Friday, March 28, 2003

Our blundering, undermanned blitzkrieg has given every young Arab male on the planet:

- a cause
- an enemy
- a hero
- and soon, a martyr

It's so easy for our noble leaders to bluster about fighting to the death. So fulfilling, so macho. Rummy gets to be flippant, Georgie gets to smirk.

Unlike the rest of us, their sons and daughters aren't in line to do the dying.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Approval-Disapproval rating most major polls

Monday, March 24, 2003

Dan Gillmor's weblog comments about the new tools of journalism.

The importance of this to future journalism is, once again, the idea of the people at the edge becoming part of the process. When the audience can use these tools, the emergent journalism that follows will barely resemble what we do today

While reading the war news this morning i came across this quote in the New York Times in
an article describing the new tools of journalism:

"...many television news operations have provided their reporters with a compact kit — one that enables them to capture, edit, compress and send video with a small digital camera, a laptop computer and a satellite phone."

"... The technology is turning reporters and camera operators into producers and editors, making often painful judgments about what to include."

With media technology so cheap and widely available, the main issue in making media (as it's always been) is producing something that matters. It's no longer about the hardware; cameras, mikes, editing decks, production facilities.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

From Jimmy Breslin's column, Friday March 21.

"I wonder if anybody watching this Shock and Awe bombing Friday noted that Iraq didn't have a plane.

There is no joy to kill the bull unless he fights.

You can't call this a war. The television people, and the politicians in Washington, said this was an extraordinary exhibition of bombing that never has been seen before. They used the right word, exhibition. An exhibition war, not a real war.

You'll take it right now, if it keeps these young men of ours alive. Take it and gag on it, for this is a total character collapse of a country that was supposed to be so far above this loathsome act. You become the thing you hate. And Friday, we did. We became the Germany of 1939."

Link to complete column.

Friday, March 21, 2003

A reminder from Desmond Tutu that there is still hope.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

"And when the last law was cut down and the devil turned around on you,
where would you hide, the laws all being flat? Do you really think
that you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?"
- A Man for All Seasons

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Perodic Table with Haiku

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Geroge Soros on American Empire

Sunday, March 09, 2003

World of Ends
Meta description of the internet.
Nothing new here, but seldom do you see it all gathered in one place.

Friday, March 07, 2003

S&P 500 today hit 15.2:1.
Average for the last 50 years is 15.8:1.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Warren Buffet - Stocks still overvalued

Sounds about right to me. The S&P 500 are still at 16:1. Not a horrible number, but little upside potential.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Been a fabulous week. I'm so happy to be at home. Green grass and hills. Goats. kitty-cats. Family. Good conversation and good movies. Saw K-19 with Jim and Dianna and was impressed by the production. Also very affected knowing the events were real. Jim mentioned that great pains were taken with the production to re-create the events in exacting detail. Down to the switches and panels.

Probably in the back of most people's minds when they see this film is the question "would I have volunteered?" Also troubling is not knowing if the Captain is making the right decisions or endangering the crew. How do you know? I guess that's what military discipline is about. But what if the Captain is wrong? Is mutiny ever justified? What about the Bounty? If a Captain is crazy or excessive, isn't the crew justified in relieving their Captain of command? Interesting questions.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Senator Robert Byrd's speech on Iraq.

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