Okay, my personal alarm bells are going off: 402 cases in Beijing alone. This being up from the...

posted 20 April 2003
Okay, my personal alarm bells are going off: 402 cases in Beijing alone. This being up from the "37" officially reported until 2 days ago. Beijing is China's largest city, of course; but it's also hundreds of miles away from Hong Kong. Is SARS also everywhere in between? Do you realise how incredibly difficult it's going to be to wipe out a disease this deadly from a country the size of China? Mortality rate is currently at 9%, and edging up every day. Scared yet? There've been 14 cases in Canada. How about now? The virus can spread by contaminated water supplies and human waste. The corpses may also be temporarily infectious. What about now?

I'm staying indoors. For the next two years or so.

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My god, Thomas Friedman is such an idiot. In a recent op-ed piece in the NY Times, he declares that...

posted 20 April 2003
My god, Thomas Friedman is such an idiot. In a recent op-ed piece in the NY Times, he declares that "the terrorism bubble has burst" and that people need to "stop overreacting to 9/11". He calls for the return of civil liberties and a free and open society.

Now, on the one hand, I'm all for the USA calming the fuck down and removing all the draconian anti-terrorism laws that it's put into place recently (and while we're at it, could we kill Donald Rumsfeld and Tom Ridge?). But what is Mr. Friedman's justification for declaring terrorism no longer a threat? You guessed it: the end of the war in Iraq.

Hey, butthead, the terrorists weren't from Iraq! Neither was their leader! Nor was their money! All three of those things, in fact, came mainly from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is still alive and well, thanks for asking. The war on Iraq was not about terrorism. And if anything, beating the crap out of an Arab state and deposing its leaders is, if anything, going to make the Middle East even more pissed off with the US, not less.

I have no grand point to make by stating this. I just got angry at this guy being an idiot, and it's my blog. Standard disclaimer applies about buggering off and writing your own; it's a lot harder than it looks.

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Are you Addicted to the Internet? 68% Hardcore Junkie (61% - 80%)While you do get a bit...

posted 20 April 2003
Are you Addicted to the Internet?
68%

Hardcore Junkie (61% - 80%)
While you do get a bit of sleep every night and sometimes leave the house, you spend as much time as you can online. You usually have a browser, chat clients, server consoles, and your email on auto check open at all times. Phone? What's that? You plan your social events by contacting your friends online. Just be careful you don't get a repetitive wrist injury...

The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Stvlive.com!

...saved only by the fact that I have more friends in real life than online.

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