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BLOGIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

By thisistwitchy  •  December 31, 2004 12:44 PM

Ace of Spades, one of my daily must-reads, turned one this week. Congrats! And while we’ve got the champagne glasses out, it’s my half-year blogiversary this month. Thanks to all my readers for stopping by, tracking back, commenting (before my comments section was overwhelmed by trolls), and sending tips and e-mails. Keep ’em coming. Thanks […]

THE O’MATTHEWS FACTOR

By thisistwitchy  •  December 31, 2004 12:02 PM

Just received an e-mail from reader Carol T. about cable TV slobberer Chris Matthews: Matthews is using your face in his commercial while the voiceover is saying “No one stops the spin like Chris Matthews”…inferring of course that YOU were the one doing the spinning on that blasted show of his – when we know […]

HEALTH CRISIS ALERT: CALL MICHAEL MOORE

By thisistwitchy  •  December 31, 2004 10:48 AM

The Seattle Times reports, Preschool obesity rises: Dr. William Cochran, a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutritionist for the Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa., said he sees many youngsters in his weight-management clinic who weigh 300 to 400 pounds. He also is seeing more and more children with diabetes, high blood pressure, even liver disease. “Some kids […]

BEAM ME UP

By thisistwitchy  •  December 31, 2004 10:27 AM

Still interested in the laser beam story? There’s an extensive timeline, with updated info, here. The latest AP report is here. And reader Rick Parnell passes along a relevant story from Navy News: PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) — The Vision Laboratory in Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Human Systems Division won an Aviation Week and […]

SENSE FROM SENSING

By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 02:16 PM

Just adding a plug for Donald Sensing’s online book on terrorism. He’s in search of a publisher. Check him out.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG RESPONSIBILITY

By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 12:52 PM

Following up on those weird laser beam stories, I note that at least one online retailer has now stopped selling high power green lasers. (Thanks to reader Mike G. for the tip.) The proprietor of Laser Shoppe.com explains here and wants your opinion about his decision: Unfortunately, we have decided to STOP selling these lasers. […]

BEWARE OF SHADY TSUNAMI CHARITIES

By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 12:35 PM

Have you received any solicitations from the “Aceh Humanitarian Assistance Fund?” Thinking of donating to the “East Timor Action Network” or the “Tapol” organization? Better investigate carefully before sending any money. Geoffrey at Beyond Wallacia has some info on the shady background of political activists purporting to raise money for disaster victims. Be sure to […]

A MESSAGE FROM ARTHUR C. CLARKE

By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 11:43 AM

Renowned science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who lives with his family in Sri Lanka, survived the tsunami. The Associated Press excerpts an e-mail Clarke authored yesterday letting friends know of his fate. A reader with ties to Clarke forwarded me the entire message, which includes Clarke’s plea for aid to Sri Lanka and also […]

TSUNAMI 2004 AND THE VIDEOBLOGGING REVOLUTION

By thisistwitchy  •  December 30, 2004 05:11 AM

Just last week, James Lileks wrote: In a sense, blogging is so 2004. The next big thing will be videoblogs. You can fit a rudimentary TV studio in a suitcase — a laptop, a camcorder, a few cables, and a nearby Starbucks with Wi-Fi you can leech onto to upload your reports… He shoots, he […]

ANOTHER LASER BEAM MYSTERY

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 29, 2004 07:29 PM

This story out of Cleveland is disturbing. And it’s not the first report of a laser tracking a commercial plane in American skies. I blogged on Bill Gertz’s report in September about a Delta flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, that was diverted when a laser penetrated the cockpit and reportedly injured the pilot. And […]

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