• Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contaminates water. MTBE manufacturers will likely not be able to bribe congress to shield them from lawsuits in the energy bill. Reuters: MTBE protection dropped from energy bill draft
  • The Bush Administration doesn’t like to release memos related to their nominees. As with Bolton, it is with Roberts. Surely, at the very least, the members on the Judiciary Committee can be trusted with confidential documents. No? Reuters: White House opposes release of Roberts memos

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly stay in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.

What has happened to me? he thought.