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Chad Dickerson: The Rebuilding Process. "I ask that technology companies take a look at their excess inventories in light of the World Trade Center attack and immediately start shipping needed equipment to existing customers and non-customers in need. Work out the payment details later when government disaster relief and insurance will certainly make good on the payments."

Today's song: "Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box!"

MSNBC: Microsoft judge extends deadline. "Citing the terrorist strikes against the United States, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly extended the deadline for Microsoft and the government to file a joint status report detailing what processes they each are requesting for gathering new evidence and holding hearings, and offering proposed schedules for the new phase of the trial."

AP: WTO Gives China Formal Go-Ahead. "Concluding 15 years of often acrimonious talks, Chinese negotiator Long Yongtu said Chinese accession to the powerful trade club would be an 'all-win situation'' unleashing the huge purchasing power of 1.2 billion Chinese and leading to a vast open market."

A new Manila feature. You can optionally cache the home page of any site. This results in faster serving, and helps servers run more smoothly. Explained on Frontier News.

A new Bryan Bell theme for Manila, built around a beautiful US flag. Staton is already using the new theme.

AP: "The FBI stepped up its search for possible collaborators in Tuesday's terrorist attacks, detaining 49 people for questioning and casting a global dragnet for as many as 200 others."

2/12/01: "The Middle East's most violent terrorists have agreed to a frightening megamerger in which they will pool resources to fight their common enemies: the United States and Israel."

Listening to US Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) talk at a rally in SF it came home much clearer, they really plan to send US soldiers somewhere far away. In the meantime, our country is virtually without defense against attacks like the ones that happened last Tuesday. It seems virtually certain that we have virus-like sleepers here now. Shouldn't our resources go to rooting them out and neutralizing them, before going to a war far away. If we have a good defense, there is nothing more that we have to do. The Dawkins piece below is a real eye-opener. Listening to California's other Senator, Barbara Boxer, speak now. All the politicians are invoking religion. I'm sorry I don't go for it. My god doesn't tell me to throw it all away at this time. I think we can fix the bug.

I wrote to a friend: "I feel like we're living in the last days of the golden age of the US. I am very suspicious of our govt and military, I think they aren't doing enough to protect us. They take us for granted, we hire actors as presidents, and let the companies run our country, just like they run the rest of the world. I think we were actually quite lucky. Had they sent the planes crashing into nuclear power plants near major cities the results would have been far more terrifying, much more devastating. I think this is some kind of wakeup call."

President Bush: "When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive."

Mark Twain: "Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."

DaveNet: News sources in Central Asia.

Richard Dawkins: "Testosterone-sodden young men too unattractive to get a woman in this world might be desperate enough to go for 72 private virgins in the next."

US Department of State: "Powell emphasized that the aid is distributed through the UN and non-government organizations, and not to the Taliban or other warring Afghan factions."

Billy Bragg: "A nation with their freezers full are dancing in their seats; while outside, another nation, is sleeping in the streets."

Robert Fisk: Bush is walking into a trap.

NY Times: "Nearly 40 years after it was conceived as a method of maintaining communications in the event of an attack on the United States, the Internet — long since broadened past that purpose — last week had the first real test of its original goal."

ResearchBuzz: "News and Weblog search engine DayPop has added some new features to its new search engine."

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: "If you read my article in full, it will take about an hour of your time. In this hour, 14 more people will have died in Afghanistan of war and hunger and 60 others will have become refugees in other countries."

Guardian: "Before dawn yesterday seven Israeli tanks entered Ramallah, the capital of Yasser Arafat's administration in the West Bank, and shelled security posts and private homes, wounding five Palestinian protesters and killing a policeman. The Israeli military said one of its soldiers was also killed."

Hindustan Times: “As Taliban comprises 50% of Pakistan’s retired army personnel who come from its middle and lower class families, the fallout could be immense if Pakistan decides to support the US militarily or allows a base to the US forces in Pakistan,” opines Maroof Raza, a defence consultant.

Reuters: Stocks slide in early trading.

Arizona Republic: "Hundreds of people across the Valley on Sunday mourned the slaying in Mesa of a Sikh gas station owner whose only crime, his loved ones say, was that he looked Arabic and wore a turban."

Sterling Allen: "Last night my wife and I watched the video, 12 Angry Men starring Jack Lemmon. It was the story of twelve jurors who, through course of several hours debating, went from 11-1 guilty to unanimous not guilty verdict."

This may be a good page to watch as the markets open.

Reuters: Europe braces for Dow fall of 10 percent at re-open.

The Hindu: "A 52-year-old Indian of Sikh denomination and a Pakistani were shot dead in Arizona and Texas in continuing attacks on ethnic immigrants, following last week's terrorist strikes in the US."

The NYSE and NASDAQ re-open at 6:30AM Pacific.

Mail starting 9/17/01.

CNN: Fed cuts rates a half percent.

Thanks for all the links to the Central Asian news sources. I hope people who read Scripting News will also read those pubs and send me links when they have something interesting or informative. This is how we listen on the Web.

Dan Gillmor: America Getting Bloodthirsty.

NY Times Magazine: Remains of the Day.


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