Monday, June 30, 2008

LECTURES: Tim Berners-Lee

The Annenberg Networks Network presents a seminar with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of MIT's World Wide Web consortium and considered by many to be the inventor of the World Wide Web.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Urgent - Position wanted

>> This individual seeks an executive position. He will be available in January 2009, and is willing to relocate.
>> 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
>> Washington , DC 20520

> Law Enforcement:
> I was arrested in Kennebunkport , Maine , in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
> Military:
> I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam .
> College:
> I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
> * I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
> * I began my career in the oil business in Midland Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas . The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
> * I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
> * With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
> * I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union . During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America
> * I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
> * I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
> * With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States , after losing by over 500,000 votes.
> * I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
> * I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
> * I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury
> * I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
> * I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
> * I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
> * I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market.
> * In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.
> * I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history.
> * My "poorest millionaire," Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
> * I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
> * I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
> * My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
> * My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
> * I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent
> * investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
> * I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
> * I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
> * I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
> * I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.
> * I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
> * I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
> * I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
> * I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
> * I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
> * I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
> * I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
> * I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
> * I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
> * I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.
> * I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.
> * In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
> * I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
> * I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
> * I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.
> * All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
> * All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
> * All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Kinshasa 2.0 -Part2

The final part of the piece from my last post.

It is a Short film by Teboho Edkins, part of "Why Democracy" Project(, shown on Berlinale Talent Campus 2008,Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2008, Kurzfilm Festival Innsbruck 2008, Norwegian Short Film Festival 2008. Second Life® Production by, Berlin, Germany.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

When Jack Thompson Talks to God

Great little music video about another US asshole. The tune is based on "When The President Talks" - another nifty song from a while back.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Treason is never old news

It must be pretty clear now - even to the densest of individuals - that Bush and his fellow weasels deliberately lied the US into the Iraq war.

So how does the US news media respond to a former press secretaries account of this reality?

They question his loyalty, his accuracy, his motivations.

And it's largely working.

These questions have framed the discussion of the McClellan book.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

weblin tutorial english

It's a tutorial that might as well be an advert but who cares? I know some of you haven't made the plunge into the metaverse yet so no virtual reality simulations for you yet. But ...

These "weblins" are seriously cool despite simplistic first looks. Each web page you visit becomes a meeting place if you want it as your web-based avatar travels around with you..