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Today in the Bush-Iraq Quarrel:

UK Saudi Envoy Says Bush ‘Obsessed’ with Iraq

“Any U.S. war against Baghdad would come from a nation hungry for revenge led by a president “obsessed” with Iraq and is bound to end in tragedy, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to London said Thursday.”

On Reuters

Clinton: Get bin Laden before pursuing Saddam

On Yahoo! News

Bush Officials Say the Time Has Come for Action on Iraq

In almost identical language that signaled a coordinated campaign, the vice president and others cited Saddam Hussein’s efforts to increase Iraq’s arsenal.

On New York Times: International News

Saddam’s Alleged Mistress Says He Met Bin Laden

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein met Osama bin Laden on two occasions and gave money to the al Qaeda leader in 1996, a woman who claims to be a long-time mistress of the Iraqi leader told ABC News.

On Yahoo! News – Most-emailed Content

Canada Won’t Back U.S. Strike on Iraq – Manley

Canada will not back the United States if it decides to launch a pre-emptive strike to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister John Manley said on Sunday in an interview during CTV’s “Question Period.”

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Ex-weapons inspector: Iraq not a threat

On CNN

U.S. Envoy Zinni Urges Caution over Iraq Action

On Reuters Top News

Iraq Denies Seeking Nuke Materials

Iraq denied reports it is trying to collect material for nuclear weapons and building up sites once targeted by U.N. inspectors, saying Sunday the claims were lies spread by the United States and Britain to justify an attack.

On AP World News

Iraq Defiant After Bush-Blair Summit

On Reuters Top News

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Public Lettering:



A walk in central London: “This site is based on a walk by Phil Baines for his graphic design students which was then written up for the 1997 ATypI conference. The text has been updated and expanded to include other examples. This walk concentrates on larger examples of public lettering and doesn’t mention incidentals – stop–cocks, manholes, dates on buildings, builders marks, &c – of which there is much en route. Much of the pleasure of this kind of walk, is finding things yourself. Although also ‘public’, it entirely ignores advertising hoardings, store signs and most corporate identities as these are usually approached as pieces of graphic design rather than opportunities for specialist, site–specific lettering.”

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Religion isn’t nice. It kills

Polly Toynbee: “The final answer is no. A letter (apparently) from the BBC governors has finally refused the modest request of the National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association and 100 other signatories (I was one), that non-religious thinkers should contribute to Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today programme. No, the governors have decided that creationist fruitcakes have “thoughts” of more depth and resonance than moral philosophers who lack the requisite superstition. Maybe the competition would be too daunting. Woolly homilies from carefully selected moderate pulpits might sound a little weak when challenged by hard thought. Nor might their emotions stand comparison with poets or secular writers. Benjamin Zephaniah versus the Bishop of the Day? No contest.” Guardian UK [thanks, Richard]

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Religion isn’t nice. It kills

Polly Toynbee: “The final answer is no. A letter (apparently) from the BBC governors has finally refused the modest request of the National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association and 100 other signatories (I was one), that non-religious thinkers should contribute to Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today programme. No, the governors have decided that creationist fruitcakes have “thoughts” of more depth and resonance than moral philosophers who lack the requisite superstition. Maybe the competition would be too daunting. Woolly homilies from carefully selected moderate pulpits might sound a little weak when challenged by hard thought. Nor might their emotions stand comparison with poets or secular writers. Benjamin Zephaniah versus the Bishop of the Day? No contest.” Guardian UK [thanks, Richard]