Wednesday, March 23, 2005

 
My mind won't turn off.
That doesn't seem like the complaint of the century, but I am quite fond of sleeping, and I haven't been able to do any for some time now. Does anyone have any good insomnia remedies? If someone suggests something that works well for me, I will award not only my eternal gratitude, but something else (to be determined) that makes your suggestion worthwhile.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 
Too Little Sun? Cancer. Too Much Sun? Cancer.
You can't win.
 
I can honestly say, I never thought I'd see a headline about beds that kill...
 
Blame Edgar Rice Burroughs...
Presidents and their reading material.

Friday, March 18, 2005

 
13 Things That Do Not Make Sense
From New Scientist. The Bush Administration's science and environmental policies weren't included for space reasons, I'm guessing.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

 
The New York That Might Have Been

I've always been fascinated with lost things. The library at Alexandria, Edison's missing I-talk-to-dead-people device, those stolen Hemingway stories...There's just something about hidden knowledge and irretrievable things, a document turning to dust in a shuttered attic, the great lost work the Western world destroyed in a fire centuries past, that intrigues me to no end. That predilection revealed, the above post snagged my attention....

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

 
Many Students Willing to Give Government Control of Press
Half the students in a national survey think news stories need government approval before being published. Next headline: Congress paves way for 'memory hole' funds, Department of Truth.

Monday, March 14, 2005

 
Do they hate trees in Tokyo, or love Christo?

Sunday, March 13, 2005

 
Eat like you lived in ancient Rome. Here's eight recipes from the book, Around the Roman Table.
 
Russians Embrace Their Old Uncle Joe

In a bout of collective lunacy, more and more Russians are taking a revisionist view of Stalin as a "wise leader" who built Russia into a powerful nation, and now deserves statues and theme restaurants. Some even think his particular brand of leadership is exactly what Russia needs.

Here's my favorite quote from the article:

"Look, everyone makes mistakes," Mr Vassilyev said. "Stalin wasn't a saint, but he was a great man who built up a strong state.

Killing over 20 million people seems like a pretty big fucking mistake to me. I'm pretty sure that kind of mistake takes you out of candidacy for Great Man status.

As with the Holocaust "revisionists" who deny the existence of Auschwitz gas chambers, or any systematic killing on the part of Hitler or the Nazis, recent books have forwarded the notion that only 2.5 million died under Stalin's rule, and that he wasn't really responsible for those anyhow. This sort of thought needs to be vigorously countered in the same manner that Neo-Nazism has been.

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