I’ve told lots of people this story by K r i s t i n T h o m a s about her replacing her Tide with RIT dye to get back at the neighbors who were helping themselves to her detergent. Most of the people I tell it to are appalled (some have asked me if I heard it from one of my patients). But IMHO her whimsical vengefulness is justified well … not the least by the fact that her antagonists kept using the bottle with the dye in it again and again and again!
Day: June 25, 2001
Pentagon Study Casts Doubt on Missile Defense Schedule. ‘Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has indicated a willingness to
deploy a system before tests have been completed if an attack seems imminent,’ but here’s where we are so far:
‘…An October 1999 test in
which a Global Positioning System inside a mock warhead helped guide an
intercept missile toward a target over the Pacific…was successful, but two
more recent flight tests failed.
None of those tests used the kinds of sophisticated decoys that a real ballistic
missile would use to confuse an antimissile system, the report said. Instead, the
decoy in each test was a large balloon that did not look like a warhead and that
the kill vehicle’s sensors could easily distinguish from the target.
The report also asserted that the Pentagon had not even scheduled a test
involving multiple targets, the likely situation in an attack. And it found software
problems with a training simulator that made it appear as if twice as many
warheads had been fired at the United States as had been intended in a 1999
The simulator then fired interceptors at those “phantom tracks,” and operators
were unable to override it, the report said.’ New York Times
Birth in Boston Riches, Death in Idaho Ruins: “It was an unlikely ending for a man who
had been born into a Boston Brahmin
family, who had started out with money,
charm, status and an elite education. One of
the enduring American myths is that of the
pioneer who heads West and strikes it rich.
Michael McGuckin’s story is the opposite. He
came to Idaho with everything and lost it
all, leaving behind a penniless family that so
mistrusted outsiders that his children
barricaded themselves inside their squalid
house for five days while the international
news media camped down the road.” A descent into madness, perhaps potentiated by his multiple sclerosis, propels the tragic story. New York Times