More than 100 nations have reached an agreement on a treaty which would ban current designs of cluster bombs.
Naturally, the most militant nations (USA, Russia, China, India, Pakistan) have refused to negotiate (creating significant interoperability issues for allied nations such as the UK to the USA). The Cluster Munition Coalition
is an excellent resource about the issue. [more inside]
Party Like It’s 2008 [SLNYTOE]
Almost every wrong prediction about this election cycle has come from those trying to force the round peg of this year’s campaign into the square holes of past political wars. That’s why race keeps being portrayed as dooming Mr. Obama
— surely Jeremiah Wright
= Willie Horton
! — no matter what the voters say to the contrary. [more inside]
The antidote to LOLbushsuxx0rs.
Over the course of the past week, Slate ran a ten (10!)-piece series, "Fixin' It", in which various writers postulated how the course of various aspects of the United States' military, culture, and policies could be redirected for the better. Although the articles are not entirely devoid of Bush criticism, there's mostly a fairly rare focus on the positive actions to be taken from here onward by the next President (whether it be McCain or Obama or Clinton).
The hidden factor in Hillary Clinton's rebound:
committed Republicans voting in open primaries who want to prolong the messy battle for the Democratic nomination, encouraged by right-wing radio hosts like Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. Or is Hillary just suddenly more palatable
to conservatives than multi-culti Obama
The Great Firewall of China (prev
, the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, athlete bloggers (allowed for the first time
by the IOC), visitors, and freedom in Beijing, 2008. [more inside]
from the Tejanos wing of the Viva Obama
movement. Love the big, white hats! [more inside]
Next Generation presents the Hot 100 Game Developers of the year. See which developers are lighting up the world of games in 2008.
For the impatient: skip to the end
. [more inside]
20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack.
A very thoughtful and eloquent comparison (transcript
) of the core differences between Obama and Clinton - by Creative Commons CEO and Professor Lawrence Lessig
A little lost coming up to the Presidential Primary
? The Electoral Compass
is a brief set of questions that matches your choices with the candidate whose positions are the closest to yours. Discover your position in the political landscape for the US presidential election 2008
. [more inside]
We're only two weeks into the year, but net neutrality issues hit the ground running. The FCC already has three different inquiries open
. (also) (previously)
The 700 Mhz auction threatens to disrupt
an already converging
telecom industry. AT&T's post-merger commitment to net neutrality ends this year
, and they plan to test the filtering waters
, despite recently opposing
the practice. And today, a leaked memo revealed
that Time Warner will test tiered internet services soon. The Internet as we know it, and communications in general, might be headed for some major changes in 2008.
Lew Rockwell Dunnit
- in interviews with Reason
, a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists—including some still close to Paul—all named the same man as responsible for writing Ron Paul's newsletters containing inflammatory rhetoric under his name: Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr
. [more inside]
Angry White Man.
The New Republic examines the archives of Ron Paul's newsletters.
Bruce Sterling's State of the World:
an interactive discussion on the Well with the noted sci-fi author and futurist
. "The political and economic landscape in 2008 is full of spinning, tottering Chinese plates poised on tall pool-cues." [An MP3 of his State of the World 2006 from SXSW was previously linked here.
This Flash tool from the New York Times
shows you how many times each candidate has named each of the other candidates, suggesting which candidates the others perceive as worthy of addressing. It's a very neat and efficient visualization tool. Guess who everyone can't stop mentioning?
In 2008, China will fail to ride the Olympics wave and improve its worldwide image
, the US will vote mainly
(barring a terrorist attack or a recession), usher in a period of pragmatic caution
and toast to it over a nice Merlot
, the culture wars will go global
, Israel may decide that it must act alone against Iran
, African gangs will prosper
, UK politics will be re-established as a spectator sport
, we will finally quit oil - and want yet more of it
, the potato will make a comeback
, an island will be moved for the sake of the Euro
, we will rush to give for free what others charge for
, U will HAV CASH
, robots will explore the seas of Earth
, which is round
, by the way, pigs will fly
, and we will like totally love it
The Economist: The World in 2008
. [more inside]
The times, they are a-changing? [pdf]:
A Survey of Iowa State University Students' preferences in the presidential primaries. [spoilers inside] [more inside]
Who would the world elect
for President of the United States?
"Ron Paul and the Sex Pistols!"
Never thought I’d hear the words “Ron Paul and the Sex Pistols” in the same phrase.
The National Journal opened its Political Stock Exchange
site this week, creating a free, play-money version of the various political market sites. New users get $10,000 in virtual money to bid on real-life options, including all Senate races, the first round of primaries, potential VP selections, and the margin of Bush's approval rating by the end of the year.
Do you want your next president to be an unintelligent, corrupt, incompetent liar
? Of course you don’t.
Neither does Russ Feingold
(And oh by the way, the next president must also be a Dylan fan
. More about the video
Today the DNC voted
"to strip Florida of all its presidential convention delegates, threatening to leave the state without a vote
for the party's 2008 nominee unless it delays the date of its presidential primary election." [More Inside]
Hillary Clinton as Lisa Simpson!?
Not sure if I put my finger on it, but that's my impression reading some excerpts from letters Hillary Clinton wrote to a high school friend whilst in college. I've been entertaining Barack Obama as Lincoln -- an impression
he's actively cultivated
(so, another Simpsons tie-in
:) -- and I welcome uncanned glimpses
into candidates' formative years to get a better idea of their 'character' (as if they're running on character and 'bio') so it was great to read her reminisce on her childhood: "I'd play out in the patch of sunlight that broke the density of the elms in front of our house and pretend there were heavenly movie cameras
watching my every move."
Bloomberg running for prez
as an independent? You'd almost have to give it low odds but, as an outside possibility, I find it intriguing
"I'm not sure the sight of Obama Girl jiggling her junk
in pink panties emblazoned with the letters OBAMA across the back is going to move voters in New Hampshire ... but damn, nobody's jiggling for Giuliani, that's for sure." via
"I do not recall"
--meet Lurita Doan, Administrator of the GSA
(Our mission is to help other agencies better serve the public by meeting – at best value – their needs for products and services, and to simplify citizen access to government information and services.
), and hear about the powerpoint presentation from Rove's office all about electing Republicans in 08 and how her agency should help. Her office supplied it to Congress--but it was just a (GOP) "team-building exercise" and "brown-bag lunch". (YouTube) Read up on the Hatch Act
Think this year's Super Bowl commercials sucked? MyBowlAd.com
thinks so too. Three guys set up the website to raise $3 million for a 30 second Super Bowl 2008 commercial spot featuring the companies who purchase
air time (in seconds). Oh yeah, it'll star "Internet celebrities," with the One Red Paperclip
guy and Scotty and Fiddy
on board. Could we have another Million Dollar Homepage
on our hands?
He has participated in a lampoon of his defeat
, has at least one web forum
devoted to what might have been and may yet be, has his own web site
, his own Wiki
page, is an Academy Award
winner, is encouraged to run by at least one major newspaper
, and has numerous web sites devoted to encouraging him to run
His competion? Jeb Bush
, (if there is any justice in this world, please let it be the Jeb miester), Rudy Giuliani
, and John McCain
I predict a landslide of unprecedented proportions.
Let's play 20 questions.
20 candidates for President, 20 personalized questions.
In preparation for today's announcement
of the formation of a presidential exploratory committee
, Sen. Barack Obama
has been giving well publicized speeches
on the role of religion
in American political life. Though faith remains a deeply divisive force
in the American political scene, Obama seems to be positioning
himself at the forefront
of a major
, one which has his opponents more
than a little uneasy
Barrack Obama is being urged by former political opponent Dan Hynes to run for president in '08 in a most eloquent open letter.
Even after McVeigh was arrested and the government identified two white males as perpetrators, CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer insisted that "there is still a possibility that there could have been some sort of connection to Middle East terrorism. One law enforcement source tells me that there's a possibility that they (the Caucasian suspects) may have been contracted out as freelancers to go out and rent this truck that was used in the bombing."
From William Krar
to Timothy McVeigh
, the issue of domestic terrorism has earned little serious, substantive coin in mainstream media coverage over the last two decades, beyond doses of rabble rousing against Muslims
, abortion rights activists and health practitioners
, and anyone else who doesn't fit the evangelical Christian mold, from convicted murderers like Eric Rudolph
to future presidential candidates like Jeb Bush
all the way up to active three-star generals
. When domestic terror doesn't sell, it's business as usual in the "left-wing" mainstream media...