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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

A reason to wake up on Tuesdays

It's hard to find a better or more thorough summation of how ridiculous and sad life on planet Earth is than Harper's Weekly. (How's that for an awkward sentence? I've got a million of 'em.) Here are some choice bits from today's edition:
Idi Amin, the former tyrant of Uganda, under whose rule more than 400,000 people perished, was said to be looking for a kidney donor to save his life. He was apparently unsuccessful.

Fox News sued Al Franken, the comedian, because his new book includes the words "fair and balanced" in the title; Fox claims to own the commonly used phrase, which it uses to great ironic effect in its advertisements.

"We are a major superpower with a Third World electrical grid," said Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico. "We'll have time to look at it and determine whether or not our grid needs to be modernized," said President George W. Bush, who has opposed legislation to improve the grid. "I happen to think it does, and have said so all along."

The Middle East peace process continued as Israeli forces conducted a raid in Nablus, killing at least two Hamas members; Hamas retaliated with a suicide bombing, killing an Israeli settler. The Al Aksa Martyrs brigade also carried out a bombing, killing one Israeli. Israel killed an Islamic Jihad commander, and the group promised revenge attacks.

After reading it, I can almost forget my nightmarish experience from last night, when I heard one of my favorite Modest Mouse songs coming from the telelvision and, upon further investigation, found that it was being used as background music for a FUCKING MINIVAN COMMERCIAL. Christ, what the hell is up with that?

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