The Kensington Review

15 December 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 148
Johnson’s Illness Won’t Change Control of Senate -- The US political media were all agog yesterday when they announced that control of the Senate may not move to the Democrats next month after all. South Dakota’s Tim Johnson is one of 51 Democrats (or fellow travelers), and he had surgery yesterday for what may be a stroke. Immediately, the pundits noted that, were he to resign, South Dakota’s Republican governor would appoint a Republican to fill the vacancy, the Senate would be split 50-50 and with Vice President Cheney’s tie-breaking vote, the GOP would keep the Senate. That’s wrong.

Bushmen Win Right to Return to Kalahari -- The San people, also known as the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, were kicked off their land in 2002. They were settled into camps, where they have subsisted largely on hand-outs. By a 2-1 decision, a panel of judges decided they had been removed illegally, and that they could return. While the government may appeal, as of now, the San people can go home.

Skype to Charge for Regular North American Phone Calls -- Skype is an internet phone service provider with a difference. It allows free calls between Skype users. However, for calling from a Skype phone to a regular phone, there is going to be a fee starting in January. North American users have had a free-trial thus far, but the imposition of a fee (necessary to keep owner eBay happy) probably won’t hurt anyone much. After all, is $29.95 a year too much for local and long-distance phone service?

Diana’s Boys to Hold Concert in Her Honor -- Despite being firmly committed to British republicanism, The Kensington Review noted with some happiness that Their Royal Highnesses, Princes William and Harry, have arranged a concert in memory of their mother, Diana. The tickets are £45 including booking fee, and the proceeds will go to charity. “The Concert for Diana” will take place at the new Wembley Stadium on what would have been her 46th birthday on July 1, 2007.

© Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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