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Friday, October 31, 2003
 
  • On the one hand, the internet is a truly weird place. On the other hand, so is reality. Here's a game called Hunt the Boeing!
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  • Copied straight from Eschaton:

    To get a job at the Orange County Rescue Mission near Los Angeles, you must sign a statement declaring, ``I have received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior'' and that you believe those who haven't will suffer ``eternal separation from God,'' according to the form provided by the mission.

    The mission's aim is to ``reconstruct'' each homeless man and woman it shelters into a ``productive Christian member of society.'' To treat addicts, the mission uses ``the actual words of Jesus,'' according to the mission's Web site.

    Bush and other administration officials have repeatedly said they find it just plain wrong that under the old rules the Orange County Rescue Mission was denied federal Housing and Urban Development funds because it refused to secularize.

    ``Government action like this is pure discrimination,'' Bush said in a speech this week in Dallas, again singling out the Orange County mission.

    Ah, but things are changing.

    Mission Accomplished

    ``After the regulations are finalized, groups like Orange County Rescue Mission will be able to apply for HUD funds while maintaining their religious identity,'' says a statement posted on the White House Web site.

    (other source)
     

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  • I used to like Tony Blair so much. The best and only way to retroactively justify the war in Iraq, since all of the legal pre-war justifications have been pretty much discredited now, is to point to the fact that Iraq is now rid of Saddam Hussein - a fact which, if the occupying forces can figure out how to get the place stabilized (and maybe even if they can't) will likely prove to be a net plus for world happiness. However, the "we took him out and turned the country into chaos because he's a bad guy" argument isn't going so well, I guess. So now Blair has turned himself into a neocon and started making the preposterous argument that the war is/was justified because Iraq was a 'test case'. Specifically:

    Blair said in an interview that the war in Iraq was justified because of its impact on global security. He says if they had not dealt with Saddam Hussein in Iraq, then "there was no way we could have dealt with any other nation in a similar position."

    A similar position being, what, "unthreatening to anyone but its own population after years and years of sanctions and, yes, inspections, had pretty much made it one of the weakest countries in the world?" Right, certainly we couldn't have dealt with one of those without first entangling ourselves in a horrid morass of guerilla warfare.

    "Why do you think Iran is now willing to co-operate with the (International) Atomic Energy Agency for the first time in years? Precisely because people now know we are serious about these issues," said the British prime minister.

    Right, it has nothing to do with (a) moderates in the Iranian government, or (b) the prospect of getting US sanctions against it lifted... If his argument made any sense, it would apply to North Korea just as much as it does to Iran - but North Korea is much more intransigent about these things. And frankly, as Wesley Clark said, the US military is now less of a threat to anyone anywhere because it is tied down in Iraq without any "real reserves, either physical or, unfortunately, intellectual." In other words, if Iraq were a test case meant to demonstrate that the US and Britain were serious about anything at all - it has succeeded only in demonstrating that the US and Britain are lead by serious pscyhopaths, against whom the best defense is a strong nuclear one, and that so long as they are bogged down in Iraq (and, oh yeah, Afghanistan - why wasn't that the test case?) the bad guys have got that much more time to get their nuclear/biological/chemical arsenals in place.

    Ordinarily I avoid much comment (this blog is supposed to just be about pointing out some of the better bits of news I come across), but I couldn't help it on this one.
     

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  • As I noted in my first blog ever, FOX news has now been scientifically proven to mislead its viewers. In a related story, the "news" station has recently hired Chris Wallace, formerly of ABC, as well as a few other folks in the hope that putting less obviously biased reporters onscreen "makes it more difficult for our critics" who say the network tilts to the right. "They want to pigeonhole us into something that their imagination tells them," [Fox News Chairman Roger] Ailes said. In the same Washington Post article, Wallce asserts that, having watched the channel for a while, he feels confident that FOX News (FNC) lives up to its slogan: "Fair and Balanced." This assesment prompted former-FNC writer/producer/editor Charlie Reina to describe his experience there:
    Editorially, the FNC newsroom is under the constant control and vigilance of management. The pressure ranges from subtle to direct. ... Sometimes, this eagerness to serve Fox's ideological interests goes even beyond what management expects. For example, in June of last year, when a California judge ruled the Pledge of Allegiance's "Under God" wording unconstitutional, FNC's newsroom chief ordered the judge's mailing address and phone number put on the screen. The anchor, reading from the Teleprompter, found himself explaining that Fox was taking this unusual step so viewers could go directly to the judge and get "as much information as possible" about his decision. To their credit, the big bosses recognized that their underling's transparent attempt to serve their political interests might well threaten the judge's physical safety and ordered the offending information removed from the screen as soon as they saw it. ... But the roots of FNC's day-to-day on-air bias are actual and direct. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered. To the newsroom personnel responsible for the channel's daytime programming, The Memo is the bible. If, on any given day, you notice that the Fox anchors seem to be trying to drive a particular point home, you can bet The Memo is behind it. The Memo was born with the Bush administration, early in 2001, and, intentionally or not, has ensured that the administration's point of view consistently comes across on FNC. ... One day this past spring, just after the U.S. invaded Iraq, The Memo warned us that anti-war protesters would be "whining" about U.S. bombs killing Iraqi civilians, and suggested they could tell that to the families of American soldiers dying there. Editing copy that morning, I was not surprised when an eager young producer killed a correspondent's report on the day's fighting - simply because it included a brief shot of children in an Iraqi hospital.

    This confession, or allegation, of a former FOX employee has spurred a fair bit of attention in several of the blogs I'm following. It also spurred a rebuttal from Sharri Berg, VP-News Operations at FNC. She accuses Reina of having "an ax to grind" and states that "Mr. Reina's premise about "the memo" is unfounded. People are proud to work here. They are proud of the product we produce and understand our daily and future goals." I'm hoping that more info (i.e. leaked memos) will be forthcoming.
     

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  • Yuck. The Vancouver Sun reports that
    More than half the slaughterhouses in Canada have "major" deficiencies that could compromise the safety of their meat products, according to internal inspection reports..."It is is evidence of very poor sanitary standards [and it] should worry anybody who is eating meat." ... Among unsanitary conditions identified in the reports were fecal material on a carcass, flies entering a facility through an open door, carcasses stored on a floor, and mould on knife storage containers.
     

  • Thursday, October 30, 2003
     
  • Trent Lott, speaking about the difficult situation in Iraq, is quoted in The Hill.com:
    “Honestly, it’s a little tougher than I thought it was going to be,” Lott said. In a sign of frustration, he offered an unorthodox military solution: “If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens. You’re dealing with insane suicide bombers who are killing our people, and we need to be very aggressive in taking them out.”

    Calpundit points out that "at least it takes care of Wesley Clark's complaint that the Republicans don't have a plan. Now they do."
     

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  • UPDATE: Here's what the Simpsons actually did to almost get sued by FOX News:
    The episode of the Simpsons in question showed a rolling news ticker at the bottom of the screen, which read: "Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5,000 points... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple..."
     

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  • Bush meets reality: The Center for American Progress picks apart his statements made at Tuesday's press conference.
     

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  • Best line yet from Wesley Clark's Tuesday speech: he said the nation was now exposed to risk because the armed forces were fully committed in Iraq and "we have no real reserves, either physical or, unfortunately, intellectual."
     

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  • Plenty more stupidity regarding electronic voting machines - specifically, another company's source code was leaked, revealing security flaws. What the hell is wrong with a regular old paper ballot? Can anyone explain that to me? Is it a naive Canadianism to think that our old-fashioned, X-marks-the-spot hand-counted voting system is hands down superior to any conceivable computerized touch-screen?
     

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  • Riverbend's Baghdad Burning blog is always good reading, but her latest post is filled with particularly interesting insight into the messiness of the post-war war in Iraq. Skim the first two paragraphs re: the red cross, then get into the meat of the who's who of bombings and attacks.
     

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2003
     
  • During an interview broadcast today on NPR's Fresh Air, Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed that the Fox News Network had threatened to sue The Simpsons over a parody of the right-leaning news channel. .... According to Groening, the Simpsons team refused to cut out the segment, which Groening told Fresh Air he "really liked," figuring that Rupert Murdoch wouldn't allow the Fox News cable network to sue the Fox Broadcast Network, which carries The Simpsons. The Fox News Network did back down on its threat, although it has told The Simpsons creators that in the future, cartoon series will not be allowed to include a "news crawl" along the bottom of the screen, which might "confuse the viewers."

    Dark days, friends.
    (source) (other source)
     

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  • This is the question: How democratic is the US? Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I'm starting to think it's worth asking. Of course, we'll have to define our terms, and so forth, but here are a few things worth thinking about:

  • The 2000 Federal election.
    The company responsible for disenfranchising thousands upon thousands of mostly black Floridians was Database Technologies (DBT): "DBT is the Florida division of Choicepoint, a massive database company that does extensive work for the FBI." Now, "Bush is handing [Choicepoint] the big contracts in the War on Terror; immigration reviews, DNA cataloging, airport profiling, and their voting systems are being rolled out across the country."

  • The recent hullabaloo over Diebold systems-
    I'm just starting to learn about this. It's a story of electronic voting systems with allegedly major security flaws which, if you believe this guy (Jim March) are quite possibly intentional, designed to facilitate election fraud, or which at any rate have been and are continuing to be covered up by the company. A lot of original information is here. Although most of this story looks legitimate, this Jim March guy is not so likeable in his role as defender of the right to carry a concealed weapon in California. While that whole notion is heinous, at least his argument is good: he's alledging that the way the relevant law is applied, only white people who donate money to the local bigwigs are given the necessary permission to carry a concealed weapon. Anyway, I found his article on the security flaws of Diebold's system (and especially the excerpts from Diebold's internal company memos which can be found near the bottom of that article) both interesting and disturbing. I recommend skimming through the early parts of that article as some of it is fairly technical.

  • Joshua Micah Marshall brought up this issue on his most excellent of blogs, Talking Points Memo: Republicans' efforts to "flood predominantly African-American precincts in western and central Louisville with poll watchers to challenge the eligibility of voters" in the upcoming Kentucky gubernatorial race, a strategy they used before in South Dakota against Native Americans.

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  • Sunday, October 26, 2003
     
  • Who would you believe?
    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed has denied that U.S. President George Bush rebuked him for his claim that Jews control the world by proxy, while repeating his controversial comments.
    Mr. Mahathir is quoted in a Malaysian newspaper, the New Sunday Times as saying that Mr. Bush lied when he said he reprimanded him at the APEC summit last week.

    He is quoted as saying that if the president had rebuked him when the two leaders met at the summit of Pacific Rim leaders, he would have reacted by rebuking the president.

    President Bush has said he told Mr. Mahathir at the meeting that his comments were divisive and wrong.

    Mr. Mahathir told the newspaper that he is not surprised the president would lie about the reprimand because, he said, the president also told a lie about weapons of mass destruction to go to war against Iraq.

    (source) (other source)
     

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  • This from The Globe and Mail:
    On Thursday, El Al flight 105 from Tel Aviv was diverted to Hamilton's John C. Munro airport due to a security threat. Its 193 passengers were met by tactical teams.
    Canadian authorities won't disclose details of the threat to the plane, but senior sources in Israel have said it was traced to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
    The threat reportedly involved the use of shoulder-launched missiles or light-arms fire to attack the plane as it touched down or shortly after it landed.
    On Friday, things were still far from normal. El Al's return flight from Los Angeles flew to Hamilton instead of Pearson again.

    This morning, an El Al plane landed at Pearson safely.
     

  • Saturday, October 25, 2003
     
  • Following up on my earlier post, Alex just pointed out that LaCrosse is Canada's national sport. All our athletes, of course, wear superior Roots clothing. 'To root' being Australian for 'to have sex'. I'm sensing a theme and I think the country ought to run with it: Canada, cold but strangely...sexual.
     

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  • Rather than doing any real work, I've been bopping around the blogverse in search of entertainment. It's not hard to find, and all these bloggers actually give me heart. There are some good people in this world after all. For a good hearty laugh at Ann Coulter and her evil right wing rantings about the Gen. Boykin affair, take a look at pandagon.net's analysis.
     

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  • Okay, I'm just parroting Counterspin here, but this story is just too good to miss:
    ROME, Italy -- Actor Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of Christ" was struck by lightning during shooting.

    Caviezel was uninjured, but a producer described how he saw smoke coming from the actor's ear.

    An assistant director on the film, Jan Michelini, was also hit -- for the second time in a few months.

    The first time, a lightning fork struck his umbrella during filming on top of a hill near Matera in Italy, causing light burns to the tips of his fingers, VLife, a supplement to Variety publications said in its October issue.

    A few months later the second strike happened, a few hours from Rome.

    Michelini was again carrying an umbrella, and standing next to Caviezel on top of a hill, the magazine said.

    Both were hit, with the main bolt striking Caviezel while one of its forks hit Michelini's umbrella. Neither were hurt.

    The film, which is spoken in Latin and Aramaic, has come in for criticism from some religious leaders. It portrays the last hours of Jesus, but some Jewish and Roman Catholic groups are concerned the film will fuel anti-Semitism.

     

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  • From Reuters:
    General Motors Corp will rename its Buick LaCrosse in Canada because the name for the car is slang for masturbation in Quebec, embarrassed officials with the U.S. automaker said Thursday.

    GM officials, who declined to be named, said it had been unaware that LaCrosse was a term for self-gratification among teenagers in French-speaking Quebec.
     

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  • Highly recommended reading: this UPI article regarding Michael Newdow's "attempt to expunge all mention of a deity from government, its symbols and officials performing government duties" in the US. It's long, but it's great and it includes such exciting moments as: Antonin ('Satanspawn') Scalia's having to recuse himself from the supreme court hearing; a bipartisan recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by congressmen and senators; and a reminder that the phrase "Under God" which occurs in the pledge is not traditional but was in fact added by congress in an early victory for the religious right in 1954 (something I only learned recently). The story also features Kenneth Starr, Pat Robertson, and Guam. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) displays his brilliance with memorable quotes such as, "It's nuts."
     

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  • The US's efforts to get other countries to pledge money for Iraq looks to have been pretty successful, although no one seems to be able to say how much of the pledges are meant to be loans and how much are grants. Anyway, this is interesting:
    Iraq received a wide-ranging offer of help from former enemy Iran, against which former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein fought a war between 1980 and 1988.
    Tehran promised a credit facility of up to $300 million, offered cross-border electricity and gas supplies and said it would let Iraq export oil through Iranian terminals.
     

  • Friday, October 24, 2003
     
  • Just check out this headline: "Eritrea given politically embarrassing sheep".
    Regrettably, the article doesn't give the full background on this story. I'll see if I can chase it up later.
     

  • Thursday, October 23, 2003
     
  • Our hatred boils. Andy drew my attention to this story inThe Globe and Mail:
    Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, ordered Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted Tuesday night, a week after doctors had obeyed her husband's request that it be removed so that she may die.
    Jeb Bush's order was made possible by an extraordinary bill passed by the Florida legislature. That bill reversed several of the same legislature's laws that granted spouses the right to decide the fate of brain-dead spouses if there isn't a living will.
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    The Senate voted 23-15 for the legislation, and the House passed the final version 73-24 only minutes later. Mr. Bush signed it into law and issued the order an hour later.
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    It was Mr. Bush who signed a bill requiring doctors to notify parents of daughters seeking abortions, after such bills had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. He also authorized the creation of licence plates bearing the slogan "Choose Life," an anti-abortion motto.
    And he authorized courts to assign a court-appointed guardian for the fetus of a mentally handicapped woman who had been raped in a group home.

    According to a Republican Florida Senator: "This bill was concocted as a brainstorm to use this woman's life as a political football to appeal to the Christian conservatives in this state who will never understand the details that construct this case."
    Ms. Schiavo suffered heart failure in 1990 and lost all but the most rudimentary functions. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has said she had always said she would rather die than remain a human vegetable.

    Quotes are also taken from here.
     

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2003
     
  • Given the Onion's take on Schwarzenegger's ascent to power, which I referred to earlier, when I read that "Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger used his first official visit to the state Capitol today to name a ... former aide to Republican former Gov. Pete Wilson as his new chief of staff," all I could think was California Uber Alles...
     

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  • A sobering look at the progress against 'terrorism' from a memo written by Donald Rumsfeld:
    We are having mixed results with Al Qaida, although we have put considerable pressure on them — nonetheless, a great many remain at large.
    USG has made reasonable progress in capturing or killing the top 55 Iraqis.
    USG has made somewhat slower progress tracking down the Taliban — Omar, Hekmatyar, etc.
    With respect to the Ansar Al-Islam, we are just getting started.

    He continues:
    It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.

    Counterspin and USA Today see the memo as evidence that the US administration recognizes that things are not going so well, despite their public statements to the contrary. The major thrust of the memo, however, is to push Rumsfeld's agenda of radical overhaul of the US military structure. It might need an overhaul (I don't know), but one has to wonder about the qualifications of the man who would undertake it.
     

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  • Here's a translated and abridged interview from Al Hayat with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Don't bother reading it unless you have a special interest in Syria. But I wanted to pull out this quote:

    The fact of the matter is that wherever the United States fails—be it in the Far East or in the Far West—it will blame Syria and Iran for its failures. ... I can say that the threats [against Syria and Iran], which some call pressure, are a flight from America’s problems. The Iraqi matter was a flight from the crisis in Afghanistan, and the attacks on Syria are an escape from the crisis in Iraq. They fail in one place and move the battle to another place. Sometimes they move it militarily and sometimes through diplomacy and the media. This is the true nature of the threats against Syria and Iran. The more they increase, the more they point to America’s problems, not ours.
     

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2003
     
  • Delayed by jury duty, Joshua Micah Marshall has finally commented on the Boykin affair. With typical brilliance and wit, here are his thoughts: "Well, here’s some first-rate Washington Kabuki... "
     

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  • For anyone's who's read Stiglitz's Globalization and its Discontents, here's a reuters piece on his latest book.
     

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  • John Ashcroft... well, look at this: "In a Miami federal court, the attorney general charged the environmental group Greenpeace under an obscure 1872 law originally intended to end the practice of 'sailor-mongering,' or the luring of sailors with liquor and prostitutes from their ships. Ashcroft plucked the law from obscurity to punish Greenpeace for boarding a vessel near port in Miami. " The article includes some other examples of Ashcroft's absurd and biased approach to his job and it points out that "The Greenpeace case is particularly chilling because of the extraordinary effort to find a law that could be used to pursue the organization. The 1872 law is a legal relic that must have required much archeological digging through law books to find."

     

  • Monday, October 20, 2003
     
  • Some commentators (not very bright ones) are saying that Gen. Boykin was just speaking his mind and exercising his right to free speech when he said those things about Muslims and their god. I say he was making a serious strategic error in the 'war on terrorism'. This, for example, is a recent headline from the (presumably sanitized) english version of Al-Jazeera: The White House has refused to condemn comments from a senior Pentagon intelligence official who said Muslims worship an ‘idol’.
     

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  • On the subject of Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as Governor of California, The Onion has this to say: "'Who would have thought that a bad Austrian artist who's obsessed with the human physical ideal could assemble such a rabid political following?'"
     

  • --posted by dalai @ 3:50 AM | |
     
  • As a former english teacher, this one caught my eye: South Koreans are cutting their children's tongues in a bizarre effort to make them better english speakers. Read about it here.
     

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  • Perhaps the best explanation for why we hate can be found here at The Wage Slave Journal: George W. Bush Scorecard of Evil. The scorecard helps "you keep track of all of the evil deeds Bush commits and, more important, to provide a record for your perusal when November 2004 rolls around." So much evil.
     

  • Sunday, October 19, 2003
     
  • Counterspin's got some great reading on Bush's grandfather's Nazi ties. Check out further down the page for details on how the major media outlets declined to publish the information, despite its being well researched and accurate.
     

  • Saturday, October 18, 2003
     
  • Chretien visited the Canadian troops in Afghanistan today. The CBC writes: "Members of the 1,950-member Canadian Forces contingent had spent most of the week assembling a gravel parade square for Chretien to address the troops. The band played O Canada on his arrival, and then two bagpipes played as Chretien inspected a guard of honour. "

    Should we be worried about Afghani reprisals for the imposition of bagpipers on Kabul?
     

  • Friday, October 17, 2003
     
  • Notable quotes by or about General Boykin:

    BOYKIN: "[The terrorist I was tracking in Somalia] went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, 'they'll never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me,'' ... 'Well, you know what - I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol,'" (source)

    Gen Boykin, a 13-year member of Delta Force, was promoted this summer and is responsible [as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence] for speeding the flow of top-secret intelligence to commandos hunting bin Laden and the former Iraqi leader.

    Investigative reporters from the Los Angeles Times and NBC television claimed Gen Boykin had repeatedly told Christian groups and prayer meetings that President George Bush was chosen by God to lead the global fight against Satan. (source)

    He can't decide if he wants to be an evangelical Christian preacher or a reincarnated Christian crusader. In a recent sermon, Boykin said, "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God." (source)
     

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  • Not news, but worth looking at for a good bit of perspective on, well, everything: The Powers of Ten. It's an animation - no reading necessary.
     

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  • In case you haven't seen it already, the news item that originally inspired this blog: ABCNEWS.com : Transcript of Ashcroft Speech at Bob Jones U. This, certainly, is why we hate.
     

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  • OK, this Rush Transcript post is funny. It's third hand or so, now, and I haven't confirmed its veracity or anything, but it's especially good reading, so here it is in full:

    Via Kos of Daily Kos, the Republicans are apparently concerned about truth in broadcasting:

    Dear Station Manager:

    It has come to our attention that your station will begin airing false and misleading advertisements on July 21, 2003, paid for by the Democratic National Committee. The advertisement in question misrepresents President George W. Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address. The advertisement states that President Bush said, "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." In fact, President Bush said, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." By selectively quoting President Bush, the advertisement is deliberately false and misleading. Furthermore, the British government continues to stand by its intelligence and asserts that it believes the intelligence is genuine.

    The Democratic National Committee certainly has a legitimate First Amendment right to participate in political debate, but it has no right to willfully spread false information in a deliberate attempt to mislead the American people. These advertisements will not be run by legally qualified candidates; therefore, your station is under no legal obligation to air them. On the contrary, as an FCC licensee you have the responsibility to exercise independent editorial judgment to not only oversee and protect the American marketplace of ideas, essential for the health of our democracy, but also to avoid deliberate misrepresentations of the facts. Such obligations must be taken seriously.

    This letter puts you on notice that the information contained in the above-cited advertisement is false and misleading; therefore, you are obligated to refrain from airing this advertisement.
    Respectfully,
    Caroline C. Hunter
    Counsel
     

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  • Lately I've been reading a little of Counterspin Central: The unofficial "FIRST AMENDMENT ZONE." Latest tidbits: The irony of Bush's support for drug-addict Rush Limbaugh and, a little further down the page, the very intriguing entry titled "SADR-MASOCHISM". Plus plenty more.
     

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  • Although it's a bit old now, I highly recommend this editorial by fantasy-writer Orson Scott Card on how ridiculous is the attempt by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to quash online filesharing. It's worth reading the second half of his rant as well. Unfortunately, while his views about fileshareing are absolutely correct, he proves himself to be a total idiot on other issues, such as Iraq.
     

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  • To quote Andy: "The latest from the war. Personally, it wouldn't surprise me if a young child is used one day as a suicide bomber, but I doubt very much that a sheep ever will be!"
     

  • Thursday, October 16, 2003
     
  • Check out this review by Harold Meyerson about a recent and interesting study of the media. The gist: FOX viewers are consistently more wrong about the facts than viewers of other media. At least, when it comes to facts such as whether or not Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda had ties.
     




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