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10 October 2005

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Volume IV, Number 121
New York Terror Warnings Both Correct -- It’s October 10, and the terrorist threat to New York City’s subway system hasn’t turned into anything real. The city authorities increased surveillance starting Friday based on information gathered in Iraq; Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was the most “specific” threat ever received. The federal authorities discounted the seriousness of the threat saying that the information came from sources that were “not credible.” Oddly, both were right to act as they did.

Global Disasters More Frequent Because of Population Growth -- The Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 killed almost a quarter of a million people. A hurricane wiped out the city of New Orleans at the end of August. Several hundreds of Central Americans have perished in mudslides brought on by a different hurricane. Over the week-end, tens of thousands died in Pakistan (a not a few in India and Afghanistan) after an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit. Those of an apocalyptic bent may see the Four Horsemen’s hoof prints in these disasters, but there is a simple explanation. There are more humans living in more dangerous places than ever before.

US Offers Farm Subsidy Cut -- In an effort to remove the diplomatic blockage that is screwing up world trade talks, the US has announced that it is willing to make deep cuts in its farm subsidy program. It expects a similar move from Europe. The (completely artificial) deadline for finishing off the current “Doha Round” of global trade talks is the end of 2006, but to meet that, a farm deal is needed by year-end. Europe should grab the offer with both hands.

Lane and Broderick to Play Oscar and Felix -- Art Carney and Walter Matthau played them on Broadway first in 1965. Then, Mr. Matthau made a film with the brilliant and glorious Jack Lemmon. On TV, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman became Oscar and Felix for an entire generation that had never seen the film. And now, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are about to play Broadway as Neil Simon’s “Odd Couple.” Big shoes to fill – big feet, too.

© 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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