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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

EconoPundit

Numbers are not my thing. Never have been. My eyes sorta glaze over when looking at the details of the economy. Fortunately, this blogger’s eyes don’t glaze over, and his explanations of the economy are understandable, even by me…..

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

Microsoft Sees Open-Source Threat Looming Ever Larger

Wait, a non political post! Yep. This is an important story. I’ve been using OpenOffice for some time now. Few bugs, and almost as full featured as the $400 product from Microsoft. And, drum roll please, its free.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

EconoPundit
Numbers are not my thing. Never have been. My eyes sorta glaze over when looking at the details of the economy. Fortunately, this blogger’s eyes don’t glaze over, and his explanations of the economy are understandable, even by me…..

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

Microsoft Sees Open-Source Threat Looming Ever Larger
Wait, a non political post! Yep. This is an important story. I’ve been using OpenOffice for some time now. Few bugs, and almost as full featured as the $400 product from Microsoft. And, drum roll please, its free.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

Susan Estrich from Last Wednesday

Oh my.

Good commentary on the above from The Kerry Spot at National Review.

Interestingly, a Nexis search reveals that only the Myrtle Beach Sun-News has run Estrich’s column. Now, her column in syndicated, and I suspect some newspapers don’t put their syndicated material on Lexis-Nexis (otherwise a George Will column would show up a hundred times). But I wonder if a lot of editors looked at the unsubstantiated allegations, reviewed the libel laws, and deposited her column in the circular file.

Could be a long two months, with Clinton sidelined but still active, per this from The New York Times.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

BoiFromTroy

Interesting site. A whole different perspective on the Conventions, very much checking out.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

Susan Estrich from Last Wednesday
Oh my.
Good commentary on the above from The Kerry Spot at National Review.

Interestingly, a Nexis search reveals that only the Myrtle Beach Sun-News has run Estrich�s column. Now, her column in syndicated, and I suspect some newspapers don�t put their syndicated material on Lexis-Nexis (otherwise a George Will column would show up a hundred times). But I wonder if a lot of editors looked at the unsubstantiated allegations, reviewed the libel laws, and deposited her column in the circular file.

Could be a long two months, with Clinton sidelined but still active, per this from The New York Times.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

BoiFromTroy
Interesting site. A whole different perspective on the Conventions, very much checking out.

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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

More From the Chechen Front

Alla Gadieyeva, 24, who was taken captive with her 7-year-old son and mother, said the militants displayed terrifying brutality from the start. One gunman, whose pockets were stuffed with grenades, held up the corpse of a man just shot in front of hundreds of hostages and warned: “If a child utters even a sound, we’ll kill another one.”

When children fainted from lack of sleep, food and water, their masked and camouflaged captors simply sneered, she said, adding that adults implored children to drink their own urine in the intolerable heat of the gym.

She and other hostages said there was a little water but no food the first day. The hostages got nothing to eat or drink after that.

Gadieyeva told of three days of unspeakable horror — of children so frightened they couldn’t sleep, of captors coolly threatening to kill off hostages one by one. The gym where they were held was so cramped there was hardly room to move.

“We were in complete fear,” said Gadieyeva, who spoke to an Associated Press reporter as she lay collapsed with exhaustion on a stretcher outside a hospital. “People were praying all the time, and those that didn’t know how to pray — we taught them.”

And the stories appear to indicate an Arab connection, backing up Michael Isikoff’s story of Thursday about links to Al-Qaida.

Here, from The Washington Post, 2003

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for this one.



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Posted by Mark on September 6, 2004

World War IV: The Chechen Front

Putin’s speech has been under reported. It is self seaching and in its own way as profound as President Bush’s September 14th 2001 speech.

Above is the translated text from The New York Times. Here are a couple of excerpts.

It is a difficult and bitter task for me to speak. A horrible tragedy happened in our land. During these last few days, each one of us suffered immensely, having all that happened in the Russian city of Beslan run through our hearts. We were confronted not just by murderers, but those who used their weapons against defenseless children.

And another, incredibly introspective and poignant:

We all expected changes, changes for the better, but found ourselves absolutely unprepared for much that changed in our lives. The question is why. We live in conditions of a transitional economy and a political system that do not correspond to the development of society. We live in conditions of aggravated internal conflicts and ethnic conflicts that before were harshly suppressed by the governing ideology.

We stopped paying due attention to issues of defense and security. We allowed corruption to affect the judiciary and law enforcement systems. In addition to that, our country, which once had one of the mightiest systems of protecting its borders, suddenly found itself unprotected either from West or East.

And finally, this:

We cannot but see the evident: we are dealing not with separate acts of intimidation, not with individual forays of terrorists. We are dealing with the direct intervention of international terror against Russia, with total and full-scale war, which again and again is taking away the lives of our compatriots.

All the world’s experience shows that such wars do not end quickly. In these conditions, we simply cannot, we should not, live as carelessly as before.

We must create a more effective security system, and demand from our law enforcement agencies actions adequate in level and scale to the new threats.

But what is more important is a mobilization of the nation before the general threat. Events in other countries prove that terrorists meet the most effective rebuff where they confront not only the power of the state but also an organized and united civil society

Profound words, from an old, yet also new Ally.

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