A new study finds dogs have higher language and math skills than you’d think.
Lieberman, Hillary, and the Ghost of Gore…is this really what the Dems have to look forward to? I still might vote Kerrey, Edwards, Daschle, or Dean, but right now this DLC affair is definitely turning me off.
ESPN tries to reinvent the Knicks. Houston for Van Horn sounds better than any of the Sprewell trades I’ve been hearing.
An Australian research team may have pulled off a successful scramjet test, which, according to the article, would mean “one of the most significant technological advances since American Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier in 1947.” If nothing else, to be able to fly to Australia and back in two hours would be something else.
“The era of low standards and false profits is over…No boardroom in America is above or beyond the law.”. And with that, Bush signs the corporate reform bill. He then leaned into the microphone, made the Dubya face, and declared, “You can run but you can’t hide, Dick Cheney. We’re going to hunt you down like the agent of evil you are. You hear me talkin’, Halliburton boy?“
Sportsguy Bill Simmons pens the Michael Myers’ Sportscentury. Pretty lame, I know, but the Hubie Brown bit really cracked me up. “OK, you’re Michael Myers. You have a tremendous amount of upside for a serial killer, but you have to understand, you’ve been locked up for the past 15 years…“
Dem hopefuls line up to kow-tow to the DLC. You’d think given the current economic climate that some modicum of progressivism might take hold in the party of the Left. But, no, it’s “New Democrat” this and “Al Gore” that all over again.
The asteroid noted here last update will miss Earth in 2019, although it may be coming back circa 2060.
Elves going west, Bilbo writing, Isildur in trouble, and Gollum on a log(!), and that’s just the Fellowship stuff. TORN.net gets their hands on tons of precious stills from The Two Towers and the extended Fellowship [Spoilers, and, if you're keeping score, give yourself ten points.]
Harry at AICN says he’s got the goods on the World’s Finest casting…and it’s Jude Law as Superman and Colin Farrell at Batman. Unconventional choices, but I like ‘em.
Astronomers find a possible collision course asteroid hurtling toward us. Target date: 2.1.2019.
As per usual, I’m not sure which link I most want to jack from Quiddity…Farpark (Gotta love South Park Scorpy), or news of Romance and Cigarettes, the Coen-produced, Turturro-written musical.(Thanks, Megg.)
…cause your shopping habits are being monitored. I wonder what the Feds would think of my alarming intake of Red Bull and Mt. Dew Code Red.
The mystery of the red wine headache, via Follow Me Here. I’m definitely suffer from ‘em, which is why most of my drinking is confined to beer, whiskey, and other potables time-tested by my Gaelic forbears.
A three-day conference in Houston argues for a return to the Moon as an integral first step in Martian exploration.
The NBA and the Houston Rockets try to figure out how to market Yao Ming. Looks like Agassi’s just psyched Yao doesn’t play tennis.
By way of Lake Effect, Terry Gilliam’s sequel to Time Bandits is coming to television! (although someone else is directing.) And this was announced in May? The fanboy sites have been sleeping on this.
In the first big NBA deal since draft day, the Celtics trade underachieving head case PG Kenny Anderson for underachieving head case F Vin Baker. I dunno…but I’ll wager it was a terrible call for the Celts. I would have stuck with Rodney Rodgers, but perhaps Baker can turn it on in the East. At any rate, thank goodness the Knicks didn’t end up with him.
TNR explores how Dubya’s using your money to re-elect his brother (and keep the Florida machine greased for 2004.) Amazing how little we’ve heard about this considering all the treatment the FALN clemency story got during Hillary’s run. (Speaking of Hillary, my respect for her diminished further — it was already pretty low after the “somebody should kill Nader” bit on election night — when she got in a shouting match with Russ Feingold over campaign finance reform last week. Apparently, she’s already trying to find ways around the ban.)
What the World Thinks of America, from Gary Kamiya of Salon (premium). A fascinating read.
On a day which saw the stock market drop below 8000, Dubya (according to the Standard & Poors index, the worst President in 75 years) declares “the future’s gonna be bright.” Oh, good…I feel better already. As Time noted yesterday, “the President and congress appear to be zealously attacking corporate abuses the way Pilgrims would a dance hall. But get past the reformist posturing, and the proposed new laws add up to half-measures.
The plot thickens…just when the stock market really doesn’t need any more bad news, turns out Citigroup helped Enron evade the law to clear $125 million in debt. Shameful…struggle to get by, and Citibank screws you with exorbitant credit interest rates. Live on the high hog, and they cut you an (illegal) sweetheart deal. Update: J.P. Morgan is in the mix too.
The official Bob Dylan site announces he’ll be touring the US through the fall of 2002. Dates to follow. Apparently, Dylan’s also got a new song, “Waitin’ for You”, for the Ya-Ya soundtrack. Time to hit Kazaa.
Corporate Scandal Trading Cards…collect them all!
NYT editorialist Frank Rich deftly skewers Dubya yet again. “For [Bush's] first pitch, he appeared against a blue background emblazoned with the repeated legend ‘Corporate Responsibility.’ Next came a red backdrop, with ‘Strengthening Our Economy’ as the double-vision-inducing slogan. What will be strike three – black-and-white stripes and ‘Dick Cheney Is Not a Crook’? Maybe this rah-rah technique helped boost the numbers back when George W. Bush was head cheerleader in prep school. But he’s not at Andover anymore. Where his father’s rhetoric gave us a thousand points of light, his lopped a thousand points off the Dow.”