Good morning.

  • The Washington Times reports that Russia "almost certainly" moved the missing munitions, around which candidate JF Kerry is building his late campaign, from the Al-Qaqaa facility and into Syria.

    On Monday, I asked of the explosives: "Where are they? Syria?"
    "The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. [deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security John] Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."
    Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time, simply 'cos the Russians weren't ready.

    Of course, this can be dismissed as the pet theory of a member of the Bush Administration.

  • In making the point that a President JF Kerry would be as friendly to the British as is President Bush, Dr, Trevor McCrisken of the University of Warwick in England tells the BBC:
    "The French and Germans are not going to send troops [to Iraq]. Equally any British government would have to work with Washington and much of the policy will stay the same anyway."
    So Britain is counting on Kerry being a liar; or, rather, the recognize confidently that he is lying.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. government) has created a permanent panel on the ethics of vaccine distribution.
    [T]he group might eventually tackle the question of whether babies should have priority over the elderly in receiving the flu vaccine, or vice versa. Another question the panel might have to decide is whether, in the event of a pandemic, members of crucial professions - perhaps even undertakers - should receive priority.
    This is insane. The federal government has no moral or Constitutional role in distributing vaccine let alone determining the ethics thereof. There are natural mechanisms for such decisions if they are allowed freely to operate. Interference is an ethical dilemma unto itself.

  • Ever since I became a Yankees fan in the early '70s, I've known to wield the taunting chat "1918! 1918!" with its tremendous silencing power. Today, that chant is no more. I feel as if part of baseball has died.

    Boston is legit. Good job, Sox.

    Regarding that CDC panel, I agree with you that it's unnecessary and out of the lines. However, it looks good politically.

    On that note, you may enjoy this article from Popular Science:
    Worst Science Jobs II: Number 12 Congressional Science Fellow
    It's an exercise in futility

    By Blogger jaws, at October 28, 2004 at 3:15 PM  

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