The good news is that Time Machine thing in OS X Leopard works just like a charm. So I wound up restoring my disk to its early-yesterday morning state, thereby making today Groundhog Day.
The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence report distributed to law enforcement authorities across the country this morning.
The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be "disinformation."
*Look it up.
LAS VEGAS - The first day of O.J. Simpson's criminal evidentiary hearing was marked by dramatic audio recordings and a collectibles broker who testified he set up the meeting that ultimately led to armed robbery charges against the former football star.
Let's not have OJ again, OK? Next thing, well have Geraldo in full body armor living in a foxhole outside the courthouse, that Greta person, and helicopters.
I can't take it any more. I want out.
A split senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as United States attorney general despite criticism that he refused to say whether waterboarding -- an interrogation method widely considered as torture -- was legal.The vote was 53-40. Six Democrats and that Lieberman jerk voted to confirm. Clinton, Obama, Dodd, and McCain hid in the hallway until it was over. The torturers will walk.
The Bush administration has covered up and ignored dissenting Pentagon war games analysis that suggests an attack on Iran's nuclear or military facilities will lead directly to the annihilation of the Navy's Fifth Fleet now stationed in the Persian Gulf.
(And more. Read it there.)
According to historians of WWII the Japanese navy foresaw a great battle between their and the US fleets near the Pacific island of Midway and simulated that eventuality with a war game. The senior Japanese officers played the Japanese role in the game, the junior officers played the US side. Defying Japanese naval doctrine, the junior officers unleashed a massive air attack on the Japanese fleet, successfully defeating the Japanese carriers, and won the game. The senior officers pulled rank, returned their lost ships to the game, and in a re-do, prevailed.
The two fleets did in fact meet off Midway. US planes sunk four Japanese carriers and a heavy cruiser and permanently crippled the Imperial Navy.
Midway turned the tide of the naval war in the Pacific.
(For more, see Wikipedia.)
Noise is the bane of digital photographers. In appearance it resembles the grain in film. This picture was taken with a digital camera set at ISO 800, in the corner of a room lit only by a window on the opposite wall (there's an image of the window at the bottom of the glass jar). A cupboard overhangs the frame - it's a dark corner. The picture is "grainy,"; sure - but not much worse than I'd expect from, say, Tri-X under similar circumstances (ev -0.7, for the photogeeks). So then, available-light photography indoors, in a reasonably lighted room, should be entirely possible.
The recalled dolls have a plastic face and are sold in five different models, including "birthday," "fireman," "sweet dreams," "tool time" and "tool time with a soft face."
"Tool time with a soft face"? That's one I'd like to see.
Motorists driving through Big Dig tunnels will, at long last, be able to chat on their cellphones uninterrupted.
A frustrating dead zone for Boston cellular users since they opened four years ago, the tunnels will be fitted with wireless antennas within months, following approval last week by federal highway officials. The Federal Highway Administration said it is satisfied that attaching cables to tunnel walls that are held in place with epoxy anchors will not pose any danger.
Never mind the epoxy anchors - cellphones in the tunnels? Right, just what we need.
OK, I admit, I've been living in the outlands for so long now that when I see three cars in a row it looks like traffic. Far cry from the Chicago expressways. Or even Boston, which is not an easy city to drive in. So maybe it's not so bad as I imagine, guys whizzing through the tunnels, no way out, and talking on their phones. I get spooked when I see a phone-driver from two blocks away.
Still - cellphones in the tunnels. It sounds like a really dumb idea to me.
The media mogul asks her how the Huffington Post's web traffic is shaping up. "We are getting about three million visitors a month," Arianna replies in her familiar Zsa Zsa-like patois.
Oh come on. Please. Does anybody still young enough to have teeth remember Zsa Zsa? I doubt.
Maybe nobody still young enough to have teeth reads Fortune. That could be true.
According to the Atlanta Constitution:
With no rain in sight, Gov. Sonny Perdue is looking for a little spiritual help to get North Georgia out of its drought.Just a heads up here from your ever-helpful YAME.
Perdue's office has begun sending out invitations to a prayer service for rain at the Capitol next week.
The service is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. on the Washington Street side of the statehouse.
Sen. Clinton's accuser is Kathleen Willey, the one-time White House aide who in 1993 claimed to have been groped by then-president Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Willey raised the strange cat-killing allegation -- and a raft of others -- in her new book, Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The Homeland Security Department says it gets about 2,000 requests a month from people who want to have their names cleared. That number is so high that the department has been unable to meet its goal of resolving cases in 30 days, says Christopher White, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, which handles the appeals. He says the TSA takes about 44 days to process a complaint.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, called the Bush administration's approach to Pakistan "fundamentally incoherent." Yet neither Mrs. Clinton nor any of her fellow candidates offered details about how they would chart a different course than the one that the White House has followed for the past six years.
BANGALORE, India — Doctors began operating Tuesday on a 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs in an extensive surgery that they hope will leave the girl with a normal body, a hospital official said.
Better be careful there, Dude.
During today's White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino condemned Gen. Pervez Musharraf's declaration of "emergency rule" in Pakistan. She said that the administration is "deeply disappointed" by the measure, which suspends the country's constitution, and believes it is never "reasonable" to "restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism":
Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?
MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.
Is the amount OK?
The man, who admitted sending the email, said he did not think the US authorities would stupid enough to believe him.
The top legal adviser within the US state department, who counsels the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, on international law, has declined to rule out the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding even if it were applied by foreign intelligence services on US citizens.When I was in the service we were lectured on the Geneva Conventions - name, rank, and serial number, and all that; now, I suppose, the troops are just told "hold your breath."
Meanwhile, WIIIAI reports, that Musasey guy says "if there were a law against waterboarding, Bush would have to abide by it." So there you go. Why no law?
And the worst thing is, I never get the extra hour. In the autumn when the clock falls back I'm supposed to get one, right? But no. I just goof around an hour longer in the morning, and then I'm late again. It ain't fair.
The top U.S. diplomat said she had not spoken directly with Musharraf since he announced what she called "extraconstitutional" moves on Saturday. In addition to suspending the constitution, he ousted the country's top judge and deployed troops to fight what he called rising Islamic extremism.Or maybe she does. You don't suppose they have an extra one lying around in Washington somewhere, do you? Might come in handy: The old one's looking pretty threadbare.
Oh well. The US didn't put all its chips on Musharraf, Rice says. Haliburton got most of them. Just tossed Mushy a few spares. Extrachips, I guess. About $11 billon worth, that'd be. What else would we be spending it on anyway, sick kids?
So Rice is "disappointed," she says.
Yeah. Me too.
So I have to wonder, has Mukasey been briefed of the use of the rack? Thumbscrews? The iron maiden? Hot iron pokers up the ass? If not, then would it be inappropriate to ask him whether he thought such methods were torture?
(Lawyers, Guns and Money)
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, traveling in the Middle East, called Mr. Musharraf’s move [in Pakistan] “highly regrettable,” while her spokesman, Sean D. McCormack, said the United States was “deeply disturbed.”
And over at the White House some guy named Gordon D. Johndroe is in charge. “This action is very disappointing,” he said.
Somebody named Teresita Shaeffer from someplace called the Center for Strategic and International Studies opines:
"They can’t just decide they’re going to blow off the whole country of Pakistan, because it sits right next to Afghanistan, where there are some 26,000 U.S. and NATO troops.”......all looking for some guys who are in, well, Pakistan. I mean, if you blow off Pakistan, Bunky, you're never gonna find 'em.
Inside the White House the hope is that the state of emergency will be short-lived and that General Musharraf will fulfill his promise to abandon his post as Army chief of staff ......and go back to being his old, lovable self.
Musharraf himself, meanwhile, is channeling Abraham Lincoln...
...citing the former president’s suspension of some rights during the American Civil War as justification for his own state of emergency.And in Karachi, reports The International News, most people "looked stupefied."
Welcome to the club.
(Three newspaper stories were killed in writing this post.)