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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

We Have Competition

Will the many hiking trails and bike paths being carved out of pristine forest here in Southwest Virginia, the purpose for which is to lure unsuspecting and impoverished college kids and garner a tad of their money diseases and infestations, be able to compete with Dubailand, a cluster of mega-billion-dollar projects intended to create a colossal business and leisure hub?

Consider me skeptical.

Anyone know where Dubai is?

Dubai aims to be tourism mecca
By Ali Khalil, Agence France-Presse

Widely touted as the Middle East's very own Orlando, Dubailand, a cluster of mega-billion-dollar projects, is gradually emerging across the desert sands of the booming Gulf emirate.

Faced with a dwindling wealth of oil, Dubai has taken on a new challenge of larger-than-life projects in line with its ambition to become the region's main business and leisure hub.

Already primed as a vacation destination, Dubai is fast executing plans to build a host of new hotels, golf courses, malls and leisure facilities in hopes of doubling the number of tourists to 15 million by 2015. (link)

15,000,000 tourists. Perhaps we'd better rethink the whole y'all-come-down-and-look-at-our-rocks-and-boulders marketing plan.

But How Do They Remove Warts In China?

I wonder if anyone at the New York Times wonders why the paper is losing circulation like crazy?

Poll Shows Africans Wary, but Hopeful About Future
By Lydia Polgreen and Marjorie Connelly, The New York Times

Dakar, Senegal, July 24 — Despite a thicket of troubles, from deadly illnesses like AIDS and malaria to corrupt politicians and deep-seated poverty, a plurality of Africans say they are better off today than they were five years ago and are optimistic about their future and that of the next generation, according to a poll conducted in 10 sub-Saharan countries by The New York Times and ... (link)
The Times conducted a poll in ten African countries in order to bring you the results.

News you can use ...

Hurricane Katrina Comes To Iowa

About that "farm bill" that various Washington lobbyists and sundry politicians are so keen on passing, the New York Times offers up this bit of outrage (in "The Anti-Reform Farm Bill"):

The bill modestly increases spending for land conservation, and offers new financing for fruit and vegetable growers. But none of this can mask the bill’s denial of reality. Because of the boom in ethanol production, for instance, corn is setting all kinds of records — 92 million acres in production, prices at $3.30 a bushel. Even so, under the House bill, corn farmers will receive $2 billion in direct payments for each of the next five years.
Your hard-earned tax dollars subsidizing the fabulously wealthy. We as a nation are doomed.

Fully Prepared To Make Matters Worse

Close on the heels of the announcement that the United States of America - a nation that has been losing skilled-labor jobs to China by the tens of thousands - now, for the first time in recorded history, has the highest corporate tax rates on the planet (a correlation?), comes this plea ("Taxes In The Global Economy") from the editorialists at the New York Times:

"Where is the politician who will take an over-my-dead-body approach to future tax holidays and who will broach the need for new corporate taxes?"

China gives thanks.

Do They Have What It Takes?

Republicans in Congress have not - at least in recent years - shown themselves to have the necessary intestinal fortitude to stand up to the Democrats and the mainstream press. This kind of headline in the New York Times won't help:

G.O.P. Leaders Fight Expansion of Children’s Health Insurance

Expect bipartisan support for the expansion of children's health insurance.

1 Down. 8,327 To Go.

Well, we have one less radical anti-American leftist on campus this morning:
Colorado Regents Vote to Fire a Controversial Professor
By Dan Frosch, The New York Times

Boulder, Colo., July 24 — After more than two years of public tumult, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted Tuesday to fire a professor whose remarks about the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks led to a national debate on free speech. But it was the professor’s problems with scholarship that the board cited as the cause for his termination.

The professor, Ward L. Churchill, was dismissed on the ground that he had committed academic misconduct by plagiarizing and falsifying parts of his scholarly research.

Professor Churchill, a tenured faculty member at Colorado since 1991 who became chairman of the department of ethnic studies, caused an uproar when he criticized United States foreign policy in a 2001 essay written shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, characterizing some of the office workers killed in the World Trade Center as “little Eichmanns,” a reference to the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who helped carry out the Holocaust. (link)
Scumbag. He deserved far worse.