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Zimbabwe Goes Offline

Web surfers in Zimbabwe got a rude surprise today when an international satellite firm basically shut down the country’s Internet access after the government failed to pay a $700,000 bill. More. (Via boingboing.net)

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Hugo Chavez at the U.N.
From culturefreak.com

At U.N., Chavez Calls Bush ‘The Devil’

Maybe it’s time for you vacationers to cancel those travel plans to Venezuela…
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Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


California's Governor
sciam.com

GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


tank in Bangkok
Bangkokpost.net

Thai Coup Leader Promises Deadline

Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led a military coup in Thailand on Tuesday against controversial Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has promised to relinquish power in two weeks.  After declaring martial law and abolishing every branch of the democratically elected government, the military announced it would appoint an interim prime minister and legislature that would draft a new constitution, with an election to be held in one year.

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Bush at the U.N.
From CNN

First Reaction to Bush’s Speech

Speaking to the people of Afghanistan during his speech at the U.N. this afternoon, President Bush lauded his administration for toppling the Taliban and erecting a free government in their place. He then proceeded to paper over the small inconvenient truth that the Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan and operating with impunity.

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Clinton Sick of Rove?s B.S.

The Huffington Post has a nice roundup of Bill Clinton gems gleaned from a massive New Yorker piece by David Remnick.  After spending some quality time with the former president, Remnick was able to extract some surprisingly frank comments, including: ?I am sick of Karl Rove’s bulls—t.?

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Bush Caves on Torture Rules

Only last week, the president drew a line in the sand over his proposed interrogation rules, threatening to cancel the CIA interrogation program altogether if a trio of rebellious Republicans refused to pass his version.  In a total reversal, the Bush administration has reestablished talks with the defiant senators, hoping to work out a deal and pass the stalled legislation.

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We’re in Iran Right Now, Says Retired Colonel

A former Air Force colonel said on CNN that the U.S. is currently conducting military operations inside Iran. But his evidence seems weak, and we don’t want to make a big deal out of it.

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Halliburton to Wounded Employee: You’ll Get a Medal—If You Don’t Sue

How’s this for corporate responsibility? Halliburton told one of its employees who was wounded while working in Iraq that it would nominate him for the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart—if he promised not to sue the company. He didn’t sign; he got the medal anyway; and he’s suing Halliburton. (h/t: Huff Po)

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Terror odds
From Wired News

Terrorism in Perspective

Wired News put together a chart that compares the odds of being killed by a terrorist in the United States to other causes of death. Apparently, we’re much more likely to die from hernia.

  • Or, as Nora Ephron put it in “Sleepless in Seattle”: It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband when you’re over the age of 40.

  • Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


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