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« Reply #90 on: January 24, 2007, 04:11:12 pm »
 :lol:  Definition of is, anyone?

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« Reply #91 on: January 24, 2007, 05:15:35 pm »
I miss our old Prime Minister

"No, a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." - Jean Chretien

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That reminds me of Rummy's Known knowns quote:

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

I've always liked that quote - it's like a Buddha-ism. The kind of thing you'd expect to hear from some hippy scientist is a hollywood blockbuster, just before he slides open the door to hanger 19. It's also the dumbest possible thing to say out loud at a press conference.
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« Reply #92 on: January 24, 2007, 06:35:35 pm »
Except for "we know Osama bin Laden is either alive and well, alive and unwell, or unalive and unwell."

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« Reply #93 on: January 24, 2007, 06:36:19 pm »
Or unalive and well.
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« Reply #94 on: January 24, 2007, 08:12:47 pm »
which of course some interpreters will tell you is actually 77 raisins, not virgins.
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« Reply #95 on: January 24, 2007, 08:13:39 pm »
White raisins.

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« Reply #96 on: January 24, 2007, 08:33:26 pm »
BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to "purify" the Internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country's sprawling, unruly online population.

Hu made the comments as the ruling party's Politburo -- its 24-member leading council -- was studying China's Internet, which claimed 137 million registered users at the end of 2006.

Hu, a straitlaced communist with little sympathy for cultural relaxation, did not directly mention censorship.

But he made it clear that the Communist Party was looking to ensure it keeps control of China's Internet users, often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons.

The party had to "strengthen administration and development of our country's Internet culture", Hu told the meeting on Tuesday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

"Maintain the initiative in opinion on the Internet and raise the level of guidance online," he said. "We must promote civilized running and use of the Internet and purify the Internet environment."

In 2006, China's Internet users grew by 26 million, or 23.4 percent, year on year, to reach 10.5 percent of the total population, the China Internet Network Information Center said on Tuesday.

The vast majority of those users have no access to overseas Chinese Web sites offering uncensored opinion and news critical of the ruling party.

But even in heavily monitored China, news of official misdeeds and dissident opinion has been able to travel through online bulletin boards and blogs.

Hu told officials to intensify control even as they seek to release the Internet's economic potential. "Ensure that one hand grasps development while one hand grasps administration," he said.
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« Reply #97 on: January 24, 2007, 08:36:06 pm »
This should be fun to watch.

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« Reply #98 on: January 24, 2007, 08:36:23 pm »
Yeah, thanks to those traitors to freedom, Google Yahoo and Microsoft, who wont stop dealing with them.

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« Reply #99 on: January 24, 2007, 08:41:31 pm »
What surprises me is that only 137 million Chinese are internet users.  I would have guessed a much higher number. 
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« Reply #100 on: January 24, 2007, 08:43:15 pm »
Raisins?

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« Reply #101 on: January 24, 2007, 08:44:35 pm »
No, outside of the largest cities you're in a lawless, semi-industralized hell hole at best.  I had friends who backpacked around China last year, outside of the areas around Hong Kong and the west coast cities and they said in places it reminded them of rural south America.

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« Reply #102 on: January 24, 2007, 08:48:33 pm »
Ahh, well that makes sense then.  I wonder if there is a Chinese HIMEOBS on their internets. 
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« Reply #103 on: January 24, 2007, 09:09:38 pm »
Ahh, well that makes sense then.  I wonder if there is a Chinese HIMEOBS on their internets. 

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« Reply #104 on: January 25, 2007, 10:45:19 pm »
http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2007/january/01_17_3.html

The United States has signaled to Gulf Arab allies that an attack on Iran could take place in 2007.

Diplomatic sources said the Bush administration has raised the prospect of a U.S. strike on Iran over the next few months. The sources said the discussions with Gulf Cooperation Council states have also been conducted by U.S. Central Command as well as the U.S. intelligence community.

"There has not been a U.S. commitment, but the discussions have been interpreted as an expression of intent," the source said. "Right now, the U.S. message is that the GCC must get ready for any contingency."

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets foreign ministers from the GCC states as well as Egypt and Jordan. The sources said Ms. Rice intends to brief the foreign ministers on U.S. strategy toward Iraq and Iran in a meeting scheduled to take place in Kuwait.