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noted without comment

Can’t add a thing:

Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Feb 2002
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Nov 2002
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Oct 2003
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, June 2004
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Dec 2005
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, July 2005
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Oct 2005
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, June 2006
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Sept 2006
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Nov 2006
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Jan 2007
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, May 2007
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, May 2007
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, May 2007
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed, Sept 2007
Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed today, January 31, 2008.

It’s like being the drummer for Spinal Tap:

Jen Roth offers an explanation:

John: What, are they counting those for wins? Are they counting guys like Padilla? This is all very gooey, like how we’ve killed like, nine of Osama Bin Laden’s #3 guys.

Tyrone: Being #3 in Al-queda is like being a “creative vice president” at a Hollywood studio. There are dozens of them … and they are expendable.

[From Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed (again)]

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“The good of people’s bodies and the good of the planet are more or less perfectly aligned.”

When the costs are shifted elsewhere, you don’t really know what things cost.

To put the energy-using demand of meat production into easy-to-understand terms, Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. Martin, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, calculated that if Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan — a Camry, say — to the ultra-efficient Prius. Similarly, a study last year by the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan estimated that 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the average European car every 155 miles, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.

[From Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler – New York Times]

So where’s my Prius? Two of us haven’t eaten meat in 15 years and the other two have never had it (more 20 person-years between them).

Good article [thanks to JM for the tip]. When will we see a day when the costs of high-volume industries like this are internalized?

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what a deal

So let me get this straight. I get a free wireless AP that I can use to share a public network. And for sharing that, I might get a free wireless picture frame?

Love is in the air and we have a great way to showcase your WiFi love. We’re giving away 50 free eStarling WiFi picture frames amongst Foneros who share their WiFi with the Community.

The eStarling WiFi picture frame allows you to:
1. Link the frame to your favourite online photo album to automatically display your pictures (Flickr, Picasa and others).
2. Set up groups to instantly receive pictures from your friends and family’s email accounts and cell phones.
3. Create your own picture playlists.
4. Create a email address dedicated to sending pictures directly to your picture Frame, even from your cell phone!

Keep your La Fonera online, and on Valentine’s Day, you’ll be eligible to win one of the 50 WiFi Frames. We’ll give them away to those who show their love by sharing their WiFi! Details and official rules here.

Don’t forget to check your La Fonera status! There’s still time to keep your La Fonera online and get your free WiFi picture frame!

Get your WiFi heartbeat pumping and sharing the love!
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Details and official rules here (PDF).

[From LOVE IS IN THE AIR WITH A FREE WiFi FRAME!]

What a deal . . . .

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