Month: December 2000

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CNN.com:

The Netherlands and Belgium have joined Austria by issuing warnings over German beef after the discovery of mad cow disease there.

The Dutch Health Ministry has advised the public not to eat German meat for the time being and local media in Belgium has reported that the government ordered the withdrawal of all German beef from shops.

I just saw footage on ABC World News Now of the French Prime Minister “gorging” (according to ABC News) on beef to try to reassure the public that beef is safe to eat. There were also more shocking clips of the Brittish Minister of Agriculture, feeding burgers to his daughter at the height of the mad cow disease crisis in England, in an attempt to calm the public.

According to sources quoted by ABC News, French beef may now present 20 times the health risk that the English beef did during the mad cow disease crisis there. Wanna go out for a burger?

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For your holiday enjoyment, here are some Christmas links:

A Christmas Carol
An Online Christmas Songbook
Christmas Around the World
Christmas Central
Christmas in Hawai’i
How Christmas Works
NY Times: The Christmas Eclipse
Santa Panic
Santa’s Secret Village
Surfin’ Christmas

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Following up on Dave’s “weird”ness theme of the last couple of days, here’s something from Dr. Dobb’s Journal that I think is weird – A Linux filesystem in a SQL database???:

Dike is currently working on extending the virtual filesystem—hostfs—to allow remote mounting of directories without root permissions on either end. He wants to be able to make non-filesystems on the host look like filesystems on the virtual machine. “As a proof of concept, I’m thinking about dumping a filesystem into a SQL database and booting the virtual machine off the database,” he says. “This might be nothing but a cute trick, but it would have the side-effect of allowing a user inside the virtual machine to do SQL queries on the filesystem to do instantly what would take a long time with utilities like find.”

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CNN.com:

The high court voted 5-4 to stop a recount that had been ordered Friday by the Florida Supreme Court to address claims by Gore that some votes cast for him on November 7 were never counted.

One dissenter, Justice John Paul Stevens, wrote that “the legitimacy of the election” might be forever stained if the recount was stopped.

The court ordered oral arguments for 11 a.m. Monday.

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The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision made earlier today by Leon County Circuit Court Judge N. Sanders Sauls to stop manual
recounts. The decision was reached by a 4-3 vote. Recounts are to begin immediately.

The court also ordered 383 votes to be added to Gore’s total, which reduces Governor Bush’s lead to 154 votes.

The Bush campaign has already announced their intention to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NY Times:

Vice President Al Gore won a major victory today in his courtroom quest for the presidency when the Florida Supreme Court said that thousands of disputed ballots should be counted by hand immediately.

CNN.com:

The court ruled 4-3 in favor of an appeal filed by the Al Gore campaign regarding a dispute of hand counted votes. The high court said the standard to be used to count votes “is the one to be provided by the legislature,” which requires the ballot to show “a clear intent of the voter.”

Voter.com (via Curmudgeon):

The legislation contemplated by GOP leaders could set up a contest between two rival Florida slates when the Electoral College votes are cast Dec. 18 and then counted in Congress on Jan. 6. That, in turn, could ratchet up the controversy even further in the contest to pick a president.

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