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We All Need a Little Humor (8.16.2004)
Cable-Addicted Man Threatened to Sue Charter Communications
He wrote: "I believe that the reason I smoke and drink every day and my wife is overweight is because we watched TV every day for the last four years." It turns out he didn't really sue; he just needed to vent.

Threats to Western Civilization (8.16.2004)
UK Information Commissioner: National ID Cards Could Mean "Sleepwalk Into a Surveillance Society"
Americans should be worried: The UK is one of our top trade partners, and alongside Canada and Ireland, the only other English-speaking trade partner among the top 15. The more commerce nations conduct with one another, the more they tend to behave alike (just like individuals tend to do the same with co-workers). And there's already talk of a national ID program in the US. Opposition happens, but they're not assured of victory.

Threats to Western Civilization (8.16.2004)
British Critic of Arab States Gets Tossed From BBC
British TV host wrote a newspaper column criticizing Arab states. He later resigned from his show. The fallout later caused the firings of 65 employees at his TV production company. Now he's a prominent "Euroskeptic" member of the UK Independence Party, a group that is presently hopping mad that they're subsidizing the Summer Olympics in Greece.

The United States of America (8.16.2004)
State Capitol Building Histories
Impressively detailed site

We All Need a Little Humor (8.16.2004)
If you can stand the fact the site is in French, they have some pretty funny pictures

Business and Finance (8.16.2004)
Guinness Factory to Export the "Essence" to 50 Countries
A secret kept as closely as the Coca-Cola formula

We All Need a Little Humor (8.16.2004)
Idiot Put "Rob Bank" on To-Do List
Lists are generally useful, but that's just stupid

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