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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Saudis Seek Payments for Any Drop in Oil Revenues
* Catch 22 Soodi Ishtyle
India Finds Itself Awash in Foreign Investment
* And Pakistan is debating paltry 1.5b from KL bill
Gaddafi names his son as second-in-command
* chalta hay, sub jaga chalta hay

As American President Barack Obama was winning a Nobel Peace Prize, an Iranian Nobel winner was speaking at a U.S. university where she explained human rights and Islam are compatible and argued discrimination in Muslim countries was based on misinterpretations of Islam's holy book. Shirin Ebadi

and this from President Abbamama's new pastor Carey Cash:

In a 2004 book describing his deployment to Iraq the year before, Mr Cash calls Islam violent, a faith that “from its very birth has used the edge of the sword as a means to convert or conquer those with different religious convictions”.

But the country also needs to start acknowledging the danger of bombs thrown from the far right. David Copeland came from within the ranks of the BNP; so might the next one. The police need to monitor neo-Nazis as closely as jihadis, and the Government projects to prevent violent extremism should be working with white kids as well as Muslim children. We need to prepare ourselves now: the next person to bomb Britain might not look like Mohammed Sidiq Khan – he might look like me. The Talibans fo the Right - John Hari

CANADA: Harper Courts Religious Right, But Quietly By Paul Weinberg - TORONTO, Oct 12 (IPS) - Stephen Harper's ruling Conservative government has managed to muddy the ideological right-wing aspects of his political agenda to stay in power in Canada without alienating his western and rural base of moral and social conservatives.

Snake Handling 101 - In video_in_the_news - Quick! What should you do if a venomous snake slithers into your workplace? A two-day course in Australia has the answers. Video.

Happy Anniversary, Bill O'Reilly - By Priscilla - As noted on "The Smoking Gun" website, today is the five year anniversary of the date that Bill O'Reilly was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit full of the lurid stuff that Jesus loving Bill loves to discuss with his gal pal "Culture Warriors." It was on this day, five years ago, that America's "traditionalist" daddy was accused of being involved in not so traditionalist (but then again!) things like "vibrators, phone sex, threesomes, masturbation, Caribbean shower fantasies, a Thai sex show, falafel, stewardess trysts, vehicular coupling, and Al Franken" who is now a US Senator....

“Rodeo Clown” Glenn Beck Says He Wants To Engage In Serious Dialogue With The White House - By Ellen on Glenn Beck - Glenn Beck describes himself as “a rodeo clown” when he’s under scrutiny for his inflammatory theatrics. Never mind that instead of “rodeos” and “clowns,” Beck’s milieu is a cable news network nor that he “entertains” by calling President Obama a socialist and making incendiary insinuations against other public figures, and without doing any real reporting. McCarthyism by schtick, if you will. But Beck doesn’t just use people as foils, he also uses current-events topics, subjects that just happen to be of crucial import and impact to his audience, like health care and the economy.

Bill O’Reilly Lies And Smears During Journalism Award Acceptance Speech By Priscilla - So Bill O’Reilly wins a media award for “excellence in journalism” and uses the opportunity to bash libruls whom he doesn’t like. Nice. But then that’s his “journalism” forte so it’s not surprising. What is surprising is that the folks from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a group which honors Americans who “exemplify patriotism and strive to better the nation,” chose to give this award to Bill O’Reilly whose “patriotism” consists of accusing others of not being patriotic.

SOMETHING about Madhya Pradesh beckons visitors, not just as tourists but as lovers who traverse the enticing contours of its lands and then part with a heavy heart, only to return again, to resume and honour their intimate relationship with it. Bhopal, the State capital, is famous for inducing visitors into making the city their home.

WikiReader Takes Wikipedia Offline, Puts It In Your Pocket - By The Huffington Post News Editors - With a black-and-white screen, no WI-FI at all, and running on plain old AAA batteries, the Wikireader is the lowest-tech gadget we've gotten this excited about in a long time. The Wikireader, developed with the help of an ex-Apple designer, was built to allow users to browse all of Wikipedia offline and on-the-go. For just $99 and with only 3 buttons, Wikireader users can access all of Wikipedia's 3 million topics.


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