Eclectic link dump #2

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Friday, December 31st, 2004
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How to fix your Mom’s computer. You know how it is; all us drivers are mechanics, right?

Every end-of-year list you are likely to need and some good news from FOXNews. I’m sure it’s all true.

Technorati – New Year’s Resolutions 2005: Read blogger resolutions and add your own.

Photos and Videos from the aftermath of the Asia Tsunami

Eyewitness accounts via Guardian Unlimited

Briton in Sri Lanka: I surfed the tsunami

Comparing the death count from the Tsunami to the deaths at the World Trade Center

Westboro Baptist Church: “Thank God for Tsunami & 2,000 dead Swedes”

Won’t somebody please think of the (white) children?

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.

Curse the liberals and their callous attacks on magnetic ribbons!

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…

De-metricate some road signs
Help to sabotage some IKEA posters
View some photographs from the Arkansas State Prison (circa 1915-1937)
Psst! Wanna buy a watch?

Music and Video:
Dancing Transformers!
Narcolepsy explained in song
Get jiggy and downright weird with Darth Vader
I Am a Liberal (read more about this last movie here)

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