The Kensington Review

18 September 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 111
Heimatschutzministerium Outsources Border Defense to Private Sector -- The Heimatschutzministerium, what Mr. Bush calls his “Department of Homeland Security”, has decided it can’t handle America’s border problem so it is going to let someone else do it. Northrop-Grumman, Ericsson, Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are all bidding to decide how to protect America from illegal aliens and potential terrorists. A new motto for the department is in order, “tell us how to do our business.”

Sweden’s Center-Right Wins Close General Election -- Sweden’s general election yesterday brought an end to 12 years of Social Democrat rule, and Prime Minister Goran Persson will resign shortly. Fredrik Reinfeldt’s Moderate Party led the polling with a 1% margin. He said in claiming victory, “"We ran in the election as the New Moderates, we have won the election as the New Moderates and we will also together with our Alliance friends govern Sweden as the New Moderates.” It was a moderately inspiring statement.

Warner Music Embraces YouTube -- Warner Music figured out how to protect its copyright and get royalties from YouTube, the extremely popular internet video site. Rather than threaten with lawsuits, Warner signed a deal with YouTube that lets anyone use Warner artists in their home-brewed videos, and YouTube will pay Warner based on software monitoring of the various bits used. This came days after Universal Music called YouTube “copyright infringers” and owes the music biz “tens of millions of dollars.” Guess which method will work best?

Fawlty Towers Hotel Re-Launched in Torquay -- For people of a certain age and with a certain sense of humor, the most important hotel in the world is not in New York, Tokyo or Paris. It’s in Torquay, on the English Riviera. The Gleneagles Hotel was formerly run by Donald Sinclair, whom John Cleese of Monty Python fame said was, “the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met.” Mr. Cleese used his stay there to create “Fawlty Towers,” perhaps the finest sitcom in the English language. The hotel has been saved from demolition and is opening again for business, without the rants and abuse.

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