Pulling A Brian
Today, I'm taking a cue from a good friend of mine. As long as I'm limiting my computer time in favor of being, you know, active, it seems reasonable to jam all the stuff I get from my (shortened) morning reading into one post. This is likely the way that I'll be doing things for the next little while, so hang on tight - we're gonna go fly:
- First off, you really need to see today's Bleat. Lileks has an important query or two for the UN:
Questions: is the Oil-for-Food scandal characteristic of the UN, or not? Is the Abu Ghraib scandal characteristic of the US Armed Forces, or not?
I, for one, am not expecting an answer anytime soon - after all, just look at how accused UN Fraud-eteer Benon Sevan continues to 'respond' to reporters.
Which body acted swiftly to investigate? Which body opened itself to public hearings and condemnations? Which body put the bad guy in the dock, held a trial, and pronounced sentence? Says AP:
Within hours of Sivits? court-martial, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that abuse of prisoners in Iraq will be investigated thoroughly up the chain of command, ?and that includes me.? ...Kofi? Your move.
- I know I haven't mentioned this very often, but you really need to pay DoggerelPundit frequent visits. He's quite the talented poet. I'd put him in my BlogRoll, but Bloglines doesn't seem to like the MyRSS 'feeding' of his page (and he's not running an RSS feed himself...c'mon Steve!)
- Speaking of poetry, I was riding the TTC yesterday and I came across one of their numerous "Poetry On The Way" entries - this is really a good idea, by the way...though not all of the poetry they've selected is of the same caliber. Anyway, the poet I read yesterday was incredible. A Mr. David O'Meara, who apparently has a pair of books available. I must have these!
Interesting fact: Mr. O'Meara actually works as a bartender in Ottawa. And yet I think he may just be the next great poet of our time. Seriously.
- Yesterday makes three consecutive days in which I have been out of the house for the majority of the day, and in which I have had a rigorous workout. I'm still getting warmed up in the gym - that is, I'm maxing out my cardio at 20 minutes - but I'm already seeing progress in my stamina. Here's something interesting. You want to know what kind of exercise is recommended by my diet book? 30 minutes of "brisk walking" four times a week. Ha! I did at least two hours of brisk walking just yesterday alone (I went all over downtown Toronto - no 'unneccesary' TTC for me!), plus the walking from the previous two days, and the evening workouts. Yeah, this is gonna work.
Oh, and a note to self - I've got to get in to the doctor again to see about a new asthma inhaler. Just in case.
- Oh, and one last note: I think this post by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (yes, he blogs) is important for the perspective it provides on the behavior of the media. It's not just 'news' that gets run through the spin-machine.
Well, that's it for today folks (unless something drastic happens) - see you tomorrow...maybe!