Cowlix Wearing my mind on my sleeve

Friday, January 25, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Militarizing Space

A joint team from NASA and the Air Force have produced a white paper on the benefits of a military space plane. [via NASA Watch]

Photographs from Space

NASA has a collection of photographs of Earth taken by astronauts dating back to 1961.

Attack in Islamabad

A small bomb exploded outside the British High Commission offices in Islamabad yesterday. Apparently, no one was hurt.

Verbing Enron

Enron has been verbed. Tom Daschle, speaking on the future of Social Security and Medicare, said, "I don't want to Enron the American people. I don't want to see them holding the bag at the end of the day just like Enron employees have held the bag." [via Unknown News]

Exempting Enron

Exemption Won in 1997 Set Stage for Enron Woes: on an broad exemption to the Investment Company Act which allowed Enron to setup the numerous foreign affiliated companies which have played a part in muddying their finances.

Enron's initial efforts in 1996 to persuade Congress to change the law were thwarted by opposition from a powerful trade group and some federal regulators. The company responded by hiring the former boss of a leading staff official at the Securities and Exchange Commission to represent it in negotiations with the agency. In an unheralded five-paragraph order in March 1997, the S.E.C. official, Barry P. Barbash, gave Enron's foreign operations a broad exemption from the law -- the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Enron Hearing Transcript

The transcript of yesterday's hearing on Enron is available.

Trial by Media

The prime-time smearing of Sami Al-Arian: on how the media, in particular the Tampa Tribune and a local shockjock, Bubba the Love Sponge, contributed to the events leading up to Sami Al-Arian's firing from USF. [via Unknown News]

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