The Christian Science Monitor calls the new tactic:
perhaps the most effective act of nonviolent protest in the six-year Palestinian uprising
But I wonder if it is actually one of the least effective.
The Israeli policy of telephoning warning was one of the most positive developments in the otherwise pointless conflict in Lebanon. It was one more step in the long road taken by democratic countries towards limiting civilian deaths through conflict. It wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly better than bombing target buildings where civilians were sheltering.
But now Israel can’t send warnings to civilians about which buildings it will bomb. Instead, if it feels it needs to destroy a building, it will need to attack it while civilians are still in residence. The results will be awful, and the death toll among innocent bystanders will increase.
Tessa [Jowell’s] speech was so electric that the main course, which had already been kept waiting for an hour, started to overheat and caused the fire alarms to go off and, consequently, a full evacuation of Shoreditch Town Hall, where the dinner was held.
“An Inconvenient Truth will probably be nominated for an Oscar. It’s the third highest grossing documentary in history and the most successful documentary of 2006. It will probably win. If you see a chubby, happy Al Gore standing next to the producer and director, celebrating the win at the Oscars, forget it, he’s not running. Nothing to do with Hollywood plays well in the heartland… However, if Gore chooses not to be there — if he’s at the spa that day — then you can take it to the bank. Big Al’s running.”
He has a bunch of other reasons, some serious, some not. For me, I think he should run. Whether he’d win the race for President, or even the Democratic nomination, I don’t know.
But Gore today is once again a political heavyweight. And to see him standing against someone like Hiliary Clinton, or John McCain can only enhance the level of debate in US politics.
Plus – these days, with his grey hair and all, he just looks statesmanlike. And that’s always a good thing.
The jewish organizations in germany helped to round up all the jews and deport and kill them. It could not have happened without jewish help. In this country right now, jewish leaders are selling the peace and the security of jewish citizens of America.
Note how “America” gets a capital letter, while “jewish” and “germany” are afforded no such respect.
Old PC hands, like myself, remember the sickening lurch of the stomach that accompanied the appearance of the dreaded ‘Blue Screen of Death’, for it meant that whatever work I’d just been doing had met a horrific death.
So, just for fun, some sadist has re-created it – as a screensaver:
And can you guess who is so generously revisiting this horror upon us?
New startup, Review Me promise to pay bloggers cold hard cash in return for writing reviews of… well… whatever people will pay them to write reviews of.
In an attempt to prove their faith in the model, they’ve invested $25,000 in paying bloggers to write reviews of Review Me. Never one to turn down the opportunity to earn easy money, I’ve signed up for the site, and taken the Review Me shilling. So, here’s my experience so far.
Heard about the site yesterday and signed up immediately. The signup process is very simple – just provide a few details about yourself and your blog. The hardest part was signing up for my first ever paypal account!
Once signed up, they take a quick (presumably automated) look at your site, to check that it’s been around for a while, and that a few other people like it enough to link to. Then – and here’s the bit I was really waiting for – you get to find out how much they’ll pay you for each review. The scale runs from $20 for the smallest blogs to $250 for the biggest blogs (although Review Me charge advertisers double that and pocket the substantial amount of change). Anyway, I think you can guess which end of the price scale this blog comes in at.
Then, click on the big flashing sign that says $25,000, write a 200 word review of Review Me, sit back and wait for the cash.
Took me about 15 minutes to write this review of 305 words (on Taking Aim you get 50% extra free!), the largest part of which was taken up with battling with the broken keys on my keyboard. So, $80 per hour, pro-rata. Not too shabby.
The only question is – will anyone other than Review Me actually pay for reviews? Time will tell.
Ken Livingstone recently went on a trip to Venezuela, to sign a major oil deal with his favourite democrat – President Chavez. Well, he would have done, if Chavez hadn’t played him for a fool, courting him assiduously until he was offered a trip to London and a headline grabbing oil deal, then dropping Ken like a stone, the minute he was no longer useful.