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Archive for July, 2006
The military is virtually closing the secretive defense complex carved into Cheyenne Mountain that for decades has monitored North American skies for threats, a newspaper reported.
The Denver Post reported late Thursday that the North American Aerospace Defense Command operations center will be moved to nearby Peterson Air Force Base, which is home to the U.S. Northern Command created after the Sept. 11 attacks.
No, this must not be allowed. Cheyenne Mountain is just too cool to be mothballed. Besides, where will WOPR live now? You know how cranky he gets if he doesn’t have someone to play chess with.
A rise in young people carrying mobile phones and MP3 players is being blamed for street robberies and muggings jumping by 8% last year.
So young people are using mobile phones and MP3 players to rob people? Hmm. That introduction doesn’t make much sense. Let’s read on:
The latest crime figures include a 10% rise in gunpoint robberies.
"This is largely driven by a rise in the numbers of young people carrying expensive goods, such as mobile phones and MP3 players," he said.
Ahh, I see. So the real reason for the 8% jump in robberies and muggings is more armed thugs with guns. Which, in turn, is caused by ridiculously lax policing, a populace that’s been disarmed and forbidden to own guns, and laws that are just as likely to prosecute the victim if they use a weapon to defend themselves.
But fixing those laws and admitting that their gun control policies doesn’t work is really hard, and also kind of embarassing for the BBC since they’ve advocated those policies for decades. So instead we’ll write our story to blame the robbery victims for daring to be so bold as to carry "expensive" things like mobile phones and MP3 players while walking around in public. Stupid victims!
Tell me the truth. Are you a whining, undisciplined bohemian of questionable character, or a merciless authoriarian just itching to take over and make those damn trains finally run on time? Take The F Scale test and all will be revealed!
I’m not so sure about the likes of you, but my score is a highly respectable 3.2: "You are disciplined but tolerant; a true American."
Sounds about right.
via Dean (who’s a good sort, despite his pitiful 2.8)
The 70’s were far from perfect, but the decade had its moments. Say what you will about the excesses of disco, but there was some fine music to be found. For example,things got mighty funky when Stevie Wonder visited Sesame Street and went all out with an awesome live performance. Dig it.