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25 March, 2003

Main Objective of the War?

So what is the objective of this war? According to an article by Alexander Grigoryev, published a few days ago in Pravda, the main object is to test high-tech weapons:

Main objective of the Iraqi war is still offscreen, nobody ever mentions it. My opinion is that main objective of the war is a large-scale testing of new high precision weapons held by the USA in Iraq. This is the top-priority objective for America, all the rest are minor objectives or undisguised misinformation in fact.

For over ten years already the USA has been waging no-contact wars. In May 2001, George W. Bush delivered his first presidential speech to students of the US Navy Academy in Annapolis and declared that drastic measures must be taken to start preparation of the US armed forces for wars of tomorrow. He emphasized at that, these should be high-tech armed forces to perform no-contact operations all over the world. Now the objective is persistently carried out.

Well, Grigoryev is certainly correct in one area:

According to my estimates, the USA will spend not less than 80 billion dollars on the Iraqi campaign. But total spending may also rise up to 100 billions.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

This Week's Top-10 Music Downloads

A company called Big Champagne monitors music downloads, and publishes a top-ten list.

The number one song is by somebody called 50 Cent. Never heard of him/her/it. In fact, I've only heard of five of the artists on that list. I guess I'm really out of touch.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Block Spam, Get Spam

Charles Cooper talks about a service called Mailblocks that claims to have a method to fight spam:

Before allowing e-mails through to your in-box, Mailblocks automatically transmits a numerical password to first-time correspondents. The senders must then retype the code into an onscreen dialog box before the system acknowledges them as legitimate. Mailblocks also has reverse-engineered a way to fetch a user's messages from other Web e-mail systems and similarly screen out unwanted cyberjunk.

Interesting concept. But, as Dan Gillmor points out, it's important to read the fine print. This is from Mailblocks's terms of service:

In exchange for your use of the Services, you expressly permit and authorize Company, and such third parties as may be authorized by Company, to furnish to you from time to time, through the Services or any other means, with information prepared by Company or by (or on behalf of) other entities, including advertisements and solicitations (such information, "Third Party Content"). You acknowledge that such Third Party Content is an inseparable part of the Services, and that furnishing such Third Party Content to you cannot be terminated unless the Services are terminated. All such Third Party Content will be understood to be requested by you through your use of the Services. Some third parties furnishing you with Third Party Content may permit you to "opt out" of receiving such communications from them. However, Company is not responsible for any such party's failure to comply with its own "opt out" policies.

And this is from their privacy policy:

Not now, but in the future, Mailblocks may permit third parties, such as advertisers, to furnish our members, through the Services and otherwise, with information from time to time. In these cases, your personally identifiable information is not transferred to the advertiser.

In other words, Mailblocks might stop spam, but they also reserve the right to become a spammer.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Modern Moist Towlette Collecting

I'm beginning to think the people have collected every possible item in the world. Supporting this theory is the Gallery of Modern Moist Towlettes (easily, the best most towlette collection that I've ever seen).

Some of these products are downright baffling. For example, the package shown here is neither royal, nor is it a fingerbowl.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Postal Experiments

Postal Experiments is another one of those sites that I found several years ago, and then forgot about.

We sent a variety of unpackaged items to U.S. destinations, appropriately stamped for weight and size, as well as a few items packaged as noted. We sent items that loosely fit into the following general categories: valuable, sentimental, unwieldy, pointless, potentially suspicious, and disgusting. We discovered that although some items were never delivered, most of the objects of even highly unusual form did get delivered, as long as the items had a definitely ample value of stamps attached. The Postal Service appears to be amazingly tolerant of the foibles of its public and seems occasionally willing to relax specific postal regulations.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Time-Warped Advice

Have a problem? Ask Miss Abigail.

Welcome! Take a step back in time as I pull out relevant quotes, tidbits, and words of wisdom from my collection of old advice books in a quest to solve your modern-day dilemmas. The books span from 1822 to 1978 and cover the age-old topics of dating, love, living together, marriage, health, beauty, puberty, sex, etiquette, housekeeping, home economics, and home repairs. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

AirCraft Records

If planes flying over your house aren't annoying enough, now you can purchase CDs that have airplane noise.

AirCraft Records offers award winning, premium quality audio CDs featuring the exciting sounds of historic aircraft. We use the highest quality digital production techniques to bring you the super sonic thrills of aviation.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Insects on the Web

Insects.org -- Dexter Sear's excellent resource for learning about insects.

This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

A Useful Bible Translation

Part of the Oly-hay Ible-bay, in pig-latin

It is my sincere hope that this work will be of value to scholars, researchers, native speakers of Pig Latin, and all those who wish to further their understanding of scripture by seeing it presented in new terms. As it is said, "In-ay e-thay eginning-bay as-way e-thay Ord-way."

The Catholic Church may wish to consider conducting Mass in Pig Latin, as it combines the solemnity of Latin with the accessibility of English.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

MTV Europe Video Recommendations

From a memo from MTV Europe, available InternalMemos.com:

Video recommendations: Obviously, there will be heightened public sensitivity to representations of war, soldiers, bombing, destruction of buildings and public unrest at home. The ITC Programme Code requires us not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling. We therefore recommend that videos featuring the following are not shown at the moment:

war planes
riots and social unrest
other obviously sensitive material

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Survive America!

Lots of citizen survival gear at Survive America. They're currently running a special sale on potassium iodate (used to prevent radiation poisoning). Now only $15.95 (save $4.00!). You can also buy a grain mill -- for when things get really bad and you have to start making your own flour.

But perhaps the best deal is at Get Masks. They're offering a "Family Package" of gas masks for only $64.95 (valued at over $100).

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Up Close and Personal with Ari Fleischer

A satirical biography of White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

But how does Ari view his success?

"I see myself not just as a role model and entertainer, but as someone who is there to inform. The last thing I want to be is boring," Ari responds, with typical modesty.

Posted on 25 March, 2003

Aluminum Vehicles

A clever way to recycle your aluminum beer cans: Tesscar Aluminum Craft.

Posted on 25 March, 2003