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Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-19 08:32 PM.
Today I attended a luncheon at the National Press Club featuring Burt Rutan.

Incredible guy. He discussed his familiar message about personal spaceflight and suggested reorienting NASA towards research instead of operations. He had kind and confident words about NASA new Administrator, Mike Griffin. Importantly, he revealed that SpaceShipOne will be placed in the National Air and Space Museum this August in the Milestones of Flight Gallery. Before that, it'll tour the Oshkosh Airshow.

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-14 07:16 PM.
We brought home a gray kitten from a country home in north Maryland.
Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-12 08:59 AM.
French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua (now a Senator) and British Member of Parliament George Galloway each received millions of dollars from illegal sales of Iraqi oil through deals cut with Saddam Hussein in the UN Oil foor Food Program. Each was a vociferous opponent of the Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chirac ally, war foe had oil contracts
By David R. Sands
May 12, 2005

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-07 02:22 PM.
The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business MBA Class of 2005 on the steps of Van Munching Hall.
Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-07 11:57 AM.
Iran holds the Vice Presidency of the conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Source: The Kiplinger Letter

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-07 11:54 AM.
Our last dinner with Edward and Judy was at Green Papaya on Elm Street in Bethesda. Vietnamese restaurant serving great drip coffee with condensed milk.
Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-05-01 09:10 PM.
See photos from Jordan's first trip to Florida
Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-04-27 05:37 PM.
It costs the Mint less than five cents for each 25-cent piece it produces. So in a process called seignorage, the government makes money whenever someone "buys" a coin then chooses not to spend it .. i.e. coin collectors. The Treasury estimates that it has earned about $5 billion in seignorage profits from the quarters so far.

Source: CNN - Congress tries again for a dollar coin

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-04-24 11:08 PM.
The 2005 IMF/WorldBank GDP per capita report ranks the United States ($41,557) 3rd after Norway ($41,941) and Luxembourg ($66,821).
Submitted by kavanagh. on 2005-04-22 03:33 PM.
Communist China's emerging economic and military relationships with Latin American countries highlight the decline of the Monroe Doctrine. Consider the following two items...
(Source: China gambles on the Third World)

Meanwhile, China’s global search for resources has brought Hu himself to Argentina, Brazil and Chile late last year, resulting in business agreements worth some $30 billion. Stronger partnership with oil-exporting Venezuela was forged after a December visit to China by President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of the U.S. administration.

China’s growing influence in Latin America is “an emerging dynamic that could not be ignored,” warned Army Gen. Bantz Craddock, head of the U.S. Southern Command, in a recent congressional testimony, adding that the recent U.S. aid cuts and sanctions against 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries has created an opening for China to extend its military influence as well.

China represents a "slowly and calculatingly awaking giant,” said Indian political analyst Siddhartha Reddy. "It has consciously opted for the diplomatic and economic route, rather than the military route.”