The Downing Street memo gets some pickup

At least the Washington Post is continuing to poke around this story. In this piece, they pick up on the connection between the timing of the memo and John Bolton's successful efforts to get a key UN chemical weapons inspector fired.

Where, though, is the wider coverage? Why are we not above the fold in the Gray Lady? Where's the followup to Elisabeth Bumiller's piece — oh, wait, I guess none is necessary, since Bush's comment is "There's nothing farther from the truth." That settles that.

In Congress, where it can be conveniently dismissed as partisan wrangling, at least a few are standing up. Gotta love John Conyers (D-MI) letter to Bush, "I deplore the fact that our media have been so reticent on the question of whether there was a secret planning of a war for which neither the Congress nor the American people had given permission. "

Who needs Deep Throat? We've got the Downing Street memo...

From the eyes-only UK memo reported on last month — but not here in America:

"C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. "

Read it on the Times of London or Democracy for America.

Okay, anybody NOT get the picture yet? These guys were cooking the books, and the sabre-rattling diplomacy in the run-up was just posturing. This memo, taken together with the revelations about conjured up intelligence, would constitute an impeachable offense, and an investigative journalist's dream come true.

Good thing we got rid of Dan Rather.

[Posted with ecto]

Jet stowaway dies en route to JFK...

From New York Newsday: "Pam Hearne of Floral Park said she heard a "thunk" outside her home shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday, but she thought it was the usual morning ruckus caused by neighbors loading heavy stuff onto trucks."

But it was actually the leg of a stowaway, falling from the wheel well of a plane inbound to nearby JFK airport in Queens. And while this is a truly sad and horrific story, it also should scare the heck out of anyone living in the approach pattern of a major airport.

Someone, presumably unauthorized, managed to climb onto and conceal themselves inside a commercial jet. While there wasn't quite enough space there for a live human, there would plenty for, oh, a few kilos of plastique or a home-made dispersal device full of nasty bugs designed to crop dust Floral Park.

It's a good thing the TSA checks people's shoes. Sure makes me feel safer...

OS X on Intel -- tactical or strategic?

Not like anyone was surprised yesterday; Apple has clearly learned from the W-house and Wöllstrasse that one must leak trial balloons to cushion the market from shocks of this magnitude. But is it such a shock, really?

Steve Jobs has clearly seen the future, and it is Windows v. *nix, embedded in devices. If you can drive consumer ease-of-use into phones & cars, while carving out the position as best *nix GUI, you have a shot at surviving -- and perhaps evolving into a lifeform with more than an arboreal niche at the edge of the savannah.

Oh, I will miss the religious warfare over processor speeds as much as the next geek. But when Steve gets up and says they have a roadmap for somewhere that PPC chips won't go, I know he isn't *just* blowing smoke...