Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wednesday, June 20 in the news....

  • China will build a highway on Mt Everest, the world's tallest mountain, for next year's Olympic torch relay. Xinhua News Agency said yesterday construction of the road, budgeted at $23.4 million, would turn a 108km rough road from the foot of the mountain to a base camp at 5200m "into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guard rails". The highway will allow tourists the thrill of reaching almost two thirds the way up Mount Everest, while also being able to wind down the window at hikers and give them the finger while beeping the horn and flashing the high beams at them.

  • Fred Thompson, an actor and former senator who has not formally entered the 2008 White House race, leads Republican presidential contenders for the first time, according to a Rasmussen poll released on Tuesday. Rudy Giuliani heard about it and told his aides, "The people taking this poll knew I was Mayor of New York on September 11 right? And that Adam Sandler film I did, where I was wearing that sweet NYFD baseball cap? A lot of those firemen died, I wore a cap. They need to know about those things, otherwise the polls are not true reflections of voting intentions. I mean, I was Mayor, of NYC, 9/11."