Environment/Nature

Nota Bene #27

Got hot links if you want ’em!

In his (London) Independent article, “No, Johnny, No: Chuck Berry joins chorus of musicians snubbing McCain’s campaign,” Leonard Doyle writes: “There was a groan at McCain headquarters as it suffered yet another musical derailment. An attempt to use Abba’s ‘Take A Chance On Me’ also bombed. We played it a couple times and it’s my understanding [Abba] went berserk,’ Mr McCain said.”

In “Why Are People Like Me Left Out Of Your Health Care Proposal, Sen. McCain?” at Think Progress back in April, Elizabeth Edwards wrote about health-care companies balking at covering the old and ill: “I suspect that if they could, they would write obstetrical-only policies for nuns.”

In his roundup at the Washington Post, Dan Froomkin presents the statement that retired FBI interrogator John Cloonan gave in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: “If I were the director of marketing for al Qaeda and intent on replenishing the ranks of jihadists, I know what my first piece of marketing collateral would be. It would be a blast e-mail with an attachment [containing] a picture of Private [Lynddie] England pointing at the stacked, naked bodies of the detainees at Abu Ghraib.” Now if only al Qaeda would confine their blasts to email.

Bet you didn’t know this. In a Washington Post column, “Billing The Grandkids,” Ruth Marcus writes: “By the time Congress finishes the latest [war spending bill] the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will have exceeded $860 billion. For the first time in American history, every penny of that amount will have been borrowed. For the first time, billions more will have been borrowed to finance tax cuts in the midst of war.” [Emphasis added.] Bet you wish you didn’t know this.

In “NPT: Past, Present and Future,” Darryl Kimball of Arms Control Today writes: “To re-establish. . . U.S. nonproliferation leadership. . . the next president must act quickly to verifiably reduce still-bloated U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, ratify the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and end the pursuit of new nuclear warheads.” A little dry, I know, but crucial.

In her Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists article, “The end of Japan’s nuclear taboo,” Elizabeth Bakanic writes: “In interviews I conducted last fall in Tokyo, several Japanese officials, academics, and nuclear experts thought that younger generations have less of a nuclear allergy than previous generations –especially as memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki become more distant. . . . In terms of the teetering nonproliferation regime, a change in Japan’s attitude toward nuclear weapons would be a serious blow.”

In How the Web Was Won, Vanity Fair presents an oral history of the Internet: “Fifty years ago, in response to the surprise Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. military set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency. . . . Each breakthrough — network protocols, hypertext, the World Wide Web, the browser — inspired another as narrow-tied engineers, long-haired hackers, and other visionaries built the foundations for a world-changing technology. Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb let the people who made it happen tell the story.”

In his comprehensive New York Magazine article, “The Affairs of Men,” Philip Weiss presents this evidence of infidelity on the part of married women: “David Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire and a professor at the University of Texas, says that. . . . Recent analyses of genetic databases reveal that fully 10 percent of people have different biological fathers from the men they name as their fathers.” Would you run that one by me again?

In “Longtime reporter: Bloggers have taught me a lesson about dependency on sources” at Salon, Glenn Greenwald writes about Dwight Jaynes, a long-time sports columnist in Portland, Oregon: “Jaynes describes how his dependence on access to. . . players, coaches and team executives. . . led him to refrain from writing the truth. . . . Unlike bloggers, who deliberately maintain a distance from those about whom they’re writing, Jaynes [explains] that the relationships he formed with the subjects of his column prevented candid and independent commentary.”

Sports
In “Source: Roger Clemens, host of athletes pop Viagra to help onfield performance,” a team at the New York Daily News reports: “Roger Clemens, whose claims he never took steroids are under federal investigation, has apparently discovered the benefits of another performance-enhancing drug sweeping the sports world — Viagra. [It] helps build endurance. . . . delivers oxygen, nutrients and performance-enhancing drugs to muscles more efficiently [and] counteracts the impotence that can be a side-effect of testosterone injections.”

Sure, he’s the best player in basketball, but we just. . . don’t. . . like. . . him. — Kobe Bryant, that is. In a Los Angeles Times article, T.J. Simers reports on what that Red Sox pitcher — and Celtics fan — Curt Schilling blogged: “He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team . . . He’d yell at [a teammate]. . . turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a ‘whatever dude’ look.” The next Bryant responded: “Go, Yankees.”

In “Celtics fully grasp urgency of Finals” at Sports Illustrated.com, written after the their 24-point comeback in game 4, Ian Thomsen writes: “The Celtics are so old and worried they’ll never be here again that [star Paul] Pierce doesn’t want to know the results of an MRI on his [injured] knee and therefore refuses the test entirely.”

In his Sports Ilustrated column, “Golf, water and the growing global warming crisis,” Frank Deford writes: “Golf Digest. . . states very frankly: ‘Golf will face a crisis over water.’ And then it outlines what must be done. . . . It won’t be easy. Golf Digest points out, for example, that an incredible 41 percent of golfers polled believe global warming is a myth.”

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  1. See, that’s the thing…don’t worry, it’s your grandchildren’s money. Moreover, if we keep borrowing like there’s no tomorrow we’ll erode the value of our currency sufficiently so that the debt will be worthless too. And you thought G.W. Bush didn’t have a plan…

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