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...and I feel fine.

Itsnotfascismwhenwedoitsmall "Naturally, the commone people don't want war, but after all, it is the leders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a faschist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  This is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danter.  It works the same in every country"

-Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII.

Props to Scott

Best $4billion... ...ever

Not that this is news, but in case you've been living in a cave...

"Cingular, is going to go bye-bye. AT&T... ...will remove the Cingular name, replacing it with the euphonious AT&T Wireless... ...Branding and building the Cingular line cost BellSouth $4 billion. Oh well."

Yay for creating share holder value.  The CEO of BellSouth is a genius, sell and get out with the golden parachute!

My children's childern

I'm not sure anyone really reads this anymore, since I've been so horrific about posting, however.  I figured I'd throw out an advertisement for an upcoming point - counterpoint blog I'm going to be posting with my cousin over on  I hesitate to use the term "right-wing nut-job" especially when talking about family, so lets just suffice it to say that Jake and my political views differ, um, a bit.  This will be the first, in hopefully some sort of a series of our battling view points.  Hopefully people will at least be entertained, if not given pause to think about their political views, and where they're aligned.

Our first topic gas/oil prices, and what the best approach is to fixing the whole mess. I'll admit that this first entry will probably end up being somewhat Republican vs. Democrat babble, but hopefully we'll be able to cut through the party lines somewhat and get at some real new thought, but then again maybe not, that might not be nearly entertaining enough.

So stay tuned.  When it goes up, I'll post the entry here and the link, and welcome your comments/arguments.

Better Late than Never (Hopefully)

"Other world-class cities have used satellite-based tracking systems for more than a decade to inform waiting passengers exactly when their bus or train will arrive."

Chicago is piloting a GPS based bus tracking system in an effort to try to minimize the up to 1hr+ wait time that can occur between busses.  Finally!!! Even if it doesn't improve time, it will at least let you know when you should leave the house/office/whatever to avoid a long wait in the blistering cold!!!,1,6710891.column

Hasta Lasagna

I saw M:I:III on opening day.  It was much as Ebert had said it would be - 2 hours of non-stop action.  Is that good, eh, is that bad, eh.  I'm a fan of the action flick, however Mission Impossible is not supposed to be an action series, it's supposed to be intelligent film/television.  The first Mission Impossible movie was not bad, there was some thinking involved, and required.  The second film pretty much abandoned plot, and in its third iteration, the plot is completely a by product something to fill the 2-3 minute segments between action sequences.

There were several times in the movie that I literally laughed out loud at the "drama" unfolding before me.  That's not to say it wasn't dramatic, it was, my problem was that I wasn't as tied up in the moment as the film makers might have liked.  It was obvious what the outcome of this dramatic moment must be in order for the film to continue, and the inevitable ending to come to be.  There was one plot twist that I was angry at myself for not catching, however for now I'm going to say that was one there weren't any clues to, other than simply a Maverick style plot twist, but I'll have to watch the film again to see if there were any clues I missed.

Bottom line - Great action, get lost in the action and don't look to far beyond the current moment, otherwise it will be entirely too predictable.