Thursday, March 31, 2005
- The Terri Schiavo legacy - Christian Science Monitor.
- Vatican denounces Terri Schiavo's death - Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- Social conservatives after Terri Schiavo - The Economist.
- Circus of death - New York Post.
- Let the hysteria end in the Schiavo case - The Detroit News.
I will write another post on the Terri Schiavo case and how this political mess could end up in something positive in the long run. For the time being, read the article, A Culture of Living Death, by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein. Here is an excerpt from the article.
The religious conservatives do not value actual human life; they are consistent followers of the Christian ideal that human life is properly lived in sacrifice to God, and that suffering is proof of virtue. The worship of suffering is fundamental to Christianity, a religion whose central figure is glorified for dying a horrific death for the sins of mankind. A prominent religious conservative commented on the Schiavo case, "Terry Schiavo . . . is suffering in obedience to God's will." He added: "Isn't suffering in pursuit of God's will the exact center of religious life?"
This is the culture of death--of living death. (CapMag.com, 03/31/05.)
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Major credit card companies will no longer handle Internet sales of cigarettes under a nationwide agreement announced Thursday. ... Smokers would still be able to buy cigarettes over the Internet, but they would not be allowed to use their credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Instead, they would have to use checks, money orders or some other payment system that would probably hold up delivery. (MSNBC, Charging smokes over the Net? Not anymore, 03/17/05.)
Hopefully the companies will find a way around the problem by using other methods of payment. Maybe this is a golden opportunity for an entrepreneur to start a new business... For more on this topic, go to SmokingLobby.com.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: I AM TAKING A BREAK...
Originally uploaded by Lyceum.
I was on a roll and I thought of writing a new post on the Terri Schiavo case and if something good could come out of this messy situation. I had also ideas on future posts, e.g., career and blogging about work. But I will take a short break instead, due to the problems at Blogger.
We're currently in the process of rolling back a bad kernel upgrade that has significantly impacted the service. Restored app servers are coming back online and all should be repaired by the end of today. (Status.blogger.com, 03/29/05.)
"Bad kernel"? I hope that the core of Blogger is still in good condition!
If you want to "turn up the heat" a bit, check out my other blog and see how the paprika (sweet pepper) and chile pepper plants are growing! Please also support my sponsors by clicking on the Blogads.
Read Gus Van Horn's post, Bag o' Burning Blogger.
In the news:
- HP's New Low-Profile Boss (Business Week).
Monday, March 28, 2005
Welcome to this week's Carnival of the Capitalists, which is my privilege to host for the second time.
I've just come back from a week's skiing in Austria to find over 50 excellent entries in the carnival's mail box. While I've duly read and mulled over each of them, I can't help thinking that it's a daunting task for you, the reader, to give all these great bloggers the attention they deserve in one mega-session.
So I've unilaterally decided to break with tradition slightly and publish one batch today and another on Wednesday. Sorry if you hate the idea, but if I've made your life a little easier, I'm pleased. Either way, leave a comment below or drop me an email (russell AT mobhappy DOT com) and let me know what you think, so other hosts can take board your feedback. (Mobile-weblog.com, 03/28/05.)
Don't miss the Reason Roundup at the Charlotte Capitalist.
Welcome to this week's Reason Roundup. Keeping alive those who are all but dead. Killing those who should live. Squelching the vibrant and alive. And notice that is only the capitalists who are celebrating and defending human life and beauty. It's definitely not the Christians or the liberals. See for yourself... (CharlotteCapitalist.com, 03/27/05.)
Here is an excerpt from Jasper Gerard's interview (Arrogant? No, I'm just the best) with Garry Kasparov. [Via Volodymyr Campaign: "Join our campaign for free speech and democracy throughout the former Soviet Union."]
So will Putin break his pledge to step down in 2008? "So far, everything he has said, he has done the opposite. Bush said, 'I have looked into his soul'; don't look at his soul, look at his record." (TimesOnline.co.uk, 03/20/05.)
More reading material:
- Kasparov Trades Chess For Politics - Radio Free Europe / Radio Free Liberty.
- Opposition manoeuvres to place Kremlin's grandmaster in check - The Guardian.
- Kasparov tired of being a pawn to Putin - International Herald Tribune.
Did you watch the Charlie Rose show?
Related: My post, THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY: BOOM OR BUST? PART II.
Here is a post from HBL by Edward Cline (posted here with permission).
This morning Gary Kasparov, the retired Grand Master of chess, was interviewed on the Charlie Rose show (a very civilized talk show, not barbaric like O'Reilly's show or Hannity's).
Kasparov is a very articulate speaker, whose English is better than that of most American politicians. He gave a very good analysis of Russia's current political situation, pointing out, among other things, that Vladimir Putin wants to eliminate the word "election" from the language; that Bush lost at the recent summit meeting with Putin because Putin correctly regarded his demands for "Russian democracy" as just a lot of hot air, and not to be taken seriously; and that most European governments pose as neutral towards Putin's march to authoritarian rule but actually approve of it.
Kasparov said he wanted to see the same kind of political "revolution" in Moscow that occurred in Kiev, but knew it would take time because his fellow Russians are inured to being bossed around by the likes of Putin.
In an interesting exchange between Rose and Kasparov, Rose insisted that advances in computer technology must eventually lead to computers beating men at chess every time. Kasparov dismissed the idea, saying that this will never happen, because men can think, and computers cannot.
He also noted that he was the best chess player because he was always pitted against the best in competition; going up against the best demanded that he exceed his own record. He more or less (that is, tactfully) dismissed Bobby Fischer as a flash in the pan and an odd person.
Kasparov plans to enter Russian politics. Rose asked him if he thought that Putin worried about him. Kasparov replied, "I don't give a damn if he is or isn't."
A man to watch.
A big, furry welcome from Lyra, Sergei, Sasha and me. This week's edition of the Carnival of the Cats features photos and such from 33 cat-bloggers. By some "luck" of the draw, I seem to be hosting Carnivals following either the ridiculous or the sublime. While I thought about making thumbnails of this week's photos to include in the Carnival, I had only so many hours (too many, according to some members of my household) to devote to this little project. Instead, I'm just using little cartoonish RFOAC's (Reasonable Facsimile Of A Cat, for those wondering in from elsewhere); you'll just have to go to other folks' blogs to see their cats. (Music and Cats, Carnival of the Cats #53, 03/27/05.)
Kimberly is asking the following question:
Martin at EGO writes that, "Due to the Easter fireworks (perhaps this is a Swedish thing?), Morris is an indoor cat today. He managed to stay pretty calm this year."
Hmmm, I don't recall any fireworks during Easter in New Hampshire and Ohio, but the author (Pam Johnson-Bennett, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant) of the article (Fear of Fireworks) I am linking to in my post, is living in Tennessee. How is it in your state, do you only have fireworks on 7/4 and 12/31?
[Editor's note: It looks that the photo of Morris is not loading at the moment. I hope the problem at Flickr will be fixed soon.]
Sunday, March 27, 2005
More importantly, he posted (user name, "angel of death" in German) on a discussion forum with the worst kind of collectivists.
Our most valuable natural resource is the human mind and the seemingly boundless power of reason to improve our lives. Our vision for the future is a radically improved education system, one that helps each child achieve his or her full potential as a human being.
We envision an education system that motivates children to learn and empowers them with the knowledge and thinking skills they'll need to guide their future towards success and happiness. We envision an education system that satisfies each child's intellectual, emotional, and social needs. We envision an education system that graduates knowledgeable, passionate, creative, efficacious, self-confident thinkers. We envision an education system that generates powerful minds.
With such an education system, we envision a world that is radically more intelligent, benevolent, prosperous, peaceful, and enjoyable. (PowerfulMinds.org)
Saturday, March 26, 2005
After you have checked out the map, I recommend you to read Two Questions for a Flat-Earther by the Commissar of the Politburo Diktat.
What to make of all of this? Many former Soviet republics have been trying to follow Russian President Vladimir Putin's model of "Stalin lite." Leaders have used control of the press and rigged elections (according to US and European monitors) to keep themselves in office. But this is Stalin "lite," so they haven't been willing to use force to impose an outright dictatorship-and so their bids for power are failing.
Note also that while Kyrgyzstan may seem isolated, it is scrunched between three strategically important regions: Russia, the Middle East (just north of Afghanistan), and, most interesting, China. The Daily Telegraph has a fascinating photo slideshow of the protests; you get to it by clicking the link at the top of the story. Who knows what impact these images might have in, say, China? (TIADaily.com, 03/24/05.)
In the news:
- World Press: Kremlin Loses Another Friend - Zaman.
- Opposition Takeover in Kyrgyzstan Focuses Attention on Big Power Rivalry - CNSNews.com.
- Ukraine, Georgia urge Kyrgyzstan to avoid violence - Reuters.
- Fearful Asian despots prepare to nip their tulip revolutions in bud - Sunday Times.
- After Kyrgyzstan: Is Next Stage Armenia or Belarus? - Turkish Weekly.
- Revolutionary momentum runs aground in Belarus - Seattle Times.
For more on Kyrgyzstan, read a special report by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.
"I am here to protest against a barbaric China which looks down upon the Taiwanese people," said 70-year-old businessman Fan Wen-yi, adding he was not affiliated to any political party and had never participated in a protest before. "The anti-secession law, simply put, is a law that authorises war." (Reuters.co.uk, 03/26/05.)
Will Franklin (WILLisms.com) said the following in his post, Following "The Blueprint" In Taiwan:
And the cameras always seem to find the babes at these things.
[Editor's comment: Yeah, look at the photo!]
(Image source: Reuters / Richard Chung, 03/26/05. Yahoo! News - World Photos.)
Related: My post, COMMUNIST CHINA IS THREATENING TAIWAN.
At least five people were killed and dozens left injured outside the Azadi stadium in Tehran after anti-government protests erupted at the end of the Iran-Japan World Cup qualifier football match this evening.
Eye-witnesses reported that the regime used special anti-riot units and hundreds of State Security Forces (SSF) to launch an offensive on the 100,000-strong crowd, after spectators started chanting anti-government slogans. (IranFocus.com, 03/25/05.)
I am glad to see that DoctorZin (Gary Metz) of Regime Change Iran has linked to Elan Journo's article, Death to "Diplomacy" with Iran.
Elan Journo writing for the Ayn Rand Institute observes not all problems are economic. He points to the current EU3 negotiations with Iran. (RegimeChangeIran.com, 03/26/05.)
Here is an excerpt from Elan Journo's article.
This approach of diplomacy-with-anyone-at-any-cost necessarily results in nourishing one's enemy and sharpening its fangs. That is what happened under a 1994 deal with communist North Korea. In return for boatloads of aid and oil from the United States, Japan and other nations, North Korea promised not to develop nuclear weapons. Despite U.N. inspections, North Korea flouted the agreement repeatedly. When caught cheating, it promised anew to end its nuclear program in return for more "incentives." In February 2005 North Korea declared (plausibly) that it had succeeded in building nuclear weapons. (MensNewsDaily.com, 03/26/05.)
Related: My post, NUTTY ADVICE: "HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH TEHRAN".
Friday, March 25, 2005
Talking about hot stuff, how about adding a bit of spice to your sex life by reading an interview with the author of The Ultimate Sex Diet: The Super Sex Diet That Works. Go to HotSauceLive.com and read the post, Kerry McCloskey: The Ultimate Sex Diet.
Have you listened to Dr. Leonard Peikoff's course, Love, Romance, and Sex? Click on the link and listen to a sample.
I am glad to see that Monty Python's Spamalot is getting raving reviews and is a smashing success on Brodway.
Here is an excerpt from my post, T.G.I.F. Read the whole post for suggestions on movies to see this weekend. I am planning to watch Chocolat.
In the Swedish calendar, Good Friday is called "Long Friday." I think that the word long is more suitable than good. It's nothing good with this Friday at all. But luckily the secularization has emerged and the market forces have taken over, so nowadays you could conduct some business, eat at a restaurant, go to the movies, et cetera. I have learned that people from an older generation had a hard time to come up with something fun to do during this day. This day was totally "dead" (if you don't mind the pun) and the only thing you could do was to sit at home and wait for the next day to come. (EGO, T.G.I.F, 04/09/04.)
As a result, advertising on blogs is still in the early stages. Although advertising on Web sites was a $9.6 billion business in the U.S. last year, according to Interactive Advertising Bureau there is little data to date on blog ad-spending. Blogads.com, a service that matches bloggers and advertisers, says its business has grown from 28 ads in September 2002 to 1,685 ads last month.
The vast majority of the 8 million or so blogs currently in existence have few if any ads. Many are run by hobbyists or armchair commentators, some of whom sign up to carry tiny text ads from a large pool of advertisers through a service from Google Inc. The ads generate revenue only when a visitor clicks on the ad. (Online.wsj.com, 03/25/05.)
Blogads has so far been the most successful form of advertising for me. I like Henry Copeland's description on how advertisers' placement of ads is an act of "joining an ongoing conversation." (WSJ, page B1) I haven't made any real money from Google AdSense yet, due to the fact that I can't get a check until the number of clicks have reached a certain level, generating the minimum dollar amount for Google to write me a cheque. Recently I have changed the format to Ad Links. I have to evaluate this a bit later on in the future. On a related note, read Roger L. Simon's post, Google Ads Are Back...
Talking about ads, have you seen that you could place a classified text ad on my blog now?
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Mr Håkan Lans (M.Sc. Engineering, Ph.D. hc) is an internationally well known electronics hardware and software engineer who has been leading the development of many products such as the computer mouse (known as the Houston Instruments HIpad), the computer colour graphics (US patent 4,303,986) etc. After a degree in Engineering 1968 he continued for 10 years with research and development at the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOA) and University of Stockholm. (GP&C Systems International, 02/14/05.)
Here is an excerpt from Erik Moberg's essay, The Judgment against Hakan Lans - A Planned Judicial Crime?
The Judgment Reconsidered
Early in the year 2002 Hakan Lans and Uniboard AB filed a motion requiring that the judgment of September 6th, 2001, should be reconsidered. On December 23rd, 2004, Judge John Garrett Penn ordered that the case should be taken up anew. On March 24th of 2005 there should be an evidentiary hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and this hearing should be preceded by sworn depositions of both Hakan Lans and his former attorney Louis Mastriani. (MobergPublications.se, 03/24/05.)
Still no news in English about the court case. I hope that The Local will translate an article in next week. It is a bit strange that none of the Swedish newspapers have a section in English, like Aftenposten in Norway. I am sending out a request to you law bloggers out there. If you find any news on this story, please comment on this post or send me an e-mail.
Here is an excerpt from Managing Intellectual Property.
With respect to notice, where a patented product is not marked, notice of an infringement claim must come from the patentee and not from another party (Hakan Lans v Digital Equipment Corporation, et al 252 F 3d 1320 (Fed Cir 2001)). In this case, the inventor, Hakan Lans, agreed to licence his patent to IBM, but for tax reasons assigned the licence to a company, Uniboard, of which he was managing director and sole shareholder.
Several years later when Lans discovered what he believed was infringement of his invention by a number of computer companies, he sent them notice of infringement letters stating that he was the inventor without reference to Uniboard. Lans offered the companies licences. Subsequently, he sued them for infringement.
Section 287(a) of 35 USC demands notice of the patentee's identity as well as notice of infringement. The Court reasoned that notice from someone closely associated with the patentee failed to satisfy Section 287(a) because only the patentee has authority to grant licences or accept design changes to facilitate the purposes of the notification requirement. (ManagingIP.com, November 2001.)
For a background on Håkan Lans, read Simon Grönlund's Reflections from Sweden.
Go the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and read about the patents:
- Data processing system and apparatus for color graphics display (#4,303,986, 12/01/81).
- Arrangement for producing a pattern on a light-sensitive surface (#4,717,928, 01/05/88).
- Position indicating system (#5,506,587, 04/09/96).
For my Swedish readers, here are some links that could be of interest:
- Interview with Håkan Lans in Slitz magazine. (2003-06).
- Patentlösningen som bromsade utvecklingen by Erik Moberg (SvD, 02/09/05). The writer recommends the book, Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do About It.
- "Jag har inte kunnat jobba sedan 1999" (NyTeknik, 02/02/05).
- Nya bevis i Lans-rättegången (Östgöta Correspondenten, 03/26/05).
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
For more one audioblogging, go to Strange Attractor at Corante and read Suw Charma's post, Audioblogging experiment.
Blogging could be light tomorrow, but I will try to "kick it up a notch" with a "spicy" post... Here is a note from Blogger Status:
There will be a 90 minute outage on Blogger tomorrow night at 10pm (PST). During this outage we will be addressing power management in the Blogger cluster, thus allowing us to substantively increase the number of machines serving the site.
Thanks for your patience during this downtime - the upgrade will allow us to make continued improvements to the service's stability and performance. (Status.blogger.com, 03/23/05.)
We understand that North Korea is a sovereign state. I said that in my speech in Japan just yesterday. So North Korea does not need to worry that the United States intends to attack it. And, in fact, probably the reason that you hear this from the North Korean people is this is what they're being told. Well, it is simply not true; the United States does not want to attack North Korea. (Scoop.co.nz, 03/21/05.)
Read TigerHawk's post, The China card [via InstaPundit] and Gus Van Horn's post, China's Big Chance?
Here is an excerpt from John Lewis's post, President Bush's Deadly Iranian Concession.
In return for Iran's agreement to temporarily cease the work needed to produce a nuclear bomb, President Bush has agreed to allow Iran to buy civilian airplane parts, and to drop opposition to Iran's membership in the World Trade Organization. These concessions are exactly the same as the British government's concessions to Hitler in 1935. They will have the same results: the strengthening of an enemy dictatorship that is building a war machine. (CapMag.com, 03/21/05.)
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
As the "right to die" case of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman, shifted to a federal appeals court on Tuesday, conservative activists stepped up their use of the tools of modern American campaigning to help keep her alive.
One site, BlogsforTerri.com, offered directions to a candlelight vigil this evening in Dallas and called on supporters to protest at the office of a Florida prosecutor, hoping he will charge a state judge with "aiding and abetting" Ms Schiavo's husband - who favours removing her feeding tube - in "domestic violence". (Financial Times, 03/22/05.)
George Felos, Michael Sciavo's lawyer, has the following to say:
The state does not own Mrs Schiavo's body, and Congress cannot simply order her to remain alive contrary to her medical treatment wishes and court order.
Each and every one of us in this country has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment they don't want. Terri exercised that right.
It's scary to think that the government, just because they may be ideologically opposed to your medical treatment choice, has a right to overturn what you want. (BBC, The two sides of the Schiavo case, 03/21/05.)
I recommend you to read the following posts:
- Living Will - Get One (JustAGirlInTheWorld.com).
- Clarifications and Whatnot (ASmallVictory.net).
- The Conservative Dictators (TIADaily.blogspot.com).
The question is: Do you have the right to your own life? Should the government decide when you could end your life? Go to the Objectivism Online forum for a discussion on the Terri Shiavo case.
Grand Old Pragmatists
To simplify this entire post into one sentence, Jonathan Schanzer is a superb counter-terrorism analyst and his book, Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups & The Next Generation of Terror is something that should probably be on any aspiring terror watcher's reading list. The broader context of the post, however, deals with all of the terror literature that has cropped up since 9/11 and why I think that we need more books of this nature in stores. (WindsOfChange.net, 03/21/05.)
Read the post for a reading list on "General al-Qaeda Primers, Bin Laden, 9/11, Afghanistan and Beyond, and Iraq."
Monday, March 21, 2005
Originally uploaded by Lyceum.
The photo is stored at the award-winning place called Flickr. Go to Flickr blog and read Caterina Fake's post, Yahoo actually does acquire Flickr. If you are interested to learn more about Flickr, read the following:
- Yahoo And Flickr: Photosharing Made Easy by Chris Richardson.
- Esther and Jerry Yang talk business and Yahoo buys Flickr by Dan Farber.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Welcome to the March 21, 2005 edition of Carnival of the Capitalists, the Internet's most intriguing weekly round-up of free-market articles. The best part of hosting COTC is the chance to explore some new and interesting territory in the blogosphere. So, grab a cup o' joe, sit back and enjoy over 50 great entries this week! (Beyond the Brand, 03/20/05.)
Don't forget to check out this week's edition of the Reason Roundup at the Charlotte Capitalist.
Welcome to the Reason Roundup. This week: Bye-bye mullahs. The importance of being Russell Crowe. Sunbathing in New York. Are you overwhelmed? Those bad bloggers. "Ooh, a naked woman! Horrors!". Greek and Roman art. "The Sacrifice Driven Primitive Life". (CharlotteCapitalist.com, 03/20/05.)
Ethics officers, in my experience, are smart, sincere, and committed both to the idea of a values-based culture and to indemnifying their employers. But they are, in the end, at the mercy of the demands of the corporate culture of which they are a part. If corporate leaders are serious about ethics, they will have to empower their ethics officials to develop tough programs that challenge and monitor senior executives at a level of intensity commensurate with the power that they wield.
Done right, ethics is uncomfortable. But it's a whole lot better than the alternatives. (The Boston Globe, 03/20/05.)
I am sure that the Leadership Development Program at the Hutchinson Technology Corporate University is not teaching the business leaders that business and ethics is a contradiction in terms, or that it should be "uncomfortable" to practice on a daily business.
Yesterday evening I went to an Indian restaurant (King of India) with two friends. I had Chicken Himalaya. The dish was very spicy. I drank a smoothie drink called Mango Lassi to balance the heat. Talking about hot & spicy, stay tuned for a new post with heat in the near future...
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Members of the coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Muslim Association of Britain are expected to speak at the rally.
Kate Hudson, of CND, said: "We will be marching because we reject warmongering foreign policy as well attacks on our civil liberties at home.
"We are calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq but we are also asking the question - where next Mr Bush?" (BBC, 03/19/05.)
I ask the same question ("where next"?), although I don't think Kate Hudson is in favor of attacking a new country... Have you voted in the EGO poll yet?
- S.F. protest to mark 2nd anniversary of Iraq war (San Fransisco Chronicle).
Read how S.F. Chronicle Promotes Anti-War Protest, AGAIN!
From Susan Jones's article, Anti-War Groups Protesting US Troops Instead of Decision-Makers.
To mark the second anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq on March 19, various anti-war groups are planning to protest in Fayetteville, N.C., the home of Fort Bragg. It's not the protest, but the location that has some people upset. ...
"The anti-war protesters say they support the troops. They can say it until they are blue in the face, but that's a hollow sentiment when they're protesting the busloads of troops coming and going from Bragg to Iraq every day," Operation Truth's Rieckhoff said. (CNSNews.com, 03/17/05.)
Go to Operation Truth's blog and read the post, OpTruth Blasts Antiwar Groups Who Blame Warriors for the War.
Glenn Reynolds gives suggestions on the text of the anti-war demonstrators' signs. I think that Citizen Smash's (The Indepundit) suggestion of having a Patriots' Picnic is a good idea! CoolBlue have some thoughts on ProtestWarrior's signs, in his post, The Right Signs. I will wave a Gadsden flag (Don't Tread On Me).
The photo is taken from the Avenue in the center of Gothenburg. You could see the Poseidon statue at Götaplatsen.
ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATION IN GOTHENBURG
Originally uploaded by Lyceum.
I asked a police to take a picture of me.
MARTIN: THE SOLO PROTEST WARRIOR
Originally uploaded by Lyceum.
Over at my other blog, Lukeion, I am asking a question about the numbers of demonstrators reported in the Swedish media, compared with the foreign newspapers. The local newspaper in Gothenburg reports that 2,000 were demonstrating in the city, but the foreign newspapers mention much smaller figures. After you have looked at the photos, how big is the crowd do you think? The pictures were taken only a few minutes before the march started. I heard the organizer shouted: "Walk 6 people in a row!" It could be the case that more protestors were joining the anti-American demonstration later on, after they had marched down the Avenue. Here is an excerpt from Janelle Stecklein's article, Thousands March Against Iraq War. Fewer Turn Out for Rallies Than in 2003.
Hundreds also turned out in Sweden and Norway.
"I think it's important to show that we still care about this," said Linn Majuri, 15, a member of the environmental organization Green Youth in Stockholm. "People have become apathetic about this, it's no longer something they walk around thinking about every day." (The Washington Post / Associated Press, 03/20/05.)
From Chris Beam's article, Protesters March On War's Second Anniversary. Thousands Cover Central Park in Day of World-Wide Protest; Turnout Lower Than Expected.
Away from the main stage, anti-war activists traded barbs with a handful of pro-war advocates while police patrolled the area between the two fenced-off groups. "Good job being a tool for the government," shouted one protestor. A pro-war activist responded by silently holding aloft a copy of Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. (Columbia Spectator, 03/21/05.)
Friday, March 18, 2005
From Blogger Status:
Users with more than 500 posts are also being severely hampered at this time. We believe this is due to an improper use of system resources when users of such blogs either access the Edit Posts page or attempt to publish. We will be testing a potential fix to this problem over the next couple days and hope to push it to production early next week. Because of the extent of the change, we need to fully assess the impact on the service before deployment. (Status.Blogger.com, 03/18/05.)
Here is an excerpt from Gerard Van der Leun's post, The Blight at Blogger: "One Does Not Simply Post Into Mordor".
I keep hearing there are only brilliant people at Google and I believe it. I've seen it's "employment tests" that only a nerd could love and only a supernerd pass. Good, but smart people are famous for being dumb about people. It is hardly fair to the millions who have poured genuine free content into the free system (One Hand meet the Other Hand), to allow them to have their sites hijacked by Spam Blogs while blithely ordering up new servers and more electricity. This is like setting out free crystal meth at a junkies buffet and expecting them to leave the building. But since blogging is not rocket science the rocket scientists at Google aren't paying attention. (AmericanDigest.org, 03/17/05.)
As a PRO-BLOGGER I have invested much on this (blog)spot in the blogosphere, so I don't want to switch to a new home in cyberspace. I hope that the folks at Blogger will look into this matter and work hard to solve this problem as soon as possible. I wouldn't mind a massage right now...
Thursday, March 17, 2005
IN THE MAIL: Jerome Corsi's new book, Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians. Looks pretty, um, explosive. (InstaPundit.com, 03/15/05.)
I think that the book could be a good pick for a forthcoming Book of the Month. Here is an excerpt from a press release (Iran Nuclear Talks 'A Charade'):
"Atomic Iran," Corsi' new book set for release on March 22, 2005, has a new home on the web at www.atomiciran.com. The site provides information about the book, which has already pre-sold 150,000 copies (ISBN: 1581824580). Viewers of www.atomiciran.com can read news articles regarding the current nuclear threat that Iran poses. In addition, Dr. Corsi's columns, media appearances, book tour, and press kit can all be found on the site as well.
Viewers will also notice a button for the Iran Freedom Foundation. The IFF was established by American and Iranian scholars, professionals, philanthropists and human rights advocates who support Iranian's fight for freedom. "We have created the foundation in order to support opposition groups inside Iran," said Jerome Corsi, IFF spokesperson. The foundation will launch its website on Thursday, March 17, 2005 at www.iranfreedomfoundation.org. (Send2Press.com, 03/17/05.)
For more on the book, go to World Net Daily and read the article, Fed doomsday report affirms 'Atomic Iran'.
- Crying Wolfowitz - Times.
- Bush appointments align with conservative agenda - Scripps Howard News Service.
- Wolfowitz nomination a shock for Europe - Financial Times.
- The Right Choice at the UN - FrontPage Magazine.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
- It has taken a very long time to edit and publish new posts recently. Go to Blogger Status for more information. [Editor's note: I have said to myself the same thing as Jay Currie: Is it just me?]
- It looks like my blog has problem to load the whole page now and then. I have a suspicion that it could be one of all the different scripts I have installed. Please give me your feedback on the reading situation. On a related note, read Pariah Burke's post, Alternatives to BlogRolling.com?
Henry Copeland of Blogads has created a new blog classified ad unit. I am thinking of adding a classified ad strip to my blog. Please tell me if you are interested in placing a plain text advertisement.
I have joined BloggersMarket.com ("The blogosphere's trading and networking community").
Read Jay Currie's article, Competition Comes to the Ad Market. When do you think MSN Search will start with contextual ads on blogs?
Iranian authorities beat up and tear gassed exuberant young revellers as they breathed new life into a pre-Islamic fire festival with a night of dancing, flirting and fireworks.
The Islamic Republic, which has an awkward relationship with its ancient Zoroastrian religion, only gave guarded recognition to the "Chaharshanbe Souri" festival last year.
Hundreds of people poured onto the streets in Tehran and other cities for a rare night of partying. Public revelry is unusual in Iran where the authorities consider it to be at odds with the country's strict moral codes. (Reuters, 03/16/05.)
From the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran: Traditional "Pagan" Celebration Turns Into Street Fights Against Regime Forces.
Violent clashes rocked, this evening, main Iranian cities as brutal militiamen attacked Iranians who transformed the already hardly tolerated celebration of the traditional "Tchahr Shanbe Souri" (Fire Fiest) into protest action and show of "un-Islamic" joy. Most areas of the Capital and cities, such as, Esfahan, Mahabad, Shiraz, Rasht, Kermanshah, Babol, Sannandaj, Mashad, Khoram-Abad, Zabol, Tabriz, Hamedan and Oroomiah (former Rezai-e) were scenes of sometimes unprecedented street fights between the regime forces and groups of Iranians. (Daneshjoo.org, 03/15/05.)
For more information, check out the following sources:
Bonfire of the Mullahs
Michael Leeden is commenting on the above mentioned report by Reuters:
The Islamic republic does not have "an awkward relationship" with Zoroastrianism. It forbids Zoroastrian practices, including the celebration of the Zoroastrian New Year, Norooz. Forget about "guarded recognition;" there is a ban. The mullahs know something that al-Reuters apparently either doesn’t know, or doesn’t choose to report: that there is a big Zoroastrian revival under way in Iran, another sign of the hollowness of the Islamic republic, and the hostility of the Iranian people to their leaders. And to say that the authorities "beat up and gassed" some "revelers" is quite an understatement, since, on the evening of March 15h, there were very large-scale demonstrations all over Iran, combining the Norooz celebrations with calls for the downfall of the regime itself. Effigies of top mullahs were burned in the streets. (RegimeChangeIran.com, The Fire in Iran, 03/17/05.)
From Marc Cuban's post, Political Bloggers - the new paparazzi.
Whether it's been newspapers, magazines, TV or radio, the opportunities to reach an audience has been limited to a finite number of local and national gatekeepers. Just outside those gates, knocking on the door, trying to be heard for the past 100 or more years have been wanna be Woodward and Bernsteins. People with information, ideas and concepts that they know the populace would respond to have been turned away, again and again.
Its payback time. The bloggers are here, and they are ready to knock down the gates and get their pound of flesh. The traditional media has no idea what is about to hit them. (BlogMaverick.com, 02/14/05.)
I don't think "we" (if I should categorize my blog as political for the sake of the argument) are the new paparazzi. See Cox & Forkum's cartoon, Pajamas at the Gate, for a more accurate description.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Since the 2008 campaign season seems to be off to an early start, Americans should think about getting a better handle on one of the other political parties--specifically that smaller one whose candidate finished with 0.3% of the vote in the 2004 Election.
I'm not talking about the Green Party, with whose tenets most Americans are by now familiar but which drew an even smaller 0.1% of the vote. I'm talking about the country's third-largest, yet still somewhat enigmatic, party, the Libertarians--which is often overshadowed by other minor parties (even the Greens, if you can imagine), and whose candidate's name I'd wager most people still don't know. (It's Michael Badnarik.) (OpinionJournal, 03/15/05.)
I recommend you to read Gus Van Horn's post, From Big Tent to Anti-Concept, for you out there who have thoughts on voting on the Libertarian Party. Read also Steve Martinovich's (Western Standard) post, Ayn Rand did call them the "Hippies of the Right". On a related note, Beck of Incite has written a post titled, The Neolibertarian Network. [Via Accidental Verbosity.]
Related: My posts, THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE and THE LIBERTARIAN ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT.
- Don't Forget! by Jay Solo of Accidental Verbosity.
- IEAPD3 by Michele Catalano of A Small Victory.
- Eat an Animal for PETA
DayWeek by Gus Van Horn.
What's for dinner at your place? Please comment on this post with your food for thought!
I had cottage pie (shepherd's pie) for dinner. Here are some more posts to digest [Hat tip to G.V.H.]:
- My Knife and Steel (or, What I Do To Pay the Bills) by the General of Benjo Blog.
- Eat an Animal for PeTA, my contribution by Bothenook of a Geezer's Corner.
I will not be able to upload the picture of yours truly today, so you have to wait for the snapshot until a later date this week. In the meantime, go to Meryl Yourish's post, IEAPD: Last thoughts, and then scroll down the page.
PETA DAY: BIG TASTY MEATY BURGER
Originally uploaded by Lyceum.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Will Bush step up and defend the Republic of China (Taiwan), or will it be as George Jonas predicts in his article, Selling out Taiwan: George Jonas on the growing crisis in the Strait of Taiwan? It looks like the Bush administration wants to have a status quo situation...
Things may be looking up for democracy in the Near East, but the Far East is a different story. By the end of today, China's figurehead "parliament" will have rubber-stamped Beijing's new anti-secession law. China's rulers are giving themselves the green light to invade Taiwan.
They may not need to bother. The world seems ready to hand democratic Taiwan -- a.k.a. the Republic of China -- to Mao Tse-Tung's heirs on a platter. (National Post, 03/14/05.)
Related: My post, TAIWAN IS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.
Read Brian J. Dunn's post, Ready. Set. Go? [Via InstaPundit.]
Welcome to the March 14, 2005 edition of Carnival of the Capitalists, the Internet's most intriguing weekly round-up of free-market articles.
We have some superb entries this week, and all are well worth reading. (RFID-Weblog.com, 03/14/05.)
For a background on RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification), go to Answers.com.
As always, check out the Reason Roundup at the Charlotte Capitalist.
Welcome to this week's Reason Roundup. How about a PETA butter and jelly sandwich? Killing God. One of the most beautiful photographs ever! The worst bumper sticker ever. Let "The Scarlet Pimpernel" take you away. Getting unwired, freeing beauty...and more! (CharlotteCapitalist.com, 03/13/05.)
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
In just the last two years, we have added an astonishing 215 new names to the ranks of the world's billionaires. In 2003 we found 476 billionaires. Today it's a record 671. Their aggregate net worth has grown from $1.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion. The average net worth has also jumped, from $2.9 billion to $3.2 billion. To what do the billionaires owe their good fortunes? (Forbes, 03/10/05.)
I agree with Jourgy's statement: "Ikea = Incredible awesomeness," but it seems that the blogger hasn't understood the true meaning of capitalism. Maybe Jourgy should read Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal?
But back to Ingvar Kamprad... I dunno. Something about the fact that he's isn't so extravagent kind of reconfirms my whole decision to be in business. I always questioned it. Something about it just screams "selfish!" to me sometimes. (My gut is telling me no..., 03/11/05.)
Ingvar Kamprad of IKEA is number 6 on the list. Mr. Kamprad was for a moment (due to a weaker dollar) in 2004 the richest man in the world. From Edward Black's article, 'IKEA mania' puts founder on Forbes billionaires list.
The top ten did see a lot of movement with IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad moving from No 13 last year to No 6 in 2005. His success has come from the strength of the euro as well as the profile of IKEA around the world. He is now the richest European in the world. (The Scotsman, 03/11/05.)
Jeff Turrentine reports in his article, The Swede Smell Of Success, that the British design magazine, Icon, has named IKEA as the "most influential taste-maker in the world today." What do you think of IKEA's design? Do you have products from IKEA in your home?
For more on why IKEA's business idea has been so successful, read the following articles:
- Ingvar Kamprad: Ikea always was a disaster to assemble (The Sunday Times).
- The miracle of Älmhult (The Guardian).
I think the marketing department at IKEA has the right to decide on how the catalog should look, but it is a bit disturbing how they market their stuff in Muslim countries... Read Alastair Jamieson's article, Who wins IKEA battle of the sexes? For more on this issue, read the post, IKEA Dhimmitude Watch, at Little Green Footballs.
Do you think that Mark Cuban (#507) has read Edwin Locke's book, The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators?
I think I will participate in a meme called Saturday Slant now and then. [Hat tip to Blogs About Hosting.] Here is the post for week 9:
The Best Decision I Ever Made Was...
What? Choosing to marry your someone special? Having a child? Making a career change? Divorcing that someone who wasn't as special as s/he used to be? Going back to school?
Of all thousands of decisions you make daily, which stands out to you today as the best decision you ever made? Tell your readers what it was, the circumstances surrounding the decision, and how it has come to present to you the best decision you ever made.
I made a very important decision as a teenager (in the 1980's) when I decided to start reading Ayn Rand's works of literature. My quest for finding an integrated system of thought and a philosophical guideline has helped me to make good decisions later on in my life. I decided to go back to school again in my late 20's and I went to America to study Business Administration at a university in New Hampshire. The college years gave me a real taste for the Land of Opportunity and I managed to land a job in Ohio after my graduation. My long-range goal is to return to America. Another important decision was when I started blogging in May 2002. On a related topic, check out the "Official Buzz from Blogger at Google" and read Biz Stone's post, Blogging and Your Career.
[Editor's note to some of my readers, fellow bloggers, and supporters: I have a backlog of email messages I have to reply to. I have been very busy during this week with my school project, board meetings, purchase & logistics activities, et cetera. I will come back to you a.s.a.p.]