Friday, June 02, 2006

Notable today

Among the random things I noticed today, these:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr's long article in Rolling Stone, Was the 2004 Election Stolen? is attracting lots of attention, lots of it skeptical (of course). The report comes with documentation to support his contention that hundreds of thousands of votes in Ohio were not counted.

The New York Times reports Kerry Pressing Swift Boat Case Long After Loss. It is illustrated with a graphic showing photos and information Kerry and his staff have managed to find, years later, to rebut the 'Swift Boat' attackers. Kerry apologizes to his supporters for not doing this during the campaign:
"We should have put more money behind it," Mr. Kerry says now. "I take responsibility for it; it was my mistake. They spent something like $30 million, and we didn't. That's just a terrible imbalance when somebody's lying about you."

From New Scientist Tech, British scientists have figured out a way to generate energy from chocolate:
The team fed Escherichia coli bacteria diluted caramel and nougat waste. The bacteria consumed the sugar and produced hydrogen, which they make with the enzyme hydrogenase, and organic acids. The researchers then used this hydrogen to power a fuel cell, which generated enough electricity to drive a small fan...

I didn't know that new media guru Joi Ito was a protege of Timothy Leary: Ito writes about the relationship 10 years after Leary's death, and includes a letter from Leary's son about the last day:
There were not many words left – his fantastic world class verbosity was no longer. His tall proud gorgeous physique was long gone. His mental dance and history lesson of teaching us how to die was complete – it was time to cash in his few remaining chips.

Here's the ultimate wish list: Castles and chateaux for sale.

Among the details in 'Blog Maverick' Mark Cuban's posting Why Journalism Matters (linked on lots of journalism blogs), this tidbit:
I just hired a young, award winning journalist to partner with me on a blog that will do nothing but try to uncover corporate fraud. Young, energetic, fired up and damn the stuff i have seen so far is good. Will the payoff be about accounting gone bad ? Will it be a Skilling and Lay standing in front of the mike picture with accompanying text ? No chance.


  • Ironic that RFK, Jr. is writing about "stolen" elections. Maybe he forgot that his grandfather bought off the West Virginia county sheriffs to throw the 1960 presidential primary in that state to his uncle to defeat Hubert Humphrey. And as for all those dead voters of Cook County, IL voting later that same year for his uncle---don't even get me started.

    You can read more about how the LOONS are receiving this RFK, Jr fairy tale at:

    DUmmie FUnnies.

    By Blogger PJ-Comix, at 8:15 PM  

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