Friday, November 07, 2008
Dr. M is now a blogger and has apparently come full circle:
Now, a convert to free speech, Mr. Mahathir is using his blog to champion the most recent victim of government censorship, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the country’s most prominent blogger, who posts on www.malaysia-today.net, his Web site. The site has been blocked, but readers are redirected to another Web site, which continues to be updated.
The government has fallen back on the kind of tactics that Mr. Ooi faced. It charged Mr. Petra with sedition and jailed him for two years without trial for comments he had posted.
Mr. Mahathir sounded almost like Che Guevara when he said in his blog that the arrest showed “a degree of oppressive arrogance worthy of a totalitarian state.”
Furthermore, jailing people is futile, he said in an interview in his office. There is no way the government can arrest all the bloggers, even if it wants to.At least, he said, “I hope so. Otherwise I’ll be in, too.”
Somehow I doubt that people like Anwar Ibrahim can truly enjoy the irony of Dr. M's conversion.
hat tip to Mrs. Angus
Thursday, November 06, 2008
As my friend said to me, "If they could just work in some gay bashing, they'd cover everything".
I am not making any of this stuff up, people. It's kind of a disgrace.
Oh yeah, there was a game too. OKC started strong with a 29 point first quarter, then scored 26 in the next two quarters combined. They were not out of it, but PJ kept Durant and Green on the bench for a LONG time at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth, treating us to the offensive stylings of Damien Wilkens (ouch). Thunder shot 37% had 15 assists and 15 turnovers and were outrebounded badly (by 10).
Rajon Rondo is really getting to be a very good player.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Dow was down 5% as was the NASDAQ.
Obama's victory was surely to be expected and thus already capitalized, so what was the news?
That the Republicans still have the filibuster leaving the economy-saving Democrats hamstrung?
Or is it just a case of buyer's remorse?
It will be interesting to see how (if?) Obama's agenda differs from Pelosi's and if they do differ, which one will prevail.
Are Pelosi et. al. worried of a replay of 1993, or are they just gonna go for the gusto?
I am also very interested to see who Obama's economic team will be.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Yes those are paper clips holding it onto my pocket!! Sometimes you gotta just let your freak flag fly people and today was one of those days.
Nasser Hashempour, vice president of the Iranian Business Council in Dubai.
LOL, eh? It's from a fascinating article in the NYT Sunday Magazine. The article is ostensibly about how the US is co-opting private firms into sanctioning Iran, but, to this ignorant Okie at least, it is most interesting for describing the Iran-Dubai connection.
Some further excerpts:
"Dubai now has as many Iranians as it does its own citizens."
"Since 2003, the number of Iranians in the United Arab Emirates has doubled to more than 450,000, he told me, and the number of Iranian businesses quadrupled to almost 10,000. Most are in Dubai, giving it the world’s second-largest concentration of Iranian expatriates (after California)."
"Iranians now have an estimated $300 billion in assets in tiny Dubai alone."
"Dubai and Iran are now so economically interdependent, local analysts told me, that the city-state has become to Iran something like what Hong Kong is to China."
Monday, November 03, 2008
We are going to see the Thunder play the Celtics on Wednesday. Maybe they will hit 90?
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Here is a link to a DFW essay on tennis (from Esquire magazine). My favorite quote from this piece is:
"Michael Chang, twenty-three and number five in the world, sort of looks like two different people stitched crudely together: a normal upper body perched atop hugely muscular and totally hairless legs. He has a mushroom-shaped head, inky-black hair, and an expression of deep and intractable unhappiness, as unhappy a face as I’ve seen outside a graduate creative-writing program."
Here is a link to his classic piece, "Consider the Lobster".
UPDATE: Harper's has made public all of DFW's writing for them. Link is here.