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Posted by David Leslie on March 31, 2004

Folks, the new Batmobile

Now this is a crimefighter’s sled if there ever was one. I’d take this thing over a Hummer any day of the week.

BATMAN BEGINS

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Posted by David Leslie on March 31, 2004

Oh that must have been a fun meeting. It’s sad that while NPR tries to figure out the grant from Mrs. Krock, the member stations are suffering the backlash the timing of this move has caused.

I mean, I stopped giving to my station, WCBE, since it’s broadcast license is held by the cash strapped and missmanaged Columbus Board of Education. They have cut ‘CBE’s budget to nothing (which I can understand) but as the holder of the broadcast rights for that FM signal, they could just up and sell it without any imput from me since I live in Gahanna (about 3 miles from the Columbus line).

Stormy days for NPR: ” Kernis and Edwards have known each other since both were in their 20s, building the collaborative intimacy the studio fosters; Kernis was Edwards producer when Morning Edition was just starting in 1979.

That long history adds poignancy to Kernis role as the one who decided Edwards´┐Ż fate.

Kernis stressed how he’s been long devoted to Edwards. Edwards speaks of Kernis as his former producer, pushing me to try things I didn’t want to do. A picture of the men together in the old days hangs in Edwards’ office. Yet, recalling the meeting that marked the end as public radio’s leading morning presence, Edwards said: “You don’t do this to your friend.”

“He may be right, he may be right, Kernis said, his voice trailing off. But I still have enormous affection for him.”

Asked if this was a painful thing for him to do, Kernis said: “I can tell you it was difficult.”

“Oh, great, said Edwards, with his typical wry wit. “He got the difficulty and I got the pain. Wanna trade ? “

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Posted by David Leslie on March 31, 2004

Looks like the good folks of Fallujah either need to deal with the insurgents in some way (like telling us where they are) or risk not being blown to bits but have us hold back on things like water, food, power til they get the picture.
CNN.com – Four U.S. civilians killed in Iraq – Mar 31, 2004

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Posted by David Leslie on March 30, 2004

OK, so Japan loves baseball…but do we have to open the season there?
ESPN.com – MLB/SPRING2004 – Olney: All or nothing

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Posted by David Leslie on March 29, 2004

Wonder if it was such a good idea not to have Connie’s testimony in private?
Wonkette: “Rice says there is no need to apologize for 9/11 failures and now acknowledges that Bush met Clarke on 9/12 to discuss Iraq; Clarke calls for full declassification of his earlier testimony; White House may move to declassify Rice’s private testimony with the commission. [WP and NYT]”

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Posted by David Leslie on March 29, 2004

Chernobyl by motorcycle. Stunning photos from the GhostTown
GHOST TOWN

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Posted by David Leslie on March 26, 2004

Ms.Jolie with an eye patch… must…remain..clam..movie..not..coming..out..till..July..
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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Posted by David Leslie on March 26, 2004

In “The Martain Chronicles“, Ray Bradbury talked about the idea of Earth germs killing the Martians. I wonder what superbug the first people on Mars could run into if we ever make it up there?

New Scientist: “‘I believe there is life on Mars, and it’s unequivocally there, because we sent it,’ Andrew Schuerger of the University of Florida told the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, recently. He has been granted funding from NASA’s planetary protection office to help develop better sterilisation techniques for future missions. “

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Posted by David Leslie on March 26, 2004

The visual guide to the 9/11 hearings

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Posted by David Leslie on March 26, 2004

Ah, the question of our age: To do right by your shareholders or your empolyees? I wonder if Mr. Dreher (the analyst who complant is raised in the article) has ever whacked a stock due to it’s CEO’s compensation package?

WSJ.com – Costco’s Dilemma: Be Kind To Its Workers, or Wall Street?

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