Posts from March 13, 2004

World domination

World domination
: Clay Shirky auf Deutsch. [via Dienstraum]

Left, lefter, leftest

Left, lefter, leftest
: German unions are planning to start a new liberal party. [auf Deutsch: NetZeitung via IT&W]

What he says!

What he says!
: Heiko Hebig has a great post telling terrorists to get weblogs. Just read:

Obviously, you have issues. Obviously, you feel your freedom is at stake. Obviously, you are not happy with the way things are and you want to change them. And obviously, you are very, very desperate. Desperate because you feel that you are not being heard and that there is no way for you to express yourself.

Well, I got news for you, Mr. Terrorist. Every obnoxious script kiddy figured out how to use the Internet to get global attention. The idiot spammers of this world managed to turn penis enlargement pills into common household items. And you are telling me that bombs are your only choice?

Set up a damn weblog and start blogging, stupid.

Dream on

Dream on
: In a case of chronic wishful thinking, The Guardian thinks that this summer’s disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow — from the creator of Independence Day and Rupert Murdoch’s studio — will unseat George Bush because it’s about global warming and, of course, that is Bush’s fault. Yeah, sure.

The flick’s official site includes this bit of tree-hugging:

At some point during the filming we looked around at all the lights, generators and trucks and we realised the very process of making this picture is contributing to the problem of global warming.

Yeah, those lights do get hot.

[No, I know that’s not what they mean, but you can’t begrudge a guy such an easy punchline, can you?]

To which The Guardian hopefully responds:

Whether this is the typical hype that surrounds a Hollywood blockbuster or the heartfelt statement of a tortured artist does not really matter. What seems certain is that the film will help to propel global warming and the environment high up the political agenda.

Hmmm. If the UN and the EU and scores of nations and millions of scolding liberals couldn’t propel global warming high up the political agenda, I have my doubts that an flick shown to a testosterone-rich crowd of action fans and daters will do that.

But The Guardian can dream, can’t it?

It sounds unlikely, but this summer might just see an alliance of commerce, populist entertainment and feel-good concern combine to weaken President George Bush and hand votes to his expected Democrat rival John Kerry.

Hyperlocal political blogging

Hyperlocal political blogging
: Said it before, I’ll say it again: Hyperlocal political blogging is where it’s at (or will be). Here’s a story about it in Fairfax County, VA. Says one of the local bloggers:

Although her posts deal mostly with Fairfax County politics, Marshall said she received an e-mail from somebody in Arizona asking for a post on voter registration. She said she hopes “people in other parts of the country will read my blog and say, ‘You know, we could do that,'” creating a nationwide network of blogs devoted to local politics.

“The Internet really is like the Guttenberg press,” she said. “It is going to change human society as profoundly as the Gutenberg press but nobody knows how.”

[via Blog Herald]

Yet more gadget competition

Yet more gadget competition
: Another gadget weblog, by a New Zealander via a German version of Jason’s company. [via Loic]

This is what we are fighting for

This is what we are fighting for
: Donald Rumseld is getting crap for having a piece of the debris from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in his office.

Well, I say he should keep it there. And he should give it to his successor, who should never forget whom we’re fighting and what we’re protecting.

And I’ll go farther:

Take a piece of debris from the Towers and put it in the lobby of the FBI under a sign that says, “Remember.”

Take a piece of the debris and put it in the Office of Homeland Security under a sign that says, “Never again.”

Take a piece of that day and put it in the Oval Office and drill it into the wall so every President from now on will remember his or her first and most important job: protecting the people of America.

And while we’re at it, why not take a piece and put it in a frame and give it to every congressman and every newspaper editor and every network news head and send one to every delegate in the U.N. with a sign that says, “This is what we are fighting for.”

The Daily Stern

The Daily Stern

: GEORGE CARLIN REACTS: George Carlin, victim of seven-dirty-words crusades, reacts to the current FCC/Stern/Jackson/indecency-law hysteria:

So what does the 66-year-old Carlin think of the current handwringing over what is indecent, profane, obscene, immoral, lewd or insulting?

“More of the same, more of the same. What are we, surprised?” Carlin told The Associated Press on Friday.

He blamed it on religious moralism, media commercialism and election-year politics.

“The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things – bad language and whatever – it’s all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition. … There’s an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. … It’s reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have.”

[Thanks for the link, KMK]

: ANOTHER FINE: The FCC fined Clear Channel and Elliot in the morning for $247,500 because a fan made a feline reference in relation to porn star Ron Jeremy.

: MEET YOUR CENSOR: Michael Copps, a truly frightening FCC commissioner, wasn’t satisfied with the fines against Clear Channel (that plus the Bubba fines add up to over $1 million lately). His statement:

In this case, three Clear Channel stations aired graphic and explicit sexual content on nine different occasions — including the use of sexual material in promotional rebroadcasts. Clear Channel has been the subject of repeated indecency actions at the FCC, and this show in particular has been the subject of previous complaints. Yet, notwithstanding the repeated nature of Clear Channel