spooky stuff

Daniel Pipes, Peacemaker? Daniel Pipes says the only path to Middle East peace will come through a total Israeli military victory. So why has President Bush nominated him to the board of the government’s leading peace think-tank? Well…do you think this could have anything to do with it? The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister’s Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a “bonus” the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

In more encouraging news, Tampa has dropped that spooky face recognition experiment they had going. Turns out, it didn’t help them catch even one criminal. But boy howdy, you can guarantee some software company made a freakin’ fortune…

Dispelling Myths About Credit Cards. (via href="http://www.kuro5hin.org">Kuro5hin. Some of this is just blatently obvious to those of us who may have once owed a small soul to credit card companies…(and people always wondered what we did with those fan boys…)…but things like grace periods and what not can be easy to overlook, even for the most astute of card holders.

An update on the Franken / Fox fight: A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News’ trademark infringement lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the liberal satirist’s new book that pokes fun at the network and host Bill O’Reilly. “There are hard cases and there are easy cases. This is an easy case,” said U.S. District Judge Denny Chin. “This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally.”

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