Thursday, July 28, 2005
More Against LakoffianismLakoff and many of his boosters say we need to "frame the debate." How useful is this non-strategy? Well, it would be _somewhat_ useful if it couldn't be turned around, nearly instantly, and adopted by the scum-sucking enemies of rationality! For example, from the latest David Brooks column, concerning the (then unknown) choice for Supreme Court Associate Justice...
Nobody will care about superficial first impressions or identity politics tokenism a few years from now. What will matter in decades to come is whether you picked a philosophical powerhouse. Did you pick someone capable of writing the sort of bold and meaty opinions that will shift the frame of debate and shake up law students for generations?Bah and Fie
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Waron HateIf you listen to White House spokesperson Scott McLellan today, you'd come to understand, as I have, that our enemies aren't motivate by any sense of national pride, Arab unity, Muslim comraderie, or any previous injustice. They are, in fact, motivated by an ideology of hate. What I suggest is we start another Waron, this one called the Waron Hate. How can we possibly defeat hate unless we start a Waron it? So, let it out, boys and girls. Point fingers and name names. Who are these evil-doing hate-mongers? I'm sure Sean Hannity never encourages anyone to hate anything. He always teaches us to respect the views of others. Not Rush Limbaugh, who carefully analyzes his subject matter from all sides. Well, the only one who is safe, for sure, is Barney the Purple Dinosaur. God hates figs, fags and shrimp, so he's not going to make the cut.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Nice Article To ReadI think Chavez was elected, and not recalled, in basically fair elections, but the United States has spent effort to overthrow him because they don't like his politics. That's nasty. Well, it wasn't just the Bush administration. This article, from the Columbia Journalism Review, explains how the anti-Chavez sentiment has been pervasive in the Venezuelan media, in part, as one prominent journalist describes in the article "Reporters bought the argument that you have to put journalistic standards aside, that if we don’t get rid of Chavez, we will have communism and Fidelismo." UPDATE: I should point out, lest the opposite conclusion be reached, that the opposition was mostly Venezuelan. Businesspeople and the elites against the government, and who ran most all of the presses.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Roberts Opinion Tool, CompletedNote, since almost all 4th Circuit cases are heard before three judges, no one can "join" in a dissent or concurring opinion.
|WUD||Wrote Unanimous Decision|
|WC||Wroge Concurring Opinion|
|JUD||Joined in Unanimous Decision|
|JO||Joined in Opinion|
|JD||Joined in Dissent|
|CD||Wrote Concurring in Part, Dissenting in Part|
|PRD||Petition For Review Denied|
|2004 - 12|
|JUD||03-3077||United States of America vs. Serita L. Morton (Argued 11/12/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|JO||02-1199||Entergy Services, Inc. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 9/10/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||03-3149 & 03-3150||United States of America vs. Jake West (Argued 10/14/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1423||National Treasury Employees Union vs. Federal Labor Relations Authority (Argued 10/12/04 DBS, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3061||United States of America vs. Jeffrey L. Morgan (Argued 10/8/04 HTE, KLH, JGR)|
|WO||03-3100||United States of America vs. Luther E. Mellen, III (Argued 10/15/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1038||Northern California Power Agency vs. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, et al. (Argued 11/19/04 ARR, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7165||Christopher Manion vs. Roy W. Krieger (Argued 12/8/04 HTE, JWR, JGR)|
|2004 - 11|
|JUD||03-1295||Delta Radio, Inc. vs. Federal Communications Commission (Argued 9/13/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-5228||Thaddeus Fletcher vs. District of Columbia, et al. (On Appellant's Petition for Rehearing DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7095||Michael H. Price, et al. vs. Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Argued 9/28/04 DHG, HTE, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7079||United States of America, ex rel. Richard Williams vs. Martin-Baker Aircraft Company, LTD., et al. (Argued 9/13/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1369 & 03-1422||Resort Nursing Home, et al. vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 9/28/04 DHG, HTE, JGR)|
|JUD||04-7006||Kerry Fox, et al. vs. American Airlines, Inc. (Argued 10/12/04 DBS, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||04-7010||Mick's at Pennsylvania Avenue, Inc., et al. vs. BOD, Inc., et al. (Argued 10/15/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|2004 - 10|
|PC||03-5169||National Wrestling Coaches Association, et al. vs. Department of Education (On Appellants' Petition for Rehearing and Petition for Rehearing En Banc)|
|WUD||03-3026||United States of America vs. Anthony L. Holmes (Argued 9/10/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||03-3139||United States of America vs. Darin M. Tucker (Argued 9/28/04 DHG, HTE, JGR)|
|WUD||03-7149||Tracey V. Hedgepeth, as best friend to Ansche Hedgepeth vs. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, et al. (Argued 9/17/04 KLH, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||01-7203||Cynthia Jacobs Carter vs. George Washington University (Argued 9/10/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|2004 - 09|
|2004 - 08|
|JUD||02-3028||United States of America vs. Juan Petis McLendon (Argued 2/6/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||02-3102||United States of America vs. Alfred Eli, a/k/a Begod (Argued 2/9/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|WO||03-7128||United States of America, ex rel. Edward L. Totten vs. Bombardier Corporation, et al. (Argued 4/20/04 JWR, MBG, JGR)|
|2004 - 07|
|JUD||03-3037||United States of America vs. Lydell Ellerbe (Argued 2/12/04 HTE, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3059||United States of America vs. Dorothy Quigley (Argued 5/10/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|WUD||01-1480||National Council of Resistance of Iran vs. Department of State, et al. (Argued 4/2/04 KLH, MBG, JGR)|
|JO||03-7044||Adam Barbour vs. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Argued 2/10/04 DBS, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1179||Williams Gas Processing - Gulf Coast Company, L. P., et al. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 5/10/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||01-5432||Cedric Stokes a/k/a Abdus Salaam Muhammed vs. United States Parole Commission (Argued 12/8/03 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|WUD||02-1121||Midwest ISO Transmission Owners, et al. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 4/23/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1396||Verizon Telephone Companies, et al. vs. Federal Communications Commission, et al. (Argued 4/22/04 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7121||Rochelle Jaffe, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate ofEve Jaffe vs. Pallotta Teamworks, A California Corporation, et al., et al. (Argued 4/20/04 JWR, MBG, JGR)|
|PC||99-1020||BP West Coast Products LLC vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, et al. (Argued 11/12/03 DBS, JWR, JGR)|
|WUD||03-3069||United States of America vs. Monte F. Brown, Jr. (Argued 3/11/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|WUD||03-3087||United States of America vs. Arnett C. Smith (Argued 4/20/04 JWR, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1213||Communications and Control, Inc. vs. Federal Communications Commission (Argued 4/2/04 KLH, ARR, JGR)|
|WUD||03-5329||In re: Gordon R. England Secretary of the Navy et al., vs. Consolidated wit (Argued 4/22/04 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7117||Blake Kilburn, Individually on his own behalf, and as Executor of the Estate of Peter C. Kilburn, deceased vs. Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, et al. (Argued 5/14/04 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|2004 - 06|
|JUD||03-1322||American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Atlanta Metro Area Local vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 5/11/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3058||United States of America vs. Maurice W. Hayes, a/k/a Mo (Argued 3/12/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|CD||03-5232||Clifford Acree, Colonel, et al. vs. Republic of Iraq, et al. (Argued 4/7/04 HTE, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1161 & 03-1192||Stanford Hospital and Clinics vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 3/12/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7110||The Herero People's Reparations Corporation, a District of Columbia Corporation, et al. vs. Deutsche Bank, A.G., et al. (Argued 4/2/04 KLH, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||02-5228||Thaddeus A. Fletcher vs. District of Columbia, et al. (Argued 12/8/03 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1020||Independent Equipment Dealers Association vs. Environmental Protection Agency (Argued 2/10/04 JWR, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||03-7092||Bow G. Jung vs. Mundy, Holt & Mance, P.C., et al. (Argued 5/11/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7135||Raytheon Company vs. Ashborn Agencies, Ltd. (Argued 5/10/04 DHG, DBS, JGR)|
|2004 - 05|
|JUD||03-7075||National Railroad Passenger Corporation vs. Lexington Insurance Company, et al. (Argued 1/9/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1162||Consumers Energy Company vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 3/8/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-5256||American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO vs. James M. Loy, In his official capacity as Under Secretary of Transportation (Argued 4/22/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|2004 - 04|
|JUD||02-1334||Dunkin' Donuts Mid-Atlantic Distribution Center, Inc. vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 12/8/03 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1129 & 03-1146||Evergreen America Corporation vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 2/12/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1127||National Association of Government Employees, Local R5-136 vs. Federal Labor Relations Authority, Washington, D.C. (Argued 2/6/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||03-5163||International Action Center, et al. vs. United States of America, et al. (Argued 2/6/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1185||Charles R. Duchek vs. National Transportation Safety Board, et al. (Argued 3/9/04 DHG, ARR, JGR)|
|2004 - 03|
|JUD||03-1141||Association of Civilian Technicians, Wichita Air Capitol Chapter vs. Federal Labor Relations Authority (Argued 1/9/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-3073||United States of America v. Lawrence E. Thomas (Argued 12/9/03 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||02-1307||S.A. Storer and Sons Co. v. Secretary of Labor (Argued 10/14/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||03-3104||United States of America v. David C. Stanfield (Argued 2/9/04 HTE, MBG, JGR)|
|WC||03-1008||PDK Laboratories Inc. v. Drug Enforcement Administration (Argued 11/7/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|2004 - 02|
|PC||03-1215||Gail Godwin vs. Secretary of Housing and Urban Develpment (Submitted JWR, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1031 & 03-1099||LeMoyne Owen College v. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 12/9/03 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||02-1060||In re: James M. Tennant (Argued 1/9/04 DBS, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3006||United States of America v. Adrian D. Williams (Argued 1/13/04 HTE, JGR, SFW)|
|WUD||03-5025||Gilbert M. Graham v. John D. Ashcroft, in his official capacity as U.S. Attorney General, et al. (Argued 1/13/04 HTE, JGR, SFW)|
|2004 - 01|
|PC||02-5387||Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. v. Department of Energy, et al. (Argued 11/6/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||02-7120||Morris J. Warren v. District of Columbia (Argued 11/13/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||03-5020||Julian M. Whitaker, et al. vs. Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al. (Argued 11/10/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|WUD||02-1253||Sierra Club vs. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (Argued 10/10/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-5304||Robert Harris, et al. vs. Federal Aviation Administration, et al. (Argued 10/10/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-7086||English-Speaking Union vs. James Johnson, et al. (Argued 10/14/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|2003 - 12|
|PRD||02-1300||International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 470, AFL-CIO v. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 10/17/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-5278||Tax Analysts v. Internal Revenue Service (Argued 10/10/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-3113||United States of America vs. Kinley W. Howard (Argued 11/10/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||02-5294||Carey Dunai Lohrenz v. Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness, et al. (Argued 9/19/03 JWR, JGR, LHS)|
|PRD||00-1369 & 00-1370||BDPCS, Inc. vs. Federal Communications Commission (Argued 11/6/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|WUD||03-7016||I.T. Consultants, Inc. vs. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, et al. (Argued 11/7/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|WUD||02-5391||Sonya G. Stewart vs. Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce, et al. (Argued 11/7/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||03-3003||United States of America vs. Michael A. Riley (Argued 11/13/03 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||03-7015 & 03-7053||Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. vs. Verizon Internet Services, Inc. (Argued 9/16/03 DHG, JGR, SFW)|
|PRD||02-1311||American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, National Veterans Affairs Council 53 v. Federal Labor Relations Authority (Argued 10/16/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|2003 - 11|
|JUD||02-3089||United States of America v. Lawrence Michael Seiler (Argued 10/16/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||02-5277||City of Roseville, A California Charter City, et al. v. Gale A. Norton, in her official capacity as United States Secretary of Interior, et al. (Argued 9/18/03 JWR, JGR, LHS)|
|WUD||02-1208 & 02-1269||Sioux Valley Rural Television, Inc., et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, et al. (Argued 10/17/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||02-5311||Felix S. Bloch v. Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State (Argued 10/14/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||02-7118 & 02-7119||DSMC Incorporated v. Convera Corporation (Argued 10/16/03 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|2003 - 10|
|JUD||02-1166||Marseilles Land and Water Company v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 9/18/03 JWR, JGR, LHS)|
|JUD||02-5056||The Williams Companies, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 9/16/03 DHG, JGR, SFW)|
|WUD||02-1283||Tilak S. Ramaprakash v. Federal Aviation Administration, et al. (Argued 9/18/03 JWR, JGR, LHS)|
|WUD||02-3085||United States of America vs. Steven M. Bolla (Argued 9/19/03 JWR, JGR, LHS)|
|PC||01-5387||Brett C. Kimberlin, et al. v. United States Department of Justice, et al. (On Appellants' Petition for Rehearing En Banc)|
|WUD||02-1312||Consumer Electronics Association v. Federal Communications Commission, et al. (Argued 9/16/03 DHG, JGR, SFW)|
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Preliminary Research Tools for Judge JG Roberts, USSC NomineeHere is every decision (2005 to start) in which Judge JG Roberts of the 4th Circuit Court, the DC Circuit, heard. Chances are that the gray-ish opinions are less interesting than the non-gray opinions. Non-gray implies that there was some dissent, a minority report, so to speak.
|WUD||Wrote Unanimous Decision|
|WC||Wrote Concurring Opinion|
|JUD||Joined in Unanimous Decision|
|JO||Joined in Opinion|
|JD||Joined in Dissent|
|CD||Wrote Concurring in Part, Dissenting in Part|
|PRD||Petition For Review Denied|
|2005 - 07|
|JO||04-5393||Salim Ahmed Hamdan vs. Donald H. Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense, et al. (Argued 4/7/05 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||04-5061||Melvin Porter vs. Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (Argued 5/6/05 DHG, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||04-7089||Timothy R. Booker vs. Robert Half International, Inc. (Argued 3/10/05 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|WO||04-1058||Mike Brady, et al. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 3/4/05 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||04-5048||National Association of Home Builders, et al. vs. Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the United States Department of Interior, et al. (Argued 12/3/04 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|2005 - 06|
|JUD||03-1308||City of Naples Airport Authority vs. Federal Aviation Administration (Argued 3/4/05 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||03-5370||Milton Joseph Taylor vs. United States Probation Office, et al. (Argued 4/4/05 HTE, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||04-3135||United States of America vs. Talib D. Watson (Argued 5/5/05 DBS, ARR, JGR)|
|WUD||04-3067||United States of America vs. Willie Lawson (Argued 4/12/05 ARR, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||04-5006 & 04-4007||Amoco Production Company vs Rebecca W Watson, Asst Secretary for Land and Mineral Management, et al. (Argued 2/14/05 HTE, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||03-7191||TMR Energy Limited vs. State Property Fund of Ukraine (Argued 11/15/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||04-1280||Town of Springfield, New Jersey, et al. vs. Surface Transportation Board, et al. (Argued 5/19/05 ARR, MBG, JGR)|
|WUD||04-7059||Phyllis J. Outlaw vs Airtech Air Condition and Heating, Inc., et al. (Argued 4/5/05 HTE, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||04-1172 & 04-1198||ITT Industries, Inc. vs. National Labor Relations Board (Argued 4/12/05 ARR, MBG, JGR)|
|2005 - 05|
|JO||05-5131||CSX Transportation, Inc. vs. Anthony A. Williams, In his official capacity as Mayor of the District of Columbia, et al. (Argued 4/27/05 KLH, ARR, JGR)|
|JUD||04-5197||John F. Kreis vs. Secretary of the Air Force, In his official capacity (Argued 4/5/05 HTE, JWR, JGR)|
|PRD||04-1127||Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. vs. Secretary of Labor (Argued 12/6/04 DHG, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1147||SBC Communications Inc. vs. Federal Communications Commission, et al. (Argued 2/17/05 DBS, JGR, SFW)|
|PC||04-1182||Xcel Energy Services Inc. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Submitted DHG, JWR, JGR)|
|JUD||04-7060||Marian R. Wagener, On behalf of herself and on behalf of all others similarly situated, et al. vs. SBC Pension Benefit Plan - Non Bargained Program (Argued 2/11/05 HTE, DBS, JGR)|
|JUD||04-5240||Luck's Music Library, Inc., et al. vs. Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, et al. (Argued 3/10/05 ARR, JGR, SFW)|
|CD||04-5057||American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations vs. Elaine Chao, US Secretary of Labor (Argued 12/08/04 HTE, JWR, JGR) (Concurring in part and dissenting in part)|
|2005 - 04|
|WUD||04-5138 & 04-5142||Universal City Studios LLLP, et al. vs. Marybeth Peters, in her official capacity as Register of Copyrights, et al. (Argued 2/17/05 DBS, JGR, SFW)|
|JUD||04-1049||Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation Garland vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, et al. (Argued 2/15/05 DST, MBG, JGR)|
|WC||04-1157||National Treasury Employees Union vs. Sentelle Federal Labor Relations Authority (Argued 2/11/05 HTE, DBS, JGR)|
|2005 - 03|
|JUD||03-7129||Kathleen Robertson vs. American Airlines, Inc. (Argued 11/16/04 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|PC||03-3087||United States of America vs. Arnett C. Smith (On Petition for Rehearing) (JWR, MBG, JGR)|
|2005 - 02|
|WUD||02-3082||United States of America vs. Ronald James Toms, a/k/a Block (Argued 11/15/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3103||United States of America vs. Robert D. Garner (Argued 10/14/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1092 & 03-1097||Public Service Commission of the Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 1/7/05 ARR, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1355||Augustin B. Jombo, vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (Argued 12/3/04 KLH, DST, JGR)|
|2005 - 01|
|JUD||03-5303||Martha Hutchinson vs. Central Intelligence Agency, et al. (Argued 11/15/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|WUD||03-5313||Michael J. Koszola vs. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Argued 11/16/04 DHG, MBG, JGR)|
|JUD||03-1455||Carus Chemical Company vs. Environmental Protection Agency (Argued 10/14/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|JUD||03-3119||United States of America vs. Ricky Moore (Argued 10/15/04 DHG, KLH, JGR)|
|WUD||03-1431||AT&T Corporation vs. Federal Communications Commission, et al. (Argued 11/12/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||03-5182||Oscar L. Thomas vs. Anthony J. Principi, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, et al. (Argued 11/12/04 DHG, DST, JGR)|
|JUD||04-1020||DTE Energy Company, et al. vs. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Argued 12/6/04 DHG, JWR, JGR)|
|WUD||04-1021||American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Capital Area Council 26 vs. Federal Labor Relations Authority (Argued 11/19/04 ARR, JWR, JGR)|
|WO||04-5026||Frank Taucher, et al. vs. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, et al. (Argued 10/8/04 HTE, KLH, JGR)|
WeirdHow bad were the guys _before_ the Taleban, that made the Afghans appreciate the young Islamists? So bad, that the UK has just jailed one of the 1992-1996 warlords, Zardad by name, for "heinous" offences like conspiracy to commit torture and take hostages. Zardad supposedly kept a guy chained up, and would release him to attack, bite and eat people. This is being hailed as a victory for human rights, as I hear "the human dog" didn't get minimum wage, and had neither medical nor dental insurance. What kind of monster must Zardad have been to ask someone to chew people alive for a living, and _not_ provide world-class dental coverage. Zardad will likely do twenty years in prison. H Karzai had the human dog put to death a couple years ago. As a side note, Zardad was found running a pizza parlour in South London... and you wondered why that slice tasted funny.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Why Not Free Trade?It would be one thing to shoot to shit the stupid arguments of people like pro-trade Republicans who claim that only through riches do we find Democracy. It is more important, however, to make the positive argument, why is free trade with tyranny a bad idea. First, what is tyranny? I will use China as an example because so much effort was expended by corporate America to get Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. Here is Nader's group, the pro-PNTR US China Org, Human Rights Watch, and the vote tally from ConservativeUSA. China is basically a one-party state, and kills political activists. All unions are organized by the party, and you can be killed for trying to start an independent union. The top ranks of the Chinese government is self-selecting, i.e. the last dictator chooses his own succesor, often by gaining enough power to purge opposition figures from government, if not from life itself. Which is going to be cheaper, labor in a free country,
- where people can (ostensibly) unite to demand higher wages,
- are free to politically agitate,
- and are regulated by alternating powers who form a check on each other's excesses,
CorporatismWe've got pro-trade corporate Democrats, mostly from the Democrat Leadership Council, and pro-trade corporate Republicans. Nothing I've said in this blog meant to suggest that R Nader was completely incorrect when he said the parties were identical. They are not identical. They both, however, are serving corporate interests above any others. Here's Adam Smith's 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, page 267, Glasgow edition, on the topic of corporate sponsored legislation.
The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from this order, ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted, till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The Federalist Society FraudWhy does the Federalist Society call itself that? It is a fraud. The Federalists believed in a strong, centralized government, while the Democratic-Republicans believed in State's Rights. The Federalist Society is, in some degrees, a secret society.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
DoD PresentsThe Brookings Insitution has put together a bunch of Iraq facts called the "Iraq Index" and, giving them the benefit of the doubt on the numbers, here is a selection (from pages 14 and 15 of the pdf).
|5000||Number of Insurgents, At Large Nov03-Apr04|
|35,000||Number of Insurgents, Killed or Captured, Nov03-Jun05|
|15,000-20,000||Number of Insurgents, At Large Jun05|
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
It MUST Be TrueI mean, Joseph Farah, owner/operator of the ever-reliable WorldNetDaily, has this to say, here
According to captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, the plan is called the "American Hiroshima" and involves the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S.Will this fucknut get a talking to?
Al-Qaida has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union
In addition to detonating its own nuclear weapons already planted in the U.S., military sources also say there is evidence to suggest al-Qaida is paying former Russian special forces Spetznaz to assist the terrorist group in locating nuclear weapons formerly concealed inside the U.S. by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Osama bin Laden's group is also paying nuclear scientists from Russia and Pakistan to maintain its existing nuclear arsenal and assemble additional weapons with the materials it has invested hundreds of millions in procuring over a period of 10 years.
It is designed as a final deadly blow of defeat to the U.S.
Bin Laden, according to Williams, has nearly unlimited funds to spend on his nuclear terrorism plan because he has remained in control of the Afghanistan-produced heroin industry.
According to Williams' sources, thousands of al-Qaida sleeper agents have now been forward deployed into the U.S. to carry out their individual roles in the coming "American Hiroshima" plan.
There is virtually no doubt among intelligence analysts al-Qaida has obtained fully assembled nuclear weapons, according to Williams. The only question is how many. Estimates range between a dozen and 70.
A Fresh New Movie, and a ClassicI don't even know who made it, but here is the hilarious George Bush Spindoctor movie, starring George Bush, Andy Dick and Arianna Huffington. And this, from the 2004 GOP Convention, often called Keeping America Scared. Enjoy, but please don't link to this site for these movies.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Interviewing the Iraqi ResistanceFrom CounterPunch today. The cover story is Paul Craig Roberts pointing out how terribly "free-trade" is working for America. This interview with someone familiar with the resistance, however, includes this paragraph, which helps a person distinguish the different types of attacks in Iraq.
LS: How should the world distinguish between those groups who belong to the Iraqi National Resistance and those who do not?
MO: By actions. It is known to all Iraqis that any operation carried out by the resistance targets the occupation and the security forces. It must be kept in mind that at this point in time, with the absence of any true sovereignty in Iraq, the security forces are merely an extension of the occupation itself. Those operations that do otherwise and target civilians can be said for certain to not belong to the National Resistance. For example, hundreds upon hundreds of university professors, military pilots, scientists and doctors have been killed in Iraq. What possible benefit would the resistance have in attacking our country's most talented and educated people? It is clear to all Iraqis that there are foreign fingers pulling the triggers to commit these crimes and murder the human resources of Iraq, all the while attempting to steal the country's natural resources.
American Prospect is Often GoodPlease ignore Matt Yglesias, but they have Robert McIntyre, who is simply outstanding on tax matters, as the linked article shows, and Cass Sunstein, perhaps the premiere lefty article writing lawyer in the country. In fact, on tax matters I generally defer to Mr McIntyre, who also runs the invaluable Citizens for Tax Justice, and Mr. Sunstein once replied to an e-mail of mine :). Welcome to my echo chamber (from the McIntyre peice)...
First and foremost, we need to stress that Bush’s panel is ﬂat-out lying when it pretends that its recommendations are "revenue neutral." In truth, the panel is promoting a $7 trillion tax-cut plan designed to bankrupt our country in perpetuity.
Second, we need to condemn Bush’s panel for proposing to further shift taxes away from the rich and onto everyone else. We’ll have plenty of allies, because the public is decidedly against paying higher taxes for fewer public services.
Too FunnyNear the 80th Anniversary of the Scopes "monkey" trial, one of the premiere proponents of ID (Idiotic Design) says
I’m predicting that Bush and Benedict XVI will play much the same role in the distintegration of evolution (i.e., the ateleological materialistic form of it that currently dominates the West) as Reagan and John Paul II did in the disintegration of communism.Teleology (I had to look it up) talks about function and design, and was used in the original Darwin battles. A statement like "the eagle's wing is designed for soaring" is an example.
Monday, July 11, 2005
ALERT! ALERT!This has been a test. This has only been a test. If the terrorists were really on the verge of undermining the entire basis of western civilization, or even capturing Florida, you would already have heard about it. In they manage to nuke DC (rather than attack with kitchen knives or homemade explosives), we can carry on. The people there are very replacable, in the grand scheme of things, although it might take a week or two for things to get back to normal. In fact, we should be more on guard for those who would cancel elections and representative democracy (as aristocratic-republicanism is now known) in the face of such an attack far more than these imaginary, nuke-wielding attackers. They are the allies of the terrorists, for in abandoning democracy, they abandon the principles that make this whole damn system worth participating in. Please return to your normal activities. This has only been a test. How's the weather? Terrible president we're having.
Thomas PM Barnett, The Pentagon's New MapOn the one hand, if you want to know the Kool-Aid the Pentagon has been drinking lately, this guy is mixing up the batches. That said, it's such crap! Terrorists are generally educated people. This guy flips things upside down and claims that, generally, the problem is with cultures who are disconnected (socially? definitely economically) from the happy, global economic system. No bias whatsoever. UPDATE: OK, there is a level at which he is right, but, still, it's way too go-go-markets and seems to ignore reality and politics, imposing the map on the world. UPDATE: Further reflections. Was America part of Europe, or out in the gap, back in 1776? MORE: He seems blind to the idea that it is "our" (American, Western) "core" that he is so blithely spreading. Sure, I like being smart, too. But whether it is Jefferson and Franklin leading American newspaper readers or Lenin leading Russian peasants, it is usually the leaders who are educated, and others follow (or not) for reasons totally unrelated to "core-gap."
Sunday, July 10, 2005
The National Resources Defense Council, Energy By SectorDoes anyone remember this post of mine, about the uses of petroleum by sector? Well, check this article out, from the National Resources Defense Council, entitled "Blueprint for Disaster?". The article is about overall energy usage by sector, and the interviewed architect, Ed Mazria, says buildings are the real culprit in the overall (rather than oil) picture. By the way, the 4-way split found by Mazria is Industry 35%, Transportation 27%, Residential 21% and Commercial 17%. So, I made my own graph of the data
One note, the "Energy" line refers to the energy consumed in electricity production (after 1989 it includes independent power producers.) Energy is separate from the total. In other words, total energy consumption is represented by the four non-energy lines, and the red line represents the amount turned into electricity first.
Alger Hiss, Yeah RightCashill says so much crap I can't believe it. He says there weren't more than 2,000,000 Indians in all of North America when Colombus arrived. But I also looked up Alger Hiss. You find a dipshit who believes the Alger Hiss crap, that he wasn't more than a victim of scare mongering? This website is very complete. Now he is saying there is a Ward Churchill in every college and university in America except 3 or 4 he can name.
Fraud Jack CashillDipshit Jack Cashill says that nobody covered Alex Haley having to settle out of court for half his profits. This dipshit says that the only paper that covered it at the time was a local Besthesda paper. I guess this dipshit didn't ever hear Time Magazine. Then the dipshit says a journalist named Matthews was so powerful that the CIA simply went to sleep (re: Cuba). Then he goes off on Durante, who reported favorably on the Soviet Union... during the 1928-1932 period. It is simply a fact that during the Great Depression that put 25% of Americans were out of work, the Soviets were booming. He blames it all on a lack of faith in Jesus. Sorry, I had no idea how stupid he was. I wouldn't have brought it up if I'd known. How much of a dipshit is he? He claims that Mumia is like a rock star, and his fame is what got him off death row, but that nobody knew who he was. Aren't those entirely statements contradictory?
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Spare Time?A website dedicated to the subway system of North Korea. Lots of pictures in both the "photos" and "guidebook" sections. I have to tell you, it looks quite nice. The photographer has this comment at one point "This April 1999 picture of the entrance to Puhing Station was provided by Leonid Petrov. The fact that the Korean passengers are all very smartly dressed suggests that foreigners’ visits to the Metro are carefully organized."
IraqThanks to WIIIAI for the link to this former Tory MP opinion peice on Iraq. It is very good. Brookings, who I increasingly distrust as they get more and more connected with AEI, has published 40 pages that they call the Iraq Index. I don't know where they are getting their poll numbers, but at first glance they look good. Note: The report shows a lot of graphs with the most recent month trending down. That is, in part, because the most recent month is July, and it is only one fourth over.
Pape AgainBefore, Pape got quickly ignored when he showed that most suicide bombers weren't religious, nor were they criminals. But the NY Times made up for it a little when they ran an Op/Ed by Pape today. It includes this quote.
In December 2003, the Norwegian intelligence service found a lengthy Qaeda planning document on a radical Islamic Web site that described a coherent strategy for compelling the United States and its allies to leave Iraq. It made clear that more spectacular attacks against the United States like those of 9/11 would be insufficient, and that it would be more effective to attack America's European allies, thus coercing them to withdraw their forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and increasing the economic and military burdens that the United States would have to bear.Pape is not an idiot.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Bullshit Wars of the Past, SupportedNeo-fascist "John O'Sullivan" says, at the Corner, "In retrospect the Falklands war was a turning point in postwar British history. It restored national self-confidence (hammered after Suez)" I won't play with such small minds as John O'Sullivans on a regular basis, but I get particularly offended at people hurrah-ing past murderous stupidity. Was British self-confidence hurt after Suez? I have no idea, but I do know that every Franco-British-Israeli axis that tries a Suez in the future deserves destruction, not a loss of self-confidence. Let's look at brief history
Anthony Eden, the British prime minister, feared that Nasser intended to form an Arab Alliance that would cut off oil supplies to Europe. On 21st October Guy Mollet, Anthony Eden and David Ben-Gurion met in secret to discuss the problem. During these talks it was agreed to make a joint attack on Egypt.Fuck Britain, France and Israel and that war of aggression (and no reader of this blog thinks I don't think Iraq is of the same mold). And fuck John O'Sullivan for thinking the British people suffered some self-confidence for failing in their aggression. President DD Eisenhower wasn't perfect. But I enjoy, greatly, reading his response to the stupid, fuckheaded plans of Britain, as relayed on Aug 1, 1956
On 29th October 1956, the Israeli Army, led by General Moshe Dayan, invaded Egypt. Two days later British and French bombed Egyptian airfields. British and French troops landed at Port Said at the northern end of the Suez Canal on 5th November. By this time the Israelis had captured the Sinai peninsula.
President Dwight Eisenhower grew increasingly concerned about these developments. On 30th October he decided to take action and announced he was going to suspend aid to Israel in protest against its invasion of Egypt. The following day Eisenhower's secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, criticised Britain and France for trying to take the Suez Canal by force.
We recognize the transcendent worth of the Canal to the free world and the possibility that eventually the use of force might become necessary in order to protect international rights. But we have been hopeful that through a Conference in which would be represented the signatories to the Convention of 1888, as well as other maritime nations, there would be brought about such pressures on the Egyptian Government that the efficient operation of the Canal could be assured for the future.President Eisenhower might not have been a saint, but he knew fucking war, and knew that the British should have been smacked down for their ignorant, militaristic stupidity, recently defended by John O'Sullivan in the blog of the National Review Oncrack.
For my part, I cannot over-emphasize the strength of my conviction that some such method must be attempted before action such as you contemplate should be undertaken. If unfortunately the situation can finally be resolved only by drastic means, there should be no grounds for belief anywhere that corrective measures were undertaken merely to protect national or individual investors, or the legal rights of a sovereign nation were ruthlessly flouted. A conference, at the very least, should have a great education effort throughout the world. Public opinion here, and I am convinced, in most of the world, would be outraged should there be a failure to make such efforts. Moreover, initial military successes might be easy, but the eventual price might become far too heavy.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
A Totally Unusual ViewVia Lenin's Tomb I find the text of the Socialist Worker's response to the bombings in London. I don't have much to say about these matters. al-Qaeda, or whomever, are attacking vulnerable points. Transportation is basically impossible to regulate without uber-fascist police state level control, to the best of my knowledge. I still think it would be wiser to make some allowance for the religious beliefs of 1 billion Muslims as it respects the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and the efficacy of avoiding bullshit wars, like Iraq. Continued occupation of foreign lands, and support for the occupation of Palestine, are also problematic. The settlers are being removed from Gaza (although I never have heard mention of post-exit occupation by IDF troops) even as Sharon encourages the wall to go up faster. Without further ado, the Socialist Worker...
London is a centre of peace, the most multiracial city in Europe and a global centre of opposition to the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. A majority of those killed and wounded will have opposed the war in Iraq; some will have joined the huge marches for peace.
These bombings followed the biggest ever protest in Scotland’s history against world poverty. The anti-war message was everywhere on that magnificent march.
These bombings target ordinary people travelling by bus and underground to work and study; people who oppose Tony Blair’s support for George Bush and their occupation of Iraq. They are in no way a blow against imperialism or the G8 leaders, who are ensconced in a luxury hotel 450 miles north of London.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
New In TimelessI added P.T. Barnum's ART OF MONEY GETTING or, Golden Rules for Making Money to my timeless (timeless) section in my navbar. Have I ever mentioned that JAPAN'S OTHER EMPEROR: Taoist Politics and the Nancho Resurgence is one of the most, if not the most, interesting story on the entire internet? It's also in my timeless section.
US Encouraged To Set Date CertainHoping to get America to set a date for withdrawal from Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Afghanistan) are... Democrats? no. Russia, China, and Four out of Five Stans. Turkmenistan, I jokingly suggest, thinks that the US presence helps their allies in Islamic terrorism in their recruiting efforts.
Innocent Mistake or Academic FraudIn the paper "Condom Promotion for AIDS Prevention in the Developing World: Is it Working?" by Norman Hearst, MD, MPH1 and Sanny Chen, MHS1,2, the authors use footnotes fraudulently in an attemp to prove their points. This paper is available from the pro-abstinence Medical Institute for Sexual Health, in a pdf called "Evidence Monograph." First, a little background. Human Rights Watch has this report which is pretty useful. Basically, in 1987, Uganda began what it calls the ABC program for fighting HIV/AIDS, then ravaging the country. This included, but was not limited to, education of primary and secondary school children about HIV/AIDS, condoms, and the value of being abstinent before marriage and faithful after marriage. Uganda is often considered a success story, which, it turns out, is part of the problem. For Christian leaders, like President GW Bush, want to credit abstinence and faithfulness, and others want to credit condoms. Apparently, some groups are getting rich off condom distribution. Others want condoms stopped, because it violates their ethical or religious sentiments. Let's look at this one paragraph of the "Condom Promotion" paper by Hearst and Chen.
Condoms were not central to the initial (ie, pre-donor) response to the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. Messages focused on delaying sexual debut, abstinence, being faithful to a single partner (called "zero grazing"), and condoms, roughly in that order.Powerful facts, if they happened to be true. Let's look at the footnotes cited.
41,48Large- scale condom social marketing did not begin until the arrival of the foreign donors in the mid-1990s. 54In fact, as late as 1995, only 6% of Ugandan women and 16% of Ugandan men had ever used a condom, with consistent use being much lower. 48Although Ugandans now use more condoms, particularly with casual partners, these recent condom use rates cannot be credited for what happened earlier. 51
- 41: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Thailand Epidemiological Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (2002 Update). Geneva: UNAIDS; 2002. Link (pdf)
- 48: Kilmarx PH, Palanuvej T, Limpakarnjanarat K, Chitvarakorn A, St. Louis ME, Mastro TD. Seroprevalence of HIV among female sex workers in Bangkok: evidence of ongoing infection risk after the "100% condom program" was implemented. Journal Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 1999; 21(4):313-316. Link(abstract)
- 51: Stoneburner R, Carballo M, Bernstein R, Saidel T. Simulation of HIV incidence dynamics in the Rakai population-based cohort, Uganda. AIDS 1998; 12(2):226-228. Link(pay subscribers only)
- 54: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Commercial market strategies, Uganda report; 2001 Link(pdf)
CORRECTION: The Evidence Monograph containing this paper also contains a paper by Dr. Green of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. I didn't notice the pdf contained two papers, and originally, mistakenly, connected Dr. Green with the fraudulent footnotes.
Ray Takeyh on the recent elections in IranPeople often define Iran's government as a despotic regime. Takeyh quote clearly says that the Guardian Council had a candidate in the elections, and their guy didn't even get to the second round of the elections. Talk about a flawed tyranny, they can't even get their favored candidate elected! Takeyh describes the new President of Iran as critical of the self-serving economic actions of the old Guard. He says young conservatives like him, but the old conservatives don't. This talk was given at the Nixon Center and was hosted by Robert McFarlane (National Security Advisor to President Reagan). Hardly some left-wing ideologue.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Boring, Boring Politics, Absent Breaking KneecapsI like C-SPAN. Last night the 25+ year President and CEO of C-SPAN, B Lamb, was interviewing two contest-winning teachers, both teachers of government. One taught it as an elective, and her students were very interested. The other taught it as a required course, and she said they were about as distinterested as could be imagined. Lamb asked "Why?" and the teacher responded "Because they've watched C-SPAN and they think government is boring." I thought it was hilarious. Doesn't this guy sound like he knows what he is talking about? It's all about int'l trade.
By offering candy, the Administration has picked up:
Sen. Chambliss, after agreeing to buy up excess sugar imports beyond a certain point and make the surplus available for ethanol production.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Author Edwin Black, "Banking on Baghdad: 7,000 Year History of IraqIt's not a 7,000 year history, it's mostly a story of the persecution of Jews of Iraq, a story leading up to the "Farhud"(sp?), the dispossession the Jews of Baghdad after WWII. This guy is obviously an anti-Arab bigot. Someone in the Ottoman Empire came up with a very modern Constitution, so his Pasha had him killed, according to Mr. Black. It would have been more democratic than American in the 1780s, he says. He calls it "the first, best and last hope" for democracy in the Middle East. Edwin Black is a racist peice of crap, who should be rejected by C-SPAN, who is, instead, giving him a forum. If this is any indication, he presents the "Golden Square" Iraqi coup of 1941 incorrectly. He suggests that the Nazis sent crack air force to fight at Habbaniyah (the RAF base near Basra). The other article suggests that the Nazis were quite late in providing any assistance, although it doesn't discuss the quality of the pilots provided by the Nazis during this period. He's a bad historian. This is an RAF report from 1941, including this paragraph, which shows that the Germans were neutralized by the mostly trainee-level British troops...
The operations of the German Air Force, to whose neutralisation so much attention had been paid, consisted for the most part of bombing and machine gun attacks on the hangars and dispersed aircraft at Habbaniya together with occasional low flying attacks on our troops in the Habbaniya area and on Army convoys approaching this area from the West. The scale of the attacks was never heavy and on the whole the damage done and casualties inflicted by the German aircraft were not serious. In one bombing attack, it is true, the ERRS of the Aircraft Depot was destroyed and in another a hangar containing 6 aircraft was burnt out, but apart from this and a few other less noteworthy incidents the German bombs did surprisingly little material damage. The low flying attacks of the Me110s were carried out with very little apparent plan, the pilots appearing content on many occasions to spray the whole Cantonment Area with cannon shells and bullets without any definite objective. It is true they made occasional attacks on aircraft around the aerodrome, but by making full use of dispersal and using dummy aircraft damage was reduced to a minimum. On the other hand the moral effect produced by the German attacks was considerable and was due more to their frequency than their accuracy.
Today I'm...I'm listening to the committee meeting on the ~1.5 billion in unexpected funding needed by the Veteran's Administration for medical care. You should, in part, blame my former bosses at the Boston Development Center(now Allocation Resource Center) in Braintree, Mass. They had spent 60-120K on a peice of software to help them draft their budgets. It went through the millions of lines of database records they had and produced an annual report on overall usage of the VA hospital system. In my spare time, in a few weeks, I rewrote the whole thing and added tons of functionality. My version allowed looking at subsets of the hospital system, and months, or quarters, instead of the whole year. I was fired soon after I showed it to them. Interestingly, the program they had paid for only ever worked once (for one year), and we were three months behind producing the 2nd report the day I was hired, and I never heard about it until almost three months later. CONCLUSION? No one missed any health care service, and only a portion of the 1.5 billion is associated with Iraq. Sadly, the cost of prosthetics made available to veterans through the health agency will increased, from 05 to 06, from 900,000,000 to 1,200,000,000, an increase of 33%. I'm also reading this report from Human Rights Watch, DRC: The Curse of Gold. CONCLUSION? The Second Congo War was, in large degree, ignored by the US media. It pitted the Lake Victoria bordering Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi vs the Congo-Kinshasa government, Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe. Uganda, Rwanada and Zimbabwe were all, it seems, involved in illegally funding their armies via local Congolese gold. Now, things are less international in scope, and much gold from the northeast of the Congo leaves into Uganda, where it is laundered into the global gold market.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Link-A-ManiaI know a lot of you were saying to yourselves "The internet is empty, I'm done reading the whole thing." Well, I found some stuff you may not have seen yet.
- Some on the right (no links) are all atwitter re: this Times of London interview with His Infallability, GW Bush. Included is this quote, reminding me mostly of SH al-Tikriti and other lunatics of war-mongering history "And he remains messianic about his ambition of promoting democracy around the world — not only in the Middle East, but in Africa and Europe."
- Via Cursor, I learn of this Princeton University Press work , Choosing Your Battles about the splits between people with, and without, military experience and the decision to use force. Not amusingly, the page I linked to has a link to the first chapter of the book, but the link is (intentionally?) wrong. The correct link to the first chapter of the anti-chickenhawk work is here.
- Ever wonder where the media markets are? Project Lydia is producing heatmaps (good sample page) for news. The heatmap shows where the news is getting. Also available is a complete word-to-word correlation engine called TextMap.