Two weeks ago I noticed this little bit at Crooks and Liars: New Documents Show Bush Administration Planned War in Iraq Well Before 9/11/2001. The documents seem to be just as described — the Bush administration was making plans to invade Iraq at least as early as January, 2001. According to the National Security Archive, “September 11 was not the motivation for the U.S. invasion of Iraq – it was a distraction from it.”
So, um, why hasn’t this been bigger news? This world is insane.
If you’re a University of Chicago Law Professor, married to a doctor, with a combined household income of over $250k/year, um, stop whining. Seriously. You sound like a complete asshat.
It’s hard to believe this man is allowed to teach anyone anything. Apparently, his “research interests” include “corporations, securities regulation, bankruptcy, law and economics, and intellectual property.” Shock.
I actually can’t believe that there is even a “debate” over whether an American President — without a shred of due process or oversight — has the power to compile hit lists of American citizens whom he orders the CIA to kill far away from any battlefield. The notion that the President has such an unconstrained, unchecked power is such a blatant distortion of everything our political system is supposed to be — such a pure embodiment of the very definition of tyrannical power — that, no matter how many times I see it, it’s still hard for me to believe there are people willing to expressly defend it.
Um, exactly. What world are we living in here? What country is this?
Texting has surpassed email, phone, and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds.
And girls 14-17 years old send 100 texts/day? Really? These data, along with the fact that the source of the data is apparently not the least bit important, suggest we should just give up on the future. It’s not going to be pretty.
But then, what job or profession really is awesome these days? Maybe jobs that give unlimited vacation would be nice, but they don’t address the much bigger problem that “the U.S. is alone in the industrialized world in that millions of mainly low-wage workers have no paid vacation at all.” Little facts like that, and that little problem of mass incarceration and what appears to be becoming a domestic war on Islam (the ugliest current manifestation of our stadium mob mentality) and you really have to wonder: what the hell is wrong with us in the U.S.? At least we have no shortage of funny books to read.
Hoptober is made up of Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops, while pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats. Its creative elements spark a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale.
“The wide array of hops creates a series of flavors that slowly unfold on the palate,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium spokesperson. “This beer embodies the shift to fall with its bountiful taste and blend of ingredients.”
Ed Dopman, San Francisco Beer Ranger and champion of the 2009 Ultimate Beer Ranger Challenge, recommends pairing Hoptober with Italian fennel salami and Taleggio cheese on sourdough bread.
“The five hops used in Hoptober provide just enough bitterness to cut the buttery, meaty flavors of Italian fennel salami, Taleggio cheese and sourdough bread,” said Dopman. “The four malts used in brewing this golden ale also give just the right body to stand up to the autumn wind, while remaining delicate enough to quench one’s thirst after a bike ride.”
Being an Apple fan I have to admit I’ve always scoffed at the Kindle; why would anyone pay a couple hundred dollars for this thing when they could buy an iPod Touch for the same price or an iPad for a bit more and get so much more functionality in the bargain. Now, after seeing a comparison of the Kindle and iPad displays under a microscope, as well as both compared to printed text under magnification, I understand — the text on the Kindle is much, much more like printed text.
It’s going on two months since I gave my iPhone a coffee and cream bath. I put it in rice for a few days and it seemed to work fine for a day, then… Gone. When it will turn on, it reboots itself randomly. When it’s not rebooting itself, app store apps don’t launch. The phone won’t ring and if I make a call the phone freezes when I hang up. Grrr.
I thought maybe if I took it apart I could see where the coffee was and try to clean it out. I bought an iPhone battery and repair kit with screwdriver and suction cup and “spudgers” and got to work. Using these helpful directions from iFixit, and these, I pulled everything apart and replaced the battery. While inside, I looked for evidence of coffee or cream residue but saw nothing obvious. I hoped maybe just the new battery would do the trick, but, well, no. It seems to reboot less, and it holds a charge better, and the battery monitor displays correctly when it’s charging or not (which wasn’t true before), but it still doesn’t work.
As a final effort, I tried a restore to factory settings and that wouldn’t work. First I got error 1603, then error 1013. The latter apparently indicates “a hardware issue with your device.” You think? Yeah, thanks.
So now the thing is truly a brick. The operating system got wiped and it won’t restore. At this point it doesn’t seem to even turn on anymore. *sigh*
Good thing my very own iPhone 4 just arrived in Chicago this morning, huh?