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Achenblog: November 27, 2005 - December 3, 2005

Adding a Blogroll and Other Blog Refurbishments

   As we all know, this blog has the one technical flaw of being operated by a person who doesn't know anything about blogging, computers, or this newfangled thang called the Internet. I don't read blogs as a general rule,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 2, 2005; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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It's Raining Methane (Updated With Boodling)

   There's a big data dump today about Titan, Saturn's moon-on-steroids. Titan, as you recall, is the only place in the Solar System other than Earth that has weather. And what weather! It rains methane. The new findings say there...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 1, 2005; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Rumsfeld: Don't Stop Abuse, Report It

   Andrew Sullivan's blog today mentions the very bizarre and troubling exchange yesterday at the Pentagon between Rumsfeld and Gen. Pace about whether the military should intervene directly to stop Iraqi forces from abusing prisoners. Our Dana Milbank also wrote...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 30, 2005; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Humans in Mexico One Million Years Ago?

   No. There probably weren't. Also it wasn't called Mexico then. No one actually knew WHAT to call Mexico a million years ago. But there is at least a possibility -- however remote -- however surely unworthy of our consideration!...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 30, 2005; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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The Washington Money Machine

    A premise to consider: That political rancor, while great fun, tends to obscure much of what's happening in Washington.      Politics is a sport, played on contested turf, with charismatic figures who, regardless of whether they win...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 29, 2005; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Today's Magazine Roundup: SciAm and TNYRB

   Before the coming of the Internet, I tended to sit on my back porch and read stodgy old magazines like Scientific American and The New York Review of Books. But now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 28, 2005; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
 
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Bugged Out

   [From Sunday's Rough Draft column.]    Alone on a business trip, staying in a hotel in Miami, I awoke at 3 in the morning to a strange sensation, and in the dim light coming through the window I perceived...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 28, 2005; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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