Getting the hump…

…..a good day if you’re a humpback whale as the Japanese call off their hunt after pressure from around the world….but particularly in Australia. Proof of the power of pressure ? or unwonted intereference in other country’s affairs ?

Apple have shut down a “rumours” site after a long legal battle. The site was set up by fans of Apple and throws up a few issues like : is it wise to sue people who like your products ? and should bloggers have the same rights as journalists when it comes to protecting sources ?

The BMJ’s report on medical myths is one of the most popular stories on the BBC site to day . My mum wasted here breath apparently when she told me not to read in dim light as it would “strain my eyes”. It won’t. It didn’t. What were you told by your parents when you were growing up which you never questioned ?

A partner BBC programme “The Money Programme” broadcast a show about Facebook this evening– one of the phenomena of 2007 (Facebook i mean), looking at how advertisers will be targetting it’s users. Does that bother you ?

and 9 new countries to the EU will be allowing free travel across their borrders as part of the Schengen Agreement. there are celebrations and ceremonies going on and some dark murmurings that this will make drug and people trafficking a lot easier…

5 Responses to “Getting the hump…”

  1. December 21, 2007 at 12:31

    THIS JUST IN. George Bush has held a press conference stating that he doesn’t believe that the Japanese have actually called off the whale hunt. He has intelligence reports that state with definite certainty that there might be a secret hunt underway. This credible information coming from a two time murder/ ex-whale fisherman is clear. It looks like we are going to have to invade anyway. In his statement George Bush said, “Evil, evil, evil evil, evil, regime, evil evil.”

    In completely unrelated news, the husband of a former diplomat to Japan was found beaten and drugged wearing a clown suit walking down Main Street with a sign saying, “I am a secret agent”.

    At least that is how that story would read if we could burn rice in our cars.

  2. 2 John D. Anthony
    December 21, 2007 at 13:10

    I’ve always wondered what the “research” is that the Japanese use as a rationale for killing whales. Are they trying to find out how few members of a species it takes maintain a population? Or maybe they’re just studying the mechanics of extinction….

  3. 3 Jon
    December 21, 2007 at 14:36

    Why is a whale hunt getting so much attention is the real question we need to ask ourselves. I’m definitely not defending the practice but in the grand scheme of things, are these the issues WHYS really wants to talk about? I would be much more interested in hearing a program discussing the possible ramifications of the Lakota tribes, of the mainland US, declaring national sovereignty and what this move could impact indigenous movements in Latin America and elsewhere. This, to me is much more interesting than whales.

    Apple: It’s just a dumb move. I don’t see how the company can benefit from squelching eager consumer interest.

    Facebook: It doesn’t bother me nor does it bother anyone else I know. So long as they don’t give away my personal information required to register, I couldn’t care less. Honestly, it takes less than a minute to adjust the settings and you’re done with it. The biggest issue Facebook needs to address is their transparency about these issues and making sure their users know how changes to the site will effect their information.

    Schengen Line: The chaos this move will cause national sovereigns will only stir up racial animosity and exacerbate every social problem that may have preexisted in the effected countries. I’m curious to see how Europe responds to a deluge of immigration that may make the US’s trouble with Mexico seem like small potatoes.

  4. 4 Will Rhodes
    December 22, 2007 at 03:19

    Can I have a job as a journalist so I can hide who tells me things? I bet that is really good! And whomever wrote the original post in this section I could slap you! Grammar is important!

    For the love of me I cannot understand why anyone would want to hunt whales – it isn’t that you need the blubber for food or oil now is it?

    I am a member of Facebook – and I have said it before – I love being a member, I would hope that Facebook doesn’t have their members details ‘locked up’ in the same security as some of the UK citizens – that would scare me senseless! I would hope though that they were much more open than they are – they should change their policy about those members who have closed accounts – closed and deleted accounts should be cyber-killed.

    I am so glad about the hydrogenation properties of coffee – I drink enough of the stuff!

    Schengen – now that I am not too sure about. Security should be provided by the state and it should stop those who wish to attack a sovereign nation. That said, I like the idea of open boarders for travelling within Europe – again, how you would rig the security I really don’t know.

  5. 5 George
    December 29, 2007 at 11:05

    1. Japan-

    not undue pressure, just world disgust at rubbing out critters for culinary treats

    2. Lakota independence-

    Will “W” be leading a troop of the 7th Cavalry to punish them himself?

    3. Apple-

    Deft use of planted rumors manipulating the site would have served them better.
    Doesn’t Apple read the Washington Post?

    4. Parents advice-

    Wash your face, brush your teeth and comb your hair.
    It works.

    5. Open borders-

    EU is just trying to catch up with the US.
    We have had open borders for 20 years.

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