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A warrant was issued for the arrest of CongressmanTom DeLay, who turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bail.Houston ChronicleIt was reported that in 2003 SenatorBill Frist was told (in writing) that a significant amount of HCA, Inc., stock had been added to his blind trust; two weeks later he said he did not believe that he owned any stock in HCA. “I have no control,” said Frist. “He could have been more exact,” explained Frist’s spokesman. The Washington PostA 14-year-old Washington boy was charged with sexual harassment after hanging around outside a school homecoming dance dressed as a penis,The News Tribuneand President George W. Bush nominated his economic advisor Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.New York TimesHurricane Wilma struck Florida and left millions without power,Reutersand tropical storm Alpha caused floods and mudslides in Hispaniola.ABC NewsIn the UK a quarantined parrot died from the H5N1 strain of avian flu. Croatian swans were dying of flu, and pigeons in Australia were under close observation. BBC NewsCNN.comABC NewsA Canadian named Gordon Chin was sentenced to 18 months probation for owning cartoon porn, including naked Pokemon images.XBiz NewsBabies were up for auction on eBay’s Chinese subsidiary, Eachnet. Boys were going for $3,450, while girls cost $1,603.BBC NewsIn Brooklyn, New York, a man was getting an image entitled “Last Rites” tattooed on his right arm when he passed out and fell onto a counter; glass shards cut his throat and killed him.The New York Daily NewsThe Amazon rainforest was being destroyed at double the rate previously estimated.Democracy Now!
A panel of researchers called on NASA to think through issues of astronaut sexuality as it plans a trip to Mars. “If there are instances of sexual conflict or infidelity,” said a medical anthropologist, “that may lead to a breakdown in crew functioning.”New Scientist SpaceWilliam Shatnerpassed a kidney stone.14WFIEScientists released a brown Norway rat on a deserted, rat-free island off of New Zealand in order to find out why rats are so hard to kill. Even though they fitted the rat with a radio collar, used traps and bait, and pursued the rat with sniffer dogs, the rat was not caught for four months. It was finally captured on a nearby island using a trap baited with penguin meat.CNN.comA two-year-old in Ohio was recovering after he got his arm caught in an electric meat grinder,News Channel 5and a burglar in Spokane, Washington, broke into a house and stole golf clubs, but left a pile of feces arranged in the shape of male genitalia.MSNBCLamb and Lynx Gaede, thirteen-year-old twin sisters who perform as the band Prussian Blue, were under criticism for singing songs that praise Rudolph Hess. “We just want to preserve our race,” explained Lynx.ABC NewsA Louisiana barber, tired of telling African-American customers that he doesn’t know how to cut their hair, put a sign outside of his barbershop that read “whites only.”KATC3Rosa Parks died.The New York TimesAn Oklahoma man, sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in an armed robbery, asked for three more years of prison time to match Larry Bird’s jersey number, 33.MSNBCIn the United States 2.3 million people were in prison.Democracy Now!
A jet crashed in Nigeria, killing all 117 people aboard.APAn Oregon man won $340 million in the Powerball lottery.ABC NewsAt least seventeen people died in bombings and shootings in Iraq,The New York Timesand a poll found that 82 percent of Iraqis oppose the continued presence of foreign troops.Democracy Now!Saddam Hussein was on trial,CBS Newsand President Bush was said to be angry and bitter. “He’s like the lion in winter,” said a friend.New York Daily NewsAn Ohio woman was found guilty of killing her four-year-old son by setting him on fire. She also burned his puppy.Turn to 10A video recording was released that showed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan shouting insults through a loudspeaker after setting alight the corpses of two Taliban fighters. “Wow, look at the blood coming out of the mouth on that one,” said a soldier. “Fucking straight death metal.”The GuardianA Pentagon study found that 28 percent of U.S. troops returning from Iraq require medical or mental health treatment; nearly 20,000 returning soldiers reported nightmares.Democracy Now!A 93-year-old Florida man driving a Chevy Malibu struck and killed a pedestrian, then drove three miles with the body on his windshield. “Obviously,” said a traffic investigator, “he was confused.”St. Petersburg Times
More from Paul Ford:
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as “invasive,” “exotic,” “alien” — all dirty words to this crowd, who were therefore convinced that the tree was dangerously combustible, unfriendly to birds, and excessively greedy in competing for water with honest native species.
In his speech, Farmer dutifully highlighted these ugly attributes, but also quoted a few more positive remarks made by others over the years. This was a reckless move. A reference to the tree as “indigenously Californian” elicited an abusive roar, as did an observation that without the aromatic import, the state would be like a “home without its mother.” Thereafter, the mild-mannered speaker was continually interrupted by boos, groans, and exasperated gasps. Only when he mentioned the longhorn beetle, a species imported (illegally) from Australia during the 1990s with the specific aim of killing the eucalyptus, did he earn a resounding cheer.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A tourism company in Australia announced a service that will allow users to take the “world’s biggest selfies,” and a Texas man accidentally killed himself while trying to pose for a selfie with a handgun.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”