bookmark_borderWorld Summit

I’ve been following the coverage of this sporadically, but it doesn’t seem to be going too well at the moment. According to BBC News: Crisis looms over world summit.

The US Bush Administration is, once again, looking for a way to get away with doing what they like. The arrogance of this attitude angers many, including a large number of US citizens, but, and this is kind of childish, I just get the feeling that the US Bush Administration is basically thumbing it’s nose at the rest of the world. The message: “We’re bigger than you and we will do what we want, nah nah na na nah”.

Add to this the lack of discussion on the key issue of climate change (think recent floods, droughts etc) and you have to wonder if the summit will acheive anything of note. Too many politicians involved I think. I don’t necessarily mean those with government affliations, but those people who represent a whole variety of government, social, and environmental groups and are busy making sure that there position isn’t compromised too much. Add to that the plethora of businessmen in there (who undoubtedly have their companies best interests in mind) and we get a curious clash of cultures.

More from Greenpeace.
Friends of the Earth.
US defends it’s record.

*Post edited as per Ann Marie’s comment. Sincerest apologies (damn yank… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

bookmark_borderFile sharing

MP3s, the RIAA, Napster, Kazaa, illegal downloads. Ring any bells?

Puddle of Mudd, Coldplay. Ring any bells?

The connection is simple. I have downloaded both albums in MP3 format. I didn’t own the albums. I do now, on the strength of the tracks I downloaded.

File sharing good.

Another view point.

bookmark_borderBirthday Pressie

OK, so my birthday’s not for a couple of months yet (October) but should any kind soul out there want to grace me with a pressie (other than something from my wish list), then may I suggest Lapvantage Dome Deluxe.

Just the one please.

Thanks.

My back and posture will be forever in your debt… ohh you might have to pay a little extra to get it shipped across here though…

bookmark_borderAmbrose Bierce

The Devil’s Dictionary offers “The most irreverent and sardonic definitions of common terms this side of the inferno.”

Favourite entries (so far):
OMEN, n. A sign that something will happen if nothing happens.
VOTE, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
NONSENSE, n. The objections that are urged against this excellent dictionary.