Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Sean has sent me an email about a blog by an Iraqi. One of the posts is about his friend who bribed his way out serving in the old Iraqi Army under Saddam. Now his friend joined the new Iraqi army that is being trained by the US Army and now they real bottle water after running. Imagine that they get to drink good water instead of no water under Saddam’s thugs. Also the blog has an image of the new Iraqi flag. There is one post about the prisoner abuse issue and it is an eye opener on Iraqis views of the subject.

Conservative punk rockers? A bit of an oxymoron, not really if you speak to Nick Rizzuto: "Punks will tell me, 'Punk and capitalism don't go together,' " Rizzuto said. "I don't understand where they're coming from. The biggest punk scenes are in capitalist countries like the U.S., Canada and Japan. I haven't heard of any new North Korean punk bands coming out. There's no scene in Iran." It is good these guys are not getting roped into the political fashion police movement.

This is a new way to teach new infantry lieutenants. A sergeant conducting the training said: “When you get stung by simmunition, you know you have been hit,” he said. “Pain is a great motivator to teach you what you have done right and what you have done wrong.”

Lance is the Man. It must drive the French crazy that he is favored to win the Tour again.

Logistics is where the US Army excels compared to other militaries, but there is lots of room to improve. Here is one way.

Are movie blockbusters really movies or all the other (DVD, games, toys, books, amusement rides,…) tie-ins is all that matters, even if the movies, stinks? Can you go to McDonalds, Burger King or any other franchised retail outlet and avoid the marketing tie-in to products? It has been a long time since I seen a place free of that crap.
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