9/16: Morning Communique

THESE DAYS

Legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to temporarily suspend or relax its rules because of Hurricane Katrina is being prepared by the Republican chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

A German inventor said he has developed a method to produce crude oil products from waste that he believes can be an answer to the soaring costs of fuel, but denied a German newspaper story implying he also used dead cats.

A source inside Diebold, Inc., maker of the electronic voting systems used in parts of the country during the 2004 presidential election, has told Brad Blog of an "undocumented backdoor" in Diebold's main "GEM Central Tabulator" software.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

You can get a sneak-peek at where City Pages staff blogs are going to be moved to if you check out Lindsey Thomas's This is Pop.

TIME WASTERS

A New Orleans episode of Get Your War On

NZ finds Black Cocks hard to swallow [via Gawker]

Two weeks after the state fair, RetroCrush gives us a few tips on beating those rip-off Midway games.


FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"We are not taking any crap. If you come back to this city and you think it's going to be the way it was before, we have a rude awakening for you."

-- New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, on the security surrounding the reopening of the central business district and the historic French Quarter this weekend


"The truth of the matter is our correspondents at Fox News can't go out for a cup of coffee in Baghdad."

-- FOX host Bill O'Reilly to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice


"Bill, that's tough. It's tough. But what -- would they have wanted to have gone out for a cup of coffee when Saddam Hussein was in power?"

-- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bringing it


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