Tuesday, March 23, 2004

USAJobs.com: 45 million served: "The USAJobs Web site, launched last August, has received 45 million visitors and has more than 800 information technology job openings listed online, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
Clarence Crawford, OPM's chief information officer, said the Web site, one of five e-government initiatives that the agency runs, lists more than 18,000 federal jobs and has 400,000 resumes posted online."

45 million visitors and 800 job openings? 18,000 jobs and 400,000 resumes?

Does that make you feel better about the current job situation or worse?


Monday, March 22, 2004

World Press Review - World Press Wire: "Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The controversy over the efficacy of the
oral polio vaccine in Nigeria deepened Monday as the Supreme
Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCS) rejected the much-publicised
report of a joint committee which last week pronounced the
vaccine safe for use in the country."

Well, then they are going to get sick and die. We can't force medicine down their throats, if they want their children afflicted with a terrible disease then just let them be and try to contain the disease so that it doesn't spread to others.

Hate to be harsh about it, but letting foolish people die if that's what they insist upon doing has a certain Darwinian appeal.

Useless vs Useful Math

What an interesting exploration into math and election demographics.

Remarkable Grasp of the Obvious Dept.

Yahoo! News - Suicide Warning Sought for Antidepressants

The FDA is advising us to keep an eye on depressed people for warning signs of suicide? Next they'll advise us that people taking Tylenol may suffer from headaches.


Yahoo! News - Israel Kills Hamas Founder in Airstrike: "GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel killed Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin in a helicopter missile strike outside a Gaza City mosque Monday, prompting threats of unprecedented revenge by Palestinian militants against Israel and the United States. "

Well, so much for any hopes of peace in Israel in our lifetimes. Israel has just made a martyr out of a spiritual leader and created thousands of new terrorists. A cynic might suggest that they did it in order to stir up a lot of anti-Israeli violence by the Palestinians and thus justify the wall that they are building which in some places seems to incur on Palestinian territory.

Let's just hope none of it blows back against the United States.


Sunday, March 21, 2004

All Headline News - Afghan Minister's Killing Sparks Fighting: "However, a top Herat military commander, Zaher Naib Zada, told AP by telephone Sunday night that his forces killed Sadiq in a confrontation after the minister went to Zada's home to fire him."

Well, I guess you really don't want to fire people in Afghanistan. Curious that this was offered as an explanation for murder that sparked a battle that killed as many as 100 men. Whatever happened to just filing a grievance with your union rep?

Remarkable what passes for acceptable behavior in some parts of the world.


Saturday, March 20, 2004

Essay: The Honesty Virus

What an interesting premise! The basic idea is that we tell FEWER lies online than we do in person because we've grown used to the idea that what we say online is archieved and available forever. If we lie online it's more likely to come back at us sometime in the future - as opposed to in live conversation were it may be forgotten or denied later.

Hadn't really occurred to me but it does seem that people are a little more careful about what they write on line these days.

Yahoo! News - U.S. Army Charges Six Soldiers for Cruelty in Iraq: "BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military charged six soldiers on Saturday with offenses including cruelty, mistreatment and assault following a criminal investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse at a jail in Iraq. "

What I find remarkable about this story is the fact that this "occupier" is willing to charge its own soldiers with crimes like this. What was the last occupying army that prosecuted its own soldiers for crimes against those being occupied? What was the last occupying army that allowed the people it was occupying to protest against it in the streets?

Make no mistake, what we're seeing in Iraq is not imperialism.

Economist.com | Tourism in Somalia: "HE HAS perhaps the world's hardest job, but very little to do. Abdi Jimale Osman is Somalia's minister of tourism. His inbox is always empty; unsurprisingly, given that his anarchic homeland has not had a single officially acknowledged tourist in 14 years. "

Wow, talk about a lousy job.


Thursday, March 18, 2004

There are a number of secretaries at my workplace who have unopened boxes of their business cards tucked away on a shelf at their desk. I asked one once why she doesn't give her cards out. "I don't want to waste them" she said.

She's wasting them by leaving them on the shelf. The point of a business card is to get it out in the public eye. She should carry a dozen in her purse. Drop one in the contest box at every restaurant she goes to. Give one to her dentist, her dog groomer, her cousin.

Don't waste them.


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Lord, protect me from those to whom you speak directly.
FOXNews.com - Top Stories - Tenn. County Officials Seek to Ban Gays: "DAYTON, Tenn. � Rhea County (search) commissioners unanimously voted to ask state lawmakers to introduce legislation amending Tennessee's criminal code so the county can charge homosexuals (search) with crimes against nature."

What a remarkably small collection of people.

IOL: CIA 'missed chance to kill bin Laden': "Secret spy footage taken from an unmanned drone over Afghanistan in Autumn 2000 shows what some intelligence analysts believe is bin Laden."

Interesting that this footage gets released now, isn't it, in the middle of the election campaign? I guess if you can't catch Osama releasing footage (4 year old footage, I note) of him is the next best thing. Conveys the notion that we're making progress; that we're close.

Hopefully nobody will notice that the footage is dated fall of 2000, a year before the 9/11 attacks.

There I go being cynical again.


Tuesday, March 16, 2004

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | French PM is sent 'terror letter': "French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has received a letter from an unknown Muslim group that threatened to attack France, French officials say.
A group calling itself Servants of Allah, the Powerful and Wise One sent the message via Le Parisien newspaper. "

Here's a crazy thought. In light of all the sentiment against Spain for threatening to give in to the terrorists and withdraw troops from Iraq, maybe this letter is actually the work of some group that wants to show that countries who vigorously opposed the war in Iraq may be targets too.


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