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In stark contrast to yesterday, Barbie today turns 50. Yes that’s sarcasm.

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Saudis order 40 lashes for a 75 year old women for ‘mingling’ – “A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.”
Can you smell the progress? I mean, we’ve come so far….

Obama says US not winning in Afghanistan

In an interview with the New York Times, he said reaching out to the Taleban could be an option, in the same way outreach had worked in Iraq.
However, the “fierce independence among tribes” in Afghanistan presented different challenges, he said.
A month into his presidency, Mr Obama authorised the deployment of up to 17,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan.
Asked if the US was winning in Afghanistan, Mr Obama replied: “No.”

Rather than express some kind of sarcastic shock and surprise, I’ll just ask this – if we’re doing better in Iraq than Afghanistan, and yet we’re pulling out of Iraq then why the hell are we committing over 15,000 more troops to Afghanistan? Fiscal bloat? Is there some small corner of budget left that we just haven’t flushed down the toilet yet?

Mr Obama and his advisors are reviewing the US strategy on Afghanistan, and have looked at what has worked in Iraq.

Worked? Define “worked” please. Then, if you would, show me when this actually happened?”

It happened with banks, but this is scarier – the economy is driving consolidation of big pharmaceutical companies

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. may be the next drugmaker to be bought after Merck & Co.’s $41.1 billion purchase of Schering-Plough Corp. and Pfizer’s $68 billion deal with Wyeth pressure companies to consolidate.

Drug companies + Monolithic consortiums = me scared.

In related to biotech news, Obama lifts Bush restrictions on stem cell research and the media acts surprised – though I think it’s more a matter of the big news agencies just happy to talk about something, ANYTHING, other than the economy.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on March 9, 2009.

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