- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Pro-life supermodel
"Is it all right for the government to allow the murder of an innocent human being? The evidence I see tells me the unborn is a human being. From the moment of conception, a new life comes into being with a complete genetic blueprint. The sex is determined. The blood type is determined.
"I know it's not a popular issue. And I was always pro-choice. I'm a person who always has and always will fight for the rights of women. And even though I became a Christian at age 18, I remained pro-choice because I believed it was a woman's choice. But the moment I learned that the unborn was a human being, not part of a woman's body but its own individual human being, I have no choice but to defend the most vulnerable among us.
"The scientific evidence I see tells me that from the moment of conception, a new life comes into being.
"I believe it's murder. I don't believe this procedure should be legal, if it's taking the life of an innocent human being."
Supermodel Kathy Ireland, Oct. 1 on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes"

E-laundry
"Maid service it's not. But IBM's new Internet laundry system will come in handy for students who are tired of scrounging for quarters or waiting for a washing machine to be available. The company's 'e-Suds' system will allow students to log onto a Web site to find out if machines near them are in use and to receive an e-mail message when their loads are finished. Students will be able to pay for their washes by swiping their ID cards through a slot and deducting the funds from an online account.
"IBM says the system will also allow laundry operators to monitor the machines' performance online, reducing the number of on-site service calls. The company plans to install 9,000 'smart' washers and dryers this fall on at least 40 campuses in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
"'It's nice not having to lug a bag of laundry down four flights of steps just to find out that all the machines are full,' says Jim Paris, a senior at [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] who helps maintain MIT's own 'Laundry Server' system. 'Sometimes I get up early, put in a wash, and go back to sleep. When it's done, my computer wakes me up.'"
Eric Hoover in "Cyber Spin Cycle" in the Sept. 27 Chronicle of Higher Education

Shaken, not stirred
"The world's most famous fictional super-spy has witnessed many changes in his 50-year career. He has been played by five actors; he has adapted to the end of the Cold War; and he has altered his sexual habits in the face of the AIDS crisis.
"Now, in perhaps the biggest change of all, 007 is abandoning his vodka martinis and going teetotal.
"Next month sees the release of the 20th James Bond movie, 'Die Another Day,' starring Pierce Brosnan. In a key scene, Bond is seen sipping a glass of mineral water in preference to his usual 'shaken-not-stirred' beverage. According to insiders, he does not drink alcohol throughout the film.
"Bond's choice of mineral water is a sign of moderation in the normally hectic lifestyle of the legendary character.
"But it also marks the end of one of the glorious associations in cinematic history. No drink is as easily identified with one character as the martini and James Bond.
"'But times change,' said David Relph, general manager of Welsh firm Ty Nant, which supplied the mineral water for the film. 'Perhaps Bond wants to be associated with something more relevant than alcohol. And his drinking mineral water also sends out a much more positive message to the young people who will go to see the film. Plus, we see ourselves as a company at the luxury end of the market. And who better to drink it than the world's most famous spy?'"
Burhan Wazir, writing on "Bond fans shaken, not stirred, as 007's martini turns to H2O," Sunday in the London Observer


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