Have we won yet?

I remember when we won the Iraq war. When President Chimpy McHitlerburton stood on the deck of that aircraft carrier and said “Major combat operations have ended” That was it. That was the end of the war. What we've had since then is an occupation. 

(I wish people would keep these terms straight.)

It goes on and on, whatever "it" is. No one knows if we are winning or losing.  Perhaps this is simply for a lack of  metrics on which to base such a conclusion.

So what are those metrics? What is "Success in Iraq?" What are the "victory conditions?"

Is success when all the Iraqis convert to Christianity?
Is success where they have a western-style election with purple fingers and all? (But is it still a success if they use that freedom to vote for someone who really hates us, like Sadr? Yes? No?)
Is it a success simply if the area quiets down?
… what if it quiets down because it's been largely annexed by Iran?
… what if it quiets down because the Shiites exterminated all the Sunnis?
Is it still a success if it quiets down but we have to abandon all our "permanent" bases out along the Iraqi border?

So I guess there's this list of checkboxes. And once all these boxes are checked, we will have won the war/occupation/whatever-you-call-it.   What are those checkboxes and where does Darth Cheney hide this list?

Here's another question for you: is the order of these occurrences relevant?

I wonder if people may one day say, "you could say it was a success because there was peace after the occupation." Other people may answer: "well, I don't know how much of a success the occupation was since the violence only came to an end AFTER we got out! I wonder why that president kept us in there so long. You know, it's really too bad that Crazy Cheney blew Bush's face off during that quail hunt. Now we'll never know."

Who knows.  I mean, WTF is success in Iraq, anyways?

I'm just glad I don't have kids. I would hate to explain to them when they are teenagers the madness of King George, and to have to invent some lame-ass justification for why we all didn't rise up, grab our torches and pitchforks and march on that tyrant in the White House.  How embarrassing.

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This warms my heart

Korean super-spammers arrested 

Duo accused of sending 1.6 billion spam emails

Two men have been arrested in South Korea on suspicion of sending out 1.6 billion spam emails. The men, aged 20 and 26, are alleged to have broken the law by sending the emails between September and December 2006.

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 I hate spammers. I love it when these jerks are caught. 

Personally, I don't believe in the death penalty—not on humanitarian grounds (though those reasons have merit) but because I just DO NOT believe a government should have the right to execute its citizens, from whom it ostensibly derives its power. But in Tim's Perfect World, I would reserve capitol punishment for three High Crimes: those who spam, those who commit treason, and people who talk in the theater.

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Cooking school dining room

There are a number of cooking schools in San Francisco, some of which are world famous. The people who go to these schools practice with real food. This real food is sometimes served in an attached school restaurant. I've heard these schools sometimes have some outstanding food and are good deals (like, half the price of a restaurant serving the same dish). 

My question to all my Vox friends: how do I find these places? I've googled but I keep coming up empty.

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Kids: Don’t do gay porn

It may come back to haunt you.

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Nuke your kitchen sponge

Microbe
Sponge

You might think that your kitchen is sparkling clean, but it's probably 200 times more germ-infested than your lavatory seat.  The culprits are sponges and dishcloths, which can provide a happy home for millions of the bugs that cause food poisioning, which is on the increase.

American researchers, however, have come up with a devastatingly simple answer to the gastroenteritis threat: zap the little devils in the microwave. A team of environmental engineers from the University of Florida has found that two minutes in a microwave can sterilise most household sponges after use, killing more than 99 per cent of the harmful bacteria that cause illness.

Gabriel Bitton, a professor of environmental engineering who led the study, said: "People often put their sponges and scrubbers in the dishwasher, but if they really want to decontaminate them, and not just clean them, they should use the microwave."

Professor Bitton said that cooks should consider the benefits of microwaving their sponges and dishcloths every other day.

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Cat versus rattle snake

This video posted by my friend KimmersKimmers is so freakin cool you should drop everything and go watch it NOW.  (and then please leave her a nice comment).

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Milgrim Conformity Experiment

Think about this experiment if you can't figure out why people vote the way they do. 

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