Thursday, May 31, 2007

Don't Worry About That Cough

How that TB guy was able to globe-trot through six countries after being told he was sick. AP/MSNBC What are your thoughts on what this incident says about health and border controls around the world?

Obama’s answer for universal health care isn’t universal, but it would allow everyone who wants insurance to get it. Chicago Tribune

Bush asks Congress to double the money to fight AIDS in Africa. Washington Post

The cyber-attack against Estonia - a coordinated attack during which 1 million computers were reportedly used to shut down Internet Infrastructure in the country - could be the new warfare for which many countries aren’t prepared. Economist

First Kobe said he wanted to leave the Lakers. Now he says he doesn’t. ESPN

Words are exchanged. Tensions are flared. It’s Go Time. Some rules on what to do if you get into a fistfight. First rule: Don’t get into a fistfight. Esquire (But if you do throwdown, here’s how to avoid jail.)

A penny saved is a penny earned, right? No, they're bullshit! Get rid of them!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Taking A Break

The Morning Joe is going to take a little time off. We’ll be brewing again on Thursday, May 31. Have a great Memorial Day or Bank Holiday and we'll see you in a couple of weeks.


Wolfie Nearly Out

Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architect’s of the Iraq War, is negotiating how hard he will get kicked out as head of the World Bank. Why? He gave his girlfriend a big raise. Washington Post What does the World Bank do? BBC

The White House tried to get then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to extend the NSA eavesdropping program while he was “extremely ill and disoriented” in the hospital due to gall bladder surgery. New York Times

It pays to be a millionaire when you run for president. Washington Post

Bono says the goals made to raise money for developing countries at the G8 summit two years ago aren’t being met by some countries. The reason they may have been made in the first place was sympathy after the 7/7 bombings. Guardian

The military has banned the use of some sites - MySpace, YouTube for example - on military computers. It’s not censorship, because they can use the sites on other servers, but it’s not going to easy or cheap for troops to get on the web. U.S. News & World Report

For those of you thinning - or have lost it - up top, there may hope: A cure for baldness. Sydney Morning Herald

Even though it’s a comedy, it’s hard to believe somebody would spend money to make this movie. Yes, it’s a real movie!

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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Search Continues..

The search continues for three missing U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Al-Qaeda claims it is holding them. MSNBC

Robert Mugabe can barely sustain his own brutal dictatorship, let alone any type of development. But oddly enough, Zimbabwe elected was chosen to head the U.N. commission of Sustainable Development. Reuters

Careful, there’s another risk in “going down.” Time

Going green is great. But as with anything, there are consequences. ABC

It’s one thing to have your customer service rep live in Bangalore or Mumbai. It’s another to have your news reporter live there when their beat is the Pasadena, CA City Council. Los Angeles Times

Equity group buys Chrysler. Financial Times

The price of stamps went up 16 months ago. The price goes up again today. And now there are “forever stamps.” AP/MSNBC

It’s always better when other people have friends like these, and you’re just a spectator.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Six Men v. The Army?

The government’s case against the six men arrested in the (very stupid) alleged plot to attack Fort Dix. New York Times

Northern Ireland power sharing: It wasn’t tension-free at the first day. Guardian

Bye Bye Blair: Tony Blair will step down as prime minister on June 27. BBC Timeline of Blair’s 10 years in office. AFP/The Australian The worldwide farewell tour: (London) Times The Blair Doctrine Sky

Why there could be a “Third Force” candidate in ’08. Newsweek

As a kid, were you the playful and rough older brother or the unsuspecting little brother who ended up crying?

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Bon Jour

Who is the guy just elected president of France? France 24 (video)

Mental health and ethical issues plague U.S. Soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq. Example: "Less than half of Soldiers and Marines believed that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect." Washington Post

Why has the Bush Administration, and Condoleezza Rice in particular, been seemingly more diplomatic lately? Newsweek

The situation in Zimbabwe seems to be resolved: The oppressive Robert Mugabe will remain in power until 2013! (London) Times

Israelis are saying it’s time for their PM to go. So, why is Olmert sticking around? Time

They may not merge, but Microsoft and Yahoo could hook up in a few different ways. Wall Street Journal

Balls: Astronaut Wally Schirra told his boss “Go to Hell!” and blasted off sitting atop three different spaceships. Have you done either? Time

This clip starts off as yet another Mac/PC parody, but turns into Spider-Man and Batman finding out they have a lot in common.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Date Is Off

Dems back off on a date to withdraw from Iraq, but they - and some Republicans - still want some conditions for war funding. Washington Post It’s al-Qaeda again? Washington Post Take a look at another effort by King George to execute warrantless searches. New York Times

7/7 bombing victims call for an inquiry on how MI-5 missed the bombers. After the attack investigators said the suicide bombers were “clean skins” - unknown to MI-5. (London) Times Police were pursuing the 7/7 leader five months before the attacks. Guardian

What’s going on with the secularists in Turkey? BBC

Arrests warrants have been issued by the International Criminal Court for a Sudanese minister and a militia leader for war crimes in Darfur. Let’s see if this warrant has teeth and the men are arrested. AP/The Australian

Do you bank with JP Morgan-Chase? According to this video, they don’t dispose of their customer information properly. CNN Money

That contaminant that got into your pet’s food may have also gotten into YOUR food. Reuters (video)

Why did NASA refuse a partnership with Russia on the second Moon shot? Telegraph Meanwhile, be healthy on your trip to Mars or you might get voted off the spaceship. AP/CNN

How much do countries give in aid. Maybe a little. Maybe a lot. It depends on how you count it. Economist

Enjoy a few pints beer over the course of the week? It could make your brain smaller. (Melbourne) Age But making that pint could be good for the environment. BBC

The big De La Hoya-Mayweather fight is on Saturday night. And it will continue on Sunday, and Monday..

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