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September 12 2005

Stupid Censorship

Ofcom (Office of Communications), an independent regulatory group in the UK (Wikipedia entry here), has announced that MakePovertyHistory.org can no longer advertise on British television or radio due to being too political. (News story here) For those of you unfamiliar with the MakePovertyHistory (MPH) movement, it is a lobbying group asking for all the members… read more


According to this article, demonstrations are being planned around England to protest the rising cost of gasoline (petrol, for my British friends) which has now topped $9.00 a gallon. *waits for everyone to collect themselves after they gasped* Yep, $9.00 a gallon folks. Next time you are paying $3.00 or such, and you feel like… read more


General

September 11 2005

9/11

I really didn’t give it a second thought as 9/11 approached this year. The first anniversary bothered me, but not really the second and third. I imagine it was the fact that Hurricane Katrina happened so close to the date though, that brought it all home again. Add in the July 7th and July 21st… read more


Gas prices are high,no question about it. Here’s a wild idea though, how about we quit whining about it? In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, aren’t there more important things to be concerning ourselves with? The thing I find most amusing about most, not all, complainers is I don’t see them taking any steps to… read more


General

September 9 2005

Buh-Bye Micahel Brown

Michael Brown has been removed as FEMA’s director of the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. May I join in the chorus of “So long, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!” By the way, did you hear he fudged his resume? Yeppers, seems like he was a real winner all… read more


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September 8 2005

Free Speech & Katrina

(All information taken from here, KLTV 7 in Tyler, TX) I am a big believer in free speech, it’s gaurenteed by the constitution, but I do think you should take people’s feelings into account with whatever you say. Well, not all people think like that. Woodland Hills Baptist Church, in Tyler, TX, has put on… read more


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September 7 2005

25 Question Meme

1. Whats the first thing you look at in the mirror? the dark circles under my eyes. 2. How much cash do you have on you: None. 3. What rhymes with test: Rest 4. Favorite plant: hmmmmmmmm Trees in general 5. 4th person on your missed calls list: None since I always answer my phone… read more


Well, the folks at Apple today announced the iPod Mini is no more. It is being replaced with the iPod Nano. The only choices so far for the Nano are 2GB White, 4GB White, 2GB Black and 4GB Black. 2 GB versions will hold around 500 songs and the 4 GB ones will hold up… read more


The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) has posted a timeline of Hurricane Katrina here. Nice to see someone documenting this complete failure of the USA goverments response to this. Former President Bill Clinton said on Monday “Our government failed those people in the beginning, and I take it now there is no dispute about it. One… read more


General

September 6 2005

Time For The Good Folks

After the past few days of being angry over how Hurricane Katrina has been handelled, I thought maybe it was time for a story of people doing good in the aftermath. I have known a woman for 12 years who manages Boulder Ridge Apartments in West Des Moines, IA. She told me the other day… read more


This page on the BBC site is translating what the world press is saying about our handelling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It is a fascinating read, and I recommend it to everyone. Some of the highlights: Mexico’s El Universal The slowness with which the USA’s federal emergency services have joined the rescue operation… read more


Journalism

September 4 2005

Looting Vs. Finding

People were shocked by Kanye West’s commentary during the NBC live telecast on Friday, where he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people!”. (video can be found here and a written transcript here) It seems people are unaware that racism does still exist in this country, even in this day and age. Sadly, the… read more