Monthly Archives: March 2004

Rice will testify under oath after all. Good job, Bush. But it’s a little worrisome that to get her to testify, the commission had to promise not to ask anyone else to testify. One step forward, one step back.

More evidence that MP3 file-sharing increases the size of the market for music:

Even in the most pessimistic version of their model, they found that it would take about 5,000 downloads to displace sales of just one physical CD, the authors wrote. Despite the huge scale of downloading worldwide, that would be only a tiny contribution to the overall slide in album sales over the past several years, they said.

Moreover, their data seemed to show that downloads could even have a slight positive effect on the sales of the top albums, the researchers said.

Bush calls for high-speed internet for all Americans by 2007. He doesn’t say what he is going to do and I don’t know what the government can or should do about this, but I’m glad to see that he finally showed an interest in the internet. Apparently, Kerry is going to announce his broadband internet plans soon. Why is this a campaign issue?

George Mason University

My school has been Slashdotted.

God declared war on the US and Israel, according to the new Hamas leader. According to Pat Robertson, though, God wants Bush to win in 2004. Is God trying to create a war?!

When someone says that God told them something you agree with, that person is a spiritual leader. But if it’s something you don’t agree with, that person is a lunatic. Weird how that works. Kinda like everything: people only believe what they want to believe.

Vancouver

We got home from our mini-vacation in Vancouver yesterday. Ate lots of good food while we were there, including the best Greek food I’ve had in 8 years. Seattle is terrible for Greek food and it’s one thing I really miss from Washington, DC.

One thing that surprised me about Vancouver is the beer selection. Most restaurants have local beers, but none were that good. I ended up just having Stella Artois (Belgian beer in British Columbia; why not British beer?!) most of the time. Although we went to a couple brewpubs for good beer, Steamworks had the best beer and good pizza (but terrible terrible service at lunch time).

Richard Clarke makes serious allegations about the quality of our national security during the 9/11 hearings and the Bush Administration’s responses have all been to attack the person, not his assertions. And Condoleezza Rice goes on TV to criticize Clarke, but refuses to testify before the committee. We’re looking for the truth so we can protect the US in the future. You’re either with us or against us, Mr. Bush.

9/11 Hearings

We’ve been listening to and watching the 9/11 hearings going on in Washington this week. Maybe I’m getting old, but it’s very uncomfortable for me to listen to these people talk about killing people as if it’s nothing. Granted, they’re talking about killing people who want to kill people, but nevertheless…

I am simply bewildered that Condoleeza Rice is not testifying. Why?!

I think the Clinton Administration should have invaded Afghanistan in 1996 when Bin Laden declared war on the US.

I’m in Canada for a few days. Canadians like to point out that they are much more aware of world news than Americans. So I thought it was funny when we were in a pub yesterday and CNN was on one of the televisions talking about bombings in Baghdad. The other 5 televisions in the place were showing hockey games. The Canadian customers asked to change the CNN television that was showing “Breaking News” to another hockey game. :)

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
— Frank Zappa

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
— Ralph W. Sockman

Rumsfeld on 9/12: “Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq,” Clarke said. “We all said, ‘But no, no, al-Qaida is in Afghanistan.” Rumsfeld complained that “there aren’t any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.”

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