Interesting/scary law being applied in the US lately. Basically what the law says is that if you have ever given money to a terrorist group, or have ever received training from a terrorist group, you fall under its arrest jurisdiction. So… Let's say for whatever reason you become involved with Islam and donate some money to what you think is a religious aid group, but then turns out to be a terrorist group. You regret it of course, but — boom — now you're a terrorist forever. Or let's say you get involved with the militia and do some training with them. Even if you leave and do other things with your life, you can be indefinitely arrested for the actions of the group you've left.

"I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy."
President Bush, Redwood, CA. Sept. 27, 2000

I think everyone knows what's going on with Iraq (basically, the US says “you must let inspectors in”, then Iraq says “ok, they can come in right now, with no conditions”, and then the US says, “well that's not good enough!” and gets UN approval to invade). My only worry is that China will choose the Gulf War II as when it takes back Taiwan, since that's when the US will be far too overextended to do anything about it.

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
President Bush, Saginaw, MI. Sept. 29, 2000

Anyway, I'm sure many people already saw this as it got slashdotted, but the US is talking about eliminating governmental independent scientific review committees. That is, all decisions about both the quality of a study, as well as funding decisions for public scientific research will be decided by politicians rather than scientists. Which means you can expect to see research that benefits big business, but does nothing for the little guy…

"Our priorities is our faith."
President Bush, Greensboro, NC, Oct. 10, 2000

Anyway, I'm going to go whip through some experiences now I think, and then work on a car design I'm submitting to Peugeot. I'm putting together a retro streamliner design roughly inspired by the 1937 402 Darlmat. The due date is the 28th, so my time is getting tight.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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