Would The USA, Canada and Mexico in time become something like The EU? This presentation (Conspiracy / partly based on facts) is an important, detailed and timely look at forming of the North American Union (NAU).
America has co-signed a deal with North Korea under which Pyongyang will abandon its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for aid. Kim Jong-il has agreed to shut down the plutonium-producing Yongbyon reactor within 60 days in return for 50,000 tonnes of heavy oil. Seems cheap at the price.
It is the sheer stupidity of White House foreign policy that is so breathtaking. That it can be negotiating with dictators on one side of the world, and bombing democracies on the other. It can strike deals on WMD with one end of the axis of evil, but not the other. Just like the invasion of Iraq, in pursuit of WMD that weren’t there, America has shown in the Middle East all the diplomatic intelligence and tactical sophistication of a ram-raider. It’s Asbo time.
I don’t understand resignation of Cartoons Network director because this promo action. That people are that afraid.. anyway the following reanactment sort of shows how weird the terrorism assumption must have been.
Howard made a really odd comment, pretty much saying; “We Australia don’t like US democrats, they are a terrorist party”.
Damn, that’s what you call a diplomatic blunder. You can only hope European countries would never make such comment.
The most worrisome part is that the comment very clearly shows that also other countries than the US seem to use the really destructive “you’re with us or against us” together with “fear-mockering” way of argumenting. Please don’t, or we’re going to see only bigger mess around the world.
Mr Rudd said Mr Howard should be censured over his comment yesterday that terrorist network al-Qaeda would be hoping for a Democratic candidate to win next year’s US presidential election.—It also accuses Mr Howard of “gross insensitivity” for lecturing the United States on Iraq when the war has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 US servicemen and women. Mr Rudd demanded that Mr Howard withdraw his comments unreservedly.
419eater has another beautiful trap set up. The scammers were promised that they could win a cash film scholarship by acting out the Monty Python’s Dead Parrot sketch! Compare with the original.. hilarious.
It has taken a while but after a few lawsuits, and changing legistlation on both sides, now finally some control mechanisms are put back into place.
While most large companies are always taking actions to prevent corporate spying and like-wise citizens for their privacy rights, Swifts obligation under current US law which forced it to allow US government access to its US support datacenter seem to overrule those actions. Swift therefore has decided to close down this facility.
One MEP, Dutch Liberal Sophie in’t Veld, said it was not a question of being anti-American – American privacy laws were in fact tougher than those in the EU. quote from BBC
It makes sense, if you hold an international datacenter wouldn’t you logically apply the toughest privacy restrictions of your members? Odd it took so long.
I’m pretty curious if search engines are still not respecting their own imposed crawling filter:
It’s been almost an year now, since the search community introduced the rel=”nofollow” attribute. It was a ground breaking technique for spammers and not only, but the question is does it still work?
Google started the trend when they announced the new attribute. Along with them hoped onboard also Yahoo and MSN and a lot of other blog-related sites. The original idea was to stop the comment spam on blogs. Well, it had an impact, but not the one desired, because spam still exists even with the nofollow-ed links.
One day a few months ago I wanted to see which search engines obey to this rule, and which don’t, which follow links which are given rel=”follow” and which don’t. I put a special file on my site fur testing purposes only, which I marked it with nofollow. A couple of months later here we are, and I have an interesting piece of data I want to share.
I’m using the rel=”nofollow” attribute quite a lot because I often want to limit the amount of links to say my contact page, to prevent that this page is indexed higher than my other pages.
Does anyone know if this is true:
Well, I think you missed the idea a little bit: crawling (“hitting”) on link is not mentioned to be prohibited by nofollow. Nofollow items will never appear in SERPs, they will never be included into PR counting and they will not be taken into consideration as backlinks. That’s the idea.
We have written much about climate change and one part especially, global warming [here, here, here, here]. On the most basic level two questions are often mentioned:
Do humans have affect on the global climate and can we stop global warming.
Scientists for quite some time have already found consensus that we do have an effect on the global climate. For their own reasons politicians needed more time to accept that fact but recently they too publicly agree with the raw answer “yes”.
Thus, much of the “dramatic ” debate has moved on to the second question. The problematic discussions (and protests by activists) there I find are those that, because we recently found we really do have an effect on the global climate we are therefore master over climate change and can change or stop it at our own choosing. How much I appreciate our inventive power, I think that claim is wrong. (more…)
After big organizations as AOL, Livejournal, WordPress and Microsoft to name a few, now Digg follows support for open ID as well.
While very strong protection for open ID is needed to avoid a real HUGE hackers triomf, this development is really building the web to a higher level. Has Ideal and Paypal already confirmed their coalition with Open Id? And second life? The possibilities if this adoption rate continues are quite large to say the least. Radio Online has a small interview in dutch about it too.