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August 2006



I sent a letter

For those who can’t get enough of the Museum of Science and Industry saga and have nothing better to do — here’s a nice long letter (pdf) I wrote to the legal counsel of the Chicago Park District (which owns and regulates the museum) on Tuesday. I’m taking bets in comments on how soon they […]

And now for something completely different — a nice cup of tea

I’ve never gone the advertising route on this site, so my first impulse was to discard the email I got today. But then I thought about it and realized I kind of liked the idea. Product placement on Drug WarRant! You see, Kasora (a seller of special reserve teas) contacted me and said if I mentioned them on my blog, they’d send me a gift.
Now if it was one of those spam products, I wouldn’t even consider it, but as I started looking at the Darjeeling Makaibari Silver Tips, Yin Hao Silver Tips Reserve, and the Stone Blossom Bi Luo Chun on Kasora’s site, I got really interested. Even though I’m primarily a coffee drinker, I’ve always loved good tea, and this stuff looks like the sinsemilla of tea.
And Kasora did say they’d send me a gift (but they didn’t say what — I hope it’s tea.)
Now if I could get some of the companies that sell soft hemp seeds and hemp bars to do the same thing…

It just keeps getting more embarrassing every day…

Afghan opium cultivation hits a record

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels — up by more than 40 percent from 2005 — despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press. […] Gen. Khodaidad, a top official at the ministry, said virtually all cultivated land in Helmand — including […]