It turns out that the Bush administration is moving to reclassify information that has not been classified before. What kind of information? Historical information about how many different kinds of strategic nuclear missles we used to have. For example:
Bush today, very predictably, denounced the federal court ruling that the NSA spying program was unconstitutional, saying:
“This country of ours is at war,” Bush said. “And we must give those
whose responsibility it is to protect the United States the tools
necessary to protect this country in a time of war.”
So, how many planets are there, really? Pluto, as some of you might know, has been fighting a valiant battle to actually remain in the group of nine planets. A proposal to be hashed out this week would reclassify it as a "pluton" – a small, outer solar system object, but not one of the 8 classical inner planets. And, 3 other plutons are promoted with it – so now there are 12 planets.
Google has, apparently, sent letters to media companies warning them of using 'google' as a verb. They say it raises trademark issues.
I had always thought that Google, well, "got it." How could they even think that people using their name with a lowercase 'g' rather than an uppercase 'G' would change whether or not people used their search engine? They don't like being the new Kleenex?
Luckily, I am not flying anytime soon. I was cooking dinner last night, and listening to the news. I hadn't actually been keeping very close track on much of anything in the last few days. So I find out about the people the Brits arrested for plotting to blow up planes.
I never liked Joe Lieberman. I didn't like his positions on most things, and I hated that he supported Bush around the Iraq war. I thought that he liked his job in the Senate too much when he decided to run for Senate at the same time as he was the VP candidate in 2000. Well, I guess he likes his job way more than he likes his party. He lost the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont and now he is going to run as an independent.
My SO took me to the Albany Bulb, which is a wonderful place I hadn't heard of until she told me about it. It's an undeveloped little spit of land that sticks out into the bay in Albany, which is the town just north of Berkeley. Lots of artists have made scuptures and paintings there. It's a great place to explore. There apparently has been a fair bit of controversy about it, and supposedly some officials want to make it a more manicured kind of place.