The Kensington Review

27 August 2004

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Fay-Jones Report Adds to Abu Ghraib Blame -- On Tuesday, the Schlesinger Commission appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reported on the shameful abuses of detainees by US personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Wednesday, the Fay-Jones Report, authored at the request of the army brass, supported the Schlesinger findings. The army report, in one very important way is more damning – it claims military intelligence personnel kept some prisoners “off the books” and hid them from the Red Cross.

Two Russian Airliners Crash Minutes Apart -- Two Russian aircraft, a Sibir airline flight from Moscow to Sochi and the Volga-Aviaexpress airline flight from Moscow to Volgograd (Stalingrad), suddenly crashed just minutes apart last week. Yesterday, President Putin's spokesman, Vladimir Yakovlev, told Reuters, "The tapes . . . did not show anything. Practically speaking they switched themselves off immediately. And so we failed to get any information." Much, however, may be inferred without crossing the line into paranoia, and it is reasonable to believe Chechen terrorism has struck again.

Anti-Carb Craze Slims Krispy Kreme's Profits -- Krispy Kreme, former darling of Wall Street and still first-class maker of doughnuts, had to report a downturn in its sales and earnings. CEO Scott Livengood called the second-quarter results "disappointing." That's one way to describe a 50% decline in profits since last year's second quarter. However, the company's situation is largely the result of the low/no carb diets that obese America has adopted. Like most fads, this too shall pass, and Krispy Kreme needs merely to hold itself together until it does.

Alcohol without Liquid Comes to New York -- Last week-end, New Yorkers could inhale their gin, vodka and rum literally rather than figuratively. A machine, already in use in Europe and Asia, allows one to breathe in a vaporized liquor. It's low-carb, low-calorie, and because it's oxygen enriched, it reduces the hangover the morning after. The AWOL machine is already illegal in New South Wales, Australia, because of health and public safety concerns. Immediately north of New York City, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano is already trying to get rid of the device. Clearly, this case of doing something stupid shouldn't be aggravated by making that something illegal.



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