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Best books of the century as reviewed by amazon.com customers…

(these are about the worst extract I could find, just for a laugh…)
1. Ulysses, James Joyce
"This is one of those books that "smart" people like to "read." Well if being smart means liking this, count me out! I don’t know if it’s modern, post-modern or what: but I know this much, I’d rather just […]

Fair and balanced

On Fox News Channel, you’re free to speak about the coronation of George W… unless you’ve got the nerve to criticize Dear Leader. Go and see the video on Oliver Willis’s blog.

Gates and free culture

Bill Gates describes free culture advocates as a "modern-day sort of communists" in a cnet interview.
In the same article, he appear somewhat arrogant to the blogging communities
Q: One of the big phenomena of the year has been blogging. Has the growth surprised you?
A:Well, actually I think the biggest blogging statistic I know, […]

$350 Million for 42 Hours

Like the post of Frank Boosman on pseudorandom:
"According to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times, the war in Iraq has cost $130 billion to date (per the Office of Management and Budget). Given that we invaded Iraq 20 March 2003, that comes to 656 days since the invasion, which in turn equals $198,730,732 per day.
In […]

Raphael

Went to see the Raphael: From Urbino to Rome exhibition at the National Gallery.
This was great. The exhibit stresses the artist’s formative years and ends with his grave, fully matured portrait of Pope Julius II (1511) and his "Veiled Lady" (1512-13). The show is especially intelligently arranged and features a lot of Raphael’s unknown […]

Sri Lanka tsunami

Great BBC coverage of the tsunami crashing into Sri Lanka this morning. The worst earthquake for the last 40 years.
Update: the event is covered as well by wikipedia.

The Great Indecency Hoax

Excellent read from the NYT on US puritanism and focus on "moral values": The Great Indecency Hoax.

Iraq, scary.

1. A total of 338 Iraqis associated with the new governing structures or with the Americans have been assassinated since Oct. 1, according to U.S. military figures. This includes 35 police chiefs, mayors and middle-ranking officials. MSNBC.
2. Falluah as a model city. Boston Globe. "US commanders and Iraqi leaders have declared their intention to make […]

4×4 Health Warning

The New Economic Foundation is calling for tobacco-style labelling on all new SUVs and their advertising. The proposal aims to change personal behaviour and help combat the
health and environmental impacts of SUVs. It is being launched in a
cover article for this week’s New Statesman magazine, published on Friday, 26th November.
"SUVs are dangerous, fabulously polluting and […]

Join the Christmas Resistance Movement !

You know holiday shopping is offensive and wasteful. You know Christmas "wish lists" and "gift exchanges" degrade the concept of giving. You know Christmas marketing is a scam, benefiting manufacturers, stores, and huge corporations, while driving individuals into debt. You know this annual consumer frenzy wreaks havoc on the environment, filling landfills with useless packaging […]

US economy in red alert

Following up on the state of the US economy. Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish.But you should hear what he’s saying in private. Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity. His prediction: America has no […]

Apple store opens in London

London have at least its own Apple store. Picture of the opening day here. Apparently plenty of people have slept on site overnight to be amongst the first to enter. I have not been there yet, but based on the pictures, it looks very much like the NY SoHo shop I have visited three weeeks […]

The Power of Nightmares

I’ve just finished watching the final episode in a three part BBC documentary about modern politics and the use of fear to increase politicians’ power and control over society. It is called The Power of Nightmares and it was much revealing going through the American conservative depiction of the threat initially from the Soviet Union […]

US elections - this is it…

From Reuters: "Democratic Sen. John Kerry conceded the White House race to President Bush in a phone call on Wednesday, ending the drama of ballot counting in Ohio and cementing Bush’s re-election to a second four-year term."
Despite all the rage on the streets and on the internet, W got it for the next […]

Let’s have the UN monitor the US election !

I have just read the post of Pierre Omidyar on his concerns about the fairness of the Ohio Republicans’ initiative to challenge the qualifications of voters at the polls on Election Day. It seems amazing that such things is legal in the US. Add this to the issues of 2000 elections in Florida, and having […]