Sunday, March 26, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
When Bad Things Happen to Good Booze
The whole "freedom fries" thing never caught on, but a recent Stanford study estimates that French wine sellers lost $112 million in sales as a result of the boycott. Of course, being the patriotic Californian that I am, I follow the advice of the Governator, who reminds us to "Be Californian, Buy Californian!" Minus last Friday. However, as that wine ended up on a ceiling thanks to someone's fancy-shmancy cork opener, it doesn't really count. I wonder if the boycotters bought Californian wine or just settled for Bud Light. Lest you think the French are alone in their wine troubles, the Spaniards are boycotting Catalonian bubbly. More Cava for the Germans and the Americans, The New York Times reports. Oh, what do I know? Some people, unlike me, have principles which interfere with their drinking habits. What I wish I was drinking now: Khvanchkara.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Minus Geneva: Prison Stories
This American Life, which is one of my favorite programs on NPR, had a great segment today on “Habeas Shmabeas.” Never thought that I would use funny and Guantanamo Bay in the same sentence, but one of the former prisoners -- released without charges or an apology after hellish treatment -- was pretty hilarious. The audio will be available on their site next week. The New York Times, meanwhile, puts a name and a face on the infamous hooded man standing on box Abu Ghraib photo. Ali Shalal Qaissi's business card for his prisoners’ rights organization, reprinted in the paper, incorporates the image. I wonder how many e-mails are sitting in his inbox right now.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Nonnka's Scribblings Elsewhere
"Sounding Suspect," Foreign Policy.