October 7th, 2005


daily melange

Sufficient Boogying.

Mini Timeline:
**Unknown date before current War in Iraq: "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq." -God
**25 February 2003 - "But the risk of doing nothing, the risk of the security of this country being jeopardized at the hands of a madman with weapons of mass destruction far exceeds the risks of any action we may be forced to take." -President Bush
**7 March 2003 - "Nuclear weapons inspections in Iraq are making marked progress. To date, we have found no substantiated evidence of the revival in Iraq of a nuclear weapons programme - the most lethal of the weapons of mass destruction. ... Barring any unforeseen circumstances, and provided that the level of co-operation by Iraq accelerates and support by other States continues, the IAEA should be able, in the near future, to provide the Security Council with credible assurance regarding the presence or absence of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq." -Mohamed ElBaradai of the IAEA
**20 March 2003 - US Forces attack Iraq.
**18 September 2004 - The Iraq Survey Group's final report reveals no evidence of WMD in Iraq.
**25 April 2005 - The CIA's final report reveals no evidence of WMD in Iraq.
**7 October 2005 - Mohamed ElBaradei and the IAEA are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Speaking of Nobel Prizes... The IgNobels have also been awarded. The Peace Prize went to Claire Rind and Peter Simmons of Newcastle University "for electrically monitoring the activity of a brain cell in a locust while that locust was watching selected highlights from the movie Star Wars."
But perhaps the best research in the Igs was this, which I respectfully dedicate to tardpenguin's birthday. If that link is clogged, I recommend Google's html version of the paper. The title is brilliant and the abstract is fascinating.