Nixon Was Unavailable

OK, so it’s like this. The good news: fourteen months later, there’s finally going to be an investigation of intelligence failures which permitted the September 11th attacks to succeed. The bad news: It’s being led by Henry Kissinger. No, I’m not making that up, what kind of sick bastard do you take me for? What […]

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A Challenge to All Americans

As a red-blooded, patriotic American bear, I find this simply unacceptable: Americans have sex an average of 138 times a year, according to a survey released Monday by condom manufacturer Durex. The British have sex more often than Americans, but are outdone by the French, Dutch, Danes and Canadians… [continued at the Weblog Action Center]

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A Holiday Week With Family for a Bear

Folks – An early warning: the free bear-flavored ice cream will be light this week. It’s a family holiday week, so this bear will be distracted with non-bloggerly pursuits. Might get a few posts in here and there, but if you don’t see updates; well, that’s why… -NZB PS – But if you haven’t already, […]

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Weblog Action Center Cause of the Week: Feed the IDF

The Weblog Action Center has selected it’s first Cause of the Week, as selected by a poll of Action Center members: Michele at A Small Victory‘s efforts to feed the IDF — pizza and donuts, to be specific! We ask that anyone who believes this is a worthy cause link to Michele’s posts — both […]

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Launch is Go

Shuttle launch looks like a go for tonight — in just about 25 minutes (4:50 PM PST). Tune in via the links below to watch & wish the crew a safe journey.

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Latest Launch for STS-113

Launch is now scheduled for 4:50 PM Saturday (today). As another note, I had better luck streaming video from Broadcast.com yesterday than NASA itself; you can also check this page for a whole list of possible sites to stream from.

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Shuttle Launch Today!

There’s a shuttle launch scheduled for today, although they are worried about a weather delay. Current launch time is 5:15pm PST; see here for info and here for a live NASA TV feed which will (presumably) carry the launch. WARNING! I posted the time incorrectly the first time around; the launch is 5:15pm PST, not […]

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Open v. Closed Security and Software v. Reality

Jane Galt bravely wades into the debate on open v. closed security, which Stephen den Beste and Aziz Poonawalla have engaged on (oddly, den Beste’s piece on the subject has vanished from his site; will change to a specific link if it comes back.) Jane highlights the central problem here: So on the one hand, […]

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Preventing Cervical Cancer

Scientists have developed a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer: Scientists are reporting today that they have created the first vaccine that appears able to prevent cervical cancer. The vaccine works by making people immune to a sexually transmitted virus that causes many cases of the disease. The vaccine is experimental and will not be available […]

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Rank Your Rights!

I’ve been thinking lately about the concept of rights, and the unavoidable tradeoffs that must be made in society to balance and prioritize various rights against each other. It occured to me that it would be interesting to learn explictly what rights folks value the most — and indeed, to go through a more formal […]

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I love Big Brother!

Folks are getting mighty worked up about the Total Information Awareness System being proposed over at DARPA, saying it’s the worst Big Brother project to get medieval on the collective ass of our civil liberties since McCarthy. I see it differently. It’s actually a huge opportunity to protect civil liberties — and provide a potentially […]

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Oppose Divestment from Israel

Upon hearing that Yale was the latest campus to suffer from a divest-from-Israel movement, I reached out to Yale Friends of Israel, a group quoted as (not surprisingly) opposing divestment. Last night, YFoI updated me on their efforts: they now have their website up and running with a petition urging their University to reject the […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and SiteMeter Stats

Eugene Volokh points out that InstaGuy‘s traffic statistics are beginning to resemble those of established Big Media outlets: INTERESTING STATISTIC: The Christian Science Monitor, a respected national newspaper, has circulation of 71,924. This month, Instapundit — one guy with a Web page — has been averaging 60,000 unique visitors per day. One quibble with Eugene’s […]

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More on a Pack Not a Herd

Glenn’s latest TechCentralStation column is up, returning to the “pack not a herd” meme which he explored earlier and I followed up on over at the Action Center. He hits many of the same points (he mentioned we were thinking along the same lines after my post), but does a better job at it, so […]

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