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Friday, April 09, 2004

Lazy sack of crap... 

Must be nice to be President during such a peaceful time on the planet...in the Washington Post today...

This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
Does he think he's Calvin Coolidge?

-Vulf

Thursday, April 08, 2004

The price of learning... 

Why is it with the Internet Age in full swing that college textbook prices are soaring? $900 a year?

I realize that there is a price to pay for "real knowledge" as opposed to the often hit-or-miss nature of the Internet. But prices this high have got to encourage copyright infringement.

-Vulf (tm) (c) (r)

Chaos, anyone? 

It's looking *real* good in Iraq right now, isn't it? As good as Dante's ninth ring gets, anyway.

June 30th is closer to today than Saddam's capture. Boy, haven't things got better since his capture. 40+ US troops killed in one week--the death rate now exceeds that during the "takeover". As we predicted here on The Bite, an understaffed, under-counseled, under-equipped, and under-motivated US force in Iraq is finding out what happens when the Iraqis turn their years of pent-up resentment against whoever they can reach. The casualty rates are usually higher in the second wave in these situations. It's going to just get hotter and hotter the next five months. I went down, down, down in a burning ring of fire...and no, I don't mean Johnny Cash is singing in Hades.

-Vulf

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Nader the Equalizer... 

Kerry leads Bush by a few percentage points in a face-to-face vote. However, with Nader thrown in the mix it's a dead heat. I can understand the Old Man in the Mountain not exciting you, but I have a question for all you Nader fans out there...are you really excited about Nader as President or are you just doing it to spite the "lack of choice" you feel in the other two?

It's easy to be a smug Nader fan, because he'll never win and prove what a worthless President he would certainly be. This election isn't about being smug or feeling morally superior. You vote for Nader, you vote for 10 more Americans dead every day in the desert. Guess what? 300 days of that and you've killed as many as 9/11.

Since "W" is such a student of the Bible, surely he has quoted "an eye for eye..." (or misquoted it...) more than once with regard to the Iraqis. Problem is, in the Bible you didn't stab your right eye because the left one was gouged. Bush has self-fulfilled his own prophecy--only by putting our troops in Iraq could the Iraqis be a danger to Americans.

Want more of this? Enjoy reading about 10 more dead Americans every day? Great, then vote Nader. A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. You cannot rationalize around this. If you want to vote for Bush, then just do it and move on. Don't hide smugly behind Nader and think you're voting from "conscience".

-Vulf

Monday, April 05, 2004

It takes an Einstein to create a new universe...it takes 75 years to test his theories. 

Here is a very cool project:

Stanford's Gravity Probe G experiment.

They cite as the experimental goals:

Gravity Probe B is the relativity gyroscope experiment being developed by NASA and Stanford University to test two extraordinary, unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The experiment will check, very precisely, tiny changes in the direction of spin of four gyroscopes contained in an Earth satellite orbiting at 400-mile altitude directly over the poles. So free are the gyroscopes from disturbance that they will provide an almost perfect space-time reference system. They will measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and, more profoundly, how the Earth's rotation drags space-time around with it. These effects, though small for the Earth, have far-reaching implications for the nature of matter and the structure of the Universe.


In other words, let's stop talking about wormholes, let's instead see how well they match theory. If they do, look for the next experiment to be performed near a Black Hole (greater effect due to the gravitational field).

However, given the apparent lack of black holes near the earth, perhaps we can use Bush's Alabama National Guard records instead...

-Vulf

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