Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Morning Memo:

- People in Britain are turning their deceased pets into coats. I think this might be wrong. My beloved mate Charlie the Dog recently went to, as this article states, "that great kennel in the sky," and yet, when the cold winds blow, I do not wish I had his fur made into a coat to keep me warm. I ask myself, were he to have outlived me, would I want to have him wear my skin or hair for any reason??? The answer is no...but am I just being selfish? If I am dead, what use do I have for my skin? But I digress....

- I thought I would post the World Factbook's profile for Iraq in order to celebrate their 5 years of glory and freedom. Here is an interesting quote from the page:

Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. Coalition forces remain in Iraq under a UNSC mandate, helping to provide security and to support the freely elected government.
I like this. It makes the entire thing sound so legitimate!

Here is some interesting data from the profile:
Literacy: total population: 74.1%
male: 84.1%
female: 64.2% (2000 est.)

Economy - overview:
Iraq's economy is dominated by the oil sector, which has traditionally provided about 95% of foreign exchange earnings. Although looting, insurgent attacks, and sabotage have undermined economy rebuilding efforts, economic activity is beginning to pick up in areas recently secured by the US military surge. Oil exports are around levels seen before Operation Iraqi Freedom, and total government revenues have benefited from high oil prices.
What?!? Oil exports are around levels seen before Operation Iraqi Freedom? I thought one of the primary reasons gas was so high is that Iraq has NOT been producing like it had been. I have been unable to find any reliable or recent data as to the barrels per day oil production in Iraq now. I thought they were producing roughly 3.5 million bpd prior to the invasion.

Either way, here is a video that to celebrate the day:

- Lastly, Sen. Clinton released her schedule as first lady, to show us why failing to deliver on universal health care and having tea with the queen of a country where people turn their dogs into coats makes her the best choice for president.


alzaido alzaido said...

First, to turn our pets into coats would be extremely bizarre. The thing is that most people who have pets that are mammals or birds form real relationships with them. Our pets become our family members, best friends, and companions. The equivalent of wearing one’s deceased pet’s hide would be to have your deceased mother’s sun-tanned skin manufactured into a belt to hold up your pants.

Second, always be wary of statistical reports. I did clinical research for three years and I, as well as anybody else who knows anything at all about statistics, can make real data mean whatever I want it to. I call the process funny statistics. Often statistics are manipulated to support the sponsors (corporations) that PAY for clinical trials to be done. The same types of funny statistics are frequently used in politics. Jeb Bush implemented the same types of standardized test strategies within the public schools of Florida as his brother George W. Bush had done in Texas. Under the plan schools always make academic progress in the positive direction because of political tricks and funny statistics. I can go on about this for quite a while, but I’ll stay on topic here instead. The point is that Bush statistics can not be trusted period.

Bradda said...

Why embed a video that sends you to a new site?