Friday, May 18, 2001

Pentagon: Were Under Heavy Attack

An item for your Rumor of War files, or at least, cyberwar.
Israel Hits Back With Warplanes

Go Israel! I love Sharon's tit-for-tat strategy where every car bombing and suicide bomb attack is met with an immediate reply. Actions have consequences and it's time the PLA learned this lesson.

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

No Damage Reported in 3.9-Magnitude Quake

An item for your Quake files, another one in CA.
China Beats India By A Head in Buddha Wars

An item for your False Christs files. Build a better Buddha and they will come.
Dow Closes Above 11,000 Mark

An item for your Sign of Noah files, some good news for our commerical and consumerist society. Spend on, happy campers!

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Bloodshed on Israel Anniversary

An item for your Rumor of War & Covenant With Many files, the cycle of violence continues in Israel.

Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Pentagon to Put General in Charge of Space

An item for your Rumor of War and/or Signs in the Heavens files, it seems the U.S. is making the necessary administrative changes to prepare for war in the heavens.

Monday, May 07, 2001

Improving Our Asteroid Alarm System

And for your Signs In The Heavens files, a report on the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEOs).
Report: Pentagon To Abandon Two-War Strategy

An item for your Rumor of War files, it seems that the U.S. is now confident that major war could not break out in two places at the same time. I am relieved to know that my fears regarding the Russian and Chinese "anti-American hegemony" strategy are not well founded. I'm also relieved to know that even though the Korean War is still not formally over, the Defense Department does not expect it to ever resume, even as we maintain thousands of American troops on the DMZ. It's also good to know that even though the Gulf War never officially concluded with a peace treaty, Iraq is not expected to instigate any major conflicts in the near future. In short, we should regard this as very good news and proof of an unprecedented standardization of history and events: one war at a time, please.

Friday, May 04, 2001

Dalai Lama to Start U.S. Visit Next Week

An item for your False Christs files, the spiritual leader of Tibet (and a living god, don't you know) will visit the U.S. next week. Hello Dalai.
Peres urges Bush to condemn Palestinian violence and terrorism

An item for your Covenant With Many files, now that Peres has burned his bridges in the Arab world, he runs to Bush for cover. Somehow, I don't think it will be enough.
UN Removes U.S. From Rights Panel

An item for your Wickedness Increases files, nations that ignore human rights now sit on a panel that investigates abuses, while the U.S. (often critical of human rights abuses, including religious persecution) has been voted off.

Thursday, May 03, 2001

Online consumer spending to hit $65 billion this year

An item for your Mark files, it looks as if e-commerce is going fine. Next up, m-commerce.

Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Israel Anxious for Peace Talks

An item for your Covenant With Many files, it looks as if Peres is going to press for greater American involvement in the peace process. But, is Peres acting on his own, or does he have Sharon's backing?

Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Astronomers Find Spinning Black Hole

For your Signs in The Stars files, scientists report detecting the first spinning black hole, and it's only 10,000 light years away.
Religious Rights Worsen

And for your persecution files, another news story on the latest U.S. report on religious freedom, this one focused on religious freedom in China.
Schroeder EU Vision Causes Stir

I'd vote for a two speed Europe with an inner core of say, oh I don't know, maybe ten countries?
Government Web sites attacked by hackers

What do you call a Chinese hacker? What, are you waiting for the punchline?
Mid-East blasts cloud peace hopes

And another item for your Rumor of War files, or perhaps your Covenant with Many files, about the latest developments in the Mideast war process, er, no, I mean, peace process. The latest bomb attack was probably planted by the Palestinians and targeted at Israelis, but ended up killing a Palestinian who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Friendly fire in an unfriendly peace.
Bush Calls for Missile Shield, Saying ABM Pact Is Outdated

An item for your rumor of war files, not that NMD will cause a war, but it will almost certainly cause an arms race. This is good news for arms manufacturers, but bad news for those who hope for reduced conflict in the future.