Tra i Papaveri Rossi
6th Dutch soldier has died in Afghanistan since the presence of Dutch troops in Uruzgan. La guerra di Piero, a song by Fabrizio De André [at YouTube]
Highest act of patriotism: opposing the war in Iraq
Democracy Now! special from Boston:-- Two of the city's leading dissidents, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, sit down for a rare joint interview. Noam Chomsky began teaching linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge over 50 years ago. He is the author of dozens of books on linguistics and U.S. foreign policy. Howard Zinn is one of the country's most widely-read historians. His classic work A People's History of the United States has sold over 1.5 million copies and it has altered how many teach the nation's history. Chomsky and Zinn discuss Vietnam, activism, history, Israel-Palestine, and Iraq, which Chomsky calls "one of the worst catastrophes in military and political history." [rush transcript included] -- [.. ] -->
AMY GOODMAN: Vice president Cheney is saying this war can be won.
NOAM CHOMSKY: There's an interesting study being done right now by a former Russian soldier in Afghanistan in the late 1980's, he's now a student in Toronto who's comparing the Russian press and the Russian political figures and military leaders, what they were saying about Afghanistan, comparing it with what Cheney, others and the press are saying about Iraq and not to your great surprise, change a few names and it comes out about the same.
Beyond the usual rhetoric of citizens' journalism
Blogging, the nihilist impulse
Media theorist and Internet activist Geert Lovink formulates a theory of weblogs that goes beyond the usual rhetoric of citizens' journalism. Blogs lead to decay, he writes. What's declining is the "Belief in the Message". Instead of presenting blog entries as mere self-promotion, we should interpret them as decadent artefacts that remotely dismantle the broadcast model.
----- Managers received a list of email addresses and phone numbers with which their employees have communicated, and a list of Web sites visited.
Wal-Mart also developed a system to read the personal emails of workers sent or received from private accounts such as Hotmail or Gmail. ----- At Democracy Now!
Update 7-4-07 -> lighthouse (vuurtoren) had a new teinture - i'm off for some days -
You know Stone's 'Hidden History of the Korean War'?