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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

 
Why do they hate us? Why do they hate us? Chapter 1,097: The United States on Tuesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel for building a barrier that cuts into the West Bank. The United States was the only country...

 
Wired mag launches gadget newsletter Technology Marketing: Wired magazine is launching Gadget Lab, an e-mail newsletter on tech toys that will contain news from the gadgets blog Gizmodo. You can subscribe here. Thanks to IWantMedia for the pointer....

 
Anatomy of a Scam Here?s a particularly nice, illustrated, explanation of how a typical identity theft scam works. It starts with a fairly convincing looking email ?from? e-bay, that directs you to a website that looks legit?but isn?t. It harvests your data, and your life is never the same again. I?m adding disLEXia: cybercrime/-security sightings to my monitoring list....

 
Supreme Court to Decide Pledge of Allegiance Case The U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would decide whether the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, which millions of American schoolchildren recite every day, amounted to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The justices agreed...

 
Today's New Blawg

Death by Committee is "a bunch of law students (and wannabes) speculating, pondering on, dissecting, and debating stuff [they] think is interesting." [Via Howard Bashman] The fall interview season for the last couple of years has seen lots of blawgy advice for law students; Committee member Barbara refreshingly turns the tables.



 
Court Orders Father to Speak to Daughter in English In what strikes us as an incredible violation of free speech and parental rights, a court has ordered a father...

 
Medical Marijuana Poll Here's more on yesterday's yesterday's Supreme Court decision rejecting the Government's appeal of a 9th Circuit marijuana decision upholding a...

 
Awful Plastic Surgery The can't-look-away / train wreck site o' the day: Awful Plastic Surgery -- a chronicle of celebrity plastic surgery
Trashy in a "spend a night picking thru this site" kind of way...
 
Enron's email laid bare Great Salon piece about the gigantic library of internal Enron email that has been posted online as part of the discovery process as the Feds slowly grind the corrupt empire into tiny, thoroughly punished bits of mince (of course, Kenny Lay will almost certainly walk away with his fortune and person intact, but we all expected that, right?).
Amid a sea of dick jokes, spam and Internet porn, the e-mails offer a window into the soul, such as it was, of Enron: from the high-flying days when the company decorated its top executive office suites in holiday themes -- according to a 2000 e-mail, Ken Lay's office was done up in honor of St. Lucia, Jeff Skilling's had Kwanzaa, and Andrew Fastow's was lit up for Hanukkah -- to the end, when things had gone so far south that members of the Lay family began to fear they'd be kidnapped...

Dear Joe: Enron, Mr. Ken Lay and Mr. Skilling are requesting that their contribution be matched per our understanding from the fax and verbal communications from Warren Robold. This totals $100,000 between both individuals and the Corporation for the RNSEC matching funds program. We want these funds matched in time for the Texas State deadlines. It was our intention from the onset of this program to have our funds go to this account. The various points of contact from the RNC caused some minor confusion so checks went to Texas instead of DC. This is very important to Mr. Lay and Mr. Shilling. Let us know if we need to request these funds returned and new checks written and mailed to you at your DC address. You may call me if you have any questions.

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The Name of the Writer ?You should write only if you cannot sleep at night if you do not write.? So said a Yiddish writer...

 
Fidel is waiting for your call This is a common tactic used by leftist critics of capitalism -- try to make the case that workers suffer because CEOs are raping them in order to sip Dom Perignon from diamond-encrusted slippers.