April 6th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Evangelicals Rally Their Flocks Behind Israel

Evangelicals Rally Their Flocks Behind Israel


Bill Berkowitz*

OAKLAND, California, Apr 5 (IPS) - To prevent the George W. Bush
administration from pressuring the Israelis into turning over even more
land, Hagee, the pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church and the head of
a multi-million-dollar evangelical enterprise, recently brought together 400
Christian evangelical leaders -- representing as many as 30 million
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Chris Keeley

people will see that booting into OS X runs more smoothly and is nicer than booting into Windows, an

Apple endorses Win-on-a-Mac. Also, Hell freezes over.

Many BoingBoing readers wrote in to say they're shocked -- shocked! -- at the release of Apple's new "Boot Camp" software allowing Win XP to run on new Intel-based Macs. One reader, a former Starbucks barista, poked fun at the idea of booting Windows anywhere you don't have to: "We have this shorthand term we use when a customer wants a nonfat decaf latte -- we call the drink a 'why bother.' This is kinda like one of those."

The Wall Street Journal posted a roundup of blogger reactions, which varied from "appalled" to "awesome."


C.K. Sample III, a writer for the Unofficial Apple Weblog, said PC users will soon join the ranks of the converted: "If Apple plays its cards right and doesn't screw things up, people will see that booting into OS X runs more smoothly and is nicer than booting into Windows, and we may see more switchers than ever before."

Link. (Thanks, Carl Bialik!) Image: a snapshot of the Mac-to-Win transformation, from "Bootcamp on Macbook Pro" flickr set by speedeye. (Thanks, cesar bojorquez).

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

explores human psychology with an infectious sense of delight and wonder

Malcolm Gladwell profiled in scientific journal

The current issue of the Association for Psychological Science's journal Observer profiles excellent author Malcolm Gladwell. As anyone who has read Blink, Tipping Point, or many of Gladwell's New Yorker pieces, he explores human psychology with an infectious sense of delight and wonder. From the article:
On a recent evening, Gladwell sat in a dim neighborhood restaurant and tavern in the West Village, where he lives, explaining his interest in psychological science. "Psychology is concerned with the things all of us are concerned with, so it was kind of natural," he said. "It's one of the few disciplines that's looking in a kind of rigorous way at how human beings respond to things like change..."

"I have two parallel things I'm interested in," Gladwell said. "One is, I'm interested in collecting interesting stories, and the other is I'm interested in collecting interesting research. What I'm looking for is cases where they overlap."


Chris Keeley

William Pfaff on the Mearsheimer/Walt Paper

Subject:        William Pfaff on the Mearsheimer/Walt Paper
Date:   Thu, 06 Apr 2006 19:58:38 +0300
From:   John Whitbeck <

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is William Pfaff's commentary on the Mearsheimer/Walt
paper. I have lifted it from Bill's website. It has not (at least yet)
Bill refers in his opening paragraph to a recent editorial in the
FINANCIAL TIMES. While I have not yet been able to obtain the full text
of this editorial, I have received the following excerpts:
"... Reflexes that ordinarily spring automatically to the defense of
open debate and free enquiry shut down -- at least among much of
America's political elite -- once the subject turns to Israel, and above
all the pro-Israel lobby's role in shaping US foreign policy... Moral
blackmail -- the fear that any criticism of Israeli policy and US
support for it will lead to charges of anti-Semitism -- is a powerful
disincentive to publish dissenting views. It is also leading to the
silencing of policy debate on American university campuses, partly as a
result of targeted campaigns against the dissenters... Nothing,
moreover, is more damaging to US interests than the inability to have a
proper debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... Bullying
Americans into consensus on Israeli policy is bad for Israel and makes
it impossible for America to articulate its own national interests..."


/William Pfaff //is the author of eight books on American foreign
policy, international relations and contemporary history, //including
books on utopian thought, romanticism and violence, nationalism and the
impact of the West on the non-Western world. *His newspaper column,
featured in The International Herald Tribune for more than a
quarter-century, and his globally syndicated articles have given him the
widest international readership of any American commentator.* /

The Mearsheimer-Walt Paper on America's Israeli Lobby

Paris, April 4, 2006 – London’s Financial Times performed an American
public service in its weekend edition, calling editorially for open and
honest discussion of the influence of Israel on American foreign policy.

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Chris Keeley

Red Action

James : some more red action.
RED. Not red all over. This is fresh from the bottle red with no time to do the necessary work to match.
Redloving mofo
Chris Keeley

White House spokesman Scott McClellan instead issued a more guarded statement, under pressure from C

Bush Authorized Leaks About Iraq, Libby Testified
Prosecutor Says Disclosure of Secrets Was Aimed at War Critic

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 7, 2006; A01

President Bush authorized White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to disclose highly sensitive intelligence information to the news media in an attempt to discredit a CIA adviser whose views undermined the rationale for the invasion of Iraq, according to a federal prosecutor's account of Libby's testimony to a grand jury.

The court filing by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time places Bush and Vice President Cheney at the heart of what Libby testified was an exceptional and deliberate leak of material designed to buttress the administration's claim that Iraq was trying to obtain nuclear weapons. The information was contained in the National Intelligence Estimate, one of the most closely held CIA analyses of whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the war.

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Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. Representative Jane Harman of California, the senior Democrat on the H

April 7, 2006

Cheney's Aide Says President Approved Leak

WASHINGTON, April 6 — Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff testified that he was authorized by President Bush, through Mr. Cheney, in July 2003 to disclose key parts of what until then was a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to a new court filing.

The testimony by the former official, I. Lewis Libby Jr., cited in a court filing by the government made late Wednesday, provides an indication that Mr. Bush, who has long criticized leaks of secret information as a threat to national security, may have played a direct role in authorizing disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq.

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