Posts from September 2003

Another memorial in New York

Another memorial in New York
: Kunstspazierg

OK, OK, we’ll put down our guns — just, please, don’t take off your clothes!

OK, OK, we’ll put down our guns — just, please, don’t take off your clothes!
: Yoko Ono threatens to take off her clothes if we don’t get world peace.

Damning the darkness silence

Damning the darkness silence
: I hate it when Technorati is down (which seems to happen on weekends). It makes me deaf; I can’t see what the hot topics are; I can’t see who’s linking to what (including me) and what they’re saying. Which is to say that I depend on Technorati.

The king of the tinfoil hat army

The king of the tinfoil hat army
: Left-wing loon and Labor MP Michael Meacher puts on his tinfoil hat and writes a doozy of paranoid fiction that is beyond stupid and beyond offensive, it’s just plain evil. The Guardian prints it and then runs a faux news story about the ruckus raised.

Meacher accuses the U.S. of knowing that the 9.11 attacks would occur and allowing them to continue — killing 3,000 of our own citizens — only so we could attack Afghanistan, take over the Mideast, and — you knew this punchline was coming — get more oil.

Given this background, it is not surprising that some have seen the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance.

For shame, Guardian, for shame.

: Michele has more to say. So does Harry. Bill Herbert has more to say in the comments and so do I, replying to a few tinfoil-hat lieutenants who came marching by.

See Jeremy, too, for a little background on Meacher and the truth.

The free me

The free me
: Clay Shirky has a smart piece (well, duh) about the inevitable failure of micropayments — simply because there is more and more and better and better free content (like Shirky’s own essay) competing with content that costs more and is less convenient to get … and because the barrier to payment, any payment, is high … and because technology now puts the power of publishing into the hands of authors instead of publisher and authors are fueled by ego first, money second.

I thought I was going to write a short reply to recommend the piece but I ended up spending my Saturday morning writing much more. (So click on the “more” to see what Clay and I have to say:)

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