August 02, 2002: [•] Two sheriff’s deputies located two kidnapped teenage girls and shot their kidnapper minutes before he planned to execute the girls. [•] Ziad Jarrah, one of the 9/11 terrorists, was being watched by the CIA at one point. [•] Israel has begun retaliation for the bombing of a school cafeteria two days ago. [•] Mystery blobs are appearing on sidewalks in Camden, NJ. [•] Iraq is considering allowing arms inspections to resume. [•] 20 people are dead after fighting in Kashmir. [•] A kidnapped German has been released in Sudan. [•] A man arrested in Zambia has admitted to practicing black magic and even more disturbing was authorities found him in possession of a human heart wrapped in a cloth. [•] Fighting has broken out in Afghanistan between Tajiks and Pashtuns. [•] An ex-cop was killed in a shoot-out with his former coworkers after they tried to arrest him on suspicion of killing his wife. [•] A girl has turned up missing in San Francisco. [•] For once and all I’d to put the rumors to rest that my wife and I are getting divorced. Yes, we’ve had our arguments; but nothing out of the ordinary for any married couple to disagree over. Melissa and I have honestly never been happier and we are more committed to each other than ever before. Despite arguments, personal differences, and opinions that differ we are still together. This will be for the foreseeable future. While I appreciate the concern of friends I’m a little confused about motives nevertheless. My marriage is not based on staying together for my daughter alone. It is based on Melissa and my mutual need to love each other. We respect each other and we have made great strides to over come every personal issue we have encountered. Certainly, we are like no married couple and unlike 50% of couples today we have managed to have our marriage last 3 years. If we didn’t want to be with each other believe me we would have already made that choice. Divorce is a choice made by couples who cannot fix their indifferences. It is not caused by simply fighting and in some instances it is caused by lack there in of. Without communication and interaction a marriage is doomed to fail. What some see as a troubled marriage is actually a healthy one in many aspects. People may not be able to handle our frank handling of matters and our openness to discuss issues in heated conversation. However, this does not designate my marriage as a failure. Our relationship has always been built on commitment and with such it will continue to be. Last night when I embraced my wife and for the billionth time told her that I loved her it meant just as much, if not more than, as the first day I said those words. I love you wife (and daughter too) and I know you feel the same about me. 🙂
July 31, 2002: [•] A terrorist attack on a school in Jerusalem, Israel has left 7 people dead. Hamas has claimed responsibility for it. [•] The Pope is continuing his tour. Today he is in Mexico to grant sainthood to an Indian martyr. [•] US Sen. Joseph Biden, Democratic chairman of the Senate committee, says that Iraq is a threat; but an invasion this year is unlikely. [•] The US Justice Department in investigating AOL Time Warner. [•] A gunman opened fire at the Beirut university campus in Lebanon killing 8 people. [•] The Turkish parliament has voted to hold early elections. [•] A gun battle in Somalia has left 13 people dead. [•] The November 17th terrorist group has issued a statement to Greece that it is alive and well (unfortunately). [•] Zimbabwe is expected to take out its frustrations over EU imposed sanctions by targeting pro-democracy advocates within its country. [•] Rwandan President Paul Kagame says that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held by the end of next year. [•] A 6.2 earthquake rocked Costa Rica. [•] A drug sting operation has busted over 2,000 drug dealers since March near the US-Mexico border. [•] Thousands of illegal Indonesian immigrants are leaving Malaysia before a new labor law can impose strict fines on them. [•] The South Korean National Assembly has rejected the nomination of Chang Sang as Prime Minister. [•] Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, a Russia mob figure, has been arrested and charged with trying to fix the 2002 Winter Olympic Games figure skating competition. [•] A forest fire in Oregon is expected to merge with a forest fire in California. [•] Two men in a van crashed into a house. One problem: The house had mobsters in it. [•] The US Senate has rejected a Medicare prescription plan. [•] The Pentagon has imposed a wireless device standard for its employees. [•] A group of whales that beached themselves for a third time has been euthanized after refusing to return to the sea despite rescuers’ efforts. [•] A serial killer is loose in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. [•] Alanta, Georgia is about to create a wireless access point that covers several blocks. [•] Web master Jon Messner has bought the domain name of Alneda.com (it was owned by the al Qaeda), but the FBI dropped the ball so it’s of no use to anyone. [•] Dogs are a lot brighter than previously thought. In fact, they may even be able to count. [•] Your computer is a great bug repellent. [•] The FBI has busted up several Net scams. [•] Artemis Records has decided to waive all webcasting fees for its catalog for a year. [•] Australia is famous for big things. Well, things used to be a whole lot bigger there! [•] Cosmic rays may help to heat up the Earth’s surface. [•] Senate cracks me up. They should be giving better educational opportunities to kids, working to eliminate poverty, and fixing the recession. So what are they doing? Try to get us to exercise. Okay then. [•] Spin announced its favorite metal albums ever. [•] Now Warwick’s water supply is being threatened by Mayor Newhard’s crazy schemes. Thanks Mr. Mayor… sheesh. [•] Contrary to yesterday’s report Sun says it isn’t developing an OS X version of Star Office. [•] This is it people. I have demanded a Mini Cooper S for 3 months now and none of you have helped me. Thanks for nothing! [•] Nissan has committed itself to selling fuel cell cars by 2003. [•] Ford and Toyota may team up. [•] Loads of car recalls (including Rolls-Royce!). [•] Microsoft has partnered with AT&T wireless and this partnership is expected to propel the next wireless versions of Windows to bigger and better things. [•] Google will provide the search feature in AOL 8. [•] I love you wife and daughter! [•] Immy got a hold of some Pepsi Blue. Was I invited? No! “Sniff” LOL [•] On a brighter note: Maybe I can scam some Pepsi Blue off of Mermaid 🙂 Oh Mermaid! [•] I added a link to a New York Times story covering the CVS and Warwick, NY issue. Very interesting comments from the Village Mayor, Michael Newhard. Looks like he is going after condemnation though he promised he wouldn’t. I think it’s time we call for a referendum ASAP and fix things before these political egomaniacs currently in power ruin the Village.
July 30, 2002: [•] Once again US President Bush has vowed to crack down on corporate crime as more corporations are showing signs of “fudging figures”. [•] An Amtrak train derailed in Maryland injuring six people aboard seriously. [•] A group of miners trapped in a mine in Pennsylvania have been saved by rescuers. [•] 23 young Cubans have defected to Canada during the Papal youth conference. [•] Five people were injured by a bomb in Israel. [•] A corrections officer in Texas settled an argument over whether his friend is going to Heaven or Hell by shooting him. [•] An asteroid previously calculated to collide with the Earth in 2019 will not do so according to new data attained. [•] Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun working on a peace treaty to end a war that has divided Africa for over four years. [•] Iraq says that allowing the US into their country would merely be providing their enemey with intelligence gathering access to overthrow Saddam Hussein. [•] France refuses to recognize freezing human bodies as a burial. [•] Afghan authorities averted an assassination attempt. [•] Britney Spears wants to be a bad girl. Get my spanking paddle! [•] A cargo ship stuck on a sandbar in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef poses a potential pollution threat. [•] Rescuers have managed to save 46 of 55 whales stranded on a beach. [•] A wildfire in Oregon is threatening to destroy the homes of thousands of people. [•] What was once thought to be an ancient Viking map showing their discovery of North America a decade before Columbus isn’t even a century old according to a new ink analysis. [•] Let’s hear it for micro-hard drives! [•] A new bill introduced to Congress would remove royalty fees from small webcasters to the RIAA. [•] Australia has successfully launched the first scramjet ever. [•] A young boy was admitted to a hospital with a blood-alcohol level of .59. His stepfather apparently gave him vodka through his feeding tube. [•] Spokane Produce brand romaine lettuce may contain E. coli. Yummy! [•] Instruments of learning. [•] The world’s first pro-life ISP. [•] People with high levels of dopamine are more likely to believe in and make meaning of paranormal experiences. [•] An investigation into whether Monticello police were running a private business on public payroll is being looked in to. [•] Where does nonprofit become lobbying? [•] A small pharmacy closes its doors after being too busy. [•] Deprivation, a local metal band from Warwick, had their equipment stolen while on tour. That stinks. [•] Ozzy Osbourne will take a leave of absence from Ozzfest to be with his ill wife Sharon. [•] Filter’s new album, The Amalgamut, is out today. Expect a nonlinear live band feel. [•] X-Men The Movie 2 promises more mutant for your movie ticket, but without Apocalypse I’m not excited. So there 😛 [•] Want a sneak peak at nVidia’s next chip set? Look no further! [•] Sudanese rebels say their government is not upholding a peace treaty and has begun killing rebel troops again. [•] Deceased Who bassist John Entwistle apparently was doped up on cocaine at the time of his death and his widow is dumping her guts about his excessive party habits. [•] A preview look at the upcoming 2003 Honda Accord. [•] RealNetworks hopes its open-source software will provide a boost in sales. [•] AMD is teaming up with United Microelectronics to produce smaller PC components. [•] A DoS attack has knocked out the RIAA’s web site. This after the group backed a bill that would allow them to DOS users. So how’s it feel? LOL [•] Adobe has settled a patent suit it filed against Macromedia out-of-court though the resolution has not been disclosed. [•] I love you wife and daughter! [•] Immy enjoyed WWE RAW last night, as did I. [•] I updated the CVS & Warwick, NY site with the latest info and ongoings.
December 18, 2001: [•] Ramadan is over (BTW: I hope that all my Muslim viewers had a joyous Ramadan) and 90% of the war in Afghanistan has been won. However, Mohammed Omar and Osama bin Laden are both still missing. [•] US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warns all US citizens to be vigilant against terrorism as the nutjobs of the world begin to embrace new techniques of inflicting pain on others. [•] US Marines injured by a landmine encourage the world to worry about bigger problems instead of their wounds. [•] The Yemeni military has attacked an al Qaeda camp in its country. [•] Even though al Qaeda appears to have been beaten the US government continues to warn US citizens about the possibility of a terrorist attack. [•] US President Bush had several lesions removed from his face. None were cancerous. [•] Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is asking Arab leaders to meet him in Mecca to discuss Israel and Palestine. Go nutjob leader! [•] Siena Heights University has added a philosophy class that examines how The Simpsons handle theology. [•] India is mulling over its response to a terrorist attack on its government. [•] Arctic weather hits Europe. [•] Somali warlords are attempting to convince the US to attack their country’s government in hopes of achieving power. [•] Ebola continues to ravage Gabon. [•] The ousted government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide attempted to regain control of Haiti, but failed. [•] Oh those crazy civil liberty loving Canadians and their crazy civil liberty loving Canadian ways! [•] Thailand will only issue 17 visas this year in an attempt to stop illegal activities. [•] A heavy earthquake hit Japan and Taiwan creating a small tsunami. [•] Spain has arrested 7 suspected ETA members. [•] Princess Buniah al-Saud, the niece of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, has been arrested on charges of beating her maid. [•] A sewerage spill has closed a portion of Laguna Beach, California. [•] A first-grader who dresses as Santa Claus and distributes small toys in a local mall was kicked out by mall owners since (get this) he’s competition to the official mall’s Santa LOL. [•] The Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed. [•] Serious crime fell in the first 6 months of 2001, but murder went up. [•] An equipment failure has stopped progress in clearing anthrax from the Hart Senate Building. [•] Vivendi Universal has bought USA Networks. [•] Be careful, you could end up buying fake FDNY or PDNY goods. [•] Intel is sponsoring an open source code called OpenCV that they hope will allow computers to see in three dimensions. [•] A Japanese zoo’s panda gave birth to a male cub. [•] Utah has introduced the US’s first voice-recognition based travel information service for telephone users. [•] A genetically engineered mouse has been developed who’s milk contains the malaria vaccine. [•] Chicken feces and diesel fuel: What a mix! [•] CERT is warning UNIX administrators who are running Secure Shell on their systems to make sure that they are using SSH2 (full install not upgrade) with no SSH daemons running and all exploits patched. [•] Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Office XP. [•] RSA Security Inc. has developed the Wireless Equivalent Privacy protocol to encrypt individual data packets sent over 802.11 wireless networks thus fixing current security issue. [•] A new drug reduces cold symptoms within a day and knocks one day of the actual disease off. FDA approval is about a year away at best. [•] 3/4 of new HIV cases are resisting treatment. [•] Autism seems to be higher in Silicon Valley. Could tech savvy genes be responsible? [•] Google will allow you to now browse 600 catalogues online. [•] Universal Music Group’s new CDs won’t play in a PC. Their solution: Buy another copy in digital format for the PC through the Net. Hey, why not pay a third time just for fun! Hell, let’s go for four! [•] An ISP is claiming the FBI wants the e-mail logs for data logged by the BadTrans.B worm and sent to one of several e-mail addresses including one hosted by the ISP. Why would they want it? Well, they assert that BadTrans.B is actually the Magic Lantern virus developed by the FBI reported on earlier last week. [•] A captured al Qaeda member turned informant claims that Windows XP has backdoors inserted by the terrorist group. [•] Christmas may be here, but thoughts of September 11th still haunt Americans. [•] Everyone’s favorite anti-CVS group, It’s Our Town, has been sponsoring a gift drive for needy families of Warwick, NY. [•] The US Postal Service switches into high gear to meet last minute mail demands. [•] Will a correction officer who is charged with trash compacting a box of contraband kittens face jail time? [•] Newburgh, NY City Comptroller Ed Weber resigns because City Manager Harry Porr was fired. [•] Cory Jones is found dead in New Windsor, NY and police are ruling it suspicious. [•] Local Catholic school teachers are still on strike, a textile union pickets an employer over a wage dispute, a woman is charged after she crashes her auto with a young child unbelted, ’tis the season for ice, the Milford-Montague bridge toll gets raised, an elderly woman is killed crossing a highway, a high speed chase keeps things interesting for the Ulster County Sheriffs, robbers are defeated by a soda machine, the Sullivan County Family Violence Response Team arrested a man on charges of molesting a toddler, and Wurtsboro Police arrest John Kallajian stemming from charges in Connecticut. [•] Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock will appear together on CMT Crossroads. [•] Weezer has begun working on their new album. [•] Charlie Clouser has left NIN, but formed a new band called Revenge of the Triads that includes guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and bassist Jason Slater from A Perfect Circle. [•] The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 rules, but then again you already know that don’t you? [•] Can’t afford the Corvette? Try the Ford Focus; it rules. [•] The 2002 Maserati Spyder is so damn kick ass that I don’t even have a wise ass comment to get you to click on the link. Just do it. [•] Intel has announced an official Pentium 4 chipset using DDR SDRAM. The new AMD Duron mobile ratchets cheap laptop speeds up to 1GHz. And Toshiba has quit the memory business. [•] Viisage Technology licenses its face recognition technology to the US Army. [•] Apple has released a PowerBook with a CD/DVD burner and more memory. [•] Adobe is putting the final touches on multimedia creation software for Mac OS X. [•] Azazel and I had an excellent time at my company’s Christmas party. The food was great and a good time was had by all! [•] C0il is home for Christmas vacation! [•] Sometimes a song can say it all. [•] Note that there is no planned updates for the next three days as I will be attending a three day seminar on VDSL. The next update will be this Saturday. Talk to you then.
December 13, 2001: [•] Israel has labeled Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat as useless in the war against terrorism and will instead use military force against terrorists. [•] Once again, a surrender deadline passed without the al Qaeda giving up. Looks like they want to die. [•] The US Army has admitted to producing anthrax in Utah, but says none of its supply is missing. [•] Suicide gunmen raided the Indian Parliament killing 12 people including themselves. [•] Zimbabwe President Mugabe says that the US and UK are unfairly punishing him for his land reform program. [•] The EU has ruled that France’s ban on meat imported from the UK is unlawful. [•] Japanese government officials may have tried to downplay its Mad Cow Disease outbreak a little too much. [•] A South African court sentenced 4 Caucasian men to 30 years in prison for killing 2 Black men in 1999. [•] A 7-year old Honduran boy’s eyesight is restored thanks to a generous missionary. [•] Dunlop-Tire is offering a total of $25,000 Canadian to anyone with the last name Dunlop who changes their last name legally to Dunlop-Tire. [•] Gary Hart has been found guilty by a UK court of “causing death by dangerous driving” that caused a train to crash. [•] The videotape with Osama bin Laden bragging about his part in the September 11th attack has been released. He is so screwed. [•] The US has quit its ABM Treaty with Russia. [•] The CDC is stockpiling the anthrax vaccine in case it’s needed for civilians.[•] Obesity has become the second largest preventable health risk next to smoking. [•] A freight train derailed in Missouri. [•] An Amtrak train hit a van killing the 7 people inside. [•] A news helicopter for Milwaukee TV station WISN crashed onto a freeway killing the pilot. [•] The FBI has confirmed that their home-brewed key logging virus called Magic Lantern is real. [•] So many people were anxious to see China’s new WTO web site they overloaded the server and crashed it. [•] The third artificial heart transplant recipient has died. [•] The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission has certified 13 health web sites as being reliable for health information. [•] Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl are suing Courtney Love in an attempt to kick her out of Nirvana LLC. [•] Recent advances in mice with sickle cell disease using gene therapy provides hopes that humans may respond in the same manner. [•] DrinkOrDie hasn’t been the most active cracking group. In fact, their reputation is downright horrid. So why did the FBI go after them over bigger dogs? [•] Need money? Sue a spammer! [•] Independent musicians are starting to make money selling music on the Net. Imagine that… LOL. [•] Scientists have developed a plastic magnet. [•] The FCC has approved area codes for wireless device use only. [•] People in opposition to building a Wal-mart distribution center in the Town of Mamakating voiced their opinion to the town. It’s nice to know that somewhere besides Warwick, NY hates having actual job creating businesses in their town. [•] Voters have approved the Town of Bloomingburg, NY to run trash pickup. [•] The regional US Post Office processing center at Stewart Airport is laying off its temporary workers. [•] One snowfall has put the Town of Fallsburg in debt, non-clerical Catholic school teachers are still striking, a traffic accident puts a woman in the hospital, a condo catches on fire, Dawn Delorenzo is indicted on stealing $50,000 from an acquaintance, Harold A. Bell is charged with molesting a young girl, taxi driver Patrick Lawlor is charged with exposing himself to a woman, Newburgh police are looking for a suspect who shot a man, a grocery store is robbed, Thomas Bair is charged with having sex with several minors, John Babcock is charged with having sex with a girl under 11-years old (What’s this National Arrest A Pedophile Day?), a teenage girl is charged with defacing a sidewalk, gambling draws opposition, Anderson R. Emmanuel is charged with trying to kill a woman, and the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is open again after a powder scare. [•] Creed has picked Tantric as its opening act. [•] The Duh Study of The Day: Using vaccines that are too weak could make viruses immune to treatment in the long-term. Anyone ever hear of antibiotics? Look what happened with people not using them properly! [•] Quantum cryptography promises uncrackable encrypted files through the use of a LED that emits a single light photons at a time. [•] VW has opened its new luxury car auto plant. [•] Current Dodge Vipers owners will get first dibs on the new 2003 Viper SRT-10. [•] Be prepared– have a winter emergency kit in your auto. [•] The BMW M3 rules. Find out why. [•] The Cadillac Escalade simply didn’t guzzle enough gas as is, but a super charged version should fix that! [•] How a desktop PC and an inventive young mind found the world’s largest primary number. [•] Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 1 is here. [•] The European Computer Manufacturers Association has backed Microsoft’s .NET Common Language Infrastructure and C#. [•] Microsoft has released the Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP as a free upgrade that includes some multimedia goodies including an audio converter that turns MP3s into WMAs. [•] Azazel and Li’l Pooh went down to Hooter’s in Nanuet, NY with my mother-in-law. Now there’s an interesting story indeed LOL. [•] DF.com extends its prayers and heartfelt hope of recovery to Samantha and her daughter Winter Charlotte. [•] Mermaid my friend, unfortunately bad things happen to good people too. You’ll find your “light”; just give it time. [•] Bored? Well, this week I’d like to introduce you to another fine Pop Cap game called Alchemy. It rules and is even better than last week’s pick, Bejeweled. On a final note, a belated joyous Chanukah to all my Jewish readers. Talk to you all next week!