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Week of 12 October 2009


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This Week's Commentary: Volume VIII, Number 32
Three Iranian Election Protesters Get Tentative Death Sentence -- The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency has announced that three individuals have received a tentative death sentence for their post-election protests. Few other details are available, including the names of the accused, whom the ISNA only identified by initials. They are not the first tried by the theocrats for daring to exercise the human right of protest, but they appear to be the first to face death for their troubles. Many reformist leaders have voiced their opposition to the crackdown, but the jackboots and turbans are running the show right now. [October 12]

T-Mobile's Sidekick Sidelined by Data Loss -- The most popular smart phone among those too young to drink or serve in the Marine Corps is the Sidekick by T-Mobile. For the past 11 days, users of this trendy device have been in cell phone hell. For a few days, they had no access to their contacts, pictures and calendars. Now, it appears many of them have lost those things permanently, thanks to the idea of "cloud computing" and a very simple failure to adequately back up data. The fact that Microsoft bought the company that services T-Mobile's Sidekick operation merely adds to the fun. [13 October]

Senate Finance Committee Approves Healthcare Bill with Just One GOP Vote -- The legislative nightmare that is healthcare reform in America took a step closer to ending happily yesterday. The Senate Finance Committee passed a pretty lame bill on a vote of 14-9, with Maine's Olympia Snowe being the only Republican to back the legislation. While the bill will move to the left as it gets closer to the president's desk, the whinging of the right illustrates that they are not interested in fixing healthcare but rather in defeating the Democrats and especially President Obama. [October 14]

Craig Ferguson's American on Purpose Laughs Through Awful Truth -- Craig Ferguson is best known in America as the host of a very late night talk show, aptly called "The Late, Late Show." However, he's much more than a conversationalist and stand-up comedian. As his autobiography, American on Purpose proves, he can write, and he isn't afraid of telling the ugly truth about himself. With others, he is sparing, but he's quite hard, appropriately so it would seem, on Craig Ferguson. [October 15]

Copyright 2009 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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