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April 3, 2006

1. Corporate profits surge to 40-year highWhile profits are up 21.3% in the past year, labor compensation is up just 5.5%. After adjusting for inflation, population growth and taxes, real disposable per capita incomes are up just 0.5% in the past year.They are keeping our money.
2. The Lifeline — We hear about the 2325 KIA. The LA Times is publishing pictures of some of the 17,400 wounded American troops. This is what we’re asking these guys to do.
3. US deserter ‘shocked by abuses’…speaking before Canada’s refugee board . . . he described soldiers kicking the severed head of an Iraqi like a football in Ramadi . . . a US army squad leader shooting the foot off an unarmed Iraqi man.
4. Rice: U.S. committed to diplomacy in Iran“I just want to be very clear, Iran is not Iraq. However, the president of the United States doesn’t take his options off the table. We are committed to a diplomatic course because we believe that a diplomatic course can work.” — …but that doesn’t mean we won’t bomb the shit out of ’em if diplomacy doesn’t work…
5. Government in secret talks about strike against Iran — Meanwhile, the prescient power players of Downing Street hold this view: It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is “inevitable” if Teheran’s leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme.
6. Rice, Straw to Iraqis: Form Gov’t Quickly — Hurry the fuck up already, would ya?
7. U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutationCDC scientists inside an ultra-secure laboratory have started swapping the genes of the H5N1 avian virus with the genes of an H3N2 virus, the strain behind most recent human flu outbreaks. — Where is the Jeff Goldblum character from Jurassic Park when you need him to dress down the genetic scientists and point out the folly of their hubris?
8. Healthy Aces Millwood and Schilling Ready for Red Sox-Rangers OpenerOpening Day. Go Sox.
9. An image.

  1. April 3, 2006 3:01 PM

    Wow, all of this news is like a breath of fresh air. If you’ll excuse me, I think I have just enough time to run outside and jump in front of the 1:00PM bus.

  2. April 3, 2006 3:11 PM

    Don’t do it, JR. Here’s some happy newsie news: Miss America turning into reality TV show

    Something to live for!!

  3. April 4, 2006 11:16 PM

    Thanks, Montag. I needed that.

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