Friday, December 01, 2006
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is trying to bring Persian Gulf monarchies and other Sunni Muslim Arab autocrats into a new security alliance to contain Shiite Muslim Iran's growing influence and stem any spillover of violence from Iraq, according to senior U.S. officials, diplomats and private analysts.
Chicago Tribune (MCT)
CHICAGO — 'Tis the season to start receiving greeting cards, and a growing number of them, conveniently, will come via the Internet.
There's only one problem: Some of the e-mails saying that you have an e-greeting card from a friend or family member may instead be from a scam artist intent on obtaining your Social Security number, credit card data or even brokerage account information.
San Jose Mercury News (MCT)
At the end of "10 Items or Less," an unnamed but readily identifiable movie star (played by Morgan Freeman) is trying to explain what it's like to "know everybody," and yet have no real friends. People seem to recognize him wherever he goes, and yet it's as if he's a ghost, a figment of their collective imagination.
"I realize that I could just disappear," he says with a terrible finality.
Morgan Freeman stars in "10 Items or Less," in theaters now.
IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL
The prime minister made clear that splitting his country into parts, as some have suggested, is not what the Iraqi people want, and that any partition of Iraq would only lead to an increase in sectarian violence.
— George W. Bush, 30 November 2006
And when the full history of this bloody circus is written, people will look back slack-jawed at the scale and brazenness of the occupation's corruption and incompetence.
—Christian Parenti, The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (New York: The New Press 2004)
There are Iraqi women who have not shed their black mourning robes since 2003 because each time the end of the proper mourning period comes around, some other relative dies and the countdown begins once again.
—Riverbend, 18 October 2006
A scene from the film "Iraq in Fragments."
The Dallas Morning News (MCT)
STAYING POWER: Despite a quintet of new wide releases last week, "Happy Feet" and "Casino Royale" maintained their spots atop the box-office heap. The total for the top 12 movies was down 3 percent from last year, but that was the second-best Thanksgiving weekend in history.
Non-mathematicians usually know him for A Mathematician's Apology, his essay from 1940 on the aesthetics of mathematics. The apology is often considered one of the layman's best insights into the mind of a working mathematician.
Read Godfrey Hardy's i>A Mathematician's Apology, free from the University of Alberta, Canada.