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Monday, June 13, 2005

Well, I'll Be Bloggered!

I watched the CNN programme yesterday on blogging. More precisely I watched the last twenty five minutes or so of it. The one with John Hinderaker of Powerline and other intersting people.

What staggered me was the realisation that already people are able to transmit, receive and post information within the internet, simply by pushing the right buttons on a cell phone. No PC, no laptop, no telephone line, no communications infrastructure, just a bloody cellphone!

It's almost too much for this young older bloke to comprehend. Must scare the hell out of socialists. All that control of information gone for ever. Wonder what Marx and Lenin would have made of that. Wonder what Mugabe, South Korea and China make of that?

A little gadget and a few satelites might reverberate through history with more megatons than a couple of atomic bombs in 1945.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 6/13/2005 08:20:00 am


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Scared or scrambling for the controls?

1. Lucyna recently posted on a new Russian TV channel designed to tell the truth about Stalin and the benefits of Communism etc.

2. I recently posted (details in a link) about the Chinese monitoring and blocking thousands of web sites, and the technology they use to dynamically block new sites as they are accessed.

3. Amnesty move from reporting facts to manipulating media by buying into marketing rhetoric. There reports spend as much space on human rights abuse of America as they do North Korea and China. The order of magnitude and chance for redress makes no comparison.

The front line has moved, and the policy of containment is getting harder.

More worrisome for the extreme left is that the tactics that worked so well for them over the past 30 years are now being understood and countered by the right (centre left, nothing to see here, move along).

6/13/2005 09:38:00 am  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

And then there is videoblogging - record a video on your cellphone, and then post it to the web :)

6/13/2005 11:18:00 am  
Blogger Philu said...

zen..re yr amnesty/america comment....as i noted elsewhere, america has 5% of the worlds people and 25% of the worlds prisoners..surely reason enough for attention from amnesty..?


6/13/2005 02:47:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

phil u. When did you last get an accurate count from Zimbabwe, China, Algeria, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Mexico, Libya, Gazza etc etc? You guys just love those statistics don't you? I'm surprised you are not all rushing off to cut your own throats when you reach the age of average life expectancy. You'll need to think about that for a minute or two.

6/13/2005 03:13:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Phil, you are posting on the wrong thread, but I'll include your nomination.

One of the issues with defining Gulag is the death rate from forced labour, and the fact that cvilians were locked up without cause.

The prisons in America are full. They do have labour programs, with low rates of pay. Around half of the inmates are there for drug related offenses, and around half are black (figures off the top of my head).

Also to note is that crime rates are falling, and prison terms and parole terms are now tougher. The "war on drugs" is responsible for the majority of prison growth. Many feel this is the wrong approach, but it is not necessarily inhumane, as to the extent of life in a foreign prison (several countries to choose from that make my point quite nicely)

This does however point to some serious social issues, and you are welcome to blog about them.

My purpose is not to attempt to right every wrong in the world, and solve every problem. It is to bring some balance back to the pastime of America bashing as if causing a collapse of the American system is going to make the world a better place.

It is a case of be careful what you wish for, because I see the American system as being fixable. It is constantly being examined, critiqued and always has the potential for improvement.

Far tougher to call China, Russia, Zimbabwe, North Korea, the Sudan etc to account. Far more necessary.

I note that declared prison numbers in Russia have been falling because they simply release a lot more prisoners due to financial constraints. Horray for being broke.

Other countries solve high prison numbers by a bullet.

Harp on about how bad America is, but not to the point you ignore all other countries that are far worse, and ones that would love to step into any power vacuum caused by the destruction of America by do-good socialists that should really know better. (IMO)

Never-the-less, thanks for the nomination. I shall include it in the list.

6/13/2005 03:55:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

"Also to note is that crime rates are falling, and prison terms and parole terms are now tougher. "

By that I meant longer sentences are negating falling crime rates.

6/13/2005 03:56:00 pm  
Blogger Roger said...

South Korea? What have they done wrong?

6/13/2005 04:38:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Roger: Those Tae Kwon Do training camps are brutal!

6/13/2005 04:42:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Murray we might be the shit kickers (I mean the end of the food chain) just now but that makes us an easy target. All the more reason to be careful. We may not be so easy if we reach the relative status of our US counterparts. It would be easy to discredit blogs now but not so easy in a couple of years' time. It was the comments of one particular blogger (not you) which raised my eyebrows.

6/13/2005 05:42:00 pm  
Blogger Philu said...

so zen, because some countries treat their prisoners worse than america does, does that mean amnesty can't comment on the phenomenolly high imprisonment in the good old usa..eh?


6/14/2005 07:48:00 pm  
Blogger Philu said...

adolf, i tried thinking about it for a minute or two and drew a blank..


6/14/2005 07:50:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

phil u. You'll need to come over for a beer or two one day and I'll explain it to you.

6/14/2005 07:58:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Philu, you said: "because some countries treat their prisoners worse than america does, does that mean amnesty can't comment on the phenomenolly high imprisonment in the good old usa..eh?"

Not at all. The thrust of my Amnesty blog run is that Amnesty were wrong for calling Gitmo the "Gulag of our times". It has been picked up and quoted ad naseum by the mainstream media. The average punter gets an unbalanced opinion. Its called propaganda.

A few comments above yours I also said:

"Harp on about how bad America is, but not to the point you ignore all other countries that are far worse." That comment more or less applies to Amnesty too, who I think have harped on about how bad America is so that the focus has been more on Gitmo than any other number of worthy contenders, on far greater scales, with much more exposure required to make any difference. The Gitmo spotlight has, in a strange way, helped hide the other offenders. That is sad.

To be fair, perhaps more blame needs to be put on the mainstream media than Amnesty. But I'll get to them. For now, I'm flogging with a blogging about Amnesty.

6/14/2005 10:42:00 pm  
Blogger Philu said...

zen, i fully take on board what you say about other toxic regimes..but i think a large part of the issue with america doing this is that america is rome..and as the globes number one power such behaviour by them condones/enables even worse excesses by those other scumbags..

whereas you would hope america was moving in the other direction in the arena of human rights and as such would be able to put pressure on those afore-mentioned scumbags to mend their ways, eh?

sort of leading by example, if you know what i mean..

adolf: re the beer..how about a laidback second tier blogger get together in auckland..beers at kings arms or some such like..music by juke box..bar snacks available at counter..that sort of thing..do ya reckon there'd be some interest in that..?..cos we have to form a pressure group, eh?(could call it 'keep the bastards honest', or something)....seems like the next step...


6/15/2005 11:27:00 am  

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