Posts from April 2003

Dependence and democracy

Dependence and democracy
: Hooman, an Iranian blogger, raises an interesting question regarding economics and democracy:

Imagine you live in a country with a diverse economy. Imagine you keep 70% of your income in your pocket and end up paying 30% to the government as tax. Your government hinges on you and your fellow countrymen and women to stay afloat then…. Now imagine you live in a country with an economy living off

Just what are they trying to stop?

Just what are they trying to stop?
: I smell a cynical act China’s decision to shut entertainment venues to stop the spread of SARS. Included in that is the closure of Internet cafes. Why Internet cafes and why not trains, restaurants, stores, and other public venues? Perhaps they also want to stop the spread of information?

Pandemic

Pandemic
: A British scientist warns that a billion people worldwide could be infected with SARS by year’s end — more than are infected with AIDS (though SARS is not as fatal).

Smoking guns

Smoking guns
: The Telegraph says it has found a bin Laden-Saddam link.

Anonymous blogging in cases of danger

Anonymous blogging in cases of danger
: I’m not generally in favor of anonymous blogging. What makes blogs so good is that people are willing to put their names and reputations behinds them. But there are plenty of circumstances in which anonymity are required for safety — take, for example Iran, where Sina Motallebi was arrested.

Pierce Wetter suggests some standards that would allow bloggers and their readers to keep their identities hidden from the mullahs.

And, voila!, here I see [via Rollberg] Invisiblog, which lets you publish a blog that’s untraceable.

See also Mixmaster for anonymous email (misused by spammers but handy here). [via Intern.de]

Have at it, Iranians! And Cubans. And Saudis. And Chinese….