Daily Archives: December 3, 2003

Late Night Reading

Mark Kleiman has finished Quicksilver and writes about it. Worth reading no matter where you are in the Quicksilver Process. Me, I’m in hiatus at 180 pages…back to it soon.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, much maligned on certain talk radio spews, has stood up for the citizens of the US in ruling unconstitutional portions of the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. See How Appealing and Talkleft for details.
Good Night!


Years ago, when time seemed unlimited, I read Harper’s Magazine frequently.
They have a new website Harpers.org and you can read about some of its technical aspects in this article by Paul Ford.
Maybe the material that shows up on their new site will lead me back to reading the magazine more often.
Via TeledyN.

You Have to be Kidding

From the UK:

A prison officer was sacked for making an allegedly insulting remark about Osama bin Laden two months after the September 11 attacks, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.
Colin Rose, 53, was told he had to go because, although he did not know it, three Muslim visitors could have heard his “insensitive” comment about the world’s most reviled terrorist.

If this is as described in the article it is just rediculous.
David Carr suggests:

Just in case Mr Rose happens to be reading this, he should memorise and repeat the following statement:
“Osama bin Laden is merely the poor, desperate victim of oppression and social injustice”.
With sufficient sensitivity training, I am quite confident that unpleasantness of this nature can be avoided in the future.