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The Director of Homeland Security that Bush appointed should have been a Muslim. This is getting out of hand.
A Sign of Our Times.
(No, not the part about the mom mailing her son's ashes to the student loan office. The part about the employees freaking out thinking it was anthrax.)
Some news agencies are reporting
that Bin Laden is dead
. It's slowly being picked up
here but, there are no confirmations yet.
Children's News Online
- from the BBC. Newsround is their long-running, early-evening TV news show for kids. It was fascinating watching it struggle with presenting the Falklands War in the eighties. I wonder how CBBC News will cope?
Cleaner dumps £5k art
-- Mistook rubbish for... well, rubbish.
The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing?
An example of 'victim' mentality in action. Big Bubba attempts to mug a coke machine, and it squashes him like a bug. Rather than accept the fact their son died a lunkhead's death, his parents declare he was the victim of a conspiracy.
"Why did the Sherbrooke Police play at tilting the machine themselves to see if they could tip it? Is not that the role of experts?"
I want to be an expert soda-machine tipper...
MSNBC launches Arabic version.
This looks to be a partnership between MSNBC and GoodNews4me
. I'm curious to see how different their version of the news is - can anyone with Arabic reading skills comment?
hundreds dead in clashes in nigeria.
apparently more than 200 people have been killed
in protests in nigeria in the last 48 hours, but all i've seen are these articles on nytimes and CNN. if anyone knows of more detailed accounts, this would be much appreciated.
This NY Observer article
gives some insight to the validity of Debka
as a news source. It fails to confirm or deny the site's legitimacy either way, but it does mention that some of its reports later showed up in mainstream media. While the owners of the site admit that Debka has an Israeli bias, they go on to say, "You can imagine that officials in Israel, who are in charge of whatever they call it, information,
propaganda or whatever, they don’t like us very much."
Has China really sent 15,000 troops to afghanistan to fight on the side of the taliban? I guess we'll find out sooner or later.
NBC employee in New York tests positive for anthrax.
Not much yet, still an un-clickable "breaking news" link at the top of msnbc.com
From the poorly chosen headlines department.
I guess the Seattle Mariners need a better "reliever." (NYT link, you know the drill...)
Hey You! Stop, Drop and Roll
Am I going to hell because this made me laugh--albeit briefly and with pangs of guilt? Was it schadenfreude? Frayed nerves? An inherent appreciation of irony where I can find it? Or something far worse? (Are these enough questions?)
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry
says that the evidence against Al Qaeda is convincing. The Taliban say
that even if they were given convincing evidence, they still
wouldn't give up bin Laden.
Sibir Airlines flight downed en route from Tel Aviv.
It is not yet clear whether or not this was a terrorist act. It does seem, however, that there was an explosion on board.
US to give detailed evidence of Bin Laden's Involvement.
Apparently the US government does
have enough evidence to hang Osama, but they're not telling just anyone ... you have to be part of NATO or the Pakistan government to get in on the info.
Ron Fineman's On The Record
is a well-done critical look at TV news. It's centered on the LA market and most of the discussion relates to LA stations, but networks and cable channels are covered too and (for a TV news geek like me at least) it's all interesting. The letters section is usually a pretty lively discussion, and the "Broadcasteze Citation of the Week" highlights stuff that anchors and reporters say that no one else ever would.
Some thought-provoking journalism
from the Australian online journal Crikey, including a piece from the "DEBKA-net-newsletter, an expensive intelligence newsletter out of Israel" and an analysis of the Gordon Sinclair "Good Neighbour" editorial.
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