kuro5hin.org: "Best war reporters: The Russians?"
Month: March 2003
Fox News’ response to anti-war protesters?… “Attention protesters: the Michael Moore Fan Club meets Thursday at a phone booth at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street”
I had a conversation with my dad on Friday night while I was on the way to a gig in Los Gatos, CA. We talked about the war in Iraq.
Basically we came to two conclusions in common. First, we’re pretty sure that if Saddam is out of the picture, the Iraqi people would at the very least be better off, and many of them will be happy that he’s gone. The other conclusion we aggree about is that there’s not much love of America and Americans to be lost in the Arab world as a result of the war. If we stay in Iraq long-term, it spells trouble. (We’ve already seen it.)
My dad gave me the impression that he was in favor of the war in Iraq. I didn’t ask him directly whether he supported the war or not. He was against the war in Vietnam, or at least I understood that he was. I’m not sure about that either.
What I do know is that the longer that the war goes on, the less supportive I find myself of it. At first, I was on the fence, thinking that while war is something to avoid unless absolutely necessary, Saddam’s regime is certainly tyranical, and removing him from power could be nothing but good. It was only later that I started to think about the longer-term ramifications of this war in Iraq, and the geo-political implications of our nearly unilateral actions there…
At this moment, the feeling that rises to the surface faster than any other is fear. The whole world seems to be reacting to the war in Iraq as they will — Europe dividing itself on historical lines, England and Austrailia sticking with the U.S. because that’s what they do, North Korea, India and Pakistan posturing (along with Syria, Turkey and Iran).
Today there’s been a new suicide bombing in Israel, and God only knows what kind of mayhem is being planned by extrimists on all fronts.
My overall visceral reaction is one of fear. After that I analyze — I’m an analytical thinker, so that’s what I do… But it doesn’t stop me from being afraid.
Isn’t that the goal of terrorism? Are we terrorists?
George Orwell as quoted by Jason Kottke: “Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed.”
We’ve made some more changes to the upstreaming CPU usage improvements released on Wednesday. This release includes a fix for a problem where pictures posted through the myPictures Tool would take a long time to upstream. It also fixes a bug which could cause files in deeply nested sub-folders to take a long time to upstream.
If you’re comfortable running beta software, see this message on the radio-dev mail list for instructions.
Seymour Hersh: “Why did the Administration endorse a forgery about Iraq?s nuclear program?”
Saying of evidence cited by George W. Bush in his speech issuing the ultamitum to Iraq which resulted in the war in which we’re currently engaged:
“Then the story fell apart. On March 7th, Mohamed ElBaradei, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna, told the U.N. Security Council that the documents involving the Niger-Iraq uranium sale were fakes. ‘The I.A.E.A. has concluded, with the concurrence of outside experts, that these documents… are in fact not authentic,’ ElBaradei said.”
“One senior I.A.E.A. official went further. He told me, ‘These documents are so bad that I cannot imagine that they came from a serious intelligence agency. It depresses me, given the low quality of the documents, that it was not stopped. At the level it reached, I would have expected more checking.'”
Not war-related — an interesting article in Nature for people like me who are interested in number theory and chaos theory: Prime numbers not so random?
“Kumar’s team looked at the increments in the intervals between consecutive primes. For example, the intervals between the first few are 1, 2, 2, 4 and 2. The increments are the differences between these successive intervals: +1, 0, +2 and -2.
“These increments are not random, the physicists conclude: they have a rough-and-ready predictability. ‘Positive values are almost every time followed by corresponding negative values,’ explains team member Plamen Ivanov”
We’ve been working on some enhancements to Radio’s upstreaming implementation, which make it much more CPU-friendly. We’ve released the changes as a beta, so we can flesh out any problems before releasing through the root updates process.
We welcome your help testing the changes. If you’re comfortable running beta software, please follow the instructions in this message on the radio-dev mail list.
Not too happy with the news in general today.
North Korea is posturing, and may be getting ready to test-fire a missile towards Japan, which it’s criticizing for the planned launch of a spy satellite on Friday. India and Pakistan are testing more missiles, and India is accusing the US of having a double-standard when it comes to combating terrorism. (Of course we do — that should come as no surprise to anyone.)
Meanwhile, 1,000 Iraqi trucks are on a collision course with US Marines south of Baghdad, who incidentally don’t have much air-support at the moment because of sand-storms, the International Federation of Journalists is calling for an investigation into whether bombing of Iraqi TV was a violation of the Geneva Convention, and former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter believes that “we do not have the military means to take over Baghdad and… the defeat of the United States in this war is inevitable.”
At least Turkey has said it won’t send any more troops into Iraq.
Fun, fun, fun…