Thursday, November 07, 2002

After much bitching, and whining, and moaning, and groaning, the French have accepted the U.S.'s Iraq resolution.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Fresh from his victory, Bush will ask for a vote on the Iraqi resolution tommorow. Frankly, I'm very impressed with Bush. Bush took a huge risk by traveling across the country to support the Republcians. Had he failed, he would have lost a lot of credibilty and power. But, his gamble paid off. Big time. With the extra points awarded for having humiliated the Democrats in their efforts to win Florida. This has resulted in the Democrats losing a huge amount of morale and spirit. Most of the serious left now has to admit that Bush had outmanuevered them, after years of deriding his competence and intelligence.

On a slightly related note, I wonder what Maureen Dowd will say about how her "boy emperor" totally decimated the Democratic effort. Will she retract her earlier columns about how Bush is stupid?
Okay, I'm done with my gloating.
The Christian Science Monitor has an excellent article on how the original inspections of Iraq were undermined by the Iraqi government.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

I just found this horribly frightening article about the social troubles in France. The scary part is that every bit of the article is consistent with what I have read about France in the past year. Is France going to explode into anarchy?
The army has just shot down an artillery shell using a chemical laser in a test.

Monday, November 04, 2002

Sunday, November 03, 2002

Now this is interesting. The president of Nigeria is advocating the creation of a group of African nations that would monitor each others conduct in order to promote democracy and economic development. I'm a little skeptical of the proposal because there is the possibility that the countries won't stick to the proposed agreement. On the other hand, there is no possible way for the situation in Africa to get any worse, so, hopefully, this could only help matters.
Don't Blame Columbus, folks. Them folks were already sick.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The health of indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere was on a downward trajectory long before Columbus set foot in the Americas, researchers say.
The rise of agriculture is partly to blame, said Richard Steckel, a professor of economics and anthropology at Ohio State University. The demands of tending domestic crops encouraged people to settle in larger communities, where disease was more easily spread.
The rise of towns and cities during industrialization took a serious toll on health, but new evidence establishes a very long trail of poor health that followed the collective pre-Columbian efforts in creating modern civilization, Steckel said. He co-edited a book that looks at health trends in the Western Hemisphere throughout the last seven millennia.
According to some archeologists, the urban revolution began long before Europeans settled the Americas. Sophisticated cities flourished and expanded throughout North and South America once people mastered agriculture. Researchers believe that indigenous people began domesticating crops more than 5,000 years ago.
The current research suggests that the overall health of the average person declined with the development of agriculture, government and urbanization.

Now this is cool, part two

Scientists have managed to photograph the movement of electrons around atoms
Using a form of ultrafast flash photography, scientists have for the first time tracked the motion of electrons deep within atoms.

The experiment enables a deeper look at the fundamental building blocks of matter, resolving the swirling blur of electrons into a stop-action movie. Scientists hope that directly studying the electronic behavior of atoms could lead to compact and efficient X-ray lasers.

Now this is cool.

Scientists have discovered a bacteria that actually eats a certain chemical that pollutes groundwater.
This article by Samizdata is really scary. Read it right away.
Saudi Arabia refuses to help with any U.S. strike against Iraq

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. regional ally, said on Sunday it would not allow the United States to use its facilities for any attack against neighboring Iraq even if a strike was sanctioned by the United Nations.

"We will abide by the decision of the United Nations Security Council and we will cooperate with the Security Council. But as to entering the conflict or using facilities... that is something else," Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told CNN.

Not that we really need the Saudi's for this. Kuwait, Turkey, and other arab countries have already agreed to help us.