Thursday, September 08, 2005

nutritional bang

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet
the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck
via Follow Me Here

Just off to stock up on the apricots, peanuts and raisins. Not forgetting the fig:
the dried variety make a great portable gym snack.

Comments: nutritional bang

Hi Boynton - I just read this at a US blog titled A Tiny Revolution, and I thought you might enjoy the punchline

"Everyone remembers this famous quote from Condoleezza Rice:

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."

You probably know this wasn't, uh, 100% true. In addition to lots of other evidence, we just learned this:

American aviation officials were warned as early as 1998 that Al Qaeda could "seek to hijack a commercial jet and slam it into a U.S. landmark," according to previously secret portions of a report prepared last year by the Sept. 11 commission.

But here's something I bet you didn't know:

William Harlow was the Director of Public Affairs—ie, chief spokesman—for the CIA from 1997 to 2004. He was quoted all the time in the news after the September 11th attacks. But Harlow did more than just PR; he also had written a novel published in 1999 called Circle William.

The plot of Circle William revolves around an attempt by terrorists to crash a commercial airliner into the Knesset in Israel.

It would be incredible enough that Condoleezza Rice would say what she did, while all the while the public face of the CIA had written a book with almost that precise topic. But here's something more incredible: the media never, ever noticed this.

In fairness to them, of course, it was extremely difficult to find this out. I was only able to do so by using a special technique I developed, which I call "Having a Library Card."

(and a punchline of my own: The 1970's film '3 Days Of The Condor' was about a man whose job it was to read novels and find terrorist plots in them.)
Posted by Brownie at September 16, 2005 11:20 PM

Thanks Brownie.
The comments on the post are good too.
Posted by boynton at September 17, 2005 12:49 PM

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