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Michael Moore; hypocrite

Observer reporter Andrew Anthony recently had a chance to interview Liberal "maverick" documentarian Michael Moore. While praise for the film flows like, well, like Michael Moore himself were writing the copy, Mr. Anthony has some rather interesting observations about the director.
What I think, after my short time in his company, is that Moore is a man you would not want as an opponent, but also one you'd think twice about calling a friend. Though a talented film-maker and a clever showman, a populist who knows how to play the maverick, he is too often both big-headed and small-minded. In his desire to be seen as the decent man telling truth to power, he is too ready to blame those less powerful than himself for his shortcomings. He was justly revered in the Palais, but out on the street no one had a kind word to say about him. At Cannes, Moore may have been the star but he was not, it seems, the man of the people.
This my favorite exchange:
It is doubtless to this missio…

IRAQI EMIGRES ON ABU GHRAIB

Interesting... I wonder if CNN knows about this?

IRAQI EMIGRES ON ABU GHRAIB: This is interesting:

n Iraqi engineer who moved to Australia in 1997 and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children. He is amazed at the gullibility of those Australians who have taken the Arab response to the photos at face value.

This sort of brutality goes on all the time, it is happening now in jails right through the Middle East, he says. But of course there are no photos. This is selective outrage.

Kazwini believes that the behaviour revealed by the photos is awful and the US soldiers involved should be punished. But he says some of the Iraqi prisoners shown were Saddam's killers and torturers. They have been responsible for far worse violations of human rights than the Americans.

Where is the outrage about this, he asks. I haven't seen it referred to in one newspaper.

Kazwini has a different perspective to most of us here in Australia. Seven people he knew disappeared during Saddam's time…

Home again

We're finally home from Baltimore... friggen 12 hours straight to get home. We hated it that much.
I remember being in Boston, SoPo, Maine, and Vermont and having a really good time. Maryland (well, to be fair, I should only say Baltimore), you suck. Sorry. I've never been in a place that so segregated the tourists from the rest of the (very scary) city. When you get a book from AAA and it says "Don't go to this place alone or after dark", that's bad. When it's true, that's even worse.
The good parts... Kooper's pub. Very cool place. Inner Harbor?; sure, why not, but it's like the size of Grand Rapids. Not exactly what we were hoping for.
Phillip's Restaurant was awesome (well, the buffet was, we couldn't get into the real restaurant).
The National Aquarium was cool, but we spent more time watching the rays than anything. Maybe we just weren't in the mood, but I thought the dolphin show was so-so... like I said, may have just been the …

The Fourth Network

What, in the name of God, are these people smoking?

After PSTN, Cable Networks and Wireless Networks, uber venture capitalist Gary Morgenthaler thinks it is time for the fourth network, or what I would like to call the MegaNET

What I am suggesting is nothing less than the creation of a 4th Network. The new network would offer not the five channels or 70 or 500 channels typical of the broadcast, cable or satellite networks.  Instead, it would offer 50,000 or even the 500,000 channels made possible by the Internet. The industry could thus take full advantage of the seemingly insatiable consumer drive for increasingly personalized communication and entertainment.  Viewers would draw on this infinitude of programming to select precisely what they want and when. Call it “TiVo Meets the Internet.”  Imagine a world where anyone can ask for and automatically receive any program— recent Bosnian soccer matches, “Great Lectures in Physics,” Tomb Raiders XXVI, Tai Chi lessons, or a videoconference …