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The Cody Blog: June 2005

Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Cody News (June 30, 2005)

Who've I been kidding with calling this The Cody News "Daily"?

Time Will Comply With Order to Hand Over Documents (Update2)
Bloomberg - 30 minutes ago
June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Time Inc. said it will comply with a court order demanding the magazine publisher hand over documents that may identify the person who leaked the name of a CIA operative. The decision ...
Tough, tough situation. CIA operatives need protection, obviously. And while so too do reporters' sources, there's a fine line between giving up relevant and needed info and risking the lives of people for the sake of politics, which is what this case appears to be.

Too much fortress, not enough beauty
Chicago Tribune - 4 hours ago
NEW YORK -- Great skyscrapers, especially in this city of party-hat towers, meet the sky and the ground with unforgettable aesthetic flourish. But the redesigned Freedom Tower at ground zero, which likely ...
I was involved with 9/11 at the WTC. And, frankly, I just couldn't care less what the hell they do with it. Hurry up and spend some tax dollars and enrich some cronies and get on with it.

Apple Takes Podcasting Mainstream With iTunes 4.9
GeekCoffee - 25 minutes ago
With the release of iTunes 4.9 this week, Apple users now have access to subscribe to over 3,000 free Podcasts, and even have the ability to have each new episode automatically delivered over the internet to update their computer and iPod. ...
Stay tuned -- The Cody Cast is coming soon.

Model Turned Bounty Hunter Dies
WPVI - 1 hour ago
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA-June 30, 2005 — Domino Harvey has died. She was 35. She was a model who dramatically switched careers and became a bounty hunter. Her life is the basis of the upcoming action movie called ...
Some wild and crazy characters in this world.

Canada to curb drug exports to US
BBC News - 3 hours ago
Canada is to impose restrictions on the export of prescription drugs to US citizens, who pay less for them abroad than they do at home. The US has the highest drug prices in the world, leading many citizens to order their supplies from Canada. ...
Export to import to lower prices -- recall that this was actually a topic of debate in the Presidential election. And people wonder why I am so anti-partisan. That either party even considers any of this export to import to lower prices thing as anything but ludicrous just about says it all.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Nothingness from Cruise

Regular readers know my stance on mental health prespription drugs -- they're not good for us. It's normal to be sad, depressed, happy, anxious, nervous, etc. Those emotions are part of life.

But if you're going to get into a debate on national TV about specifics, you better have more to say than "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." And then repeatedly use "I've researched it" as the basis of your argument.

No substance to Tom Cruise's statements at all.

And the kicker was when he called Lauer "glib". Pot, kettle, black, anyone?

Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Iraq War: Right, Wrong, and Rights

I've been commenting in recent Cody News about how I think the US is going to have start some sort of new initiative to counter the ever-escalating degree and number of attacks against our troops, and especially the terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people.

I've found some of the comments from readers regarding those posts rather shocking, as it seems some people think that any acknowledgement of the horrid problems that we're now facing in Iraq somehow equates to being against the Iraq war in principle.

To be clear, I'm not overly opposed to the concept of us having gone in and getting rid of that horrible, racist, genocide-perpetrating dictator who was running what was a hellhole of a nightmare place on this planet. From a broader perspective, of course, there's the question of whether the US should ever use military force against a country that's not a direct threat, and it certainly does appear that Iraq was not a direct threat to the US.

That said, the US needed to go into the Middle East and shake things up. The horrible, violent, vicious dictatorships there (including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and every single non-democratic/non-capitalist government in the area -- all dictatorships are violent and vicious by definition, as it takes the threat (or use) of guns against the citizenship to maintain power in a dictatorship) have been able to stay in -- and increase -- their power because of their huge oil reserves (which should belong to individuals and not governments). Those dictatorships' nations are a breeding ground for hate and anger, and not just against the US, but against all society, including their own governments. Clearly, as the US learned on 9/11, that hatred can carry beyond their own borders and onto US soil.

Rather than simply judging this Iraq war on the merits of whether or not our own administration mislead us (certainly there is evidence, though not conclusive, of this, along with as cited in this article, of utter cluelessness), or whether we've got enough troops and security in the country yet (which we clearly do not, given the horrendous escalation of violence there), the ultimate judging will come in another ten or twenty years. Certainly, given the fact that we've not had another major terrorist attack in this country since 9/11, our government has done something right, at least here in the near term. And certainly, the Iraqi people have the opportunity to have a better life (heck a right to life at all) now that the mass murderer who used to terrorize their every minute and movement is gone. However, that doesn't mean it will ultimately turn out to be a better life for them. Just that the opportunity now exists where it didn't previously.

But the US is going to have to do something different and do it soon to combat the escalating underground violence now taking place in Iraq.

Nothing's ever easy. And there's a hell of a lot at stake here, there and everywhere.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

When Government Steals Private Property

Homes may be 'taken' for private projects
Peasants fighting back in rural China
The idea, people, is that we try to make China more like a capitalist society, even one as quasi-capitalist as the U.S.
Not the other way around.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Cody News (June 22nd, 2005)

Mississippi verdict greeted by a generation gap
Christian Science Monitor - 39 minutes ago
By Kris Axtman Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor. PHILADELPHIA, MISS. – In some ways, the meaning of this week's manslaughter conviction in a high-profile 1964 case involving three murdered ...
I guess we should call it " justice served," but this guy and others got away with this horrendous crime for decades.

Militants fire at Palestinian PM as truce with Israel unravels
Times Online - 1 hour ago
Ahmed Qureia, the Palestinian Prime Minister, was forced to cut short a visit to the West Bank city of Nablus today after gunmen unleashed a volley of shots towards the building were he was holding talks, underlining the growing state of lawlessness. ...
What a convoluted mess.

Senator seeks Democratic support for Social Security plan
CNN - 3 hours ago
Sen. Bob Bennett, center, is flanked by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Sen. Rick Santorum, right. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a move designed to draw support from Democrats, a Republican senator said he ...
And people wonder why I think the term "Republican" is synomous with socialist. And Democrats? Eh, whats the difference.

Senator seeks Democratic support for Social Security plan
CNN - 3 hours ago
Sen. Bob Bennett, center, is flanked by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Sen. Rick Santorum, right. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a move designed to draw support from Democrats, a Republican senator said he ...
At some point I guess public figures will finally learn that comparing anything to the Nazis stirs up a hornet's nest of bad press.

NBA and its union agree to 6-year deal
International Herald Tribune - 1 hour ago
The NBA will have labor peace and, potentially, a better product on the court as the result of a six-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached by owners and players. The pact, struck on Tuesday ...
Given the fact that you and I are forced at gunpoint to pay for these guys' office space (stadiums), I'm a little confused as to why I wasn't consulted on this deal. $600 million in this city, $800 million in that one - out of your pocket and into theirs at gunpoint. Be sure and pay your taxes though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Cody News (June 21st, 2005)

CNNDemocrats playing politics with Bolton - W.House
Reuters - 45 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday accused Senate Democrats of playing politics by blocking for a second time the confirmation of John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations. White House ...
No, you don't say! Of course given that the White House never plays politics I can understand why they're upset (not).

Intruder fatally shot in US courthouse
Chicago Tribune - 3 hours ago
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- A man shouting threats and carrying a hand grenade was shot to death by police Monday in the lobby of the federal courthouse. Perry Manley, 52, entered the lobby of the 23-story building ...
No sympathy for this nut.

Rigases sent to prison for looting cable firm
International Herald Tribune - 55 minutes ago
NEW YORK John Rigas, who built Adelphia Communications into the sixth-largest US cable company, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for looting hundreds of millions of dollars from the company's coffers and concealing its debt levels from investors. ...
Hasta la vista, baby (or not, given that John Rigases likely won't make it out alive since he's already 80).

Lifestyle may prevent Alzheimer's
myDNA.com - 48 minutes ago
Recent reports presented at the first ever Alzheimer's Association's International Conference on the Prevention of Dementia explore and offer possible links between the onset of Alzheimer's disease and topics such as social activity, education, diet ...
Oh, wait a minute, you mean living a healthly lifestyle might be effective in battling diseases like Alzheimer's? But what about all those prescription meds they're always wanting to give us? I thought they were supposed to be the answer.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Extrapolated Punishment

A thought-provoking debate is going on in my "Theft of Irony" post. The debate started when I received an email directly from a reader who took issue with my statement that "About the same ratio of bad guys there as there are at the courts you used to play at in Iowa." As the real topic here wasn't a regional thing, but a racial thing, the emailer correctly told me that there are a plethora of verifiable stats refuting such a "same ratio".

I'm thankful to the reader for posting those comments on this site itself per my request. As he told me in his follow up email: "You're always talking about little brother watching; well, you just got fact checked." Exactly! Which is why I asked him to post it.

My statement about ratios is simply wrong. Mea culpa.

Of course, the point itself, that just because, according to the stats, a slightly higher percentage of blacks commit crimes than whites do, doesn't make it right for people to allow race to color their judgment and their actions to the point where one would rather take their ball and go home than share it while playing pick up.

If one would share with a white kid, but not a black kid because of those stats that show there are statistically significant differences among races in things like crime....if you extrapolate those statistics out from race to individuals, that black kid on that court is going to effectively be punished something he had absolutely nothing to do with. And that’s just wrong – you know it and I know it.

By the way, I trademarked "Little Brother Is Watching You."

Friday, June 17, 2005

Gotta Be the Shoes, Money

Giving up Triathalon Career to be America's Top Model

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Theft of Irony

Last night, after a 16 hour day on 3 hours sleep, I had to get some exercise. Obviously, I was in no shape to play hardcore pick up ball at the courts I usually play at, so I went over to the smaller courts by my apartment just to shoot. Some pretty good guys were playing pick up and needed a sixth, so they talked me into playing, despite my exhaustion.

I played a game with them, and my team won pretty handily. After the game, the tall lanky white kid who'd been trying to cover me says something and I pick up a midwest accent from him.

Me: "Where you from, man?"
Him: "Small town in Iowa."
Me: "Ah, how long have you been in NYC?"
Him: "Three weeks. I'm an editor at a Christian magazine," he said, with what I found to be suprising obvious embarrassment and expectation of catching shit for that job.
Me: "Ah, how'd you find this place to play?"
Him: "I live across the street, and I don't want to play over at the other courts," which by the way, he was good enough to play at. "Those guys over there are like future criminals and drug dealers. Some kids wanted to borrow my ball, so I just went home."
Me, realizing of course what this kid is actually talking about is the fact that those hardcore courts are populated with probably 80% black guys: "Whoa. You do realize that 'those guys' are just like everyone you know in Iowa. About the same ratio of bad guys there as there are at the courts you used to play at in Iowa." And to drive my point home, "And wouldn't God say the same?"
Him: "Yeah, I guess."
Me: "Listen, I have asked kids on the side of the court to hold my $1500 Breitling watch while I play. And everytime I've gotten it back."

So we played one more game. Some goof ass on my team tried to block a shot and came flying out of nowhere to hit me in the face, and I now have a fat lip. The goof lands wrong and limps off. I was so pissed. I was already exhuasted and ready to just go home, so I look around for my ball.

You guessed it: Someone had stolen my ball!

I can't decide if the fact that someone stole my ball after me having said that the Iowa kid shouldn't worry about such things is the ironic part.

Or if the fact that my ball was stolen on the non-hardcore courts where this kid felt safer is the ironic part.

I do know that this theft is ironic. And that now I need a new basketball.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Cody News (June 14, 2005)

18 killed in Kirkuk blast
CBC News - 2 hours ago
At least 18 people were killed and dozens injured when a roadside bomb exploded outside a bank in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk Tuesday. Among the fatalities were child street vendors selling various products ...
The violence/terrorism is escalating out of control in Iraq. Something's got to give -- probably the US is just gonna have to do something new/different over there.

Blair and Chirac face EU budget showdown
Reuters - 3 hours ago
By Andrew Gray. LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared for a showdown over the European Union budget on Tuesday with hopes fading for a deal on the 25-nation bloc's long-term finances. ...
EU damned?

Senate laments its inaction on lynching
AZ Central.com - 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON - The Senate apologized Monday for never having outlawed lynching, which from 1880 to 1960 took the lives of more than 4,700 people, most of them Blacks. "This (lynching) is really an act of domestic ...
This is the same government, you do realize, that didn't just do nothing -- they legislated racism and segregation. And it's the same government that now tries to legislate "tolerance". Why, oh, why do people ever look to politicized, sold out, immoral bureaucrats to fix social ills? It's up to you and me, folks. Little brother is watching you, government.

Mobile Music Gets Boost From New W600 "Walkman Phone"
SYS-CON Media - 1 hour ago
Like all Sony Ericsson handsets, the W600 is a phone first with superb functionality and easy access to digital content and applications that allow consumers to do more, hear more and experience more," said Miles Flint, global president of Sony Ericsson ...
I have one question, asked of me by a 12 year old kid the other day: What the heck is a "walkman"?

With Beyonce busting out, breakup was their destiny
Boston Globe - 3 hours ago
By Renée Graham, Globe Staff June 14, 2005. Don't be fooled by Saturday's announcement that Destiny's Child has officially called it quits -- the group has been done since June 2003, when Beyonce released ...
Gotta admit, don't we, that Beyonce is bigger than life --- the real deal.

More than one million Americans have Aids
Mail & Guardian Online - 32 minutes ago
More than a million Americans were infected with HIV/Aids at the end of 2003, with black, homosexual and bisexual men making up the largest group among them, says a government statistics report made public on Monday. ...
I suppose I'm supposed to want the aforementioned moral-less, politicized, hypocritical bureacrats to save us from AIDS too, right? How about using abstinence and protection? And heck yeah, let's keep fighting for those already infected -- but note the "s" in "let's" stands for "us", as in you and me.

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Cody News (June 13th, 2005)

Pressure to close Guantánamo grows
Seattle Times - 6 hours ago
By The Washington Post and The Associated Press. WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday that the administration has no plans to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as some ...
The location itself and/or the conditions themselves are not the problem. The problem is the lack of due process.

Death toll in Iran explosions rises to 10
Chicago Sun-Times - 53 minutes ago
BY ALI AKBAR DAREINI ASSOCIATED PRESS. TEHRAN, Iran -- The death toll from weekend explosions days before Iran's presidential election rose to 10 when one of the injured died, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Monday. ...
Unfortunately the road to democracy is usually a bloody one.

Aoun's poll win gives him major voice in Lebanon
Reuters - 2 hours ago
By Nadim Ladki. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The firebrand former general Michel Aoun emerged on Monday as Lebanon's main Christian political force after scoring a stunning win in parliamentary elections only weeks after returning from exile. ...
Will democracy stick?

Mississippi trial tries to right wrong
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA - Jun 11, 2005
... History is again on the line as the state of Mississippi attempts — for the ... Klan leader and the alleged mastermind of the crime, goes on trial Monday for the ...
Rent “Mississippi Burning,” a Hollywood account of this tragedy.

Spurs dig in
SLAM! Sports - 2 hours ago
SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs are a nasty piece of business in real life, designed as they are to inflict pain on horses. Last night the San Antonio Spurs inflicted so much pain on the Detroit Pistons, someone should have called the humane society. ...
Alright, alright. I’ll admit I saw five minutes of the game and Ginobili is pretty damn exciting. Still boring overall though.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Trademark Yourself

I once copied a cartoon about copies that I'd seen reprinted in a newspaper onto my notebook in like, 7th grade. I'd written: Make a xerox of yourself, that way if you lose your life, you'll still have a spare copy around.

Anyway, not that I'm about to get a tattoo, but I'm thinking if I were ever to get a tattoo (a tattoo too, with a nod to T and Tom Petty), it should just be a ® on my buttox or somewhere. That way nobody will try to clone me.

Hmm, maybe I should copyright this post and trademark this idea too.

Til the morning, then. Peace, love and property rights.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Cody News (June 10th, 2005)

Michael Jackson Suicide Spam Hides Trojan
nForcersHQ.com - 26 minutes ago
A spam campaign that claims popstar Michael Jackson has attempted suicide is tricking fans into downloading a Trojan virus onto their computers, warns UK Security firm Sophos. Last night, while in his Neverland ...
What is wrong with these evil doers, endlessly attacking innocent people's computers and livelihoods? And what kind of a rumor is that to make up anyway?

Singapore's Millionaires Increase at Fastest Pace in World
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
June 10 (Bloomberg) -- The number of millionaires in Singapore rose at the fastest pace in the world in 2004, according to a report by Cap Gemini & Merrill Lynch & Co. Singapore millionaires rose 22.4 percent to 48,500, the report said. ...
No one can tell me that we don't live in a truly wondrous time. Fifty years ago this was a backward-ass country.

83 million members in millionaire club worldwide: study
Earthtimes.org - 58 minutes ago
NEW YORK: The world has 8.3 million millionaires, according to a joint study by investment consultancy firms Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini. ...
Truly wondrous.

NBA notes: Finals a fine reward for gritty McDyess
Newark Star Ledger - 47 minutes ago
BY DAVID WALDSTEIN. SAN ANTONIO -- Former Knick Antonio McDyess has made a remarkable comeback from three major knee surgeries to be rewarded by his first appearance in the Finals as a valuable substitute for the Pistons. ...
Does anyone even care? These have to be the two most boring teams on the planet, Ben Wallace notwithstanding.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Snoop Greenspan in The House (Literally, The House)

The econoizzle is strizzle. But the D-O double G is gonna have to keep vigizzle cuz real estizzle is still off the hook in the LBC.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Cody News (June 7th, 2005)

Pot Clubs, Patients Vow Business As Usual
ABC News - 1 hour ago
Dwion Gates, who says he is battling a spinal column injury, samples the offerings of the Love Shack medicinal cannabis shop in the Mission District, Monday, June 6, 2005, in San Francisco. People who smoke ...
Medicinal... sure yeah, medicinal.

Guantanamo Prisoner abuse hurts America's cause
Henderson Gleaner - 7 hours ago
WASHINGTON -- President Bush was right to label "absurd" a comparison by Amnesty International of our military detention centers to a Stalinist gulag. Our detention camps are not gulags. Unfortunately, that's not saying enough. ...
It does. Due process matters.

Verizon, United get first OKs from FAA for in-flight wi-fi
Indianapolis Star, IN - 5 hours ago
... companies showed that so-called wireless fidelity, or wi-fi, won't interfere with aircraft operation, New York-based Verizon and Chicago-based United said in a ...
One of the tenets of my excitement for the time and place that we live in is that mass communication and Internet access are corruption and violence fighters. Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Verizon and United Airlines have gotten "permission" (why they need a bureaucratic entity to "approve" such a thing is beyond me, but I digress) to offer Wi-Fi Internet service on flights. So next time a terrorist tries to hijack a plane, it will be instantly reported through this Wi-Fi service even if the pilot or crew are unable to call for help. Yes, I'm serious -- hijacking just got a whole lot riskier. P.S. Thanks for the approval bureaucrats! They can't stop the Revolution!

Mental illness will hit half in US, study says
San Francisco Chronicle - 2 hours ago
A once-in-a-decade survey of the mental health of Americans has found that disabling mental illness is as common as such chronic diseases as heart disease and cancer -- but strikes people at a much younger age, with more lasting impact on their lives. ...
Fascinating -- turns out I have all kinds of mental illnesses. Sometimes I'm depressed, sometimes I'm angry, sometimes I can't focus, and you you know what, I'm always anxious! Better get me some prescription drugs, baby.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Cody News (June 6, 2005)

Busted for Blackness at Middlebury
Village Voice, NY - May 31, 2005
... and suspended Walker indefinitely for "behavior unbecoming of a Middlebury College student ... Nolan Weltchek, one of Walker's classmates, tells the Voice, "It was ...
Tough situation. On the one hand, the school certainly has the right to handle things its own way without interference from the government. On the other hand, a grass roots protest to force the school to show its hand is a good thing. I'd be willing to bet that they've got plenty of evidence against this kid.

Hezbollah Sweeps Vote in Southern Lebanon
ABC News - 1 hour ago
Lebanese boys wave Lebanese and Hezbollah flags as they sit on a Howitzer artillery gun set next to a poster showing the Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, left, and Parliament speaker and leader of Amal movement Nabih Berri, right, in the village ...
Democracy in action?

Watergate remembered
Concord Monitor - 1 hour ago
By KATY BURNS. The perception that two reporters and one secret FBI source brought down a president is more Frank Capra than reality. ark Felt? Who? Not Henry Kissinger, George Bush the First or Diane Sawyer? ...
Pretty well written article, my favorite aspect of it is how the author tries to explain that Nixon's fall entailed a lot more than just Deep Throat and some reporters. Good point.

Informant changes tune on BIG murder
Miami Herald, FL - 6 hours ago
... the murder of rapper Notorious BIG was a conspiracy hatched by Death Row boss Marion ''Suge'' Knight and a rogue LAPD officer has changed his tune, reports MTV ...
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Creative "pun"dits of the world unite! Sheesh.

Wade's dad says injured guard will play in Game 7
ABC News - 43 minutes ago
Jun 6, 2005 — RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade's father has said his injured son will definitely play in Monday night's deciding Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Detroit Pistons in Miami. ...
If you haven't seen this kid play, find the time for at least a quarter of Game 7. If he's healthy at all, he'll leave your jaw on the floor.

Russell Crowe arrested after NY hotel fracas
Reuters - 1 hour ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Russell Crowe was arrested on Monday charged with second-degree assault after throwing a telephone at a hotel employee and hitting him in the face, police said. The 41-year-old Oscar ...
Ah, Russell, what the hell? Taking a page from lowly Slater's book now?

Mental facility in Norwalk troubled
San Jose Mercury News - 2 hours ago
NORWALK, Calif. - A state mental hospital that was previously investigated by the federal government could face new scrutiny after five teens escaped and another hanged herself in recent weeks, state officials confirmed. ...
Flip it: Here's what would actually be headline-worth in regards to a mental facility: Mental facility not troubled at all. Hoohah!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Flipping the Industries

I've been exposed to the retail clothing industry pretty heavily in the last couple weeks. Last night, for example, my friends who run Poppy clothing store in Soho (at Mott and Houston, and yes, you really should go check it out), had this party/promotion thing with one of their primary lines, called Mint.

Anyway, Leslie (who runs the place) had asked her hubby and I to serve champagne at the event. So I'm at this woman's clothing event surrounded by dozens of women. Designers, shoppers, interns, etc etc.

I'm off the market, so no big deal either way. But I got to thinking -- why is it that so many straight men go into telecom instead of fashion? And why is it that there is a higher percentage of gay men who go into women's clothing than go into telecom?

I mean, I've been to dozens of telecom conferences over the years and they are dominated by men -- men, men, men ... most of whom are presumably straight, granted. But if I were a gay man, wouldn't it make more sense to get into an industry where I'd be surrounded by men? And as a straight man, shouldn't I have jumped into an industry where I'd be surrounded by fashionable women?

Talk about a classic "flip it" scenario!

In the meantime, let me finish up this Wall Street & Technology magazine on my desk.

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Cody News (June 3, 2005)

Bosnian Execution Video Shakes Families
Guardian Unlimited - 1 hour ago
By SAMIR KRILIC. SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Shaken and in tears, Nura Alispahic said Friday she turned on the TV to watch the news - then saw a gruesome video of the shooting deaths of her teenage ...
An ugly, tragic downside to the collapsing barriers to recording and distributing content.

Aids Epidemic Outpaces Resources, United Nations Says
AllAfrica.com - 1 hour ago
The AIDS epidemic continues to outrun international efforts to contain it, top UN officials told a high-level meeting of health ministers and other senior HIV/AIDS officials June 2. "We have not turned back ...
Single man in NYC and all, and I'm certainly not in a low-risk profile. AIDS is scary here and all, but it's really scary and has terrible implications for the developing world. Another major downside to our shrinking world is the spreading of this epidemic.

Porn Websites Get XXX Domain Legitimacy
DailyIndia.com - 1 hour ago
by PK Singh. Internet sex sites will receive their own sanctioned ".xxx" domain, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced. Sex websites won't be required to sign up for .xxx addresses ...
Can you type in http://thecodyblog.xxx?

Power Lines-Leukemia Debate Lingers
Forbes - 1 hour ago
FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDayNews) -- Over the past 26 years, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether living under or near high-voltage power lines increases the risk for childhood leukemia. Now a new, large ...
Sugar substitutes, electricity, nuclear power -- is there nothing man-made that doesn't cause cancer?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Kill Different

Forget the iPod and Apple dominating the digital music world. It's all about the guns, baby, guns. And I'm gonna be first in line at the Soho Apple store when the iGun gets released. Maybe they'll let me try it out early if I call their PR department too!


The Cody News (June 2nd, 2005)

Former FBI agents debate Felt's ethics
San Francisco Chronicle - 2 hours ago
Within 24 hours of the revelation that Deep Throat was one of their own, former FBI agents were in a heated debate over the question: Did W. Mark Felt, the bureau's deputy director during the Watergate scandal, do the right thing when he leaked classified ...
The real question is: was there a clear authority to whom Deepthroat could have reported this? Or did he need to take it public?

Israel Releases 398 Palestinian Prisoners
All Headline News - 41 minutes ago
TULKAREM, West Bank (AHN) - The release is the final part of a February 8 truce in which Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon pledged to release 900 Palestinian prisoners. The 398 prisoners were released at ...
Nations need to be very careful when it comes to using prisoners as political pawns.

Investors are losing 2 friends
San Francisco Chronicle - 1 hour ago
Investors are about to lose their two strongest allies on the five- member Securities and Exchange Commission. Chairman William Donaldson will retire June 30, about two years before his term expires. Harvey Goldschmid is scheduled to leave in July. ...
No, investors are not losing two friends. Pro-business, pro-investor, and pro-consumer -- rather than mutually exclusive -- are one in the same.

Live 8 line-up 'hideously white'
BBC News - 1 hour ago
A campaign group has called the Live 8 London concert "hideously white" for not having enough black performers. Superstar Mariah Carey is the only act from an ethnic minority to perform at Hyde Park on 2 July, one of five global Live 8 concerts that day. ...
How wonderful that it's not a government entity or other regulatory body that is raising concerns about the racial make up of Live 8. Grass roots, anyone?

Building trust via nasal spray
Globe and Mail - 3 hours ago
By COLIN FREEZE. Shakespeare told us to "love all, trust a few," even to "trust none, for oaths are straws." Despite such warnings, trust has always been at the centre of all human dealings -- romantic, commercial ...
Yeah, right.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Cody News (June 1st, 2005)

The Secret Source of Watergate Scandal Information Revealed
Voice of America - 23 minutes ago
By Amy Katz. It led to impeachment proceedings. In the middle of those proceedings in August of 1974, Mr. Nixon announced he was resigning. "I shall resign the presidency, effective at noon tomorrow.". It was ...
And in the 21st century, the checks and balances that brought down Nixon via Deepthroat has grown exponentially... I.E. blogging.

Bush says Amnesty's criticism is 'absurd'
San Diego Union Tribune - 8 hours ago
By Finlay Lewis. WASHINGTON President Bush said yesterday that it is "absurd" to compare the US prison at Guantanamo Bay to the gulags run by the former Soviet Union. The president's brusque dismissal of ...
No its not absurd. Due process is a fundamental and important right which these people are being denied.

Kennedy: Too early to tell impact of deal on judges
Newsday - 1 hour ago
NEW YORK (AP) _ Sen. Edward Kennedy said Wednesday that it is too early to tell whether the compromise that broke a Senate impasse on the nomination of federal judges will survive future partisan fights, including ...
I don't recognize the govement's right to make politicized deals concerning the court system. What a crock.

Bad-boy Slater gets a little hands-y
San Jose Mercury News - 1 hour
Actor Christian Slater, accused of groping a woman's buttocks on the Upper East Side in New York, had a packed schedule Tuesday: from his arrest to a jail cell, to a court appearance and subsequent pursuit by photographers, and back to the Broadway stage ...
You don't think this would be a publicity stunt do you.... nah, surely not.

Study Links Painkillers with Breast Cancer
Prensa Latina - 52 minutes
Washington, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) A new study suggests that the long-term use of painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen might increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a report from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, published on ...
Yeah, real shocker that putting man made chemicals in your system to alter a 200 million year-old evolutionary process that our systems developed.... real shocker that that's bad for you.