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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Clean Phones, Leaked Documents

Posted by on November 23 at 11:50 AM

Tequila-Tropolis at MĂ©xico Cantina in Pacific Place was disappointing. Three tall towers of stacked tequila bottles, laced with Christmas lights and poinsettias—a feat of balance but not aesthetics. Sorry for recommending it.

On my way down to the mall, I saw a man washing the public telephones. I was happily surprised that anybody washes a public anything, and told him so.

“Yeah,” he said, rolling his eyes. “Amazing.”
When I asked how often each phone gets bathed, he turned around and walked away.

In obviously less important news: The British media blackout continues on the memo that allegedly reveals Tony Blair talking George W. Bush out of bombing Al Jazeera’s headquarters last April. From Reuters:

Britain has warned media organizations they are breaking the law if they publish details of a leaked document said to show U.S. President George W. Bush wanted to bomb Arabic television station Al Jazeera. The government’s top lawyer warned editors in a note after the Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Monday that a secret British government memo said British Prime Minister Tony Blair had talked Bush out of bombing the broadcaster in April last year.

So British papers are afraid of legal action—sounds like a perfect job for The Internet. Hey Daily Mirror! Kick that dangerous memo our way for posting. We’ll give you credit—that way you can break the story, via us, and stay out of jail. Deal?