The Kensington Review

1 April 2005

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Intelligence Commission Wants Dramatic Change -- The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction gave the president its 618-page report yesterday, along with a three-page introductory letter that says enough to cause worry. Co-Chaired by former US Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA) and former US Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman (who also served in the Nixon and Ford administrations), the commission reported that the US intelligence community was "dead wrong" about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction -- which didn't exist after the 1990s. Moreover, the commission says the US still knows "disturbingly little about the weapons programs and even less about the intentions of many of our most dangerous adversaries." Fortunately, US foreign policy these days is faith-based and, therefore, needn't rely on knowledge.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Steals Another Election -- As this is written, Zimbabweans are having their national sovereignty stolen from them by the man who claims to have won the last presidential election. Robert Mugabe, who has misled his nation for a quarter of a century, is going to make sure his ZANU-PF party stays in power by winning yesterday's parliamentary elections. The US and EU have already said the vote is a fraud, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has said the poll is not free or fair, and Mr. Mugabe will get to appoint 20% of the members of parliament anyway. Freedom is not on the march in Zimbabwe.

GM, Chrysler, Shell and DOE Sign Hydrogen Car Deals -- Hydrogen is the deus ex machina that is going to save America from its reliance on foreign oil, deliver a cleaner and safer environment and make the country richer in the process. At least, that is what the cheer-leaders in the energy segment are saying when they aren't talking about oil at $60 or more a barrel. The idea of hydrogen powered cars to a step closer to commercial reality this week when GM and Daimler Chrysler both signed deals with the Energy Department to put some demonstration hydrogen vehicles on the road this year. Shell Hydrogen LLC signed an additional deal to put five hydrogen fueling stations in the Washington-New York corridor and in California. The change is needed, but it won't happen overnight and is long overdue.

Study Shows Parents Favor Attractive Children -- In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the bard observes that "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." The same is true of ugliness. While the expression "a face only a mother could love" suggests that parents find their children attractive, unsettling research proves what every teenager knows -- ugly people get the short end of the stick. Moreover, even Mom treats the ugly kid differently from the good-looking one.

Copyright 2005 by The Kensington Review , J. Myhre, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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