Live from Brussels
Musings from a bored analyst/project-manager.
Friday, September 19, 2003
Arrrr! Blog Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, visitors! On pain of being keelhauled, all ye who enter any comments today shall write like a pirate and not like a landlubbing bilge-rat! Arrrr!
Why? Because it is Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19!
Observations on America (12)
More, more, more...
BBC 'Reporter' Re-Visits Iraq
While channel-surfing yesterday night I stumbled upon a BBC reporter who was 'back in Iraq' trying to find out how bad things really were.
Naturally, all we got was: look at this guy who lost all his children due to a bombardment with cluster bombs, see how the electricity goes out every night, observe these gun-toting 'police' forces driving around in trucks and robbing people, check out the new ethnic tensions that are coming to the surface everywhere...
The overall tone was: look what the Americans did here... They have been here for a few months and haven't been able to undo the bad effects of decades of tyrannical rule. It's a failure! Naturally, the unspoken assumption was that they shouldn't have invaded in the first place. But would leaving Saddam in power have turned out better then? Is that what the reporter wanted to imply? If not, then what?
It got even more sickening when he visited Baghdad and toured the ruins of the Information Ministry. He proudly proclaimed having worked from that building for six years! He even met his old Iraqi info ministry minder and greeted him very cordially. Ugh... A journalist who actually liked one of the guys whose job was to make sure journalists couldn't do their job properly?
He went to the roof of the building and checked out the spot from where he had done all of his 'reports' (scarequotes are mine). The BBC-markings were still in place, even. Not a word about the censorship, or the reason why all reports had to be filed from that place. Disgusting.
Once more, the Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation shows its true colours...
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Observations on America (11)
Let's keep going...
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Observations on America (10)
Yay, the big one oh!
Truly enormous, surrounded at the base by (very nice) statues evoking the crucifixion of Christ, and with a replica of Jesus' grave nearby (I'm not making this up).
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Bringing Back the Dead
The past two days I've been in a heated argument in the comments section of this page: Ambit: How Come the Iraqi Body Count Meter isn't Running in Reverse?
As it is immediately obvious to anybody with half a brain, a body count can't run in reverse, unless maybe Jesus is around or something.
A death-rate, on the other hand, can go up and down over time, which is exactly what is happening in Iraq right now. But to substract the number of lives saved from the number of lives lost in order to arrive at a 'net death count' in my opinion is extremely disrespectfull of the dead.
Ain't nobody claiming that the 3000+ 9/11 dead are now made up for because of the lives saved by increased security...
Observations on America (9)
Almost ten so far...
Monday, September 15, 2003
Observations on America (8)
More to come...