The Australian HMAS Manoora
is taking hundreds of Afgan asylum seekers to the island of Nauru after they were rescued by a Norwegian freighter. Many Australian's supported the Government's move not to let them into the country but much of the rest of the world (and a few Australian do-gooders who took the Government to court and won) think we should let these people in.
Today on the radio I heard the mother of one of the sailors on the Manoora saying that the majority of these "refugees" cheered and celebrated when they heard the news of the WTC and Pentagon attacks. And these are the people that the do-gooders want in our free country???
Amateur newsies top the pros
Blogs and other on-line sources are often doing a better job of getting news to us than professional organization, who are too often busy echoingUnite and Fight themes.
Quoted from cnn.com: U.S. intelligence had al-Midhar and Alhamzi under surveillance, and one source confirmed that Al-Midhar was seen on a surveillance tape in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Oh no ... as a Malaysian myself, the last thing i wana see is our very own Petronas Twin Towers being levelled into a memorial park! Frankly, we're much too small a country to even cause a ripple in the sea. Or...should I start packing up?
Interactive map of New York City
compliments of FoxNews. This is great for people like me who have no idea how NYC is laid out. Wow. Can't believe how much of the city doesn't have lights or phones.
'U.S. bashing no longer a game'
Do you think in light of these events the casual Anti-Americanism of countries like Canada will change? (more..)
Palestinian leaders try to repair image includes threats to media.
Palestinian Cabinet Secretary Ahmed Abdel Rahman called international news agencies and said the safety of their staff could not be guaranteed unless they withdrew the embarrassing footage of Palestinian celebration of the carnage in New York.
10 police officers found.
I hope this isn't another mistake, but "A report just in says ten police officers missing since the collapse of the World Trade Centre buildings have been found alive under the rubble." Post details as you find them.
NY Red Cross needs tech help -
by donating computers, equipment, and services. They're looking for certified Citrix engineers
and Microsoft-certified consultants, as well as a long list of
computers, network parts, etc.
Newspapers from around the world
Global response seems united. Any other worldwide sources?
Google Current Events:
Always the innovator, Google's brains make it easier to find news (and archives of news) about all of today's events.
Remote Yemen May Be Key to Terrorist's Past and Future
-- an old NYTimes article with some insight into Osama bin Laden, his homeland and culture. Also, Yemenis' traditions under fire.
newsnow.com search. here
is a link to a search run through News Now (UK) for "terrorist" - lots of information streaming in from all over the globe.
There were more than 4 Crashes Today
as the world markets were hammered
. Percentage-wise, Germany is down 10, Paris down 7, London down almost 6, and similar catastrophic drops in the Americas
forced nearly all of the world's markets to close for the day early. I'm worried about the Hang Seng and Nikkei which open very soon. Hopefully the NYSE and Nasdaq will not open for a week or so to let cooler heads prevail.
ESPN teams up with MSN
First the Justice Department folds, and now this: “ESPN.com’s sports content will be uniquely integrated with MSN and will carry MSN branding and links throughout the ESPN.com site.” Is it really a surprise? Will it really make a difference?
Today's slice of blogspace. Daypop
searches news sites and weblogs on a daily basis.
Bougainville Rebels, PNG Sign Comprehensive Autonomy Deal
The deal, following two years of dialogue and almost a decade of violence, will culminate in a referendum on independence in 10 years. When fully implemented, it will give Bougainville broad autonomy in legislation, judiciary, and its own police force. Bougainvilleans fight for secession stems from PNG's distribution of revenue from gold mines on the island. Kabui's remarks at the signing emphasized the Bougainvillean identity and culture that autonomy would protect.
"My son is not a bad boy"
has become a cliche. But what's the right thing to do when a loved one does something wrong? What about something VERY wrong
? What is a parent's proper response?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the real Shakes the clown.
This guy is both amusing and pathetic at the same time. He's the kind of clown I would hire.
These showed up during MeFi's absence. I personally favor them over the "Most Viewed Images" list. Workers beware, it's effortless to blow an hour or so checking out all of the neatly organized topics.
More google ???: phone/address listings
(with a map right to your house!), and (useless
) news headlines which contain search terms
in case they are just testing).
Don't tax my Amazon Purchase!
Legislation is in process to permanently
prohibit taxes on Internet purchases. Whatever will Massachusetts and California do for revenue? Tax a satellite or two, I'd guess.
Put that cloning gear away, son.
House votes to make human cloning and medicines made abroad via cloning illegal. This doesn't look to good for the future of stem cell research.
Alzheimer’s vaccine looks promising?
Yes, this is another news item. I could say I posted this to discuss the ethics of research on animals, or humans for that matter. Or whether pharmaceuticals should be leading the way when it comes to developing vaccines and cures. But honestly, I just wanted an excuse to ask if you think Dale Schenk
, the head researcher for the Alzheimer's vaccine
, looks more like John Denver
or Tim Allen
You go, Tom!
"The roll call was a feather in [Tom] Daschle's cap as he managed to prevail in his first effort as majority leader to stop a Republican filibuster."
Senator Tom Daschle (from South Dakota, no less), one of the only Democrats who still has guts. (Where are ye, Harkin? Where hast thou gone, Wellstone?)
Dan Rather vs. The World
(NY Times link) -- While the conspiracy theorists
and much of the mainstream media were jumping down Gary Condit's throat, Rather and company held firm and kept the "news" off the Evening News. Despite airing a few reports, they intend to keep a comparatively low level of coverage in the future. Is this how we'd like to see the media behave, or is this just a more notable example of The Media's Liberal Bias™ showing through?
The week in pictures - an outlet for the best photojournalism
Sometimes they do
have really nice pictures.
Maybe this idea is just too postmodern.
But then a usenet group about a discussion group would never work would it? Best keep using Metatalk then . . .
This breaking story brings a new aspect to a complex debate. Reasearchers in a private clinic in the US have created human embryos specifically for the purpose of extracting stem cells
. This seems a good platform on which to discuss the wider issue of the interaction between public/private research funding, technology and life. Here's hoping it won't just end up a pro-life/pro-choice bloodbath.
AOL is muscling its way into online journalism. Be afraid.
"If AOL's version of news delivery is indicative of the future of online journalism, then the future looks mighty grim. No other legitimate news organization relies so heavily on celebrity-oriented drivel and trifling service pieces." [via ken layne
Americans want self-regulated Internet - or do they?
A Markle Foundation survey out today seems to contain contradictory responses: 60 percent say rules for governing the Net should be developed by non-governmental organizations. But 64 percent also say that government "should develop rules to protect people when they are on the Internet, even if it requires some regulation of the Internet." Um, so which is it?
CBS changes their mind!!!
I was one of the few people who was considering paying the $20 to watch the Big Brother feeds all summer long. I figured that I spend at least that much money on beer during a night out that three month's on entertainment for $20 seemed like a bargain.
However, CBS apparently listened to all the complaints and now instead of a "Free Trial", they are giving the internet feeds away for free.
Good CBS. Now expose Will, Justin, and Mike as the jerks they are on Tuesday's episode and you'll have a happy camper.
Okay, and give me Hardy's phone number as well.
Peter Jennings confirms the media's liberal bias?
Jennings states that "conservative voices in the US have not been as present as they might have been and should have been in the media.''
not as effective as previously thought. Should this study affect the legalization talks?
Fox News - neither fair nor balanced
My problem with them is not that there's a "conservative" news network (the more the merrier), its that they pass themselves off as "fair and balanced" when they aren't.
I am not a person who really support the lotto but I couldn't be happier that a poor grocery bagger won millions of dollars. What makes me even happier is they plan to give some of it back to the community.
Condit says he broke off close friendship with Levy 2 days before she disappeared; says she became distraught and obsessive.
Sorry to revisit the Chandra
issue, but it seems that Congressman Condit is becoming guiltier by the day. (Of stupidity, at the very least -- if not something more sinister.)
Commander Porn, at your service!
"...one of Canada's top naval commanders has been suspended from duty and humiliated in front-page headlines for accessing ''Penthouse-like sites'' on a portable computer provided to him by the military. "
Commodore Eric Lerhe, the 52-year-old chief of Canada's Pacific fleet, acknowledged to higher brass that he had on occasions downloaded images of naked women while off-duty and alone in officers' quarters during an assignment in the United States.
Isn't this overkill? A reprimand I could see, but does it make sense to punish this to this degree?
Just some light reading...
Buck Wolf is a producer at ABCNEWS.com who writes a twice-weekly column on items currently in the news. Nice, light reading, a few laughs, and some stuff you didn't know before (probably). Do any of you have favourite sites with interesting stuff for reading on slow news days?
When police go bad: Boycott Starbucks
A Seattle community’s response to what was seen as racially motivated use of excessive force by police was to boycott the company that is funding their own schools and projects. A strange story all around.
Good news is hard to find. There's the traditional elitists
, the foreign sympathisers
, the biased leftists
, and the information-clogged portals
that help organize them. Sometimes it seems like we'll have to settle for what makes us laugh
. Where do you get your news?
L.A. movie-goers file lawsuit against Sony
-- Not that inventing movie critics is a Good Thing (tm), but gimme a break. Does anyone really see movies based on what some obscure (and apparently fictitious) critic says?
Is the NY Times ranking its stories
as they say, or as this writer suggests, what's "interesting"?
Wall of Sound shuts down on Friday, June 1.
The music news and reviews site, a long-time (4 years+) gem of the Internet, is going away. Visit while you still can.
For those of you with no interest in paying $25 for the unofficial
Oklahoma City Bombing report, more reliable media than previously presented here
lay out a surprisingly clear case that Timothy McVeigh did not act alone. The matter will never be resolved. The Guardian
. The Independent 1
. The Village Voice
. One caveat: I have the impression that each of these stories is working from the same alternative data, perhaps the unofficial report.
When soocer dads go bad.
Maybe it's the geek klutz in me but I'm always a little leery when people start talking about team sports as a way to build character.
Woman's sheep killed in her living room
after she blockaded them and herself indoors to stop the foot-and-mouth related culling (this link is slightly behind the news, which was following this Very Important Story minute by minute, including an Sheep Cam inside the house).
of scientific journals
, organized by the Public Library of Science
with the help of over 20,000 scientists and researchers world-wide, will begin
in September 2001 unless old research papers are made freely available
Gag order at Indy Media lifted
. Looks like the FBI wanted to get "all user connection logs" from a 48-hour period although the feds were seemingly just concerned with one or two specific postings.
google restores deja view
google restores usenet archives
; according to the article, it's a better search engine than before.
It's about time!
Remember the Road Rage case in San Jose where a man threw a lady's dog into traffic last year? He's been found.
The man who threw Leo the dog into oncoming traffic last year has been found. Ironically, he was found already in Jail.