“The Dark Side” – US, Al Qaeda and Iraq…

Dick Cheney: Link to PBS documentary

The PBS website features a Frontline special called “The Dark Side” on their website. It’s a full 90 minutes long, broken into chapters, and the video quality is very high. Watch the video!

The Dark Side discusses hidden agendas, data manipulation/omission/fabrication, and pressure to “create” intelligence within the White House, the CIA, and the Department of Defense from Sept. 11 until the invasion of Iraq.

From the PBS website:

Amid revelations about faulty prewar intelligence and a scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president’s chief of staff and presidential adviser, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation’s history.

There’s also a discussion board set up on the website too. Have a look and see what people are saying.

Here’s what the press has to say about the Dark Side.

Canada Day in Vancouver

It’s taken me a while to digest my Canada Day long weekend – what a blast!

The long weekend started with a Nooner at the Nat baseball game and three of my good friends. We watched the Vancouver Canadians defeat the Eugene Emeralds in 11 innings.

After the ball game a bunch of our friends from Sh*tbox, our Urban Rec Beach Volleyball team, converged on the Cambie pub in Gastown. We ended up having a blast and meeting a bunch of new people…and closing the bar down. Obviously we all left our vehicles downtown that night. The next morning we carpooled downtown to get our cars and ended up having lunch at the Cambie again. Same waitress, same patio, same friends, and same good time as the night before. The only real differences were the Clamato in our beer, to get our daily vitamins, and the lack of multiple rounds of shots.

Bridget with a falcon at the farm.
Bridget at the farm with a falcon.

After lunch we headed out to the Treehouse in Port Coquitlam for some dinner and drinks. We met up with a few friends and had a bbq at a friend’s farm. We returned to the Treehouse later in the evening until close and then cabbed the long cab ride back to Burnaby and a good night’s sleep.

Bridget riding a lawn tractor at dawn.
Bridget’s first time on a John Deere!

Sunday was a day of rest for the most part. Bridget and I went to my brother’s new townhouse in Langley for a bbq in the evening.

Monday morning we golfed the Northview Canal Golf Course with a couple Bridget knows through work. I’d never met them before but we ended up having a wonderful day on the golf course and a great bbq afterwards. Post bbq we visited Bridget’s folks to see pictures of their latest holiday – houseboating the canals in France. Their pictures are amazing!

All in all it was a very busy Canada Day weekend and we visited most of the Lower Mainland. It’s the first long-weekend in quite a while that’s felt like a real holiday.

Apple iMac Goes Back to School – $899

Apple iMac for Education

Smart move on Apple’s part…

Apple was the standard computer in school when I was growing up. We all knew how to use them.

Apple unveils $899 educational computer

From Businessweek.com

Computer maker Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday introduced a 17-inch iMac computer designed for educational use that will retail for $899.

From Apple.com

iMac revolutionized desktop computing by stepping outside the desktop box and becoming the center of digital life. Now that digital photos, music, and movies are an integral part of the classroom, lab, and dorm, a powerful hub is even more important. iMac evolved to make sure you, your class, or your lab stays centered.

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Canucks Sign Defenseman Willie Mitchell

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Willie Mitchell to a four-year deal. Mitchell’s a strong competitor who we saw matched against Bertuzzi in many a game. I’ve often expressed extreme dislike for Mitchell, while saying that I’d love him if he were wearing our uniform. So I think Nonis did a great job picking Mitchell up.

From Canucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that defenceman Willie Mitchell has signed a four-year deal. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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From NHL.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell to a four-year, $14 million contract on Saturday.

The announcement came hours after Vancouver lost top defenseman Ed Jovanovski to Phoenix.

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