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Saturday,  02/15/03  02:30 PM

In case you think the U.S. is being "hasty" about Iraq, consider the sixteen previous U.N. Security Council resolutions concerning Iraq.  Of course it is clear that Iraq is violating the seventeenth (U.N. resolution 1441) as well.  The U.N. can keep passing resolutions 'till the cows come home, and nothing will change.  Now, is the U.S. bluffing about taking independent action if the U.N. does not?  We'll see.  [Later: the NYTimes agrees.]

Here's an interesting new blog,  No apparent bias, yet.

There is now an (of course).  So, I actually think this whole thing is unfair to weasels, who are cute little mammals, and pretty courageous ("Weasels are persistent and fearless hunters").

Gene Expression has an interesting post noting that Stanford and MIT have joined the University of Michigan's court battle to continue their "race-conscious admissions policies".  As an alum I'm glad Caltech has stayed out of this.  Caltech's entering freshman class is only 260 people, so unlike larger schools like MIT and Stanford they can't squander places on people who are not qualified, regardless of their race or anything else.  How can "race-conscious admissions policies" be considered anything but racist?

It is also notable that the grade inflation infecting The Ivies has not hit Caltech; a B is still good and an A is still rare.

Scoble is back on the air with a bunch of stuff from his week at Microsoft.  Start here, with the photo of Windows 2003 Server being built by a room full of servers (each build takes 5 hours).

Who says Microsoft can't innovate?  Check out the Penny Black project, investigating sender-pays email schemes.  IMHO such a scheme will be standard and will eliminate much spam (although not all; we still have junk snail mail, even though snail mail uses a sender-pays scheme).

Another convert: Ernie the Attorney reports "Tivo Changed My Life".  Ernie is a serious guy.  How many commercial products have serious people writing that they've changed their life?

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