Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Saddam Dolls

Saddam Dolls

The freedom to openly ridicule (or just question) your leaders is... awesome!

Toy stores around Baghdad are doing a quick trade in dancing Saddam dolls - foot-high battery-powered puppets of the former president, kitted out in full insurgent regalia, who swing their hips to cheesy pop music at the flick of a switch
(from Reuters, via Yahoo News). Is Elmo Jealous?

Man Who Collected One-Milion Pennies Can't Cash Them In
Ron England has amassed 3.6 tons of copper in his garage in the Los Angeles suburb of Granada Hills after making a bet with his brother 30 years ago that he could collect 1 million pennies.
But neither the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, coin collectors nor the local bank is interested in cashing in his stash - at least not without a charge
(from MSNBC).

Monday, June 28, 2004

U.S. Hands Power to Iraqis Two Days Early:
The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the highly symbolic step toward self-rule. Legal documents transferring sovereignty were handed over by U.S. governor L. Paul Bremer to chief justice Midhat al-Mahmood in a small ceremony attended by about a half dozen Iraqi and coalition officials in the heavily guarded Green Zone
(from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).

Monday, June 21, 2004

Private craft soars into space, history:
The man who became the first person to pilot a privately built craft into space called his flight 'almost a religious experience' after his safe landing Monday morning
(from CNN).

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Kerry Took Money From Arrested Korean:
John Kerry's campaign collected a maximum $2,000 check from the recently arrested son of South Korea's disgraced former president, and some of its fund-raisers met several times with a South Korean government official who was trying to organize a Korean-American political group
(from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).
Clinton rages against Dimbleby in Panorama confrontation over Lewinsky
Bill Clinton loses his temper with David Dimbleby during a BBC television interview to be broadcast this week when he is repeatedly quizzed about his affair with Monica Lewinsky
(from telegraph.co.uk).
Stealth wallpaper could keep LANs secure:
The company has produced panels using the technology to produce a screen that will prevent outsiders from listening in on companies' Wi-Fi traffic but let other radio and mobile phone traffic get through.
The FSS (Frequency Selective Surface) panels are made in the same way as printed circuit boards - layers of copper on Kapton polymer - and used on stealth bombers and fighter jets. They come in two varieties: passive, which is effectively permanent, and active, where various areas can be switched on and off to enlarge or limit the area of the network
(from silicon.com).

Saturday, June 19, 2004

First Private Manned Spaceshot Attempt Set:
SpaceShipOne will try to climb 62 miles up Monday morning, leaving Earth's atmosphere for a few minutes to become the first privately funded, non-governmental manned spacecraft. The feat would set up SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan as the leader among worldwide contenders for the Ansari X-Prize, which aims to boost space tourism
(from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Monday, June 14, 2004

Sunday, June 13, 2004

UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD on eve of war

UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD on eve of war:

The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.
The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.
The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared

(from WorldTribune.com). You can read this WorldTribune.com article at the MichNews.com site. You can also read these:

It seems Saddam Hussein had WMD in Iraq.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

JP Brown built a lego robot that solves a Rubik's Cube. Legos are awesome.