There has been no 9/11-style attack on the U.S. homeland in over five years.

Bird-flu has not broken out into a full-scale epidemic.

Torture is now illegal again in the U.S. military.

Donald Rumsfeld is no longer defense secretary.

Washington has divided government.

The self-destruction of Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise.

Saddam found guilty in a reasonably fair trial.

Kids can still fly kites in Kabul.

Jim Webb and Bob Casey Jr.

Air-conditioning.

Downloading the new Pet Shop Boys album onto an iPod.

The exposure of Ted Haggard and Mark Foley.

Netflix.

The quiet car on Amtrak.

Patrick Fitzgerald.

Dolly Parton.

South Park is as good as ever.

YouTube's early days.

Protease inhibitors.

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