January 31, 2003

More On Sarah: Joe's favorite

More On Sarah: Joe's favorite "walking buddy" comes clean.

"I would never do anything that I wouldn't call and tell my mother about."
Her father is apparently another matter. When quizzed about his daughter's saucy spin in bondage and fetish filmdom, the beleaguered dad told Daily News reporters "I don't know anything about that," and hung up.

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Cook It To 175: The

Cook It To 175: The World Health Organization warns of attempts by terrorists to contaminate food supplies.

There has already been some examples of deliberate contamination of the food chain. It's only very few, but there has been some examples.

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More Time Suck: This is

More Time Suck: This is pure brilliance. Thanks to Audrey.

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Because Of Blogs, I'm Sure:

Because Of Blogs, I'm Sure: A new study shows internet use comes out of TV time ... TV is `casualty' of Internet use

The UCLA survey found that 70 percent of Americans now go online, spending an average of 11.1 hours a week -- up from 9.8 hours a year ago -- checking e-mail, reading news and doing research for work or school.

In the same period, television viewing among Internet users fell from an average 12.3 hours a week to 11.2 hours in 2002, the survey found. (Non-Internet users watched an average 16 hours of TV a week.)

The Internet has emerged as a dominant information source. Of those surveyed, 60.5 percent said they considered it an important or extremely important source of information -- ranking ahead of television, radio, newspapers and magazines.

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Even More Bad News For

Even More Bad News For Me: Science Daily reports findings from the University of Utah that Cell Phone Users Drive 'Blind' ... Hands-Free Phones Just As Bad As Hand-Held.

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She's Got Evan Tied Up

She's Got Evan Tied Up In Knots: Joe Millionaire just keeps getting better and better ... read what Smoking Gun has learned about Sarah. Too bad we couldn't have slapped some duct tape on Heidi ... (If you want to see the picks click here.)

The creative subtitling employed on Monday (Jan. 27) night's "Joe Millionaire" isn't the only thing scandalous about one of the finalists for Evan Marriott's affections. It seems that Sarah Kozer has a bit of a history with the old slap and tickle as well.

Although she is identified as being in "sales and design" on the FOX reality hit, website TheSmokingGun.com has learned that Kozer has had some previous camera time under the name of Cindy Schubert, including the light bondage films "Novices in Knots," "Hogtied" and "Helpless Heroines."

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January 30, 2003

Bad News For Us: Long

Bad News For Us: Long hours at computers may cause blood clots

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Greetings From Baghdad: Link over

Greetings From Baghdad: Link over to The New Yorker and see how things are on the other side (for visiting Americans).

Bianca Jagger, for her part, reports that she was able to feel the "warmth, hospitality, and openness of the Iraqi people, who expressed no hatred toward Americans."

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Show Of Loyalty: Today the

Show Of Loyalty: Today the Wall Street Journal published an Op/Ed letter from eight European leaders indicating support for the US policy in Iraq. For those who lack registered access to the Wall Street Journal on-line, here's a link to the letter on crosswalk.com.

The real bond between the United States and Europe is the values we share: democracy, individual freedom, human rights and the Rule of Law. These values crossed the Atlantic with those who sailed from Europe to help create the USA. Today they are under greater threat than ever.

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January 29, 2003

Worth The Read: The latest

Worth The Read: The latest from James Lileks and The Bleat

Let's say I'm a 44-year old Iraqi man with a two-year old girl and a wife who worked in the Ministry of Justice and came home every day weeping because someone else had been taken away, I would hear this speech and be filled with piercing fear and incandescent hope and the two emotions would wrestle every day until it was over. When you think about it, a postwar Iraq might actually be safer from WMD than New York City. Itíll be over for them.

Weíve no idea when itíll be over for us.

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Blogging For Dollars: From the

Blogging For Dollars: From the Guardian ... New biz on the blog

A growing number of entrepreneurs, media types and marketers have taken up blogging, in all senses of the word. And as they crank out their own daily contributions and links, they're starting to see blogging as a way to reach out to and research opinion formers, as a lesson in online media, and ultimately as a place they might eventually make a little money.

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Map It: Enjoy a fascinating

Map It: Enjoy a fascinating union of distributed computer networks and geography at Networldmap. Oman is closer than you think! Via asparagirl.

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Time Suck 2003: Head on

Time Suck 2003: Head on over to the Caption of the Day contest ... you'll be glad you did. Via Ipse Dixit

"Welcome to Tehran, Mrs. Albright."- Charles Austin

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Propaganda 1: The White House

Propaganda 1: The White House has a great page devoted to the SOTU address. What's neat is the way the White House communication office is positioning their spin as impartial journalism ... including headlines, captions, and a link to read the "full story." Gosh ... I almost felt like I was reading the New York Times ... (except for the fact that the SOTU isn't even above the fold on the Times' splash page).

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Taxing Mythology: Today a friend

Taxing Mythology: Today a friend forwarded this essay, which some of you may have already recieved. What's interesting is the history, which you can read at Snopes.

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this ...

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January 28, 2003

The Full Text: Here's the

The Full Text: Here's the transcript from whitehouse.gov--State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush (I'd have posted this sooner, but the Republicans had to first gratuitously supplement the text with applause notations.)

Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished citizens and fellow citizens: Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union.

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The Initiatives: For reference, click

The Initiatives: For reference, click here to see the official White House Fact Sheet with the initiatives W outlined in the SOTU.

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See The Spin: And we're

See The Spin: And we're off ... State of the Union Excerpts

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 28, 2003

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Facts Over Rhetoric: From tomorrow's

Facts Over Rhetoric: From tomorrow's Independent

The United States will publish new intelligence next week in an attempt to persuade sceptics at home and abroad that Iraq is still pursuing weapons of mass destruction and is systematically hiding evidence from United Nations inspectors.

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SOTU Musing 4-Product Placement: Wow

SOTU Musing 4-Product Placement: Wow ... with the long shot, now I see Joe and Hillary are in the second row, right behind the Joint Chiefs. How'd they get so lucky in scoring those great seats?

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SOTU Musing 3-I Think We

SOTU Musing 3-I Think We Found The Shill: This struck me during a candid of Tom Ridge early in the speech ... Tom and Walter: seperated at birth?

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SOTU Musing 2-The 2004 Democratic

SOTU Musing 2-The 2004 Democratic Ticket: The candid of Lieberman and Clinton (F) sitting together about minute 15 ... get used to that picture.

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SOTU Musing 1-The Nancy Pelosi

SOTU Musing 1-The Nancy Pelosi Smirk: Catch the great candid of Pelosi about minute 13 of the speech? If she had only just rolled her eyes like the rest of the Dems. Didn't anyone tell her in Minority Leadership School that the camera is always on?

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Listen Up: Peter Kenyon offered

Listen Up: Peter Kenyon offered a report this morning worth hearing. The line that stays: "Frustration ... frustration."

The Israeli army releases one of two Palestinian teenagers who broke into a Jewish settlement in early January. Recent attacks by young people have rekindled a debate among Palestinians, who say the attacks are fueled by the pressure of the Israeli occupation.

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McCain/Murphy in 2008: We find

McCain/Murphy in 2008: We find analogies in the most interesting places ... Copycat Candidates by Aaron Schatz. Thanks to Instapundit for the link.

Memo to the Democratic presidential contenders: Stop trying to be John McCain.

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Beer Good, Yahoo Bad: So

Beer Good, Yahoo Bad: So it wasn't just me. Check out how the viewers rated the Superbowl Ads at USATODAY.com. Here's a hint: Anheuser-Busch needs to bonus their agency.

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Call Him Tom: An easy

Call Him Tom: An easy reference for how to tell if your new cat is male: Cat Reference

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Warrants for War: Peggy Noonan

Warrants for War: Peggy Noonan can please as easily as she can sour. But she makes a strong case for a strong case in tonight's SOTU.

George W. Bush is being told by some pundits and others that ringing oratory is what he most needs in his State of the Union address tomorrow night. That is exactly wrong.

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For The Eyes: Read and

For The Eyes: Read and follow ... in the gray

You like links, and I like you. This is our compromise. See where you go, and we'll see where we'll go.

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Behold the power of the

Behold the power of the Japanese Emoticon: Once again, the Japanese take an American invention and trump us with innovation and ingenuity ... Japanese Smileys

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