Raleigh Drinking Liberally - Flying Saucer Tonite (4/25)!

Same bat time, same bat channel.  Hope to see everyone there, and bring a friend!

News roundup:
   
1:  Because when your gas prices are high, the #1 thing that we need to do in order to lower them (aside from granting insane retirement packages to oil executives) is to exempt them from environmental regulations.  Buried in here is another reference to the little known fact that the government has been filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this whole time.  Oh yeah.  Remember back in, 2001ish when Bush dumped oil out of it and created artificially low gas prices?  While the price per barrel has been climbing steadily, we've been filling it back up.  Good bang for the buck there.
2:  Scotty McClellan is out of the White House, and it looks like FOX will get an inside guy - Tony Snow.  My favorite quote on the White House "staff shakeup":  "It's the equivalent of rearranging all the deck chairs on the Titanic".
3:  Which is true?  This one, or this one?
4:  195 days to prove this wrong.
5:  Mary McCarthy was fired from the CIA for allegedly talking about the secret prisons in Europe.  She has denied leaking any sort of information. 
6:  The telecommunications industry has decided that they want to start instituting QoS for different times of network traffic- for a price.  The ramifications are that it could be used to restrict access to sites that aren't able to pay to play.  Net Neutrality is a must.  Anyone who wants more in-depth information on what this is all about, feel free to ask me directly.
7:  The World Bank lying?  Covering up?  Mis-filing?  Who would have thunk.
8:  Two interestingly scary things about using nuclear weapons on Iran.  A)  What the fallout would look like.  B)  If Bush is crazy enough to actually use nuclear weapons and violate half a dozen different laws and treaties, his order goes direct to Rumsfeld to the commanding officer in the field.  The Joint Chiefs, Congress, no one else gets to say 'STOP'.

Now that you're probably scared, come have a pint or three tonight and give the NSA something to listen to.

Dave Carden - carden@unc.edu
Drinking Liberally - Raleigh
raleigh@drinkingliberally.org

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Exam Time, or I would be there

Have a good time