options on the table" with regard to Iran my head is going to explode. There is not a single person who actually thinks we should keep *all* options on the table with regard to Iran or any other country or situation we might face. Obviously we aren't going to release smallpox in Iran. Obviously we are not going to launch an all out ICBM attack on every city and town in Iran. So why the fuck do people keep saying we need to keep every option on the table. It doesn't mean anything. What they mean is they want to keep the option of nuking Iran with locally deployed weapons on the table. But they want the cover of being able to say that they aren't saying specifically we should use nukes - it's just part of "keeping everything on the table."

Why won't a reporter follow up with a question asking one of them if that therefore means they support keeping the smallpox option on the table? Or how about crashing the Moon into Iran? I mean come on! Every option is *not* on the table. This is ridiculous.
Schwarzkopf called it in 2003
i am actually "cooking" something, if cooking means throwing things in a wok on an electric burner. lamb sausage (for jesus), broccoli, white onions and cilantro. its like a resurrection for my colon. heres looking at you, kid!
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Argument Anthony McCall and Andrew Tyndall, 1978, 84 minutes Monday, April 24 at 8 PM

"The twin principles of modernism and marketing: seeing fresh promise in familiar things."

journalist Michael Pollan talks about what and how we eat.
the cost of this war will be measured in destroyed lives. among them are the almost one in three returning soldiers effected for life by PTSD:
Of the 505,366 troops who have left the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, 144,424 have sought health care through Veterans Affairs. Of that number, 46,571 received preliminary diagnoses of mental disorders, including 20,638 with PTSD, according to the VA.

The numbers don't capture the full scope of the nation's growing PTSD caseload, however. Many former troops seek psychological help from private practices or other sources. Neither does the number account for PTSD sufferers currently enlisted in the military.

(The Independent requested the numbers of diagnosed PTSD cases from the various military branches, but officials are either still working to meet the request or say the information is not readily available.)
Cheney Authorized Leak Of CIA Report, Libby Says