Quick things

* 3% of your cell phone bill goes to “fund the Spanish-American war”:http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/17/cellphone-federal-excise-tax-dates-back-to-the-spanish-america/ (ok, not really, but you get the idea).
* PZ Myers “may not believe it”:http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/01/if_this_were_true_every_woman.php, but a news story claims that a man “started loving housework after a kidney transplant”:http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1685466.html?menu= with a woman’s kidney. I’ll have to dig up the story of the guy who started swimming after receiving the heart transplant from a student athlete who died in a car accident.
* Al Gore “fires back at the White House”:http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Gore_responds_to_White_House_hypocrisy_0117.html after attack hounds Gonzales and McClellan call him a hypocrite. There is only one group of people that can destroy America right now. No, despite what the Bush-at-all-costs crowd would have you believe, it is not terrorists. It is ourselves, and we’re doing it right now to ourselves. Gore, through his “MLK day speech”:http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Gore_to_deliver_scathing_speech_Monday_0112.html, showed that he understands this far better than our current administration does.
* “Cognitive daily”:http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/ wonders whether we “See emotions in dots”:http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2006/01/seeing_emotions_in_dots.php


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  1. The phone tax to support the Spanish-American war is an old thing. A repeal of it passed in early 2000 as part of a larger budget bill, but President Clinton vetoed it as part of budget negotations, saying that in principle he supported repeal, but it would cost too much money to do so without raising other taxes to compensate.

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