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As you do:
A bar owner in the US has been charged after shooting his laptop computer. George Doughty is said to have fired four bullets into the Dell computer in the middle of his bar and restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado.
Police say he then hung the destroyed machine on the wall like a hunting trophy. [more from Ananova]
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More big trouble for Blair: Short spearheads rebellion:
Tony Blair was last night facing the opening of floodgates to a catastrophic rebellion in his own ranks, as Clare Short, the international development secretary, warned that she would quit the cabinet if there was no second UN resolution supporting war in Iraq.
In comments which were frank even by her standards, she said she feared the prime minister was being "extraordinarily reckless" with the future of the government.
Her dramatically timed intervention raises the stakes for Mr Blair as he battles to persuade wavering states on the UN security council to support a resolution. It followed yesterday's resignation of a cabinet member's parliamentary private secretary and the threat by other parliamentary aides to follow suit.
Speaking at what she described as "ten minutes to midnight", Ms Short told the BBC Westminster Hour: "If there is not UN authority for military action, or if there is not UN authority for the reconstruction of the country, I will not uphold a breach of international law or this undermining of the UN, and I will resign from the government."
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I LOOOOOVE generators....: The Page of Generators: "Steven Savage has the turn of mind that plays with permutations, and has come up with an entire page of generators. One is the Academic SF Generator (inexplicably filed under character-related generators), which generates fields of study...Even better is the Action Film Trailer Generator. Itís meant to generate parodic action-movie trailer voiceovers." [Making Light via The Shifted Librarian]
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Today's obscene news:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush administration has asked at least five U.S. engineering firms, including a unit of
Halliburton Co., to bid for a post-war Iraq rebuilding contract which may be worth as much as $900 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The newspaper said all five bidders have submitted their bids or are preparing to do so after the U.S. Agency for International Development ``quietly'' sent out a detailed request soliciting proposals from the likely bidders.
Halliburton is the company of which US VP Dick Cheney was CEO from 1995 until the 2000 election. No big surprise that they want in on this lucrative contract -- they made lots of dosh off deals they made with Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War.
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