Thursday, December 30, 2004
Tough stuff - aber sehenswert.
'And since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years.' -- Dick Cheney
As vice president, Cheney continues to receive a salary of over $150,000 each year from Halliburton while maintaining 433,333 shares of unexercised stock options in the company. "
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Monday, December 27, 2004
Great architecture: The NEW Seattle Public Library - If you have a chance to visit - make sure to attend a guided architectural tour through this fascinating building!
Friday, December 24, 2004
Republican Dino Rossi won the first count by 261 votes, then watched his lead shrink to 42 after a machine recount. His supporters say the protracted governor's race is not over yet.
Gregoire's lead in the statewide hand recount widened from 10 to 130 today after a Supreme Court decision allowed King County to include 732 mistakenly rejected ballots. King County, home of Seattle and a Democratic stronghold, was the last county to report final recount results today. "
Hope its over now.
Earlier that day, the state Supreme Court ruled that King County, the state's most populous county and a Democratic stronghold, could also count 732 belatedly discovered ballots. County officials planned to announce those results Thursday afternoon.
The Republicans have refused to concede the race, raising the possibility it could drag on for weeks. Gregoire, for her part, urged Rossi to abide by the results of the recount."
This isn't Florida. And it isn't November 2000.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Guard your news
and your chickens
Recognize the truths
from political spin
For you might loose
much more than a hen
- Merle Braley "
Fully agree. When I watched "Outfoxed", it reminded me a lot of George Orwell’s 1984 and the way it presented the definition of “truth” – no matter how often this station throws their slogan “fair & balanced” at me. The other likely comparison would be Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler’s “Der schwarze Kanal” on the former East German tv that excelled by taking news magazine reports about the western society out of context and giving them a tendentious spin. I would not be surprised if a study some day proved that this Murdoch station had a substantial impact on the outcome of this year’s presidential election.
Monday, December 20, 2004
The greatest Presidents have been those who demonstrated astute judgment in times of crisis--often despite the advice they were getting. Bush was told that 140,000 troops would be sufficient for the occupation of Iraq. This turned out to be wrong. As Truman said, the buck stops here.
Success in past U.S. conflicts has not been strictly the result of military leadership but rather the judgment of the President in choosing generals and setting broad strategy."
Yaeh and I awlyas tghuoht slpeling was ipmorantt.
Takhns, Harald, for piontnig tihs out!
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Wow - that is certainly very intersting news! Let's see how this plays out, meaning how a veteran industry analyst turns into a product line manager within an IT industry giant. Be curious to see what David has to say about this experience in a couple of years from now ...
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Frankly, I am way more shocked by some of the brutality within the football game or the uses of guns all of the media etc.
Schwarzkopf, a registered independent who campaigned for Bush in the last two presidential elections, has previously criticized Rumsfeld on several occasions as arrogant and out of touch with troops on the ground. "
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Was auf einem Spreadsheet oder in PowerPoint gut aussieht, funktioniert nicht immer wie geplant ...
Been there, done that.
Thanks, Greg, for pointing this out!
Are you really surprised?
Thursday, December 09, 2004
"Rummy met with troops at Camp Buehring, named for Chad Buehring, an Army colonel who died last year when insurgents in Baghdad launched a rocket-propelled grenade into Al Rasheed, a Green Zone hotel once frequented by Western journalists and administration officials that is still closed to guests because - despite all the president's sunny bromides about resolutely prevailing - security in Iraq is relentlessly deteriorating.
As Joe Biden told Aaron Brown of CNN about his visit to Falluja, "They got the biggest hornets' nest, but the hornets have gone up and set up nests other places." He said that a general had run up to him as he was getting into his helicopter to confide, "Senator, anybody who tells you we don't need forces here is a G.D. liar."
Rummy, however, did not hesitate to give the back of his hand to soldiers about to go risk their lives someplace he didn't trouble to go.
He treated Thomas Wilson - the gutsy guardsman from Tennessee who asked why soldiers had "to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles, and why don't we have those resources readily available to us?" - as if he were a pesky Pentagon reporter. The defense chief used the same coldly cantankerous tone and squint he displays in press briefings, an attitude that long ago wore thin. He did everything but slap the kid in the hospital bed.
In one of his glib "Nothing's perfect," "Freedom's untidy" and "Stuff happens" maxims, Rummy told the soldier: "As you know, you go to war with the Army you have."
It wouldn't make a good Army slogan, and it was a lousy answer, especially when our kids are getting blown up every day in a war ginned up on administration lies. Remember when the president promised in the campaign that the troops would have all the body armor they needed?"
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
�You need an alternative,� said Joseph Quinlan, chief market strategist for Banc of America Capital Management. �I don�t think it is the euro. It�s not the yen or the yuan. By default the dollar is the world�s currency for now.�"
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
NPR : Phase-In Begins for Free Online Credit Reports: "Consumers contacting credit reporting agencies directly may be charged for the reports."
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Lycos is offering a screensaver that repeatedly requests data from Web sites that use spam-email to market their goods and services. The software essentially allows recipients of spam to band together in order to clog the bandwidth of the servers that run these Web sites. "
Monday, November 29, 2004
So here-in support of the Prayer Team's admirable goals-is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage ENTIRELY ON BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES:
A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28 and II Sam 3:2-5)
B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13 and I Kings 11:3 and II Chron 11:21)
C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22: 13-21)
D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen. 24:3 and Num 25:1-9 and Ezra 9:12 and Neh 10:30)
E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19 and Mark 10:9)
F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his sister-in-law, or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen 38:6-10 and Deut 25:5-10)
Thanks, Lon, for sharing this!
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
What kind of traffic was this site talking about?!
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
The total number of excessive votes ranged between 130,000 and 260,000, depending on what kind of problem caused the excess votes. The counties most affected by the anomaly were heavily Democratic.
Sociology professor Michael Hout, who chairs the university's graduate Sociology and Demography group, said the chance for such a discrepancy to occur was less than 1 in 1,000.
'No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained,' he said in a statement. 'There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero -- less than once in a thousand chances.' "
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
"Gartner believes that IBM has confused customers by offering overlapping product families, Lotus Notes/Domino and Workplace."
"Workplace will be the future of Lotus Notes/Domino. Gartner believes that IBM has confused customers by offering overlapping product families, Lotus Notes/Domino and Workplace. IBM will not abandon Lotus Notes/Domino customers, but by 2009 the vendor plans to use a future version of Workplace as v.8 (or v.9) of Lotus Notes/Domino (0.6 probability). (This is not IBM’s official position.) We expect the heretofore separate-but-equal development paths will disappear. IBM will likely hasten to add that companies wanting some of the features of Workplace can have them today, without waiting the three to five years needed before Workplace becomes the next architectural generation of Lotus Notes/Domino."
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
I could hardly imagine a similar news headline somewhere in Central Europe.
You have nailed it, Barry! What's also interesting is the comment that Rebecca has posted on your weblog!
Monday, November 15, 2004
Reasons to move to Canada, as cited by www.canadianalternative.com:
1. Canada has universal public health care.
2. Canada has no troops in Iraq.
3. Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol environmental treaty.
4. More than half of Canada's provinces allow same-sex marriage.
5. The Canadian Senate recommends legalizing marijuana.
6. Canada has no law restricting abortion.
7. Canada has strict gun laws and relatively little violence.
8. The United Nations has ranked Canada the best country to live in for eight consecutive years.
9. Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976.
10. Canada has not run a federal deficit since 1996-97. "
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
As long as IBM keeps track of which of its places includes which other places customers don't need to get too confused ...
This somehow makes me feel better not living in the Boston area any more ...
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
It does sound topsy-turvy, doesn't it? Generally, it's China and Zimbabwe that are throwing journalists in prison, while the U.S. denounces the repression over there.
But now similar abuses are about to unfold within the United States, part of an alarming new pattern of assault on American freedom of the press. In the last few months, three different U.S. federal judges, each appointed by President Ronald Reagan, have found a total of eight journalists in contempt of court for refusing to reveal confidential sources, and the first of them may go to prison before the year is out. Some of the rest may be in prison by spring.
The first reporter likely to go to jail is Jim Taricani, a television reporter for the NBC station in Providence, R.I. Mr. Taricani obtained and broadcast, completely legally, a videotape of a city official as he accepted an envelope full of cash.
U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres found Mr. Taricani in contempt for refusing to identify the person he got the videotape from, and the judge fined him $1,000 a day. That hasn't broken Mr. Taricani, so Judge Torres has set a hearing for Nov. 18 to decide whether to squeeze him further by throwing him in jail.
Even thoush Ashcroft is leaving - the damage seems to have been done already.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
On the 15th anniversary of that historic moment, the enthusiasm and euphoria has disappeared and the mood has sobered for most Germans. "
Monday, November 08, 2004
Boston.com / Your Life / Health & Fitness / Fitness & Nutrition / Feds say obesity epidemic weighing down planes, pushing up fuel costs
Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 just to carry the additional weight of Americans, the federal agency estimated in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine."
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Leider befinde ich mich in keinem B-Movie. George W. Bush ist wiedergew�hlt und f�r mich bedeutet das, dass ich in den kommenden vier Jahren nicht nach Hause gehen kann. Ob es nun gut oder schlecht ist - ich bleibe als Ausl�nder in Deutschland. Meine Begr�ndung ist einfach: Wenn es genug Unterst�tzung f�r einen wie Bush gibt, geh�re ich einfach nicht mehr in die Staaten. Ich passe auch nicht mehr in meinen wankelm�tigen Heimatstaat Kalifornien, an dem an Stammzellen geforscht werden darf aber der Terminator regiert. Nach vier Jahren in Deutschland ist Amerika f�r mich fremd geworden."
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Philadelphia Daily News | 11/04/2004 | Why you keep losing to this idiot: "SIGH. I REALLY didn't want to have to write this.
George W. Bush has been re-elected. Yeah, the lawyers will haggle about Ohio. But this time, Democrats don't have the popular vote on their side. Bush does.
If you're a Bush supporter, this is no surprise. You love him, so why shouldn't everybody else?
But if you're dissatisfied with him - or, like me, you think he's been the worst president in memory - you have a lot of explaining to do. Why don't a majority of voters agree with us? How has Bush pulled it off?
I think this is the answer: Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity."
Thursday, November 04, 2004
CNN.com - Regret, no remorse in Kerry's call for unity - Nov 3, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
Gore: 'Die Umstaende haben sich dramatisch veraendert. Das Ergebnis von Florida ist zu knapp, als dass man sich schon festlegen koennte.'
Bush: 'Moment, sagen Sie gerade, was ich zu hoeren glaube? Lassen Sie mich sichergehen, dass ich Sie richtig verstehe: Sie rufen an, um Ihre Glueckwuensche zurueckzuziehen?'
Gore: 'Sie muessen deshalb nicht gleich pampig werden.'
Bush: 'Aber alle Sender haben das Ergebnis gemeldet. Mein Bruder Jeb hat mir gesagt, dass die Zahlen korrekt sind.'
Gore: 'Ihr kleiner Bruder ist in diesem Fall wohl nicht die ultimative Autoritaet.'"
Das war wohl richtig - nutzte aber trotzdem nichts ...
Sunday, October 31, 2004
USATODAY.com - DOD warned about Halliburton contracts: "Corps officials initially justified stopping the bidding by concluding that a 'compelling emergency' would exist if Halliburton's work was interrupted.
However, when Greenhouse challenged the justification and sought an explanation of the emergency, Corps officials changed their reasoning. The new explanation was that Halliburton subsidiary KBR was the 'one and only' company that could do the job.
Greenhouse wrote Strock on Oct. 5 that 'the truth should be clearly explained' about the reason for halting competition.
She not only complained there was no explanation of what drove officials to cite an emergency, but, referring to the second justification, added, 'It is not reasonable to believe that only one source responded to the solicitation.'
Greenhouse, who has said she was frozen out of decisions on Halliburton, went public last weekend with allegations that Army officials showed favoritism to the company. "
The Army has cited severe problems with Halliburton's work in the Balkans, many of them documented in a Jan. 4, 2002, report by Greenhouse — who reviewed findings of investigators known as a "tiger" team.
"The general feeling in the theater is that the contractor is 'out of control,'" she wrote. "There is little or no incentive for the contractor to reduce or keep cost down."
Greenhouse said it appeared the Halliburton subsidiary "makes the decisions of what is constructed, purchased or provided and it appears that oftentimes the products and services delivered reflect gold-plating since the contractor proudly touts that they provide the very, very best."
Friday, October 29, 2004
CNN.com - Politics, gas fuel battle over forest - Oct 29, 2004: "A Texas energy company may get rights to drill in a pristine swath of a New Mexico national forest after a White House task force intervened on its behalf, a move that has become a hot issue in the battleground state before next week's presidential election."
Amerikaner w�hlen anders. Das wei� die Welt sp�testens seit dem Wahldebakel von 2000, als der Kandidat mit den meisten Stimmen (48,38 Prozent) zum Verlierer erkl�rt wurde und der Kandidat mit dem niedrigeren Stimmanteil (47,87 Prozent) ins Wei�e Haus zog. Denn auf die tats�chliche Stimmenzahl kommt es beim indirekten US-Wahlrecht ja nicht an, sondern auf die regionale Verteilung der Wahlm�nner. Und manchmal l�uft das dann eben darauf hinaus, dass der popul�rste Mann verliert; Al Gore war da nicht der Erste. "
Two years before 9/11, candidate Bush was already talking privately about attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer
I couldn't disagree any stronger!
CNN.com - Deja vu as Florida struggles to hold pristine election - Oct 28, 2004: "Lawsuits, missing absentee ballots and accusations of bias -- from afar Tuesday's presidential election in Florida already looks like the Third World-style fiasco of 2000 that everyone wanted to avoid.
But election officials in the state run by President Bush's brother insist a massive turnout for early, pre-Election Day voting and a growing capacity to deal with lengthy queues show that Florida will get it right."
Thursday, October 28, 2004
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+! 7+5 = 96 %
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 127%
Thus, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that, while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, Bullshit and Ass kissing will put you over the top.
Luna Eclipse in Seattle
TOM REESE / THE SEATTLE TIMES
"Moonlight magic A sailboat on Lake Washington basks in the glow last night as the total lunar eclipse begins with a sliver of shadow starting its journey across the moon. Bellevue is in the background."
It could have been raining - or at least cloudy ...
TOM REESE / THE SEATTLE TIMES
"A sailboat on Lake Washington basks in the glow last night as the total lunar eclipse begins with a sliver of shadow starting its journey across the moon. Bellevue is in the background."
And it could have been raining ... or at least cloudy!
Electoral College tie could be mother of all messes - Oct 27, 2004: "A freak tie result in the U.S. presidential election could mean the House of Representatives would choose the next president, a scenario that would favor Republican incumbent Bush.
But since the Senate would decide the vice presidency, Bush could end up with Democrat John Edwards."
See Ya Later Bush!: "'The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.'"
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Monday, October 25, 2004
In an interview on ABC's 'This Week,' Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who has campaigned for President Bush in his re-election bid, warned against violating international treaties that aim to ensure humane treatment of prisoners and civilians during a war.
'These conventions and these rules are in place for a reason, because you get on a slippery slope and you don't know where to get off,' McCain, who was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, said.
'The thing that separates us from the enemy is our respect for human rights.' "
Then I don't understand how McCain can campaign for this president?!
IAEA spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming, says the agency has information from the Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology that around 350 tons of high explosives are missing.
'The Iraqi ministry attributed this loss to theft and looting due to lack of security,' he said. 'They were not clear when it might have been stolen, also they were not clear where it might be. The biggest concern is the threat if these explosives have fallen into the wrong hands.'
Ms. Fleming says it would be a big operation to remove such large amounts of material that were stored in several bunkers. "
According to documents made available to Reuters on Monday by congressional sources, Army Corps whistle-blower Bunnantine Greenhouse complained of 'repeated interference' in billions of dollars of contracts given to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root for work in Iraq and the Balkans. "
The International Atomic Energy Agency revealed Monday that 380 tons of powerful, conventional explosives are missing from the Al Qaqaa facility south of Baghdad, an area that was supposed to be under American military control. "
"Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a 'race to the bottom' in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know."
From what I have seen before, the only thing that seems to be comparable to this kind of propaganda is probably Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler's
"Schwarzer Kanal", the weekly pitch from the chief propagandist of the former East Germany about why the West was so bad and - in his view - bound to run itself out of business.
Ronald Reagan's dramatic turn from arms race to detente, in response to the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev, was one such. The current president's father, George H.W. Bush, made the peaceful liberation of Central Europe possible by his wise and mature statecraft. But not this Bush, not this time. "
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Just type in what you want George to say in the text box. Then choose a pose for George and a background (clicking those links will get you a list of thumbnail-size previews). Then click 'Go'. A custom George Says comic will be generated for you!"
US-Wahlpannen: Zehntausende W�hler sollen mehrfach registriert sein - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Kurz vor der amerikanischen Pr�sidentenwahl werden immer neue Pannen bekannt. Eine Zeitung in Orlando berichtet, dass rund 68.000 W�hler in mehreren Bundesstaaten registriert sind. Die Unregelm��igkeiten treten auch in Florida auf, das bei der letzten Wahl entscheidend f�r den Sieg Bushs war."
Friday, October 22, 2004
Exactly what I was waiting for!
Klimaschutz: Russische Duma ratifiziert Kyoto-Protokoll - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Or not.Opinion: Polls Apart - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Welcome: Allow us to Introduce Ourselves - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE
As the election draws near, the Bush campaign grows ever more irresponsible in its effort to scare Americans into believing that voting for John Kerry will bring on another terrorist attack. In Ohio on Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney said Mr. Kerry was incapable of understanding, much less acting on, the specter of terrorists' creeping into our cities with nuclear bombs "to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans." Attorney General John Ashcroft was back in Washington, meanwhile, suggesting that God had spared America from an attack since 9/11 because President Bush's team was assisting "the hand of Providence."
The New York Times > Opinion > Chiller Theater
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Germany's foreign minister has urged British people to change their out-of-date opinion of his country. Joschka Fischer believes the negative view many Britons - especially young people - have of Germany is harming relations between the two nations.
He said the media was largely to blame for continuing an image of Germany as the land of the "Prussian goosestep".
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Finally, the last few of these rather noisy wind machines that were installed to dry out our home as a means to recover from the water damage described earlier, were removed from our home. We are still used to yelling at each other, but I hope we can overcome that and get used to a normal voice volume pretty soon once routine kicks in again ...
Hope that the contractors remain on schedule with the paint job in our living and dining rooms and putting the floor back in there during this next week. Oh, and we are also scheduled to have our furnace replaced next week, too. Don't want to ever have its pilot light go off and put us through a similar experience again!
Anyway, we would really love to 'move in' again at least by next weekend. So, stay tuned ...