Thursday, May 19, 2005

snoop blog redux

Instead of busily chiding NEWSWEEK for causing riots in Afghanistan, perhaps the White House could chide the rioters in Afghanistan.

No wait. Let’s blame the Internet!
Op-ed in today’s USA TODAY
“Newsweek's blunder fully exposed how explosive this is. The story was a relatively small one - part of the magazine's front-of-the-book "Periscope" roundup. The reference to the Koran was just 13 words. A few years ago, it would have drawn little notice.

“Instead, it helped spur a blaze of riots. Technology pushed it along: The item flashed via radios and the Internet, reaching places in the Muslim world once cloistered from news. Political figures and extremist agitators were quick to toss it into a tinder box of American hatred.”

Well, there’s another way to look at it dept.
"The crusaders' hag came to sully the land of the caliphate." - Al-Zarqawi on Condoleeza Rice

For you fun-loving conservatives of a scientific bent
“Now obviously we were not going to use an actual copy of the Quran for this test. For one thing, most of those things are quite heavy, being in hardback editions, mostly green, often with embossed covers, and we wanted to make this as fair a trial as possible. And for another, we have this odd desire to keep our heads attatched (sic) to our shoulders.”

Another Drudge scoop!
Announcing a new series called THE GHOST WHISPERER, a drama about a woman who communicates with dead people, that will replace JOAN OF ARCADIA, about a woman who communicates with God, CBS head Leslie Moonves said, "I think talking to ghosts will skew younger than talking to God."

Every time I hear the word “skew,” when applied to demographics, a shudder goes through me.

Quoted in the Washington Post: That darn Holocaust!
“We could really speed up the whole process of drug improvement if we did not have all the rules on human experimentation. If companies were allowed to use clinical trials in Third World countries, paying a lot of poor people to take risks that you wouldn't take in a developed country, we could speed up technology quickly. But because of the Holocaust ...”

-- Francis (END OF HISTORY) Fukuyama, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and director of the Human Biotechnology Governance Project.


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