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The disclosure of several new heretofore secret Justice Department memos [New York Times editorial] shows the lengths to which Janet Reno went to protect Al Gore and other senior administration officials from a thorough-going independent inquiry into alleged campaign finance improprieties. And all the time you watched the administration fretting about the impeachment inquiry, its senior members were probably laughing up their sleeve that that’s all the country was agonizing over. And now the only choice you have beyond Dubya is their poster boy?? (It’s getting to that quadrennial point where I begin to toy with the idea of emigrating again…but where?)

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U.S. Sets Another Record for Winter Warmth: the average winter temperature in the 48 contiguous states was the warmest in 105 years. Twenty of the last thirty years have been above the century’s average; and each of the past three years has seen a briefer warmer winter than the last. [New York Times]

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The disclosure of several new heretofore secret Justice Department memos [New York Times editorial] shows the lengths to which Janet Reno went to protect Al Gore and other senior administration officials from a thorough-going independent inquiry into alleged campaign finance improprieties. And all the time you watched the administration fretting about the impeachment inquiry, its senior members were probably laughing up their sleeve that that’s all the country was agonizing over. And now the only choice you have beyond Dubya is their poster boy?? (It’s getting to that quadrennial point where I begin to toy with the idea of emigrating again…but where?)

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U.S. Sets Another Record for Winter Warmth: the average winter temperature in the 48 contiguous states was the warmest in 105 years. Twenty of the last thirty years have been above the century’s average; and each of the past three years has seen a briefer warmer winter than the last. [New York Times]

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A searing, riveting film I just watched: Bryan Singer’s 1998 Apt Pupil with Ian McKellen as the ex-Nazi war criminal next door and Brad Renfro as the high school student who attempts to control him with the knowledge of his identity. Except for a spluttering performance by the risible David Schwimmer…

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Someone pointed me to this gentleman’s main webpage, which documents his collection of chopsticks. However, the real gem is this sidelight, the Gallery of the Absurd: “This site is dedicated to exposing absurdity hiding in such obvious places that nobody seems to notice!…These are all my own photographs* taken in public places mostly in the Boston area. They are 100% real and

not digitally manipulated. I’ve been capturing images like this for many years, to document things that strike

me as odd or bizarre, or just plain stupid.”

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Chrissie Hynde and three others were arrested for protesting in the window of a Gap clothing

store against what she said was the clothing chain’s use of leather from cows slaughtered in India, where cattle are

sacred. Despite the company’s claims that the “Made in India” labels in its leather jackets did not mean that the leather originates in India, Hynde stated “India does not import leather, and it is the largest exporter of leather in the world….So it seems highly unlikely that the Gap buys its leather from America, where the slaughterhouse practices are considered humane

and legal, and send the leather to India, stitch up the jacket and send it back to America.”

PETA director Dan Mathews said Gap was buying its leather ”from a black market … where it’s illegal to kill cows. And they have

assumed no responsibility.”

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Clues to sleep disorders may lie in the flies: Recent research by Dr. Giulio Tononi and colleagues at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego suggests that flies must rest to perform their biological functions, like higher animals. The rest periods of flies share important attributes with mammalian (and human) sleep. This finding provides ‘…“the opportunity to employ fly genetics to figure out the function of sleep and

to develop new, safe drugs for improving sleep as well as vigilance,” Tononi explained.

The fruit fly apparently “shares a sophisticated brain function with us,” Tononi said. “However, the

difference between what goes on in the brain of a fly and a human when they are asleep, is probably as

large as the difference between what they think when they are awake,” he added wryly.’

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Unheeded warnings: Predictions by a climatologist from the University of Zululand in South Africa of floods in Mozambique were ignored. Flood damage could have been reduced if dam managers in the region had begun to empty their reservoirs sooner.

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A searing, riveting film I just watched: Bryan Singer’s 1998 Apt Pupil with Ian McKellen as the ex-Nazi war criminal next door and Brad Renfro as the high school student who attempts to control him with the knowledge of his identity. Except for a spluttering performance by the risible David Schwimmer…

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Someone pointed me to this gentleman’s main webpage, which documents his collection of chopsticks. However, the real gem is this sidelight, the Gallery of the Absurd: “This site is dedicated to exposing absurdity hiding in such obvious places that nobody seems to notice!…These are all my own photographs* taken in public places mostly in the Boston area. They are 100% real and

not digitally manipulated. I’ve been capturing images like this for many years, to document things that strike

me as odd or bizarre, or just plain stupid.”