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Democrats suggest shooting Rumsfeld

On the surface it sounds like they missed a few other choice candidates. But a local Democrat 'club' in Florida took out an advert in a community paper saying in regards to Rumsfled "We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say, 'This is one of our bad days,' and pull the trigger."

The advert has been condemned by Democrat party bosses. The full story can be found at Democrat club's ad suggest shooting Rumsfeld (CNN, Tuesday 13th April 2004)

Target Adverts in Your Emails Challenged

A US State Senator is challenging Google's recently announced GMail service. GMail is being set up in competition to Hotmail, Yahoo and the like as a free service offering a gigabyte of email storage for free (you pay about £40 for a tenth of that with Hotmail). The catch is that Google scans every email you send/receive and places targetted advertising into them. Thus if a friend suggests a weekend in Paris you could expect to have ads for hotels and air tickets to Paris included in that mail. Personally I'd get incredibly irritated with that idea very quickly. Full story can be read in Google free email faces legal challenge (Guardian, Tuesday 13th April 2004)

Bush & Blair's Secret Iraq Pact

Just found this one from a few days ago. Sir Christopher Meyer, the British ex-Ambassador to Washington has revealed that President Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam from power nine days after 9/11 at a private dinner at the White House. To read some of his accounts, and that of another unnamed senior American Official from Cheney's office, check out Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war (Guardian, Sunday 4th April 2004). Should do the wars, and Blairs,  popularity no end of good.

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