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Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Economist endorses Kerry
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Problems with pebble-bed nuclear reactors
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Guantanamo prisoners sue
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The New Yorker endorses a Presidential candidate for the first time in its history
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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Endangered languages (with fewer than 1000 speakers or with very fast decline)
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

SeatGuru: helps pick the best seat on a given airplane
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Don't Buy Your International Tickets Online

"Unlike deregulated domestic USA airfares, international airfares are regulated both by international treaties and by an international airline price-fixing cartel, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).

It's worth noting that every USA-based airline operating scheduled international passenger flights has voluntarily joined IATA. USA airlines' invocations of "open markets", "free trade", and "open skies" can be dismissed as completely hypocritical and self-serving drivel until such time as they exercise their right to withdraw from IATA, as any of them could at any time. USA airlines are allowed to participate in IATA "traffic conferences" only because of a special exemption granted them from USA anti-trust laws which normally forbid such industry-wide collusion on prices..."

But there's a loophole in the system: travel agents can sell tickets at a discount from the "official" (overinflated) prices. However, electronic ticketing systems like Travelocity can't:

"All official fares are "published" either in hardcopy in the Official Airline Guides (OAG) or the Air Tariff, or electronically in the computerized reservation systems (CRS's) such as Sabre, Apollo, Amadeus, Worldspan, and Gabriel. By the very nature of the IATA price-fixing system, airlines cannot admit any knowledge of the fact that agents are selling tickets for less than the official fares. So only published fares are shown in any CRS."


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"The essential cruelty of Bush's game is that he takes an astonishingly selfish and greedy collection of economic and political proposals, and then cloaks them with a phony moral authority..."

Al Gore's latest attack on Bush


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Friday, October 22, 2004

I'm going to school very hard these days
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International election observers' pre-election report
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Sunday, October 17, 2004

World's most expensive cities.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Surrealist techniques
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Monday, October 11, 2004

"We are at risk of becoming an autocracy in three key respects.

First, Republican parliamentary gimmickry has emasculated legislative opposition in the House of Representatives...

Second, electoral rules have been rigged to make it increasingly difficult for the incumbent party to be ejected by the voters...

Third, the federal courts, which have slowed some executive-branch efforts to destroy liberties, will be a complete rubber stamp if the right wins one more presidential election."

America as a One Party State
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Sunday, October 10, 2004

"President Bush and his administration have embarked on a reckless and extreme course that endangers the long-term economic health of our nation ... The differences between President Bush and John Kerry with respect to leadership on the economy are wider than in any other presidential election in our experience. President Bush believes that tax cuts benefiting the most wealthy Americans are the answer to almost every economic problem... Here, as elsewhere, Bush is dead wrong, and too dogmatic to admit it." --Joseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and Nobel prize winner


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Friday, October 08, 2004

Selective Service System: What happens in a draft
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004


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