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  1. SumoCat Wrestlers: whysumoisbetterthankarate1.mpeg
  2. Well, I consider him a terror, but the Bushisms might be better placed in the Bush-Kerry Presidential election thread :)
  3. Men: Before and After Marriage http://www.ebaumsworld.com/beforeaftermarriage.html
  4. Take the test! http://www.curlydavid.com/quiz1.html
  5. Whenever someone write's a book, one wonders whether they are doing it for economic or more noble reasons. That said, we now have two bush administration officicials who have gone on record as being critical of the President's policies re: the war on terror. Given the fact that they were in the thick of things, there must be some creedence to what they are saying. Clarke, the author discussed below, validates my argument/supposition that this administration was hung up on Iraq, as opposed to focusing on the real terrorists. Read the article below and come to your own conclusions... *** Former aide: Bush is doing "a terrible job" on terror March 21, 2004 | WASHINGTON -- Richard A. Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism coordinator, accuses the Bush administration of failing to recognize the al-Qaida threat before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and then manipulating America into war with Iraq with dangerous consequences. He accuses Bush of doing "a terrible job on the war against terrorism." Clarke, who is expected to testify Tuesday before a federal panel reviewing the attacks, writes in a new book going on sale Monday that Bush and his Cabinet were preoccupied during the early months of his presidency with some of the same Cold War issues that had faced his father's administration. "It was as though they were preserved in amber from when they left office eight years earlier," Clarke told CBS for an interview Sunday on its "60 Minutes" program. CBS' corporate parent, Viacom Inc., owns Simon & Schuster, publisher for Clarke's book, "Against All Enemies." Clarke acknowledges that, "there's a lot of blame to go around, and I probably deserve some blame, too." He said he wrote to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Jan. 24, 2001, asking "urgently" for a Cabinet-level meeting "to deal with the impending al-Qaida attack." Months later, in April, Clarke met with deputy cabinet secretaries, and the conversation turned to Iraq. "I'm sure I'll be criticized for lots of things, and I'm sure they'll launch their dogs on me," Clarke said. "But frankly I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something." The Associated Press first reported in June 2002 that Bush's national security leadership met formally nearly 100 times in the months prior to the Sept. 11 attacks yet terrorism was the topic during only two of those sessions. The last of those two meetings occurred Sept. 4 as the security council put finishing touches on a proposed national security policy review for the president. That review was finished Sept. 10 and was awaiting Bush's approval when the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Almost immediately after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Clarke said the president asked him directly to find whether Iraq was involved in the suicide hijackings. "Now he never said, 'Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said, 'Iraq did this,"' said Clarke, who told the president that U.S. intelligence agencies had never found a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida. "He came back at me and said, 'Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection,' and in a very intimidating way," Clarke said. CBS said it asked Stephen Hadley, Rice's deputy on the national security council, about the incident, and Hadley said: "We cannot find evidence that this conversation between Mr. Clarke and the president ever occurred." CBS responded to Hadley that it found two people it did not identify who recounted the incident independently, and one of them witnessed the conversation. "I stand on what I said," Hadley told CBS, "but the point I think we're missing in this is, of course the president wanted to know if there was any evidence linking Iraq to 9-11." Clarke also harshly criticizes Bush over his decision to invade Iraq, saying it helped brew a new wave of anti-American sentiment among supporters of Osama bin Laden. "Bin Laden had been saying for years, 'America wants to invade an Arab country and occupy it, an oil-rich Arab country.' This is part of his propaganda," Clarke said. "So what did we do after 9/11? We invade ... and occupy an oil-rich Arab country, which was doing nothing to threaten us." Clarke retired early in 2003 after 30 years in government service. He was among the longest-serving White House staffers, transferred in from the State Department in 1992 to deal with threats from terrorism and narcotics. Clarke previously led the government's secretive Counterterrorism and Security Group, made up of senior officials from the FBI, CIA, Justice Department and armed services, who met several times each week to discuss foreign threats. http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2004/03/21/clarke/index.html
  6. I think links might be the answer in the meantime. I posted one to a Johnny Lang site last night... There appears to be enough free samples around that we can get started...
  7. Welcome to Beatking, BlindMethod :) :scratchin:
  8. Of course its funny--imagine those two crappy companies together...
  9. ...that's why I thought the target practice might come in handy...
  10. Nice scoop, BF :frog: :frog: ...and a very complete review.
  11. Warmup practice: http://hkkk.fi/~laari/lodger/lodger.html Full song here: http://koti.welho.com/alaari/lodger/
  12. Blues phenomenon Johnny Lang's website comes equipped with tour information and free sample MP3s. Find it here: http://www.jonnylang.com/
  13. Song Offers Mile-High Fun New low-fare airway lets you listen to MP3s, watch TV, and even eat real food. By Paul Chambers, Tech Live Imagine you're at the airport. A big news story is about to come on the television at the gate when an announcement is made: It's the final boarding call for your flight. You'll miss out on the big news during your flight -- unless you're flying Songairways, the new value carrier launched by Delta Air Lines last year. Tonight on "Tech Live" we take you aboard a flight from New York to Atlanta to show you the many ways Song is hoping to keep travelers entertained while en route. "My own personal monitor -- I can't wait to try and see what I can do," says Sharayla Cleare, a passenger on the flight. "I was totally blown away. And all the choices are amazing." Not your father's airplane.. From the moment you step on board, you know this isn't an ordinary airplane. Song's vibrant colors -- orange, yellow, blue, and green -- pop off the walls and seats. Each of the 199 seats on board Song's 757s has its own custom screen for the passenger's viewing pleasure, with an added bonus. "Each individual screen is its own CPU, in essence. Each individual screen has its own IP address. We're able to individually address the seats," says Brian Kirby, lead engineer for cabin electrical at Delta and Song. "It's a very unique, distinctive brand, a low-fare service.... Putting the televisions on the aircraft gives [passengers] a wide array of choices," adds Joanne Smith, vice president of marketing for Song. Choices? That's an understatement. By the end of March all of Song's 36 planes will be fitted with a complete digital in-flight entertainment system full of games, movies, television, and digital music. Song's launch and in-flight offerings up the ante in the battle for travelers. Carriers such as JetBlue also offer video from DirecTV in every seat. JetBlue is also adding XM Satellite radio to its planes in 2004/2005. Once the plane takes off, you're treated to 24 satellite television channels provided by Dish Network. "Actually, I saw a new channel I hadn't heard of called Fuse. I watched a little bit of Court TV and the detective stuff, so that was really interesting. And I checked out some Animal Planet," passenger Cleare says. "We serve everything from TechTV to Cartoon Network to ESPN, so we really have something for everyone," Smith says. The in-flight entertainment doesn't stop there. Passengers also get to choose from 24 different digital music channels, with at least 30 songs in each. According to Smith there's more to come. According to Song, in June it will upgrade the system further to allow passengers to create their own playlists for their MP3 player. If listening to your favorite song isn't enough, there's an onboard music trivia game where you can challenge other passengers. Movies are coming soon and are the only extras passengers will have to pay for. Song's other entertainment items are included in the price of a ticket. Less than a year ago Song's entertainment offerings weren't possible because of the aging infrastructure of Delta's 757s. But when Song first hit runways in April 2003, it began a series of renovations to support its in-flight entertainment system. "In phase one we actually stripped out almost all of the interior in order to put the new colors in the aircraft [and] to put the new materials in the aircraft, and we had all the ceiling panels down and the sidewalk panels out, [so] we were able to basically install the backbone that forms the heart of the system," Kirby says. But when it's all said and done, the happiness of the passenger is what's most important. "By choosing to go with a digital system instead of analog, it gave us so much more opportunity to give customers choice," Smith says. "Yeah, it really helps out," passenger Scott Guidroz says of the entertainment system. "It makes the flight much shorter... having choices and having the Dish Network while you're flying." And if all that playing, watching, and listening makes you hungry, Song's got an answer. "We have choice of fresh, organic meals and indulgent snacks and martinis shaken on board," Smith says. "We've been really thoughtful about our approach." If the actual approach to landing is half as good as the onboard service, Song should be a hit with travelers. Modified March 15, 2004 http://www.techtv.com/news/culture/story/0...3640316,00.html
  14. Generally speaking from experience, rumors in Hollywood tend to turn out to be true.
  15. When you consider that Netflix's biggest customers are Indians seeking products from their homeland, then Akimba might just have a shot in the marketplace. There's a big world to service out there that has a thirst for non-Hollywood product, and no one has tapped it.
  16. March 19, 2004, 12:46 PM PST By Michael Kanellos Staff Writer, CNET News.com Ever have a desire to watch first-run movies from Nigeria, videos on fishing for Walleye Pike or see someone deliver the nightly news while naked? Akimbo might be for you. The San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up will launch a set-top box and subscription service in May that will offer a chance for home viewers to obtain programs and entertainment that they otherwise might not see on cable TV channels or networks. The programming, for instance, will include short films that have been nominated for awards at the Cannes Film Festival or the Oscars; features from the Billiard Club Network; music videos from India; extreme sports documentaries; and the Naked News, described as "the first Internet news program to present the news with nude newscasters, delivering international, national, sports and entertainment news together with health and fitness, movie reviews and in-the-street interviews." In addition, Akimbo expects to deliver first-run films on a pay-per-view basis from studios such as Lions Gate Films, which made the recently released film "The Cooler." Akimbo CEO Josh Goldman and other company executives previously worked at MySimon, a shopping site owned by CNET Networks, publisher of News.com. The idea behind Akimbo is to create a TiVo-like service that doesn't have to rely on the programming from media conglomerates, said Steve Shannon, the company's executive vice president of sales and marketing and an alumni of ReplayTV. TiVo's digital video recorder (DVR) and similar devices harvest materials carried by active broadcasters. In contrast, Akimbo licenses content directly from entertainment producers. The material is then archived on Akimbo's back-end storage systems and pushed to subscribers over the company's servers via a broadband connection. "This involves downloads from the Internet rather than broadcast," Shannon said. Like TiVo, the company tracks a viewer's personal preferences and then regularly sends videos or movies that seem to fit the subscriber's interests. But getting Americans to buy a set-top box for entertainment that could be considered "less-than-premium content" could be a tough sell, said NPD Intelect analyst Stephen Baker. Then again, Akimbo executives and others assert that there is huge demand for movies and entertainment not found on ordinary networks. Video is sprouting all across the Internet, but the ability to find it or distribute it is limited, according to broadband executives. Other DVR specialists are looking at ways to harvest this content. Meanwhile, media companies are working on ways to better leverage the Internet as a distribution medium. Revelations Entertainment, actor Morgan Freeman's production company, said that in 2005 it will release a movie onto the Internet on the same day it comes out in theaters. The company is currently trying to figure out pricing and some of the security issues, said Revelations CEO Lori McCreary. The Akimbo box will cost $200 and will come with a Celeron processor and an 80GB hard drive that will hold about 200 hours of video. Subscribers also will have to pay a $10 subscription fee for the basic channels. Additional fees will likely apply to see first-run films, Shannon said. The company is currently setting up server banks for its service in the United States. The service likely will be offered to people in the Midwest and West Coast first. http://news.com.com/2100-1041-5176273.html?tag=nefd_hed
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