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July 17, 2001
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Depressing as it is, I still love the Harper's Index.
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger (15 comments total)

 
*Covert Bush-bashing...*
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 2:55 PM on July 17, 2001


what exactly is the "minimum number of people who have been trampled to death at soccer matches in africa since april"? so, like, on bad days, the number mysteriously rises by 29?
posted by moz at 3:02 PM on July 17, 2001


My favorites off this:

Percentage of Americans who would allow "churches and other houses of worship" to seek federal funds for charitable work : 75

Percentage who would allow "Muslim mosques" to do so : 38

That is why there has to separation of church and state!
posted by msacheson at 3:11 PM on July 17, 2001


"Factor by which radiation-dose levels found in the Library of Congress exceed typical levels outside a nuclear plant : 260"

Why is the Library of Congress radioactive?
posted by fidelity at 3:12 PM on July 17, 2001


Meaning, that some people are known to have died from trampling, but some died during an event in which there was trampling. So while they were there, and they were trampled, they may have first died (from suffocation, from heart attack, from being beaten by other panicked people), and were then trampled. I'm sure it's hard to tell.

As for Tiger and his statement: Anything written about Bush is covert Bush-bashing. You can even just quote the man's speeches, unedited, and because they're so self-damning, that'd be Bush-bashing, too, the same as it was for Clinton. Like, this one, for example. Sounds good: he's saying we should give more money away rather than loaning it. But then in the next paragraph he begins talking about the promise of biotechnology and how it will benefit those same poor people. So the covert, self-bashing, message there is: Let's give them money and then sell them American seed corn. Or: Let's encourage the spread of genetically modified crops on behalf of the large agri-chemical companies. There's always another message, Tiger.
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:23 PM on July 17, 2001


Radiation in the LOC, discussed here.
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:25 PM on July 17, 2001


"Factor by which radiation-dose levels found in the Library of Congress exceed typical levels outside a nuclear plant : 260"

Why is the Library of Congress radioactive?


Radon?
posted by ljromanoff at 3:27 PM on July 17, 2001


From Mo's link (thanks):

"Ubiquitous marble and granite building materials may emit gamma radiation at similar or higher levels. [than that of the Roger Williams statue and Thomas Jefferson Building, both of which are apparently highly radioactive.]"

I think I'll just keep away from public monuments from now on.
posted by fidelity at 4:46 PM on July 17, 2001


Number of U.S. major-league baseball players this year who are natives of the Dominican Republic : 79

No way.

Do they mean "professional baseball players" (at all levels)?
posted by rodii at 4:53 PM on July 17, 2001


One wonders what the effect of living in the Vatican has upon the Pope. Except that he's probably factored into multinational nuclear agreements as a warhead.

Bush was interviewed by the BBC's Washington correspondent today. (RealVideo link.) He actually acquitted himself quite well: as I've said all along, he's personable, charismatic, benign. But I had to laugh when he was asked why he felt the need to explain his missile defense policy to European leaders, "when they understand it quite well, and still disagree." "Well, they need persuading that things have changed..."

Percentage of George W. Bush's first 189 appointees who also served in his father's administration : 42
posted by holgate at 4:59 PM on July 17, 2001


Food for thought:

Percentage of Americans who believe they have never eaten genetically modified food : 70

Chance that a processed food in a U.S. grocery store contains genetically modified ingredients : 1 in 2

posted by davehat at 5:45 PM on July 17, 2001


No way.

Do they mean "professional baseball players" (at all levels)?


79 would be roughly 10% of the major league. That doesn't sound realistic to you?
posted by ljromanoff at 6:41 PM on July 17, 2001


One wonders what the effect of living in the Vatican has upon the Pope.

Pope and Monarch of the Vatican can't be a bad deal. Not to mention the Vatican's Army the Swiss Guard. You don't want to be killed by these guys, it would be an embarrassment to your family and friends.

Why is criticizing the right suddenly Bush-bashing? When did the word Bush equal conservatives in all their forms? There are plenty of other important targets out there, take aim and fire.
posted by skallas at 7:10 PM on July 17, 2001


79 could even be a conservative number; ESPN lists 115 players from the Dominican Republic, although some of these people aren't currently in the major leagues at this time.
posted by hincandenza at 7:42 PM on July 17, 2001


*Covert Bush-bashing...*

Of course, we'd expect nothing less, TTT... :-)
posted by fooljay at 8:11 PM on July 17, 2001


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