Kerry on homeland security
: John Kerry talks about terrorism and homeland security:
“And as we protect America from danger at home – we will protect this country from danger abroad. I do not believe George Bush has done too much in the war on terror. I believe he’s done too little. He has failed to maintain our post-9/11 global coalition, left our troops unprotected, and thought too little about the challenges we face. As President, I will use every tool at our disposal — not only a strong military, but renewed alliances, vigorous law enforcement, reliable intelligence, and unremitting effort to shut down the flow of terrorist funds — to fight the war on terror.”
Well, it’s a start… But I’d still rather hear the firm conviction of Tony Blair.
“This is not a time to err on the side of caution; not a time to weigh the risks to an infinite balance; not a time for the cynicism of the worldly wise who favour playing it long,” he said.
What he said.
: Salam Pax resurfaces to report briefly on his trip to Karbala to make a video. He was there during the violence.
: This story in the Guardian said that gangs are kidnapping youth in Baghdad for ransom.
And now here’s an Iraqi blogger saying that his cousin was kidnapped and his uncle had to pay $20k to get him freed. Of course, there’s no way to confirm the story.
: Many Americans are outsourcing their own careers, choosing to get out of the rat’s maze and go their own way. Same thing in Australia in very large numbers.
But new quantitative research by The Australia Institute, obtained by The Weekend Australian, documents the shift in priorities that has driven nearly one-quarter of Australian adults to downshift in the past decade.
“It is a social force with far-reaching political implications,” conclude authors Christie Breakspear and Clive Hamilton.
He did it. And he’s happy.
Early and often
: David’s Medienkritik is asking all our help to stuff the ballotbox in a Spiegel poll on the Bush presidency. So far, thanks to David und Freunde, it appears that the German people think Bush is a quite excellent pres.
: I’m catching up on my blog reading (that seems to be my new Friday ritual) and I get to Zeyad a few days late on the terrorism in Iraq:
The shameful silence must end. Where are the cries of outrage from the Arab and Islamic world? Where is the condemnation and denunciation? Where are the fatwas? Where is the seething and shaking fists? Or are these preserved for other people?
And here are Zeyad’s photos from the religious celebrations before the bombings.
: Maciej Ceglowski returns home to Warsaw. Good reading. I’m a sucker for traveblogs.
If a tree speaks in the forest…
: Now this is funny: Steve Case speaks at TED on the condition that it’s off-the-record. Let’s parse that. Assumption 1: That Steve Case has anything to say anyone could care about anymore. Assumption 2: That TED is where anyone who has anything to say goes.
What if they held a conference for has-beens?