Archive for August, 2006

The Battle of Baghdad

It is ironic how the current battle in Baghdad has slipped from our attention. Rightly or wrongly I believe it will be the decisive battle in the Iraq war and think that it will receive far more attention from history than the press or even bloggers are giving it just now. In this Wall Street [...]

Corporate Blogging

I have become aware of corporate blogging through the work of my son and daughter in law who, among other things,  have been working on helping corporations get their own blogs started. They, of course, have their own corporate blog at One thing they experience is that there is both resistance and enthusiasm for [...]

Lizard at the Sale

Well, I have certainly noticed that I can experience sales both ways. For those of you who had trouble seeing the ‘whole Lizard’ this way I can’t seem to get the thumbnail feature working again. I am investigating.

Fear and Loathing

In a very clear essay on terror Bruce Schneier looks at many of the recent incidents of people reacting with fear of Muslims. Among several others he mentions this incident which has been in my thoughts too: On Aug. 16, two men were escorted off a plane headed for Manchester, England, because some passengers thought [...]

Google and History

I caught a headline in the West Australian in the supermarket – Don’t learn it, just Google it: Ravlich. (Ravlich being Ms Ljiljanna Ravlich – the Western Australian state Education Minister) My immediate thought was: she’s right – it will turn out like calculators. Humans will just not do things the hard way when there [...]

Lizard Large

Well Lizard doesn’t want to be a thumbnail anymore – so we have Lizard full size which I think is better. For those of you unfamiliar with this series of cartoons, it is called ‘Spot the introvert’. For those of you familiar with Barry Kubank’s Lizard you will have noticed that Lizard is female this [...]

Media Wars

David Perlmutter, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research at the University of Kansas School of Journalism & Mass Communications, has a summation of the latest embarrassing media incidents from the war in Lebanon surrounding the credibility of photojournalism. He says some very good things and also, I believe, fails to genuinely confront [...]

Lizard delayed

Lizard will appear Tuesday due to technical difficulties.

More Well Kept Secrets

Originally published Aug 19, 2006 I wrote about the four times expansion in world wide per capita GDP here a couple of weeks ago. It all started because I was wondering how much economic activity had expanded during the second half of the 20th century and after some searching found the web-site of Berkeley economics [...]

The Second Wave

Note: Originally Published August 16th, 2006 Daniel Pipes has an article on difficulties with the term Islamic fascism here and discusses alternate terms such as radical Islam and Islamist. I think one part of our problem in finding a term that fits is that we are dealing with a largely new phenomena and any term [...]