I'm almost tempted to wonder what certain pigment challenged folk will say about this but then they aren't really the types to care what science has to say on the matter. This isn't about them anyway. (Via Dappled Things.)
I'm having a hard time working up any angst about this. I would be more concerned if after September 11, 2001, this hadn't been occurring. In a free society governed by laws such as ours there will always be conflict between protecting our freedoms and protecting us. Some times one has to differ to the other. I can live with that, so long as I'm actually alive. So now terrorist and their sympathizers know for sure that we're keeping track of their communications. Way to go.
Bolivia Set for ElectionIf it makes you feel better to blame the US for all of your problems have at. It's not like we haven't heard it all before.
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia -- Bolivians are polarized between presidential candidates offering sharply different visions going into an election Sunday that could fortify South America's tilt to the left and deal a blow to U.S. anti-drug efforts in this Andean nation.
The tight race pits Evo Morales, a leftist coca farmer who would become Bolivia's first Indian president if elected, against Jorge Quiroga, a conservative former president who wants to continue free-market policies and the war on growing coca, which is used to make cocaine.
Morales, 46, who held a slight lead in opinion polls, promised to be Washington's "nightmare" and reverse U.S.-backed efforts to eradicate coca fields.
He counts Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez among his friends and a victory for him would follow wins by leftists in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay.
The Aymara Indian street activist accused the U.S. Embassy and Bolivia's political establishment of mounting a "dirty war" against him.
MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government slammed the U.S. Congress for approving an immigration bill that would tighten border controls and make it harder for undocumented immigrants to get jobs.They're just upset at the prospect of having to care for their own citizens and losing the revenue stream that flows from illegal immigrants back into the Mexican economy when they send their earnings back home to their families.