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The Big Picture

Saturday, Jul. 15, 2006 12:37 AM

A non-profit group seeking to preserve the legacy of the now-closed El Toro USMC Base did something amazing on Wednesday.

By opening a gumball-sized hole in the wall of one hangar, they created a giant camera obscura, generating a 28' x 108' (yes, that's feet, not inches) black-and-white image of the base outside.

The photo is under consideration for the Guinness World Records, but in two new categories � the world's largest camera and the world's largest photograph. Confirming the achievement will take about three months.

A report released by the Education Department claims that students in public schools generally perform as well or better in reading and mathematics than their counterparts in private schools.

That is, if you break things down along lines of family backgrounds and factors such as race, income, and parents' educational backgrounds.

I'm not sure, but that sounds like massaging the data to support pre-determined conclusions. We have people in the workforce now who can't spell, can't type, can't handle basic math, and lack critical thinking skills.

To say that both public and private schools are on a par with one another isn't necessarily a good thing.

The world is safer because we have another global initiative.

This time, the United States and Russia are spearheading a multinational group (is that like a Coalition of the Willing?) to track potential nuclear terrorists, detect and lock up bomb-making materials, and coordinate their responses if terrorists obtain a weapon.

Wait a minute. This stuff isn't already under lock and key? Hello? What have we been doing for the past five years? Oh, that's right. Bailing out of treaties.

"Treaties take too long to write, and they are too hard to change," as one senior White House official commented. "(President Bush) wants speed and flexibility."

Yeah, obtaining warrants is a pain in the ass, too.

Why, when Condi Rice was busy waxing poetical over mushroom clouds in the ramp up to our little adventure in Iraq, are we just now coming to the table with this proposal?

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