I grew up in the '50s. I was born just months after the CIA deposed the first democratically elected leader of a Muslim nation. As I grew up I watched the US prop up the corrupt Shah as Iran did the scut work of American "diplomacy" in the Middle East, a job that was taken over by Israel after the Shah fell.
Iran is an immature theocracy now, just like Israel. Iran, however, has centuries of history in their corner that indicates they will not attack their neighbors (Iraq attacked Iran with Reagan's blessings, remember?)
Iran needs to be watched, but the Iranian people will slowly bring sanity back to that nation despite it having some crackpot leaders.
I'm much more concerned about Israel, a nation that keeps moving right, and whose political parties are becoming increasingly hostile to African workers, gays and pretty much everyone who isn't Jewish.
You can call it a tie, but Iran doesn't influence the USA. Israel does.
this being one of the least of their crimes, but it always disappoints me when the Israeli dog wags their U.S. tail.
I would hate to have to vote for Ron Paul to achieve saner U.S. foreign policy, but I cannot think of one major candidate in the last twenty years who hasn't crapped on the U.S. Constitution in their haste to embrace Israel's thuggish world view.
Yes, many Jews died in WWII death camps, but how many Muslims have to die from IDF attacks before Israel calls it even?
This wasn't a capricious action taken by the Royal Commission on Recording Industry Association Profits, or the Royal Motion Picture Association of Thailand. This woman was arrested for violating a well known Thai law. You think it's silly to have laws protecting the dignity of the royal family? I won't argue with you, and if I was in Thailand, I definitely wouldn't argue with you.
But that doesn't make you right when you call the Thai people stupid for sticking with a monarchy. Thailand is the only Asian nation to have gone several centuries without being occupied by a foreign power. Thailand serves some of the best food in the world, and is the breadbasket of Asia. Thailand is not a stinking cesspool of filth and genocide like Cambodia, and is considerably more free than Burma, Cambodia or Laos, its closest neighbors.
Yes, maybe it sounds silly to have laws protecting a monarch, but when's the last time you heard of a Thai college student being fined $675,000 for illegal downloading? Also, no one ever goes to prison for getting or providing an abortion in Thailand.
Thailand's not a perfect country, but at this point in time it would behoove most Americans to STFU about other countries and their practices, most of which pale into insignificance when compared to our Wall Street driven mores.
and from the mid-'90s to about 2003, I had thousands of online clients from all 50 states. As a one-person business, figuring 50 different quarterly sales tax returns would have been a half-time job all by itself.
Sales taxes are horribly regressive, and compound the enormous wealth inequity in this country. Bezos is right. (This time.)
I don't think Clinton's solution makes any sense, but you should know that both Politifact and FactCheck have been ripped by other factcheck orgs for being exceptionally establishment-oriented. Politifact seems to go well out of its way to give breaks to Republicans not named Michele Bachmann while very aggressively parsing statements made by liberals.
Just wanted to make it clear that I'm not a quality blogger either, but an aggregator (i.e., totally sponging my content off the sweat on others' brows).
Mike Masnick is one of the more prolific bloggers I read, but he still can't touch Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly, or Digby at Hullabaloo, or, frankly, any of several dozen very prolific political bloggers I read, and I'm sure there are some mommy bloggers who put these people to shame.
But the real question here is do you value quality or quantity? Who's the better author, Isaac Asimov or Thomas Pynchon? Barbara Cartland or Isabel Allende? Zane Grey or Ernest Hemingway?
Mike does a nice job of putting out a lot of quality product. Would acknowledgement from Guinness make him a better blogger? I don't think so.
I've been blogging since 1999, and daily since 2004 but I can't touch Mike's 38,000 posts because my average posts are much longer and work out to about a million words a year. Others are still more longwinded.
Guinness also fails to recognize originality. Yes, you have to be creative to make news items speak to larger issues like Mike does, but what about those who create wholly original posts each day? Doesn't originality count for more than putting a spin on someone else's news story?
I've been making my living as a business writer since 1988. Over the years I've noticed that those who make money writing are rarely the best writers, just the best at selling themselves and getting paid.
I have more respect for the "give it away and pray" crowd than I do for the slicksters whose business skills give them an edge over better writers. Much more respect.
When I started up City Pages blogging community in 2003, I wrote an anonymous front page blog that did exactly what you are proposing. Each day's early morning post was a mix of the best of the net and just about every linkable page of new City Pages content that had been posted since my previous blog post.
I thought Village Voice Media should have a website dedicated solely to driving traffic to other VVM sites, but mine was a very small voice in a very large media corporation where all the important people were obsessed with 2) being important, and 1) not being laid off.
VVM changed their site architecture since then, but I'd be glad to email you some samples of what we were doing. City Pages kept doing this concept after I left, but changed the concept radically a year or two ago.