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9 January 2008


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McCain, Clinton Win in New Hampshire -- The people of New Hampshire have an undue amount of influence in the presidential nominating process due to the early date of their primary. They like to use that influence to confuse the pundits, and last night, they did just that. On the Republican side, they selected John McCain as their top choice, a man whose campaign just three months ago was on life-support. On the Democratic side, they chose Hillary Clinton by a couple of percentage points over Barack Obama despite polls in the state giving Mr. Obama a 10% lead. However, the real news is just how bad things are for the Republicans based on the voting in New Hampshire.

Iranian Boats Threaten US Ships in Gulf -- Five Iranian speedboats operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards challenged and threatened three US warships in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf on Sunday. The Iranians also dropped several suspicious boxes over the side as they approached the US ships at high speed. Furthermore, the speedboats sent a radio message to the Americans, “I am coming at you, you will explode in a couple of minutes.” The US commander was about to order his vessels to fire when the Iranians turned away at a distance of less than 200 meters. The missing word in each sentence here is “allegedly.”

Starbucks Sacks CEO Donald, Brings Back Schultz -- Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz is returning to the job of CEO with the ouster of Jim Donald. The departure of the latter has been a matter of “when” rather than “if” for quite some time. With the stock price down 50% in 12 months, the company needs a new plan and someone credible to implement it. Thus far, Mr. Schultz is the someone credible, but only the faintest outline of a plan is public knowledge.

WWI “Blog” is Stunning History Brought to Life -- Bill Lamin is a pretty normal sort of fellow, a 59-year-old IT teacher in Praa Sands, near Penzance, Cornwall, at the western tip of England. His grandfather, William Henry Bonser Lamin (just call him “Harry”), seems to have been a pretty regular guy, too, except that he fought in the second half of WWI. Private Lamin’s letters home have turned up in a rather original blog his grandson operates that are posted 90 years to the day after they were written. The younger Mr. Lamin has brought a most awful piece of history alive, and thousands are stopping by to see how his grandfather was doing.

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