AFTER-WORD – Thursday, November 18, 2004

  • We remember when his wife expressed Bill Clinton's regret that September 11 did not happen on his watch; they believed it would have catapulted him into greatness. At today's giant photo op in Little Rock, Clinton expressed his won regret that he did not have the "historic opportunity" now in front of President Bush to help fashion a peace in the Middle East. He washed, in essence, that Yasser Arafat had died four years sooner.

    Four countless murdered innocents, would that he had died forty years sooner.

  • Arthur Chrenkoff looks at the argument that it was America's fault that Margaret Hassan was murdered by mutants:
    If I understand it correctly, Mrs Hassan was killed by her captors because they didn't manage to pass her onto Al Zarqawi, because presumably Al Zarqawi was too preoccupied fighting Americans in Fallujah. It sounds like a bit too much wishful thinking to rely on Al Zarqawi's innate goodness to build up your hopes."
    On the face, it doesn't make much sense to me either.

  • According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, company founder Bill Gates "literally receives 4 million pieces of e-mail per day, most of it spam." Of course, Gates never sees it:
    Ballmer said Microsoft has special technology that just filters spam intended for Gates. In addition, several Microsoft employees are dedicated to ensuring that nothing unwanted gets into his inbox.

    "Literally there's a whole department almost that takes care of it," he said.
    Which validates my theory that only little people receive spam.

  • I'm listening to Guillame Dufay's Missa L'homme arme. This is celestial vocal material, and it is intriguing that it was written over 500 years ago. It puts things like filibusters and ecosystems in perspective.


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