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21 March 2008


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Bush Basks in Iraq-Nam War “Successes” -- On Wednesday, President George “LBJ” Bush stood before a hand-picked assembly of Pentagon hotshots, under-used diplomats, and fawning hangers-on to talk about the fifth anniversary of the attack on Baghdad. He said, “The battle in Iraq is noble, it is necessary, and it is just.” No, it wasn’t, isn’t, and won’t be. Indeed, it has been an ignoble, unnecessary, illegal and unmitigated disaster.

UK Asks Athletes to “Speak Out” in China -- Usually, the UK’s Olympic effort is managed by the Ministry for Culture, Media and Sport. which used to be the Ministry of National Heritage. Yesterday, though, Lord Malloch-Brown, a Foreign Office minister, spoke up on matters regarding the Beijing games. Rather than engage in an ineffective, conscience-salving boycott, he suggested that Brits at the games “speak the truth.” Embarrassing the ChiComs is the only approach that can work to improve the appalling human rights record in the People’s Prisoncamp of China.

HBOS Attacked by Malicious Traders -- After the collapse of Northern Rock in the UK and Bear Stearns in the US, financial markets are wondering who’s next. In Britain, it seems a few (one hopes it is only a few) malicious traders deliberately set out to break Halifax Bank of Scotland [HBOS] earlier this week. They managed to drive the price down 17% in the first half hour of Wednesday’s trading, and it took a statement from the central bank to calm the market (somewhat). Not that there is anything wrong with short selling, but shorting a stock and spreading false stories about it, well, that’s quite different.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke Enters Eternity at 90 -- In the annals of science fiction lie a great many hacks, several worth reading and a few who define the genre. H.G. Wells, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Sir Arthur C. Clarke largely fill the last category. Sir Arthur was the last to go, earlier this week, at the age of 90.

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