Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sleep tight

Five of the western world's most senior military officers and strategists have issued a 150-page memo stating that the west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the "imminent" spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. The five commanders argue that the west's values and way of life are under threat, but the west is struggling to summon the will to defend them.

Innocent little me, I thought not starting wars is a part of "the west's values and way of life". Hmm: war is peace. That has a faintly familiar ring.

One of the authors stated that "Proliferation is spreading and we have not too many options to stop it. We don't know how to deal with this." Nato needs to show "there is a big stick that we might have to use if there is no other option", he said.

It brings to mind the old saying that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Great Britain is being made aware that its new (and silly) vote-by-mail system is wide open to "childishly simple" fraud. That's the big difference between them and the U.S.: they're aware of it.

The Washington Post has more on the Bush administration's grotesque mismanagement of email record-keeping. And you thought a missing 18 minutes was important . . . .

It's sad when medical researchers on literally vital projects act like vain little children.

Glenn Greenwald has another good post on the spinelessness (and thus folly) of the Democratic leadership. As he points out,
Here we have a perfect expression of the most self-destructive Democratic disease which they seem unable to cure. More than anything, they fear looking "weak." To avoid this, they "cave" and surrender and capitulate and stand for nothing. As a result, they are, as here, endlessly described in the media as "caving" and surrendering. As a result, they look (and are) weak. It's a self-destructive cycle that has no end.

It's been a while since our last bit of Giuliania, so have a look at this post, "Rudy Giuliani is Just Evil". The man is simply beyond adequate description.

The New York Times has more on the item I noted the other day, President Cheney Bush giving the Navy a waiver of laws so it can torture whales at its convenience.

The other day I mentioned the administration's harassment of space scientists; today we can read about its harassment of Arctic scientists. The GOP boys are equal-opportunity science-haters: after all, facts keep getting in the way of making the obscenely rich even richer, so muzzle those jerks who keep finding all those naughty facts. Besides, they're probably Democrats anyway.

Fine, so after years of taking supplementary Vitamin E, we gave it up when it was reported to have effects not beneficial but actually pernicious. Now a new study tells us that if we don't have plenty of Vitamin E, we'll age much worse. I understand the general problems of science and research, but could we not get a little better focussed here?

I am getting so tired of the endless armchair pontifications about steroids and baseball. Why can't even one of these loudmouths bother to do a simple Google for some facts before setting fingers to keyboard? (I know, I know, union rules.)

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