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How to fix your Mom’s computer. You know how it is; all us drivers are mechanics, right?
Gadflyer – WSJ, Washington Times capitalize on tsunami tragedy: Note how ‘stingy’ is in quotes in the first graph and ‘the United States and other Western nations’ is not. That’s because Egeland referred to ‘wealthy states’ and ‘donor states,’ but at no time did he single out the United States. In fact, when a reporter asked Egeland to name the countries he believed to be “stingy,” he pointedly declined to do so (you can stream the 48-minute press conference with RealPlayer and see for yourself).
Note also how the dreadfully wounded and maligned Bush administration is forming its own aid coalition, as the U.N. obviously can’t be trusted to run the show.
New York Times – Are We Stingy? Yes: The American aid figure for the current disaster is now $35 million, and we applaud Mr. Bush’s turnaround. But $35 million remains a miserly drop in the bucket, and is in keeping with the pitiful amount of the United States budget that we allocate for nonmilitary foreign aid. According to a poll, most Americans believe the United States spends 24 percent of its budget on aid to poor countries; it actually spends well under a quarter of 1 percent.
Independent – Blair refuses call to convene G8 summit: Mr Blair’s support for the UN is in marked contrast to President George Bush’s announcement yesterday that a core group of donor countries – the US, India, Australia and Japan – would co-ordinate the effort. The US belatedly added the UN to that group last night.
Oh my God! Do I actually spy a pair of testicles? (Aaaand moving Right along…)
Guardian – A state of chaos: George Bush has purged the last of his father’s senior advisers, handing over control to his neocon allies.
Greg Mitchell – Some Readers Want to Lock Up Al Neuharth: Apparently, it is now an act of treason to offer an editorial opinion on the Iraq war that goes against the conventional wisdom.
OK, I’m done. Avery Ant and his One Minute Rant should carry you over into the New Year. If not, the following should keep you out of trouble…