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Daily show: Interesting interview with Lewis Lapham

Jon Steward and the Daily Show makes what I think is the most interesting political satire around. Usually scratching the surface of reality. In this interview Jon Steward and Lewis Lapham, editor in chief of Harper’s Magazine discuss what is going on with the political system in the US.

This is most certainly one of the most thought provoking pieces they have done so far.

Daily show: Lewis Lapham

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So much for free speech in the US II

I can’t help but wonder what goes on in the heads of the airlines staff throwing off people because of buttons. No matter the text on it.

John Gilmore: I was ejected from a plane for wearing “Suspected Terrorist

Shouldn’t we be able to expect more in a free, democratic society?

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Bush, not so believable after all?

In the news today: Most Americans don’t trust Bush on Iraq

The poll by the University of Maryland found that 52 per cent of respondents said they believed President George W Bush and his aides were “stretching the truth, but not making false statements” about Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s chemical, biological and nuclear programmes.

Another 10 per cent said that US officials were presenting Congress, the American public and the international community “evidence they knew was false,” indicated the survey.

Only 32 per cent said that they thought the government was being “fully truthful” about the Iraqi arsenal.


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Gregory Palast: The Screwing of Cynthia McKinney

Have you heard about Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. Congresswoman?

According to those quoted on National Public Radio, McKinney “a loose cannon” (media expert) who “the people of Atlanta are embarrassed and disgusted” (politician) by, and she is also “loony” and “dangerous” (senator from her own party).

Yow! And why is McKinney dangerous/loony/disgusting? According to NPR, “McKinney implied that the [Bush] Administration knew in advance about September 11 and deliberately held back the information.”

The New York Times’ Lynette Clemetson revealed her comments went even further over the edge: “Ms. McKinney suggest[ed] that President Bush might have known about the September 11 attacks but did nothing so his supporters could make money in a war.”

That’s loony, all right. As an editor of the highly respected Atlanta Journal Constitution told NPR, McKinney “practically accused the President of murder!”

Problem is, McKinney never said it.

Read the article: The Screwing of Cynthia McKinney

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Denial and deception

Denial and Deception is an editorial / op-ed in the New York Times. written by Paul Krugman.


Politics is full of ironies. On the White House Web site, George W. Bush’s speech from Oct. 7, 2002 in which he made the case for war with Iraq bears the headline “Denial and Deception.” Indeed.

There is no longer any serious doubt that Bush administration officials deceived us into war. The key question now is why so many influential people are in denial, unwilling to admit the obvious.

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Google AdSense makes sense

Googles new advertisment service Google AdSense was launched this week, and I have had the chance to test it for a couple of days, and I must say I am very impressed.

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MT killed my post

MT just killed an entry I had been working on for 30 minutes. Will try to re-write. And at the same time see if Opera is as forgetful as Internet Explorer.

[Update] Yes, it seems like Opera is the better browser for blogging. It does NOT forget postings if something goes wrong. Opera is as always highly recommended, just have to start remembering my own recommendations ;-)

BTW: Even got to work a little on implementing a spell checker in Opera. Found a spell checker that uses, works great, and utilizes the power of Opera’s highly extendible and accessible interface. (Its really amazing how easy it is to add stuff to Opera!).

Well, OK. Maybe the fact that chokes on URLs is a considerable minus. Hm, any good ideas on good spell checkers or services for Opera welcome!

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US Troops shooting Iraqi civilans as payback for 9/11

This is sick. But with the way the whole war has been marketed by the US government I guess we should expect things like this: – US TROOPS ADMIT SHOOTING IRAQI CIVILIANS

“There’s a picture of the World Trade Centre hanging up by my bed and I keep one in my flak jacket. Every time I feel sorry for these people I look at that. I think, ‘They hit us at home and, now, it’s our turn.’ I don’t want to say payback but, you know, it’s pretty much payback.”

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Online file-trading saves the day for the record companies

According to a new report most record company executives probably would rather have not been published, the download of music files online is actually benefiting the record companies, rather than being damaging to them and their sales.

Stereophile Magazine : The Downloading Myth

Several studies also suggest that in light of the deterioration of radio in the US, unauthorized online file trading may be one of the few promotional avenues that actually lead to authorized purchases. New research from Nielsen//NetRatings reinforces this idea, finding that for several key youth-oriented music genres, file traders purchase a higher percentage of music than other internet users.

The report shows that there is a significant increase in CD sales to consumers downloading music online.

According to their latest data, Nielsen//NetRatings estimates that online music swappers were 111% more likely to purchase rap music than the average Internet user over the past three months.

Dance and club music held the second spot, with downloaders 106% more likely to have purchased dance and club music than the average Internet surfer and 77% more likely to purchase alternative rock. R&B/soul music and rock rounded out the top five.

The Nielsen NetRating report is available online (PDF).

Adding to the evidence of peoples willingness to buy music both on- and offline is the success of the Apple iTunes Music store.

Maybe the record industry should calm down, and not make the same mistake Jack Valenti of the MPAA did when trying to ban the VCR. Quote:

“I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.”

Today the majority of the revenue for the movie industry comes from sale/rental of VCRs and DVDs…

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Politicians on drugs?

Its tempting to think the policy of the State of Kansas was dreamed up on a high on illigit drugs.

Todd Dominey writes about the new policy of Drug Tax Stamps in his blog What do I know.