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April 29, 2002
Fear Can Turn Us All Into 'Good Germans.'
Harley Sorensen takes on the culture of fear and bigotry that's rising in the US and Israel (and other places as well), where people are willing to give up their own freedom in the name of unity, and are happy to plug their ears
when an alternative opinion is expressed. Includes an amazing letter from someone who's "decided not to be Jewish" because of the attitude of his religion.
posted by Jimbob at 11:01 PM PST - 32 comments
Jeez, is Gordon Clune a big jerk or what?
After weeks of anticipation (okay, several reminders from my wife), I sat down tonight to watch the first two hours of PBS's Frontier House
. I thought it was much
better than I expected, but I can't keep the doubts away - is this really just an 1883 Survivor
posted by yhbc at 8:47 PM PST - 28 comments
"The reality, or substance, of professional wrestling is the ability to perpetuate a fantasy... I can look back and credit my tremendous success to what some would term insanity. I never distinguished between fantasy and reality. I made my fantasy reality for over 60 years." Lou Thesz
, perhaps the greatest pro wrestler of the 20th century, died yesterday
. His autobiography, Hooker
, is one of the best books about pro wrestling ever written.
posted by tranquileye at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments
Three Dead From Southern Maryland Tornado.
This is the kind of news story you skip because it doesn't happen in your state. It didn't even register to me until I realized that one of my daily reads - Moire
- lives in La Plata. The twister went through her front yard. Her account of the storm and its aftermath is pretty powerful. Were any other bloggers involved? (It's my first post; be gentle.)
posted by web-goddess at 6:42 PM PST - 16 comments
Unlikely Allies Bound by a Common Hatred.
"Herr von Laden is an example for our children."
The bridge between radical Muslims and the neo Nazis in Europe and the United States.
In 1991, German neo-Nazis tried to form a "Condor Legion" to fight alongside Iraqis against the U.S.-led international coalition. More recently, members of the European far right have journeyed to Baghdad to express solidarity with Saddam Hussein.
posted by semmi at 5:47 PM PST - 15 comments
Did any other Metafilter parents (or other grown-up fans of children's television) catch Joe's introduction
on Blue's Clues tonight? I've always made an effort to watch whatever my son's watching, so I'm a little sad to see Steve go, but my four-year-old approves of the new host. I am very happy to see that Steve Burns has already moved on to new, exciting things
(including an upcoming album that features several members of the Flaming Lips
). The whole ordeal reminds me too much of the last time a beloved host
posted by Eamon at 5:27 PM PST - 22 comments
Christians are burning.
News.com has a story
on the latest plan by Liquid Audio & EMI to allow users to burn CDs
of Christian music from net downloads. Are Christians less likely to re-rip the CDs and post them for P2P sharing?
posted by Argyle at 2:35 PM PST - 18 comments
Keep your CEO out of grad school.
I found this article to be provocative. Can the performance of a CEO be judged by just one number (i.e., return to shareholders)? Shouldn't the study be controlling for size of firm, industry characteristics, economic cycle etc.? What do you think?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments
Time for a change of business strategy focus?
Nokia and VolksWagen are the examples given,
'the heart of productivity growth is what happens inside the firm, and firms are first and foremost organisations of human beings'
positive role models to lead us from downturn alley?
posted by asok at 2:23 PM PST - 2 comments
What happened to sportsmanlike behaviour in hockey?
Islander fans booed the Canadian national anthem hours after a memorial service for the Canuck soldiers who died at American hands. Fine, whatever, that type of behaviour is expected. They also harrassed Toronto fans in the parking lot outside the rink, including stealing their flags and setting the Maple Leaf ablaze. Now if this was Canadians burning the American
posted by drgonzo at 11:48 AM PST - 52 comments
I have a bad feeling about this.
The UK government has urged employers to be leniant to staff who want to watch the World Cup when they should be working. Isn't this instantly discriminating against people who happen to like football (Soccer) all that much? For example, I'm sure I know what would happen if I broached the idea of turning up for work late on May 16th after I've been to the first showing of this thing
posted by feelinglistless at 11:35 AM PST - 15 comments
Alexa, the internet depository that lead to things like the wayback machine
was acquired by Amazon some time ago. A new service, Alexa Web Search
joins the power of Alexa's archive with Amazon's proven interface and feature set with Google's killer-app level searching power. The results are fairly impressive
, adding a related sites layer that may actually help folks browsing the web (as opposed to direct searching). [via anil
posted by mathowie at 11:10 AM PST - 28 comments
In re: the middle-east conflicts, you can't believe everything you read, if only because so much that is rather obviously important and relevant seems to be never-the-less falling off the map, so-to-speak. Want proof?
Perhaps someone can give me a rationale explanation as to why this story
is not to be found in any major news outlet
posted by BentPenguin at 8:40 AM PST - 25 comments
a new version of the iMac aimed solely at the education market. Rather than getting all slashdotty, let's discuss the looks of it, rather than the guts, and debate the wiseness of this new strategy.
Oh, Apple also released a new 800MHz TiBook
posted by me3dia at 8:32 AM PST - 59 comments
Barbie creator, Mattel founder Handler dies
More than one billion Barbies have been sold in 150 countries and has inspired love from girls everywhere and pure hatred from feminists everywhere. "The impossibly well-endowed doll -- her original figure would be about 39-18-33 if she were human -- has infuriated feminists, inspired artists and intrigued academics around the world. Barbie even was placed in the official "America's Time Capsule" buried in 1976."
Can you think of any other toy who has brought about as much ferver as Barbie???
posted by gloege at 7:15 AM PST - 30 comments
What does MX stand for?
It doesn't say, but Macromedia, launched a huge new strategy today to integrate all of its software properties. Very smart, and perhaps too late?
posted by boardman at 4:34 AM PST - 18 comments
Every sport is an extreme sport in Afghanistan.
Sorry couldn't help posting this surreal news tidbit: "A friendly basketball game between U.S. and Afghan teams turned violent, with one American player kicked in the head and two Afghan spectators shot in the leg, peacekeepers and witnesses said Friday."
posted by talos at 4:25 AM PST - 9 comments
Paper money in many countries is really beautiful and often employs great use of typography and color. The designs are sometimes used to showcase an indigenous resource, to pay homage to a cultural icon or national leader, or occasionally as a political weapon. Anyone looking for currency scans on the web usually ends up at Ron Wise's site
- thousands of quality, free for the download scans from every country in the world (I have not verified this), including a 1991 500 Afghanis note
from Afghanistan, which portrays the national sport of Butskashi (polo played with a goat carcass). Like the proverbial cake that's too pretty to eat, some of this currency seems almost
too beautiful to spend.
There's also some speculation
that as a deterrent to counterfeiting, American currency just might be getting some color.
posted by iconomy at 3:54 AM PST - 28 comments
May 1st Day of Silence Hundreds of Internet radio stations and channels across America are shutting off their music streams on Wednesday, May 1st, in a "Day of Silence" to highlight their concern over the upcoming U.S. Copyright Office ruling on royalty rates that may shut down or bankrupt the vast majority of the nascent Internet radio industry.
Write your senators and congressmen and women--Here's how
--the Copyright office (info here
) and the press
. Please note: Letters to the editor (which must be entirely original and not contain any pasted material) can also be sent to your local daily & weekly papers. In both cases we recommend that you send a copy of your message to all of your congressional representatives. See congress.org for email addresses. A copy via fax is also recommended, since faxes often carry more weight than email. Snail mail to Congress these days is very slow, due to the anthrax screening.
Please write, this is important. And thank you, Su, for reminding me.
posted by y2karl at 2:31 AM PST - 2 comments
from our friends at Yahoo.
Is this a classic case of overstretching one's ability to adequately provide information and services? Shouldn't companies like AOL & Yahoo be old enough now to be able to focus on core competencies and stop trying to be masters of everything?
posted by Frasermoo at 2:18 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment
May 1st Reboot
. On April 25, participating sites shut down and post a Reboot Holder, until May 1st, at which time they relaunch. Why?
Upon review of all of this year's participating sites, a good number of them are not using the required Reboot Holder. Most have simply continued with normal operations and even made updates as recently as this afternoon.
posted by Su at 1:50 AM PST - 15 comments