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Israel, although not a superpower, is however totally and unquestioningly supported by the world’s one remaining superpower so its defeat in Lebanon is doubly humiliating.Oh you bastard. Imagine insulting Arab dignity quite so thoroughly. There is nothing for it but beheading or a nomination to Canada's Top Blogs.
What? You're referring to that time that Israel invaded most of Lebanon and shot down over a hundred Syrian planes (with no losses) over a couple of afternoons?
That was quite the defeat, wasn't it? I'm sure that the Israelis cry themselves to bed every night over that one...
It is important to note that the common denominator in all these Arab victories is Islam and the Arab commitment to defend their religion and to sacrifice themselves in the name of God.
It's good that you pointed that out, otherwise I thought that the common denominator would be that you were fighting two countries that were in too rapid a decline to do whatever would have been necessary to beat the pants off you, and another one that just decided to say "screw this" and concentrate on more important things.
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And now, back to my discussion with Ezra. He told me he wants to publish a magazine that is more hip, more urban, more urbane, more in tune with the times than the Report. That sounded great. When I asked how he envisioned the new magazine's website, he paused. Then he said he could not foresee his magazine having an active site. It would be a contact page only. He did not want to invest in something that would lose money, he said.This is a damning indication of just how far out of touch Ezra is and, therefore, what a doubtful prospect he is as a magazine proprietor. Kevin has nailed it.
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I appreciate that my suggestions are unsolicited and probably unwanted, but I do have some expertise in this area, and I should like to see Ezra succeed, if only to remove some of my friends from the unemployment line. Ezra spoke at some length of the glory days of Alberta Report, of the influence it wielded. The argument I tried to make to him on the air was that the Report lost whatever influence it had with top people long before the end because it had become deadly dull. Did I just say "influence"? Top people stopped reading the magazine years ago. Many of them had forgotten its existence.Even with the rumour that the magazine might be spiced up by appointing Colby Cosh editor, a dead tree fortnightly of with Ezra's unique, not to say mildly eccentric, personal stamp strikes me as re-inventing yesterday. A worthy socon goal no doubt; but not likely to make much way on the newsracks of the nation.
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I hope that Ezra understands that his magazine will need to cover "culture" (broadly defined); an obsession with politics (broadly defined) would kill the new Report just as surely as it killed the old one.The question is whether Ezra would recognize culture if he fell over it. By their website ye shall know them and Ezra's is a prototypical example of the young geezer - the sort of 30 something who really does wear waistcoats and three piece underwear. His political skills are reputed to be awesome within the tight little world of losing for principle conservatives. His capacity to create buzz in and around Calgary conservative circles is striking. After all, Ezra fell, (ex-Alliance hacks, on the Kyoto Accords (he's against them in case you were wondering.)
The road map requires that the Palestinians dismantle militant groups. Abbas has said he wants to persuade them to disarm, but told parliament he will not order a crackdown.Within the weird world of Palestinian politics Abbas' position has a certain sort of logic. Because the people he is proposing to have a dialogue with are more than capable of shooting Abbas. Which suggests that this would not be a terrifically profitable dialogue. A fact which I am certain Sharon took into consideration when he began Israel's journey down the road. He knows that the conditions for peace will not exist so long as Arafat remains in charge directly or indirectly of the Palestinian Authority. And Sharon knows there was not the slightest chance that Hamas and the rest would disarm willingly.
"This government does not deal with the opposition groups with a policing mentality, but with a mentality of dialogue," he said.
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"Music fans will benefit from the price reductions we are announcing today," Jim Urie, president of Universal Music & Video Distribution, said in a statement. "Our new pricing model will enable U.S. retailers to offer music at a much more appealing price point in comparison to other entertainment products. We are confident this pricing approach will drive music fans back into retail stores."Could the giant's awakening have had anything to do with this,
Forrester Research on Tuesday predicted a steep fall in CD sales, as audio and video file sharing over the Internet continues to emerge as a preferred option among consumers.It would be churlish to point out that the music biz has had five years to see this coming. Cheap to suggest that rather than suing its customers it should move aggressively to offer music legally and cheaply over the internet. Imagine if it turned out that Steve Jobs actually saved the music business by creating a retail model which works.
The firm said 20 percent of Americans engage in music downloading, and half of the downloaders said they are buying fewer CDs. By 2008, 33 percent of music sales will come from downloads, with CD sales down 30 percent from their 1999 peak. On-demand movie distribution will generate $1.4 billion by 2005, and revenue from DVDs and tapes will decline 8 percent, Forrester predicted.
"The shift from physical media will halt the music industry's slide and create new revenues for movie companies, but it will wreak havoc with retailers like Tower Records and Blockbuster," Josh Bernoff, principal analyst at Forrester, said in a statement. "As a result, we're about to see a massive power shift in the entertainment industry."
It's true that I don't frequent fast food joints here or abroad. It's definitely not that I find them too plebian for my pocketbook or gastronomic sensibilities. It's mostly that I don't like the idea of large American corporations using their financial might to mould the psyches of less-westernized cultures.I have no problem at all with not eating fast food because you don't like it or think it unhealthy. But avoiding Micky D's because of a concern that "large American corporations using their financial might to mould the psyches of less-westernized cultures." strikes me as the worst kind of unthinking anti-Americanism.
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"Quite a few people were working on it. It was one of those things that got inserted by mistake. We were thinking of things where anonymity was important. It was an assumption too far," she said.Throwing in the words "intelligence source" to a Press realese issued by the BBC governors supporting Andrew Gilligan's version of events put the BBC in the land of fantasy. Dr. Kelly was not, as Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, a former Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee who certainly would know, by any stretch of the imagination an "intelligence source". As the Guardian's headline puts it, "Did the BBC 'Sex Up' its own statement?" Well, yes, yes it did.
Today, credulous doting on Islam is not just an expression of western self-hatred. On the face of it, Islam and the western left have nothing in common at all. But they do, in fact, something profoundly important. They share the common experience of defeat. Islamic terrorism is not a function of success but of failure. As a culture and society, Islam enjoyed a glorious golden age between the 8th and 12th centuries, but it has been in decline for many centuries past, some would say since the first fall of Baghdad.The whole article is worth reading.
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