The Facts Machine

"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"

Thursday, November 25, 2004


White House Thanksgiving Turkey Detained Without Counsel.

(Regular blogging will resume on Sunday)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Given that I will be bouncing around California between now and the end of the week, blogging may be limited for the time being. Also next week is the last week of classes at SB before finals, so blogging may remain sporadic for a while.

In the meantime, via a friend's away message earlier today, find out what you are!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Goodbye Maggie.


Sunday, November 21, 2004


Operation Iraqi Malnutrition Update:
Acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the United States led an invasion of the country 20 months ago, according to surveys by the United Nations, aid agencies and the interim Iraqi government.

After the rate of acute malnutrition among children younger than 5 steadily declined to 4 percent two years ago, it shot up to 7.7 percent this year, according to a study conducted by Iraq's Health Ministry in cooperation with Norway's Institute for Applied International Studies and the U.N. Development Program. The new figure translates to roughly 400,000 Iraqi children suffering from "wasting," a condition characterized by chronic diarrhea and dangerous deficiencies of protein.

"These figures clearly indicate the downward trend," said Alexander Malyavin, a child health specialist with the UNICEF mission to Iraq.

The surveys suggest the silent human cost being paid across a country convulsed by instability and mismanagement. While attacks by insurgents have grown more violent and more frequent, deteriorating basic services take lives that many Iraqis said they had expected to improve under American stewardship.

Iraq's child malnutrition rate now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war. It is far higher than rates in Uganda and Haiti.
The irony of this is that for all the right-wing mouth-foaming about the UN oil-for-food program, child malnutrition rates were lower under it than under our occupation.