Archive | May, 2010

Haaretz: “We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege. The siege itself is becoming Israel’s Vietnam.”

31 May

via Haaretz:”We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege. The siege itself is becoming Israel’s Vietnam.”.

Media: access to BP spill “slowly being strangled off”

31 May

NEW ORLEANS β€” Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited access to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic that are making it difficult to document the worst spill in U.S. history.

In at least two cases, a media organization and a seaplane pilot say BP PLC β€” the company responsible for cleaning up the spill β€” appeared to have a role in deciding on access.

Other media, including The Associated Press, have reported coverage problems because their access has been restricted, though not all have linked the decision to BP. Government officials say restrictions are needed to protect wildlife and ensure safe air traffic.

via The Associated Press: Media claim access to spill site has been limited.

reality TV is a genre built on the perverse pageantry of degradation

31 May

It’s no secret at this point that reality TV is a genre built on the perverse pageantry of degradation. For years, the basic formula has been to fill a mansion with unstable wannabe actors, pit them against one another, feed them booze, and watch them fuck and fight. As long as everyone is of age (and has filled out the required paperwork indemnifying the network) it’s all fair game. There’s no law against people making fools of themselves on national TV.

via reality TV is a genre built on the perverse pageantry of degradation.

BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign

31 May

Mis-translated bilingual road sign

The English is clear enough to lorry drivers – but the Welsh reads “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

via BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign.

Big to-do list this week: (1) attain absolute power (2) vanquish my enemies. Wish me luck!

31 May

Spill Baby Spill

31 May

The oil spill is not about hotel bookings or oyster bars. Its about saving the ocean

31 May