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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Sunday May 23, 2004. "Minnesota is the only place where you can have four seasons a week." Waitress at Java Restaurant, at least ten years ago.

Today's season was Fall -- chilly and rainy.

***The Java serves Egyptian food. (Is there, somewhere, an Indonesian restaurant called Pyramids?) And I'm reminded of a story from the area where I grew up: During WW II, someone who was in China ran into the Chinese cook from the Shamrock Inn in Ellenville.

Had the Shamrock Inn ever served Chinese food? I doubt it. During the 1950s, they advertised spaghetti -- that marvelous Irish delicacy.
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Writing: daily exercise -- The cheapest teleport route from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.

Well Met, Well Met, My Old True Love -- It's the right shape now; and has most of the right events. And in places, it's getting closer to the right words.
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"Yesterday I wrote an 800 word introduction to a 200 word Harlan Ellison short story." Neil Gaiman http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/05/fraud-exposed-and-true-thing.asp
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Summary: Titan, Saturn's hydrocarbon-rich moon, appears to host oil lakes and the raw materials for making organics. Those organics may serve as precursors to plastics, or possibly simple biomolecules. When the Cassini probe drops a payload beneath the moon's thick atmosphere at the end of this year, chemists will help interpretation of the data right alongside planetary scientists.
http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=984
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nature_science May. 23rd, 2004 04:34 pm Aspirin robs males of libido
http://www.nature.com/nsu/040517/040517-14.html
Caution urged for pregnant women as rats bear frigid sons.
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Via the Drudge Report:
Rumsfeld bans camera phones
From correspondents in London
May 23, 2004

MOBILE phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported today.

Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US Defence Department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones.

"Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said, adding that a "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works.
http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9643950%255E401,00.htm
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http://news.google.com/news/en/nz/mainlite.html
Child sex clause gone - Goff
Stuff.co.nz - 4 hours ago
A clause that would have made it legal for some children as young as 12 to have consenting sex has been taken out of proposed legislation after a public outcry.
Public outcry prompts backdown on under-age sex MyTown Hawke's Bay
Sex at 16 too young - PM NZ City
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