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A Day With(out) Weblogs. 12/01/00
The largest adolescent-health study ever conducted in the United States has concluded that generally accepted risk factors account for only 5% of high-risk behavior in teens. The real culprits? Failure in school and excessive unsupervised time spent with friends.
'French and Kenyan scientists have unearthed fossilized remains of mankindís earliest known ancestor that predate previous discoveries by more than 1.5 million years, the team announced today'
In a bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing is improving its public toilets.
The banana seat, the cab-over-engine truck, and the fabulous pursuit plane were all designed by one of last century's preeminent designers, Viktor Schreckengost, finally recognized in the Cleveland Museum retrospective of his work. It's fun and amazing, and not to be missed.
An individual who needs to spend extravagant amounts of money to have someone else manufacture a unique experience for him doesn't have the imagination God gave little birds.
GOP faithful in Washington State are hopping mad that $1.5 million of their contributions were not spent to persuade 2000-odd more voters to vote for Slade Gorton. The state Republican Chairman did buy a nice office building, though. 12/07/00
When Justin Meyer's mother received a $174,000 settlement in the death of her son, his deadbeat dad got half of the estate. For a minute. 12/07/00
In Montana, someone has managed to reduce the meaning of Christmas to Santa Claus, and then strip that of magic. 12/07/00
Does this look to anyone else like an advertisement for a really, really bad sitcom? Oh, wait. 12/07/00
Colonel Klink Is Dead. Did you know that Werner Klemperer was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany? 12/08/00
Grrrl News: 'Fifty women bared their buttocks in protest at the seizure of land in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, by the brother of King Mswati III. The sight of a woman's buttocks is a strong insult in Swazi culture.' (via the guardian weblog) 12/08/00
Received in email today: 'that heather sure is a top gal.' Why yes, yes she is. For a million reasons, among them, helping me stuff my favorite stocking this year. 12/11/00
Hunter Kelly Russell was shot by his dog Stinky while tracking wild pigs. Really. And make special note of the illustration accompanying this story. (Thanks, Danny!) 12/12/00
Voter fraud in the USA? The preponderance of the problem lies more with the problems attending various voting technologies. (Thanks, Jim!) 12/12/00
Attorney Joseph Klock should have followed the advice commonly given to those arguing cases before the US Supreme Court: if you're not sure of a justice's name, don't use it.
The striking workers of the Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer have banded together to continue doing their jobs with the Seattle Union Record. I was just noticing what a nice page it is. Easy to navigate, news headlines with brief summaries, providing me with same exact experience I have with a newspaper: I scan the headline and the first paragraph to see if I want to read the rest of the story. I wish the major news outlets would take a lesson from this site. 12/13/00
I'm a little disappointed; I thought our Constitution was designed to protect us from just this sort of power grab. I guess no constitution can stop time. And I suppose that we'll survive four years with Cheney at the steering wheel; it's certainly a better prospect than if GWB were trying to run things himself.
So, until ABCNews.com gets rid of that evil popup advert on their front page, I suggest you go to their quick news page if you want to patronize them. 12/13/00
'Itís against federal law for employers to exclude contraceptives from their health insurance plans when they cover other preventive treatments, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday.' Never mind the Viagra angle. Has anyone ever heard of a health insurance plan that didn't cover pregnancy and well baby care? And the comparative cost of those things would be.... I would think it would have been in the insurance company's economic interests to do this long ago. 12/15/00
I forgot to mention the surprise I received last week. Out of the blue, a package from amazon arrived with my name on it. Sent by that sweetest of men Dan, just because. I'm looking forward to passing the kindness forward.... (oh, and here is his ingenious plan for buying a stranger something that is not on their wishlist.) 12/15/00
Mob sperm illegally smuggled from prison. 12/15/00
The Guardian asks an interesting question: past periods of wide political division in the US were the result of great civil unease. This election has uncovered a vast cultural division between Americans, but what is the cause? 12/15/00
AR Connor was drinking a nice glass of water while the trees he had bulldozed, burned, when suddenly a WWII rocket he had uncovered exploded. 12/15/00
Can you get your hands on the January Harpers? I cannot agree more strongly with Lewis Lapham in his current Notebook:
Oh, I wish they would do this wherever I may be! Local businesses in Oxford Street, London, want to create a speed lane where slow-walking pedestrians would be fined. 12/19/00
Bad News/Good News: An instructor at a military shooting range ordered members of the South African National Defense Forceís National Ceremonial Guard to shoot targets depicting black leaders; they refused. 12/19/00
'Mayor Roman Cruz Mejia likes new President Vicente Fox's promises to reduce corruption and improve services to Mexicans. But he knows that Fox doesn't have the money to turn all his promises into deeds. So here in this pretty valley city south of the capital, famous for its December poinsettias, Cruz has taken matters into his own hands: He is printing his own money.' 12/19/00
What will the world tomorrow look like? According to the National Intelligence Council, AIDS, tuberculosis, and water will loom large in 2015; oh, and this little thing:
Scottish scientists are ahead of the curve in response to the projected water shortages. Adding to the world's store of glowing green products, they've perfected a potato that will glow bright green when it needs water. 12/19/00
Have I ever mentioned that I have a tendency to imagine the worst thing that can happen to me, and either plan accordingly, or just kick back and enjoy the drama? For example, I have just completed a plan of action in case I learn that I have early-onset Alzheimers. (I may have to revise this one: my sister insists that it is deeply flawed.)
Placing on its head the common notion that Mayan cities consisted of a central palace surrounded by the have-nots, a team of archaeologists has proposed that Mayan cities instead followed a pattern similar to modern urban models: a rich central district, poor surroundings, and well-to-do suburbs. [NY Times: rebeccas_pocket, password: pocket] 12/20/00
Equity for women? Not quite yet. A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans still prefer to have boys. 12/20/00
I always just sort of wonder what kind of man thinks that a woman will agree to abide by the result of a duel for her hand. Or why anyone would think she'd even be interested in either guy after they decided they could fight, and one of them would "win" her. 12/20/00
It's that time of year again. Happy Holidays to everyone, and my most heartfelt thanks for making this such a good year for me.
Boys are the stronger sex, no? No. In fact, they require the same gentle care given to their sisters. 12/22/00
Though she's avoided any cockney inflections, over time Queen Elizabeth II's accent is becoming a little more common. 12/22/00
I found a site through my referrers last night that had all the male-edited weblogs in one column, and all the female-edited weblogs in another. The lists were of equal length, it's just that they were separate.