“But what shall we dream of when everything becomes visible
?” Virilio replies: “We’ll dream of being blind."
Brazil has spared no expense for the upcoming World Cup.
The month-long competition will feature 64 matches in 12 cities across the country. Refurbishing old stadiums and building new ones has cost Brazil $3.6bn. Several of the new stadiums will seldom be used after the World Cup, and Brasilia's World Cup stadium is estimated to have cost taxpayers $900m. [more inside]
Acclaimed writer Bruce Sterling is back for his annual State of the World interview
in The WELL's inkwell conference. It's a must-read. The first question comes from Cory Doctorow who asks him to help him plan for the future now that Cory has a kid, etc. Sterling's answer is hilarious, biting, and brilliant all at the same time. And that's only the beginning...
The algae problem was taken care of. But the smog
is the worst it's been in several months. All kidding aside, is China the next world superpower? Maybe, maybe not. [more inside]
is the name of a recently-launched blog written by the editors of Foreign Policy magazine, covering the same wide range of topics as the magazine itself does. Updated frequently and around the clock, informal and personal — I don't know if it's just because it's new, but they're doing a great job, and if you're a world politics and news junkie like me, it's fantastic.
is the world's third largest oil exporter and western Europe's largest gas producer. It has been saving oil revenues in a fund worth around $190 billion for future generations. Norway has an amazing welfare system
. The Daily Show's book hit the nail on the head
(pdf)(see 1967/93) Norwegians love hot dogs so much that a university professor wants to ban them
. What an interesting country! They have a priest as their Prime Minister
, but for how long
? . Oslo, the country's capital, is the most expensive place to live.
.. But minimum wage is far higher than in the US. They have had state accepted unions of same-sex
couples since the early 90's. Norway isn't part of the EU.
Today Norway sits on approximately half of the remaining reserves of oil and gas
in Europe.. And even though
Norway's oil production has dropped
, it still remains a huge supplier of oil to the US
But, no matter what, they will be okay
.. Oh yeah.... the UN just said that it is the best place to live (pdf)
in the world
(p.s The US went from 7th to 10th in the last year...wonder why?)
Guess what? Another poll (since MeFites enjoy them sooooo much)!
This one is a take on how much the world trusts and loves Bush.
US elections: the world-wide vote.
"In November 2004, U.S. citizens will elect their new President. The outcome of these elections directly influences the lives of citizens around the world.
seeks to apply new technologies to provide citizens around the world with a voice in matters that affects us all.
Ensure that your voice is heard by registering electronically and add momentum to a worldwide drive to establish global democracy."
Noble sentiments, but isn't this an admission of submission to the empire? A surrender of sovereignty? A call for a new Caracalla's edict
? Is this a good idea both for the US and the "rest of the world"?
An amazing resource that displays all sorts of comparative national statistics on practically everything, and with an option of selecting any region / list of countries you choose. It plugs itself as "The world's biggest general stat site" (which might or might not be true I don't know), and it has a wealth of data on economics, sports, population, geography and a dozen more categories.
Some interesting statistics; Top 100 in Olympic medals per Capita
. Top 100 Murders with firearms (per capita)
. Top 100 Military Expenditures as a percent of GDP
. Top 100 Net migration rate
A heaven for data freaks.
Wow. Spartacus Educational
is a masterwork of hyperlinked history with a rather eclectic list of focus topics that can suck you in and never let go. Start anywhere, and then just click, and click, and click...
In light of recent events, you might begin, if you wish, with a brush-up on the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
in Sarajevo, and from there go on to find out more about the Black Hand
secret society responsible for the killing. You may attempt to sidestep politics by going to cartoonists
, or U.S. novelists and poets
, but you will find that the site is organized against a backdrop of world politics (viewed chiefly from a British perspective), a point of view that weaves its own endlessly looping and mesmerizing mesh.
From a European Perspective
"President Bush recently declared that the U.S. was "the single surviving model of human progress." Maybe some Americans think this self-evident, but the rest of us see it as a clumsy arrogance born of ignorance. "
Is this something many Americans need to hear but don't want to listen? Personally I appreciated Mr. Eno's honest and candid observations. And no, I don't think he hates America.
Constructive Debate on World Poverty ?
It's depressing that certain groups seem to think that the only way to get their message across is to jeer and heckle Colin Powell at the World Summit.
"Mr Bush, the World Doesn't Want to Be American"
"... it is time for America's electorate to be told the blunt truth: that the present situation of the United States, with a part of its population able to enjoy a life of extraordinary comfort and privilege, is not tenable as long as an enormous portion of the world lives in abject poverty, degradation and backwardness."