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Are Aqua Dots For Real?
November 08, 2007 The Plank

The Boston Globe's Josh Glenn pours cold water over the aforementioned Aqua Dots scare. He suspects a hoax, and some of his logic--especially that which doesn't involve Hitler and the Bush administration--is pretty compelling:

'to Be The Man, You Gotta Beat The (wo)man'
November 08, 2007 The Plank

I think Noam and Joe Trippi are both right that 2008 is not 2004--and that John Edwards won't be reprising the role of Dick Gephardt, who, in the process of torpedoing Howard Dean in four years ago, managed to sink his own candidacy as well.

Yet Another Uncomfortable Predicament For Bush
November 07, 2007 The Plank

Stand by an ally -- or stand with the democratic protesters whom your ally viciously represses? Watch Georgian police power-hose and tear-gas huge crowds of unarmed protesters objecting to President Mikhail Saakashvili's rule in this terribly sad video.

--Eve Fairbanks

Iron Seeding: The Next Big Thing?
November 07, 2007 The Plank

One of the most insanely awesome strategies for combating global warming is oceanic iron seeding. The basic idea is you take a whole bunch of whatever element is limiting plankton growth on the high seas (in most places iron; sometimes nitrogen or phosphorus) and dump it in the ocean. The result is a plankton bloom, which removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in theory could lead to lower temperatures.

Sarko Knocks 'em Dead
November 07, 2007 The Plank

Like Noam, I also caught Sarkozy this morning, in his appearance before a joint session of Congress. First impression: What an incredibly short world leader – his stature, combined with a weathered tan, gives him the look of a walnut.

"magic Beads," Indeed
November 07, 2007 The Plank


As if it wasn't bad enough that Chinese toys contain "hazardous levels" of lead, now Australia has issued a nationwide ban on a Chinese-made toy found to have traces of a date rape drug.  BBC news reports:

Corporations Screw Conservatives, Too
November 07, 2007 The Plank

The New York Times reports this morning that five science fiction conservative authors are suing Eagle Publishing, the parent company of the hard right Regnery imprint, for defrauding them out of untold riches. Regnery, see, has been selling books to groups that they’re affiliated with, like the Conservative Book Club, at massive markdowns, and, in turn, the authors don’t see the royalties they think they should.

Zins Of The Father
November 07, 2007 The Plank

What is it with conservatives and self-dealing publishing scams? The New York Times reports today on a group of five conservative authors suing the parent company of Regnery -- the conservative publishing dynasty -- over what they claim was the house's deprivation of royalties. This suit claims that Eagle Publishing, of which Regnery is a subsidiary:

At Least Mike Gravel Doesn't Have Anything More Important He Should Be Doing
November 07, 2007 The Plank

There's a piece in today's WaPo business section poitning to one of the concrete costs of the widespread compulsion among U.S. Senators to run for president. It seems that, while Chris Dodd is out stumping, the Senate Banking Committee, of which he is chairman, is going nowhere fast.