Thursday, March 13
Doing The Numbers
Patrick Keaney, ZNet, March 13, 2003

There's a whole lot going on right now - too much to track, really. I'm going to try to give you the best overall look at what's happening, in a little different format than usual (with apologies to Harper's Index). Ready? Here goes...

18,000: The number of pounds of "high explosive" carried in the "Mother of All Bombs" that the U.S. Air Force tested in Florida yesterday. "This is not small," said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, according to today's New York Times article. ...

2: The number of patriotic Congressmen who, according to a front-page story in today's Times (!), had the word "French" removed from all menus inside the House of Representatives. Our hard-working lawmakers now can order "Freedom Toast" and "Freedom Fries," thanks to the bold actions of Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Walter Jones (R-N. Carolina). ...

10: The number of days that have passed since a British newspaper broke the story that the U.S. government had bugged the phones at the U.N. in order to get as much useful information as possible out of their fellow Security Council members. ... Believe me, the story is all over the press in the rest of the world, but for some reason, we just don't read or hear about it here.
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