Bombshell! I know that many

Bombshell! I know that many students get busted by going online and copying term papers off the Net, but now the UK Government and Colin Powell have been found doing the same thing when presenting their “book report” to the U.N. Do you think they will get expelled from class?

No 10 admits mistake in copying Iraq dossier
by pa news
Downing Street today said it made a mistake in failing to acknowledge that a large section of a dossier on Saddam Hussein was copied from a Californian postgraduate student’s outdated thesis.
The dossier was designed to help win over sceptics by outlining Iraq’s alleged efforts to hide its weapons of mass destruction. It said UN weapons inspectors were outnumbered by 200 to one by Iraqi agents trying to deceive them, and provided “up to date details” of Iraq’s security organisations.
Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State, even recommended it to the world in his keynote UN presentation on Wednesday, in which he called the document a “fine paper”.
But it emerged overnight that much of the document was lifted from a paper by Ibrahim al-Marashi, from Monterey, California – who was researching material relating to the build-up to the 1991 Gulf War and not to the current situation.

Cowboy Bebop

I’m currently catching up with the anime series known as Cowboy Bebop.
I’ve known about Cowboy Bebop since buying the soundtracks back in 1999, but this is the first time I’ve watched the show. It really starts going by the third episode, and now I’m hooked. I dole one episode a night to myself.
The other reason to like Cowboy Bebop, apart from the music, the humor, the brilliant post-Blade Runner pop design, is leading lady Faye Valentine. Everybody loves Faye.

Hotcha!
Borrowed from All That Jazz.

Just as I was finding

Just as I was finding it hard to believe that so many people are swallowing Colin Powell’s “evidence” against Iraq, I came across this piece of lunacy:
Catholics Flock to Fence-Post Virgin Mary

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Catholics in the Australian city of Sydney are flocking to pray at a fence post at Coogee beach which they believe projects an image of the Virgin Mary.

Yes, it looks like the Virgin Mary–if you have glaucoma.

Thanks to the lunacy of

Thanks to the lunacy of the Idiot in Washington, the Idiot in North Korea is talking pre-emptive strike. This is exactly the kind of crap that we’ve been saying will happen.

Guardian Unlimited | N Korea threatens US with first strike Jonathan Watts in Pyongyang
Thursday February 6, 2003
The Guardian
North Korea is entitled to launch a pre-emptive strike against the US rather than wait until the American military have finished with Iraq, the North’s foreign ministry told the Guardian yesterday.
Warning that the current nuclear crisis is worse than that in 1994, when the peninsula stood on the brink of oblivion, a ministry spokesman called on Britain to use its influence with Washington to avert war.
“The United States says that after Iraq, we are next”, said the deputy director Ri Pyong-gap, “but we have our own countermeasures. Pre-emptive attacks are not the exclusive right of the US.”

Goodbye Cruel World Wide Web

Goodbye Cruel World Wide Web
A 21-year-old by the name of Brandon Vedas was bragging on his IRC chat about how “hardcore” he was, while he injested a druggie cocktail of Klonopin, Methadone, Restoril and Inderal, along with side orders of marijuana and 151-proof rum. His baffled chatroom buddies egged him on until he stopped typing and slumped over in his chair. A small debate then raged about calling 911 (seeings many knew him personally), but most worried about getting the guy busted for having some pot on him. That’s what friends are for! Now, he’s dead. How hardcore is that?
You can read the chat transcript, which reads like Dada poetry, here.
Watch as local Arizona politicians seek to outlaw IRC, the Internet, Web cams, keyboards, etc. “what about the children?” etc. etc.