Saturday, January 28, 2006

LRC picks
Hooray for file-sharing

The man who’s killing newspapers

That’s OK — obviously I love the Web, my language skills are entirely transferable and I already know simple HTML and would love to learn more so when it’s time to switch to being 100 per cent online I’ll be ready. Though I wonder if for my kind of small-time news — suburban-town politics and local kids in sport, as perennial as the grass and recession-proof, Deo gratias — there will always be a use for cheap paper.

Reasons not to put a yellow-ribbon sticker on your car (more)
Like John DeHope I’m not a pacifist, and I realise many of the soldiers are there against their will (they signed the motherf*cking contract as the US Marines say so they had to go unless they were ready to take the consequences like the heroic Camilo Mejia and Kevin Benderman — search the blog for more on them), but good points

Stop abusing soldiers: bring ’em on... home.

How Iraqisation is going

The symbiotic relationship between Mr Bush’s minders and Osama bin Laden

Or at least the threat of Mr bin Laden, if indeed the latest tape is really of him. He’s worth more to the neocons alive and at large than dead or caught.

And on the other end...

Iraq war a recruiting bonanza for terrorists
As if the world didn’t have a reason to hate the American empire before 9/11
Bush has succeeded in displacing secular moderates from Middle Eastern governments and replacing them with Islamic extremists. It boggles the mind that this disastrous result makes Americans feel safer!

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