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- ChuckNorrisFactsdotcom

Tuesday, May 06, 2003
This is
such a good thing on so many levels. (Link pilfered from Winds of Change.)

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Were you wondering what was going on with North Korea? Perhaps the dread had begun to fade a little? Never fear, I have the
answer.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Good for
Apple.
"Apple Computer says its new digital music service, the iTunes Music Store, sold more than 1 million downloads in its first week, Billboard Bulletin reports. The figure roughly matches the download sales to date by all other digital music services combined, sources say."
That'd translate to a million dollars in the first week.

On the other end of the spectrum the RIAA is again contemplating great evil.
"Giving unaccountable private companies rights in our own homes that we sensibly keep away from goverments is not progress."

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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We're all gonna die! According to The Lancet the mortality rate for SARS is actually 20% rather than the 5% previously believed. I'd bet money the rate is even worse in China. This may indeed be China's chernobyl. The problem is that they're threatening martial law and jail sentences but the majority of poor construction workers in the urban areas are already working there illegally. They risk jail time just for being there. So if those guys get scared badly enough they'll head back to the farm. Taking SARS and HIV with them. China may be looking at tens of thousands of deaths, if not more.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Ooooooh.
"It is wrong to use some constitutional provisions as springboards for broad social change while treating others like senile relatives to be cooped up in a nursing home until they quit annoying us. As guardians of the Constitution, we must be consistent in interpreting its provisions. If we adopt a jurisprudence sympathetic to individual rights, we must give broad compass to all constitutional provisions that protect individuals from tyranny. If we take a more statist approach, we must give all such provisions narrow scope. Expanding some to gargantuan proportions while discarding others like a crumpled gum-wrapper is not faithfully applying the Constitution; it's using our power as federal judges to constitutionalize our personal preferences."

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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This just in:
Prohibition doesn't work.
"Marijuana, pornography and illegal labour have created a hidden market in the United States which now accounts for as much as 10% of the American economy, according to a study. As a cash crop, marijuana is believed to have outstripped maize, and hardcore porn revenue is equal to Hollywood's domestic box office takings.

Despite laws that punish marijuana cultivation more strictly than murder in some states, Americans spend more on illegal drugs than on cigarettes. And despite official disapproval of pornography, the US leads the world in export of explicit sex videos, according to Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labour in the American Black Market, by Eric Schlosser."

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Holy crap! I just drank a bottle of Odwalla Glorious Morning juice. I then looked at the label and realized that I just got 940% of my daily vitamin C requirement.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Payback's a
bitch.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Another
shocking development.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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Why couldn't that have been me? I would have
returned it. Not before reading it of course.

posted by Rachel 5/06/2003
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