Thursday, February 06, 2003

Manufacturing Consent

I have to be honest and say that the evidence presented by Colin Powell to the U.N. yesterday is compelling. I'm not generally disposed toward war, but if it must be, then we should not go it alone. So far, the U.S. doesn't have enough allies on board.

Let me clarify something: I'm not saying that war is the only answer. I'd like to give more time for a peaceful resolution to all this. At the same time, I've got to wonder -- at what point is it clear that diplomacy and inspections aren't going to achieve the objective?

The presentation does raise another question -- if the U.S. has all this evidence, then why not give it to the U.N. inspectors? Certainly successes based on this intelligence would go a long way toward legitimizing the U.S. case. Demosthenes explores this question further.

The Greys Did It!

Oh sure, it sounds weird, but I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation.

Top investigators of the Columbia space shuttle disaster are analyzing a startling photograph -- snapped by an amateur astronomer from a San Francisco hillside -- that appears to show a purplish electrical bolt striking the craft as it streaked across the California sky.

No, there's no evidence anyone's civil liberties are being violated

When College of Charleston psychology professor Robin Bowers discovered his office computer was missing, he thought "it was the most beautiful theft I'd ever seen."

Nothing else was disturbed. The door wasn't jimmied, the windows remained locked from the inside, and not even a pencil was out of place.

Speaking of creepy ... my wife was out of town on business last week. When she returned and opened her suitcase, she found a flyer notifying her that it had been opened for inspection by the TSA.

The flyer is a perfect compliment to the "What to do if you receive suspicious mail" card the USPS sent out in the wake of the anthrax attacks. Both items are on the family fridge ...


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