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Outstanding: The Crisis of Credit Visualized (via)

Viz now has a website that’s even slightly less shit than before, which makes me very happy.

Some kind (and really quite true) words from Ian Appleby leading into the antics of the Indy and their bad habit of pretending to accept comments when they’d really rather you shut up and went away. It could be a simple case of poor housekeeping, but I’ve watched entire comment threads disappear from the Independent website; they’re as bad as many of the tabloids on most fronts. More newspapers have been willing to try the comments-lite solution since the public face of blogging was taken over by a bunch of comment cheats. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

The new and renewed Daily Mail Watch is about to loom on your horizon. You have been warned.

Via Carl comes news from (and of) another jolly useful site from the good people at mysociety.org:
FOI Request re: Mark Thompson’s trip to Israel for talks with Ariel Sharon

The Sun didn’t really discover Atlantis via Google Earth. I can tell by that look on your face that you’re totally shocked by that.

And now, some things you can see from Google Earth that The Sun would rather you didn’t.

(So is The Sun spending most their budget on watching Jade Goody die and filling in any blank spots with stuff they found on Google Earth? It certainly seems like it. And if you don’t mind me saying so, it’s this kind of clever newspapering that makes Rebekah Wade long overdue for a promotion.)

Iain Dale’s somewhat misinformed view on Star Wars reminded me of Starcrash, the world’s greatest space adventure movie ever, ever, ever. It’s even got a hairy-chested Hoff. Watch the whole thing here, if you like.

Speaking of hollow imitations dressed with shiny lights; here’s what the pollsters are saying about Sarah Palin’s future.

On the subject of Google-bombing YouTube, here’s a result you might enjoy (screengrab)

And finally, some good news from the land of we-don’t-do-torture:

AP Newsbreak: CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes
The Times – Britain admits rendition of terror suspects
Guardian – UN attacks Britain over torture claims
Septicisle – Rendition flashback
Justin McKeating – David Miliband and Jaqui Smith: something to hide, something to fear








Posted by Tim Ireland at 21 November 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

… the gift that keeps on giving:

(Psst! You may wish to move on to the next item if you’re vegetarian or in any way sensitive about the origin of your Thanksgiving/Christmas/Winterval turkey.)

Palin Enjoys The Levity Of A Turkey Slaughter (via)

Raw Story – Palin pardons turkey as bird bleeds out on camera: In 1963, President Kennedy decided to let the White House turkey live instead of making dinner of it. George Bush Sr. was the first president since to pardon a seasonal fowl, in the waning months of 1993, and his son followed suit through his presidency. Now Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has mimed presidential tradition, but her effort at winged mercy was ‘cut’ short. As she staged an impromptu press conference after pardoning one lucky bird, a worker at the Triple D Farm and Hatchery in Wasilla sliced a turkey’s neck, bled it out and twisted its head off behind the governor, directly in the camera’s line of fire. A reporter asked Palin if she was okay with the backdrop. The Alaskan Governor answered, “no worries.”








Posted by Tim Ireland at 10 November 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

And now it’s all ‘over’, we have this:

The Daily Show – Sarah Palin is so dumb, that…

However, I have to take Sarah’s side here (just for a moment) and admit that she has a point; who are these Republican-camp cowards attacking what’s left of her reputation without banking their own reputation(s) on what they have to say?

USA Today – What didn’t Palin know?: Tongues inside the John McCain campaign started wagging even before Election Day, when news outlets began reporting anonymous descriptions of the Alaska governor as a self-interested “diva” gone “rogue” (CNN) or “whack job” (Politico.com). After McCain lost, Fox News quoted aides who declined to be named as saying that Palin revealed during her debate preparation that she didn’t know Africa was a continent and couldn’t name the countries that signed the North American Free Trade Agreement. Newsweek quoted “an angry aide” as saying Palin and her family spent even more than the initially reported $150,000 on high-end clothing. Palin dismissed the criticism as the product of “jerks” who were “cowardly” to denigrate her anonymously.

As much as I loathe Sarah Palin’s use of distortion, fear, smears and simple-minded bigotry, someone has to draw a line somewhere; there are enough cowardly kidney-puncher in politics as it is.

That said, let’s get back to Sarah Palin and her use of distortion, fear, smears and simple-minded bigotry…

Newsweek – Hackers and Spending Sprees: The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied.

(“But they’re only words, right? How can words hurt anybody?”)








Posted by Tim Ireland at 4 November 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

I’m over at Liberal Conspiracy tonight, but I may also stray into b3ta/board. It depends on how rough, jolly, or jolly rough it gets.

Some updates or titbits may appear in this post.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 4 November 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

It’s 4pm in London, 11am in New York and 7am in Alaska.

1. You’ll need perspective from Atrios before you step into this pool or any pool like it, as there’ll be rogue agents, power-playing wannabes and many, many excitable puppies editing almost every wiki in the western world today.

2. Early morning ‘I voted’ threads can be found at the following locations if you’re interested in catching a vibe or two, but please do keep in mind that some neighbourhoods are more friendly than others and today is not a good day to start barging in anywhere, especially not on the last thread in this list:

Fark: A deeply cynical but jocular mix of left and right.
Wonkette: Leftish, but quite even-handed with it.
Democratic Underground: Really quite far to the left.
FreeRepublic: All the way over there to the right. No, further… no, back past “Obama’s grandmother is faking it!”. There you go.

3. This TPM blogger who has openly supported Obama since March confesses that he didn’t vote for Obama today. Read the article to find out what happened inside that voting booth.

4. Hahahahaha! I’ve only just seen this via TPM, so do excuse me; Sarah Palin promised that she would release her medical records but, on the eve of the election, she’s now offering a two-page letter from her doctor. (Ooooh, she’ll have trouble with electoral observers if she forgot her note from home today.)

UPDATE – And I’ll mention again that I’ll be live blogging over at Liberal Conspiracy this evening.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 4 November 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

Sarah Palin talks to Brad Bailey about race and equality (via)

She is way, way wayyyyy out of her depth. Please let today be the end of it. For a while, at least.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 30 October 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

U.S. ELECTION RESULTS: STRESS RELIEF DEVICE

Just a little something to keep handy as we enter the final quarter, approach the endgame, face the moment of truth and start the final countdown.

Stay in your homes, people. Barricade the doors and channel-surf with caution.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 30 October 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

Via Wonkette, a report of Sarah Palin going far beyond any past indiscretions. She’s a right maverick, and looking out for #1…. you betcha!

CNN: Palin Talks 2012, McCain Aide “Speechless”

What a winker.








Posted by Tim Ireland at 28 October 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

Can you recognise terrorism when you see it? (#1) (more)

Can you recognise terrorism when you see it? (#2)








Posted by Tim Ireland at 28 October 2008

Category: US Presidential Election 2008

I am here to save you a needless tube journey:

Yes, that Ted Stevens.

YouTube – DJ Ted Stevens Techno Remix: “A Series of Tubes”

Time – Can Ted Stevens Still Win Alaska?: Stevens, 84, was found guilty Monday on seven felony counts for failing to report $250,000 in improper gifts he received from Bill Allen, the disgraced executive of an oil services company.

FiveThirtyEight – Senate Projections, Baked Alaska Edition: Our projection models are designed to be fairly dynamic — but you don’t usually have the circumstance wherein a sitting senator gets convicted on seven felony counts (appeal pending!) eight days before an election. So, a little bit of creativity is going to be required…

Rolling Stone – The Sarah and Ted Show: Under the old rules, Stevens’ corruption scandal could well have blown over as a parochial scandal of the great, oily North. But since picking Palin, McCain & Co. have staked out Alaska as the living, beating heart of American authenticity.

WSJ Blogs – McCain Calls on Sen. Stevens to Resign, Palin Does Not: His running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has not called on her home state colleague to resign. While the statement released by the campaign today had the McCain-Palin logo on it, it was a statement only from the Arizona senator.

And, finally, before you even start trying to think of a witty headline, take a look at the quip on Fark that made me give up before I even started:

“Prison; it’s not like a big building, it’s more like a series of cubes.”

If there’s anyone on the planet who would like to try following that, please be my guest.








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