The terror warnings
: I actually bought a copy of Time today to read what they said about the terror intelligence and warnings. I challenge the nya-nyaers to go read it and still argue that the government should not have warned us about what they learned.
But there remains plenty of cause for concern. Al-Qaeda has cased targets for years before attacking; preparations for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa began in 1993, for instance. Intelligence and law-enforcement officials familiar with the material recovered in Pakistan told TIME that the discs revealed far more detailed, wide-ranging and current research and planning by a terrorist group than have so far been made public. Though the surveillance information on the discs was done mostly in 2000 and 2001, one disc contained an updated photo of the Prudential Plaza building that was added to the al-Qaeda file in January of this year.
: An Australian radio station uses the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in its crass promotion. Ozzies enraged.
Jersey blog meetup!
: The folks at NJ.com, together with blogger/teacher Will Richardson and other good people are holding a blogger MeetUp this Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at MediaTech, upstairs at 118 Main Street in Flemington, NJ. All bloggers, would-be bloggers, and the merely curious are invited to please, please come on by.
The family that sleazes together….
: Don’t you just love it: The NY Post reports today that one factor in the success of so many reality shows is that for the first time in years, prime time is now filled with shows that families can and do watch together. Survivor and Fear Factor and American Idol are good for American family values!
: I finally (belatedly) added comment spam protection, because I was wasting time on the bile-slurpers who spam blogs. Besides adding Jay Allen’s wonderful program, I have made it necessary for you to preview comments first before posting. Pain? Perhaps. But it also gives you that extra second to ask, “Do I really want to say this? Do I really want to add this morsel of snark to the permanent record? Or should I think better of it?”