Linkage: September 2003 Archives

James has posted an account of Wolfowitz's appearance at The New School today as part of The New Yorker's "cultural" festival.

After the adventures James and I experienced when a National Review columnist decided we weren't sympathetic enough about dead Catholics, it is amusing to read the Antic Muse's Oh, Get a Room...

According to a release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of employees receiving health care from employers has plummeted in the last decade, from 63 percent coverage a decade ago down to just 45 percent today. [via Nathan Newman]

A [Canadian] married gay couple say they were refused entry into the U.S. because an American customs officer wouldn't accept their clearance forms as a family.

Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell said they ended their trip to Georgia because the customs official at Toronto's Pearson airport insisted they fill out separate forms as single people.

Bourassa said he complained to a customs supervisor and was told the couple wouldn't be allowed to enter the U.S. as a family because the country doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

JetBlue Airways confirmed on Thursday that in September 2002, it provided 5 million passenger itineraries to a defense contractor for proof-of-concept testing of a Pentagon project unrelated to airline security -- with help from the Transportation Security Administration.

The contractor, Torch Concepts, then augmented that data with Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information, including income level, to develop what looks to be a study of whether passenger-profiling systems such as CAPPS II are feasible.

DontSpyOnUs is a good web site for coverage of this issue.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has a new weblog: Kicking Ass.

Shock and Awe has a good Harpers Index style post about that $87 billion. For example, it is $10 billion more than the combined GDP of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Opus flies again! Berkely Breathed is returning with a new comic strip.

Coverage of today's Harvey Milk "event": CNN International and 365 Gay

On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, seven in ten Americans continue to believe that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks.

I blame the media for being collaborators with the Bush regime.

picklebird -- a new Los Angeles art magazine
[via Michael Pinto]

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