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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Weekend Snippets and Comments

As Martin Luther King's birthday approaches, I am reminded of the Civil Rights marches I went on in the sixties; a time when we all thought we could change the world and make it a better place. MLK was an inspiration and a life to emulate. The I turn on the news and watch Bush stumble through an attempted rationale of Iraq and my heart bleeds.

The president of Bethune-Cookman college in Daytona Beach, Florida has ordered the removal of a Greek goddess that had stood on the grounds for 31 years concerned with its appropriateness. I'm not quite sure what he was afraid of (pardon the tailing preposition.)

You can now buy an RV for around $2 million that will protect you against chemical and biological warfare from the Parliament Coach Co. (also in Florida, what is in the water down there?) The article did not say whether a .50 caliber machine gun to protect it was included in the price.

To sign a petition supporting the repair and extension of life for the Hubble telescope, a truly marvelous instrument of knowledge, click here. For incredible images taken by Hubble, see this site.

Interesting article in the latest New Yorker ("Battle Lessons, January 17, 2005) about how the lower echelon battlefield commanders are using the Web to help disseminate lessons learned on the battlefield in Iraq. Also an interesting comment by Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinsecki in 2000 that about half of a soldier's training was "meaningless and 'non-essential.' " Fascinating. Thank goodness that former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown is no longer in charge of the New Yorker. David Remnick has done a great job returning it to a journal of record, eliminating most of the silly celebrity crap that Tina wallowed in. (Oops, another hanging preposition.) That magazine, along with the Atlantic, has become essential reading.
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