General Chaos, politics

Collateral Damage

Silenced in the name of freedom[Asia Times] American Paul Belden writes of his friend Tariq Ayyoub, the Al-Jazeera producer killed by a US missile strike on the Arabic news network's office in Baghdad.

No matter how the US government spins this, Ayyoub is a martyr. And trying to spin it just makes it look worse. Sure, it's possible that the Al-Jazeera and Abu Dhabi TV offices were mistaken for Iraqi communications centers. Sure, it's possible that the M1 crew thought snipers were firing from the Palestine Hotel. But when you kill a bunch of foriegn, “non-embedded” journalists, even by accident, in such a short period of time, it looks suspicious.

Forget the “truth”–the perception is what counts, just as in the perception of the US flag being put on the statue of Saddam in Baghdad (which, based on BBC reports, was the flag that flew over the Pentagon on 9/11) counts rather than the motive. Journalists are just as symbolic as the flag–they are the eyes of the world, and the death of Ayyoub was a gouge at the eyes of the Arab world.

Stand by for a bumpy decade, folks

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General Chaos

the Un-redesign.

eWeek came out in dead tree form in its new redesign this week, recast as a newsweekly magazine instead of a tabloid. Except…it just looks like they shrank the magazine. It's the “Honey, I Shrank The Tabloid!” syndrome; they didn't even really redesign the cover at all. Sure, Spencer Katt now gets a full page to himself…

It's hideous. Sorry, guys. Sure you don't want to try again?

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Family

Milestones-Zoe sleeps in her big bed

A picture named zoe_big_bed.JPGZoë spent her first night sleeping in a full-size twin bed. Well…most of the night. She woke up at 2 AM, and I had to go in and get her back to sleep, which meant that I ended up falling asleep for a while in her bed too. Then she woke up at 6, and climbed into momma and dada's bed for another two hours of sleep (making self-extraction from bed this morning even more difficult)…

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gallagheria

Milestones-Zoe sleeps in her big bed

A picture named zoe_big_bed.JPGZo? spent her first night sleeping in a full-size twin bed. Well…most of the night. She woke up at 2 AM, and I had to go in and get her back to sleep, which meant that I ended up falling asleep for a while in her bed too. Then she woke up at 6, and climbed into momma and dada’s bed for another two hours of sleep (making self-extraction from bed this morning even more difficult)…

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