Weird Sunset: “On June 10, 2002, something extraordinary will happen to the setting Sun

over North America.” NASA

Looking beyond the rhetoric:

“The leaderships on both sides cannot resist playing politics. They cater to certain lobbies or create a camouflage of words to disguise their real intent. President Pervez Musharraf in his speech uses strong words against India essentially to negate an impression that he is giving in to Indian or international pressure on the issue of infiltration. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been threatening war for some time now without any serious hostile action on the ground. He needs to appear tough to an Indian public angry after terrorist attacks on Parliament and in Jammu. The real action if any is behind the scenes with diplomatic exchanges taking place under the watchful eyes of America.” –Shafqat Mahmood, former Pakistani gov’t official. Rediff.com

Thank heavens for small miracles:

Inmate Whose Lawyer Slept Gets New Trial: “The Supreme Court, acting in a case that has come to crystallize arguments over the adequacy of legal representation in death penalty cases, today let stand an appellate ruling that a Texas death row inmate is entitled to a new trial because his lawyer fell asleep repeatedly during his original trial.”NY Times At least he’s still alive for another chance…