dive into mark: “People who say they can?t find evidence of a peaceblogging movement should probably try harder.”
John Gruber has a long interview with Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire. Brent should get a special award for making the Mac look cool.
Oh dear. The government appears determined to give itself the right to strip you of your citizenship if you do something seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom.” As with most other erosions of our rights, it’s being sneaked in under cover of terrorism legislation. Will the last person thrown out of the country please turn out the lights?
This morning, Tony Blair claimed that two British soldiers had been executed by the Iraqis. When asked how he knew this for sure, Blair said “because of the circumstances we know.” That fairly pathetic “justification” should have been enough to tip off the wise reader that Blair was talking rubbish, but thankfully British news organisations followed it up.
The Daily Mirror was first out of the trap. Talking to one of the deceased soldier’s sisters, they found that “his Colonel told us he was not executed we just can’t understand why people are lying.” Next, we find on BBC News that Blair is backtracking somewhat – now the soldiers only “may” have been executed. Surprise!
Pretty stunning slideshow of the West Pier on fire.
Is someone trying to get rid of the West Pier? Now it’s on fire. My prediction: It will turn out to be arson.
Steve Zellers points to an al Jazeera report – with somewhat gruesome picture – of a US serviceman killed by the Iraqi’s, shot through the head. Steve raises two points. First of all, he claims “it’s not hard to say what caused this soldiers death. He was executed.” First of all, where’s the evidence? There’s not a chance on the planet that you can “just tell” how someone was killed from a picture. That’s why forensics is a science, not a branch of branch of your local psychics union.
Secondly, Steve wishes that al Jazeera “would provide English translations for their news stories. I wonder if they’re afraid to?” Well, your wish is my command. And I wonder, given that Steve doesn’t to my knowledge speak Arabic, how he knows that al Jazeera is pumping out “propaganda” given that it didn’t use to have an English translation?
You’ll have noticed a small rush of postings. That’s because our AirPort Base Station at work gave up the ghost, and decided that connecting to the Internet was too much for it – and hence my postings, that I’d written on the way to work on my iBook, had to wait until I got home. Technology – who needs it?
And, in a reminder of the freedom’s we’re fighting for, Arabic news station al Jazeera has been banned from the NYSE floor.
Ironically, al Jazeera is one of the few stations in the middle east that’s an independent voice, free from any government interferance. A free media, in case the NYSE has forgotten, is an essential part of a democracy.
CNN is reporting that “intelligence sources” are claiming Iraq is posing a chemical threat, that in effect there is line being drawn in the sand beyond which Saddam would be prepared to use chemical weapons.
These of course would be the same “intelligence sources” who a couple of days ago were claiming that Saddam was probably dead – a claim that has been rubbished by Saddam’s explicit mentioning of resistance at Umm Qasr. This mention of Umm Qasr, by the way, appears to have slipped by CNN, which is still following the Pentagon line that there are “doubts” over the footage.
These, of course, are the same “doubts” that were raised over the first footage. At the time, BBC Radio 4 reported that the footage contained the specific date and time of the US’ initial cruise missile strike – something that, again, CNN and others failed to report, instead following the Pentagon line that the tapes may have been prerecorded.