Monthly Archives: November 2003

Are These Numbers Real?

That’s what a friend asked about this week’s good economic news. Are these numbers real, or have the books been cooked?
Among some of the news he quoted was a bit about the Commerce Department’s report that the US gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 8.2% this last quarter, the best we’ve [...]

“Feeling Great About Ourselves”

Boy, am I glad I never got into downloading illegal MP3’s — now I don’t have to Send Them Back.
via David Weinberger

In Search Of: Justice, Fairness and Integrity

Pointers to a couple of interesting articles I’ve read recently about the Iraq situation:
Molly Ivins reacts to the new Bush plan to hand over sovereignty to Iraq next year before the election; as she says, “I’m glad all this bug-out stuff is coming from the administration — if some liberal said it, we’d all be [...]

Legislators vs. Doctors

This post isn’t really about abortion. It’s about the decision-making process the United States uses in reproductive medicine.
Here is a picture of President Bush signing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. He is surrounded by a coterie of mostly older, white, male legislators.
President Bush signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 [...]

Hey Travel Enthusiasts!

Like Wikipedia, but it’s a world-wide travel guide: WikiTravel.
It’s ground-floor time, with around 586 articles and 61,000 page views since they started in July — but it looks like a winner.
via MisterBad on Advogato

News You Don’t Hear Here

The Selective Service is soliciting volunteers to constitute local draft boards. (local copy)
It’s not in the US news yet, but it is elsewhere:
Will U.S. bring back the draft? (Toronto Star)
US raises spectre of conscription (BBC)
Appeal for draft board volunteers revives memories of Vietnam era (UK Guardian)
via Paul Barfoot

Pumpkins!

Happy Halloween from the Kaminski family!