Friday, October 30, 2009

Bits and Pieces - October 30, 2009

Stockpiling Tamiflu for the privileged.

Pakistan claims it has picked up passports linked to 9/11 and other terror attacks in Waziristan. The Guardian notes that the passports have not been authenticated.

Unstable states on the verge of splitting.

This story reminds me of the story of the bear and the pig. The bear starts the day with a supply of baked potatoes, and the pig with a supply of cabbage stew. The bear has a nickel. He has no customers and gets hungry, so he goes to the pig and buys a bowl of cabbage stew for his nickel and eats the stew. A bit later, the pig buys a baked potato with the nickel from the bear and eats it. And so goes the day, until all potatoes and cabbage stew are eaten, and only the nickel is left.

Quote of the day from John Ballard:
I want a vaccine that stops ignorance but most of those who need it would refuse to have anything to do with it.
What's wrong with the Bay Bridge in full photographic detail. h/t to Adam Rofer.

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Orson Welles's radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. Start here. Armchair Generalist is doing an obligato on the theme, starting here. Posting on the situation continues as I write.

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