Friday, July 30, 2004

EU/Iran: Iran officially tells the EU to shove it as they will go on with uranium enrichment. The EU "soft" diplomacy is dead and speaking of Al Gore like timing, the Council on Foreign Relations puts out a report on how to deal with Iran. Its not the bend like a willow in hurricane approach, but its damn close to it. It practically mirrors what Europe has done and it doesn't work. Iran is doing the same thing as North Korea did: stalling, promising, break the promise, watch diplomats promise even more, agree, break the promise, wash, rinse, repeat. There is no fear from Iran of any "serious" consequence to their actions. Europe is not going to do anything, the UN is useless, Kerry if he gets in office won't project any powerful image to Iran to be scared of. They have everyone by the balls and they know it. I say good for them. If Europe and people who have the same groupthink as the C.F.R are just too naive to realize this approach will not work, play them like fiddle, take whatever they offer and in a couple of years parade around your new nukes.

"Men are less hesitant about harming someone who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared because love is held together by a chain of obligation which, since men are wretched creatures, is broken on every occasion in which their own interests are concerned; but fear is sustained by dread of punishment which will never abandon you." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

More here from Bill Hobbs and from Justoneminute.

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Kerry: U.S. Marines don't like their lunch being interrupted or they know about Kerry's anti-war history.

Kerry and his vice presidential running mate, John Edwards (news - web sites), were accompanied by both their families, as well as Hollywood heart throb Ben Affleck -- doing a bit of goodwill stumping.

Earlier, their bus convoy pulled over at a Wendy's fast food restaurant for a photo opportunity lunch that provided an awkward moment.

Spotting a group of US Marines, Kerry, who has made his Vietnam War service a cornerstone of his campaign, went over to chat. The Marines, who all turned out to be staunch Bush reporters, were not impressed.

"He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands," one of them told reporters afterwards. "I'm 100 percent against" Kerry, he said. "We support our commander-in-chief 100 percent."

Pic of the meeting Here

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Sudan:  UN sets a deadline for Sudanese government to do something, 30 days and then they will consider even more stuff! None of which will pass when serious sanctions are finally put on the table. Its a nice sleight of hand.  Arab League is complaining this is just another move for the U.S. to take down another Arab country.  What would be surprising if the Arab League actually did something worth a damn like stopping the raping and killing in Darfur for once. One reporter is not buying the league's nonsense.

"But for Kamel Labidi, a journalist who formerly worked at Amnesty International, it is the Arab world which should be accused of applying double standards in dealing with Darfur. "The Arab world, relentless in its condemnation of western behavior in Iraq and the occupied Palestinian territories, has with few exceptions, turned a blind eye to the devastation in Darfur," he wrote in Britain's Parliamentary Brief. "

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Hollywood intellect: from the WSJ online.

"...And finally actress Amber Tamblyn of "Joan of Arcadia," talking to CBS News, ties it all together by explaining why celebrities incline to the Democratic Party: "It's just that we're artists, we're progressive and nothing's going to change that. Therefore you can never stick with someone who is going to keep their mind with security, because security of the mind is decay, you're not advancing."
Translation: Our minds are mush and we have the maturity of a 4 year old. It can be twisted as long as it feels good to us. See Kabbalah.

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Kerry's foreign policy: Amir Taheri in the Arab News reports on the main points of Democrat's party foreign policy platform which depressingly Kerry went along with in his speech. Its not a good thing when the article is headlined "Kerry’s Foreign Policy Resembles Carter Era." The worst part of it:

"Under Kerry, the US would forswear the right to take pre-emptive action against its foes. It will employ its military might only in a multilateral context, with the consent of the United Nations, and allies. Such a policy would give the UN and the allies, who are not identified, a veto on the use of force by the US. It also means that the US will act only after it has been attacked, and not to prevent a perceived attack on itself or its allies. "
Lap dogs of the world unite.

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Crime: Fat Women operating shoplifting ring in South Africa.  Star Jones not a suspect. Kerry's speech: I thought the speech was there, he didn't bomb, but he is no Clinton. He rushed thru the speech stepping over applause lines, not letting anything he said sink in with the TV audience.  He also had a bit of Nixon mojo, sweating and licking his lips more than usual. As for the substance of the speech, marcusb on the DVDVR board put it best "This speech was about 5 miles wide and an inch deep."

Germany:The Goethe Institute  tried a campaign to make young Brits think the country is cool and not Hitler, beer and football. It failed miserably. A spokesman blamed the British media for spreading stereotypes of their football defeats and  WWII. I hate to break it to Germany, but  you had Hitler and the Nazi who were responsible for the deaths  of millions upon millions of people. Its going to take a long time before anyone in Europe, especially the Brits to forget that and associate you with something "cool."

Sudan: That strongly worded UN resolution prepared by the US that threatened economic sanctions on the Sudanese government...made into mush to make other security council members happy. Why? They objected to the harsh language, instead we get this.
"...In place of “sanctions,” the U.S. resolution to be voted on today now warns that “measures” may be taken but only after a 30-day period and only if the Sudanese government has failed to control the mounted Arab bands known as janjaweed."

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Norway: A "nation of whiners", oil money + welfare system = lazy people.

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Bloggers and the DNC:  John Dvorak  gives a mixed review to bloggers at the DNC convention and has not so kind words for the professional outfits who are running blogs.

"...From what I've seen so far on the Technorati convention blog watch, I'm not impressed. Many of these posts are vapid observations combined with simple Kerry boosterism or knee-jerk Limbaugh-Republicanist complaints. Some are simply an undecipherable mess. Hopefully a few professionals will come in and publish some thoughtful pieces before the exercise is over, but this looks laughable thus far. Then again, the pros may not fare much better if we look at the professionally written Hardblogger web pages run off the MSNBC site. See it here. This is a self-congratulatory blog that is best compared to People Magazine for content."
Robert Cox comes to the defense of the bloggers.
"...Credentialing Bloggers serves a different purpose. It creates legitmacy for highly partisan Blogs with highly partisan readers and thereby stokes the base without directly linking these Blogs with the campaign."
My view is that most of the blogging I have seen from the true bloggers serve their purpose as Cox says, they are there to be windows to their readers already partisan to begin with and give some of the nonsensical news bits from the convention. Thats fine, but its still amusing to see the "real" journalists have a hissy fit about it. Back to something Dvorak said about the news sites blogs like MSNBC. They are not worth the time, unless you really like to read Keith Olbermann whine about Foxnews again and again. Sudan:  US resolution on sanctions opposed, Sudan's Minister of Humanitarian Affairs(stop laughing) says no ethnic cleansing or raping is happening, the US and other neighbouring countries are plotting against them and the UN says they are short of the funds needed to help by $200 million.  All things considered, everything is going great. North/South Korea: NK blasting South Korea accusing them of kidnapping the 450+ refugees that have showed up in South Korea on flights coming somewhere from Southeast Asia.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

France: Outsourcing becoming a big issue and Raffarin blames the socialists and 35 hour work week for it. No Duh: Headline, "Arabs shock Europeans, refuse to condemn anti-Semitism." I also hear the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west, water is wet and most birds have wings. Canada:  This would classify as a dream job.   

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Iran/EU: So much for  EU dipomatic pressure being the best way to deal with Iran and its nuclear capability. Iran is not stupid.

"However, diplomats said senior officials from the "EU-3" - Britain, France and Germany - would try to coax Teheran back to the path of co-operation at a secret meeting in Paris on Thursday. Their chances of success seem slim, however, because Teheran now appears to have calculated that America is paralysed by the presidential election campaign and that Europe is too divided to exert real pressure."
France: Yet another roadblock thrown up by Chirac on having NATO help train Iraqi security forces.
"Diplomats said France, which joined hands with Germany in opposition to last year's U.S.-led war on Baghdad, does not want to hand U.S. President George W. Bush a show of international support for his Iraq policy ahead of the November U.S. election."
Sudan: EU is now pushing for sanctions against Sudan for failing to stop the killing in Darfur, this is a change from the wavering positions of some members of the EU to the outright rejection of sanctions by France. The stream of reports of the Sudan government doing nothing to stop the killings from the UN, from human rights groups, news agencies and worldwide pressure from other countries are in play here. The EU can't find themselves looking to be obstructionists using the same diplomat speak that has failed in Iran.

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Brendan Loy:   Voluntary watching of the C-Span coverage of the Democratic Convention has its rewards. 

FREUDIAN SLIP/TELEPROMPTER SCREW-UP OF THE DAY: "We need...leaders who are strong enough to take special interests and challenge the American people" --U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), sounding and looking thoroughly confused.

"...Earlier, Reverend Stephen Ayres of Boston's Old North Church said that, if not for the famed heroics of Boston's revolutionaries, "you might be nominating Tony Blair today" instead of John Kerry." To which I couldn't help thinking: sounds great! Where can I sign up? :)

So would I.

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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Movies: Looking at the weekend box office with Matt Damon in the Bourne Supremacy getting 50+ Million dollars, anyone else think Matt Damon = Shawn Michaels and Ben Affleck = Marty Jannetty?  Trinidad: I have wondered why my childhood homeland is turning into a 3rd world hellhole and with garbage like this I can see why.

Local students embrace Cuba's language, culture "...Partnering with the Ministry of Education and national airline BWIA, the Tourism and Industrial Development Company (Tidco) inaugurated the first-ever Spanish Language and Cultural Enrichment Programme for students and teachers from high schools in both Trinidad and the sister island of Tobago. " "...According to Tidco officials, the project is part of the Latin American Route Development Programme outlined by Government. It seeks to enrich transportation and trade links between Trinidad and Tobago and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean."
Wonderful, out of all the Spanish speaking nations that are close to Trinidad, we have to pick the commie one. I wonder if they learned the term for political prisoner, between this and buddying up to Chavez in Venezula, I am happy my parents got me out of there 20 years ago. sheesh. NON!: French  not allowed at the DNC convention.  Al-Jazzera/DNC: DNC gives Al Jazzera permission to be in the media press boxes, but not allow them to put up their sign. Invite them to the party but keep'em in the back. Teresa Heinz Kerry: After giving a speech which she says on tape.
"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics," she told her fellow Pennsylvanians at a Sunday night reception at the Massachusetts Statehouse."
 A reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review asks her what she meant by the term Un-American, she denies saying it and then tells the reporter to shove it. Video here.  

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Israel Wall: Telegraph

Palestinian businessmen have made millions of pounds supplying cement for Israel's "security barrier" in the full knowledge of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader and one of the wall's most vocal critics.
Show of hands, who is shocked by this?

Arafat:" ...OPPOSE THIS AGGRESSION BY THE EVIL ZIONISTS!!"

Aide: " psst... you want this check in the swiss or french account?"

 Arafat: " er...Swiss..very good interest rates this time of year."

Arafat:" ....YOU MUST SACRIFICE YOUR LIVES TO FIGHT!"

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Saturday, July 24, 2004

New York Times: Is the New York Times a liberal paper? The Nytimes public editor(ombudsman) Daniel Okrent says yes it is.

"Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. doesn't think this walk through The Times is a tour of liberalism. He prefers to call the paper's viewpoint "urban." He says that the tumultuous, polyglot metropolitan environment The Times occupies means "We're less easily shocked," and that the paper reflects "a value system that recognizes the power of flexibility." 
But this quote on why the Nytimes cannot be more evenhanded in its coverage on anything seems like an exasperated excuse.

On a topic that has produced one of the defining debates of our time, Times editors have failed to provide the three-dimensional perspective balanced journalism requires. This has not occurred because of management fiat, but because getting outside one's own value system takes a great deal of self-questioning.

 Six years ago, the ownership of this sophisticated New York institution decided to make it a truly national paper. Today, only 50 percent of The Times's readership resides in metropolitan New York, but the paper's heart, mind and habits remain embedded here. You can take the paper out of the city, but without an effort to take the city and all its attendant provocations, experiments and attitudes out of the paper, readers with a different worldview will find The Times an alien beast.

Its refreshing to see at least some honesty from someone at the Nytimes, and amusing to see he is going on vacation. After this piece hits the blogsphere, he might be put on extended vacation. Update: Ed Driscoll points out the fall out over this.
(As Bernard Goldberg writes in Arrogance, the Times' reporting influences not just what you read in other papers, but what you see on TV as well. Many, many TV news stories begin as Times articles, which TV networks simply hand to their reporters and say, "craft a TV story out of this".)
 "Which means that Okrent's admission has repercussions throughout virtually all of America's media. For example, the New York Times finally admits it's liberal, but still carries the motto, "All the news that's fit to print"." Update: Allah in the house with a round up.

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Wilson defense tour'04: What is left of the supporters for Joe "Mitty" Wilson have come up with a new defense of saying Joe Wilson was right after all! Kevin Drum writes that Joe Wilson's  "...central claim was that there was virtually no evidence to back up the idea that Saddam had sought uranium from Niger". Now there is a ton of misspeak, misspoke that Wilson claims the press, senate investigation group and everyone else got wrong, you can check out those here from the Weekly Standard.  But lets get back to the "central claim".  President Bush in his SOTU said "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa". That's it, not Hussein brought, or stole it or got it in anyway shape or form, he looked into getting uranium.  The Butler report concluded

Pre-war assessments that Iraq sought uranium from Niger were "well-founded on intelligence", the Butler report has concluded...  But Lord Butler said the government had intelligence from "several different sources". "The forged documents were not available to the British government at the time its assessment was made and so the fact of the forgery does not undermine it," the report said.
The Senate Report also said:
"The CIA gave Wilson's report a "good" grade because "the Nigerien officials admitted that the Iraqi delegation had traveled there in 1999 and that the Nigerien Prime Minister believed the Iraqis were interested in purchasing uranium"
Niger exports are four things: Uranium, goats, cowpeas and onions, figure out what Iraqi officials wanted from them. Now who am I going to believe? Joe Wilson who thru his own words in his book and various interviews embellished(I'm being kind here) several points as Drum noted, or British intelligence?  The White House was wrong to back down in their claim because the CIA didn't agree, considering now how badly  CIA intelligence gathering seems to be, why would anyone be surprised they said something was wrong when it was right.   Germany: DaimlerChrysler and Thomas Cook employees agreed to work  40- hour week to save jobs and cut costs, Volkswagen is going to start talks to do the same. In the face of global competition, the worker's paradise  is getting dragged into reality.   France: To show how diverse the country is, they are opening up a museum of Immigration
"A Museum of Immigration is a fairly typical French response, one financed by the government and intended by politicians and bureaucrats to address a social problem through culture. Yet while willing to open a museum, France's cultural elite continue to resist embracing the creative energy represented by French artists, writers and performers of African, Arab and Asian descent"
It comes down to  the thinking that French values  must be followed and embraced by everyone who lives in the country. I can understand that thinking, except it doesn't work well in face of continous immigration. This is a battle France is eventually going to lose. Jeopardy: Washington Post profile on Ken Jennings, who is now a 38 day champ going into summer hiatus, new episodes won't be on till September. But he does have a sense of humor.

"Already, viewers have watched host Alex Trebek go from delight to dismay to desperation at the sight of the same champion returning again and again.  

"Tell us some deep, dark secret about yourself," Trebek implored somewhere in the seventh week, after exhausting his supply of cue cards listing Jennings's hobbies and amusing anecdotes.

"You know," Jennings deadpanned, "I killed a man down South once."  

 Trebek hastily returned to the board,.."

Movies: Good news, Transformers is going to be made into a live action movie made by Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures with Steven Spielberg to be executive producer. The bad news is according to Don Murphy who is one of the producers, there are going to be "changes", one of those being Megatron is not going to transform into a gun because "its lame". The geek boy in me just died a little reading that.  But,  if I find out the movie is going to be based on the new Transformer series or to be hip with the kiddies, Optimus Prime transform into a Hummer rollin on dubs with a  system in the back, then I am going to have huge problems with it. The description of the two types of Transformers reported by the Hollywood reporter  is downright scary.
"The Transformers are divided into two groups of robots, one led by Optimus Prime, who believes in tolerance and the sanctity of life, the other by Megatron, who espouses survival of the fittest and the extermination of biological life."
Sheesh, I don't remember them being that scary or mushy.

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Friday, July 23, 2004

Sandy "socks" Berger: Nytimes editoral,  Washington Post Editorial and LA Times Editorial.  let me save you time in reading any of them. " What was Mr. Berger thinking and  WHAT DID THE WHITE HOUSE KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT!!!!  THEY MUST HAVE LEAKED NEWS OF THE INVESTIGATION!!!! BLAAAAAAAARGHHH!!!!"   That's pretty much the gist of all three editorials, no it's not some vast left wing conspiracy to sweep this under the rug fast as hell, its just the similar thinking among the liberal media types to sweep this under the rug fast as hell. I am surprised it took them two days to start doing it.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Germany: Come on over Prime Minister Sharon, France may not want him to visit, but the Germans have no problems with him. Sudan: No surprise as Annan "urges" more action to stop the violence of the Arab militamen against the Darfur residents, but he admits that sanctions or military action is not going to happen in the near future.  Tony Blair is not waiting to see what happens, he has ordered plans for any possible military action. Sandy "socks" Berger: New York Daily news reporting Berger would ask the guards to leave him along(against the rules) and take lots of bathroom breaks(flushing papers down the toilet?) that caused suspicious. New York Times is trying their best to turn this around from Berger and imply the White House leaked that he was under investigation. Washington Post reporting the archive staff was on to Berger and marked documents to make them easier to track and see what was missing.  This boils down to what was so important in those papers  that he would risk  having this happen to him and how was he so stupid to think he would get away with it?    

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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

BET/CBS poll: Poll says blacks prefer Kerry 8 to 1 over President Bush. No surprise there, but this poll question is pissing me off.

"...Black voters may simply have an easier time relating to John Kerry than to George W. Bush. When asked to choose between the two candidates, by a large margin black voters even think John Kerry has more soul than George W. Bush. "
 
WHO HAS MORE SOUL? (Registered voters)
John Kerry 64%
George W. Bush 11%
Both equally 2
Neither 12%
Someone explain to this black man why taking a poll question about who you can relate to translates to " Who has more soul?" in a poll of black Americans? How about next time you ask "Who eats the most fried chicken?" or "Who knows more about rollin on 24s?" That would be on the same damn level as " Who has more soul?".  I expect this sort of ignorant question to be asked on the Tom Joyner show when Tavis Smiley is on, not in a CBS national poll report. Whoever at BET helped out with this survey and came up with that poll question, go back to the BET studio and just make sure the degrading booty shaking videos keep running on time. Lets keep the embrassments in one place.

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Asylum: Germany says camps should be set up in North Africa for asylum seekers, so the EU can study each claim. Good idea, but Germany and camps should never be used in the same headline ever. Joe Wilson: Justoneminute has been on mechanized panzer assault of Joe Wilson, now Wilson is running around writing editorials  and saying people calling him a liar are part of a Republican smear campaign. He and his defenders not only are moving the goalposts to try and explain away two different intelligence reports and various contradictions,  they are trying to create a new game.  Joe Wilson strikes me as a 70's lounge singer version of Walter Mitty.  If he told the truth, I think he actually knows very little and just embellished what he read or heard around him.  Now all of that is coming back to bite him in the ass.  Blair the Great:  I need to catch this on C-span, but from all reports, Blair  destroyed Tory leader Michael Howard  in a commons debate over Iraq, (press reaction here) and came out of the debate not only without harm but stronger than ever.  The Tory party hasn't been the same since Thatcher.    

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

France: Huge news in regards to the French 35 hour work week taking a major hit as 98% of the workers at the Bosch car parts factory voted to work longer for the same amount of pay. It is expected to make other companies look for similar deals with its workers .  This looks to be a trend that started in Germany when Siemens won concessions to up worker's hours to a full 40 or they would move their operations to Hungary. The addition of eastern European countries to the EU is giving leverage to businesses who say the shorter work week hurts them in a global economy, the threat is now they can shut down their operations and move them to a business friendly situation.   Gaza Crisis:  All those years of corruption, stealing and being a bastard is finally catching up to Arafat, Israel could not ask for a better opening  to leave Gaza faster, causing even more problems for Arafat and his group.  This is the predictable power struggle that was going to happen when Israel leaves late next year sped up.    Sudan:  You think there could not be new even worse angles to get to this crisis in Darfur, but now Amnesty International is reporting that Arab women are singing to get the milita men going as they killed and raped black women in the region.  Horrible.  Trinidad:   An idea by Maulana Imran N Hosein to have Muslim only villages in Trinidad and Tobago. Why?

"...Speaking of the plan yesterday Maulana Imran Hosein said it was born of the need to protect and preserve Islam from the ills of society such as alcohol, fornication, adultery, illegitimate children, homosexuality, lesbianism and murders."
  Someone in the audience at this meeting wanted to share his experience.
"Maulana Siddiq Ahmad Nasir, who spoke at the lecture about the spiritual dynamism of such a situation, said he experienced the life in two such villages in Pakistan. In such an environment, he said "no one smoked, or played music loudly." He described his experience as "exhilarating" but stressed that such villages cannot be established overnight as serious planning must go into them."
The Anjuman Sunaat-ul- Jamaat Association (ASJA) who has  accused Hosein of being a serious security threat to the country says this is unacceptable
"I cannot support and ASJA will not support Muslim villages in a multi-plural, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society such as the one in which we live," Yacoob Ali, ASJA president general, said. He said Muslim villages in this society "can only be divisive and we are not for separation." Ali said ASJA, the country's largest Muslim organisation, believes in living and surviving in mainstream society "and we will continue to do so".
Okay, here is my question.  Who the hell are allowing these types of clerics/imans or whatever into Trinidad and allowing them to spread their brand of garbage? A Muslim only village? That may work in some part of rural Pakistan, but this sort of nonsense cannot be allowed to even be tested in Trinidad. It is a slap in the face of everything the country worked so hard to bring together before and especially after our independence from U.K. in 1962.   This may sound a bit much to some of you, but I lived in a "multicultural" society in Trinidad before the word/concept got turned into the sappy BS liberal mantra that it is today. I am not happy to see this sort of element running around there.    

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

EU/Muslims: The headscarf ban debate heating up as the ban in France against wearing religious symbols in schools starts in September. There is a level of dishonesty when women who wear the hijab say its a choice of women and no one is forced. Sudan: UN is considering sanctions made by the United States. Sanctions would be a start, only because no one wants to send troops in or do anything harsher at this time. Lying: UK Independent has a story about the upcoming Butler report which looks into the intelligence failures from the UK side leading up to the Iraq War. They mention Joseph Wilson and his claim about Iraq not seeking uranium from Niger

A former diplomat, Joseph Wilson, visited Niger in 2002 on behalf of the CIA, and reported that there was no evidence that Saddam had sought to buy uranium from the country. George Tenet, the CIA director at the time, declared that the Niger claim was "not tenable". And in last week's damning senate report on pre-war intelligence, a memo by a senior CIA official was revealed which said: "We told Congress that the Brits have exaggerated this issue."
which has turned out to be a huge fat lie, (more details here, and here.) I know the UK Independent is as left as you can get in the UK. But to run an article where a huge part of the story is based on flat-out lie is appalling but not surprising given the paper. Gitmo: Gitmo is evil! Gitmo is appalling! Gitmo is a crime against humanity! Gitmo is useful in getting information that stop attacks in Athens, America and other places.

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Monday, July 12, 2004

Germany economy/workers: We know we need to stop sucking but we refuse to fix it...neeeeeahh. France: The French are so paranoid about everything that is French-based in the EU going the way of the Dodo, they are hoping to teach diplomats from new member states French to make that their second language.

Stéphane Lopez: "We think it is dangerous to encourage uniformity. The English language is a predator which destroys other languages. When people use English, other languages get crushed."
English: IT EATS YOUR CHILDREN! UN Oil for Food: William Safire with a summary of the number(8 official) investigations that are going on into this scandal. I still say the press will eventually bury it and hope it goes away no matter what. Bin Laden: A sister-in-law of Bin Laden claims that he may still get support from some family members and members of the royal family. I have never believe he was totally cut off fromSaudii funding, and wouldn't surprise me that he still gets help from certain people despite what the 9/11 commission has said on this matter.
...Saudi Arabia has long been considered the primary source of al Qaeda funding, but we found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior officials within the Saudi government funded al Qaeda.

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Sunday, July 11, 2004

France: Guardian piece on the leaking of an intelligence report by French intelligence saying the Ghettos where 2 million arabs are on the verge of going radical. Sudan: Pro-Government Arab militamen are continuing to kill and drive off Africans off of land in Darfur region. UN pledges to try and stop the carnage, but no one really wants to get involved in an African disputes. President of Sudan says they have stopped, but thats doubtful. Trinidad: Being from Trinidad, I find it hard to believe how badly the country I grew up in has gone downhill. This may seem minor but can you see any country getting caught like this on a simple thing like passports? NAACP/Bush: NAACP is asking President Bush to reconsider his decision not to talk at the NAACP convention. Why should he? NAACP has engaged in not only putting down Bush but the entire GOP.

The group's chairman, Julian Bond, said in a June 2 speech that Republicans' "idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side."
Why would he want to go to that?

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Saturday, July 10, 2004

France: They are not backing down so far in enforcing the headscarve ban, they also warned those who try to incite the Islamic community will dealt with. Germany: Government plans to create an Islamist database on suspected radical islamists. Okay, stop the jokes about Germans and gathering information right now. France: France's answer to CNN/BBC is going nowhere because of lack of money. Of course, its amusing that this project was made because the French felt their point of view in world affairs was being ignored by CNN/BBC. I didn't know anyone cared about the French point of view. Germany: Upper house actually passed what in Germany passes for drastic unemployment benefits reforms. Unions are not happy about it. But no wonder the welfare system in Germany has gotten so bloated.

The changes mark a break with Germany's traditional insurance-based benefit system, whereby jobless benefits are linked to previous earnings. People who are unemployed for over a year receive 40-50 per cent of their previous net wages for unlimited periods. From next year such long-term unemployed people will only be eligible for a flat-rate benefit called unemployment benefit II, worth €345 a month in west Germany and €331 in the east.
Social organizations crying that this will lead for a rise in poverty and wait for it...children will be hurt the most.

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Thursday, July 08, 2004

AP in wishful thinking mode?

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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

EU vacation over: NYTIMES reporting on European work ethic being rethinked. You can almost feel the despair from the reporter that the Euro way is not the right way to do business in a global economy.

"We have created a leisure society, while the Americans have created a work society," said Klaus F. Zimmermann, the president of the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. "But our model does not work anymore. We are in the process of rethinking it."
PBS in the dumps: PBS is in a big financial crisis due to lower funding from all sources, lower ratings and its station partners refusing to go with higher fees PBS wants. I haven't watched PBS even on accident in years, if I want history, go to the history channel, behind the scenes entertainment shows you go to Bravo, news is basically anyone of the 24/7 news channels or the internet for world news. PBS is a tv model getting run over by progress.

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Monday, July 05, 2004

EU/Iran: Nuke deal with Iran that EU made is falling apart due to Iran not wanting to give up nuclear fuel work. It's never a good thing when Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler starts to come up in an article about any subject. Bill Cosby: Cosby is refusing to back down from his comments about some blacks not taking responsibility for their behavior and he smacked back on people like this columnist who said he was wrong or being an elitist about it. Of course, this pic from the Rainbow coalition meeting was just begging to be photoshop.

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