WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney, getting ready to hand off the job as the nation's second-in-command, will sit down with Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday at the Naval Observatory.
Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said Cheney and his wife, Lynne, have invited Biden and his wife, Jill, to their home at the observatory, the vice presidential residence.
I have one piece of advice for Joe & Jill Biden. Have all of your medical and biometric measurements taken before you make this little trip... and arrange for trusted people to check them again, after you return. Be thorough. Heck, throw-in a before and after aura-inspection by some mystic psychic-person! All precautions are reasonable.
Because, if there were any place on the planet where there existed the power to snatch souls or replace people with pod-beings...
Moreover (and this is vital), before you move in, have the place swept carefully for bugs (of all kinds), fumigated and then exorcised!
(Advice that would also serve the Obamas well, even though - when it comes to Bush - one feels this imperative with less of a frisson of thriller-novel premonition.)
The crux: I doubt very much these awful people have used up their final ability to lash out, even as the nation rejects them like a really bad boil.
There are far more mundane methods to suborn bright new leaders, of course. Especially entrapment and blackmail. How to get across to people that there are some areas where simple prudence and grownup behavior have added reasons, and this is one of the most important. A case where a little paranoia is perfectly compatible with simply behaving well.
How I wish I could spread the word on that one, adequately to staunch what will certainly be tried by those desperate to keep illicit routes into influence.
Speaking of Dick Cheney... anyone care to go on InTrade and see what odds folks will offer there, on my speculation that Bush might resign a week early? Or issue 1,000+ pardons? Or have to move to Dubai?
... and now... just to fill out the time...
== Misc! ==
Your top ten survival items.
From Brian Wang this: a blow-up survival shelter featuring a bed, a couch, freeze-dried food, a 50-gallon water bladder, a first-aid kit, a radio and a cookstove. And the latter is exactly what the "Life Cube" from startup Inflatable World is designed to provide. Packaged into a four-foot-tall cube, it inflates into a 12-foot-tall structure built from the same thick plastic as a bouncy house. Designed to provide shelter and basic amenities for people in the days and weeks after a disaster, the instant housing will come with a $3,900 price tag, so the company's first market could be wealthy survivalists.
A kind of kool/fun Youtube riff by MdDaMan!
Help improve my site! http://www.davidbrin.com is highly ranked in lots of ways, in the top 1% of web sites and all that. But there are clear areas for improvement. In particular, only two of the sub-pages and articles have been “digg’d.” What, none of you digged the essays:
-- On self-righteous indignation?
-- Or suggestions to Congress?
-- J.R. Tolkien and the Modern Age
-- Essay on Libertarianism
On the other hand, I won’t mourn for the days when I googled as the number 8 “david” link on the planet. The web is far larger now, than 5 years ago. And I still score at 53!
A fun satire of the Matrix... if it ran on Windows.
Poking at my "suggestions" piece. But I promised to actually write my novel... so be patient. Meanwhile, what would YOU suggest to Obama and Congress?