September 28, 2004

Jack Daniels: Less proof than before is reporting: September 28, 2004 -- JACK Daniel's has sparked outrage among serious drinkers by unceremoniously lowering the proof of its famous Tennessee Whiskey from 86 to 80. The change - which means the hooch has 3 percent less alcohol - has riled those still smarting from the "betrayal" of 15 years ago when the company lowered the strength of its 90-proof, 138-year-old original recipe, to 86 proof. Frank Kelly Rich, editor of Modern Drunkard magazine (and a contributor to The Post's Sunday books section), has taken up the cause along with "alert drunkard" Chris Sharp, who was apparently the first to notice the switch. Sharp has started an online petition and boycott with the magazine's backing "designed to right this grievous wrong." Distillery rep Roger Brashears told us, "We researched it and decided the majority of people wanted a less potent drink." Rich writes, "Jack Daniel's is, of course, a private corporation and they can do whatever the hell they want," but called the alcohol dilution "unfathomable blasphemy. They can lower the proof to zero and call it lemonade if they like. But that doesn't mean we have to drink it."

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Merchandising Politicians

The Living Room Candidate: "The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process."
-Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, 1956

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September 15, 2004

Bush Forgeries

Daily Kos on the Bush Guard memos ``My point, instead, was simply to prove that the argument being proposed and propagated -- that MS Word and original version of the documents were "mostly identical" -- was a red herring, and that the denizens of LittleGreenFootballs are intellectual half-wits in a very large pond of right-wing half-wits.  This I hope I have done to everyone's satisfaction; if not, read on.``

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September 08, 2004

More Junk Faxes

Bad legislation": ``In one of the most dishonestly named bills of all time, the House recently passed the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004. The legislation would, in fact, open the floodgates for these intrusions into our lives.``

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September 07, 2004

Cheney threatens terrorist attack

Cheney says if Kerry wins, we'll be hit by terrorists again: ``Cheney called it "absolutely essential" that on Election Day voters "make the right choice. Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating."``

I guess he realizes that the last time we were attacked by Terrorists, it was because Bush was elected....

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All governments suffer a recurring problem

``All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.``

-Missionaria Protectiva, Text QIV (decto)
-Chapterhouse:Dune, by Frank Herbert

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September 06, 2004

NY MTA Banning Photography

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is in the
process of banning, among other things, all photography within their
NYC trains, busses, stations, and other facilities. The exception will be for members of the press who have been issued credentials by the

Perhaps soon individuals will only be allowed to use cameras within their private homes...

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September 03, 2004

New ways of dealing with political protest

Political protesters in NY are being detained for 20 or more hours and then being released. Most of these people were charged with NOTHING. they PAID NOTHING (no bail) to get out and will not be CHARGED with ANYTHING if they don't get arrested under similar circumstances in the next 6 months. They are specifically POLITICAL PRISONERS inside the United States of America.

The New York Times: Police Mute the Protesters, and Their Messages

``Now, with the highest-profile day to go, the day President Bush accepts his nomination, it appears that the New York Police Department may have successfully redefined the post-Seattle era, by showing that protest tactics designed to create chaos and to attract the world's attention can be effectively countered with intense planning and a well-disciplined use of force.``

``"So far, operationally, this has been a success for the department; things have gone well," said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "We started 18 months ago. A lot of hard work by a lot of people, and so far it's paid off."``

I'm curious to know how much money the RNC paid to the NYPD for the "increased security". NYPD did not do all this for free.

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September 02, 2004

They're Heeeere.....! - Space signal studied for alien contact - Sep 2, 2004: An unexplained radio signal from deep space could -- just might be -- contact from an alien civilization, New Scientist magazine reported on Thursday.

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September 01, 2004

Check fraud to rise soon?

The Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21) was signed into law on October 28, 2003, and will become effective on October 28, 2004. Check 21 is designed to foster innovation in the payments system and to enhance its efficiency by reducing some of the legal impediments to check truncation.

Substitute checks are on the way and more check fraud with it: ``When it comes to preparing for the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21), financial institutions are concerned that fraud and quality issues might cancel out the benefits of the faster clearing of checks that accompanies the use of image replacement documents (IRDs) and the exchange of these documents. Because the check process is moving slowly onto an electronic path, many bank executives worry that the road ahead may lead to a digital dilemma of possible fraud losses and image-quality issues.``

Guess it's time to keep most of your money in a savings account and not your checking account. Because you could be wiped out.

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Tina Brown has seen the media future and she doesn't like it. "The trouble with bloggers is that they've created a universe where everything you see is Rashomon," Brown said, referencing the 1950 Kurosawa classic about how we perceive reality.

"Because of the blogs, there is no final version of the truth and that can become genuinely muddying and muddling, because there's never any kind of closure on an issue. Do you believe the New York Times version of events about the swift boat, or will it go on and on continuously being challenged by the blogs?"

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