December 7th, 2010

The leaks

I don’t think there is much to add to the unfolding Wikileaks saga. But this you might find this somewhat noteworthy: two public broadcast networks here (think a bit your PBS, although things are much more diversified here) have hosted a mirror site of Wikileaks now. This to the chagrin of my new, fresh, “let’s get to work” right winged administration, working with a parlimentary minority and a few ultry right wing opportunistic supporters.

I must say I was kinda flabbergasted by the almost lascivious suggestions made by both Australian and American representatives to actually execute mr. Assange. Hello??

In the meantime, here, parliament insist on having toilets on ALL trains, and cancelling the mandatory clubcard for people who want to view a soccer match, all while the economy is grinding. Oh, well, they WILL debate on Assange, see if freedom of press is being violated and to try to put pressure on Sweden to not let him be send to the US. If it wasn’t sad, it would be really, really funny.

Silly tidbit: A Danish newspaper started a Wikileaks mirror, and decided to host it on Amazon’s cloud servers, you know, the Amazon where Wikeleaks themselves have been thrown off two weeks ago. The newspaper simply stated it was the simplest option to use but added “it would make in interesting story if they were kicked out too”. Hee!

April 16th, 2007

Google going downhill fast

Bad news. I am a google fan, but it becomes harder to do so. Last week they acquired doubleclick (that’s right, the company all anti-spyware software marks it’s cookies as trackers). Today they announced a deal with Clear Channel Radio. Clear Channel radio has bought a huge number of radio stations in the US, stifling diversity and mainstreaming into musical and political nothingness. This is truly bad and sad news.

September 30th, 2006

One more reason to boycott Walmart (and perhaps Google)

According to “Imagethief” the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) has been banned in Singapore. Imagethief reports that while the government used bureaucratic legalisms to shut FEER down, what really put FEER out of business was this article. To be honest, I can’t help but think that folks in Washington wish they could do the same thing here. After all it’s OK to torture people, ignore the Geneva Convention and anything else our president and his cronies don’t like. What might be next? I think we should toss the bastards (and that includes the Democrats who sided with torture) out on their asses before they get carried aways with themselves :) Or have they already gone too far?
Have a nice day!

2006 October 04: On October 2 The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the banning of FEER.