Taj Mahal camouflaged
The Taj Mahal is to be covered with a '400 metres of khaki, black and green cloth' to protect it from possible Pakistan attacks. Bizarre and sad that it's nescessary, though. Before posting, I noted a link shown on the same page, offering
... Sorry, couldn't resist to post it.
EU to independent farmers: Drop dead.
Sometimes, often even, life imitates art. Rarely is it as spot-on as this example.
Recall if you will, actor Robert Downey's character in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers
. Compare Downey's character to this photo
Now, try not to laugh.
No, really. Be serious, because this picture pretty much sums up everything
thats gone wrong with modern journalism (and does so without even so much as a caption).
S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse
So, in the face of our media's shameless propaganda campaign, we have taken it upon ourselves to intuit what the intentions and goals of this war truly are. In what is surely a departure from our traditional NewsVideo format, GNN presents S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse. Culled from over 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period and across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the messages we have been fed from our mainstream media and the government it serves. Be warned - this video moves quickly and will require at least two viewings to digest its full impact. You may never be able to look at the coverage of S-11 and its post-impact coverage the same way, ever again
Contribute to the BBC's E-cyclopedia Glossary of 2001
. "Impeachment nostalgia" - phrase coined by novelist Douglas Coupland to characterise depression following 11 September and a hankering for the era in which details of stains on Gap dresses were the main obsession of media and politics
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
and this man
will be working together next year. Think this man
is feeling better about his decision to quit?
Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence thrown out
Surprised I haven't seen this one up, even the story's just now hitting the news sites. Wonder what this portends. Um, maybe the American justice system works OK after all, even if justice comes slowly? Or did all the pressure (and time too, maybe) help advocates build a good case? What?
Geraldo caught lying
about his exploits in Afghanistan. Rivera reported in a Dec. 6 piece that he
(was) standing on the "hallowed ground" in Afghanistan where "friendly fire took so many of our, our men and the mujahedeen yesterday."
(later) admitted that he was several hundred miles from the site.
It seemed awfully strange how Geraldo was always where "the action" was in a country that large. What do you think Fox will do about this? Should he be fired?
"I felt no spark of creativity...only guilt that I survived to tell the tale.
" We're all newshounds here, so how about a thought on for the eight journalists that have died bringing us news in Afghanistan?
A'll be bach – Terminiator 3 is coming!!!
With a budget projected to be more than $170 million, Daily Variety reports that Schwarzenegger is working out the final contract details to star in the third installment, with Jonathan Mostow replacing James Cameron as director.
Shooting on the film is expected to begin in April ...
Why Don't People Read Newspapers from Other Countries?
The early promise of the Web was that it would create a smaller world. Yet, most individuals read their local newspaper or their favorite national newspaper online. For example, most people I speak to are surprised that there are English newspapers in Pakistan- there are at least two good ones- Dawn
and The Friday Times
. I see a lot of posts on MeFi from UK papers such as The Guardian and also from Australian papers. How about the English newspapers from the rest of the world? Have we stopped browsing?
In October 2000, in the mountains of Utah, three-year-old Gage Wayment wandered away from his father's truck and died of exposure
In July 2001, his father, Paul Wayment, was due to begin serving a 30-day jail sentence for negligent homicide. Instead, he killed himself
in the area where his son was found.
Now, Paul Wayment's parents have filed two million-dollar claims against the search and rescue teams
alleging that had they "conducted an appropriate and proper search," the boy and his father would still be alive.
It appears the search teams are protected by the Utah Good Samaritan Act
, unless they can be shown to have been grossly negligent, but this lawsuit may still have a chilling effect
on future search-and-rescue operations.
I've been accused in the past of only posting fun and games type links
- so just to prove that i'm no fly-by-night-non-serious-funster here is a news link.
It requires no flash plugins of any sort..... ladies and gentlemen i give you.... Fisherman playing game electrocuted.
i thank you.
Rodney Dangerfield Suffers Heart Attack:
As this article
illustrates, the man is a national treasure - here's hoping he makes a swift recovery.
Al Jazeera english language summary.
Since the original al Jazeera site
is in arabic, this wbur
website, gives a summary of the stories covered by the network in english.
Of course, one can try to translate automatically
(ajeeb, registration required), but the results are usually comical.
Tired of the same old spin from the big news agencies? Try a "new old" spin from Finland's YLE: news updates in Latin.
(NYT) It is not just the poverty,
the illiteracy and the absence of any commonly accepted social contract that define our sense of wretchedness; it is, rather, the increasing awareness among us that we have failed as a civil society by not confronting the historical, social and political demons within us. . .
Musical extravaganza falls on deaf ears
Has the China Daily finally produced it's most politically incorrect headline?
When Headlines Go Bad, The Afghan War Version.
Like, are they talking aikido or judo or what?
Mayo test detects anthrax in minutes
The Mayo Clinic says it has developed a DNA test that can identify anthrax in "less than an hour instead of days." The test was developed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials announced at a press conference today.
Isn't it great what people can accomplish together when they're motivated by humane concerns?
aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia
, New Jersey
and New York City
. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?
What happened to the ground war?
Very scary alternate explaination of the aborted ground operation.
a community weblog and news page for Antarctica. Strangely familiar in many respects
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.