Monday, February 28, 2005
I don't think the Music industry realises the cliff it is sitting on. Their sales were going down steeply, then iTunes and it's spinoffs started selling the music again. Now they are trying to raise the prices, and essentially drive off more customers. They don't seem to understand the concept of discounting, where if you sell something for less, you'll sell more of it.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
A 13 year old is suspended because he gave his teacher a rubber band.
"Rojas said she was shocked to learn that her son was being punished for a Level 4 offense -- the highest Level at the school. Other violations that also receive level 4 punishment include arson, assault and battery, bomb threats and explosives, according to the Code of Student Conduct"
Overreaction, I think. Pretty surprising, even for America---land of the free and home of the frivolous lawsuits.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Chirac was speaking french, when he is fluent in english, at a US/UK banquet.
After all Bush was willing to forgive yesterday, this is very arrogant from a nation that doesn't even have an aircraft carrier for its navy.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Ah, where the episcopal church fails, the catholic comes through.
Queen won't attend "Marriage" ceremony
This has to be turning her stomach...
Today is a "blogger holiday" where bloggers everywhere post in protest of Arash and Mojtaba's arrest.
E-mail the ambassador to Iran.
Here is official site in protest of Iran's actions....
Oh all the things...
Bush praises the french because of our 200 years of agreement.
I agree with Condi:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- then Bush's national security adviser -- to reportedly suggest that after the war, the United States should "punish France, ignore Germany and reward Russia."
Sunday, February 20, 2005
By the way, if you want gmail invites so you can get a gmail e-mail, drop me a note. I have a few left. My e-mail is email@example.com......
Is this right for this man to release these tapes? Is it a violation of Bush's privacy?
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Janet Reno and some of her celebrity pals are going to make a album about the history of the U.S.
"To mirror the diversity of America, the producers are seeking an eclectic group of artists to perform the songs in a variety of musical genres. So far, singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and the country band BR549 have signed on. Both collaborated on Beautiful Dreamer.
Reno, who credits a longtime love of many musical styles as a source of her interest, wants the album to provide a perspective on where the nation has been and where it's going.
Colonial times, the Revolutionary War, the expansion West, the effect of capitalism, and World War II are just a few of the footsteps in the country's history she says the compilation should touch on."
What are your thoughts?
Friday, February 18, 2005
"This has to nothing to do with the question of the outcome of 2004 (election)," Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, told a Capitol Hill news conference. "This has everything to do with full civil rights of Americans. Period."
Of course not, John. You've never been politically motivated before. Why should we think so now?
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Their concern is a bunch of bologna.
Two reporters got the name of an undercover CIA operative. Now they are facing charges because they refuse to reveal their source.
The lawyer for the reporters say that "Today's decision strikes a heavy blow against the public's right to be informed about its government," Abrams said in a statement."
But what right did they have to possibly compromise our nation's security?
Monday, February 14, 2005
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Friday, February 11, 2005
An example article:
"Pyongyang, February 10 (KCNA) -- It is said that many historical cultural sites in south Korea are occupied by the U.S. military bases whose total area exceeds 123, 000 phyong. To cite an example, AA artillery positions cover at least 20,600 phyong in the area of the Changdok Palace registered as the world's cultural heritage by UNESCO. The military installations that occupy historic sites number eight in the area north of Kyonggi Province and five in the area of Seoul. In this regard Rodong Sinmun today says in a signed commentary: The U.S. is building its military bases even in the areas where there are tombs of forefathers, not content with desecrating the soul of the nation and looting precious historical cultural relics in south Korea. This is a hideous crime against the Korean nation and its history as it debases its dignity and tarnishes its history spanning 5,000 years. The U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea chose areas with historical cultural remains as sites for their military bases and installations in a bid to dampen the spirit of the Korean nation, do away with the 5, 000 year-long history of the nation and enslave the Koreans. Throughout history foreign aggressors have employed a trite method of setting up all sorts of ruling bodies and military installations in the areas of historic remains under their occupation in a bid to distort the history of relevant nations and quell the spirit of national independence and resistance. The U.S. imperialists infiltrated a pirate ship into Korea to exhume the tomb of Prince Nam Yon more than a century ago. Since their of occupation of south Korea in place of the Japanese imperialists the U.S. imperialists have ruthlessly trampled underfoot a lot of areas of historical cultural remains. The sovereignty in south Korea has been encroached upon for 100 years under the occupation of foreign forces and the areas of precious historical cultural remains of the nation are destroyed by the aggressor forces. The Korean people can no longer remain a passive onlooker to this tragic reality."
Obviously, this is greatly exaggerated. S. Korea says that the crime rate of U.S. soldiers in their country has dropped since last year.
While N. Korea is busy claiming the U.S. is imperialistic, it has kept 70% of its 1.2 million man strong army as close as possible to Seoul and the S. Korean border.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
""The whole Iranian nation is united against any threat or attack. If the invaders reach Iran, the country will turn into a burning hell for them," he [President Mohammed Khatami] added, as the crowd, braving heavy snow, chanted "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!'"
So really, after that speech, how successful is the European Union with their talks with Iran? ""We're moving forward," said Jean Asselborn, foreign minister of Luxembourg which currently holds the EU presidency. "
Though the EU was indifferent of Iranian President Khatami's speech on "Death to America", they did mention that they were dissapointed to learn in their talks that most of Iran's diplomats do not enjoy tea and crumpets.
(j/k. Above paragraph, mine.)
However, the U.S. has been critical of the EU's talks--saying that they were not tough enough. "The Iranians need to hear that if they are unwilling to live with verification measures... then the Security Council referral looms,"said Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, possibly referring to UN impose sanctions.
Unlike Iran, North Korea has pulled out from all talks, saying that it has nuclear weapons and needs them for defense against the hostile U.S.
In the meantime, pray for South Korea.
"North Korea publicly admitted Thursday for the first time that it has nuclear weapons, and said it wouldn't return to six-nation talks aimed at getting it to abandon its nuclear ambitions"
Bush labeled this nation one of the axis of evil, and many had a cow.
Now will you consider that something needs to be done there?
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
We should have done this years age, but regulations are soo restricting.
Monday, February 07, 2005
"President Bush (news - web sites) plans to unveil a $2.5 trillion budget today eliminating dozens of politically sensitive domestic programs"
YAY!!!! Sounds huge, right?
"Overall, discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security would fall by nearly 1 percent"
Good start, lets keep going!
Saturday, February 05, 2005
You go, girl.
Friday, February 04, 2005
The Hubble space telescope has taken yet another spectacular photograph.
Would someone mind telling me why we are getting rid of this, and not replacing it???????
This is the best instrument of discovery, with a higher return then the Mars Rovers. And now that the shuttle is grounded, it will be a while before manned missons of discovery commence.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
The U.S broadcast TV audience would rather watch freaks sing out of tune than President Bush and Democrats wax politics, overnight ratings show.
One hour of IDOL on one network pulled a higher ratings average than 2 hours of STATE OF THE UNION -- on three networks, combined."
Doesn't the fact that more people watched 'American Idol' than the 'State of the Union' reflect the real state of the union?
Why is the UN so slow to term the mass killings in Sudan as 'genocide? Because they would then be legally bound to act....
Its apparent that procrastinating politicians (who fill the UN) care little for the lives of those who cannot aid their own political ambitions.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Now Condi is backing a Palistinian nationstate. Good grief. This is what Powell was doing! I thought once we get the liberal Secretary of State out, we could move on from this crash. The palestinians don't want peace. They could have peace if they would quit sending suicide bombers into Israel, blowing up the "infidels".
This is a futile effort, and a waste of US tax dollars.
"Sept. 11 families. The government paid an average $2.1 million to the families of those killed in those attacks. "
Currently, the soldiers familys get $12,425, the new plan is $100,000.
Ok, so did we react to the the terrorist victems with to much federal money, or are the soldiers still being underpaid?