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"While the recent announcement of Microsoft's SQL Server Reporting Services may make it seem to be a new player in business intelligence, it has been offering analysis tools for some time, turning the familiar Excel spreadsheet into a business intelligence front end. Using this you can work with most data sources, designing reports using familiar development tools in Visual Studio. The server renders information into a large selection of output formats -- from HTML and Word, to XML web services and email. This will also be the first Microsoft tool to generate documents in Adobe's PDF format. However, perhaps the most interesting feature is its XML-based Report Definition Language, which Microsoft has promised will be offered to standards bodies."
<Rubs chin> Interesting, very interesting. This sounds pretty cheap and pretty simple.
" Operation Rockingham, established by the Defence Intelligence Staff within the Ministry of Defence in 1991 , was set up to 'cherry-pick' intelligence proving an active Iraqi WMD programme and to ignore and quash intelligence which indicated that Saddam's stockpiles had been destroyed or wound down"
"Former CIA officer Larry Johnson said that to describe Saddam as an 'imminent threat' to the West was 'laughable and idiotic'. He said many CIA officers were in 'great distress' over the way intelligence had been treated. 'We've entered the world of George Orwell,' Johnson added. 'I'm disgusted. The truth has to be told. We can't allow our leaders to use bogus information to justify war.'"
There's far too much of this stuff leaking out. There has to be something in it.
"The biggest jump in defence spending since the cold war boosted the US economy as it grew by an unexpectedly strong 2.4 % in the second quarter."
So they think it could be as much as 4% next quarter. What's their deficit? That's the really big story IMO.