Posts from March 26, 2005

The wind blows through Bahrain

The wind blows through Bahrain

: Robert Mayer at the world-changing PubliusPundit reports freedom marches in Bahrain demanding government reform.

: Also, Babbling Bahraini has more on the release of the jailed Bahraini bloggers. The struggle is not over.

Abdul’s heroes

Abdul’s Heroes

: The BBC has pix of a tunnel dug by prisoners escaping a U.S. prison in Iraq.

Hmm. If even a Nazi POW camp could become a sitcom, I wonder whether Abu Ghraib could be someday. Naw….

Whereabouts: tech hell

Whereabouts: tech hell

: I’ve spent/wasted an incredible number of hours in the last day on technology headaches. I reinstalled Visual Communicator to start making vlogs again (and it’s working now and I still do love the program). And my son’s brand new Dell laptop suddenly died (spent an hour and a half waiting on hold for Dell but then the gave me incredible service and so, try as I might, I can’t complain). But in the end, I couldn’t work or blog or live; I teched. If the toilet died, I wouldn’t go through that; I’d call the plumber. What we need in this world is butt-crack geeks who can just fix this crap for us.

Against the grain

Against the grain

: Conservative radio talk-show host Neal Boortz breaks from the pack on Terri Schiavo with a religious argument that we have rarely heard:

Where do your concerns truly lie, with the eternal soul of Terri Schiavo, or with her earthly body?…

Is it possible that the soul of Terri Schiavo has been floating ñ held in some prolonged and excruciating limbo ñ waiting for doctors to stop interfering with the process of her death? I believe that this is so, and that is why I have supported her husbandís desires to have her feeding tube removed. Terri Schiavo isnít being murdered. Sheís being allowed to die. Death will not be an end for Terri Schiavo, it will be a beginning. She will finally be allowed to claim the reward that ultimately we all seek, a reward sheís earned and deserves.

: LATER: Nuclear Dann corrects me and says he is a libertarian and not a conservative and is, indeed, staying with the grain of libertarians who say that government imposition of medical treatment violates individual rights. Boortz, though, put himself in the club of nonliberal talk-show hosts and is certainly against the grain among them. I quoted it less for the political graininess than for the religious view we’ve seen infrequently.

Will the first blogging president be… Iranian?

Will the first blogging president be… Iranian?

: Hoder reports that a candidate for president of Iran is blogging. If he wins, would he be the first blogging president in the world? Isn’t that ironic? Well, actually not: It’s a testament to the cultural change Hoder brought to Iran with citizens’ media. It’s also, as Hoder notes, a commentary on the Iranian leadership that the site is now down because Hoder sent them too much traffic. As we Americans say: Heh.

Whose fault is the fakery?

Whose fault is the fakery?

: Jay Rosen praises the Boston University journalism faculty for condeming the use of “fake reporters” in video news releases.

Joe Territo says the fault here isn’t in the White House but in the newsrooms that run them.

: More fakery: I got email headlined “Innovative Companies Interview Request on Forbes Radio Channel.” Well, shucks, we’re flattered.

But reading down to the seventh paragraph, I find the reason this smelled fishy: They want to charge $5 grand for the privilege of being “interviewed.”

: UPDATE: Jay educates Joe.