July 12, 2004

I was raised by the praise of a fan who said I upset her

* More people in England are hurt by books each year than by training weights or by cricket balls and bats. excerpt:

"Second-hand book use can also be hazardous to your health. Researchers in Bogota, Colombia, tested the book dust in twelve libraries and ran skin tests on fifty-seven librarians. About 12 percent of the librarians had allergic reactions to the book dust, but the doctors found no evidence of common allergens. This led researchers to conclude that new respiratory allergens may be lurking and evolving in the stacks.

Book exposure may even get you high. Mycologist (fungus doctor) Dr. R.J. Hay, of Guy's Hospital in London, reported to a British medical journal, the Lancet, that various fungi that feed on the pages of old books could be a source of hallucinogenic spores."

* Haiku for D.C. summers.

* Cheney faces possible indictments. excerpt:

"Vice President Dick Cheney faces criminal indictments for illegal activities while CEO of energy giant Halliburton and also illegally intervened to secure a $7 billion no-bid contract for his former employer after his election to office, an analysis by the White House counsel’s office concludes.

"The Vice President is currently under investigation by French authorities for bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets while at Halliburton and also faces a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission probe of a $180 million "slush fund" that may have been used to pay bribes.
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"French Judge Ruymbeke, however, is said to be offering Stanley a deal if he implicates Cheney and sources within the French legal system say the judge has more than enough to indict the Vice President on charges of bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

"The assessment of the White House counsel’s office agrees that Cheney faces 'serious legal implications' from the pending French indictments and add that the Vice President’s illegal and unethical lobbying on behalf of Halliburton for the no-bid contract “raises additional questions.”

"Cheney, however, is standing firm and recently told Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to 'fuck off' when the Senator questioned him on the Halliburton matters.

"According to White House sources, President George W. Bush laughed the matter off at a recent cabinet meeting.

"'Fuck ‘em all,' Bush said.

"The President’s bravado, however, is not shared by worried White House aides. Some point to the last vice president to step down because of fraud and corruption – Spiro T. Agnew, who served under President Richard M. Nixon, another Republican forced to leave office because of scandal."

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