December 30th, 2006

Saddam is killed: AP spews propaganda

Hmmm, when my S.O. brought up a Yahoo page on her computer last night she said, “read the first paragraph of this story.” I read the text on the computer screen out loud:

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

Huh??? “Saddam..led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.” ???? I’m flumoxed; this is simply not true. Did I miss something?

Here is an assortment of leads from the AP writer(s) that penned the B.S. quoted above, CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and/or CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, I’ve included time stamps (via Lexus/Nexus Academic) so we can see the evolution of AP’s leads.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 4:49 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday, Iraqi state-run television reported.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:04 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:19 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. A witness said he was composed in his last moments.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:21 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:34 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 6:19 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. On the gallows, Saddam refused to wear a hood and shouted: “God is great.”

December 30, 2006 Saturday 6:40 AM GMT

In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into two disastrous wars with the United States and left the country and its people in utter chaos.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 7:16 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 7:43 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 9:59 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

December 12th, 2006

The classical radio station

Classical KUSC is the largest non-profit classical music station in the country, and Southern California’s heritage classical radio station. Dedicated to preserving classical music as a living art, Classical KUSC uses digital transmission technology to broadcast commercial-free, uninterrupted performances to up to ? million listeners each week. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the listener-supported station has been broadcasting for 60 years. Classical KUSC is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California.

Love it. Here’s the link and here the stream.

December 10th, 2006

The Ultimate Rejection Letter

Ok, ok, corny as hell, I know, but this one made me laugh this morning.

Herbert A. Millington
Chair – Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.
Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.
Sincerely,
Chris L. Jensen

As did this one:

Treated like family

December 6th, 2006

The pictures that got zapped

A few years ago I bought a Minolta Dimage 600 digital camera. Simple small cool thing, not too bad. Back then it came with a 128 MB SD card, and as my family shoots pix like crazy, a few weeks ago I bought a 2 GB card, which made everybody happy. Yesterday disaster struck. As we had had a local thingy called Sinterklaas here (mix Xmas and thanksgiving and you have kinda the idea) there were 300 pix sitting on the card, a blazing 15% hehe. I said “oh, let me unload it”, took it out of the camera, into the external card reader and did a mindless (mistake #1) copy – paste to the network drive. Shoved it back into the camera, where it said “cannot read data”, so (mistake #2) I reformatted and it was happy again. Happened before, no big deal. Yet.

Next I notice the last pic on the network is about halfway of what it should be. The last file copied is 0 bytes long. Uh oh. Now I am in BIG trouble. Spent till 1:30 AM to try to recover, downloaded (and payed, mistake #2.5) for 2 forensic recovery tools, and I save a few pix more, but not really. I am in BIGGER trouble. I decide to let the better tool run during the night, but when I woke up, it had locked up and recovery had stalled. I am in BIGGEST trouble.
This morning I had a mindwave. What if it weren’t the camera or the card, but the rather old reader? Last straw. So, instead of using the reader, I hooked up the camera, shoved in this card, connected it though a USB cable and started with making a raw image copy of the card, as analysing on the card would certainly not last the camera’s battery. Then let the pattern-seeker plow through the 2GB file. Bingo!!!!!!

Want advice for a situation like this? WinHex, really,  although a tad steep to use. The other software, MediaUndelete, although slicker didn’t even come close. These guys at X-Ways are going to get a real nice letter. Oh, and now, I am going to get a sledgehammer and trash that card reader. Be right back.

update: done!

December 5th, 2006

Congratulations – continued

John Bolton resigned, as the chance was an absolute zero to get pass the senate. I am pretty sure Bush is about the only person in the world pinking away a tear or two about this. It’s good somebody addresses the corruption and money-wasting in the UN, but decapitating and behaving like a true a$$ only to gain more influence on the world-scene, which IMHO is the only reason why the president praised him, is too much. Bye John. Nobody will miss you.

December 1st, 2006

The secret prisons – continued

Let me try to translate and condense this newspaper item, which I am pretty sure did not run on your end.

In the first half of this year, European Union chair Austria  proposed to the the US in a meeting with John Bellinger to make some sort of arrangement for the so callled “renditions”, the secret transport of terror-suspects. Bellinger answered the US needed to “think about it”.

According to a EU Parliament member, high EU officials, a.o. foreign affairs coordinator Javier Solana have withhelt information. “There has been structural talks between the EU and th eUS about this”, where Solana had mentioned the subject was only touched once and with Condolica Rice.

A commision concluded some member states administrations must have known about the existence of those prisons, naming the UK, Poland, Italy and Germany. There is “serious circumstancial evidence there was a secret [CIA] prison in Poland. Also, there have been at leats 1245 secret transport flights over EU territory.

Solana and the Dutch EU anti-terror coordinator de Vries are said to have have insufficiently cooperated with the comission.
A rather vague newsitem, but something is cooking IMHO. I wrote about this earlier.
December 1st, 2006

The murdered kid

This sort of news always gets to me. In a small town, about 70 miles traveling from where I live, an 8 year old kid was stabbed in the school by a 22 year old man. There is (yet) no link found between the victim and the murderer. A sad day.

December 1st, 2006

The starfish story

A client of mine, a large multinational, uses The Starfish Story (adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley) to illustrate it’s internal values. As I understand it has been running around the internet for a long time, but for me it was new and I like it.

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

We can only make this world a better place one step at a time.

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